Holiday lights at Wetmore Theater Plaza
Youth Advisory Board members

Mayor's corner

It’s hard to believe the year is almost over! Looking back at 2019, there are so many things to celebrate: commercial air came to Paine Field, the Grand Avenue Park Bridge moved into place, 170 units of supportive housing become available for homeless individuals, the Everett Farmers Market moved to downtown, Everett Public Schools and the City of Everett launched an exciting summer internship program, we have a new Youth Advisory Board, the beautifully-expanded Evergreen Branch library reopened, our beautiful waterfront continues to grow, and so much more.

All of this made has been possible through the collective efforts of our dedicated City teams, partner organizations, business leaders and residents. Thank you for all that you do to make Everett such an amazing place to live and work. It’s an honor to serve as your Mayor, and I’m looking forward to all that we’ll accomplish together in 2020.
 
From my family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and a very happy New Year!

Everett Essentials civic academy returns

The City’s very popular civic academy, Everett Essentials, returns in 2020! Join us this winter and get to know your City. Sessions begin in late February and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn about City operations and services directly from City staff. The academy is limited to 35 students and priority will be given to Everett residents who are new to civic engagement. Applications are now available and due by Jan. 20,2020. Learn more and apply at everettwa.gov/everettessentials.

Everett Essentials students
Evergreen Branch library ribbon cutting

Evergreen Branch library is now open

The wait is over! Earlier this month the Evergreen Branch library reopened to the public. Community members and City officials and staff attended the grand re-opening celebration on Dec. 6. The Evergreen Branch expansion project added an additional 5,600 square feet and state-of-the-art features including updated technology infrastructure, more meeting room space, a children's activity room, a laptop bar and quiet study spaces. Learn more and stop by the Evergreen Branch library to see for yourself!

Vote for Noodle!

Noodle the dog continues to take the world by storm, living her best life and inspiring others to do the same! Her incredible story was selected as a finalist for the Petco Foundation's Holiday Wishes People's Choice award to win up to $25,000 for the Everett Animal Shelter. Noodle’s story also earned the Everett Animal Shelter a $5,000 2019 Holiday Wishes grant from the Petco Foundation. Animal lovers and Noodle fans can vote for the Everett Animal Shelter for the People’s Choice Award Competition through Friday, Dec. 20. 

Vote for Noodle the dog
Construction at Hewitt and Rucker Avenues

Rucker Renewal project continues

The Rucker Renewal project is now 60% complete. The final stages of phase one are in sight with more sections of road now open! The California intersection opened on Dec. 2 and the block between Everett Avenue and California Street opened on Dec. 6. Businesses and pedestrian access remain open during construction. Visit everettwa.gov/ruckerrenewal for all the latest updates on progress and next steps.

Community events

All are invited to share a holiday celebration with members of the Seattle Seahawks Legends at the 12 Days of Goodness event. Swing by the Carl Gipson Senior Center on Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. to join the festivities!

Last-minute holiday shoppers rejoice! The Last Minute Gift Market hosted by the Everett Makers Market is setting up shop at the Scuttlebutt Taproom (3314 Cedar St.) on Dec. 19. Check off your list with unique artisanal items or treat yourself to locally-made wares.

Join the Everett Public Library at the Evergreen Branch on Saturday, Dec. 21 to enjoy the tale of the “Shoemaker and the Elf.” The Shaver Marionettes present this fairy tale with its impishly magical elf, a devoted daughter with baking issues, and a queen who collects shoes! Ages 4 and up.

Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year at the Carl Gibson Senior Center’s New Year's Eve Dance on Dec. 31 from 1–3 p.m. Guests ages 50+ will enjoy live music and refreshments as they dance into 2020.

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