Front Porch: Bird Fest is Friday and Saturday

The 2012 Puget Sound Bird Fest is set for Friday through Saturday, celebrating birds and nature in Edmonds.

The festival’s mission is to increase awareness of species of birds that spend all or part of their lives in the Puget Sound region, and especially the environs of Edmonds.

The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits and educational activities for children and adults.

For more information, go to www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.

Bus for free to Lighthouse Festival: Community Transit is teaming with Providence Harbour Point Clinic, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival and the city of Mukilteo to provide free bus rides to the 2012 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Friday and Saturday.

Providence is covering the cost of the bus rides. To get a free bus ticket, visit Providence Medical Group Harbour Pointe Clinic at 4112 Harbour Pointe Blvd. SW, Suite 100 in Mukilteo. The clinic is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Free ride tickets are limited to 10 per person and are valid only for transportation to and from the festival. Providence will hand out 500 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Friday, riders can use their free-ride tickets on Route 113 (Ash Way Park &Ride/Mukilteo Ferry), Route 417 (Downtown Seattle/Mukilteo Ferry) and Route 880 (University District/Mukilteo Ferry).

On Saturday, festival goers can use their free-ride tickets on Route 113. Community Transit buses do not operate on Sundays.

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