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All are welcome in Everett

The City of Everett wants to ensure that everyone who lives in, works in or visits Everett feels welcome, safe and included in our community. Learn more about how the City has committed to protecting the rights of all our community members and find local resources on our welcome page.
 
We also encourage community members to build connections with each other through neighborhood groups and community events, or by volunteering your time and expertise. Learn more at everettwa.gov/engage

Everett’s Candidate Nights: Sept. 11 and 18

The general election is right around the corner, and now is your chance to get to know the candidates running for Everett Mayor, Everett City Council and the Everett School Board. The mayoral forum will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., and the City Council and school board forum will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Both events are at Evergreen Middle School Cafeteria and will be livestreamed via the Everett Public Library Facebook page and rebroadcast on the Everett Channel. Learn more at everettwa.gov/candidatenights.

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What's the City doing about homelessness and addiction?

In recent weeks we’ve received questions about the City’s efforts to address homelessness and addiction on our streets. Mayor Stephanson and Chief Templeman responded in August with details about what we’ve been doing to develop long-term solutions to these complex challenges. We also encourage you to visit our Safe Streets page to learn more about our efforts and how you can get involved.

Abby Cooley to lead Everett Public Library

In August the Everett Public Library Board of Trustees selected Abigail (Abby) Cooley as the next director of the Everett Public Library, following a national search. Cooley is currently the library manager at Baltimore County Public Library’s (BCPL) Reisterstown and Hereford branches; the BCPL system serves more than 800,000 residents. Cooley will begin her new role on Nov. 1, taking over from retiring director Eileen Simmons.

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Children using a game to understand the journey water takes to your faucet.

Public Works gets in-school water workshops get running

The City of Everett is kicking off the school year with water workshops for schools in the Everett Water Service Area, an area that encompasses approximately 80 percent of Snohomish County. The workshops are available for grades 2-12 and examine a variety of water issues, including conservation, surface water protection and how drinking water and wastewater are treated. Each lesson provides students with a local perspective on Everett’s water from its source to Puget Sound. You can learn more about Everett’s water system at everettwa.gov/water

Spencer’s Story

The opioid epidemic has hurt families and communities around the world. Local mother Debbie Warfield shares the story of her son Spencer passed away at the age of 24 from a heroin overdose. By sharing the story of his life, his struggles with addiction and the importance of speaking out about this disease, Debbie hopes community members may find solutions and solace. Debbie helped organize a local International Overdose Awareness Day event on Aug. 31 to commemorate the loss of loved ones and bring awareness to overdoses and addiction in Snohomish County.

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Get to Know: Casino Road Stakeholder

The Casino Road Stakeholders is a group of service providers, residents and business owners, and representatives from local schools, churches and the City, all working together to improve life in the Casino Road community.  They meet nearly every month to generate projects and potential solutions to issues like poverty, gangs, access to social safety nets and improving English language proficiency.  The group has had many accomplishments, including improving student success and increasing the offering of classes, swim lessons, social activities and parenting support in the neighborhood. Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Wendy McClure, office of neighborhoods: 425-257-8717 or wmcclure@everettwa.gov.
 
Another group is also working to strengthen connections among residents and build capacity in the Casino Road community. The Community Foundation of Snohomish County was recently awarded a 3-year grant from the Whitehorse Foundation to pursue a coordinated, two-generational collective impact approach to address problems and achieve community goals in Casino Road community, and the stakeholders group will be a part of that effort. The Casino Road Initiative was featured in a May 2017 Everett Herald story.

National Voter registration day

Community Events

  • Upper Left Beerfest: Celebrate all things Northwest with a cold one from one of more than 40 of the Northwest’s finest breweries and cideries! Enjoy food, music and brews in Downtown Everett on Hoyt on Sept. 16 and 17 from 1 - 6 p.m. Learn more about the Upper Left Northwest Beerfest and get your tickets.
  • Dinner with Elvis: Are you lonesome tonight? Grab your blue suede shoes and head on down to the Carl Gipson Senior Center on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. for dinner and a show! Local Elvis impersonator and hunk of burning love, Shane Cobane, will get you all shook up with all your favorite hits. Sign up for a full meal and table seating for $17 or just the show for $7. Dinner served at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets today or read more information on the event page.
  • National Voter Registration Day: Stop by the Main Library or the Evergreen Branch Library on Tuesday, Sept. 26, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to meet volunteers who will help you register to vote and teach you about voting. Visit the Everett Public Library’s calendar for more information.
  • He Shoots, He Scores! Hockey season is here and it is time to grab your jersey and cheer on Everett’s own Silvertips. The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Portland Winterhawks. Check out their 2017-2018 schedule for upcoming games, events and tickets at everettsilvertips.com.

Upcoming in Parks

  • Monster Mash: Dress up in costume for this mother-son dance party packed with fun activities, dancing and refreshments on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Floral Hall. Tickets are $29 per adult-child pair and $6 for each additional child. Register by calling Everett Parks and Community Services at 425-257-8300 ext. 2.
  • Boat launch delays at Rotary Park: Plan for minor delays at the Rotary Park boat launch during upcoming maintenance work. One lane will be closed intermittently. There will be a full closure of the launch from 6 p.m. Sept. 18 to 6 a.m. Sept. 19. For details, visit everettwa.gov/rotarywork.
  • Forest Park Swim Center closure: The Swim Center will be closed Sept. 5-15 for maintenance.
  • Jetty Island Days - Season ends after Labor Day
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Green gardening

  • Lawn Care Demonstration: Join us for a free, interactive day of natural lawn care on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at Thornton A. Sullivan Park. Prizes will be given throughout the event to help you get started.
  • Fall into Green Gardening: If ‘being green’ is your thing but weeds and lawn aren’t - sheet mulching may be for you! See how it's used to remove grass and weeds - all in a more natural way. Register at https://www.everett.evenbrite.com  or call 425-257-8992. Registration is encouraged but not required. On Tues, Sept. 19, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the South Everett Public Library.
  • Rain Garden Tour: Join this walking tour on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Washington Oakes in north Everett to see local neighborhood rain gardens, while learning about the City of Everett's rain garden rebate program. To learn more about the rain garden rebate process go to everettwa.gov/raingardens. Register for the event at https://www.everett.evenbrite.com or call 425-257-8992. Registration is encouraged but not required. 
  • Make a Rain Barrel: Attend a “Make it, Take it” workshop hosted by Everett Public Works and build your own rain barrel, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. The fee covers the cost of the 55-gallon barrel and all parts. You must pre-register for the workshop at 425-257-8992. Space is limited. Fee is $40, cash or check. Learn more at everettwa.gov/rainbarrels.
  • Rain Barrel Sale: Public Works will hold a series of 1-day sales for residents to purchase pre-made rain barrels. Each 55-gallon barrel includes a spigot, overflow, and double screen on top to keep out debris and bugs. Each barrel is $55, cash or check.  The sale is Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Everett Public Works. Learn more at everettwa.gov/rainbarrels.
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