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Edmonds: Train for Great Backyard Bird Count A free workshop for the Great Backyard Bird Count is to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

The garden is located at the Willow Creek Hatchery on the corner of Edmonds Way and Pine Street.

The workshop aims to provide information for people interested in participating in the bird count Feb. 14 to 17. Alan Mearns, an Edmonds scientist, is to conduct the training.

More info: Call Susie Schaefer at 425-771-8165 or email

Everett: Disaster class by Red CrossThe American Red Cross Snohomish County Chapter is offering community preparedness training for all county residents as part of the “Safe in the Sound” campaign. The 30- to 40-minute training covers practical, easy-to-follow tips designed to help people, families and organizations respond safely and effectively to disasters.

Red Cross can host the free presentations for community groups, businesses, healthcare groups, teachers, school groups, congregations and neighborhood associations.

More info: Contact Katelyn Krause at or 425-740-2326.

Index: Heybrook Ridge park growsThe Snohomish County Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to accept 10 acres of donated property as an addition to Heybrook Ridge County Park.

The land sits adjacent to U.S. Forest Service property.

The nonprofit Friends of Heybrook Ridge bought the property from a private seller in November for $25,000 and donated it to the county.

In 2006, the county worked with a conservation group and the local community to buy the park’s original 130 acres, which was at risk of being clear cut.

With the new donation, the wilderness area near Index now includes about 140 acres.

The donation is contingent on the county recording real estate documents and paying an estimated $4,000 in closing fees.

Mukilteo: Grant funds availableThe city of Mukilteo has money available for groups for special events and other endeavors that promote or support the city’s economy.

Organizations involved in the arts, education or recreation are examples of those that could be eligible.

Applications are due by Feb. 12. Forms are available on the city’s website,, and at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave.

Applications also may be e-mailed to applicants by contacting Jennifer Berner at 425-263-8181 or

Sultan: Comment on new sign rulesThe City of Sultan is rewriting its code for signs.

The city has scheduled a work session to draft the new rules with business people at 8 a.m. Monday at the visitor information center at 320 Main Street.

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