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EVENTS

Amateur caroling contest

The Third Annual Amateur Caroling Contest, “Jingle Those Bells!” is set to take place in downtown Edmonds on Dec. 5.

“Jingle Those Bells is an opportunity for amateur singers, wannabe singers, and even not-so-great singers to add to the downtown holiday festivities by joining friends, family and colleagues to compete in a fun, light-hearted caroling contest,” an event description says.

The antics will start at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Red Twig’s outdoor patio on Fifth Avenue South.

More info: www.edmonds wa.gov

Winter Walk on Camano Island

Join a guided walk at Elger Bay Preserve starting 9:50 a.m. Dec. 7 at the junction of Dry Lake Road and Elger Bay Road, just north of Elger Bay Elementary School.

Attendees will walk down the 2.5-mile interpretive Elger Bay Nature Trail, a demonstration area of the Camano Wildlife Habitat project. The hike has minimal elevation gain and will take about two hours.

More info: www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org

Lots of lutefisk

Bothell Sons of Norway is having a lutefisk and meatball dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway in Bothell.

Enjoy a menu of lutefisk, meatballs, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Served family style.

Cost is $27 adults, $10 youth. Ages 5 and younger free. Open to the public.

More info: 425-485-9085

Holiday kickoff in Mill Creek

Mill Creek is getting extra festive on Dec. 7.

The annual Santa Parade will start in Mill Creek Town Center at 3:30 p.m. Then at 4 p.m., the tree lighting will take place at City Hall, including performances from the Henry M. Jackson High School drum line and Voices Northwest Chorus.

The day’s events will conclude with a free Cherry Cherry Christmas concert.

Expect street closures.

More info: www.millcreek tourism.com/treelighting

Annual Santa Breakfast

The Mountlake Terrace American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual Santa breakfast 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at American Legion Hall, 22909, 56th Ave. W.

The menu includes sausage, eggs, pancakes, fruit and drinks. Santa will be there, and there will be a raffle, too.

Entry is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for kids ages 3-10. Children younger than 3 get in for free.

WAYS TO GIVE

Santa runs for the food bank

From Dec. 6 to Dec. 19, Santa will be joining Arlington firefighters and their friends and family on a decorated fire truck, as they go through different neighborhoods gathering food and monetary donations for the Arlington Community Food Bank. Santa and his helpers also will be passing out candy canes.

Monday through Friday, Santa begins his run at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the runs begin at 5 p.m.

For a detailed schedule and route maps, visit www.arlingtonwa.gov/272/Santa-Run-Food-Drive

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