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Little League tryouts
Tryouts for the Snohomish Pilchuckers Little League baseball team will be on Sundays Aug. 23 and 30 for many ages. Meet at the North Snohomish Little League team complex, 9621 115th Ave. SE in Snohomish.
For prices, registration, questions and information, email

Pipe Organ Concert
Westminster Presbyterian Church is hosting a pipe organ concert by Halden Toy on Sunday evening, Aug. 30, at 6 P.M. The church is located at 2531 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. There is no admission charge for the concert; an offering will be taken after the program to assist Halden with the expenses of his university studies in organ performance. The audience is invited to attend a reception after the concert at the church.

Truck and tractor pulling contest
Evergreen Speedway in Monroe will be host to “Smoke in the Valley,” a large truck pull competition starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, the opening night of the Fair. See hot rod trucks and tractors pull large loads in the name
of competition. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Fan fest party as well.
The event opens at 4 p.m. with pit access; show at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16, and kids five and under are free. See for more information.

Everett school supplies drive
Coldwell Banker Bain of Everett is accepting donations of new backpacks, paper and school supplies (or a monetary donation so that the office can shop for you).
Drop off donations by
Friday, Aug. 28 at the CB Bain office, 2708 Colby Ave. in Everett.

Food bank school supplies drive
The Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe is gearing up for its yearly “Supplies 4 Success” drive.  Each year the food bank gathers school supplies for food bank families, providing backpacks filled with pens, paper and pencils and other basic necessities.
Last year the food bank sent 531 students back to school with the tools to start off a new year of education on the right foot.
Donations may be dropped off Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 11:30 am and Monday evenings from 5:30
to 7 p.m. The food bank will be distributing supplies during the last two weeks of August.

Snohomish Garden Club
The next regular monthly meeting of the Snohomish Garden Club will be held Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth Street in Snohomish.
The evening’s program will feature speaker Christina Salwitz, a personal garden coach who will speak on “Pots of BOLD.”
For more information about the Snohomish Garden Club, please go to

Wild mushrooms
Are you interested in growing wild mushrooms in your own backyard? Come and listen to Kurt Hoenack discuss “Wild Mushroom Acclimation” at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS). The meeting is Sept. 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 1401 Poplar St. in Everett. The event is open to the public.  For more information visit

Artisan sale
Grow Washington is hosting an Artisan Garage Sale. This sale is open to anyone in the community who would like
to sell their good. There is no fee to participate.
The sale will be on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Grow Washington store in Sultan at 923 Main Street.
For questions, contact Carolyn Eslick at

Comedy Show
Late Night Catechism III, comedy fun for all ages and denominations, will be performed at the Historic Everett Theatre Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The theatre is located at 2911 Colby Ave. in Everett. For more information visit

Career fairs
Fairfax Behavioral Health is hosting a Career Fair Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Best Western Sky Valley Inn, 19233 SR 2 in Monroe.
On-site interviews for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Managers, Charge and Staff Nurses,CNA’s, Mental Health Techs and Case Managers.

Make or buy a rain barrel
Everett Public Works is holding another “Make a Rain Barrel” class for the general public on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. in Everett.
Get the opportunity to put together your own rain barrel with an instructor and friends for a class cost of $40. The fee covers the cost of the 55-gallon barrel and all parts. You must pre-register for the workshop. Space is limited.
To pre-register, call 425-257-8992 or email to Apryl Hynes at
Registering will let you know where the rain barrel class
will be held.
There’s also the opportunity for Everett residents to buy a rain barrel for $55 at a one-day sale Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon that will be held at the Public Works shop, 3200 Cedar St. (close to the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street) in Everett.

Textile and clothing training
Training sessions for the Clothing and Textile Advisor Program will begin on Sept. 14, for anyone with an interest in volunteering to teach sewing and needle arts to residents of Snohomish County.
The focus of a CTA-trained volunteer is to provide education and information about quality sewing construction and fiber arts techniques, through various outreach programs and summer sewing programs. Continuing Education is provided to our members at monthly meetings and workshops.
The training classes will be held weekly on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting on Sept. 14,and continuing through Nov. 9. An orientation and a sewing skills test will be held on August 31 at the Washington State Extension Office, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
Pre-registration is required by Aug. 24.
If you have needle arts skills and would like to share your knowledge and expertise with others, this volunteer program is a perfect fit.
Contact Carla Peery at or 206-595-9717.

First Responders BBQ

Snohomish Senior Center invites all first responders to a free barbecue Friday, Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m. Burgers, salads, chips and beverages as well as a dessert provided by Grandview Village will be served.
The center is located at 506 Fourth St. in Snohomish.

Volunteer opportunities
The Snohomish Senior Center is seeking volunteers for cashiers at Fabulously Frugal Thrift Store, front desk receptionist, shuttle drivers and handymen. For more information please contact Erica at 360-568-0934 or email

Writers kickstart group
The Writers Kickstart Group in Snohomish provides help for aspiring writers, any age, any genre. The group meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to share stories, ideas and information at Haggen’s Grocery Café by the fireplace, 1301 Ave. D, Snohomish. Find the group at or look for writerskickstart on Facebook.

Story time with Simon
Uppercase Book Shop, now on Second Street in Snohomish, lets young ones sit with Simon Sallee, who is a Certified Pet Partner Therapy Dog. All children are welcome. Story content is gearing toward children four years old and up.
Story Time with Simon every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and is scheduled through August.
Uppercase Bookshop is in the Second Street Cabin on Second Street between avenues A and B.

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

Now you can text to 911 dispatchers

Effective July 8, a new service in Snohomish County will be available for those who cannot safely call 911 in an emergency or those individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability.
 Snohomish County 911 centers have completed testing and will begin accepting texts to 911 on July 8. Customers with text plans from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon can now send a text message in an emergency. Customers unsure whether their carrier offers
the ability to text to 911 should contact the carrier directly. They should not send “test” messages to 911. 
 Dialing 911 in an emergency is still the preferred way to request help, and the public is reminded to “Call if you can, text if you can’t.” For most people, sending a text to 911 will not replace making a call. Appropriate scenarios for texting 911 could include:
· Deaf, hard of hearing
callers or individuals with a speech disability.
· The caller is unable to
speak due to a medical issue or other condition.
· When speaking out loud would put the caller in danger such as a home invasion, an abduction, a domestic violence incident or an active-shooter scenario.
Group texts, photos and video cannot be sent to 911 at this time.
Dispatchers ask you text in simple words – do not use abbreviations or smiley faces.
As is the case with calling 911, customers should only text 911 for emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or emergency medical services.
Texting to 911 is not a replacement for calling with information. Sending a text to 911 may take longer than a voice call because someone must enter the text, send it through the system and then the 911 call taker has to enter a text response and send it back. Time is critical in a life-threatening emergency, and customers should be aware of this difference.



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