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Everett: Oil spill alert practice Friday

The Navy plans to conduct an oil spill response exercise Friday in the marine waters just north of Everett.

The exercise is part of the Navy’s response preparedness strategy designed to keep oil from entering the area’s tidal marshes and harming wildlife.

Navy personnel plan to practice responding to a simulated oil spill with small boats and a bright orange containment boom placed across the water. Although the public won’t be inconvenienced by these exercises, people may see the oil spill response activity and equipment in the water near Everett.

Visit neighborhood Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to set up shop Saturday at 2602 Baker Ave. for families who want to visit.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Mrs. Claus serving coffee, cider and cookies.

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

More info: 425-258-4201

Stanwood: Country Living Expo to return

Registration is open for the Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winter School set for 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Stanwood High School.

The event offers 165 classes, 60 vendors and a prime rib or vegetarian lunch.

Hosted by the Stanwood FFA, it is presented by Washington State University Extension, the WSU Livestock Master Foundation and the state Cattlemen’s Association.

The livestock enthusiast can select a full track of classes on beef, sheep, swine, goats or horses. Classes will cover gardening, beekeeping, food preparation and preservation, the business aspects of small-scale farming, and the pleasures of country living.

Organizers have added 45 new classes, including landscape design, lefse making, fly-fishing, building a cob oven, growing hardy fuchsia flowers, sous vide cooking, giant vegetable growing, killing slugs and making pie. By popular demand, extra cheese and soap making classes have been added.

Registration is $65 per person, or $60 if paid by Dec. 31, and $10 for the first 200 students ages 12-18.

More info: http://bit.ly/123naXa or call 360-428-4270

Verlot: Forest gates closed for season

The gate at Deer Creek Road on the Mountain Loop Highway closed for the season Monday and isn’t scheduled to reopen until the spring thaw.

Signs have been posted at the Darrington and Granite Falls ends of the road.

U.S. Forest Service gates at Bedal Campground, Barlow Pass, the Big Four Ice Caves and Heather Lake are locked because of snow.

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