Front Porch: State youth summit in Everett on Saturday

The Everett Mayor’s Youth Council plans to host the 2013 annual Washington State Youth Leadership Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., downtown Everett.

The summit is open to all teens 14-18 and works to connect youth from across the state with elected officials, business leaders and nonprofit organizations.

Cost is $5 for youth and for adults attending adult breakout sessions. Register by calling 425-257-8751.

Give weeds a whack: Help remove invasive blackberry, Scotch broom, reed canary grass and other invasive plants and debris on the west side of Lake Stickney, to prepare the land for a new nature park.

The volunteer event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, is sponsored by Snohomish County Parks with the Lake Stickney Conservancy and Edmonds Community College. Tools and refreshments provided. Long sleeves and pants are suggested. Bring gloves if you have them and a water bottle.

Meet in the big parking lot on the west side of the lake. More info: Joyce Altaras with the Lake Stickney Conservancy, 425-745-4553 or

Firefighters memorial park reopening: A grand reopening for the newly expanded Firefighters Memorial Park is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. The park is located at 3900 228th St. SW.

Visitors can see the progress made after the demolition of the old Fire Station 19 and learn about upcoming park improvements scheduled later this summer.

For more information, go to or call 425-776-9173.

This is only a drill: Police and fire rigs at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo this morning are performing a drill to teach kids about driving safety prior to their prom.

People may notice simulated arrests, wrecked cars, and fake blood. It’s planned to begin about 9:30 a.m.

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