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Tuesday, June 8, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Monorail substitute

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Free shuttle buses are running between Westlake Center and Seattle Center to temporarily fill in for the Seattle Center monorail, which has been out of service since the fire aboard the Blue Train on Memorial Day.

Shuttles pick up and drop off passengers at the Experience Music Project turnaround, off Fifth Avenue North and Harrison Street. The pick-up/drop-off point at Westlake is at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street, under the monorail terminal. The shuttle service runs every 15 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Starline Transportation tour buses with signs in front windows are being used for the service. The monorail is shut down while engineers inspect the cause of the fire.

Today

Seattle's Garfield High School orchestra, directed by Marcus Tsutakawa, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Rainier Beach Performing Arts Center, 8815 Seward Park Ave. South.

Tomorrow

• University of Washington students are planning a nonpartisan gathering at 9 p.m. on campus to pay tribute to former President Reagan. Students plan to share stories, quotes, memories and prayers at the flagpole south of Memorial Way.

• Next year's high-school sophomores and juniors can get a jump on planning for their college years at a free, one-hour "Setting the Stage for College Success" presentation. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) Center for Student Success, 190 Queen Anne Ave. N., near Seattle Center. To register, call 206-461-5366 (toll-free 877-635-2669), or register online at www.centerforstudentsuccess.org.

Getting around

The state ferry system's summer season starts Sunday, with extra service on some routes. An extra boat is being placed on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands run. Two daily trips are scheduled from Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. And boats will run later at night on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Mukilteo/Clinton route.

Also, extra weekend service is scheduled on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route.

Summer schedules are available at ferry terminals and aboard vessels. Information: 888-808-7977.

Can you help?

Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County is recruiting volunteers to be advocates for children involved in contested family-law cases in King County Superior Court. The agency trains volunteers three times a year. Applicants must be at least 21 and complete an application and interview. Background checks also are required. Volunteers' responsibilities include home visits and possibly court appearances. Information is online at www.familylawcasa.com, or call 206-748-9700.

Free training also is available for volunteers to become King County Juvenile Court special advocates for abused and neglected youngsters. Court-appointed special advocates must be at least 21, with excellent references. The next training session for the Juvenile Court advocates will be next month. To apply, call the King County Superior Court Dependency CASA program, 206-296-1120, this week.

Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson. To submit an item, e-mail herenow@seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.

Copyright © 2004 The Seattle Times Company

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