Former Capital student starts benefit bike ride

Chadd Cockrell, a Capital High School graduate who is a junior at the University of Washington, will leave Wednesday from Seattle for a 4,000-mile bicycle ride to Washington, D.C.

The 67-day trip, dubbed the Journey of Home, is a fundraising and awareness event for people with disabilities. Donations can be made in Cockrell's name at www.pushamerica.org. Click on "donate" and "Sponsor a team member."

WIC program wants input from participants

Representatives of the Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, seek input from people who use or know about its services.

The program provides food to lower-income women and children.

Comments can be e-mailed to stateplan@doh.wa.gov or mailed to WIC director, Washington State WIC Nutrition Program, P.O. Box 47886, Olympia, WA 98504-7886. They also may be faxed to 360-236-2345. Comments must be received by June 25.

Cancer survivors event is today on Capitol steps

National Cancer Survivors Day is from 1 to 4 p.m. today on the steps of the Capitol. The event, "A Celebration of Life," will include information and speakers. For more information, call 360-556-8361.

Two-wheeled blessings to be given at show

Chaplain David Bates will bless bikes and bikers at the fifth annual Motorcycle Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at the Mother Joseph Care Center, 3333 Ensign Road N.E. in Olympia.

For more information or to reserve a spot call Vernita Lackey or Penny Hyers at 360-493-4634.


Several libraries will be closed on Sundays

The Centralia, Shelton, Lacey, Olympia and Yelm Timberland libraries will be closed Sundays from today through Sept. 30. Sunday hours will resume at those libraries Oct. 7.

Patrons still can call reference service librarians for information every day, excluding holidays.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The number for Olympia-area residents is 360-704-4636. In all other locations, it is 800-562-6022.


Nominations needed for diversity project

Centralia College seeks nominations of people or groups who could be added to its Clocktower Diversity Project. The deadline for nominations is Monday.

People and groups selected will have their names engraved in the base of the college's tower, near the center of the campus. People who are nominated must live in the Northwest and have "enriched our culture," said Chris Bailey, the college's vice president for human resources.

The names of the people and groups selected to be listed on the tower will be unveiled in spring 2008. Nominations can be e-mailed to clocktower project@centralia.edu or mailed to Clocktower Project, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, WA 98531.