Front Porch: Camano Island Chamber benefit

The Camano Island Chamber of Commerce is set to host a benefit from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Commons at Terry’s corner, 848 Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island.

The event is free.

The fundraiser will feature vendors, live music, art and promotional items from chamber members. There will be three tastes of beer or wine for $5, snacks for $5, and activities for children.

More sponsors are welcome.

For more information contact Karen Daum, director, at 360-629-7136, or email

Whooping cough reminder: A message for people to be vaccinated against whooping cough will hit all 285,000 mailboxes of Snohomish County households by the end of the month.

The Little Red School House, a nonprofit dedicated to children and families, mailed out the postcard with support from sponsors. The postcard reads “GO! Get vaccinated” and directs Snohomish County residents to visit the Snohomish Health District website to learn how they can help “Stop the Cough.”

The idea for a countywide health alert on whooping cough came from family members of a Lake Stevens baby who died from the disease last year. The baby’s mother is featured in state Department of Health radio announcements that encourage adults and teens to get their booster shots.

More than 300 confirmed cases of whooping cough have been reported to the Snohomish Health District so far in 2012. The statewide count stands at 1,484 as of May 12, including 101 babies under one year of age.

Low-cost or free vaccine is available throughout Snohomish County for people who meet income guidelines. Pharmacy and clinic locations are listed at

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