Boy Scouts plan to retire U.S. flags

Boy Scout Troop 53 of Monroe and Troop 39 of Maltby plan to retire several United States flags at 5 p.m. today at Maltby Community Park, 20322 Broadway Ave., Snohomish.

The Scouts will also replace the flag at the park. The replacement flag was donated by Quadrant Homes of Bellevue. The public is welcome to attend.

Adopt a black cat today in Snohomish

Black Cat Antiques. Purrfect Pals. It’s a natural partnership. Purrfect Pals in Arlington, the Northwest’s largest no-kill, cat-only shelter and sanctuary, will provide cats and kittens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Black Cat Antiques, 1234 First St. in Snohomish.

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Poetry workshop Sunday in Everett

The Everett Public Library plans a poetry reading and workshop with The Jack Straw Writers on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave.

Four poets will read from their works, answer questions and present exercises to allow audience members to improve their own poetry-writing skills.

American Book Award winner Matt Briggs, curator of The Jack Straw Writers, is scheduled to join the talk.

The Jack Straw Writers Program began in 1997 to provide local writers with a new venue for presenting their work and to encourage the creation of new literature.

Map shows work in Snohomish

The city of Snohomish Web site features a construction and development activity map that shows what is being built in the city. The Web site is

The map features major commercial and housing projects, including Snohomish Station on Bickford Avenue, the city’s largest planned development. Home Depot and Fred Meyer are expected to be anchor tenants.

Take steps to a healthy life

YMCA of Snohomish County is putting on a campaign called America on the Move Week through Sept. 29. Sign up for a one-week challenge and get a free one-week pass.

Opportunities include walking, exercise classes, swim parties, blood pressure checks and bike rides.

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