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Crab season opens

Recreational crab fishing opens Saturday in the Port Susan area and runs through Sept. 3.

Volunteers with the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee and Washington State University Extension Beach Watchers will be at local boat launches Saturday and Sunday and again July 7 to share information and materials — including free rot cord and gauges for measuring your catch — as part of an effort to prevent lost and damaged crab pots.

Lost crab pots continue to catch crab with no one to harvest them, resulting in an estimated 180,000 Dungeness crab lost each year.

Tips from the Northwest Straits Initiative include avoiding ferry lanes, fishing during strong tidal changes and using longer line.

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Give food for asylum seekers

Edmonds Lutheran Church will accept donations for an emergency food bag drive to benefit Refugees Northwest through July 30.

The goal is to fill a grocery bag with a week’s worth of staples for someone.

Nonperishable requests include granola bars, instant milk, cans of soup with pop-top lids and trail mix. Find the full list online at

Drop off donations between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays at the church at 23525 84th Ave. W, Edmonds.

Meanwhile, Edmonds Lutheran Church hosts a potluck gathering, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, to support Muslims in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the federal government’s travel ban.

Bring a dish to share and enjoy cuisine from affected countries such as Iran and Yemen.

More info: 425-744-8090

Take a lift to clean up Stevens Pass

The National Forest Foundation, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and U.S. Forest Service will host a Friends of the Forest volunteer stewardship event, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1, to remove trash from the mountain slopes of Stevens Pass.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to ride a ski lift to reach cleanup areas. A free barbecue lunch is provided.

Volunteers must register by July 22. Volunteers should bring rain gear, bug repellent and ankle-supporting boots with good traction. Families are welcome.

There also will be prizes to the finders of the most unique pieces of trash.

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Trunks with junk needed for sale

The Lake Stevens Senior Center holds a Junk in the Trunk sale and swap meet, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. The senior center is at 2302 Soper Hill Road.

Vendors are needed. Get a spot spanning two parking spaces, or an 8-foot table indoors, for $25. Applications are due July 6. Proceeds benefit senior center programs.

More info: 425 309-0717

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