Briefs: Poetry Jam and more

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:33pm
  • LifeNews

Teen poetry slam

MARYSVILLE – Teen Poetry Slams are becoming popular nationwide, and the Marysville Library and some Marysville Getchell students want to share that type of fun locally.

The first Teen Poetry Slam for high school-aged teens and their friends and family will take place at the library April 20 from 7-9 p.m.

“It’s a night where you can get up to share your ideas,” said Cass Robbins, president of the MG Writing for Publication Club. “You don’t get many chances to share your ideas. They can be dark, sweet, short, or long and eloquent – whatever suits your tastes.” Marta Murvosh, teen librarian at the Marysville library, said she has wanted for years to share the energy of a poetry slam.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing the poems and different viewpoints that will be shared. The young people in our community are imaginative and inspiring,” she said.

All teens in ninth to 12th grade (14-18 years old) are welcome, no matter what school you attend. Snacks will be served. No sign-ups required. Bring your own poem or poems to read. For details contact Murvos at 360-658-5000 or

Healthy Kids Day

MARYSVILLE – Healthy Kids Day will take place at the Marysville YMCA April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, and arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. For details go to

Help Graffiti Brigade

ARLINGTON – The Arlington Graffiti Brigade is looking for donations and volunteers.

The group is dedicated to removing graffiti within the city. Paint and supplies are provided by the city, property owners, businesses or donated by the community.

Graffiti costs American communities more than $8 billion a year. It hurts property values, drives away business and sends the message that nobody cares about the community.

The brigade’s motto: “Taking back our city: one wall, one fence, one ‘tag’ at a time.”

If you would like to volunteer visit their Facebook page. The brigade plans to clean up and paint over graffiti at J. Rudy York Park April 21 at 10 a.m.

If you would like to donate money for supplies, please do so at the Arlington Police Department.

Nominate volunteers

ARLINGTON – Nominations are being sought for Mayor Barb Tolbert’s Volunteer Recognition Program.

The program celebrates citizens’ volunteer work and commitment to community service.

To be eligible, the work must be uncompensated and not a part of any employment. Nominees must perform volunteer service within the 98223 zip code.

Recipients are recognized at City Council meetings, receive a certificate, have their picture and nomination form posted to the city’s website, and have their picture and nomination form published in the city’s weekly e-news bulletin.

To nominate a volunteer, complete the online form on the city website.

Earth Day plantings

MARYSVILLE – On Earth Day, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adopt A Stream Foundation ecologists are going to teach volunteers to plant several hundred trees and shrubs next to the Middle Fork of Quilceda Creek flowing through Strawberry Fields Athletic Park at 6100 152nd Ave. NE.

The state Department of Ecology, the cities of Marysville and Arlington, and the Tulalip Tribes are joining in to make this salmon stream restoration project a success.

Volunteers will be able to:

•See salmon and trout in the creek that benefit from your tree planting with an underwater “Salmon-Cam”

•Play an interactive “Salmon Life Cycle Game”

•Compete in a “Dog Poop Toss Game”

•Receive an “Earth Day T-shirt” that you can self-decorate

Tree planting tools will be provided, along with refreshments.

Ecologist Zac Mallon said, “There is very little vegetation next to the stream that provides shade and, as a consequence, water in this stretch of the creek can get quite warm on sunny days creating a problem for salmon and trout.”

Construction work starts

MARYSVILLE – Work is expected to begin late this month to build new sidewalks and ramps on 52nd Street NE, Grove Street, 84th Street NE and 136th Street NE. Construction will improve accessibility to meet Americans with Disabilties Act standards. Some 63 ramps and sidewalk improvements will be built at these locations:

•136th Street NE from Smokey Point Boulevard to 47th Drive NE.

•84th Street NE from 67th Avenue NE to 82nd Avenue NE.

•52nd Street NE from Sunnyside Boulevard to 75th Avenue NE.

•Grove Street from 47th Avenue NE to 67th Avenue NE.

Motorists can expect construction traffic and occasional single-lane closures with flaggers and potential delays. The project is expected to be complete in July.

The $442,136 project was included in the city’s 2017-18 biennial budget.

On the Dean’s List

MARYSVILLE – Gabby Grandbois of Marysville has again made the Dean’s List at Central Washington University.

It is for Winter Quarter in the College of Sciences.

She also is playing with the basketball team this spring and will play next year after rehabbing an ACL injury and surgery.

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