SCHOOL BRIEFS: Edmonds home-schoolers present ‘Urinetown’

  • Tue Aug 17th, 2010 8:20pm

Ballyhoo Theatre presents “Urinetown: The Musical” Aug. 21-22. Ballyhoo Theatre is a summer program of Edmonds Heights K-12 (formerly Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center) in the Edmonds School District.

“Urinetown,” a musical-comedy satire, takes a timely and gleefully mocking look at the unthinking pursuit of profit and mismanagement of natural resources.

The school production, directed by Shileah Corey, involves a cast of 38 actors, ages 13-19. Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 2 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All performances are at Edmonds Heights, 23200 100th Ave. W, Edmonds.

Day camps celebrate fundraiser, junior counselors

Children enrolled in Edmonds day camps presented a check for $946 to Mayor Mike Cooper on Aug. 5, the proceeds of the Day Camp Children’s Carnival, held July 29.

The money benefits the Youth Scholarship Fund, which is available to Edmonds families who need financial assistance to participate in kids’ recreation programs and activities.

Also on Aug. 5, Cooper presented certificates of appreciation to the Edmonds Summer Day Camp junior counselors. The junior counselors volunteer in the Summer Day Camp program.

Day camps and other summer activities are provided by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Registration is ongoing. Visit or call 425-771-0230.

EdCC nets grant for fully paid energy certifications

A $533,481 Department of Labor Sound Energy Efficiency Development (SEED) grant will pay tuition, books and fees for students to earn short certificates in Energy Management at Edmonds Community College.

In addition, students in the program will receive assistance with job searches, including opportunities to meet energy employers.

“This program is for anyone who is looking for work but may be having difficulty finding a job, and would benefit from some current training in an in-demand field,” instructor Alison Pugh said in a press release.

Students can start this fall or winter working toward short Residential Energy Auditor, Energy Efficiency Technician and Energy Accounting Specialist certificates. A Commercial Lighting Auditor program also starts this winter. The certificates can be completed in two quarters (six months or less).

The certificates count toward a two-year Energy Management degree, which can then transfer to a bachelor’s degree at Central Washington University-Lynnwood on the EdCC campus. Most classes are offered evenings or online.

For more information, visit, call 425-640-1509 or e-mail

Meadowdale grad headed to Berklee

Edmonds resident Austin DeVries, 18, was recently awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

DeVries, who graduated from Meadowdale High School this year, plays drums.

The surprise award came at the 17th annual Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert, held Aug. 10 in Boston, where DeVries and students from across the country performed a wide variety of music.

DeVries performed in the concert as part of Berklee’s City Music Network program, a summer scholarship, tutoring and mentoring program held at sites throughout the country, including Seattle.

Jackson grad awarded WWU scholarship

Ashley Speece, daughter of Steve Speece and Elizabeth Golden of Mill Creek, received a $1,000 President’s Scholarship to Western Washington University for the 2010-11 school year.

The scholarship is awarded to the top 8 to 10 percent of incoming freshmen and transfer students and is based on superior academic achievement.

Speece, an entering freshman to WWU, graduated from Jackson High School in the top five percent with a 3.9 grade-point average. She plans to major in biochemistry.

Have your say on early childhood education

Northwest Educational Service District 189, in collaboration with Northwest Early Learning, is gathering information on the systems, services and supports available for infants, toddlers and their families within Snohomish, Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

The information will help the state Department of Early Learning direct three years of funding intended to increase the quality of services available to children, from birth to age 3, and those who care for them.

Snohomish County residents interested in being part of a focus group can attend sessions from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett (the library is not a sponsor of the effort).

An online survey also is available for those who can not attend. For more information, or to access the online survey, call Patty Yates at 360-299-4015.

Childcare available at EdCC

The Center for Families at Edmonds Community College has room for children ages 3-5. Families can apply now for fall quarter. The center primarily serves students enrolled at EdCC and Central Washington University-Lynnwood. Children from other families in the community are taken as space is available.

Call 425-640-1247 or visit for more information. Monthly full-time rates are $700 for college students, $1,000 for college staff and $1,065 for community members. Part-time options are available.

Reading tutors wanted

Edmonds Community College’s Volunteer Literacy Program needs more reading tutors to help adult students in the college’s English as a second language, General Educational Development certificate and Basic Education programs.

A free training session will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17 in Snohomish Hall 304 at the college, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Those who complete the training will be asked to commit two hours per week for six months as a literacy volunteer.

For more information or to register, call Nancy Strom at 425-640-1032. Find out more at