City of Everett News

Summertime fun in Everett

The Everett Cultural Arts Team has so many fun and free happenings in store this summer. Here are a few of the things we’ve got going on:

  1. Music at the Marina: Free concerts every Thursday and Saturday night at Port Gardner Landing, through Aug. 31. (6:30–8:30 p.m.)
  2. Children’s Concerts: Free, family-friendly concerts geared toward children, every Thursday morning at Thornton A. Sullivan Park, through Aug. 17. (10–11 a.m.)
  3. Cinema Under the Stars: Free movies in the park with pre-show entertainment at Thornton A. Sullivan Park, through Aug. 18. (7:30 p.m.)
  4. Word on the Street: Answer the question of the day on old school typewriters scattered throughout Downtown Everett, from July 12 – Aug. 1.
  5. Street Tunes: Tickle the ivories during this interactive art project as 19 pianos, painted by local artists, are spread throughout Downtown Everett, from Aug. 2 – 22
  6. KIDSTAGE Entertainment: Come sing along to the KIDSTAGE Summer Troupe Production of Disney’s Aladdin, performed at the Wetmore Theatre Plaza every Friday, through Aug. 11. (Noon)
  7. #EverettPins: The newest campaign that is turning your summer fun into fashionable pins. Stay tuned for more!
Word on the Street piano
Summer reading

Expand your reading horizons

Join the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and maybe win a prize! Just pick up a Challenge Checklist at any library information desk, and start reading. Our favorite challenge is to read a book you faked reading in school. Although we can’t help you with that one, if you need ideas to meet the other challenges, librarians would be happy to suggest some great reads. Submit your entry by the Aug. 31 deadline, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of two library tote bags. The bags are handy for all sorts of things, and available to purchase in a variety of colors if you don’t win!

Using water wisely

Throughout the year, Everett supplies clean, fresh drinking water to approximately 603,000 customers, or 80% of Snohomish County. In the summer, household water use can double. To help homeowners conserve water, Everett offers a variety of free water conservation items. This includes low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilet leak detection dye strips for indoor water conservation and hose nozzles, watering timers and soil moisture meters for outdoor water conservation. For details www.everettwa.gov/conservation.

Sprinkler

Pilot low-income discount program extends a lifeline

The City of Everett is developing a pilot low-income water-utility assistance program designed to help in-city, residential customers. The goal of the pilot program is to keep people’s water service intact, and in a way that preserves individual dignity. There is no disability or age requirement for the program, and customers do not need to own their property to qualify. The City is finalizing the details of the program and expects to have it in place and available to customers by mid-July. Find out more at www.everettwa.gov/discountedrates.

Women in Engineering Day

In case you missed it…Women in Engineering Day!

June 23 was International Women in Engineering Day, but we decided to make a whole week of it. It’s no secret that here at the City of Everett, our Public Works Department is made up of some phenomenal employees, many of them engineers. We celebrated the City’s great women engineers by sharing a little about them on our social media outlets, from education and fun facts, to what they do, and how their roles keep the city running smoothly. To see the posts, check out our Facebook and Twitter.

Get to know - Metro Everett

If Everett is going to grow, particularly residentially, where should it go? City residents have always pointed toward downtown and Everett Station. With the approval of light rail to Everett, significant new growth is expected.
In 2016, the city began to create a new plan for “Metro Everett.” The plan would encourage redevelopment into a vibrant, people-oriented setting. City planning staff have drafted new proposals that will be considered over the next year. These include:

  • New street-end public plaza at the end of Hewitt (site of the Everett Massacre)
  • New zoning and building design standards
  • Revised heights that could allow taller buildings
  • Improved bike and pedestrian routes
  • Lower parking requirements to support new developments

For more information, contact the Metro Everett team at 425-257-8731 or on the web at www.everettwa.gov/metro.

Metro Everett
Envision Everett

Envision Everett

Earlier this year, Mayor Stephanson and the Everett City Council selected a committee of 22 citizen volunteers to form a Vision Committee. The group was tasked with reviewing goals from Everett’s Vision 2025 report and identifying what goals had been accomplished and what still needed to be completed. From there, they were asked to establish goals that the City should pursue as a new vision for the next 20 years. An overview of their recommendations was presented at the July 5 Everett City Council meeting. Read the full report.

While we’re talking about getting involved – Pay it forward – serve your city!

The Everett Channel recently talked to Everett community members about why they chose to get involved with Everett Boards and Commissions, and how they are working to give back to their city. Get inspired by checking out Why I Serve,” and then take a look at the current openings for City boards and commissions, and apply!

Community Sparks

Everett is vibrant and diverse, and when we come together around a common goal, our community thrives! The Community Sparks program helps Everett residents foster a sense of community through small projects that will benefit the community and build connections among neighbors. Community Sparks funding is available to eligible community groups for projects that build stronger connections within Everett city limits. Up to $500 of eligible expenses for your project, or event, are reimbursable with Community Sparks funds, and must be matched with volunteer labor and/or monetary or in-kind donations. Applications for 2017 are now open! Visit www.everettwa.gov/sparks for more information.

Community Sparks
Nubian Jam

Community events

  • Celebrate African and African-American heritage at the 25th Annual Nubian Jam Community Festival, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Forest Park. The Nubian Jam is an annual event hosted by the City of Everett's Forest Park and organized by Snohomish County's Black Heritage Committee. This free event is fun for the whole family, filled with cultural performances, food, crafts, activities and more! Visit www.nubianjameverett.org for more details.
  • Join in at Snohomish County's inaugural LGBTQIA+ Pride event, SnoHomo Pride, Sunday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Legion Memorial Park. There will be activities, music, food, and fun for the whole family! Follow SnoHomo Pride on Facebook for more details.
  • Travel back in time for a glimpse into the future! Join the Everett Public Library for a screening and discussion of "2001: A Space Odyssey" on Wednesday, July 26, at the Evergreen Branch from noon to 4 p.m. This fan-favorite science fiction thriller, examines evolution, humanity, and the race of humanity against technology. Visit www.epls.org to find more Everett Public Library events and activities this summer.
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