Front Porch: Count bikes, not birds

Count bikes, not birds

Every autumn for the past four years, volunteers armed with clipboards and tally sheets have taken to the streets to count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations.

Volunteers are needed again this September to capture a snapshot of walking and bicycling in communities across Washington state.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are seeking more than 300 volunteers to help conduct the fifth annual bicycle and pedestrian survey.

The count will take place Sept. 25-27.

Volunteers are needed to perform counts in Everett, Bothell and Mountlake Terrace.

To volunteer, contact or 206-204-0913.

Foster a kitten (or more): Progressive Animal Welfare Society Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood is looking for people to provide temporary homes for about 100 kittens.

People interested in helping must attend a three-hour special training session. People should expect to take care of the animals for up to six weeks. They only need to provide shelter and food. The nonprofit will provide veterinary care.

More info: To register, call PAWS Foster Care Program at 425-787-2500, ext. 822, or

Futurist to speak: Barbara Marx Hubbard, author and futurist, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Unity Church in Lynnwood, 16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway. She will discuss her views of “Day One,” Dec. 22, 2012, as a signal of a planetary birth into a new stage. Free will offering will be taken. Information:

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