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Stanwood

Lions Club plans annual lutefisk dinner

The Stanwood Lions continue their tradition as the “Lutefisk Lions” with the club’s 56th annual lutefisk dinner set for 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Stanwood High School, 7400 272nd St. NW.

Dinner, all-you-can-eat served family style, costs $19 for each plate, $7 for children 7-12 years old and free for younger children.

More info: 360-629-3604.

Arlington

Arlington Times to close its downtown office

The Arlington Times has been around for about 120 years, but the economy is forcing a change, publisher Stuart Chernis said.

The weekly newspaper plans to close its office on Olympic Avenue during the week of Oct. 27 and consolidate its operations at the new facilities of its sister publication, the Marysville Globe, at 1085 Cedar Ave. in Marysville.

The newspapers are operated by Sound Publishing, a large chain of community newspapers in the state. Sound Publishing is owned by Black Press, which is based Victoria, B.C.

Times editor Sarah Arney is scheduled to begin sharing offices in Marysville beginning Nov. 1, Chernis said.

“We want to continue our coverage in Arlington, but to do that we had to make cuts somewhere,” he said.

Arts council raises $11,000 for public art

Despite the poor economy, the Arlington Arts Council raised more than $11,000 at its annual auction Saturday.

The money is set to be used to purchase public art for the city of Arlington.

The arts council was anticipating less income from this year’s auction because of the economy, council president Sarah Arney said.

“We are very pleased with the results that nearly matched last year’s auction,” Arney said. “We attribute that to the quantity of great donations that we received from our members and friends.”

More info: 360-435-5866.

Senior center to offer flu shots on Nov. 5

The Stillaguamish Senior Center plans to offer influenza shots on Nov. 5 at the center.

The vaccinations are scheduled to be given from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the center’s library building, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd.

Reservations are requested. Arlington Pharmacy is providing the service, center director Jo Olson said.

There is no charge for the flu shots for those on Medicare Part B, she said.

Reservations and more info: 360-653-4551.

Land-use meeting scheduled in Arlington

Those interested in proposed changes to the current Stillaguamish Valley transfer of development rights program are encouraged to attend a meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer Hall, 20722 67th Ave. NE, Arlington.

An example of changes to the program is the possibility of including floodway lands for transfer of development rights certificates.

Planners from Snohomish County and the city of Arlington are scheduled to attend and give short presentations. Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson plans to give a brief update on the state’s Community Trade and Economic Development’s TDR Policy Committee, which is drafting recommendations to be sent to the Legislature, Arlington city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

More info: 360-403-3440.

Marysville

Meeting to address cleanup of former mill

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday regarding the city’s cleanup plan for the former Crown Pacific Mill site on Ebey Slough.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1049 State Ave.

The city is seeking a federal grant to clean up pollutants at the former mill site, at 60 State Ave. The mill closed in 2005 and the city of Marysville bought the site in 2006.

The city tore down the buildings and has used the land as a garbage operation site.

The site figures into to the city’s future plans for economic development and a trail system.

More info: 360-363-8000.

Enter your decorated car in the holiday parade

The public is eligible to enter their vehicles strung with lights in this year’s holiday parade.

The Electric Lights Parade at this year’s 20th anniversary Merrysville for the Holidays Winter Celebration is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Entries must be received by Dec. 3.

More info: 360-363-8400.

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