The board and fire chief of South County Fire is (from left) Commissioner Greg Urban, Board Chairman Jim Kenny, Commissioner Chris Teofilak, Commissioner David Chan, interim Fire Chief Doug Dahl, Commissioner Mark Laurence, Commissioner Drew Burnett and Commissioner Bob Meador. (South County Fire)

The board and fire chief of South County Fire is (from left) Commissioner Greg Urban, Board Chairman Jim Kenny, Commissioner Chris Teofilak, Commissioner David Chan, interim Fire Chief Doug Dahl, Commissioner Mark Laurence, Commissioner Drew Burnett and Commissioner Bob Meador. (South County Fire)

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Hitchcock film fest

The Whidbey Island Film Festival’s “The Master of Suspense” is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., in Langley.

The three-day celebration of the stylish, wickedly funny and macabre world of Alfred Hitchcock has favorites such as “Rear Window,” “Rebecca,” “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest.” The fest includes film talks, guest speakers and a pass holders-only “secret screening.”

More info: www.Whidbey

Welcome to adulthood

A Japanese Coming of Age ceremony is 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Nippon Business Institute at Everett Community College.

Coming of Age Day is a national Japanese holiday for those turning 20 as a welcome to adulthood. On the second Monday of January, people in Japan gather at city halls and community centers for ceremonies followed by parties with family and friends.

The free event for all ages has music and refreshments.

Sign up to attend at

More info:; 425-388-9195

Go dancing

Normanna Lodge has dances from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and Thursday at 2725 Oakes Ave. in Everett.

Live music by Bob Carpenters’ dance band accompanies ballroom dancing. Admission is $7.

More info: 425-252-0291


Help assess homelessness

Volunteers are sought for Snohomish County’s annual Point-in-Time Homeless County on Thursday.

Conducted every year as a collaboration with human service providers, the tally helps assess the number of people who are homeless, with a goal of connecting them with housing and services. It covers people staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and on the street or other places not meant for habitation.

Volunteers are asked to come with respect and humility for the work and to commit to a three-hour period between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. across the county Thursday. All training and materials will be provided at the sites.

More info: Robin Hood at 425-388-7266; Central County lead Dani Gentry, or 425-374-6359; North County lead Nikki Rossiter, or 425-347-6556, extension 278; East County lead Michael Lorio, or 360-794-1022; South County lead Vicki Dorway, 425-626-1480; and Youth lead Claire Petersen 425-259-5802, extension 129.


Commissioners sworn in for South County Fire

Five members of the South County Fire Board of Commissioners were sworn in Jan. 7.

David Chan, Jim Kenny, Mark Laurence, Chris Teofilak and Greg Urban took the oath of office that marked the transition to a directly elected board for South County Fire. Previously it was the combination of board members from the Lynnwood City Council and Snohomish County Fire District 1.

Kenny was re-elected as chairman and Bob Meador was voted to be vice chairman.

Two board positions will be up for election in 2021.

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