Are your Valentine’s Day roses saying more than you think?

1. It’s candy time.

Help a kid go to camp and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

Every January and February since the 1930s, Camp Fire kids have sold candy around Snohomish County to pay for a week at Camp Killoqua, a 185-acre outdoor camp at Lake Goodwin in Stanwood. The kids get to explore nature and play games and sports.

Kids earn credit for each box of candy they sell. This year’s candies include Mints, Caramel Clusters, Almond Roca and P-Nuttles. A box ofcandy is $5.

Campfire Kids will be selling candy in nearly every city around the county though Feb. 18.

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2. GRANDfamily fun.

A free day at Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett awaits grandparents and grandchildren in their care.

New this month, grandparents who are caregivers to grandchildren ages 1-12 — will get free admission to the museum at 1502 Wall St. from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Sunday of every month. The free day is meant to reduce the toll kinship care can have on grandparents.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, between 2016 and 2018 more than 51,000 children were reported living with grandparents, extended family or friends.

Families are asked to register in advance for GRANDfamilies.

Call 425-258-1006 ext. 1016 or email

3. Roses are red…

Are your Valentine’s Day roses saying what you want them to?

Red roses are the traditional way to say “I love you,” and, therefore, are the most popular flower sent on Feb. 14. But you don’t have to be in love to send roses. There’s a color of rose for most every feeling or sentiment.

Match the color of rose to your true feelings:

White says “I am the one for you.” Pink means “Thank you.” Yellow sends the message “We’re friends and I care about you.” And a yellow rose with a red tip? That’s “I’m falling in love with you.”

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— Evan Thompson, Herald writer

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