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Around the world with storyteller

Storyteller Tom Galt shares stories from around the world, changing his hat and his accent as he goes.

Galt will spin his yarns at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.

The program is for children 5 and older.


Neighborhoods meet, celebrate

The Pinehurst-Beverly Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Everett Fire Station No. 5 at 1600 Madison St.

Henry Schroder, the city’s supervisor of park development and construction, will present information about the design process for the renovation of Lions Park.

For more information about the meeting, call the Everett Office of Neighborhoods at 425-257-8680.

Meanwhile, the Lowell Neighborhood invites everyone to attend its December holiday party 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Lowell Community Church, 5218 S. Second Ave.

Lasagna will be provided; bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. For more information, call Robyn Klarman at 425-339-9079 or Gail Chism at 425-258-9381.

Island County

Orca researchers want extra eyes

Whale researchers and advocates from Island and San Juan counties will be tracking the three southern resident pods of orcas this winter to assist federal research conducted by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Historically, only the J pod remains in inland waters during the fall and winter months, but in recent years the J, K and L pods have all lingered near Whidbey Island and farther south in Puget Sound as late as February.

To help with the research, the public as asked to report any orca sightings to 866-ORCANET. Include location, time, direction of travel, approximate number of whales and presence of any adult males with large dorsal fins.

For more information, e-mail Susan Berta at info@orcanetwork.org or go to www.orcanetwork.org.

Lake Stevens

City Council meets Monday

The City Council on Monday will consider authorizing the bidding and construction of the gravity sewer main on Grade Road, with a plan for repayment from future connections.

Other agenda items include approving a roofing bid, adopting an amendment to the council’s rules and approving renewal of the Snohomish County fleet management services agreement.

The council will conduct a workshop on vouchers at 6:45 p.m., and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lake Stevens Community-Senior Center, 1808 Main St.


School board vacancy open

The Lakewood School District is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the school board.

Lakewood native Fredda Smith is stepping down. Her replacement would serve until the next regularly scheduled board election in fall 2005.

The board member would represent District 5, which encompasses an area north of 172nd Street NE to 188th Street NE between 40th Avenue NE and I-5. Candidates must live in that area.

Letters of interest should be sent to Robin Barker, Lakewood School District, P.O. Box 220, N. Lakewood, WA 98259 or hand-delivered to 17110 16th Drive NE, Arlington. Letters must be received by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

The school board will interview candidates during the second and third weeks of December.

For more information, call superintendent Larry Francois at 360-652-4500 or school board President Ken Christiansen at 360-652-3091. For more information, go to www.lwsd.wednet.edu.


Presentation on caregiving

A free two-hour presentation on how to stay mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually healthy while caring for a loved one with a long-term illness will be 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3 at the Lynnwood Public Library,

The event is presented by the Family Support Center of South Snohomish County and Family Caregiver Programs serving Snohomish County.

For more information, call Pam Graham at 425-670-8984, ext. 4.


New member joins council

Newly elected City Council member Jeff Vaughan will join the council on Monday after he is sworn in.

The council will review bids on a rehabilitation project for two Edward Springs wells; consider ordinances establishing the Parks and Recreation Department fee schedule; and authorize an application to Snohomish County for a community development block grant.

The council also will consider a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a Youth Athletic Facilities program grant

The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the second floor council chambers at City Hall, 1049 State Ave.

Mill Creek

Civil service meeting off

The next meeting of the Mill Creek Civil Service Commission has been canceled. The meeting was set for Dec. 11, but there are no agenda items, city clerk Kelly Hennessey said.

The next meeting is set for Jan. 8 at 15728 Mill Creek Blvd.


Santa to light Christmas tree

Santa will arrive in Monroe at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the corner of Main and Lewis streets for a tree-lighting ceremony.

There will be free photos with Santa for the first 50 requests.

The event is sponsored by the city, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Historic Downtown Monroe Merchants. For more information, call the chamber at 360-794-5488.

Anyone who makes a contribution or brings an item for the Sky Valley Food Bank is eligible for a drawing. Refreshments will be available.


Chamber seeks holiday volunteers

The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to hang lights on the trees along Lincoln Avenue. Those who want to help are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Info on flooding is on the Web

Stanwood Police Chief Tom Davis said his department gets inundated with calls during flooding about road closures, typically involving Marine Drive, Norman Road and Pioneer Highway.

Davis said a quicker way to get updates during flooding is to go to www.co.snohomish.wa.us and click on “Road closures.”

“We certainly can assist when they call, but we are not always in the office outside of general business hours,” Davis said.

Veterans sponsor prime rib dinner

American Legion Post 92 invites the public to its monthly prime rib dinner 5:30-8 tonight at the Legion Hall, 26921 88th Ave. NW.

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