Around Town

  • Jenny Lynn Zappala<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:37am

Score cash from city for your event

Applications for the city of Lynnwood Festival Fund grant program are now available through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 22.

The festival fund provides public support for community festivals and celebrations in Lynnwood that have a broad-based appeal and provide family-oriented activities.

Applications are currently available by contacting the Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, 19000 – 44th Avenue W, Lynnwood, WA 98046-5008, or by calling (425) 744-6447.

For more information, contact Sarah Kane by e-mail at or by phone at (425) 744-6447.

Feeling crowded

There are plenty of people to entertain. People just keep coming to Snohomish County, according to the State Office of Financial Management (OFM).

Snohomish County’s population grew almost 11 percent since the 2000 Census. The incorporated areas of the county — areas in cities — grew almost 13 percent while unincorporated County areas — outside of cities — grew by almost 9 percent.

By comparison, Lynnwood is the state’s 27th largest city with a population of 35,230. The city’s population has increased by about 4 percent since 2000.

Hail to the chief

Watch out — there’s a new police chief in town. Finn Simonson, 7, of Mountlake Terrace will be the city’s new police chief on Aug. 25. The city’s police chief Scott Smith will assist Simonson during the one-day tenure, which includes lunch.

Finn Simonson won “Be a police chief for a day” at a May auction to benefit Evergreen Elementary, 6004 237th St. SW. The auction raised almost $5,000 for new playground equipment.

Pioneer spirit

Life Scout Rory Backman of Lynnwood lead the effort to build steps at the east entrance of Lynnwood’s Pioneer Park this summer as part of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. To see the results, visit Pioneer Park at 18400 36th Ave. W. in Lynnwood. Working with the City of Lynnwood’s Parks, Recreation &Cultural Arts Department, Backman raised $600 in cash donations for the project. In addition, Lowe’s donated half of the lumber and offered the other half at a 30 percent discount.

Auction to benefit Terrace Senior Center

The Mountlake Terrace Senior Center will celebrate its 11th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a buffet dinner, silent auction and live auction at St. Pius X Church gymnasium. Everyone is welcome.

Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center’s programs and services, which are growing and expanding.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets, call the Senior Center at 425-672-2407.

Share your wisdom

Snohomish County residents are being sought for membership on the Snohomish County Council on Aging. Application forms must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 15.

The 30-member board advises the Long Term Care and Aging Division of the county’s Human Services Department and the county executive on issues facing older persons and younger persons with disabilities.

For a form or more information, contact Joyce Frasu at 425-388-7377 or Download an application by going to the county’s Web site at and type “Council on Aging” in the SEARCH box.

Save the date

The Prostate Cancer Survivor Conference is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Nile Golf and Country Club, 6601 244th St. SW, in Mountlake Terrace.

The program is free to prostate cancer patients, $35 for other attendees. Lunch and free parking included. Preregistration is required.

The conference is presented by the University of Washington in conjunction with Oregon Health and Science University, the American Cancer Society, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Sue Hall, conference coordinator at or (206) 288-6269.

Garden masters

Applications for the 2007 Washington State University Master Gardener Program are now available. The deadline is Oct. 15.

The 2007 program is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday from Jan. 4 to March 8 and includes two Saturday training sessions (dates to be determined).

The program trains volunteers in horticulture, gardening and pest management. In return, volunteers assist local extension personnel in providing information to the community.

Applications are available at or by sending a legal-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to the WSU Extension Office, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208. Applicants can also stop by the office in person. For more information, call (425) 338-2400.

Protect young minds

Helmets for youth are available at the Lynnwood Recreation Center for $9 each through a Fire Department grant with Safe Kids Coalition. The helmets are ideal for kids ages 3 or older who use bicycles, skateboards, roller skates or related items.

Customer service staff members have been trained to safely fit the helmets. For information or to buy a helmet, stop by the recreation center at 18900 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood, one block north of the Lynnwood Library, or call 425-771-4030.

People watch

Former Mountlake Terrace City Councilman Dave Smith is now chair of the city’s Civil Service Commission. Jamie Gravelle, another former councilmember, has agreed to be appointed to the Commission.

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