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Rent a Christmas tree now and help salmon later

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By Kristi O'Harran, Herald Columnist
Here is a green way to be green. Rent your Christmas tree.
Adopt a Stream Foundation has 200 trees for rent at the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE in Everett.
Ecologist Loren Brokaw said that 200 live Sitka spruce, Western red cedar and Douglas fir trees in the three-to-four-foot range will be available for rent.
Pick your tree from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the center.
"Trees that are brought back in good condition will then be planted next to salmon streams in the spring. As the trees grow they will provide shade that keeps water temperatures nice and cool the way salmon like it."
Meet Sammy the Salmon when you pick out your tree.
Each rental tree will come with directions on how to care for the tree during the holidays. The rental price is $25 for three-foot trees and $30 for four-foot trees.
For more information, call 425-316-8592.

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Westgate Chapel in Edmonds served 1,390 free Thanksgiving dinners Thursday, said Cindi Bowen.
"Amazing," she said. "It was cozy and holy, and fun."

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Joshua Dickenson said his daughter, Saraphia Dickenson, has a unique event planned to celebrate her 10th birthday.
From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, a professional ice skater will work with blind children at Comcast Community Ice Rink in Everett.
This will be the first time ice skating for the blind children, Dickenson said.

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The theme for Sultan's Community Thanksgiving Dinner was "Where No One Eats Alone."
Volunteers put out 209 meals and filled 90 to-go boxes.
They cooked about 300 pounds of turkey, 125 pounds of potatoes, 60 pounds of sweet potatoes, 27 pounds of dried bread cubes for dressing, 60 pounds of carrots and 20 pounds of peas.
Organizers wish to thank more than three dozen volunteers, Monroe Grocery Outlet, Volunteers of America, Sultan Toastmasters, Lions Club of Sultan and the Sultan Senior Center.

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The Future of Flight Foundation offers "It's All About the Future," a ommunity Speaker Series program.
Guest speaker Captain Jim Freeman, Alaska Airlines iPad Project, will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 8415 Paine Field Blvd. in Everett.
Freeman has worked as a 727 flight engineer and flown the MD-80 and 737, serving as an instructor on both planes since 1991. He was the assistant fleet captain on the MD-80 in 2001 and the director of flight standards from 2002 to 2011. His duties are focused on the implementation of the iPad on the flight deck for Alaska Airlines.
The presentation is free. Meet Freeman from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is $15.
Register for the "Meet the Speaker" reception today at
For more information, email or call 435-438-8100 ext 230.

Kristi O'Harran: 425-339-3451;

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