CTA fabric sale June 15
The Clothing and Textile Advisors of Snohomish County (CTA) third annual fabric sale will be Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McCollum Park education building behind the WSU extension office, 600 128th St. SE. Donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, related books, magazines, yarn, and needlework items will be accepted by the CTA Friday, June 14 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Prior to June 14 donations can be made by contacting one of the following:
• South Snohomish County or North King County, call Rita at 425-483-3594
• Central Snohomish County, write Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
• North County, call Midge at 425-319-3351
Free senior informational fair June 6
The 20th annual Elder Fair will be held Thursday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St. in downtown Everett.
Information-seekers attend Elder Fair to get answers to questions and information from a full house of more than 60 agencies. Who are they? Senior centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health care providers, transportation agencies/services, mobility retailers, insurance providers, AARP, providers of orthopedic shoes, chiropractors, hospice caregivers, retirement living centers, financial experts and estate planning providers, senior information and referral agencies, pharmacies, health foods, libraries and more. All of these agencies provide the information and services seniors and others in the community depend upon.
Elder Fair is free to all visitors. There will be coffee and refreshments, entertainment and conversation and displays and answers to your questions about housing services for seniors. There is plenty of convenient parking available for free.
Vigil for girl killed in racial attack
The Snohomish County Commission on Human Rights invites the community to “Humanity not Hatred,” a conversation about human rights honoring Brisenia and Raul Flores.
Nine-year-old Brisenia Flores, of Latino descent, was tragically murdered four years ago in Arizona at the hands of an anti-immigrant group organized in Snohomish County. Shawna Forde, an Everett resident and one-time candidate for Everett City Council, was found guilty of masterminding the events that led to Flores’ death as well as the death of her father.
“We must continue the discussion that leads to an end to such senseless killings,” said Meg Winch, chair of the Human Rights Commission. “Events such as these allow us to find steps forward so that all people will be treated equally regardless of differences.”
“There is no place in our community for hate crimes, and one way to stop them is to continue educating others on the importance of diversity and inclusion,” Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said. “We can and should do that together.”
The Wednesday, May 29 event will be held at the amphitheater on the Snohomish County Campus, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., at 5:30 p.m. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., members of the Human Rights Commission will lead a conversation about action community members can take in response to racism.
During the second hour, a community concert will honor the Flores family.
Help fix up bikes for kids’ swap
Help Sharing Wheels fix up bikes for the shop’s annual Kid’s Bike Swap. The next work party is Wed, May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Other work parties are Tue, May 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Wed, June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Thurs, June 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Sharing Wheels is located at 2525 Broadway. The Kid’s Bike Swap is Sunday, June 9.
Everett Station: Creating people oriented places
The public is invited to learn about opportunities for housing around Everett Station and how the built environment contributes to healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods. The evening will begin with a short walk and talk around the Everett Station neighborhood, followed by a lively discussion of the local and regional opportunities to create complete, compact, and connected communities.
The event is Tuesday, May 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.
RSVP with Nick at email@example.com.
Barnes and Noble takes over EvCC bookstores
Barnes and Noble will operate Everett Community College’s bookstore starting Monday, May 20. All EvCC Bookstore locations (Parks Student Union, Whitehorse Hall, Liberty Hall) will be closed through May 20 for the transition. Textbook prices will remain the same after the changeover. The store will offer students more textbook and e-reader rentals in the deal. The bookstore also will continue to offer food and college clothing attire.
Women’s health forum focuses on menopause
“Thriving Through Menopause,” a women’s health forum, is Wednesday, June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Wellness Center, 2817 Rockefeller Ave. Learn what to look for, managing symptoms, coping with emotions, recommended screenings and more. Event includes dinner at 5 p.m. Registration fee $10. For more information, call 425-259-9899.
Vendors needed at car show
One of the season’s largest car shows, Cruzin to Colby, is looking for vendors for its 13th annual Memorial Day event on May 27.
If you are a vendor with a food, craft and/or informational booth that would like to reach people enjoying family style entertainment, this is the show for you.
Booth spaces are 10’x10’ at $50; 10’x20’ for $100; and 10’x30’ for $150. Vendor application may be obtained at www.seattlerod-tiques.com or call 425-710-7406 or 425-337-9335.
Cruzin’ to Colby includes a controlled cruise of Colby followed by a dance for families Sunday night; door prize drawings throughout Monday; on stage entertainment during the Monday Show ’n Shine car show; there will be vendors to check out along with classic autos and bikes.
Independence Day Festival at navy base canceled
Naval Station Everett has traditionally offered the public a chance to visit the base and see a ship tour as a part of the local community’s annual summer Independence Day celebration. After careful consideration, the decision has been made to cancel the event this year in order to meet budget constraints.
This decision is separate from the Navy’s recent announcement that it will cancel ship visits to Northwest Fleet Weeks. Budget shortfalls due to sequestration are forcing the Navy and other military services to cut back on formal community outreach programs in 2013.
Naval Station Everett will continue to make supporting Fleet forces and Sailor readiness a priority, along with providing quality of life services to military families as best possible.
The opportunity for the base to host the festival each year depends on multiple factors such as ship availability, operational schedules, and security requirements.
Last year, approximately 5,000 people attended the event. The base had also canceled its festival in 2011, due to heightened security posture required of all Navy installations and units.
Naval Station Everett participated in its first ever Fourth of July Celebration with the Everett community July 4, 1999, with public ship tours, concert, and fireworks display.
Student video contest
The Fourth Livable Snohomish County Summit is holding a video contest for students. The focus of the forum is “Building Livable Communities.”
The contest involves putting together a three-minute video, with or without sound, or submitting up to 20 photographs that demonstrate what a livable community means to you. The videos will be judged and the winner will receive a cash prize. The top videos will be shown at the October forum.
The contest is broken down into two age categories: one for students 17 and under and one for students 18 and over.
If students are interested in entering the contest, contact Kristin Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submittals is Sept. 1.
The Fourth Livable Snohomish County Summit and County Council Candidate Forum is Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Everett PUD building.
“Making God Laugh” comes to Everett
Curtain Call Theatre Bothell will perform a spring production of the West Coast premier of “Making God Laugh” by Sean Grennan. “Making God Laugh” is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each 10 years apart, set at various holidays. Starting in 1980, the newly “launched” kids — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former start football player — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives.
Performances will be Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. May 17-June 8. Tickets are $15, seniors and students with ID and children 10 and under are $12.50. Tickets are available online at www.cctbothell.org.
Curtain Call Theatre Bothell has relocated to the Music Project behind the Everett Mall.
Report graffiti on city hot line
Everett encourages community members who see graffiti to report it to the graffiti hot line at 425-257-8748. Callers should be prepared to provide information including address or property location including major landmarks. Residential properties hit with graffiti may be eligible to participate for free removal of graffiti. For information on that program, call the graffiti hot line.
Household goods needed
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is seeking new or very gently used household goods for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Items can include pots and pans, paper towels, toilet paper, new bedding, new towels, new sheet sets, dish sets, silverware sets, new microwave ovens, etc.
Items may be dropped off at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe located at 3116 Rucker Ave. Other locations can be found by visiting
www.dvs-snoco.org or calling Stephanie Civey at 425-259-2827, ext. 13.
Monte Cristo Awards taking nominations
The public can nominate the best houses in Everett for the 19th annual Monte Cristo Awards. The neighborhood pride event happens Oct. 10, and the nominating window runs through June 1. Send questions about nominations to Wendy McClure at the office of neighborhoods by e-mail at email@example.com or get a nomination form at the PUD headquarters, City Hall or your local neighborhood meeting.
Rummage Sale and Car Wash
Skykomish Valley Indian Education families invite the community to join them for a Community Rummage Sale and Car Wash on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Park Place Middle School, 1408 West Main St.
Pull in for a car wash and allow time to peruse the all-day rummage sale in the school’s commons. Donations of gently used clean clothing and household items will be accepted on Friday evening between 4 and 7 p.m. or Saturday morning after 8 a.m.
Proceeds from this event benefit the group’s nonprofit parent organization supporting educational and cultural activities and scholarships for Native students.
For more information about the program or this event, contact the program coordinator Mars Miller at 360-804-2554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for Swift nights
It is April and that means that the Vaux’s Swifts are migrating north and will soon arrive in Monroe to roost at the Wagner Center (formerly Frank Wagner Elementary School) chimney. Monroe is very fortunate to have these wonderful migrating birds come to the city twice every year (spring and fall) and to provide an amazing opportunity to observe an act of nature right in our own neighborhood.
For many years the Monroe Swift Watch committee and the Monroe Swift Night Out committee have enlisted volunteers to monitor the numbers of Vaux’s Swifts that enter the chimney each night during the two migrations and to help at Monroe Swift Night Out on Sept. 14. This year volunteers are needed to count the swifts as they enter the chimney, to monitor the daytime comings and goings of the swifts at the chimney, and to help answer questions at Swift Night Out. Volunteers are also being sought to help with the Monroe Swifts website and, possibly, the chimney cameras and temperature monitors.
Join the fun and excitement of the 2013 Vaux’s Swifts activities by coming to the Monroe Swift Watch planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Goddard Room at Valley General Hospital, 14701 179th Avenue SE.
Memorial Day celebration
The public is invited to a Memorial Day celebration with placing of the wreaths at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27 at G.A.R. Cemetery, 8601 Riverview Rd. Master of cer emonies will be retired Lt. Col. Clyde G. Fields. Posting of the colors will be by VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 96 and Auxiliary. National anthem and band presentation will be by the Snohomish High School band. Guest speaker will be retired Marine Capt. Lennon. Benediction will be by retired Army Chaplain Col. Flath. Rifle salute will be by the U.S. Marine Corps JROTC Guard of Snohomish High School. The ceremony will conclude with taps and the retiring of the colors and refreshments in the G.A.R. Chapel.
Sunsets in Snohomish returns in June
Sunsets in Snohomish, a monthly wine walk, returns to downtown Snohomish Saturday, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and include seven tastings. Tickets at the door are $13. Extra tastes can be purchased for $1 each. The tastings take place in select shops in the downtown area. Some restaurants offer dinner specials for wine walk participants.
Tickets and more information at www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.
Kids fishing derby
The annual Kids Fishing Derby for ages 6-15 will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at Blackman’s Lake. Parents or guardians must register kids at Hill Park or the boat landing between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.
There will be prizes for all participants. Prizes will be awarded at Hill Park as well as refreshments. Life jackets are mandatory when fishing from boats.
The derby is sponsored by the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and the Tillicum Kiwanis.
Lego Lab at library
SNOHOMISH — Be the architect of your own creation using Legos and Roylco Straws. Drop in the fourth Friday of each month from 2-4 p.m. May 24; June 28; July 26; Aug. 23; Sept. 27; Oct. 25; Nov. 22; and Dec. 27. Free at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. For tweens. Supported by the Friends of the Snohomish Library.
Newsletter feature highlights upcoming city discussions
The city’s Friday Newsletter now has a new regular feature titled “Upcoming City Council Agenda Items,” designed to highlight significant policy discussions or proposed council actions. The new feature also will include a link to the city’s website for the City Council agendas so that readers can immediately access the full staff report and any attachments that may be included in the agenda.
The Friday Newsletter is found on the city of Snohomish’s website, www.ci.snohomish.wa.us.
Fobes-Swans Trail reunion June 23
The Fobes-Swans Trail School reunion/potluck is Sunday, June 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at Hill Park on Blackman’s Lake. For more information, call 360-568-4083.
SHS 1978 reunion
Snohomish High School Class of 1978 35-year reunion will be Saturday, July 27 at the Buzz Inn in Snohomish. Cost is $25, after May 31 cost is $30.
Make checks payable to: SHS Class of ’78 Reunion Committee, c/o Gay Bunnell Rutter, 1429 Ave. D, #167, Snohomish, WA 98290. For updates, visit www.facebook.com/groups/SnohomishHighClassof1978/ or e-mail email@example.com.
TB project looking for people to share stories
The TB Voices Project for Snohomish and King County is looking for individuals to share their tuberculosis (TB) experiences with the community. Whether you or a loved one had TB, all individuals are encouraged to participate.
The purpose of the TB Voices Project is to allow individuals from all generations to tell their TB story, and in doing so, these stories can help individuals around the globe currently impacted by TB.
The TB Voices Project for Snohomish and King County is a project of TB Photovoice, in partnership with the Firland Foundation.
For more information go to TBphotovoice.org or contact project director Teresa Rugg at 360-862-9034 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free last will and testament class
Do-It-Yourself Legal will offer an informative class on Letters of Intention, Last Wills and Testaments Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. With guest speaker attorney Jeffrey Gilbert you will receive important information for free. Call now to reserve your seat (425-710-4095).
Do-It-Yourself Legal is located at 8490 Mukilteo Speedway in Mukilteo.
Thomas will serve community
To the editor:
Our community of 210 homes, The Foothills, faces a threat from a proposed development neighboring our community. All our community wants is for our city to follow its own laws, listen to our concerns, and find a way to make certain that our neighborhood’s safety will not be threatened. I asked Geoffrey Thomas to help fight for our community. Geoffrey rolled up his sleeves and made certain we were heard.
Geoffrey Thomas volunteered countless hours of time drafting letters, meeting with board members, and speaking in front of the city’s planning commission. Thanks to Geoffrey’s work with our homeowners association, the city took the applications back through the proper channels giving our residents a chance to voice our concerns. We continue to work for a reasonable solution to our issues without compromising public safety.
We have been heard, but we need leaders who will listen, leaders that have the courage to stand up for the interests of the residents of the community. Geoffrey Thomas listened to us and will listen to our community. Geoffrey will not put the desires of private development or special interests ahead of our community. We need change. We need a leader that will make common sense decisions. Geoffrey will be an effective leader for that change; Geoffrey will be there for you as our mayor.
Former mayor wants someone else to run
To the editor:
I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me to run again for mayor of the city of Monroe. Despite the fact that I am deeply concerned about the future of the city, I cannot put my family through all the unwarranted hate attacks they suffered from Chad Minnick on behalf of Robert Zimmerman in the last election.
I would support an honest and ethical candidate to run for mayor. Mayor Robert Zimmerman is not ethical by any stretch of the imagination. He currently wants to change the ethics code, so that he can continue to work for a company that contracts with the city. This has to be unethical if not illegal. Zimmerman was responsible for a phony ethics complaint against me. He had his friend sign a complaint that was totally fraudulent. (The ethics board exonerated Walser.) It cost me almost $2,000 for an attorney. It was an attempt to weaken or get rid of the ethics board.
I realize now that there has been a huge hidden agenda beginning with the attempt to get the East Monroe property owned by the Minnicks rezoned to commercial. Commercial property is considerably more valuable than open space, especially if the state buys it. The Minnicks could make a fortune with the rezone. I was the one who broke the tie to deny the rezone when it first came up for a vote on the council. The vote cost me dearly, but it was the right thing to do. The property is natural wetlands with countless environmental concerns.
Any staff member who disagrees with Zimmerman can expect to get fired. Two good examples are former community director Hiller West and hearing examiner John Galt. Both had strong reasons why the East Monroe property should not be rezoned. The city has some highly professional staff and should be treated accordingly.
Geoffrey Thomas has announced that he is running for mayor. I have to ask myself is he a shill for Robert Zimmerman? He gave him a strong endorsement four years ago. As a council member, Thomas worked closely behind the scenes with Chad Minnick to push through a Planned Residential Development ordinance to benefit the Minnicks. This was done outside the public process.
I have a real love for the city of Monroe, serving many years in various positions including eight years as mayor. I am concerned about all the cover-ups and decisions obviously made outside the public process. I would love to see an ethical and honest candidate step up to the plate. He or she will have my total support.