Group keeps Western swing alive in Lynnwood

Folks hankering to hear tunes made popular by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, such as “San Antonio Rose” and “Take Me Back to Tulsa” are in luck.

That type of Western swing music will be featured from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lynnwood Eagles, 19223 Highway 99 S., Lynnwood.

Kids can go, too, and hear music by Sharon Lee Packwood with the Sundowners.

“There is considerable interest in Western swing music around here,” says Alice Striegel, secretary of the Northwest Western Swing Music Society. “The group has historically presented a showcase the second Sunday of the month for many years, mostly in Everett at various venues. The public has always been welcome to attend.”

She says there are many Western swing bands around Washington and one of them hosts a monthly showcase.

Beryl Shawley, president of the society, said the group aims to preserve, promote, perform and perpetuate the Western swing style of music.

“Each year we hold a festival in August which honors those musicians nominated by their peers to be inducted into our hall of fame,” Shawley says. “The musicians are selected according to their contributions over 25 years to the preservation of this style of music.”

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RoseAnn Alspektor, marketing director for Island County Tourism, is putting together a list of Wi-Fi hot spots for a Things to Do section of the tourism Web site,

They need to know hot spots by Friday, so e-mail

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Robert Foley is coming out from behind the counter. The deli and cheese manager at Central Market in Mill Creek will share his knowledge of fine cheese at Sip into Spring.

The wine and cheese tasting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Cellars, 19501 144th Ave. NE, Suite D600, Woodinville. Tickets are $40 and the event benefits Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood.

There will be music and raffles, too. Clothes for Kids offers clothing to low-income children and is on pace to dress about 600 kids this year.

For more information, go to

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Retirement could taste pretty good.

At a Taste of Retirement Fair at the Mill Creek Senior Center, nibble chili with corn bread bites, ribs, Western omelets and more.

It’s planned for 10 a.m. to noon Friday at 15720 Main St., Mill Creek, next to City Hall.

Learn about senior resources, classes, activities and health programs.

It’s all free.

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Cute class name: A genealogy class called Finding the Tree That Your Apple Fell From is planned at 11 a.m. April 15 and 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel Building, 10120 Chapel Hill Road, Lake Stevens.

The class is offered by the Snohomish Stake Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints.

For more information, e-mail

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There are special instructions for the Northwest Stream Center, Adopt-A-Stream Foundation program at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Raptors of the Pacific is offered by Barbara Ogaard of Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, who will bring flying friends.

Tickets are $7 for nonmembers or $5 for members. For more information, call 425-316-8592 or e-mail

Besides hawks, there will also be a screech owl.

Bring ear plugs, they say.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451,

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