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Art gallery features Yoshiyasu Fujii artwork

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and Edmonds Arts Commission are set to present the art of Yoshiyasu Fujii from Oct. 29 through Nov. 29. The museum’s gallery and the arts commission’s display case are at 700 Main St. in Edmonds. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Fujii began calligraphy studies at the age of 5, in his childhood home of Saga, Japan. The artist pursued his interest in the history, not only of Japanese calligraphy, but of Chinese classical calligraphy. The public is invited to meet Fujii and watch him at work during the opening reception and demonstration 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.

To see Fujii’s work, visit www.pasha-g. com and

More info: 425-771-0228 or 425-771-1984


Arts grants for buildings and equipment

Everett Cultural Arts Commission is accepting applications for capital grant projects for 2009. The city program is designed to help pay building costs for arts and cultural activities, and the purchase of production equipment intended to be used by a cultural organization for at least a decade.

Organizations in Everett that provide arts and cultural programs can apply for funding. It is anticipated $20,000 will be available for various projects next year.

The capital grants program began this year. It helped pay for the initial design of a visual arts and educational center by the Arts Council of Snohomish County, acoustic upgrades to The Dance School studios, and equipment upgrades at KSER (90.7 FM). Applications must be received by Nov. 19.

More info: 425-257-7101 or


Design your own pumpkin arrangement

Halloween is almost here and the city recreation department is offering a class that involves making a fresh pumpkin and flower arrangement to decorate your table for autumn.

The class, taught by David Boulton, is limited to the first eight people who register and is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Flowers by George, 335 N. Olympic Ave.

More info: 360-403-3448.

Arlington police chief search continues

The search for a new police chief for Arlington is continuing, city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

Lt. Terry Quintrall has served as the acting police chief since former chief John Gray resigned in a parting of the ways with the city in late June.

The city received 38 applications for the position and those have been narrowed down to a group of semi-finalists, Banfield said.

The city hopes to have a list of final candidates at the end of October, and interviews with those finalists likely will take place in early November, she said.

Smokey Point

Culvert repair to close lanes on highway

Emergency repairs to a collapsed culvert are scheduled to close Highway 531 (Lakewood Road) over Cougar Creek beginning Tuesday.

State Department of Transportation crews plan to close northbound and southbound lanes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and hope to reopen the highway over the creek at 5 p.m. Friday. A detour is posted.

The $80,000 repair job should allow Cougar Creek to continue flowing freely throughout the winter’s heavy rains, said DOT maintenance supervisor Patrick Moylan. The work ensures the safety of the road and restores fish passage on the creek, he said.

The failed culvert was discovered on Oct. 5. When the culvert collapsed, a sinkhole formed near the roadway. Debris caused a blockage of the culvert. The cause of the collapse is unknown, Moylan said.

More info: Construction.

Lake Stevens

Downtown Halloween event planned

The Lake Stevens Family Center is again planning its Family Safe Downtown Halloween on Oct. 31.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Lake Stevens.

A costume parade down Main Street and a free carnival for children with games, prizes and food are planned.

The Downtown Merchants Association invites families to “trick or treat” at their businesses. A chili cook-off, a new feature this year, is also planned.

Volunteers and donations for the event are welcomed.

More info: 425-397-7433.


Firefighters plan pancake breakfast

The Mukilteo Fire Fighters Association is set to have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Mukilteo Fire Station 3, 10400 47th Place W. in Mukilteo.

Proceeds from the event will go to the firefighters association, which puts on community events such as the annual Easter Egg hunt. The association also delivers gifts, clothing and food to needy families during the holiday season.

A donation of $5 is suggested.

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