Send your T-shirt to the four corners of the world

Don’t just pack this T-shirt.

Wear it proudly all around the world.

Deborah Squires, vice president of impact and marketing for United Way of Snohomish County, says to be sure to send them a picture of your shirt’s adventure.

United Way is sponsoring a Live United traveling T-shirt contest to raise awareness about all the ways people give back to their communities.

“We want people to tell us all the ways they Live United, and have a little fun doing it,” she says.

Shirts with black all-caps “Live United” lettering have been to India, Alaska, Ireland, London, the Caribbean and Washington, D.C., among other places. The winner will be the one who has the photo in a location farthest from United Way’s office in Everett. They will receive four club seats and two free parking passes to an Everett Silvertips game.

Dec. 12 is the deadline for entries. All photos will be posted to United Way’s web site.

View entries at Check there, too, to find out where to buy a shirt and get all the rules.

See Jerry Goodwin of Mukilteo wearing his shirt in England, with a Buckingham Palace guard.

Subjects in the picture do not have to smile.

  • If it’s any enticement, there will be nice, hot chocolate served Saturday.

    You’ll be appreciative, if you show up to put hands in cold soil.

    A Picnic Point Park planting party is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 12001 Picnic Point Road, Edmonds. People for Puget Sound and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation host the work party.

    Volunteers will plant a variety of native plants along the beach in an effort to restore the ecosystem and create habitat for birds and wildlife.

    “We provide hot chocolate and coffee in the morning and snacks throughout the day,” said Keeley O’Connell with People for Puget Sound. “The turnout can be lower if the weather is really crummy, but we’ve had more than 120 folks out to plant on a less than ideal November day.”

    This is the ideal time of year for the planting, she says.

    “They just croak if we try to put them in the ground in the summertime.”

  • Those of us who do face-plants into computers every day can hardly imagine others aren’t savvy about Google, cut-and-paste and Word documents.

    In the real world, many folks don’t know diddly about computers.

    Rosy Brewer, managing librarian at the Mountlake Terrace Library, says they are offering basic computer classes.

    Feel free to attend, even if you’ve never gone online.

    “These classes have been popular in the past, especially with seniors,” Brewer says. “When we offered these classes last year, they filled up completely.”

    For more information, e-mail

    I forgot. You don’t e-mail.

    So pick up the phone and call her at 425-776-8722 to get up to speed. Classes start in early November. You have grandkids, and family in Nebraska who would love to get your e-mails.

    See for yourself: Googling is as much fun at Yahooing.

  • Fun Fact: Insurance folks like us to pay for our car insurance. That is how they make a living.

    But Claudia McClain with McClain Insurance Services also is interested in safe driving. She organized a 55-Alive Defensive Driving class for 34 seniors in Everett.

    Her agency paid for class materials.

    And provided lunch.

    And the best part — they probably fostered better drivers, who get a 5 percent discount on their rates.

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