Celebrate Camano Island being named the 10th community wildlife habitat in the nation by the National Wildlife Federation from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Four Springs Lake Preserve, 585 Lewis Lane, Camano Island.

Join Friends of Camano Island Parks volunteers who worked to create wildlife habitats.

Besides a presentation at 2 p.m., there will be guided walks of nature trails and the backyard wildlife-habitat demonstration garden, nature programs and an open house.

Nationwide, 511 properties have been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as backyard wildlife habitats, which provide food, water, cover and places for young critters and employ sustainable gardening techniques.

Donate school goods in Monroe

The Sky Valley Food Bank is collecting school supplies for grades K-12, including backpacks, for its annual School Days Rule Days program.

The food bank hopes to fill them and provide supplies to about 250 needy children in the Monroe area. For more information, call 360-794-7959.

Arlington honors artists Tuesday

The Arlington Arts Council will honor sculptors who loaned their outdoor work for Arlington’s third annual sculpture walk on the centennial trail.

A reception is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Centennial Trail at Fourth Street, between Highway 9 and Olympic Avenue in downtown Arlington.

Cake and sparkling cider will be served.

Sculptures have been in place since early June and will remain until May 2006. Four are located in the 400 block of the Centennial Trail, in the center of downtown Arlington, and one is across Fourth Street, in the 300 block of the trail. They include:

* Arlington artist Verena Schwippert’s “Dedicated to the Beauty of Earth”;

* Everett artist Reg Akright’s “Baby Boulder Buddy”;

* Orcas Island artist Pete Welty’s “The Juggler”;

* Everett artist Lance Carleton’s “Continuum”;

* Seattle artist Nicky Oberholtzer’s “Eternity.”

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