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Friday, September 23, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Here and Now

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An indoor sand court that claims to be the first of its kind in the Northwest devoted exclusively to beach volleyball is set to open tomorrow at Warren G. Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle.

Co-owners Willie Moneda and Dan Billharz had enough sand trucked from a local sand pit — 350 tons — to cover two full-sized Arena Sports volleyball courts at least 12 inches deep.

The new facility, North Beach Volleyball, will hold an open house with free play from 1 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. The facility is in Magnuson Park's Building 2 at 7727 63rd Ave. N.E.

Getting around

• A fourth round-trip train run between Seattle and Tacoma will be added to Sound Transit's Sounder weekday commuter-train schedule on Monday. The new train will leave the Tacoma Dome station at 7:10 a.m., with stops in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila before an 8:10 a.m. arrival at Seattle's King Street Station. The return trip will leave King Street Station at 4:20 p.m. and arrive at the Tacoma Dome at 5:20 p.m.

Other trains leave Tacoma at 5:45, 6:20 and 6:45 a.m., and Seattle at 4:45, 5:10 and 5:40 p.m.

• The state ferry system's Port Townsend-Keystone route will have added runs on Sunday to handle extra traffic for the annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally in Anacortes, which attracts thousands of motorcyclists. An extra sailing is scheduled from Port Townsend at 10:30 a.m. and from Keystone at 11:15 a.m. Motorcycles will be staged in separate holding lanes of the docks to speed boarding, but Washington State Ferries says motorcyclists will be expected to wait in line rather than bypass other waiting vehicles.

The Oyster Run is said to be the largest motorcycle run in the state and the Northwest. The free event has no set time schedule or set route. It starts in Anacortes about noon.

Traffic watch

Several thousand people are expected at Safeco Field today for a private, daylong business gathering. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic, including more than 200 charter buses, is likely to impact the stadium area from about 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Access to Occidental Avenue South at South Royal Brougham Way will be restricted during morning and late-afternoon periods. Parking will be restricted along South Massachusetts, South Utah and South Atlantic streets next to the Home Plate parking lot.

Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson.

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