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Forums for veterans

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen invites military veterans to discuss health care, housing, job training and other matters affecting them from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Lynnwood City Council Chamber, 19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. A second forum is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Post 76, 115 North Olympic Ave., Arlington.

More info: 425-252-3188

Safety story time

Local firefighters lead a Fire Safety Storytime for families at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Library, 520 128th St. SW, Everett. Read stories, sing songs and get a look at a fire engine.

More info: 425-423-9017

Nordic Fair in Stanwood

Enjoy the Daughters of Norway Ingeborg Lodge’s annual Nordic Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stillaguamish Grange Hall, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. The event features Nordic crafts and traditional Scandinavian baked goods. A nisse will be available for holiday family photos. Admission is free.

More info: Teresa, 360-387-9146

Is Sasquatch real?

David George Gordon presents “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Granite Falls Library, 815 E Galena St. Learn about this mysterious and iconic Northwest creature, and weigh the evidence.

More info: 360-691-6087

Free stuff for families

Molina Medical hosts a fall carnival for families with school supplies, raffles, smoothies and child ID kits, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 15 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett. The event is free.

More info: 425-348-6727

Harvest festival in Lynnwood

A Harvest Festival for families is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills, 409 Filbert Road, Lynnwood. Enjoy a circus train, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, hay rides, free hot dogs and popcorn, and more.

More info: 425-672-1800

Hone your spy skills

Children ages 8-13 are invited to test their spy skills at Tween Spy Academy, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Invisible ink, secret codes, clever disguises, fingerprint analysis, obstacle course, target practice — the list of spy skills goes on.

More info: 425-493-8202

HEADS UP

Drill for disaster

Thursday is the Great Washington ShakeOut, when everyone is encouraged to practice their earthquake readiness skills. Local schools and community college campuses are among those taking part.

In most situations, during an earthquake you should:

Drop onto your hands and knees

Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand, and crawl beneath a sturdy shelter

Hold on until the shaking stops

If no shelter — such as a desk or table — is nearby, an interior wall away from windows is the best spot to wait out an earthquake.

More info: www.shakeout.org/washington

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