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Folks in Darrington are working up a storm this week, getting ready for the 32nd annual Darrington Bluegrass Festival. The festival starts at 6 p.m., Friday, July 18 and runs until 6 p.m., Sunday. At 78, Bertha Whiteside doesn’t have to mow lawn anymore, but she sure is anxious for the event to start.
Cascade Valley Hospital is acquiring art for its new building which opens in September 2009. Artists who would like to be considered should request a prospectus from Heather Logan at 360-618-7805 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Aug. 15.
CAMANO ISLAND — Arlington Arts Council members Kent Baker, Ricky Barrick, Helen Saunders and Norman Kearsley are some of the 134 artists and organizations who are participating in Camano Island’s Arts Festival Art by the Bay July 19 and 20. A Lake Ki resident, Rodney Patzer is also participating.
•The Ken Baxter Senior/Community Center, part of Marysville Parks and Recreation, is looking for volunteers to assist with their annual senior citizen BBQ, Wednesday, Aug. 13; 70-100 volunteers needed between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Serve food and coffee, listen to great music, help with set-up and clean up. Contact Maryke Burgess, KBSCC Manager at 360-363-8450.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The last dairy farmer of Arlington Heights, Don Tillman, is donating a bull calf to the upcoming auction at the Arlington Heights Improvement Club’s barbecue.
Tulalip resident J.R. Nakken will be at The BookWORKS bookstore on Third Street in Marysville, 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, reading from her new book, “Stream and Light — A Woman’s Journey.” Her first book, young adult novel “Three-Point Shot,” won a Writer’s Digest award.
ARLINGTON — Toby Strotz has a mission. He wants to save the reputation of past rock festivals in Darrington, which his band opened for six years for then coordinator Patrick Robison. Two years ago, new management made the news by not paying its hired bands.
•The Ken Baxter Senior/Community Center, part of Marysville Parks and Recreation, is looking for volunteers to assist with their senior citizen BBQ, Wednesday, Aug. 13; 70-100 volunteers needed between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Serve food and coffee, help with set-up and clean up. Contact Maryke Burgess, KBSCC Manager at 360-363-8450.
“All’s Well that Ends Well” is the next Shakespeare play to be presented by Last Leaf Productions in Arlington’s Terrace Park. This summer, the play starts at 6 p.m.,
MARYSVILLE – Patrons of the Marysville Library will be getting some new cats soon.
Camano Island Quilter’s a.m. group will not be meeting until September. The p.m. meeting will be at Jo Hagloch’s home. Call Jo at 360-657-0163 for directions or Kandi at Granny’s 360-629-3947.
Continuing Thursday evenings, Aug. 7 and 14, at M-PHS stadium. Marysville Parks and Recreation presents the All-Comers Track and Field Meet. Participants of all ages can lace up their running shoes. To volunteer call 360-363-8403.
Arlington Kiwanis meets at 7 p.m., first and third Wednesdays in the community room of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. For information call 360-435-5789.
Faith Lutheran Church of North Lakewood presents its fourth annual Hot August Nights car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, to benefit local food banks. Entries are $15 for early registration and $20 the day of the event. Spectators enter free and can get a free raffle ticket for bringing in non-perishable food donations. Early bird coffee and cinnamon rolls will be up for sale as well as lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also includes entertainment, dash plaques, t-shirts, and judging for trophies and ribbons. The church is located a mile west off I-5 at the Smokey Point/Lakewood exit no. 206, at 1424 172nd Ave. NE, Marysville. For information call 360-652-9545.
The 19th annual Festival of the River Aug. 9 and 10 is presented by the Stillaguamish Tribe to help people who live and work in the Stillaguamish watershed and surrounding regions to realize how their actions can make life better for all critters: people, fish and wildlife.
The founder and lead guitar singer for the popular Northwest band, Flowmotion, Josh Clauson grew up in Arlington and came home to the Stilly Valley in search for a home for his summer party, a.k.a. the Summer Meltdown.
The owner of The Family Dog, Pam McCord will bring the family business to the 23rd annual HomeGrown for the first time this year.
There’s nothing quite like a summer squall to remind us that some plants need a little help standing up on their own. Last week’s rains did just that for me. My garden was proud and perky and standing tall before Mother Nature dropped three quarters of an inch of rain on it. The weight of all that water on the foliage caused limbs to bow down, sometimes all the way to the ground, and in some cases even snap off. It wasn’t a pretty sight and yet I could have prevented a lot of it had I just done some preventative staking.