Snohomish County holds a Homeless Memorial Day candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. Thursday by the eternal flame in front of the Snohomish County Courthouse, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
The vigil allows the community to remember those who died while homeless in Snohomish County this year. This year’s event will include special recognition of veterans who have died on the streets or in shelters.
More info: Jerry Gadek, 425-388-7255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Boating 101 class
The Everett Sail and Power Squadron offers the seven-week “America’s Boating Course,” covering the fundamentals of safe boating, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 22 to March 19 (no class Feb. 19). After passing a final test, students qualify for the state boater education card.
Classes will be held at the Corporate and Continuing Education Center of Everett Community College, 2333 Seaway Blvd., Everett.
Cost is $120. Register at everettcc.edu/ccec.
More info: Jim West, 425-778-0283 or email@example.com
Sing along with Handel’s “Messiah” at the 10th annual community MessiahSing, 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at St Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 1318 Highway 532, Camano Island. Freewill offering.
More info: 360-629-3969
Dance in the New Year
A New Year’s Eve Dance with Camano Junction is set for 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Cost is $25, $15 for students, at the door. A free dance class begins a half-hour before the event. Snacks and a champagne or nonalcoholic toast are provided.
More info: 360-387-0222
Winter driving tips
Heavy snow blanketed Stevens Pass this week. It’s a good time to go over some driving safety tips in snow or ice:
– Slow down, and don’t accelerate too quickly.
– Check to see if you have traction tires.
– Do not use cruise control.
– No type of vehicle stops or steers better on ice.
– Beware of ice in shady spots, like offramps.
– Give snow plows plenty of extra room.
At mountain passes, tire chains are required when posted, except for four-wheel and all-wheel drive passenger vehicles (though those vehicles must have traction tires, all four tires must be in gear and there still needs to be a set of chains in the car as a back-up).
On a front-wheel drive vehicle, install chains on the front two tires. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, install chains on the rear two tires.
There are alternatives to chains, like “snow socks.” Check the Washington State Patrol website at www.wsp.wa.gov.
It’s a good idea to have an emergency car kit. Along with tire chains, include: ice scraper with snow brush, flares, jumper cables, flashlight, first aid kit, cellphone charger, boots, gloves, warm clothing, water and snacks.
Most of all, be sure you have a full tank of gas.
More info: www.wsdot.com/winter