Community reading event planned

Sno-Isle Libraries has introduced a new project for readers in the Stanwood-Camano Island area.

“Stanwood-Camano: Together We Read” encourages people to read “The Last Town on Earth” by Thomas Mullen.

The story involves a fictional Pacific Northwest town whose residents decide to quarantine themselves against a deadly virus attacking the outside world.

The reading project culminates in a visit by the author, who plans to offer a free public program set for 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood.

Copies of the book are available at the Stanwood and Camano Island libraries, and they can be purchased at Snow Goose Bookstore in Stanwood. For information about book discussions and other programs, go to

Elks-VFW dinner to honor veterans

Everett Elks Lodge No. 479 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2100 plan to honor veterans with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the VFW hall, 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett.

The menu includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert.

Dinner is free for all veterans and $8 for others. To make a reservation, call 425-252-4179 or 425-252-2100 by Nov. 7.

It’s National School Bus Safety Week

More than 400,000 students in Washington use school buses every day, transported by about 10,600 bus drivers.

They are honored this week, during National School Bus Safety Week with the theme “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.”

Here are some tips for school bus safety:

@1. Body FYI Bullet:Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.

Stand at least five giant steps, 10 feet, away from the edge of the road.

Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it’s OK before stepping onto the bus.

Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.

Be sure the bus driver can see students, and they can see the bus driver.

When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to cross in front of the bus.

While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.

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