Front Porch: Everett School District forums

The Everett PTSA Council is hosting two Everett School Board candidate forums. Candidates will have an opportunity to publicly address important issues that affect students, schools and the community. The forums also will allow voters an opportunity to become better informed about their choices for elected officials.

Candidates will be given an opportunity for opening and closing statements, as well as equal time to respond to questions. The forums will be moderated by Frank Ordway, government relations director for the League of Education Voters.

The first forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Heatherwood Middle School, 1419 Trillium Blvd., Mill Creek. The second will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Cascade High School, 801 E. Casino Road, Everett.

Join the drill: The American Red Cross is encouraging northwest Washington residents to register and participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill at 10:17 a.m. Thursday.

The purpose of the drill is for people to learn and practice what to do if they ever experience an earthquake. Millions of people across the country and around the world will be participating.

“Earthquakes are unpredictable. They can occur at any time on any day. The Red Cross encourages people to be ready and know how to stay safe if a quake occurs,” said Chuck Morrison, Regional Chapter Executive. Register at

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