Around Snohomish County
The city of Arlington has 17 parks that cover 183 acres, along with about eight miles of trails.
Maintenance on four of those parks -- Legion, Terrace, Centennial and Quake -- is now done by community groups.
People who would like to "adopt" other parks are asked to call assistant city administrator Paul Ellis at 360-403-4603.
Camano: Center offers Crab Dash, concert
The Camano Crab Dash, a 5K or 10K run, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday starting and finishing at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road. Prizes for the top three male and female finishers are planned. Entry fee is $15 for individuals or $45 for families. Participation includes a T-shirt, race timing, goody bag and one free beer. Proceeds benefit the center.
An outdoor concert by Brass Band Northwest is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, also at the Camano Center. Audience members can expect show tunes, big band sounds, Sousa marches and other brass band selections. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Price for 12 and older is $10, age 3-11 is $5 and 2 and under are free. Admission includes a bratwurst or a hot dog, chips and an ice cream sandwich.
More info: www.camanocenter.org or call 360-387-0222.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour
Visit wildlife gardens at the fifth annual free Camano Island Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pick up maps at Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 E. Camano Drive.
The tour demonstrates how any property can become a backyard wildlife habitat. Camano Island was the 10th community in the nation to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Community Wildlife Habitat, with more than 786 individual properties certified as backyard wildlife habitats.
More info: www.camanowildlifehabitat.org or 360-387-2236.
Darrington: Food bank fundraiser
Lunch is the headliner at the Darrington Merchants Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the pawn shop on Highway 530.
Donations for the meal of sausages on gourmet buns, or hot dogs for kids, salads and watermelon go to the Darrington Food Bank.
Artists, craftsmen, gardeners and musicians plan to be on hand for the event, along with local merchants.
Everett: New health district deputy director
Clark County administrator Peter Mayer has been selected as the new deputy director of the Snohomish Health District, the countywide public health agency.
He will begin his duties on July 9.
Mayer currently directs the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation in Vancouver. He has 16 years of management experience in government, including four years with the Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department and six years with the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department.
Mayer was chosen from a field of 33 applicants.
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