Front Porch: Vigil for homeless planned today at courthouse

Vigil for homeless

Snohomish County will recognize National Homeless Persons Memorial Day with a vigil at 5:30 p.m. today outside the county courthouse at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. The day, coinciding with the winter solstice and the year’s longest night, has been observed since 1990 by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

The Everett event will honor all those who have died on the streets in Snohomish County. There will be a special tribute to veterans. Sack dinners will be provided to people in need by the Friday Night Outreach Ministry of Everett’s First Baptist Church. For more information, email Raymond Miller at Raymondm@ths-wa.org or call Christine Horner at 425-293-0563.

Oil-spill response drill: The Navy plans to conduct an oil-spill response exercise today in the marine waters just north of Everett.

The exercise is part of the Navy’s response preparedness strategy designed to keep oil from entering the area’s tidal marshes and harming wildlife.

Navy personnel plan to practice responding to a simulated oil spill with small boats and bright orange containment boom placed across the water. Although the public won’t be bothered by these exercises, people may see the oil spill response activity and equipment in the water near Everett.

Dress up your rig for Christmas cruise: Snohomish plans its first-ever Freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Drive your decorated vehicle — two wheels or four, as long as it’s street legal — along a circular route that moves clockwise along First Street, Avenue D, Second Street and Union Avenue. Enter anywhere along the route at any point, staying for a few laps or the whole hour. A map is posted at http://tinyurl/Snohomish Cruise. The event is free. For more information, call 425-330-0831.

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