Front Porch: Learn about bees, edible shellfish

Bee, shellfish classes

Learn how to raise mason bees.

Or to gather edible shellfish.

The Edmonds Parks and Recreation plans to host two classes on those subjects this month.

In the first class, instructor Roger Urbaniak will show people how, when and where to safely harvest and prepare clams, oysters and Dungeness crab. It’s from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m March 20. Cost is $18 for Edmonds residents and $21 for nonresidents.

In the second class, hobbyist Todd Brown will teach people how to raise mason bees for their garden. The class is scheduled from 7 to 8:15 p.m. March 21. Its costs $14 for Edmonds residents and $16 for nonresidents.

The classes are at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. Register online at, or call 425-771-0230 for more information.

Auction benefits Silvana Fair: The annual Silvana Community Fair Board Auction is set to start at 5 p.m. Saturday at Viking Hall on Pioneer Highway.

Live and silent auction items include homemade cinnamon twists, restaurant gift certificates, livestock and pet food, homemade pies, quilts, yard art, garden plants, veterinary care, home repair services, tools, toys and artwork. A large cash prize also will be awarded. Proceeds support the fair.

Silvana’s Community Fair, the last Saturday in July, is the only free local fair.

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