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Everett: Vigil for girl slain in Arizona

Snohomish County leaders, including the county’s Human Rights Commission, have planned a tribute next Wednesday to a 9-year-old Arizona girl who was killed three years ago by border activists with ties to Everett.

The community vigil for Brisenia Flores is scheduled at Snohomish County’s flag pavilion, at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, at 4:30 p.m.

Brisenia was shot to death, along with her father, 29-year-old Raul Flores, on May 30, 2009. Brisenia’s mother, Gina Gonzalez, also was shot but survived after a gun battle with the attackers.

Shawna Forde, formerly of Everett, and Jason Bush, also from Washington state, were convicted in the case and are on Arizona’s death row. An Arizona man, Albert Gaxiola, received a life sentence. Testimony at their trials revealed Forde led the attack on Brisenia’s family as part of a plan to fund her Minutemen American Defense group through robbery. Forde founded the organization in Everett and left here in early 2009 after a series of violent incidents.

Following the vigil, a reception and short workshop are planned.

More info: Andrea Pettit, 425-388-3411, then dial 5 followed by ext. 7308; or

Monroe: Bell choir fundraiser planned

A Kirkland handbell choir is scheduled to play in Monroe next week to raise money for a church here that had its antique bell stolen.

St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church’s hefty brass bell was pinched in November. Thieves busted up the bell and sold as scrap metal.

A new bell and tower are expected to be celebrated during a ceremony in July. Details for that event are still being worked out, Monroe church officials said.

To help with the fundraising efforts, the Angelus Handbell Choir from the Holy Family church in Kirkland will perform at 7 p.m. May 30 at the Monroe church, 601 W. Columbia St.

The concert is free, but donations are welcome.

Pow Wow helps fund cultural events

The Skykomish Valley Indian Education program is hosting the eighth annual Traditional Pow Wow from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday at the Monroe High School Commons, 17001 Tester Road, Monroe. Everyone is welcome and the entrance is free.

Free dinner is scheduled to be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beverages and snacks can also be purchased. Proceeds will benefit the Skykomish Valley Indian Education Parent Organization scholarship fund which provides funding for future cultural events.

More info: Mars Miller, 360-804-2554 or

Sultan: Fishing derby for kids

The Sultan Sportsmen’s Club is organizing a Fishing Derby for kids between the ages of 1 and 14. The derby is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ed Boucher’s ponds by E. Wisteria Lane just two blocks north of Sultan High School.

Participants must be with an adults. There will be prizes for the biggest fish and for the most fish caught. More info: 360-793-7764.

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