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Downtown Everett Dance School Introduces Class For Kids With Sensory Processing Issues

October 19, 2014


Dance School image

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The Dance School on Rockefeller has started a pilot program for kids age 8 – 13 who have issues maintaining focus, may be on the autism spectrum or have other sensory issues but want to dance. The program, entitled “Dance, the Senses and Emotion”, will run for four Sundays in the month of November. Heidi Heimarck explains how the program is being developed…

“We had some students who just couldn’t focus enough or were on the autism spectrum and got too stimulated during dance classes, resulting in withdrawal or disruptive behavior. Conversations with parents made it clear that these students want to take dance, and the parents would love to have them take dance, but maybe another approach was needed to keep them engaged and succeeding.

One of our instructors, Sarah Seder, recently started a program like this in South Seattle, and we approached her about whether or not she was willing to begin a similar program here. I then looked for additional expertise to ensure that our program isn’t just thrown together, but is created with adequate support and input.

After a few team meetings, the result is this pilot class — and from there we’ll get a handle on the interest level and other needs that we might discover.”

In addition to instructor Sara Seder, the team behind this pilot program includes Todd Provancha, Julie Kafkalidis and Monica Tabor. If you’d like to find more information, click here or call The Dance School at 425-259-6861.

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Dogtober Fest In Downtown Everett Saturday

October 17, 2014



Dogs and beer in downtown Everett Saturday from 1 – 4pm

If you like dogs, food, beer and trivia this event is for you…

Save-A-Mutt (SAM) and Everett’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) are coming together again for the third annual Dogtober Fest. The event will be on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 1-4 PM at the Irishmen, 2923 Colby Avenue, Everett, WA 98201.

There is a $5 cover charge/donation which includes a trivia card and one door prize ticket. Trivia begins at 2:00 PM. Teams of 5 or less will compete against each other with their knowledge of “beer and dogs.” Each member of the winning team will win a bag of goodies! Additional door prize tickets will be available for purchase and door prizes will be given away all throughout the event. In addition, a 50/50 raffle will be held.

ARF and SAM are very excited to have another event at The Irishmen. It has a full kitchen and a wide selection of beers, come hungry and thirsty. Attendees must be 21 to attend. There is limited outdoor seating, weather dependent, for people who wish to bring their dogs – well behaved and on leash.

Funds raised will be split between ARF and SAM’s fund. An exciting change this year is the addition of sponsorship from Broadway Animal Hospital and Kristi’s Kritter Care, which has allowed the groups to purchase Dogtober Fest t-shirts and mugs available for purchase.

ARF was established in 2005 to support the work of the Everett Animal Shelter, Snohomish County’s largest and only open-admission shelter. Through fundraising, adoption events and education, ARF has spread public awareness about the Everett Shelter and the important work it does for animals and the community in Snohomish County. ARF is uniquely poised to provide assistance directly to the animals who most need it by funding medical expenses that fall outside the shelter’s budget.

Save-A-Mutt, formally known as Scrub-A-Mutt, is known for it’s annual fundraising dog wash. In the last year, the focus on animal rescue has greatly expanded – thus the organization’s name change.  Working with area shelters and rescue partners, this year alone, Save-A-Mutt has been able to save over 300 animals from high-kill California shelters, as well as help rehome pets advertised on Craig’s List.  They are also working to end the sale of puppy mill dogs at local pet stores.

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Controversial Downtown Everett Courthouse Project Documents Now Online

October 14, 2014


new county courthouse

Drawing of proposed Snohomish County Courthouse courtesy Snohomish County. Click to visit courthouse project web page.

Snohomish County has now put documents regarding the construction of a new County Courthouse in downtown Everett up on a website. The courthouse project document site includes timelines, project updates and presentations. According to the latest timeline on the project construction is slated to start in May of next year. The update also says…“Property acquisitions are moving forward. All affected property owners have agreed to possession, occupancy, and use by the County on November 15th.”

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Annual “Socktoberfest” Returns To Downtown Everett

October 13, 2014



Click on the photo to visit the Socktoberfest website.

An easily overlooked item that can mean much warmth and comfort for people is the focus of the annual “Socktoberfest”. Held at Trinity Lutheran College in downtown Everett the event is a fun way to show support for others in our community who may be experiencing homelessness or have to choose between warmth and food.. Here’s everything you need to know…


People throughout Everett are collecting hundreds of pairs of new, warm adult socks to donate to homeless and low-income community members at the fourth annual “Socktoberfest” celebration held at Trinity Lutheran College on Sunday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m.

That evening local residents and members of our homeless community will gather to enjoy live music, share bratwurst, locally brewed root beer, door prizes and fun. Socks will be distributed to all in need that evening.
This year we also plan to distribute gently used shoes donated by the Seattle organization, Redeeming Soles.

There will also be a portable shower unit on site to provide the opportunity for people receive a hot shower.
Socktoberfest is a joint project of Trinity Lutheran College and the Emmaus Community, a mission arm of Everett’s Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with the assistance and cooperation of The Everett branch of The Soroptomist International.

Socktoberfest began four years ago when then Everett Public Library employee, Debbie Paget, learned of the urgent need for warm socks during Everett’s winter months among the homeless individuals whom she met at the library. Paget together with the Emmaus Community and Trinity Lutheran College addressed that need with the first Socktoberfest in October 2011, distributing over 1,000 pairs of socks.

New adult pairs of socks may be donated for this year’s Socktoberfest event at locations across Snohomish County. These include:
• Olympic Physical Therapy, 4220 Hoyt Ave, Everett
• Trinity Lutheran College, 2802 Wetmore Avenue,
• Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Ave, Everett
• Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett
• Everett First Covenant Church, 4502 Rucker Ave, Everett
• Warm Beach Free Methodist Church at 20815 Marine Drive, Stanwood,
• Stanwood Freeborn Lutheran Church 2304 300th Street, Stanwood

Cash donations toward the purchase of socks are also welcomed. Checks may be mailed or dropped off at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 2927, Everett WA 98213. Please write “Socktoberfest” in the memo line.

100% of the money donated will go towards socks and a hot meal for those who attend this year’s event.

For more information, you may visit our Socktoberfest website:

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Sausages And Silvertips Mean Fall Has Arrived in Everett, WA

October 3, 2014


Everett Sausage Fest

Click the Sausage Fest Logo to see their official web site.

There are two sure ways to tell its Fall in Everett. First, The Annual Everett Sausage Fest starts today and runs through Sunday. Now in its 38th year the Everett Sausage Festival is a family-oriented weekend fair centered around a Bavarian theme. From a traditional Bavarian Dinner to a variety of food booths, children’s games, the Family Entertainment Stage, bingo, carnival, and Bavarian Beer Garden and Stage, they say they have something for everyone. Everett Sausage Fest was founded to support Catholic Education at Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.

Everett Silvertips mascot

Lincoln would love to see you at opening weekend!

The other sign of Fall in Everett is the home opener for the Everett Silvertips hockey club. Currently undefeated in this early season the ‘Tips will face the Kelowna Rockets tonight who had the best record in the WHL last year and also haven’t lost a regular season game this year. Saturday night the Silvertips will take on the Portland Winterhawks. While the Silvertips have been in Everett for a decade there are still a few around who haven’t been to a game. If that’s the case for you, here’s a great primer from the Silvertips called Hockey 101.

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Downtown Everett Post Office Now For Sale

October 2, 2014


Post office sale

A for sale sign is now up outside the downtown Everett post office.

Post office sale

It’s not often an entire block in downtown Everett is offered for sale.

We told you in January of this year that the City of Everett was taken by surprise when the Postal Service announced several upcoming changes in Everett. One of those changes appears to be underway as the downtown Everett Post Office located at Pacific and Hoyt is now listed for sale. There is no current asking price as it looks like they are open to offers. The buyer may have to agree to a short-term tenancy for the Post Office until they can find another smaller location somewhere in downtown Everett. It is one of the few full blocks available for sale as a single parcel in downtown Everett. According to the sales flyer the property is zoned B-3 (Central Business District, City of Everett; permitted uses include residential, office, retail restaurant, entertainment, lodging and recreational).

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Another Downtown Everett Restaurant Closing – Fish Tale Brew Pub Ending 3 Year Run

September 19, 2014


Fish Tale sign

Fish Tale opened the Everett location in August of 2011.

Saturday will mark the final day for the Everett location of Fish Tale Brew Pub. They opened three years ago in the former Turner’s location directly across from Xfininty Arena at the corner of Hewitt and Broadway. It was billed as a slice of organic pub life brought to downtown Everett. It was a new location for the folks at Fish Brewing in Olympia. No word yet on the reason behind the closure or if something else is planned for the space. We’ve reached out to the folks at Fish Brewing and will let you know what we hear.

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