October newsletter
Everett Philharmonic

Calling all artists

Everett Cultural Arts is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards and the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence. This event recognizes individuals and organizations that have shown a commitment to the Everett arts community. To learn more or nominate a deserving individual or organization, visit everettwa.gov/artsawards.


Everett’s Cultural Arts Commission is also accepting applications to fund art programs and capital projects in 2018. In past years, these grants have supported such projects as theater equipment, live music performances and more. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, which includes being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with at least one year of operating history, and all grant-funded projects must take place within Everett city limits and be open to the general public. Learn about how to apply and more by visiting the City website. Applications due by Friday, Dec. 1.

Everett has gone to the goats

The Parks and Community Services department has contracted with Rent-a-Ruminant to provide vegetation-clearing services using a herd of goats. The herd of 120 goats arrived on Sept. 22, and will spend 32 days chewing their way through 8 acres at City property formerly owned by CEMEX, located north of Phil Johnson Ballfields and east of the Cadman Plant on Sievers Deucy Boulevard.
 
Goats are an eco-friendly approach to vegetation clearing, and can eat an enormous amount of biomass, which reduces the need for hauling debris after clearing. The goats are natural climbers who enjoy steep terrain and can more easily maneuver the area than clearing equipment. Learn more about the benefits of goats at Rent-a-Ruminant’s website.

Safe Streets success: Pregnant teen gets into housing

By her late teens, Mallory was known by Everett’s Community Outreach and Enforcement Team (COET), and she was also familiar to the streets of Everett, as she had been homeless since the age of 15. Mallory had a baby at 14, raised by her aunt, and ended up dropping out of high school. She eventually turned to heroin, after using a variety of other substances. At age 19, Mallory found herself pregnant again and wanting help. With persistence and trust building, COET was able to get Mallory into treatment and housing, and she recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Read Mallory’s full story here, and sign up to receive Safe Streets updates on our website.

Success story
Everett Transit

Help provide input on the future of Everett Transit

Everett Transit is developing a 20-year Long Range Plan that will identify future transit service, establish a set of service standards, and plan how Everett Transit will serve you into the future. Earlier this year we heard from you regarding our community’s long-term transit priorities and values. We developed service options that reflect those values, and we are asking for your input on those options! You can participate in our Online Open House, Oct. 9-30, or see us in person throughout October. For event dates and more information on the project, please visit EverettTransit.org/Future.

Celebrate the start of the Grand Avenue Park Bridge Project

Join us to celebrate the beginning of work on the Grand Avenue Park Bridge at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. This project pairs the necessary work of improving utility infrastructure with new access to the waterfront from a favorite north Everett park. City staff across multiple departments have worked hard over many years to bring this complex, much-anticipated project to life. Follow the project’s progress as it develops over the next year.

Grand Avenue Park Bridge
Monte Cristo Awards

The 23rd annual Monte Cristo Awards are this Thursday

Help celebrate and honor our Everett neighbors who go above and beyond to beautify our city! Community members are invited to celebrate neighborhood pride and honor homeowners and business owners at the 23rd annual Monte Cristo awards. The ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Snohomish County PUD auditorium. All are welcome to come cheer for your neighbors, get inspired and have fun. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Needle clean-up kits and other resources now available

Give back: Serve on a board or commission

We are now accepting applications for community volunteers to serve on one of the City’s many boards and commissions. Whether you have a passion for animals, an interest in zoning codes and building heights, or a love of the outdoors, we have a variety of opportunities for you to contribute your energy and expertise. Visit www.everettwa.gov/boards to learn about current openings, watch a video about volunteering in Everett, and submit an application.

Everett Animal Shelter board
Rain barrels

Community events

  • Make it and take it!: Rain barrels are a great way to catch rain and water your garden the natural yard-care way. Everett Public Works invites you to attend the “Make it, Take it” workshop on Oct. 14, at 10 a.m., to make your own rain barrel. The cost is $40 cash, or check, for the barrel and parts. Space is limited and location is to be determined. Reserve your spot today by calling 425-257-8992.

  • Looking for a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat this year? Stop by the Everett Mall for free family fun on Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. Trick-or-treaters must be 12-years-old or under. Learn more about all the spooky fun.

Community Sparks funding available for engaging projects

Didn’t turn in your Community Sparks application yet? No problem! Community Sparks helps Everett residents foster a sense of community through small projects and events. Up to $500 of Community Sparks funding is available to eligible community groups for projects that build stronger connections within Everett city limits, and funds must be matched with volunteer labor and/or monetary or in-kind donations. Five groups have already hosted community-building activities in Everett, including SnoHomo Pride, Lowell Rocks and a National Night Out event.  Visit www.everettwa.gov/sparks for more information and to submit your application. Projects that can be completed by Dec. 8, have until Oct. 20 to turn in applications to be considered for the 2017 Community Sparks program.

What's happening in Parks:

  • Goblin Splash
    • Calling all princesses, pirates and other costumed friends to join us for games, prizes, refreshments and swim time on Friday, Oct. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Forest Park Swim Center. Bring canned food items for the Volunteer of America Everett Food Bank or pay regular admission to boost the Park Scholarship Fund.
  • Help green Everett!
    • Whether you have a green thumb, an appreciation for Everett’s parks, or just like to play in the dirt, you won’t want to miss Green Everett Day! The Green Everett Partnership was created by Everett Parks & Community Services and Forterra, and works to improve the health of Everett’s forested parks and natural areas. RSVP to volunteer on Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, to help plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs in Forest Park.
  • Mail time
    • Watch for the Winter Guide in the mail on Saturday, Oct. 27, featuring winter activities like snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Winter registration begins Nov. 8.
Parks volunteers
Shower Better Month

October is Shower Better Month - Switch and save

Showering is an important part of the day—and one of the leading ways we use water in our homes, accounting for about 20 percent of indoor water use. Every time you take a shower, you also use energy to heat the water to your showerhead. You can shower better by replacing your older showerhead with one that uses 1.75 GPM. This will help save water and electricity and reduce your water and energy costs. If you are an Everett residential water customer, pick up a free Indoor water conservation kit at the Everett Utility Billing Window, 3101 Cedar Street, Everett. Available while supplies last.

Carl Gipson Senior Center has a hoppin' October

  • Free Senior Safety Program
    • A free 3-day program offered by Joe Pavesi, City employee, Senior Center volunteer and an expert in Martial Arts and Self-Defense on
  • Opioid Awareness Seminar
    • We will have experts from the city and county here to discuss the opioid epidemic, what you need to know and things that you can do on
  • Dinner with Elvis:
    • Local Elvis Impersonator Shane Cobane will rock your world with your favorite tunes on Saturday, Oct. 21! The dinner portion, if you choose, begins at 6 p.m. with a sit-down meal (cost is $17), featuring an Elvis-inspired menu provided by the chefs at Grandview Village, Marysville. The show that follows at 6:45 p.m., and the cost is $7 for theater seating (no dinner).
Shane Cobane as Elvis
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