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Spaghetti dinner and auction benefits family

The public is invited to attend a spaghetti dinner and an auction to benefit an Arlington family devastated by a fire.

The fundraiser is planned for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Presidents Elementary School, 505 E. Third St. in Arlington.

Mark and Susan Lee lost two foster children and all their belongings in the Nov. 21 fire at the family home in the 22800 block of 19th Drive NE in Arlington. Friends and others in the community organized the fundraiser to help.

Tickets cost $7 for dinner and $10 for access to a kids’ bouncy house. Tickets can be purchased at Cascade Valley Hospital’s community relations office, 330 S. Stillaguamish; at the Bryant Fire Department, 3002 252nd St. NE.; and at Flowers by George, 335 N. Olympic.

The organizers also welcome donations from businesses for the silent auction. Donations will be accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Arlington School District Office or Presidents Elementary.

More info: 425-737-3269 or


Everett Transit rolls back fares for 115th birthday

Everett Transit today through Saturday is rolling back fares to 15 cents to celebrate its 115th birthday.

Everett City Lines was founded in 1893 as an electric streetcar operator.

As time passed, the transit agency converted to buses. It changed its name to Everett Transit when it became a city department in 1969.

Today, Everett Transit has a fleet of 46 buses, 143 employees and an annual budget of more than $28.6 million. More than 2.4 million boardings are projected in 2009.

Santa Claws is coming to the animal shelter

Everett Animal Shelter is taking portraits of people and their pets with “Santa Claws.”

On Saturday and Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $20 will get you a framed color portrait with your pet and Santa, as well as a digital copy on a disc.

Portraits will be taken at the Animal Shelter, 2732 36th St. in Everett.

All kinds of pets, including dogs and cats and small mammals, are welcome. Proceeds benefit the animals at the Everett Animal Shelter.

More info: 425-257-6011


Police and firefighters team up for toys

The Lynnwood police and fire departments have joined forces to collect toys for local needy families.

People are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Holiday Toy Shop bins located in the lobby of the Lynnwood Police Department at 19321 44th Ave. W. or the Lynnwood Fire Department at 19100 44th Ave. W.

Baby, child and teen gifts and toys are needed as well as wrapping paper, ribbon, tape and bags.

Financial donations can be made with gift cards to area stores of checks made payable to the “SSCH Toy Shop.” Deadline for donating toys is Dec. 12.

More info: 425-273-3913.

Lake Stevens

Council to review 2009 budget at workshop

The city of Lake Stevens in a council workshop will be giving the 2009 proposed budget a third and final reading at 7 p.m. today.

The meeting will take place in the Lake Stevens School District Educational Services Center, 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens.

More info: 425-334-1012.


U.S. 2 Safety Coalition meeting on Dec. 15

The date of the December U.S. 2 Safety Coalition has changed to 7 p.m. Dec. 15. The meeting will be held at the conference room of the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. To receive an agenda or be placed on a distribution list, e-mail at

More info: 425-356-7702.

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