Front Porch: Be an adult pen pal
The Everett Elks are looking for 40 adult pen pals to write to Marysville middle school students whose primary language is not English.
Students and adults will each read selected books and write back and forth about them. This program is very similar to the successful Marysville Elementary English Language Learner pen pal program.
The Everett Elks recently received a national grant to help fund this five-month project at two Marysville middle schools.
Pen pals will begin corresponding in mid-January and finish in May. As required for any school volunteer, State Patrol background checks are mandatory.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, call the Everett Elks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays at 425-252-4179.
Best champagnes: According to foodandwine.com, here are the best champagnes:
1999 Gaston Chiquet Special Club ($75), a bold and gutsy wine made by a top Aÿ-based grower.
2002 Jean Milan Sélection Terres de Noël Brut ($100), a poised, all-Chardonnay wine from 50-year-old vines.
1999 Pierre Peters Cuvée Spéciale Brut ($100), a floral wine produced by one of the top Chardonnay growers in Champagne.
1996 Duval-Leroy Cuvée Femme ($140), a seductive wine, packaged in a sensuously shaped bottle and possessed of great finesse.
2000 Vilmart et Cie Coeur de Cuvée Brut ($140), a soft and full-bodied wine marked by lovely floral notes.
1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires ($150), a gorgeously rich and well-balanced all-Chardonnay wine.
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