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Kids Bike Swap is almost here

The annual Kids Bike Swap is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot at the back of the Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, 2531 Broadway, Everett. Trade in your child’s old bike, then get a credit based on size and condition to get one their size. Free helmet with trade-in. All Swap bikes are checked for safety and ready to ride.

More info:, 425-252-6952

Lake Stickney Park opens

Snohomish County officials have planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to showcase new features at Lake Stickney Park, near Lynnwood.

Improvements installed over the past year include a new playground, picnic areas, walking paths and a mound where people can see the lake over the waterfront vegetation. Drainage and parking have been expanded as well. The address is 13521 Manor Way.

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Teens read works at Hibulb

The next open mic poetry event at Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip features Marysville Getchell High School Writing for Publication Club students, with advisor Melanie Kreiger. The event starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. The museum is at 6410 23rd Ave. NE. Admission is free that day.

More info:, 360-716-2640

Festivals this weekend

Summer is worth celebrating early. Local festivals and events offer good chances to get outdoors. Admission is free.

Everett: Sorticulture, a garden arts extravaganza, runs Friday to Sunday at Legion Memorial Park in north Everett. There is no parking at the park; free city bus shuttles operate from the Everett Community College parking lot on the east side of Broadway. More info:

Arlington: The Show ‘n Shine Car Show runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Olympic Avenue downtown. Hundreds of classic, vintage and modified vehicles, live entertainment, vendors and more. More info:

Lake Stevens: Lake Stevens fire and police are holding their annual Health and Safety Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Saar’s Super Saver Foods, 303 91st Ave NE. Safety information, health screenings, emergency vehicles, music, activities and more. More info: 425-334-3034,

Marysville: The Marysville Strawberry Festival officially kicks off with a Kids Day Party, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Asbery Field, Fourth Street and Alder Avenue. Events continue through June 17, with the annual parade June 16. More info:

Biking to Sorticulture?

Sharing Wheels volunteers will host free valet bike parking near the entrance to the Everett festival this weekend at American Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd. Purchase something too big to haul home? Housing Hope volunteers will hold your package until you’re able to bring a vehicle back to the pick-up zone.

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