Front Porch: Class for parents of children with mental illness

Free class for parents of children with mental illness

Register now for BASICS, a free six-week course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who have mental illness, ADHD, behavorial or emotional issues.

The class is held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. It is presented through the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Snohomish County chapter.

Among skills parents will learn: How to get an accurate diagnosis, how to survive it, and how to get treatment that works; listening and communication skills that help; record-keeping skills for school, medical care, emergencies and Social Security; and how to handle crises, relapses, and encounters with the juvenile justice system.

Most importantly, parents will learn that they are not alone, and that brain disorders are not anyone’s fault.

Space is limited so registration is required. To sign up, call Carolyn Hetherwick Goza at 425-347-5365, 425-301-6824 or

Everett CC celebration of MLK speech: Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and other leaders are scheduled to speak Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, Tulalip Tribes Chairman Mel Sheldon and former Everett Councilman Carl Gipson will join Lovick in the presentation. The program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the college’s Jackson Center.

More info: contact Julie Putterman at or 425-388-3117.

Get your ham license: The Emergency Services Coordinating Agency in south Snohomish County plans amateur radio or “ham radio” license courses starting Sept. 30.

The classes run for eight weeks on Monday evenings at Brier City Hall. There are options for beginners and mid-level operators. The class is free, but there are some costs for materials. The class ends with an FCC licensing exam.

More info: 425-776-3722,

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