Naval Station Everett will host the annual Family Freedom Fest on the Fourth of July in partnership with the city of Everett, businesses and organizations. The on-base festival is planned for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the public is invited to remain on the base to view “Thunder on the Bay” fireworks from the Commons’ play fields.

There will be a celebrity softball tournament starting at 9:30 a.m., with a double-elimination format lasting throughout the day, and a championship game starting at 5 p.m. Teams playing in the tournament include members of the Everett Hawks and Everett Silvertips, and staff from the Evergreen Motor Speedway and KRKO 1380 Radio.

Also find arts and craft vendors, food booths, children’s games, a car show, music and a simulcast performance of the Everett Symphony during the fireworks.

For more fair and festival information, see The Herald’s Friday A&E section.

Washington ranks 12th among 50 states for our rate of volunteering, according to a federal report by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Residents annually average 269.4 million hours of volunteer service. The study found that the number of Washington volunteers increased from 1.5 million in 2002 to 1.77 million in 2005. As in all states, more women than men volunteer in Washington; the state’s typical volunteer is a white, 44-year-old woman.

The greatest percentage of volunteers serves primarily through religious organizations (34.8 percent).

The top volunteer activities by category are mentoring, tutoring, coaching and refereeing (35 percent); fundraising (29.7 percent) and collecting; and preparing, distributing, or serving food (26.3 percent).

Those ages 35 to 54 volunteer at the highest rate, and rates subsequently decline as people age, particularly for individuals older than 65.

The World Sumo League Mega Tour 2006 event at the Everett Events Center, scheduled for Tuesday, has been canceled.

Refunds are available at ticket outlets. All credit card purchases will be automatically refunded.

All World Sumo League Mega Tour dates have been canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to a statement issued by the Events Center.

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