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Front Porch: Trains running for some Mariners, Sounders' weekend games

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Game-day transit
With the Mariners opening in Seattle in less than a week and the Sounder soccer schedule in full swing, Sound Transit is urging people to leave their cars behind and take the train to the games.
Sounder commuter rail trains are scheduled to run to several games throughout the season. Sound Transit will run special Sounder trains to the soccer matches running from April 13 to July 20. Game day trains will serve 12 Mariners games from April 14 through Aug. 25.
Trains depart from Everett at 11:15 a.m. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the games are over.
Complete game-day Sounder train schedules are available at www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Event-services.xml.

HeartChase set for Saturday: For all those warnings about use of technology cutting into physical activity, here's an event where you're not just allowed to have a smart phone, but at least one person per team must have one to participate. HeartChase, which supports the American Heart Association, is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Teams of two to five people race through Everett to compete in heart healthy challenges while collecting as many points as possible. The event starts at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett's medical tower, 1321 Colby Ave. Donate or raise $50 per person to participate. Raise $100 to get an event T-shirt. Registration and more information is available at: www.HeartChase SnohomishCounty.org.

Gander at geese while you can: If you want to catch a glimpse of snow geese near Stanwood and around Fir Island in Skagit County, better hurry. These snowbirds fly north to their summer digs on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean, and they're usually gone by mid-April.

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