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Prepare bicycles for low-income kids
Once again Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop will be giving refurbished kids bikes to Christmas House, a program to give low-income families a great holiday season.
Last year Sharing Wheels gave 74 bikes and as of earlier this month the nonprofit has 103 bikes waiting to be worked on.
Christmas House is a 100 percent volunteer, non-profit organization that allows qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children age infant to 18 years old. In 2013 the group provided more than 50,000 gifts to more than 9,000 children from 3,000 families. You can find out more at
All mechanical abilities are welcome. Seasoned mechanics to cleanup crews are needed. Food will be provided by the shop.
Sharing Wheels Bike Fixup Work Party Schedule:
Wednesdays through Dec. 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is located at 2525 Broadway. The main entrance is the alleyway behind the building. For questions, call
425-252-6952 or visit

Elks Veterans Appreciation Dinner
The Everett Elks Lodge will host its annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2802 Hoyt Ave.
The dinner will be ham, potatoes au gratin, vdeggies, salad and dessert.
The dinner is free for any active duty personnel and military veterans. Tickets are $10 for non-veterans.
Call 425-252-4179 for more information.

Port of Everett mulls property tax increase

The Port of Everett’s board of commissioners is scheduled to vote on whether or not to increase the port’s property tax rate next year at a meeting after press time on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Trunk or Treat
Everett High School’s annual Trunk or Treat event will be along Colby Avenue between 24th and 25th streets on Friday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 9 p.m.
The event kicks off Everett High’s annual food drive for the holidays.

At-risk youth mentorship program gets grant
The Mentorship Project, an educational nonprofit specializing in the mentoring and tutoring of at-risk students was recently awarded its first grant. The Tulalip Tribes provided The Mentorship Project funding in order to provide free mentoring and tutoring of at-risk students living in Snohomish County.
Please contact Cris Larson via email at for more information about assistance for your student.

Breakfast benefits Bethany of the NW
A fundraiser breakfast for Bethany of the Northwest will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
The breakfast will be at the Downtown Everett Holiday Inn at Pacific and Pine avenues.
For more information or to RSVP contact Ken Hammond at or by calling 425-551-6403.

USO Dance
The 9th Annual USO Veterans’ Day Dance will be at the Carl Gipson Senior Center Nov. 11. Tickets are on sale now and go fast so call or stop by today! The Center is located at 3025 Lombard Ave. 425-257-7082.

Backyard Holiday Centerpieces
By using plants from your garden, around your neighborhood or even alongside the road, you can create beautiful, natural holiday centerpieces. Bob Adrian will demonstrate how by assembling a number of different centerpieces in this free workshop. Class is limited to 25 people. RSVP: 425-257-8597. Class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Evergreen Arboretum, 145 Alverson Blvd. Meet at entrance.


City proposes 14 percent council pay raises
Last week the City Council examined pay schedules, and one item on the list was a proposed 14 percent pay raise for council members.
If approved, council members' pay would be $513 a month, equaling $6,156 a year per council member. The mayor's position would be poised for a 3 percent increase, meaning the pay would be $725 a month or $ 8,700 a year.
The council pay rates are enveloped inside a citywide employee pay agenda item. The city says employee pay rates have fallen behind other cities in recent years so the increases are needed to stay competitive.

Aquatic Halloween Spooktacular
The Snohomish Aquatic Center is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Friday, Oct. 31 from 4-7:30 p.m. Check out the huge, new inflatable play structure in the Competition Pool – slide, climb, jump, swing, bounce and more! Costume contest is 4-4:30 p.m. Come play games including a cake walk! Cost is only $6 and includes the FlowRider! For ticket pre-sales and more information call 360-568-8030. The Aquatic Center is located at 516 Maple Ave.

Wounded veterans assistance group seeks donations
Heartbeat, a Snohomish-based group that supports wounded military servicemembers, is looking for elves to help the group with its Christmas Stocking program this year.
The group receives stockings knitted by the members of Project Linus that Heartbeat volunteers fill with “goodies and gadgets” donated by the community that are delivered to wounded soldiers in different units.
Some of the goodies that are good to donate, for example, are handheld video games, stress balls, gift cards, winter gloves and fruit snacks. People also can donate gift cards for groceries so military families can get help with shopping. Money donations also help so Heartbeat volunteers can buy goods to ship to soldiers including at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).
To find out more or to donate, email or call 425-931-1047.
Gift cards can be mailed to Heartbeat, P.O. Box 704, Snohomish, WA 98291.
Donations are preferred to arrive before Dec. 1.

Alternative Christmas Fair
Give a meaningful gift this year and shop at the Alternative Christmas Fair Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Ave. in Snohomish.
Local and global org-anizations will be selling goods or asking for donations for their causes. There will be gifts for
all budgets!

British Invasion concert
​British Invasion is a tribute to the great music and artists of the mid 1960s. Hosted by actor/comedian Michael McFadden with an all-star band, British Invasion at The Thumb features an amazing, intergenerational cast of talented performers from our growing musical community. You'll hear classics by The Beatles, The Stones, The Animals, Marianne Faithful, The Kinks, Herman's Hermits, Chad & Jeremy and many more.
Instrumentalists, technicians, and performers have generously volunteered their time and talents for this special event with all proceeds to benefit Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater.
The concert will be Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or at the door based on availability.

Council to consider property tax rate
On Nov. 4, the City Council will consider whether or not to increase property taxes by 1 percent.
The council agenda also includes a budget update and a discussion related to the former Hal Moe Pool property.
The City Council meets Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at 1601 Ave. D just north of the Bickford Avenue roundabout.

Successful summer for lunch programs
The Snohomish Food Bank had a successful summer with its kids and book café programs. The food bank cooperated with the Boys & Girls Club and served more than 25,000 free meals to school kids; last year it was about 8,000.
In addition, a book café gave out more than 1,000 free books.

Community Breakfast
Come enjoy the Community Breakfast at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and more will be served. Price is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The Community Breakfast is the first Saturday of each month.

Snohomish Garden Club Meeting
The next regular monthly meeting of the Snohomish Garden Club will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth Street. The evening's program will feature speaker Patrick Spence who, with his wife Margaret, owns the Cascadia Iris Gardens, a commercial nursery specializing in the genus iris and the unusual varieties within. Cascadia Iris Gardens is located on 5 acres in Lake Stevens where they also grow daylilies and hardy fuchsias.
For more information about the Snohomish Garden Club, please go to

Gypsy Soul
A cross between Bonnie Raitt, Amos Lee, and Ray LaMontagne, Gypsy Soul's sound ranges from Americana Soul to Acoustic Rock and Blues. Anchored by singer/lyricist Cilette Swann's earthy and passionate three and a half octave vocals and composer/arranger Roman Morykit's multi-instrumental virtuosity, Gypsy Soul leaves their audiences spellbound.
Gypsy Soul will perform at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at or at the door based on availability.


Toastmasters meetings
The Monroe Toastmasters group can help you develop speaking and leadership skills, ace a job interview and possibly ignite your career!
The Monroe group meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Alfy’s Pizza at 19121 U.S. 2.
For more information, visit

Downtown trick-or-treating
Downtown may get a little spooky on Halloween as families are invited to trick-or-treat downtown from 11-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.
The event is called Trick-Or-Trunk-Or-Treat and is sponsored by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce.

Monroe Garden Club Meeting
The Monroe Garden Club will meet on Monday, Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m., at the Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 S. Lewis St.
Club member Carol Chambers will demonstrate "Personalizing your Pots for Fun and Gifting." Members should bring a pot or two to decorate; supplies will be available, but members can bring their own. Using broken pottery to design flowers on pots, mosaic-style, will be featured.
The annual seed exchange will also be held. Those participating should have their seeds divided and labeled, and bring envelopes to hold seeds.
The public is welcome to attend. Contact club president Jeannette Susor, 360-863-6160, for more information.



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