Front Porch: Annual backyard bird count begins Friday

The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count runs from Friday through Monday.

Bird watchers across North America will tally the birds they see in back yards, parks and nature centers and on public lands. They will file their reports at

The Great Backyard Bird Count is hosted by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Love railroad lore? Snohomish Railfans meet at 7 tonight at Hilton Lake Fire Station, 3525 108th St. SE, Everett. Join others who love all things train.

Happy President’s Day Monday. If you want to buy liquor that day, find a contract liquor store that might be open. State-run stores will be closed. Store schedules and phone numbers are at

The Mukilteo Historical Society invites the public to its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Art Room in the basement of the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave.

Christopher Summitt, a member of the historical society, is scheduled to speak on “Caddy, a Northwest Sea Oddity.”

Refreshments are planned.

For more information, call 425-356-2778.

The Everett Public Library offers audiobooks by download. OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks program allows folks to download books to iPods, iPhones and other MP3 players. Downloaded books can be checked out, four titles at a time, and you may place two holds on titles already checked out.

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