Front Porch: Fire district plans party for kids Saturday in Lynnwood

Firefighters plan party

Snohomish County Fire District 1’s neighborhood holiday party is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Serene fire station, 4323 Serene Way, Lynnwood. Santa Claus will make an appearance. People are asked to bring food bank donations. Registration is required at or by calling 425-551-1243.

Smaller ferries on busy runs: The 202-vehicle Puyallup, which serves the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry route, will be out of service for four days starting midday Friday for an annual U.S. Coast Guard inspection. That means one of the boats serving Edmonds and Kingston will be shifted to the busier Seattle route through Tuesday. Temporary vessel re-assignments should not affect walk-on passengers, according to Washington State Ferries. But travelers planning to drive on at Edmonds or Kingston could experience longer-than-usual wait times over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday. While the Puyallup is out of service, the Walla Walla, which usually serves the Edmonds-Kingston route, will be moved to the Seattle run.

Riders on the Edmonds-Kingston route will see the 144-car Hyak in place of the Walla Walla. The Walla Walla’s twin, the 188-car Spokane, will be in service as usual between Edmonds and Kingston. Monday and Tuesday, WSF says, drivers might experience a one-boat wait between 6:25 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. out of Kingston and a one-boat wait between 3:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. out of Edmonds.

Weekend traffic is heavier than weekday traffic, so delays are possible then, too. Things should be back to normal Wednesday, WSF says.

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