Front Porch: Celebrate Everett’s old and new YMCA buildings

The old YMCA, at 2720 Rockefeller Ave., is being decommissioned with a celebration Saturday.


YMCA celebration

The old YMCA, at 2720 Rockefeller Ave., is being decommissioned with a celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The building is expected to close for good near the end of the year, to make way for the new YMCA at 4730 Colby Ave.

Festivities will kick off with speakers, giveaways, and an unveiling of a time capsule and filling another for the future. After that, there will be a block party from noon to 2 p.m. at the new YMCA location. Guests can get a tour of the building, play yard games, get face paintings and win prizes.

The Great Carnival

ChildStrive is hosting a free 5K run or walk, with barbecue, pony rides, carnival games, and music from the “kindie” band — that is, indie music for kids — the Not-Its! It’ll be held Saturday at Legion Memorial Park in north Everett. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Race at 9:15 a.m. Carnival at 10 a.m.

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Historic tanks will be in action in an event paired with craft beer, food trucks and more Saturday afternoon at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett.

Sample from a wide range of beers from Boundary Bay, Diamond Knot, Lake Stevens, Lazy Boy, Menace, Sumerian, Timber Monster, Whitewall, At Large, Brew Bakers and others.

Doors open at noon. Tank demonstrations every half-hour. Tickets are $20 to $50, and must be bought online.

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Nominate an artist

The City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission invites nominations for the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the prestigious Richard Wendt Award of Excellence. The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching the Everett community through the arts.

This is the 27th year of the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence, a lifetime achievement award given to individuals whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and volunteer service.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 5. The Cultural Arts Commission will review the nominations and select recipients.

Mayor Cassie Franklin will honor recipients of the awards at the Everett Performing Arts Center on Feb. 13. The event is free and open to the public.

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Tutors needed at EvCC

Everett Community College’s Volunteer Literacy Program seeks volunteers who can tutor adults learning basic reading, writing and math skills and students learning English. An informal interview and a training workshop are required.

More info:, 425-388-9085

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