North County Update

Granite Falls

Food bank’s needs grow as donations dwindle

Donations are down and the number of clients is up at the Granite Falls Food Bank.

The needs are expected to continue to rise after the holidays, officials said. Volunteers are welcome, along with donations of cash and nonperishable food.

Checks can be mailed to Granite Falls Food Bank, P.O. Box 1211, Granite Falls, WA 98252.

More info: 360-691-6466.


Friday Music jam sessions continue

Youth and adults of all abilities are invited to join the Village Music and Art’s Friday Music jam sessions featuring live music by Jon Dalgarn and Voices of the Village.

Bring your own instrument or use the band’s tambourines at the sessions, which are 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays at 338 N. McLeod St., Arlington. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Village Music and Arts and Voices of the Village are supported by grants from the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and others.

More info: 360-653-7752, ext. 14.

City to work on water line on Highland Drive

Highland Drive between French and Stillaguamish avenues is set to be partially closed today through Friday.

E&D Excavating has been hired by the city of Arlington to install water line improvements on Highland Drive.

Access to the area will be limited to local traffic, Community Transit and school buses.

More info: 360-403-3500.

Camano Island

4-H club raising money

The Camano Canines 4-H Club is sponsoring a family bingo night scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Utsalady Elementary School, 600 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island.

Cost is $5 for nine games. Concessions will be available. Proceeds from the fundraising event support the club.

More info:

Biologist to explain the salmon life cycle

Research biologist Kurt Fresh plans to talk about the role of estuaries and their importance in the life cycle of salmon at 7 p.m. today at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive.

The presentation is part of a public education series hosted the third Wednesday of the month by the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks as part of the Island County watershed project.

More info: 360-387-2236.


Book inspires discussion on emergency response

The final public event of this season’s Stanwood-Camano Together We Read program is tonight.

Coming Together in Times of Crisis is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the ­Stanwood-Camano School District boardroom, 26920 Pioneer Highway.

Sno-Isle Libraries and the ­Stanwood-Camano School district sponsored the literary program and hundreds read the historical novel “The Last Town on Earth” by Thomas Mullen.

The panel plans to talk about emergency preparedness. Among the panelists is Stanwood High School senior John Mighell, who will present his senior project on the 1918 flu epidemic, which figures in the novel. Fire Chief Darin Reid also is set to be part of the discussion.

More info: Stanwood Library, 360-629-3132.


YMCA offers International Night

YMCA International Night, a free family event, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Marysville Family YMCA, 6420 60th Drive NE.

Those who attend can enjoy appetizers and learn about YMCA World Services programs.

Presentations are set to include a slide show from local teens about the YMCA Europe Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and the YMCA’s relief work in Myanmar.

More info: 360-653-9622.

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