June City of Everett Newsletter
125th anniversary

Everett celebrates 125 years

Hundreds of community members joined Mayor Cassie Franklin, City staff and local partners to celebrate Everett’s 125th birthday at our June 2 event at the Everett Station. Relive the fun with Everett Channel’s video recap of the event. We also have photos on our website.

The quasquicentennial fun continues this summer – bookmark our webpage for updates. And don’t forget to submit your postcard to be included in the library’s time capsule.   

And the winner is...

Throughout National Bike Month this May, our very own Mayor Cassie Franklin participated in a friendly competition against Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson. In addition to competing for most miles cycled, both mayors completed challenges that included visiting different landmarks around their respective cities and taking in the scenery from two wheels.

In the end, the mayors rode a combined 434 miles, and Mayor Franklin edged out Mayor Gregerson for the win, with 220 miles biked! For their outstanding participation in this inaugural competition, both mayors received trophies for the Non-Motorized Mayor Award. Great job, mayors! Both Everett and Mukilteo have upcoming improvements planned to continue making their cities more bike friendly – find a list of planned projects in Everett on our website.

Mayor Franklin and Mayor Gregerson
4th of July

Colors of Freedom Parade and Festival

Celebrate Independence Day by attending our Colors of Freedom parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Everett. The parade will feature marching bands, drill teams, community groups, scout troops, and so much more! After checking out the parade head up to Legion Memorial Park, via the free shuttle service from Everett Community College or Everett Station, to enjoy the Colors of Freedom Festival from 1 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Attendees will be treated to bouncy houses, kids crafts, food vendors, a beer garden and two stages programmed with entertainment. The festival will conclude with the Thunder on the Bay Fireworks show at 10 p.m. over Port Gardner Bay. 

Music at the Marina

Our popular Music at the Marina Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m., with Clinton Fearon performing Jamaican roots reggae. The Music at the Marina Series offers concerts every Thursday and Saturday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until August 30, at Port Gardner Landing, 1700 W. Marine View Drive.

This free concert series is family friendly and there is a musical genre for everyone, from country American to tropical Latin salsa, rock’n soul to roadhouse blues and swing. Bring a lawn chair, your dancing shoes and some money for food trucks and a beer garden hosted by Everett Music Initiative. Or plan ahead with a reservation at Lombardi’s for one of their stage-side tables. Check out the full summer lineup on our website.

Sunset stage
Lock It Everett

Lock it Everett

Last year, more than 100 firearms were stolen in Everett. These guns often end up on the streets and can be used in crimes. This month we launched Lock it Everett, a firearm safety campaign encouraging safe storage and retention of legally owned firearms. As part of Mayor Franklin’s directive on youth, gun violence and gang reduction, this campaign aims to educate gun owners about the importance of safely securing their firearms to prevent theft and misuse.

Everett Police is leading the campaign with support from other City staff and the Snohomish Health District. We are working with gun retailers throughout the city to help share the message. Community members can pick up a free gun lock at the north and south Everett Police precincts during regular business hours.

More information and resources can be found at everettwa.gov/lockit.

2018 Monte Cristo nominations due July 1

Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for the Monte Cristo Awards through July 1. This distinguished honor is given to property owners who have shown extensive pride in their property and help make Everett special by working hard to beautify our city year-round. Nominate your favorite Everett homes and businesses today!

To learn about award categories, submit a nomination or for more information, visit everettwa.gov/MonteCristo

Monte Cristo
Animal Shelter foster program

Everett Animal Shelter announces new senior dog foster program 

The Everett Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help with a special new program. Dogs of all ages are surrendered to the shelter or brought in as strays, and volunteers work hard every day to provide much needed care and socialization. With all those cats meowing and puppies yipping, the shelter can be a stressful place for older dogs. Senior dogs should get to relax in retirement!

The Everett Animal Shelter is excited to announce a new senior dog foster program where these sweet aging dogs can be healthier, happier and less stressed with a loving foster family. Learn more about the program and see if it is the right fit for you by joining the first no-obligation orientation and training on Wednesday, June 20, from 6-8 p.m. (doors will open at 5:45 p.m.) at the Everett Animal Shelter, 333 Smith Island Rd. Learn more about the shelter’s volunteer and fostering programs.

June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” month!

Summer is a great time to bring home a new cat, and the Everett Animal Shelter is making it even easier to do that this month. During the month of June, all adult cat (7 months or older) adoption fees are 50% off, so you can bring home an adult cat for just $25 (plus a license fee, if applicable).
The shelter is open 7 days a week, and adoptions are processed 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The $25 adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, dewormer, flea treatment and a micro-chip. There are a lot of great adult cats in the shelter just waiting for their new families to come and adopt them. You can see all of the fabulous felines available for adoption on our website at everettwa.gov/animals.

Adopt a Cat in June
Volunteer walking dog

Volunteer at the animal shelter!

In our final piece of animal shelter news… Our next volunteer orientation is Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. (doors will open at 5:45 pm). Attending an orientation is the first step to joining our amazing team of volunteers at the shelter.
Our volunteers are critical to the success of the animal shelter. Responsibilities include walking dogs, socializing cats, working with customers on adopting just the right animal for them, greeting folks as they come into the lobby, keeping the laundry going, doing the dishes, stuffing the KONGS, fostering animals, and the list goes on! To learn more about the dynamic volunteer program at the shelter, please visit our website: everettwa.gov/animals and follow the link to volunteer.

Summertime is Reading Time

Did you know students can lose reading skills if they don’t practice during summer vacation?  By reading 30 minutes every day, students can prevent something known as the “Summer Slide.” To help families make summertime reading a habit, the Everett Public Library has offered reading incentives every summer for more than 100 years.

Pick up a reading log at either library location between now and July 31. Children and teens, ages birth through grade 12, can earn prizes by reading, or being read to. Storytimes, craft activities, and other free programs are listed on our event calendar.  

Everett Public Library
Everett Transit

After much ado...

Everett Transit’s Long Range Plan is in the final stage! The plan lays a path to meet the demand for local transit service for the next 20 years. The final draft of the document is available for review and will go to City Council on June 13 for final adoption.

Community events:

  • Whether you are a master gardener or brand new to the world of gardening, you are sure to find great plants and prices at the Arboretum Annual Plant Sale to be held at Legion Memorial Park, Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out what Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens has to offer to fill your garden with textures and colors. Garden experts will be on hand during the sale to help answer questions and give advice. Proceeds benefit Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens.

  • Celebrate Father’s Day by finding a new furry friend to add to your family, and get $10 off adoption fees for any male dog or cat! Feel the real benefits of sharing your love and home with a pet at the Everett Animal Shelter’s special Father’s Day event. Saturday & Sunday, June 16 – 17, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 333 Smith Island Rd.

  • Community members are invited to join the annual Juneteenth Community Celebration hosted by the NAACP Snohomish County on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Senator Henry M. Jackson Park. Community partners and residents will gather for a community potluck with educational speeches, food, and fun in celebration of when slaves, and slave owners, were freed of the legalized era of slavery. Learn about the origins, and importance of Juneteenth and the end of slavery. All are welcome at this free event. 
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