Sherry Anderson of Kirkland had difficulty finding her polling place Tuesday. Because the North Kirkland Community Center is being remodeled...

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Sherry Anderson of Kirkland had difficulty finding her polling place Tuesday. Because the North Kirkland Community Center is being remodeled, 10 precincts that usually vote there moved to Christ Church of Kirkland. “The church is up a hill and behind some trees,” she said. “It took me about 10 minutes to find the place.”

Anderson was unhappy the change notice arrived the day before the election and complained that polling place signs were hard to see.

“I’m from hanging-chad country — Florida,” she said. “There they put up big polling-place signs a block away.”

But Chris Curry of Bellevue e-mailed that things weren’t any better in the land of hanging chads. He was visiting his father in Sarasota, Fla., and drove his dad to the polls.

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Curry’s father negotiated his walker through sprinklers drenching the sidewalks and across a hose that crossed his path into the election site — a nursing home. Tests on fire alarms were causing periodic piercing shrieks and flashing lights. Interior doors automatically shut.

“There were signs outside, but it sure wasn’t easy getting in to vote,” Curry said. “The fire alarm was still going strong when we left.”

Warm event

When it comes to parties, nothing fazes Imelda and John Dulcich of Newcastle. He’s the city’s mayor; she’s a hostess who pulls off anything and is a supporter of many charities.

Because of a mix-up in August, they had less than 24 hours to turn a birthday party for John into a fundraising party for King County Council candidate Reagan Dunn.

Last Saturday’s party was better-planned. The Dulcichs, Sprince Arbogast and several other couples hosted Cocktails for Coats to collect jackets and coats for homeless youths.

Guests brought more than 200 coats, 100 scarves, gloves and hats. Arbogast will deliver the warm apparel to Youth Care’s Orion Center in Seattle.

Imelda said she “learned to hostess to the extreme” while living in Georgia for almost 10 years. She added that comedian Pat Cashman recently joked that Newcastle’s slogan should be “We’re right on the way to Factoria Mall.”

“I think if people have to pass through anyway, they might as well stop by, and we’ll throw a party,” Imelda said.

Food note

Woodinville High School students had a big treat for the Hopelink food bank in Bothell — 2,332 cans of food.

On Halloween, the Future Business Leaders of America club collected canned goods instead of candy. The Hunger Buster drive was organized by Woodinville junior Krystal Sweitzer.

Things that count

Parents at The Overlake School in Redmond know the value of good things.

While there were fabulous items for sale at the annual school auction Saturday night, the big draw wasn’t a trip to an exotic location or rare wines. The most popular item was a day with Joyce Standing, a fifth-grade teacher. Standing will take four children hiking, snow tubing, sledding, canoeing or baking — the winning child’s choice.

It sold for $4,000 — twice. As auctioneer Jay Fiske of Woodinville said, “Let’s give her a standing ovation.”