Front Porch: Concert to benefit Usher syndrome research

An event to benefit Usher syndrome research is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Winding Path Gardens, 15530 Highway 9 in Arlington.

Two people affected by the disease were profiled in The Herald last year. Jodi Carter, of Lake Stevens, and her brother, Ryan Thomason, a Lake Stevens High School graduate who now lives in Utah, were diagnosed with the genetic disease that affects about one in 6,000 people.

It can profoundly affect hearing, and causes night blindness and vision loss leading to tunnel vision.

The fundraiser will include a barbecue dinner and musical entertainment. Tickets can be purchased for $60 before the event at

Flood workshop in Stanwood: Property owners, real estate agents and insurance professionals are invited to a free workshop about recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Stanwood-Camano School Administration Building, 26920 Pioneer Hwy.

The event is sponsored by the city of Stanwood, Stanwood Chamber of Commerce and FEMA Region X.

Learn more by emailing city administrator Deborah Knight,

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