FYI

Coupeville artist Janet Orso was asked to design a Washington state license plate with a lighthouse theme as part of her volunteer efforts with Washington State University’s Island County Beachwatchers organization.

Beachwatchers and other WSU and Island County environmental education outreach efforts will benefit from proceeds from the sale of the special license plates. The nonprofit Lighthouse Environmental Program will use the money to maintain Admiralty Head and other Washington state lighthouses.

When she’s not painting watercolors or volunteering for Beachwatchers, Orso works at The Herald as the ad production supervisor.

See Street Smarts on Page B2 for more discussion of new license plate faces.

Know what video games kids play

Video games may look like harmless cartoons, but they can contain graphic violence and sexual content not appropriate for youngsters.

The Snohomish Health District has joined the Snohomish County Children’s Commission in urging parents to review video games their children want to play, even if it takes several hours to get to every level of the game.

Although games are rated with categories such as “family,” “teen” and “mature,” not all stores enforce the rating system, so youngsters can sometimes buy games with highly graphic scenes of violence or sexual content, said Pam Wessel-Estes, who works for the health district on violence prevention.

For more information, including a list of video games that a national children’s advocacy group has said should not be purchased for children, call Wessel-Estes at 425-339-8703.

Day camp is a family affair

Parents can join their sons at Cub Scout day camps for fishing, crafts, cooking and games.

Camps are planned in Monroe, Everett, Marysville and Stanwood. Cost is $70 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call 425-338-0380.

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