Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Jonathan Smith | Monday, 20th April, 2020 Jonathan Smith and The Motley Fool UK have no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Jonathan Smith Passive income is something all of us want to achieve. Being able to make money without having to break a sweat is a wonderful thing. It allows you to spend your time doing what you actually want to do instead of working. Two popular avenues to do this are via a buy-to-let property investment, or buying high-yielding dividend stocks.First let’s define both terms. A buy-to-let property is one that you invest in purely with the aim of generating income from renting it out. A high-dividend-yield stock is one which pays out income via a dividend to the owner of the stock. The term ‘high’ is quite vague, but we will use it to refer to anything above the FTSE 100 average yield (4.9%).5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Buy-to-let needs BIG fundingThe first point I would flag up for income investors is the large difference in initial investment needed. To invest in the stock market, there is no such thing as a minimum investment amount. Sure, if you are paying a broker a fee then it makes sense to buy a large enough amount to make it worthwhile. But there is no hurdle to jump over. This makes investing in stocks to get dividend income attractive for a larger audience.Buying a property for income has a much higher cost. Not only will you struggle to buy a property for less than £50,000 (or six-figure sums in most towns), but you also have other costs. These all eat into the income you are hoping to receive from renting.Certainty of dividendsWhen buying a stock specifically for income, you can be fairly confident of receiving it. You can look at previous years and see how regularly dividends have been paid. Even with the recent Covid-19 pandemic, some companies are continuing to pay dividends. So if enough homework is done, you can invest with confidence in receiving such a dividend. Not only this, but you could have the added bonus of gaining from the share price increase. This would be the case if the stock market recovers later this year.For buy-to-let, income is certain if you have tenants in the property. 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Pinterest Tempers simmer before officer appointment is delayed at ECHD board meeting Local NewsGovernment Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Roy Perkins, left, of God’s Way engages in a video conference with Richard Llanez using an app called Zoom on Wednesday in his home. Perkins uses Zoom to connect with an audience and speaks about the Holy Bible. Stuck at an impasse, the board started to bicker.Tuesday night at the Ector County Hospital District board of directors’ regular meeting, voting deadlocked during the scheduled appointment of board president during officer elections, leading to tense talk of Facebook posts, of ‘no respect,’ of ‘being treated like idiots’ — ultimately leading to not much except for vented feelings and a delayed appointment.With one of seven board members absent Tuesday during the regular meeting at MCH in downtown Odessa, the vote for board chair knotted 3-3 when annual officer appointments hit the agenda, ultimately leading to stern tones, unsettled posture and shaking heads, until the board moved to delay the vote until a special meeting that could take place with all seven members present.Current board chair Mary Thompson received three votes to remain in her position, while second-year board member Don Hallmark received three. Board member Richard Herrera was absent Tuesday, allowing for an even number of votes and the tie.After a first tie in the voting, board members opened up their opinions in efforts to change the voting — bringing Hallmark to say that the position of board chair hadn’t shown a level of respect that he wanted, before Thompson harkened to name-calling in Facebook posts, which Hallmark said he could only surmise stemmed from last fall’s election season.“I have no respect for someone that stoops to that level of using social media to degrade other board members,” Thompson said during the scruff.“Well, Mary, if you want to get to that kind of squabble, I have no respect for people that will treat people on this board like they’re idiots,” Hallmark fired back.Thompson has been on the board since 1990. Hallmark joined the board in 2017.Bryn Dodd, who’s served since 2017, nominated Hallmark for board chair during the proceedings. Mary Lou Anderson, who’s been on since 2010, also voted for Hallmark.Second-year board member Ben Quiroz voted for Thompson, as did David Dunn, who’s been on the board since 2006.In discussion, Quiroz cited a “positive momentum” for the organization and said he felt the board should stick with what it has. Dunn said that he thought experience was needed for the board president. “It takes time. … It’s a learning process to be able to be a chair,” he said, turning to Hallmark.Dodd vocally supported change. “There’s been several instances within this last year where I personally was disrespected by Ms. Thompson,” she said.Anderson did not comment when invited during the board’s public discussion.Ultimately, after a second vote led to the same result, MCH System chief legal counsel Ron Griffin, advised to the board that bylaws allowed for members to move to suspend the vote until a special meeting that could be attended by all seven members.Griffin said he had studied the bylaws to find the board’s options in such a situation earlier Tuesday, and that he had even called other lawyers about it — cluing everyone in the room in that Griffin was either extremely thorough in his preparation to consider all outcomes in advance, or the way voting played out wasn’t really much of a surprise.The special meeting to vote with all seven members will take place in June, the board said.“I know what that special meeting will result in,” Hallmark said as the motion to plate the vote went through, seeming to imply that Herrera’s vote would go for Thompson. “I just think that we needed to have this discussion.”“I do, too,” Thompson said, as the two seemed to agree for the first time in several minutes.Elsewhere on the agenda, the board accepted reports from the finance committee, the joint conference committee and the audit committee, while also hearing a report from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and quarterly reports from MCH System president and CEO Rick Napper.The board also approved a two-year agreement with CareerBuilder, and moved to send a plot of land owned by the system toward being auctioned by Ector County.But sparks may as well have flown like no other time during the officer appointment.After the vote for board president was suspended, Dunn was unanimously named board vice president. For executive committee member, who would get with the president and vice president for rare emergency meetings in times when the rest of the board couldn’t, Quiroz proposed that, of Thompson and Hallmark, the one who isn’t voted president could take that spot, and the ensuing motion proposing that passed.Eventually, the board moved on.“I think it’s very healthy to get all these feelings and emotions out in the open,” Thompson said after the meeting adjourned. “We need to have healthy dialogues. There has just been an undercurrent since the board elections (in the fall) — a very serious undercurrent.”Hallmark also stood by his notion that it was good for the board members to have that conversation and put it behind them.“It’s not comfortable having this kind of a conversation in public,” Hallmark said. “It’s not meant to be a public kind of conversation. But in our situation, we have to have it.“It went fine. Everybody was OK. We all acted professional and did what we’re supposed to do.”Property to auctionIn other business, the board reviewed an offer to sell about 38 acres in a residential neighborhood outside city limits for $40,500, but the board ultimately moved to decline the offer and move in another direction.Hallmark, who comes to the board from a background in real estate, presented the offer to the board but suggested the board instead try sending the property to auction through Ector County.Hallmark said the property failed to sell at auction in 2004 and has been for sale since.The board agreed to try selling it at auction again.“This is not 2004,” Hallmark said after the meeting. “The way I see it and looked at it, and I spent some time with it today, it’s very sellable.”Donation givenEarly in the meeting, MCH officials presented a check for $8,278 to CASA of the Permian Basin, in funds raised during nursing week.During that week in May, different departments in the hospital put together gift baskets that were displayed and then raffled off on campus at MCH.It was the second year the departments had done the gift baskets raffle, MCH chief nursing officer Chad Dunavan said, and the fundraiser raised twice as much money it did as last year, he said.“It was really a hospital-wide thing,” Dunavan said.“It turned out to be really pretty awesome this year.” WhatsApp By admin – June 5, 2018 Twitter Facebook Previous articleMan given life sentence for shooting at deputyNext articleU.S. Congressional candidate sets Meet & Greet admin
(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – More and more companies are starting to integrate pandemic preparedness into their business continuity programs. That’s good news–and helping to facilitate it is one of the reasons this newsletter was launched.Business continuity is exactly the right frame for a mild pandemic. Under conditions something like the 1957 or 1968 influenza pandemic, you can expect some impact on your supply chain and your absenteeism. It’s good business to plan to cope well with these problems so they don’t disrupt your business.But a severe pandemic, anything like 1918 or worse, will disrupt your business. Period. Planning to prevent disruption is worse than useless; it’s likely to backfire. Even planning to minimize the disruption isn’t quite on target. The smartest companies (and government agencies), I think, are planning to manage the disruption. I mean that literally. They are planning how best to disrupt their own operations. In a sense, they’re planning how to work with the pandemic instead of struggling to work against it.In other words, they’re developing triage plans. Wikipedia defines triage as “a system used by medical or emergency personnel to ration limited medical resources when the number of injured needing care exceeds the resources available.” You let minor problems go unaddressed. You let problems so severe you probably can’t solve them go unaddressed, too. You concentrate your effort where it will do the most good.Think about nonmedical triage. It isn’t business continuity. It’s business discontinuity–planned discontinuity.What normal functions of your organization are you planning to stop doing when it’s clear that you’re facing a severe pandemic? Have you compiled a list that distinguishes the dispensable tasks you’ll regretfully abandon for the duration from the core tasks you may need to ask people to risk dying in order to sustain?Having such a list–that is, facing a possible severe pandemic with a discontinuity mindset instead of a continuity mindset–is central to pandemic preparedness. I think it’s almost a definition of taking preparedness seriously.The risk communication aspect of all this is how you talk about your list. Some questions I am asking my clients:Have you shared your triage/discontinuity plans with your key customers? They need to know where you’re planning to let them down and where you’re planning to keep going no matter how tough it gets. You may even want to talk about amending some of your contracts to match.Have you asked your key suppliers what their triage/discontinuity plans are? Their plans, obviously, could have a huge impact on your plan. And if they haven’t got any such plans yet, you can do them–and yourself–a favor by insisting that they come up with some.Have you invited your customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders to help you with your triage/discontinuity planning? Transparency is a virtue in risk communication, but consultation and responsiveness are better yet.Above all, in my judgment, have you talked about pandemic business discontinuity planning with your employees? Like all your stakeholders, employees need to know your plans, and would appreciate the chance to influence your plans. But there’s an even more fundamental reason for involving employees. Absenteeism during a pandemic is likely to be closely tied to business discontinuity planning.This factor emerged clearly in several surveys I have seen that asked employees in various sectors to predict whether they’d show up for work under pandemic conditions. It emerged also in pandemic tabletop exercises, where nonmedical personnel often decide not to come to work because they haven’t imagined that they will be needed. In a December 2004 San Diego drill, even military officers and public officials “required convincing that they had crucial roles in what they initially thought was a purely medical exercise,” according to a published report on the drill.Would I show up to do my normal job during a pandemic? Probably not; I’d stay home, stay away from others, and take care of my family. But if I had been cross-trained for a pandemic-related job, that’s another story. There’s a far better chance I’d take a deep breath and report to my emergency duty station.Planning for business continuity, in other words, may worsen the discontinuity, because most employees won’t endanger themselves just to keep doing their routine jobs. Planning for discontinuity, on the other hand, significantly increases your chances of sustaining the core tasks you decided you simply must sustain no matter what. But discontinuity planning can’t help much unless employees are convinced beforehand that they will have a crucial, nonroutine role to play if and when a severe pandemic hits.The psychology of precrisis communication makes convincing them a daunting task. Despite periodic accusations of resorting to scare tactics, government and the private sector are more typically united in their profound disinclination to frighten their publics. (The accusations of scare tactics actually contribute to this disinclination.) Emergency planners are characteristically much more willing to plan for a possible disaster than they are to talk about a possible disaster. They are even willing to plan what they’ll say if and when the disaster strikes–but don’t ask them to say anything now. I’ll address this nearly universal “fear of fear” in my next column.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site (http://www.psandman.com/). For an index of pandemic-related writing on the site, see http://www.psandman.com/index-infec.htm.
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“I’m just glad it’s all over and done with and I can’t wait to get on the training field. “The thing that excites me the most is the world class squad we have and knowing we have a team that is capable of winning things year in, year out. “The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started and play alongside them.” Sterling, who will wear the No.7 shirt worn in the past by City favourites such as Mike Summerbee, Georgi Kinkladze, Stephen Ireland and James Milner, was also grateful to his previous managers despite his protracted exit from Anfield. “It has been a long journey from QPR and I’d like to thank a few people who have helped me along the way,” he said. “I’d like to thank Rafa Benitez for taking me to Liverpool as a 15 year-old – that was a massive step for me and a new challenge. “Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age. “I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me a chance and an opportunity in the first team, giving me my full debut – against City funnily enough – and giving me a real chance to cement a place in the first team and show the world my talents. The 20-year-old England international became British football’s most expensive player on Tuesday when he signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium to complete a move from Liverpool which will be worth up to £49million. “It’s a good feeling and this is really happy time for me and my family,” Sterling told the club’s official website, www.mcfc.co.uk. “Finally, I’d also like to thank all the people around me – my mum and sisters, my management team and (agent) Aidy Ward for helping me focus and get where I am today. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone.” Sterling passed a medical and completed the remaining formalities of the deal on Tuesday and he will fly out to meet up with his new team-mates in Australia within the next 24 hours. He is City’s record signing, surpassing the sums previously paid for Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, after drawn out talks with Liverpool. City had two previous bids rejected before finally reaching a deal. Manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to finally get his hands on the player after that prolonged pursuit. He said: “Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week. “He is a young player with outstanding ability and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.” City’s interest in Sterling had been an open secret for some time, but the Reds were desperate to retain his services as they braced themselves for an approach. However, they were fighting a losing battle from the moment he told Rodgers he wanted to leave following his return for pre-season training, and his request not to be included in the party for the club’s pre-season trip to Australia and the Far East sparked claims of a bust-up, something the Jamaica-born forward’s camp has strenuously denied. Sterling began his career at QPR and joined the Reds for an initial fee of £600,000 as a 15-year-old in 2010. He was handed a senior debut as a 17-year-old and was twice named the club’s young Player of the year. He will now face the prospect of competing with the likes of Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and David Silva at the spearhead of a City side which finished a distant second to Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea last season. Raheem Sterling believes the most exciting aspect of his record-breaking transfer to Manchester City is being able to play alongside so many world class players. Press Association
She’s up against Polish fighter Karina Kopinska.The bout at Wembley Arena is expected to get underway at 10pm.
The Esports Championship Series returns for Season 4, and gets underway tomorrow. The tournament has now revealed the full lineup of teams across the European division and also the North American division ahead of the action commencing on YouTube Gaming shortly. The tournament is of course FACEIT’s premier CS:GO tournament. Credit: ECSSeason 4 will of course see the return of the winners of the third season, SK Gaming, who beat FaZe Clan in a crazy final at the SSE Wembley Arena, London earlier this year. Furthermore, the winners of both the inaugural season and the second season, G2 Esports and Astralis will also compete. The prize pool for the tournament is no less than $750,000 (£570,000) and the venue for the eventual finals is still yet to be revealed. ECS has confirmed that the finals of the fifth season will take place at Wembley Arena, yet the fourth season’s LAN venue is still TBC. With regards to the teams set to compete, there’s been a slight shake-up in the European division whilst the North American side has remained the same as last season. Virtus.pro who have been perennially under performing managed to retain their spot after beating Space Soldiers, whilst Heroic dispatched last season’s worst performer Team Dignitas to snatch their spot. In America, Luminosity beat Misfits and Ghost Gaming beat Tempo Storm meaning that the lineup for North America hasn’t changed at all. European teams: Astralis, EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, G2, GODSENT, mousesports, NiP, Fnatic, Heroic, Virtus.pro.North American teams: SK Gaming, Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Immortals, CLG, Team Liquid, NRG, Renegades, Luminosity Gaming, Ghost.Those who are new to participate in the fourth season of ECS have the opportunity to sign up for co-ownership in the league and the opportunity to have representation on the league’s governing committee. In total, $1.25 million will be provided for Season 4 that goes towards both the prize pool and supportive funds that will “provide player and team stability”. It includes helping organisations provide better salaries, facilities and equipment as well as improving the overall welfare for players plus providing a more structured framework for the ECS to operate within. Esports Insider says: A stacked ECS for the fourth season, with VP even retaining their slot. As we mentioned, the venue has not yet been revealed so we’re excited to see where it goes. Will it be somewhere else in the UK or are we off somewhere else?
LaJoie was one of many drivers to publicly embrace Wallace following the noose incident, helping Wallace finish the Geico 500 despite a fuel shortage.The Go Fas Racing press release announcing the support of Trump attributed a quote to LaJoie speaking positively about the partnership, though oftentimes such statements are written with guidance by PR professionals. LaJoie did not mention Trump by name.”With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” read LaJoie’s statement. “I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.” NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s Go Fas Racing team has reached a deal with a political action committee that will feature “Trump 2020” all over his vehicle.LaJoie had previously raced with a small rectangle bearing the phrase “Trump 2020″ on the side of his car. The new deal with a more prominent display was facilitated by the Patriots of America PAC, which supports President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Read about our new partnership with the Patriots of America PAC here:@POTUS | @realDonaldTrump | @CoreyLaJoie https://t.co/FEo9xEa4sm pic.twitter.com/phCaCMJlFC— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 1, 2020MORE: NASCAR will finally choose a cone ruleIt’s possible LaJoie carries mixed feelings about his team’s explicit support of Trump, who opposes the Black Lives Matter movement that LaJoie’s competitor and friend Bubba Wallace supports. Wallace, who is Black, has publicly shared his experiences with racism in NASCAR over the past few months.LaJoie’s brother responded to social media criticism about the paint scheme on Wednesday, suggesting LaJoie didn’t have control over the deal.”It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little,” Casey LaJoie wrote. “So many things I could say, but Love always wins. I’ll be off social media for a while.”A lot of hate being thrown at @CoreyLaJoie over a situation he had no control over. It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little. So many things I could say, but Love always wins. I’ll be off social media for a while ✌🏻— Casey LaJoie (@Casey_LaJoie) July 2, 2020NASCAR has become an unlikely political lightning rod after it banned the Confederate flag from all events and provided Wallace support after a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway two weekends ago. The noose incident was later determined to be a misunderstanding but in no way a hoax.Trump has been an incendiary figure in U.S. race relations throughout his presidency, but particularly during a nationwide protest movement against police brutality and mistreatment of Black people in the country. He has advocated for unusual use of force against protesters and deemed Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate.”
Seton-La Salle’s Dale Clancy shoots around Constitution’s Kimar Williams during the Class AA PIAA championship game. (AP Photo/File)A proposal was presented to the state government in Harrisburg on April 1 limiting sports programs at charter schools throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), which oversees high school sports, brought a plan to the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee.Robert Lombardi, PIAA executive director, brought the concerns from the member schools, that focused on boys high school basketball.Lombardi cited in his proposal some of the competitive advantages charter schools have over public schools. “From a competitive standpoint, charter schools have made obsolete any realistic competition,” stated in his presentation to the committee.Lombardi has recommended a plan that would require charter school students to play on public school teams at their community school unless that sport is offered only by the charter school.“The issue right now is our charter schools have what I call dual eligibility,” Lombardi said. “A student can play at their school residence or the charter school. No other student going to a school in PIAA has that option. All I’m saying it let’s get the playing field even. It doesn’t matter to me which way it goes.”In his presentation, he noted the success of the charter school basketball teams, “since 2006, we have had eight charter schools win PIAA boys basketball championships. During this period, we have had 12 charter schools compete for a PIAA boys’ basketball championship.”Imhotep Charter has one of the best basketball programs in the state. The school has won four state titles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) during those years. Lombardi doesn’t feel the proposal is unfair to charter schools in Philadelphia.“I think Philadelphia is a very unique situation because it’s one school district,” Lombardi said. “And that puts a different wrinkle to it. I think the leadership they have in those schools is attempting to do things the way they’re intended. But what I’ve seen from rosters, there’s people jumping. No one has a problem with the charter school if the kid goes there as a ninth grader and goes 9, 10, 11 and 12. The problem is the student that goes to another school in 11th grade and then goes to another school in 12th grade.”Representative Gene Di Girolamo, R-Bucks County, is the chair of the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee. DiGirolamo would like to see the charter schools and the PIAA get together and address these issues.“We have a legislative oversight committee which I’m the chairman,” DiGirolamo said. “This was brought to our attention as an issue of concern from the membership a few months ago. So, we decided to hold a public hearing a few weeks ago. We heard testimony from Dr. Lombardi and also a group representing the charter schools from around the state.“Dr.Lombardi proposed a legislative remedy and very obviously the charter schools when they testified were opposed to it. Right now, as far as the oversight committee is concerned at the end of the meeting, the people from the charter schools and Dr. Lombardi are going to get together, sit down and have a meeting and see if they can work some of these differences and concerns out. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no legislation been introduced or proposed. We’re going to let them try to work it out themselves to see if there’s not a resolution or a remedy.”The Associated Press contributed to this story.Contact Philadelphia Tribune Staff Writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or [email protected]://phillytrib.com/sports/basketball/piaa-members-say-charters-have-competitive-advantage.html
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by WSU Thurston County ExtensionNext to digging in the dirt, there’s nothing gardeners enjoy more than learning about their favorite plants. An easy way to increase your gardening knowledge is to join the next Washington State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course. Master Gardener’s is a volunteer service gardening organization, cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973.The WSU Master Gardener training course consists of 20 weeks of indoor and outdoor classroom, online, and hands-on activities. The 2019 training will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on alternating Fridays from January 25, 2019 through June 7, 2019.Instructors provide an overview of related subjects and environmentally sound practices including: vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, plant disease diagnosis, insects etc.A WSU Master Gardener volunteer gains more than improved gardening skills. The Thurston County WSU Master Gardener volunteer training also focuses on skill building to support volunteers in better serving our community. The fast-paced coursework involves expanding communication skills, team dynamics, problem-solving, project leadership, risk management, technology, and more.“What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to lifelong learning and sharing of accurate gardening information with others. Trainees join more than 200 volunteers who have diverse expertise and interests. As a result volunteers have fun learning from one another while making friendships and a difference in our community,” said Cori Carlton, Program Manager.Upon completion of classroom work, graduates must volunteer 60 hours on community-based garden service projects before earning the WSU Master Gardener title.Tuition is $300 which covers all course training supplies and field trips. Payment plans are available and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available to those in need.To be considered for a training spot you must complete an application and attend a 1.5 hour pre-orientation session. To see if the program is for you, please join us for a pre-orientation session.Pre-orientations are scheduled at three locations: WSU Thurston County Extension office, Lacey Library, and Tumwater Library. No pre-registration needed.Pre-orientations held at the WSU Thurston County Extension Office at 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia, WA 98503. November 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.November 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.November 27, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.December 8, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.December 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Tumwater Library Community Room at 7023 New Market Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.December 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Lacey Library Community Room at 500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503.December 11, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Course spots are filled on a first come first, served basis. Space is limited so apply today! The last day to apply is December 14, 2018, only if seats are still available. Applications can be downloaded from our website. https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/Non-Volunteer Track: We do have an option for those who are interested in taking the course for professional or personal enrichment but with no desire of volunteering. The cost is $600 and space is limited. Please contact the Program Manager at [email protected] or 360-867-2162 for further details.