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EVENTS

Animal stories

Storytime at the animal farm at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., in Everett is from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Listen to stories and wander around the farm at Forest Park. For children ages 2-5 years old. Free.

More info: 425-257-8030

Space songs

Elementary-aged children are invited to join Mikey Mike, the Rad Scientist, to learn about the universe through song and dance. This free event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.

More info: 360-568-2898

HEADS UP

Parking changes at the Lynnwood Transit Center

This week, about 100 parking spaces in the southeast section of the Lynnwood Transit Center were closed for the first phase of light rail construction activities. Temporary parking is available at the old McDonald’s Fine Furniture site, just north of the transit center. Drivers can access the lot from eastbound 44th Avenue West and from 46th Avenue West within the transit center. The closure will last for several months. More are planned as build-out continues.

More info: soundtransit.org/LLE

Weigh in on proposed community court

Snohomish County officials are pondering a new community court focusing on connecting low-level offenders with services, and they want the public’s input via an online survey.

The courts have been used elsewhere in the state, including in Burien and Olympia, and help address substance abuse, mental health, employment and housing. According to a statement from the county, the court can “reduce incarceration and restore trust in the justice system.”

“Our court will address re-occurring, low-level, non-violent offenses, such as theft and criminal trespassing, with the goal of breaking the cycle of crime,” the statement says.

More info: www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5449/Community-Court

OPPORTUNITY

Civil Service Commission opening

The Mill Creek City Council has one volunteer position open on the Civil Service Commission that meets at 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Additional meetings may be required.

The commission is responsible for creating and giving tests to determine qualifications of those applying for civil service positions in the city. It also hears and determines appeals and complaints about those tests, and maintains civil service regulations in compliance with state law.

Each applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the City of Mill Creek for at least one year, and registered to vote in Snohomish County. Whoever is chosen would be on the board until the term expires in April 2023.

Those interested must submit a board and commission application by 5 p.m. on Aug. 5.

More info: www.cityofmillcreek.com/boardapplication or email Charlie Eikenberry, charliee@cityofmillcreek.com

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