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Plant: Help beautify Mukilteo BoulevardHelp dress up East Mukilteo Boulevard with 40,000 flowers during Viva Color, the annual volunteer planting event run by Everett Parks and Recreation, 9-11 a.m. Saturday near Forest Park. A shuttle will run from View Ridge Plaza, at the intersection of Olympic and Mukilteo boulevards and Dogwood Drive. Register on site on the day of event.
Gloves, trowels, refreshments and commemorative buttons provided.
More info: and click “events” or call 425-257-8300 ext. 2
Tour: Learn tales behind gravestonesLocal historian and writer Warner Blake leads a guided tour of the GAR Cemetery, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at 8601 Riverview Road. Discover more about the founders of Snohomish, visiting the family plots of Ferguson, Harvey, Blackman, Vestal and more, including some surprises.
Cost is a $10 donation to the Snohomish Historic Society.
Swim: Help lifeguards train to rescueThe public is invited to participate in a free swim during a lifeguard demonstration and exhibition, 4:30-6 p.m. June 6 at the Mountlake Terrace Pavilion pool, 5303 228th St. SW. Lifeguards will practice rescues while swimmers are in the pool. Admission is free to the first 120 participants.
The lifeguards will perform basic rescues in the water on other lifeguards who will pose as troubled swimmers. They also will respond to first-aid scenarios and practice clearing the pool as in the case of a real emergency. More swimmers help make the training more realistic for lifeguards.
Sponsor: Volunteers needed for kid activitiesThe Monroe School District’s free summer lunch program is scheduled again for Frank Wagner Elementary School weekday afternoons over the vacation break and will continue a partnership with local groups to also provide learning activities.
Known as Summer Star Club, organizations are needed to host activities that can last up to an hour or more. Examples of planned activities so far include cooking demonstrations and getting signed up for the Monroe Library’s summer reading program.
The program will serve a free meal to youth age 18 and younger, noon-12:45 p.m. weekdays from June 18 to Aug. 15. The school is at 115 Dickinson St.
More info: Chris Waltman at or Sue Skillen at 360-804-4317 or
Camp: Military children invited to program at YCamp Corral is a free, week-long summer camp for military children, ages 8 to 15, with priority given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. The camp runs Aug. 3-8 at YMCA Camp Seymour grounds in Gig Harbor. Registration is underway.
Campers participate in traditional camp experiences, including horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, fishing, archery, a ropes course and other outdoor activities, while learning new skills, building character and making new friends. Camp Corral is a nonprofit effort active in 16 states.
More info:
Swap: A free cooler for an old fridgeSnohomish County Public Utility District customers can have their old, energy-wasting fridge or freezer hauled away and get a collapsible cooler in exchange. The 18-can cooler has a zippered front pocket, two front mesh pockets, a cellphone pocket and shoulder strap. Supplies are limited. Customers need to schedule their pickups between now and July 31 to be eligible.
To have a refrigerator or freezer picked up and recycled, it needs to be in working condition and 10 to 32 cubic feet in size. Customers must own the unit being recycled, with a pickup limit of two units per account.
To schedule a pickup, call JACO Environmental at 877-577-0510 or go to

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