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Friday, February 17, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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U.S. Bank announces branches open on Presidents Day

Holiday preview

At least one bank, U.S. Bank, has announced plans for its branches to be open regular hours on Monday, the legal Presidents Day holiday. Most other banks and credit unions will be closed for the holiday. However, banks are open today, and those with Saturday hours will be open tomorrow.

• Because of the holiday, most government offices will be closed on Monday. Also, public libraries and state-run liquor stores will be closed. Post offices will be closed and there will be no home mail delivery that day.

• Seattle public schools will be on midwinter break next week. Other schools will be closed for the holiday.

• Shopping malls and most retailers will be open. So will most area attractions, including Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, the Museum of Flight, Seattle Center and the Pacific Science Center.

• State ferries will be running on regular weekday schedules Monday, except for the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route, which will be temporarily suspended for terminal maintenance.

• Most Metro Transit buses will be on a Sunday schedule on Monday. Sounder commuter rail and Tacoma Link light rail are on regular weekday schedules (888-889-6368).

Holiday bash

The Greater Seattle Regents Council of the national society Daughters of the American Revolution is throwing a birthday bash for this nation's first president and this state's namesake George Washington on Monday — Presidents Day.

The affair, the 97th annual George Washington Memorial Celebration, will start at 9:30 a.m. in Kane Hall on the University of Washington's main campus. The free celebration will be open to the public.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, will be keynote speaker. The program will conclude with several service organizations placing wreaths at the base of a bronze statue of George Washington on the UW campus.

Getting around

• Metro Transit will operate free shuttles to the annual Spring Home Show at the Qwest Field Events Center this weekend from Bellevue, Northgate and Renton.

The shuttles will run continuously Saturday through Monday, the Presidents Day holiday, and also Feb. 25 and 26 from the Northgate Transit Center and the South Bellevue and South Renton park-and-ride lots. Shuttles will start about 9:20 a.m. and run until the show closes for the day. The show ends Feb. 26.

• Because of scheduled terminal maintenance at the Point Defiance/Tahlequah ferry dock over the Presidents Day holiday weekend, there will be no ferry service on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route. Passengers headed to Vashon Island should leave from the Fauntleroy or Southworth terminals.

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.

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