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Today and Wednesday, Everett is planning to close two northbound lanes of Evergreen Way between Holly Drive and Casino Road. Long delays are expected as the road is being paved.

Tell us about your Airbnb experiences

Do you have any fun stories from a time you used a short-term rental service, such as Airbnb or VRBO, to rent out your Snohomish County space? Or maybe it was not so fun, and someone trashed your extra room. How about tales from your trips to other people’s homes in the area?

Let us know for an upcoming story. Email, or call 425-339-3192


Home ownership

The Path to Home Ownership classes are held the second Saturday of the month at Everett Community College and Edmonds Community College. The program is sponsored by Washington State Housing Finance Commission and the Community Home Buyer Education.

Curriculum includes budgeting, loan programs, title insurance, home inspection, down payment loan programs, real estate negotiations and affordability. Attending this seminar can qualify for a down payment assistance certificate of $10,000 valid for two years provided by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

The next sessions are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration is required.

More info: Everett Class:

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Driver better

The AAA Driver Improvement Program is offering its refresher course on defensive driving skills, 9 a.m. to p.m. March 23 at Normanna Lodge, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett. The course gives practical guidance for crash prevention, driver safety and confidence. Course completion qualifies drivers 55 years of age and over for automobile insurance premium discounts.

Cost is $20. Registration is required.

More info: 800-462-3728

Become a habitat steward

Friends of Camano Island Parks’ Camano Wildlife Habitat Project train volunteers to help create and preserve wildlife habitat.

A habitat steward is someone interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening and habitat conservation.

Training sessions will be held at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 19. The sessions include Saturday field trips from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 23, April 20 and May 18.

More info: 360-387-2236;

Island art contest

The Langley Main Street Association is accepting submissions from artwork for the Langley Street Dance on July 13.

The artwork will be used for posters and t-shirts. Selected artists will receive $250. Artists may submit up to two works. Deadline is March 29. Preference will be given to South Whidbey artists.

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