Kristi OHarran Herald Writer
Arlington women are fundraising in a down and dirty fashion.
To raise money for youth teams, the ladies will play power puff football. See the Lakewood Cougar Moms tackle the Arlington Eagle Moms at 5 p.m. July 18 at Haller Stadium in Arlington. The stadium is on the school grounds at 600 E. First St.
They aren’t raising money for basics like footballs, uniforms and travel money. It’s that some of the youngsters who want to suit up have families facing hard economic times.
Mothers want to make sure every kid gets to rumble who wants to play.
Tickets are $5 or $10 for a family.
Watch for special nicknames on the mom’s jerseys.
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Sure, the weather could be drizzly this weekend, but they expect snow in Arlington.
Arlington’s “shop local” snowmen brigade will be making an appearance in Arlington’s annual Fourth of July parade. Snow people who look like cowgirls, coaches, Uncle Sam and angels will make their way down Olympic Avenue.
The snowmen are part of a tradition of folk art projects around town that have included icons such as cows and salmon.
A children’s parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and the Grand Parade follows at 5 p.m.
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Organizers were thrilled with the turnout for the Camano Island Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour on Saturday. Visitors checked out nine residential gardens certified by the National Wildlife Federation as backyard wildlife habitats. Gardens, all within 15 minutes of each other, were found on the southern third of the island.
“It was wonderful,” says Sandy Koffman. “We shared the Backyard Wildlife Habitat message with more than 300 people from as far south as Seattle and as far north as Vancouver, B.C.”
Everyone raved about the beautiful gardens and beautiful weather, she says. Master gardeners were on hand to answer questions. The event was organized by the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, a program sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks.
“We couldn’t be more pleased.”
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Take cash, checks and or credit cards if you party Sunday in Arlington.
Those nice Kiwanians will be running auctions to raise money for scholarships for Arlington and Lakewood students.
And they will be arriving pretty early for a holiday. The auctions begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Fourth of July at Haller Park, 1100 West Ave. Register beginning at 8 a.m.
After two silent bidding events, there will be a live auction at noon. And buy raffle tickets for cash with the prize drawn at 12:30 p.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Arlington will have a membership table at the park to provide more information on being a part of the wonderful club.
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Here’s yet a chance to be photographed with Tow Mater.
Jack Walkley, Ray Brown and Erik Davidson of Everett created a life-size, drivable replica of Tow Mater from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars,” and Walkley plans to drive it in Darrington’s 1 p.m. Fourth of July parade along Darrington Street.
Past parades have included fire trucks, logging trucks and a septic pumping truck, plus tons of wrapped candy.
After the parade, find family fun at Old School Park, 1026 Alvord St. with free hot dogs donated by Darrington Family Support and Resource Center.
Get pictures with Tow Mater at the park for $10. Proceeds will benefit Kids Place daycare and preschool.
There will be a tent set up for the kids to watch the movie “Cars.”
Darrington’s Mansford Grange No. 70 and other organizations will be doing games, a dunk tank, cake walk, tug-a-war, duck pond, pennies in the hay and more.
And fireworks are planned at dusk at Darrington High School, 1085 Fir St.
If you are considering going to Seattle to watch fireworks, know that the traffic jam after the ever-so-dandy Darrington show is about 17 seconds long.
Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451, firstname.lastname@example.org.