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Mayor to discuss Centennial Trail

Mayor Margaret Larson will be one of the guest speakers at the Snohomish-Arlington Trail Coalition’s next quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE.

Larson will present the city’s plans for the downtown section of the Centennial Trail.

Rod Brandon, director of the environment and sustainability in King County, will also talk about negotiations with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for trail sections south of the city of Snohomish.

For more information, call 425-334-2348 or 425-334-6332.


Tree lighting is Saturday night

The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Plaza, Fifth Avenue N. and Main Street.

The Edmonds Museum will serve free hot cider, cookies and candy canes. Elves will hand out blinking Christmas tree lights and Campfire USA will have a special craft area for kids.

Introductory speeches will be given at 5 p.m. and Santa Claus will arrive at 5:20 p.m. to count down to the lighting. At 5:30, he’ll walk to Old Milltown.

For more information call the Chamber at 425-776-6711 or go to www.edmondswa.com/ home.html and click on “What’s Up.”


AIDS memorial quilt on display

An AIDS memorial quilt will be on display from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, World AIDS Day, in the Jackson Center at Everett Community College at 2000 Tower St. in Everett.

The quilt is made of 20 12-foot-square panels of quilt blocks, each created by a family member or friend of someone who has died from AIDS.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Snohomish County HIV-AIDS Consortium, Everett Community College, Snohomish Health District and individual donors who contributed $3,000 to rent the quilt and ship it from Atlanta.

For more information about the quilt, contact Kelly Grimsley at 425-339-5241 or go to www.aidsquilt.org.

Downtown plan forum on Tuesday

A public workshop is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Everett Station’s fourth-floor Weyerhaeuser room at 3201 Smith St. in Everett to discuss the Everett downtown plan.

A presentation will include reports on downtown transportation issues, a review of a parking survey conducted in September and discussion on other transit items.

The public is encouraged to participate in the workshop to help decide the future of Everett’s downtown.

For more information, call Dave Koenig or Jim Hanson at 425-257-8731.

Lake Stevens

Workshop on city annexation plan

The Drainage Improvement District 8 board of commissioners will conduct a workshop on the city of Lake Stevens’ annexation plan.

The workshop will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the district headquarters, 1911 Vernon Road. The meeting is open to the public.


Mall area will have extra patrols

Lynnwood police will have extra patrols on the streets around the Alderwood mall today with the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

All available traffic officers will patrol around the mall and regular patrol officers will spend time in the mall area when time permits, Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said.

Members of the Lynnwood Citizens Patrol, limited commission officers authorized to write parking tickets and direct traffic, will patrol the mall on bicycles, Sessions said.


Council to adopt budget, tax rates

The City Council will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1049 State Ave. Following the executive session, the council will conduct its regular meeting about 7 p.m., including a public hearing on adoption of the proposed 2006 budget and ordinances levying EMS taxes and regular property taxes.

Other agenda items include the swearing-in of new police officer Paul McShane, reviewing bids for a sander storage shed, consideration of amendments to the city code regarding the city’s utility service area and changes to the water and sewer utility policy, and adoption of the Marysville School District capital facilities plan as a sub-element of the city’s capital facilities plan.


Class teaches first aid and CPR

Monroe Fire District 3 offers first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 163 Village Court. Participants can learn how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies until emergency medical service personnel arrive.

Those who successfully complete the class receive a two-year certification card. Cost for the class is $30, and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 360-794-7666.

Mountlake Terrace

City approves small tax hike

The owner of a $200,000 home will pay $4 more in city property taxes in 2006.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council approved 1 percent increases in the regular city tax and emergency medical services levies for 2006.

The owner of a $200,000 home will pay $487 in city, EMS and debt levies in 2006. The debt levy amount will be reduced by $1.

The City Council is expected to make adjustments next month to its two-year budget for 2005-06.


City approves taxes, budget

Mukilteo has approved its 2006 budget.

The $21.9 million spending plan includes money for construction of a new City Hall and the first phase of improvements to Lighthouse Park on the waterfront.

City property taxes and the emergency medical services levy will increase by 1 percent each, but the owner of a $365,000 home will pay $4.57 per month less in city property taxes due to the payoff of city library bonds.

The budget also includes a 4 percent increase in surface water management fees, raising the basic residential rate from $7.55 to $7.85 per month.

For more information, call 425-355-4141 or go to www.ci. mukilteo.wa.us and click on “Mayor’s 2006 Budget Message.”


Group hosts holiday tour

The Snohomish Historical Society will present its annual Parlour Tour on Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

Six homes will be decorated in holiday finery and open to the public. In addition, there will be a craft fair at Angel Arms, 230 Ave. B, for the opportunity to select unusual handmade gifts. Kusler’s Pharmacy is featuring the second annual Snohomish orrnament, hand-painted and dated in a limited edition of 200.

All proceeds go to the historical society.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, and they are available at Speckled Hen, Kusler’s Pharmacy, Bungalow Basics, Sunsong, Star Center Antique Mall, Weed’s Variety, and Joyworks, all in downtown Snohomish. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at the Blackman Museum, 118 Ave. B, and at Angel Arms.

For more information about the Parlour Tour, contact the Blackman Museum at 360-568-5235.

Flute circle hosts craft sale, music

The Cedartree Native American Flute Circle will host a gathering from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wired and Unplugged Internet Coffee House, 717 First St.

Some American Indian crafts will be available to purchase, including flutes.

Those who own flutes are encouraged to bring them and play along, and there will be flutes available for people to try. Flute lessons are available by donation.

For more information, call 360-568-5085.


Old-fashioned Christmas event

The Stanwood Chamber of Commerce and a few local businesses are sponsoring An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Stanwood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27112 102nd Ave. NW.

The event includes free pictures with Santa, craft tables, music, tours of the Stanwood Area Historical Society’s museum, a Center of Wooden Boats display, cookies and cocoa.

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