Front Porch: Open house for Kimberly-Clark workers

Workforce Development Council Snohomish County and WorkSource Snohomish County will host an open house for workers affected by the closure of the Everett Kimberly-Clark paper mill.

The event will be an informal drop-in meet and greet for former Kimberly-Clark workers to meet the full WDCSC and WorkSource Snohomish County team available to assist them with their career transitions.

The event is set for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16 in Room 214 at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.

Meet the Bat Lady: Bat rescuer Barbara Ogaard will talk about bats at 7 p.m. Oct. 19, at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th Street SE, Everett.

Live bats will be part of the presentation, along with incredible photos of bats from around the world and some very cool bat puppets.

Anyone who wears a costume to this event will receive a free salmon poster.

Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Register at 425-316-8592.

Enjoy state parks this winter: Fall and winter are great times to camp in Washington state parks. With smaller crowds, campers will feel like they have their own personal park.

Campers may park their RVs or pitch their tents on a first-come, first-served basis at most state parks open during the quiet season.

Try something new this year: Spend the night in a cozy and comfortable cabin at Camano Island, Cama Beach, Ike Kinswa, Kitsap Memorial or Rasar state parks, a yurt at Battle Ground Lake, Pacific Beach or Seaquest, or a vacation house at Millersylvania, Dosewallips, Riverside or Moran. These facilities are reservable year round.

For a list of parks with extended reservation dates, go to www.parks.wa.gov, and select reservations.

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