Garden club party marks 70 years

The Arlington Garden Club celebrates its 70th birthday with a garden party at 1 p.m. Saturday at 28802 Highway 9, a private home 1.5 miles north of the Bryant store.

The party will feature a showcase of clothing from the 1930s to the present, as well as music from each decade and the history of the club. Admission is $5.

Winners of this summer’s plant container contest will be announced at the party. One $50 prize will be awarded for each of four divisions: small containers, large containers, hanging containers and wacky containers, or those items not originally intended to hold plants.

Containers may be dropped off for judging noon-6 p.m. Friday at the same location. There is a $2 fee.

Tickets may be purchased at Favorite Pastime, 315 N. Olympic Ave., or at the door. For more information, call 360-403-7769.

More work due on Sauk bridge

Work on the Sauk Prairie Bridge has been extended one month and is now scheduled to continue through Aug. 20. The bridge is residents’ only access to the prairie, which is northeast of Darrington across the Sauk River.

Snohomish County Public Works is building a temporary bypass bridge, and the work will require a 24-hour single-lane closure.

For more information, call 360-862-7500.

Asarco zoning hearing today

An Everett land-use hearing examiner will review the Everett Housing Authority’s request to rezone part of the old Asarco smelter site.

The housing authority wants to build 85 housing units on the land, including single-family homes and duplexes, which are allowed under current zoning. But it also wants to construct townhouses and needs a new zoning designation to do so.

The hearing examiner will likely make a decision within two weeks. The City Council has the final say in the matter.

Used cellphones help the abused

Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse is collecting used cellphones and batteries to benefit victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The campaign also will support client services and educational programs in Island County.

Drop boxes for the phones are at the Camano Island Sheriff’s Office, 67 NE Camano Drive, and the County Annex, 121 N. East Camano Drive.

Whidbey Island locations include Coupeville, Oak Harbor, Freeland, Langley and Clinton. Drop boxes are open during working hours.

Drainage district meeting canceled

The regular meeting of Drainage Improvement District No. 8, which had been scheduled today, has been canceled.

The next scheduled meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at district headquarters, 1911 Vernon Road. The meeting is open to the public.

Volunteers sought for committee

Mayor Dennis Kendall is seeking residents to serve on an ad hoc committee to consider recommendations to regulate, restrict and limit the use of motorized scooters in the city. Prospective members for the five positions must live within the city limits.

The mayor, City Council members and police in recent months have noticed an increase in the use of motorized scooters for transportation, particularly among young people, some of whom have little concern for traffic laws or public safety, city spokesman Doug Buell said.

City officials hope that regulating the use of motorized scooters will enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

Councilman Jeff Vaughan will serve as the council’s committee representative, and a police officer also will be appointed.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should send a letter of interest to City Clerk Gerry Becker, Marysville City Hall, 1049 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. July 30.

Brown bag lunch at park on Friday

The Snohomish Conservation District hosts a brown bag lunch noon-1 p.m. Friday at Lewis Street Park, 561 S. Lewis St.

The event will allow farm and rural landowners talk with planners and restoration staff from the district. Landowners who have questions about farm issues, wildlife habitat, weeds and stream or wetland restoration are encouraged to stop by.

The event is co-sponsored by Snohomish County Surface Water Management. For more information, call the conservation district at 425-335-5634, ext. 4.

Seniors sought for fall conference

The Snohomish Senior Center is looking for seniors to attend the 2004 Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors Oct. 17-22 in Seaside, Ore.

Participants will learn information and skills to improve their health and the health of others in the community.

Afterward, they will help develop a community action plan to promote the health programs they learn about.

Cost for the conference is $350, which covers registration, shared accommodations, breakfasts and lunches. Registration is due by Friday.

For more information, call 360-568-0934.

Council considers developer’s plan

The City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 7 tonight at City Hall, 10220 270th St. NW, to consider a developer’s request for exceptions to city rules.

Group Four, a Bothell development firm, is planning a 153-home subdivision called Copper Station on 53 acres in the Cedarhome area.

Snohomish County codes allow that density, but Stanwood’s codes allow only 146 lots on a parcel of land that big.

Stanwood can deny extending utilities to the unincorporated area because the city plans to annex it in the near future.

The developer is asking for the exception based on an anticipated rezone in the city later this year that would make the density consistent with the county’s.

“Ultimately, this request involves a timing issue, rather than an actual exemption from city standards,” wrote Steve Johnson of Group Four in a June 3 letter to the city.

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