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Thanksgiving reminders

Schools and banks are closed on Thanksgiving Day, and many stores and restaurants are closed or close early so employees can spend the day with their families. Here are a couple of other reminders:
Parking meters take a holiday on Thanksgiving, but are back on for Friday.
King County Metro Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, and a reduced weekday schedule on Friday.
On Saturday, Metro will have special shuttles downtown for the 104th Apple Cup between the UW and WSU at CenturyLink Field. The closest shuttle to us is from Northgate. Cost for the shuttle is $2.50 one way, or $5 roundtrip. Metro will also operate its regular Saturday bus schedule.
And, by the way, Chai, a female Asian elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, predicted on Tuesday that WSU will win the Apple Cup. Chai chose a papier mache apple full of real apples and biscuits bearing the Cougs’ crimson and gray, over the UW’s papier mache swag.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.
Last year Chai correctly chose the Dawgs as the winner. Any UW or WSU fan can get half-off zoo admission through Sunday by wearing their school’s logo (hat, sweatshirt, gloves, jersey, etc.) or show valid student I.D.
The 8th annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers happens from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at ARC School of Ballet, 9250 14th Ave. NW in Crown Hill.
Come dance barefoot to live percussion music. Each dollar donated goes directly to support education for girls in Africa.

The funds raised with Seattle-based 501c3 non-profit organization Village Volunteers will assist women and girls by starting a cooperative making sanitary pads using water hyacinth, an invasive aquatic species on Lake Victoria in Kenya.
Last year, the funds raised started a social enterprise to make fuel briquettes out of water hyacinth. This year we will use the same invasive species but make sanitary pads that are low cost, biodegradable and will subsidize hygiene products for girls in school. Young women can miss up to 50 days of school a year because of their menstrual cycle. Due to high absence rates, girls are rarely eligible for scholarships or to attend secondary schools based on low test scores.
Access to an education can change the course of a girl’s life. When a girl receives seven or more years of education, on average she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. Education for girls is also critical in preventing HIV infection rates and increasing potential future income for the young woman and her family.