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Bazaar of the bizarre

Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, a holiday show with crafters, artists, authors, entertainers and free photos with Santa and Krampus, is Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. Event is family-friendly, but not your typical craft show.

Oddmall takes place twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.

Visit Esperance Fire Station 20

Meet your firefighters and take a tour during a fire station open house Thursday evening.

South County Fire is hosting a Neighborhood Night Open House at Esperance Fire Station 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The address is 23009 88th Ave. W., Edmonds.

Learn about emergency services and programs in your neighborhood and find out how to protect your family from fire and injuries. Activities include tours, free kids bicycle helmets (while supplies last) and first aid instruction.

Esperance is one of 14 fire stations staffed by South County Fire.

More info: www.south


Enjoy national forests — for free!

In honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees for all day-use recreation sites in Washington and Oregon on Nov. 11.

“This fee waiver is one small way of thanking and honoring our nation’s veterans,” said Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest regional forester.

The fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions or other permits still apply.

In Snohomish County, that means opportunities abound along the Mountain Loop Highway and U.S. 2, in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

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Get the inside scoop on police work

Want to know what Lynnwood police officers do day in and day out? Now’s your chance, by enrolling in the department’s 13-week Community Academy, which starts in January.

In the Thursday evening classes, participants will learn about nearly all the facets of police work. Attendees get to investigate a mock crime scene, lift fingerprints, visit the detention center and learn about the regional SWAT team.

More generally, participants will also receive basic information on patrol tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, use of force, communications, DUI procedures, and domestic violence.

The academy is free, but space is limited, so the department encourages early enrollment.

Classes take place 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday, starting Jan. 9, at the Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave. W.

More info: 425-670-5635 or

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