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Everett: Tea ceremonies planned

Everett Community College’s Nippon Business Institute and the East-West Chanoyu Center plan to host tea ceremonies April 18, 20, and 24 to celebrate the coming of spring.

The ceremony will be at the NBI’s tearoom and garden, 905 Wetmore Ave. in Everett. Admission is $15 per person ($10 for EvCC students with student ID.) A parking pass for campus parking is included.

Registration is required for all events. To register, contact Kathleen Koss at or 425-388-9195.

Banker association plans food drive

Washington Bankers Association has teamed up with Northwest Harvest for its Bankers Care Spring Food Drive. Banks from Everett to Olympia will be collecting food and cash until April 5th to benefit food banks in your community.

Volunteers of America, the lead agency of the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition, is partnering with Northwest Harvest to help distribute donated food in Snohomish County. Coalition members will receive the food collected from more than 60 bank branches throughout the county. The food banks operated by VOA in Snohomish County in Everett and Mill Creek will also receive some of the food collected.

Participating banks in Snohomish County include Bank of America, Chase, Columbia State, HomeStreet, Pacific Crest Savings, The Bank of Washington, Umpqua, US Bank, Washington Federal, and Wells Fargo.

Island County: Volunteers needed for conservation board

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill three positions on the Conservation Futures Citizens Advisory Board.

Members must be county residents for at least one year prior to appointment. Positions being sought currently are for the unincorporated areas of Whidbey coincident with the Coupeville School District; a representative living within the Town of Coupeville boundaries; and a representative living within the City of Oak Harbor boundaries. Applicants must reside within the area they are representing.

Interested individuals should provide a letter of interest and statement of qualifications by mail, email or FAX to: Island County Board of Commissioners, Attn: Pam Dill, Re: Conservation Futures Citizens Advisory Board Vacancy, Post Office Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. The FAX number is (360) 679-7381 and email applications should be sent to

Application materials should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. April 26. For additional information please phone (360) 679-7353 or e-mail Pam Dill at the above address.

Terrace: Arts commission overview

The City Council received an overview from the Arts Advisory Commission on their accomplishments last year and plan for this year.

Last year, the commission coordinated the 34th Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show with Friends of the Arts, hosted Art Exhibits at the Mountlake Terrace Library, free art classes and participated in community events including Tour de Terrace and National Night Out.

This year, the commission hopes to sponsor a children’s art show, look for potential grant opportunities, identify additional partnerships and sponsorships and expand their volunteer base. The Arts Advisory Commission’s mission is to support and promote the cultural arts as a vital element of the community’s quality of life, economic viability and vibrant community identity.

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