The U.S. Forest Service urges people to park only in designated areas of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Trailheads have started to get busy this summer, and cars on the roadside keep emergency vehicles from safely and quickly reaching people who need aid.
The forest service realizes this means not everyone can hike on the trails they had hoped. Have a backup plan. Call the local ranger station to ask which trails are usually less crowded.
Call the Darrington Ranger District at 360-436-1155 for questions about the Mountain Loop Highway area, and the Skykomish Ranger Station at 360-677-2414 for information about hikes near U.S. 2.
Applications for Snohomish County Hotel/Motel grants must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Requests may be made by local public and nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that promote tourism in Snohomish County.
Past grants have on average been worth about $10,000.
Funds are available starting January 2020. Projects must be completed by Dec. 15, 2020.
Turn in applications to the Snohomish County Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/3917/HotelMotel-Grant-Application for instructions.
More info: Contact Rich Huebner 425-388-6626 or Rich.Huebner@snoco.org
The Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day is set to take place at Pilchuck Tree Farm near Arlington from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event features forestry specialists from around the region offering classes, workshops, demonstrations, tours and resources on a variety of topics for landowners of all skill levels. There also will be vendor exhibits from forestry agencies, organizations and equipment providers.
The site is at the end of 244th Street NE, off of Mose Road outside of Arlington.
More info: register at www.forestry.wsu.edu/fieldday_announce/
Jazz at the Center concerts are coming up this and next month at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island.
Jazz Forest plays from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Aug. 21. The band was formed in 2017 by Emmy and Grammy nominated composer Ron Jones.
Anton Schwartz on saxophone and Marina Albero on piano play from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 18. They’ve preformed at popular festivals around the country, and Albero has been piano chair at several Teatro ZinZanni shows in Seattle.
Tickets are $20. Student admission is free with school ID.
More info: 360-387-0222
Entries from the annual Short Story Smash contest will be read by well-dressed rhetoricians with enviable elocution at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.
The arts center is at 565 Camano Ave. in Langley. Tickets are $20.
More info: www.wica online.org