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Arlington: Food, clothing drive
A food and clothing drive is kicking off Friday at Jake's House Prayer & Worship Center. The drive is open to any family in need and will be held every Friday through the holiday season from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Dec. 20, Jake's House will also hand out Christmas presents to needy families. Jake's House is at 18824 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington. For more information or to make a donation, call 360-659-8900 or visit
Everett: Meeting for fire authority
Plans for a regional fire authority in south Snohomish County are lingering.
A meeting set in December now is tentatively scheduled for mid-January, according to fire officials.
Cities and fire districts between Everett and the Snohomish-King counties line spent years in talks before most dropped out of the plan.
The remaining participating agencies are Fire District 1, Mountlake Terrace and Brier.
Lynnwood: Park's ribbon-cutting
Snohomish County has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lake Stickney Community Park from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The address is 13521 Manor Way, Lynnwood, in the parking lot on the west side of the lake.
The county owns more than 20 acres on the west side of the lake and plans to continue adding to those holdings. Plans now are to keep the area natural. Future plans could include walking trails and an off-leash dog park.
Outgoing mayor mum on own plans
Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough says he is not discussing his plans after his term expires Dec. 31.
Gough, who lost a re-election bid in November, has been mayor for eight years. He was on the City Council before that.
Last week, he declined to talk about what's next.
"I'm moving on," he said.
Marysville: Join diversity committee
The city is seeking residents reflecting Marysville's diverse population to be members of the mayor's Diversity Advisory Committee. The committee works to promote diversity in the city with community presentations, multilingual publications, a multicultural fair and outreach to minority members of the community. Interested residents should send a letter before Dec. 27 to Mayor Jon Nehring, c/o City Clerk, Diversity Committee, 1049 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270.

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