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Make new friends

Everett Area Newcomers Club, for women who are new to the area or would like to make new friends, is having a lunch gathering at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Le Bistro/Sno-Isle Tech, 9001 Airport Road, Everett.

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Get scared, Hitchcock-style

Passes are on sale and short films submissions are being accepted for the Whidbey Island Film Festival, Jan. 17, 18 and 19 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., in Langley.

“The Master of Suspense” is a three-day celebration of the stylish, wickedly funny and macabre world of Alfred Hitchcock, with favorites such as “Rear Window,” “Rebecca,” “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest.” Come to one or all.

The fest includes film talks, guest speakers and a pass holders-only “secret screening.”

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Chili fun in Sultan

The Sky Valley Youth Coalition Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Competition, with music and games, is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Mountainview Christian Fellowship, 211 Sixth St., Sultan.

All you can eat chili and a chance to vote for your favorites is $5.

The coalition’s annual fundraiser brings together professional chefs, home kitchen heroes and local chili rock stars. Enter your best chili or cornbread for a chance to win a medal or trophy.

The Sky Valley Youth Coalition is an after-school enrichment program. Youth contribute to the community by providing weekend meal packs and snacks at Sultan School District schools. They receive help with education opportunities, employment, classes in leadership and finance as well as get homework help, do art projects and take educational and fun field trips.

More info: 360-793-2400;


New outdoors program

Boundless Washington is a new statewide program to create opportunities for young people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors and prepare them to be community leaders.

The program is through the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Association of Washington Generals and the nonprofit Outdoors For All and No Barriers. The program is partially funded by revenues from specialty license plate sales of the Seattle Storm, Mariners and Sounders.

The two-year fellowship, offered at no cost, will take 10 students from across the state on a series of 14 weekend outdoor excursions featuring activities such as skiing, hiking and camping. Each excursion is paired with online and in-person leadership development to hone teamwork and confidence.

To be eligible, students must be 14 to 16, have one or more physical or sensory disabilities, and be nominated by a teacher, principal or counselor.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 3.

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