Brides dash for dresses, help a charity

  • Mon Jan 18th, 2010 11:04pm
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By Kristi O’Harran Herald Writer

They came, zoomed and grabbed.

Some left happy — thrilled brides on a budget.

Inexpensive wedding gowns were waiting to be purchased at the third annual Dress Dash at Comcast Arena in Everett.

Ladies arrived at 12:30 a.m.

Doors opened at 7 a.m.

They camped in sleeping bags, with blankets, and talked about whether their dream wedding dress was waiting inside.

Even if it wasn’t the total dream dress, for less than $200, it could be wonderful enough.

At 7 a.m., nearly 350 folks sprinted to the racks.

In total, 62 gowns were sold, raising $11,700 for Brides Against Breast Cancer, a fundraising division of the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.

“It was really successful,” says Erin Scharf with Making Memories. “We’ll definitely be doing it again next year.”

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Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop seeks adult bikes for the African country of Ghana.

Please donate sturdy bikes in good condition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2525 Broadway, Everett. Find the group in the back of the building in the alley.

And please leave $10 with each bike to cover costs.

Kristi Knodell with Sharing Wheels says bicycles are efficient transportation for people who live in areas where roads are rough and incomes are low.

Knodell says they work with former Ghanan residents who now live in the Puget Sound area.

For more information, call 425-252-6952 or visit www.

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More memories were made Monday evening at the Everett Elks Lodge No. 479 Hoop Shoot.

Grown-up boys and girls may remember their time in front of the hoop, hoping to make baskets in their age division.

Ann Hall, Hoop Shoot chairwoman, said the contest has enticed kids in Everett for 36 years.

Winners advance to the district meet Jan. 30 in Mount Vernon.

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They keep the kitty filled at Lake Stickney in Lynnwood, just in case an environmental issue comes up.

Folks who live around the lake aim to keep it pristine through work of the Lake Stickney Conservancy.

Each year at a bake sale they collect money to have on hand. There is undeveloped acreage around the lake and they want a say in its potential for development.

Joyce Altaras, president of Lake Stickney Conservancy, says each year at the bake sale they make about $1,000.

“We want to always have some in the bank, in case something else on the wetlands crops up that needs our attention,” Altaras says.

They were able to halt one proposed development seven years ago, she says.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451,