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Polar explorer Helen Thayer speaks to Marysville audiences

MARYSVILLE — The city of Marysville is bringing world-renowned adventurer Helen Thayer to town on Feb. 11, to tell audiences about her trek to the magnetic North Pole, when she made history by becoming the first woman to reach a world pole traveling solo.

Thayer's presentation, entitled "Polar Dream — Achieving Your Highest Goal," will recount her journey with Charlie, her four-legged companion to the magnetic North Pole. On her solo expedition at the age of 50, she hauled a 160-pound sled of supplies hundreds of miles over rugged terrain into a perilous, frozen world.

Attendees of the presentation at the Marysville City Council Chambers from 7-8 p.m. will be able to hear about Thayer's struggle through ice storms, sea ice and polar bears, which she hopes will leave audiences inspired and motivated to reach for their own goals and push their horizons to the limit. She'll also present a slideshow of the Polar Ice Cap and the polar bears that live there.

Attendees can show up as early as 6:15 p.m. to get copies of Thayer's book, "Polar Dreams," and have them signed, with chocolatier Victoria Mattsen providing treats starting at 6:30 p.m. Further book signings will be available from 8-8:30 p.m.

You can register online through Marysville Parks' ePlay system or complete the downloadable Parks Class Registration Form from the city's website at http://marysvillewa.gov. Individual tickets are $25 for ages 12 and older, or $40 for two tickets if you bring a friend or partner.

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