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Thursday, February 24, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Here and Now

Textile recycling

Bins for recycling old clothes and textiles like rugs, curtains and bed linens have been set up at five King County transfer stations to help cut down on the amount of textiles that end up in landfills and to benefit a nonprofit organization that resells and recycles castoffs.

Items that can be dropped off at textile-recycling bins include reusable clothing, shoes and boots, stuffed animals and old fabrics. The bins are located in free-recycling areas at the five stations: Cedar Falls in North Bend, Enumclaw, First Northeast in Shoreline, Houghton in Kirkland, and Vashon Island.

Northwest Center, a South Seattle-based organization that provides education, rehabilitation and job opportunities for disabled people, is collecting the items at no cost to the county. The organization plans to resell some of the items; the rest could end up recycled into fabric for blankets and other items. Donations may be tax-deductible; receipts are available.

Information about the recycling program is at www.metrokc.gov/dnrp/swd/facilities/textile-recycling.asp.

Black History Month tributes

• Multimedia-performance group Living Voices will perform "The Right to Dream: Share the Struggle" at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. The program incorporates video and recordings to help depict the coming of age of a young African American during the 1950s and 1960s in Mississippi. Free.

• Two actors commissioned by the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas will perform "Harriet Goes to School: A Student's Life After Brown vs. the Board (of Education)" at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7053 32nd Ave. S. Free.

• The Seattle visit of Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate and later ambassador to New Zealand, is part of the first major event of a newly formed grass-roots nonprofit organization, And Justice For All.

Braun will give the keynote address for the group's event at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Benaroya Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $40. Information: 425-233-1454.

On the calendar

David Kaczynski, executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty and brother of imprisoned "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, will be keynote speaker for the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's annual benefit dinner and auction March 4 at the College Club in downtown Seattle. A silent auction and reception will precede the dinner and program. Tickets are $60. Organizers suggest reservations be made by tomorrow. Information: 206-622-8952.

Site-seeing

The Association for Catholic Childhood, an affiliate of Catholic Community Services in Western Washington, is holding an online auction to raise funds to benefit the University District Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Home Center, Our Place Day Care and other children's support services.

The group's fifth annual "Labor of Love" auction, which will run from March 5 through 13, has several items up for bid, including professional services and catered events, vacations and getaways. The Web site is: www.laborofloveauction.org

Getting around

• Ferry riders using the Vashon Island ferry terminal this weekend may run into delays. Slip 1 will be closed for maintenance Saturday and Sunday.

• The Cascade Bicycle Club's annual Chilly Hilly bicycle classic takes place Sunday on Bainbridge Island. Ferry riders on the Seattle-Bainbridge route can expect delays Sunday morning because bicycle traffic is likely to be heavy. More than 3,000 bicyclists are expected to attend the annual event. Ferry officials said bicycles will be given priority loading Sunday morning, and vehicle capacity on vessels may be reduced.

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 © 2005 The Seattle Times Company

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