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The Chili Bowl comes to Monroe

Taste and vote for your favorite at The Chili Bowl, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway. Admission is free; votes cost $1.

Prizes will be awarded for the Most Original, Hottest and Meatless. (The latter trophy features a cow.) Margaritas, beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

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A conversation about stalking

The Edmonds Community College Healthy Relationships Team (HEART) will lead two community conversations about stalking awareness, 3 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lynnwood Hall 211 on the campus at 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. The theme is “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.”

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Wilder movies in Everett

The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library gets “Wilder!” as it shows master filmmaker Billy Wilder’s movies at 1 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month through 2018. The Jan. 31 feature is “Ninotchka” (1939). Watch and discuss with the Evergreen Cinema Society. The library is at 9512 Evergreen Way.

More info: 425-257-8250

Learn about foster care

Learn more about becoming a foster parent at one of these upcoming information nights, hosted by local agencies and nonprofits:

Everett: Noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at Foundation Church, 2730 Oakes Ave. Lunch provided. No child care.

Snohomish: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. No child care.

Lynnwood: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Cedar Park Church, 16300 112th Ave. NE, Bothell. Refreshments. Child care provided with RSVP to

More info: 425-346-8336,

Celebrate Democracy in Action

The local League of Women Voters’ annual 2018 Democracy in Action Award Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. Tickets are $27. Reservations are due before Feb. 10 to

Seattle actress Rachel McClinton will portray the challenges in the life of a suffragette a century ago, and progressive activist Jackie Minchew will be honored.

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Pay direct for services

Monroe leaders sent a notice this week to tell utility customers that Doxo, an online bill-paying service, is not affiliated with the city. The service charges a fee for taking your payment, then transfers the payment to the city. That can result in delays and late fees on customers’ subsequent utility statements.

Customers can directly pay the city online at for no added fee and no delay.

Rubatino Refuse Removal, an Everett-based company that handles waste collection for that city, is phasing out its use of the Doxo service for the same concerns. Rubatino customers can now make their payments online and fee-free at the company website,

For more information on paying your utility bills, contact your local provider.

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