Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

South County Calendar

LUAU TIME | Merilyn Beck, a member of the Sound Singers of Edmonds, dances to the song "To You Sweatheart Aloha," Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 duri...

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LUAU TIME | Merilyn Beck, a member of the Sound Singers of Edmonds, dances to the song "To You Sweatheart Aloha," Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 during the Edmonds Senior Center "Beyond the Rainbow," summer luau.

Storm CEO headlines luncheon

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County hosts its seventh annual Hope Within Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Comcast Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave. Karen Bryant, CEO of the Seattle Storm, will be keynote speaker for the event titled “Domestic Violence, Weathering the Storm.”
Cost to attend is $15 per seat or $125 for a table of 10. Contact Stephanie Civey, special events coordinator, for reservations or questions at or 425-259-2827 ext. 13.
Learn to square dance
Checkerboard Squares offers a free spaghetti dinner and an introduction to square dancing from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Masonic Hall, 515 Dayton St., Edmonds. Call Sheryl at 425-267-0775 or Roy at 206-949-0114 for more information.
Bird Fest is flying in
The 2012 Puget Sound Bird Fest is set for Sept. 7-9, celebrating birds and nature in Edmonds on the beautiful shore of Puget Sound.
The festival's mission is to increase awareness of species of birds that spend all or part of their lives in the Puget Sound region, and especially the environs of Edmonds. The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits and educational activities for children and adults.
More info:
Walk for PAWS
PAWSwalk 2012, a fundraiser for Lynnwood-based animal shelter PAWS, is set for Sept. 8 at Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE in Redmond.
Check-in opens at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m.
Each dollar raised at PAWSwalk helps give injured, orphaned and homeless animals a second chance, whether it's an orphaned songbird who needs a safe place to grow up, or a stray cat looking to find a warm house and a forever family.
Learn more or sign up at
Day of Service honors 9/11
A Volunteer Park Cleanup Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at Terrace Ridge Park, 4600 242nd St. SW, Mountlake Terrace.
The event coincides with the National Day of Service in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Volunteers should bring gardening gloves and tools. Groups should register with Parks and Facilities Superintendent Ken Courtmanch in advance so assignments can be planned accordingly; call 425-776-1811.
Freedom lands at Stream Center

Freedom the eagle and her handler, Jeff Guidry, will make an appearance at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Northwest Stream Center auditorium at Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE in Everett.
This Streamkeeper Academy event is geared for the whole family. Participants will learn about the life history of eagles, as well as meet a very mellow retired Alaskan sled dog named Jack Daniels.
Reservations are required; call 425-316-8592. Tickets are $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members; $7 non-members. Proceeds benefit the Sarvey Wildlife Center and the Adopt A Stream Foundation's Streamkeeper Academy.
Free computer classes resume
Need help with your computer and Internet skills?
Registration is open for fall computer classes at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.
This series of free classes starting Sept. 11 is aimed at the very beginner, beginner and intermediate computer user and will teach students how to use a mouse, the basics of the Internet, use email and Google effectively, find job hunting opportunities on the Internet and how to use Microsoft Word.
Class sizes are limited and registration is required. All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. These popular classes fill up fast so contact the library in person or by phone at 425-776-8722 to register. Learn more at
Bats and green cities at the FAC
The public is invited to the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Project's free monthly program meetings held 6:30-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Frances Anderson Center, 650 Main St., Edmonds.
Next up:
• Aug. 30: Barbara Ogaard from Bats Northwest will be speaking on “Bats of Western Washington”
• Sept. 27: Kory Kramer, Green Cities program manager for Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), will speak on “Green Cities: How your city can become one”
More info:
Naturescaping for wildlife in Bothell
Homeowners who would like to have more birds, butterflies and pollinating bees visit their yards are invited to attend a free class on naturescaping, at 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 8 at Brier City Hall, 2901 228th St. SW, Brier.
Ryan Williams, habitat restorationist for the Snohomish Conservation District, will speak on the use of native plants, habitat needs of wildlife and streamside planting. Williams has been working on habitat issues around the county for six years and recently spearheaded the Brierwood Park planting project to improve buffers in the park.
Monica Van der Vieren, a Washington native plant steward and educator for Woodland Park Zoo's Backyard Habitat program, will cover how to attract local wildlife. Van der Vieren began her training so she could introduce wildlife habitat to an old farmstead in the upper Snohomish River estuary.
Bring a guest and receive a free poster. Register at For questions, call Williams at 425-335-5634 ext. 116.
Enter the Interurban
A tour of Interurban Car 55 is to be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Heritage Park, 19921 Poplar Way in Lynnwood.
Interurban Car 55 is a renovated 1909 interurban electric rail car on display at the park; it's one of the six original trolleys that provided commuter service from Alderwood Manor to Seattle and Everett from 1910 to 1939.
Individuals, families and community groups are invited to enjoy the ride. Tour guides Jeanne and Gary Rogers plan to entertain with historical facts and stories along the way. No reservations are necessary.
Trolley tours are always free and can accommodate all ages and abilities. For tours from October through May, call 425-670-5502 for reservations.
Job-hunting skills in south Everett
Do you need to re-enter the workforce? If so, find free tools and support in YWCA's “Pathways to Work” three-hour workshops.
Classes are held in Lynnwood, as well as Everett, Stanwood, Monroe and now south Everett.
Call 425-258-2766 ext. 226 for more information or to register, or email
Rick Steves' travel classes
Most classes are held at Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, located at 130 Fourth Ave., Edmonds. Others are held at Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St. Classes are free, but make reservations at or call 425-771-8303 ext. 298.
• “Walking the Camino de Santiago,” 6-7 p.m. Aug. 30
• “European Rail Skills,” 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 1 at Edmonds Theater
• “Florence,” noon-1:30 p.m. Sept. 1
Savvy Traveler classes
The Savvy Traveler is located at 112 Fifth Ave. S in Edmonds. For more information, call 425-744-6076 or go to Upcoming classes include:
• “Patagonia & Beyond: Chile & Argentina,” 10 a.m. Sept. 8
• “India, Incredible India!,” 1 p.m. Sept. 8
• “Botswana,” 10 a.m. Sept. 15
• “Thailand Off the Beaten Path,” 1 p.m. Sept. 15
Duct tape wallets

Want to get creative and make something you can actually use? Get compliments every time you go to pay with your own handmade duct tape wallet. Learn how from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.
All materials supplied. This free class is for teens (ages 12-18 or in sixth to 12th grade). Questions? Call Dawn at 425-776-8722.
Auction benefits senior center

The Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., will hold a Young at Heart dinner and auction starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Cost to attend is $40 per person.
Proceeds benefit the Senior Center. More info: 425-774-5555
AARP Driver Safety
Swedish/Edmonds will offer its next “AARP Driver Safety” course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24-25. Both sessions are required.
This classroom-based driver-retraining program is designed to help older persons improve their driving skills. A certificate of completion is given that may qualify drivers over age 55 for insurance discounts.
Class will be held on the fourth floor of the hospital at 21601 76th Ave. W, Edmonds.
Cost is $12 with AARP membership, $14 without. Registration is required. Call 206-386-2502.