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Sept. 11 memorial

South County Fire will host a public memorial ceremony at 9:11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park, 275 Sixth Ave. N., Edmonds.

The backdrop for the ceremony will be the park’s 9/11 memorial built around a one-ton beam recovered from the World Trade Center.

The ceremony will feature a posting of the colors by the South County Fire Honor Guard.

The guest speaker will be retired Fire District 1 Capt. Andy Speier, a former New York firefighter who returned to the city after the Sept. 11 attacks, to search for his fallen colleagues at Ground Zero.

Peacemaking in Colombia

All are invited to learn about peacemaking efforts in Colombia, on Monday at the Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave.

A potluck dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., and guest Michael Joseph will speak at 7.

Joseph spent 12 years in Colombia, working with the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia and with Justapaz, another peacemaking organization. He’ll talk about progress, or lack thereof, made in the past few years.

More info: 425-220-2476

What’s happening to our trees?

Join local forest experts from the University of Washington and Washington State University to learn about the risk of fire posed by dying trees.

The free seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW.

Increasing tree mortality and fire risk are serious threats to health and safety, water quality and quality of life.

Dead and dying cedars, hemlocks and maples have proliferated in Snohomish County. Meanwhile, we are seeing more fires and smoky skies. Could what happened in California happen here?

The talk will explore what’s happening in our forests, why it’s happening, what it means for your property and your watershed, and what you should and should not be doing.

More info: 360-629-3132


Groups help those affected by addiction

Cocaine Anonymous: A nonprofit recovery program for those seeking sobriety or support in staying sober from cocaine and other mind-altering substances. Groups in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Monroe

More info:, 425-244-1150

Drug abuse family support: Support groups for those affected by someone else’s drug addiction meet in Arlington, Bothell, Everett and Snohomish.

More info:

Al-anon and Alateen: A support group for friends and families who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Multiple meeting locations in Snohomish County. Find a list on the “Meeting Directory” page at

More info: 425-348-7828

Church-based support groups are listed in The Herald’s Faith Calendar, which runs Saturdays.

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