Community Focus

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:32am

Veterans honored on Memorial Day

Sen. Paul Shinn will give the keynote address at a Memorial Day program hosted by South County veterans. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lynnwood Veterans Park located at 194th Street SW (Veterans Way) and 44th Avenue W.

VFW Post 1040 commander Martin Spani and American Legion Post 37 commander Dale Movius will welcome everyone. VFW Post 1040 chaplain Brian Seguin will lead the invocation.

The honor guard of VFW Post 1040 will give a rifle salute. Piper Ray Colby of the VFW post will play the bag pipes. Mike Beers of Boy Scout Troop 49 and Bert Tcruz of VFW Post 1040 will play taps.

Crab fishing talk open to all May 31

Guest speaker Rich Childers from the Wash. Dept. of Fish &Wildlife will talk about the management of the Peugeot Sound Dungeness crab fishery at the next Edmonds Laebugton Salmon Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting. There will be refreshments, club raffle and fishing reports. Open to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the Deer Creek Hatchery, Pine Street and State Route 104, Edmonds.

Event teaches US flag folding

Lynnwood VFW Post 1040 and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Flag Folding Ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the Alderwood Mall Center Court. The ceremony explains each fold of the flag as it is folded. For information, contact Jan Beam at 425-742-0495 or

Lake Ballinger water basin talk

Mike Shaw, storm water program manager for the city of Mountlake Terrace, will speak about the Lake Ballinger Water Basin at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, 5605 235th St. SW in Mountlake Terrace. Admission is free. Learn about the city’s efforts to improve the water quality of the Lake Ballinger water basin and what people can do to help.

Openings on boards and commissions

Mountlake Terrace residents are invited to fill open seats on city advisory boards or commissions, the city recently announced. Volunteers must be residents of the city and willing to meet about once per month during the term.

This year the city is recruiting applicants to serve on the arts advisory commission, board of adjustment, community policing advisory board, library board, and the planning commission.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, May 26. The new terms will begin on July 1, 2006. Information materials and applications are available in the lobbies at City Hall, Mountlake Terrace Library, and the Recreation Pavilion.

For an application or more information, contact Virginia Olsen, City Clerk, at 425-744-6206 or or visit and click on ‘breaking news.’

Spirit of County nominees sought

Each year, United Way of Snohomish County recognizes individuals who exhibit exemplary community spirit with the Spirit of Snohomish County Awards. United Way is seeking nominations for an adult or youth who is actively volunteering for the betterment of our community and inspiring others to serve.

Winners will be recognized with the prestigious Spirit Awards at the Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast, Sept. 7, at the Everett Events Center.

The deadline is May 31. Nomination forms are at You may submit your nominations online or download the forms and send them by e-mail to, by fax to 425-921-3479 or by mail to Spirit of Snohomish County Awards, United Way of Snohomish County, 917 134th St SW #B1, Everett, WA 98204.

For information about nominations, call Laura Walker at United Way, 425-921-3441.

Spring clean-up coming to Terrace

A citywide Mountlake Terrace Volunteer Clean-Up is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 20. Meet at the city’s Recreation Pavilion at 9 a.m. Bring garden tools if possible. A free barbecue sponsored by the City Council will follow. For information, call Ken Courtmanch at 425-776-1811.

Melody Hill hearing moved to June 5

The city of Mountlake Terrace rescheduled its public hearing on the Melody Hill Subarea Plan to the June 5 City Council meeting. Adoption of the plan is tentatively planned for the following meeting on June 19.

The Melody Hill neighborhood includes the entire northwest area of Mountlake Terrace, roughly west of Interstate 5 and north of 224th Street to 212th Street SW.

The subarea plan will guide future development — including residences, businesses, streets and parks — in the Melody Hill Neighborhood for the next 20 years or more.

Citizens and interested parties are encouraged to view the Melody Hill Plan that is available on the City’s Web site at or at the Mountlake Terrace Library and City Hall. Written testimony for the public hearing should be submitted to the City Clerk at P.O. Box 72, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 or by 5 p.m. on June 5.

Cross-cultural social for older adults

The month of May 2006 has been declared by Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and the County Council as the older American month. Under the 1965 older American Act, programs were established to provide social services for older adults. The effort is based on the principal that older adults are entitled to spend their retirement in good health and living with independence and dignity.

The Korean Womens Association (KWA) is celebrating the occasion by hosting cross-cultural social hours for seniors from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, May 17, 24 and 31, at the KWA Lynnwood office, 4629 168th Street SW, suite G. All are welcome.

Terrace gardens need extra hands

The Mountlake Terrace Garden Club is getting ready to plant fresh flowers around the city’s welcome signs and they could use a few extra volunteers.

Club members will start clearing the flower beds at nine different sites after Mother’s Day, said vice president Dave Mercer. The flowers will be planted on the weekend after Memorial Day. It takes about four hours, Mercer said. Volunteers are welcome to join. For information, call Dave Mercer at 425-774-8440.

Police volunteers receive awards

Members of the Lynnwood Police Department’s volunteer Citizens Patrol received Presidential Service Awards in a recent ceremony.

Members patrol the city in marked crime prevention vehicles, direct traffic at accident scenes, issue citations for disabled parking violations, open locked car doors, conduct bike patrols and more.

The winners are as follows:

Lifetime Call to Service Award (At least 4000 hours of volunteer service in a lifetime): Richard Wong, Cheryl Tenney and Patricia Ward.

Gold Volunteer Service Award (At least 500 hours of service in 2005): Sharon Steele, Robert Scott and Kevin Shoblom.

Silver Volunteer Service Award (250 to 499 hours of service in 2005): Donald Foreman, Cheryl Hoefelmeyer, Ann Deichmann, Suzy Embree, Myron Krueger, Robert Young, James McConville, Julie McKagen, Richard Olson, Keith Ost and Seth Stone.

Bronze Volunteer Service Award (100 to 249 hrs served in 2005): Blanca Abrego, Brian Bilger, Dan Canaan, Jeny Carlson, Ken Dickman, Kelly Foltz, Daniel Good, Christy Griffiths, Connie Griffiths, Teresa Lampe, Connie Lewis, Nick Lewis, Rob Nicholas, Rebecca Owens, Alice Purdy, Matt Romanek, Danielle Rusch, William Smith, Daryl Smith, Donald Sutter, Cheryl Surridge, Bruce Sutherland, Dan Taylor, Peggy Van Ness, Daniel Yagi, Gregory Karras, Tom Gaines and Kimberlee Walker Olsen.

For more information about the Citizens Patrol, call Trudy Dana, Lynnwood Police, at 425 744-6939.

Grand opening of food bank building

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the grand opening of the new Lynnwood Food Bank from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11. The new food bank building is located at 5320 176th St. SW,  Lynnwood, which is behind the Lynnwood Church of the Nazarene.

Police chief joins state commission

Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Scott Smith was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to the Washington Commission on National and Community Service on May 5. The commission will consider issues regarding volunteerism and community projects statewide. The term will end on Feb. 15, 2009.

Valkyrien Lodge hosts convention

Valkyrien Lodge #1 Daughters of Norway will host the Grand Lodge Bi-Annual Convention July 13-15 at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood. Twenty-one lodges from the Western United States will take part in the event.

On Thursday, July 13, Cultural Day will feature exhibits, demonstrations and sales, which will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information call 425- 778-7490.

Lynnwood food bank grand opening

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the grand opening of the new Lynnwood Food Bank from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11. The new food bank building is located at 5320 176th St. SW,  Lynnwood, which is behind the Lynnwood Church of the Nazarene.

Volunteer drivers needed for others

Catholic Community Services seeks volunteers to drive clients to and from doctor’s appointments and other essential errands. Mileage is reimbursed. Help your neighbor maintain an independent lifestyle.

Clients can enter and exit the car on their own. Drive daily or schedule to fit your free time. CPR and Defensive Driving classes provided at no cost. You must be over 21, have insurance, a valid driver’s license and a safe running vehicle. This is a volunteer position.

Interested? Contact John McAlpine at or 425-257-2111 ext. 3374.

School’s Out Luau for local teens

The city of Lynnwood Teen Programs is hosting NightWaves School’s Out Luau, a teen late night features a DJ and dance, free BBQ and food, Dance Dance Revolution, swimming, movies and racquetball. There will also be contests and prizes, including a prize for the teen with the best Hawaiian outfit.

The event is set for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 17, at the Lynnwood Recreation Center, 18900 44th Ave. W. NightWaves is for teens in grades 7th to 12th. The cost of admission is $5 with school ID or a NightWaves wristband.

For information, contact Jennifer Savage, teen programs coordinator, at 425-744-6471 or You can also visit, click on Parks, Recreation &Cultural Arts, click on Programs, and then click on Teens.

Terrace gardens need extra hands

The Mountlake Terrace Garden Club is getting ready to plant fresh flowers around the city’s welcome signs and they could use a few extra volunteers.

Club members will start clearing the flower beds at nine different sites after Mother’s Day, said vice president Dave Mercer. The flowers will be planted on the weekend after Memorial Day. It takes about four hours, Mercer said. Volunteers are welcome to join. For information, call Dave Mercer at 425-774-8440.

Get Movin’ starts again in June

Kids may register in June for the Get Movin’ fitness program.

Get Movin’ aims to get kids ages 5 to 17 physically active a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week for four weeks.

Each week that children meet this goal, they earn bonus rewards, including free swimming, ice skating and rock climbing.

Opening events are scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Lynnwood Athletic Complex, 3001 184th St. SW and at the Everett Mall.

Alderwood/Terrace Rotary awarded a $1,000 grant to youth programs to purchase youth sports equipment for the Get Movin’ program Kick-Off Event. Items such as pedometers, frisbees, hacky sacs and jump ropes will be distributed to participants.

For information, call Sarah Kane at 425-744-6447 or Caroline Brown at 360-653-9622, ext. 105.

Family research help is offered

Need help researching your family history project? The Sno-Isle Genealogical Society library and its volunteers can help. The society offers drop-in beginning genealogy classes each Saturday and one-on-one basis for those who stop by during open hours. Located in Heritage Park, 19827 Poplar Way, Lynnwood, the library is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. For details, call 425-775-6267.

Seat-belt patrols

step up this month

Between May 15 and June 3 more law-enforcement officers will patrol roadways in Snohomish County looking for drivers who aren’t buckled up during the Click it or Ticket campaign. 

Approximately 115 law enforcement agencies, including Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek police departments, will work extra patrol hours during the campaign funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Last May, officers cited 816 non-seatbelt wearers in Snohomish County. The ticket carries a $101 fine.

Lynnwood Lions seeks new members

Are you interested in service to others? The brand new Lynnwood Lions Club is looking for service-minded individuals to join “in our quest to better our community,” the group announced. The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world with 45,000 clubs in 197 countries. For information about the Lions Club, visit or contact Lion Bobby Mills at 425-778-0974.

Get ready for the worst with CERT

Do you know how to help yourself, family and neighbors after an earthquake, snowstorm or other natural disaster? Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) classes will teach you how to help others and maintain your own safety after a natural disaster.

CERT training occurs in three-hour sessions, one evening a week, over an eight-week period. Among other things, CERT students learn the skills to extinguish small fires, provide life-saving first aid, and perform light search and rescue operations.

Registration for the fall session is now open. Classes will begin on Sept. 14. Visit for more information.

Admission to class is free. Participants are required to provide their own safety equipment. Specific equipment requirements will be discussed during the first session.

For information or to register, contact Jamie Gravelle, CERT Program Manager, at or 425-776-3722.

Audio e-books a hit with library patrons 

Sno-Isle Libraries reports that more than 10,000 audio e-books have been downloaded by Sno-Isle customers since the service was launched in the spring of 2005.

Thousands of titles on digital audiobooks are available at Patrons can search for audio e-books from the Sno-Isle Libraries catalog, either for a particular title or to browse by type of book. There also are audio e-books on learning new languages, self-improvement, business and careers. Both services are available around the clock.

Digital books are the digital versions of print books. To access them, patrons must have a library card and Internet access.

For more information visit any Sno-Isle library or the Web site

More foster homes needed in county

The regional recruiting office for Why Foster? reports a serious need for foster homes, especially those that can accommodate groups of siblings.

With the new 72-hour requirement to investigate all state Child Protective Services referrals, children are being taken out of dangerous situations much sooner, which presents problems stemming from too many children in need of temporary help and the lack of foster families, according to the group.

For information on becoming a foster family contact Why Foster? at 1-800-760-5340 or visit

Evergreen REACT seeks members

Evergreen REACT is a non-profit organization that uses radio communications, like CB radio, cellular phones and amateur radio to help the public and community organizations and events.

In the past year, the group provided radio communication as well as traffic and parking control at marathons, parades and other public events. During the year, members logged over 4,600 miles and offered 874 hours of community service.

Evergreen REACT is looking to add to its membership. Those interested in communications as a means of providing public service are asked to contact Evergreen REACT by e-mail at or call John Fisken at 425-771-6454.

VFW open to new members

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1040, Lynnwood welcomes new members.

All veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been awarded a campaign ribbon are eligible for membership. The VFW meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at the Alderwood Youth Club located at 19719 24 Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

For information, contact Post Commander, Martin Spani at 425-774-7416 or John Beam, Post Quartermaster/Adjutant at 425-742-0495.

Fire Department seeks volunteers

The Lynnwood Fire Department joined the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Snohomish County as a volunteer station. RSVP matches individuals over the age of 55 with organizations and agencies that use volunteers. For information, call 425-257-2111, ext. 3375.

In addition, the fire department recently started the Fire Corps, a volunteer organization to provide community outreach and education events. Fire Corps volunteers will assist the fire department with promoting fire safety, installing smoke detectors and other activities. For information about the Fire Corps, call Marybeth at 425-744-6436.

Camp Fire USA seeks volunteers

Camp Fire USA is extending an invitation to those who enjoy working with children and would consider an opportunity to mentor, guide, and teach our future leaders. For information, contact Camp Fire USA at or call 425-258-5437.

Good people can help Lynnwood cops

The Lynnwood Police Department’s Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) is recruiting. VIPS are local, active men and women who are typically retired, to help their community and have some fun.

Among other activities, the VIPS are responsible for the City’s free house check service. When residents plan on being away from their homes for a time, they can sign up at the police station for VIPS to make daily checks on their homes.

VIPS are uniformed civilians who drive Crime Prevention police patrol cars and assist the department in a variety of ways. Police volunteers assisted those who have locked themselves out of their vehicles; they’ve directed traffic at car accidents, and helped people who’ve run out of gas.

For information, call Lynnwood Police Crime Prevention Officer and VIPS coordinator Shannon Sessions at 425-744-6938.

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