Community Extra: Applause

Clinic in Everett sponsors River Run

Everett Bone &Joint clinic in October sponsored the Snohomish River Run Half Marathon and 10K Run.

As the team doctors to the Everett Silvertips, Washington Stealth and Everett Raptors, the doctors of Everett Bone &Joint have a history of supporting and treating local athletes of all types. So when they decided to sponsor the Snohomish River Run, they decided to support their own team of 21 employees.

Lynnwood volunteers make a difference

More than 100 volunteers joined together Oct. 27 at Lynndale and Gold parks in Lynnwood for National Make a Difference Day. At Lynndale Park, volunteer groups included two Girl Scout troops, members of the Cascade Orienteering Club, middle school students from a youth development program, a Lynnwood parks board member, several neighbors, Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough and City Councilmen Mark Smith and Benjamin Goodwin.

The Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges joined with the Snohomish Tribe of Indians to host a service-learning project in Gold Parks ethnobotanical medicine garden.

The park property was donated by Dr. Morris and Barbara Gold in 1997. Volunteers came from Edmonds, Everett and Cascadia community colleges, AmeriCorps and the Snohomish, Tulalip and Saanich tribes.

People who want to volunteer to clean up parks can contact Julie Moore at 425-670-5023 or

Fundraiser for people with disabilities

Evan Schwendtke, 4, was the star of the Oct. 26 Sherwood Community Services dinner auction benefiting people with disabilities. Evan, who has Down syndrome, got assistance from Sherwoods Early Intervention program and now is in TechStep, a program where he is learning to use an iPad to communicate.

Known as “Evan from Heaven,” he screamed with delight during the dinner program as his parents, Kurt and Debbie Schwendtke, talked about their experience with Sherwood, a nonprofit organization based in Lake Stevens that provides services to people throughout Snohomish County.

The event raised more than $91,000 to help fund programs that assist disabled people of all ages.

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Zonta club receives district awards

Members of the Zonta Club of Everett recently attended the District 8 Governor’s Seminar and Leadership Summit in Anchorage, Alaska. The club was honored with awards for work to improve the lives of women.

The club was a big contributor to the Zonta International Foundation. It was recognized for its Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil and forum on human trafficking and acknowledged for various scholarships and fundraising.

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

More information about the Zonta Club of Everett is at

Everett mayor to present arts awards

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson plans to honor art award recipients at the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence celebration at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.

The Wendt award is given to a person or organization who has demonstrated outstanding support of the arts.

J. Leach and Vickie Norris are to receive the award. Leach is an officer on the Arts Councils Schack Art Center board of directors and has provided legal counsel. Norris has donated her talents to the HArts auction for many years. In support of the literary arts, they also started an endowed collection fund as part of the Everett Public Library Collections for Excellence fundraising project.

This year, the Mayor’s Arts Award winners are teacher Lloyd Weller and artists Ron and Ursula Stocke.

Weller is a photography instructor at Everett Community College and a member of the Schack Art Center board of directors. The Stockes are painters who teach and live in Everett. They donate generously to local auctions supporting the arts.

Dairy council funds Snohomish school

Emerson Elementary in Snohomish was awarded a $3,690 fitness and nutrition grant from the Washington State Dairy Council as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, a nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, the National Football League and federal Department of Agriculture.

The grant will help fund additions to the school nutrition program and the purchase of heart rate monitors and docking station for monitors to track physical activity. Students also receive a monthly nutrition and activity calendar.

Emerson has 340 students in third through sixth grades, a diverse student population with a high percentage from low-income families.

Kids Kloset given a Moyer grant

The Moyer Foundation, founded in 2000 by major league baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, recently gave grants totaling $50,000 to 14 organizations in Washington and Pennsylvania.

One of the groups is Kids Kloset in Arlington, which provides clothing to students from low-income families in Darrington, Arlington and Lakewood.

Birthday boy holds pet food drive

Owen Komen Nelson of Bothell asked guests invited to his seventh birthday party to bring donations for his pet food drive instead of birthday presents.

The first-grade student collected five grocery bags full of dog and cat food and treats, six large bags of dog food and $10 that he gave to a local food bank.

Pets need to eat, too, said Owen, who is a Cub Scout in Troop 120 and a student at Woodside Elementary School. He and his family have three dogs, three cats and a turtle.

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