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Division director Tim McDonald has retired from the Snohomish Health District. The Vietnam veteran is also a longtime veteran of local public health, serving communities for 36 years in Washington. As the director of the Communicable Disease Control Division, he was responsible for a budget of more than $5.6 million and more than 50 staff members.

Sparling has added Marc Jenkins as an acoustician in the Lynnwood headquarters office. Jenkins is a new graduate from Brigham Young University. He has experience in research and design and in preparing technical reports.

Kudos

Foggy Noggin Brewing of Bothell made the “Small Is Beautiful: Our 10 Favorite U.S. Nanobreweries” list in a recently published article in Bon Appetit magazine. Brewer Jim Jamison produces small batches of English-style ales at the nanobrewery near Canyon Park.

According to a recent report, Mountlake Terrace multifamily residents recycle more than in most other communities. Waste Management Northwest Public Sector Manager Will Ibershof reported that most recycling rates for multifamily residents are at 8 percent to 10 percent, but in Mountlake Terrace it’s 20 percent.

Good deeds

Now through April 14, Elle Marie Hair Studio is collecting prom dresses for distribution to schools throughout Snohomish County. The salon is also offering $10 in Elle Marie Beauty Bucks to each guest that makes a donation. Dresses can be delivered to any of three Elle Marie locations. For addresses and hours, visit www.ElleMarieHairStudio.com.

Wells Fargo &Co. has invested a record $3.1 million in more than 550 nonprofits in Washington in 2012 — up 19 percent over 2011. In addition, Wells Fargo team members contributed more than $1.2 million and 25,000 volunteer hours to help their neighborhoods and communities succeed.

HomeStreet Bank branches in Lynnwood, Marysville and Mountlake Terrace will continue to collect non-perishable food and cash donations for Northwest Harvest through Friday. The campaign is part of a new outreach program sponsored by the Washington Bankers Association.

On March 16, IMCO General Construction hosted a volunteer work party at Housing Hope’s Woods Creek Village expansion project in Monroe. More than 100 volunteers spent 450 hours combined helping put the finishing touches on the project, saving Housing Hope thousands of dollars.

Events

Café Zippy at 2811 Wetmore in Everett, across from Trinity Lutheran College, celebrates its two-year anniversary today. The event will feature deals, Zippy trivia and prizes. The business is open until 5 p.m. More information is at ZippysJava.com.

Rotary Club of Everett will celebrate its 5,000th meeting on Tuesday at Naval Station Everett. Speaking on the club’s history of community and world service will be Everett educator, historian and former club president Lawrence E. O’Donnell. The club met first in 1916.

The Everett AquaSox, minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are hosting their annual Frog Fair job fair for the 2013 season from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Interested applicants should call 425-258-3673 to register for the job fair, which will be held at the Longfellow Building at 3715 Oakes Ave. in Everett.

The community is invited to bring used computers and electronics to a free electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13 at McClain Insurance Services in Everett. For more information, visit www.AutoHomeBoat.com/ECycle.

Everett Community College’s Nippon Business Institute and the East-West Chanoyu Center will host tea ceremonies April 18, 20 and 24 to celebrate the coming of spring. These will be at the NBI’s tearoom and garden at 905 Wetmore Ave. in Everett. Admission is $15 per person or $10 for EvCC students. To register, contact Kathleen Koss at kkoss@everettcc.edu or 425-388-9195.

The Spring Jubilee Farm Tour May 11 and 12 is a self-guided tour of nurseries and farms in Silvana, Stanwood and Camano Island presented by the Port Susan Food &Farming Center. The public is invited to meet local food producers and tour family-owned farms. For more information, go to www.portsusan.org and click on “Farm Tours.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s national Small Business Week is June 17-21. Locally, it will be celebrated in Seattle on June 17. This year’s events will feature events to help small businesses start, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.

Classes, workshops, webinars

Beard Financial Group will present a Five-Minute Financial Clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Firelight Bistro in Stanwood. This informational, non-sales event is free, and coffee will be provided. For information, call 360-629-7575. Beard Financial Group will continue the clinics each Thursday in April.

Leadership Snohomish County and presenter Ian Ayers will teach problem-solving principles that expert entrepreneurs have learned the hard way from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 12 at the Jackson Center at Everett Community College. There is also a small-group session from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register at www.leadershipsc.org.

A career-building tool called Career Quest Cards will be featured in a workshop with career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows at 1:30 p.m. on April 27 at Vision Quest Bookstore and Wellness Center at 3602 Colby Ave. in Everett. Bellows designed Career Quest Cards as an engaging and affordable strategy for developing a new career.

Announcements

Snohomish County Public Utility District joined with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory last week to co-sponsor a cyber summit aimed at sharing information about protecting critical systems. The well-attended summit provided a forum for legislators and government officials to gather information about the activities of various public and private entities.

The state Department of Commerce says applications are available for the 2013 Local Technology Planning Team grant program. The grants will range from $50,000 to $100,000 and are part of the work of Commerce’s Washington State Broadband Office. The deadline is 5 p.m. on April 30. Awards will be announced in June.

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