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Shade gardening

Learn all about plants that do well in cool, moist, shady environments from 1o to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville.

The lesson is taught by nursery owner Steve Smith. He’ll share his favorite plants as well as tips and tricks to keep a prim shade garden. This is a free event.

More info: 425-334-2002 or

Family movie night

Settle into Jennings Park with a picnic and a blanket to watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at 9 p.m. Saturday, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville. This is a free event.

The movie’s about video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. They get inside the World Wide Web to search for a replacement part to save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush.

More info: 360-3563-8400

Blood drive for uniforms

Cascade High School’s girls wrestling team will host a blood drive to raise funds for new uniforms. The team’s goal is to have enough donors to qualify for a Bloodworks Northwest Scholarship and win a $500 Bloodworks Northwest Student Group Drive Incentive Scholarship to purchase the uniforms. The team needs 50 donors to meet its goal.

A single blood donation can impact as many as three other lives and will help Bloodworks maintain an adequate supply of blood during the summer when supplies can get critically low.

The blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Cascade High School cafeteria, 801 E. Casino Road.

More info: Hannah McNutt, 425-299-2513


Long story short

Got a story to tell? You have 500 words. The annual Short Story Smash Contest for flash fiction was 100 words, but the new format includes entries up to 500 words.

It can be on any topic. Original and published works will be considered. Edit your work. Edit again. Re-edit. Have someone else read it. Simplify, be empathic, eschew obfuscation. Three entries allowed per writer.

For information or to send entries, contact The deadline is Aug. 1.

Well-dressed rhetoricians with enviable elocution will read the stories from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 11. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., in Langley. All seats are $20.

More info:

Shred and Share Day

Old tax forms, account statements or medical records gathering dust?

Bring them to WSECU’s Shred and Share Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at its Everett branch, 404 128th St. SW. Community members are invited to bring up to three file-size boxes, up to 150 pounds, to be securely shredded.

Participants taking advantage of Community Shred and Share Day are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items that will be delivered to Volunteers of America.

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