Evergreen Branch Library’s Branch Birthday Bash

Press Release for: Evergreen Branch Library’s Branch Birthday Bash

For Immediate Release

Evergreen Branch Library Celebrates 25 Years

Happy 25th, Evergreen Branch Library. On Wednesday, December 10th from 4:30 to 7:30 we invite you to help us to celebrate the library’s birthday.

Marvel at our stilt-walking one-man band, decorate your own cupcake, bash a piñata, work on crafts, play Bananagrams, take part in our prize walk, and bring a can of food and a camera so you can take a photo in in our birthday photo booth.

We will also judge a coloring contest for the kids, so stop by the branch earlier in the month to pick up a sheet. Prizes will be awarded!

The south area branch opened as a storefront on April 24th, 1985 followed by a permanent facility in the fall of 1989. Designed by Tom Tredway, Dykeman Architects; General Contractor – Stan Palmer Construction Co. Since then, the Evergreen Branch Library proudly serves hundreds of people every day with everything from checking out books to hosting terrific programs for all ages to answering tricky questions that help improve lives. All from our 8500 square foot facility.

The Everett Public Library will be hosting the all-ages family-friendly birthday bash on Wednesday, December 10th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Branch Library, 9512 Evergreen Way. Any questions, please call 425-257-8270.


Cooking Up a Safe Thanksgiving, By Lake Stevens Fire

Cooking Up a Safe Thanksgiving By Lake Stevens Fire


Thanksgiving is a day spent with family and friends sharing great food, laughs, and wonderful memories. Safety in the kitchen is always important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is an increase in traffic in the kitchen. Thanksgiving Day is still the leading day of the year for home fires involving home cooking equipment.


According to national statistics from fire departments around the country, between 2009-2011 an estimated annual average of 1900 residential building fires were reported on Thanksgiving Day, which caused 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $28 million in property loss.


Unfortunately, during the busy holiday season, fire safety and injury prevention are sometimes overlooked. Lake Stevens Fire offers the following safety tips to help keep your holiday season fire safe and injury free:


  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.


  • Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.


  • Keep anything that can catch fire – such as potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your stovetop.


  • Don’t wear loose sleeves or loose clothing while cooking.


  • If a fire starts in a pot or pan, use the lid to extinguish flames; otherwise use a fire extinguisher. Turn the stove off. Do NOT use water as it can spatter the fire.


  • If food in the oven catches fire, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Do not open the door until completely cooled.


  • Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.


  • Turkey fryers are extremely dangerous and most safety organizations do not recommend their use. Be very cautious if you choose to use one, and only use them outside.


  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working so that you are alerted in the early stages of a fire.


  • Be sure to have a fire escape plan in place, in case of an emergency.


Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, “An important part of home safety is having working smoke alarms. Make sure to test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly, to give occupants of the home an alert to fire. We also encourage families and individuals to create and practice a fire escape plan in case of a fire.”


For additional safety tips and Thanksgiving activities for children, visit:


Lake Stevens Fire wishes you a safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.


Tween programs combine science, art and more

SNO-ISLE LIBRARIES NEWS RELEASE: Tween programs combine science, art and more

Sno-Isle Libraries is partnering with the Pacific Science Center to bring exciting, thought-provoking programming to tweens and young teens. Through collaborative learning and mentoring experiences, the Tween STEAM Club programs are designed for youth to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

“Our goal is to get tweens excited about science and show them that a career in a STEAM field is a real possibility in their future. Plus, they will explore ways to feed their natural curiosity by learning about the many resources available through our libraries,” said Dawn Rutherford, teen services coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries.

The Tween STEAM Club’s hands-on science fun for tweens age nine to 13 or in fourth to eighth grade consists of programs made up of a series of four 90-minute sessions with different activities each time. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended, but not required.

The Pacific Science Center’s Science After-School workshops will take place in Darrington, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Oak Harbor, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. They are scheduled as follows:

Physics FUNdamentals: Learn about physics concepts including Newton’s laws of motion, acceleration, electricity and simple machines, through a range of projects and activities, including solar ovens and catapults. Darrington Library, Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17.

Forensics 101: Acquire the scientific skills needed to solve crimes. Lessons focus on fingerprints, codes, handwriting, chromatography, fiber analysis, and DNA evidence. Lake Stevens Library, Fridays, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19; Monroe Library, Mondays, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15; Oak Harbor Library, Sundays, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 21.

Ooze & Ahs: Experiment with liquids, solids and gases, make your own slime, and learn how to paint with acids and bases. Lynnwood Library, Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 11, 18, and Monday, Dec. 15; Mountlake Terrace Library, Tuesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Nov. 18, Dec. 9, 16, 23.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged online at sno-isle.org/events or by calling the library. For contact and location information, visit sno-isle.org/locations.

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.


Dickens Fair delights shoppers with handmade goods from nearly 100 vendors

Dickens Fair delights shoppers with handmade goods from nearly 100 vendors
On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cavelero Mid High School, 8220 24th St SE, the Lake Stevens School District’s Community Education Program will host the 28th annual Dickens Fair.

Vendors, many dressed in Dickens era clothes, will sell their hand-crafted wares while children from the community perform music and dance numbers. The Lake Stevens High School Class of 2016 is also hosting Santa photos for children of all ages!

Admission to the fair is a can of food or monetary donation for the Lake Stevens Food Bank.

Vendor spaces are sold out, and applications for the 2015 Fair will be available in mid-August on the Lake Stevens School District website.


Ebola Preparedness Continues in Washington Hospitals

Ebola Preparedness Continues in Washington Hospitals

Via DOH press release:

OLYMPIA ¾ Preparations for identifying, isolating, evaluating and treating patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease in Washington continues, even though the likelihood of the virus appearing in the state is still considered low.

Using guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals throughout the state are making plans to rapidly identify, isolate and safely evaluate people with suspected Ebola.

In addition to standard preparation for screening and identification, eight hospitals have committed to working towards the level of preparation that is required for the ongoing care and treatment of a patient with Ebola, as needed. CHI Franciscan Health (Harrison Medical Center – Bremerton campus), MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center (Issaquah), Virginia Mason Hospital, and UW Medicine (Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center) are taking additional steps in their preparedness activities to provide that care.

These eight hospitals are preparing to care for a person with Ebola for the duration of the illness, but all hospitals across Washington have to be ready to identify and initially care for a patient who presents with possible Ebola infection. Hospitals in Washington will continue to train and drill appropriate staff.

“The chance of a confirmed case of Ebola in Washington is very low, but in the event it happens we want to be sure we have the capacity to provide ongoing care to a patient,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state Health Officer. “Patients with Ebola can become critically ill and require intensive care therapy. Care needs to be delivered using strict infection control practices. We are working with each of the committed hospitals to ensure we are coordinated and thorough in our response.”

The hospitals are working to meet the CDC guidelines for Ebola treatment facilities which include: providing intensive training to staff, evaluating and preparing space, ensuring an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, planning for waste storage and disposal, and developing contingency plans. Hospitals will drill their plans and procedures for treating a possible Ebola patient through their course of illness. The CDC will send a team to assist facilities in their preparations to provide Ebola patient care safely and effectively.

“The chance of an outbreak of Ebola in Washington is low, but we have to have the ‘When, not if mindset,’” said Scott Bond, Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State Hospital Association. “As a state we want to be sure we have the capacity to provide care for as many people as necessary and to do so without endangering staff and the public. The Department of Health has shown great leadership in coordinating a statewide response and supporting the work being done by the local public health agencies.”

Secretary of Health John Wiesman said, “I am proud of these hospitals for stepping up to the challenge to ensure that Washington State is prepared. It requires a comprehensive and highly coordinated effort that relies on many doctors, nurses and support staff to provide safe and quality care for an Ebola patient. Washington’s health care professionals are to be applauded for their professionalism and commitment.”

The threat of exposure to the Ebola virus remains low. Anyone arriving in Seattle from West Africa has passed through airports that assess risk. Public health will perform temperature and symptom monitoring of potentially exposed individuals during the 21 day incubation period. Because individuals are not infectious until they develop symptoms actively monitoring for symptoms will rapidly identify anyone who has contracted Ebola and allow isolation before he or she is able to infect someone else with the virus. In the event a case is confirmed the CDC will send a team to assist the hospitals in providing care safely and effectively.


Lake Stevens Resident Named Executive Vice President of United Way

Lake Stevens Resident Named Executive Vice President of United Way

(Everett, WA) — United Way of Snohomish County is proud to announce the promotion of Lake Stevens resident Katrina Ondracek to the position of Executive Vice President.

In this role, she will spearhead the work of the forward looking committee as it determines United Way’s priorities in the future. Additionally, Katrina will oversee the overall marketing, impact and initiative work of the organization.

Katrina has been with United Way of Snohomish County since 2006 and previously served as Vice President of Public Policy and Community Initiatives, In her free time, she enjoys travel and is an animal lover. She lives in Lake Stevens with her husband, two cats and two dogs, including a very active Great Dane puppy.

Other staffing changes at United Way include the promotion of several staffers; Lark Kesterke to Director of Community Initiatives, Amy Franklin to Senior Manager of Impact and Community Investment and Jessica Gaitan as Community Engagement Coordinator, as well as the hiring of Betty Welsh as Labor Donor Relations and Community Liaison Manager.

For more information about career opportunities at United Way of Snohomish County, please visit http://www.uwsc.org/jobs.php



Clothing Drives Help Provide Snohomish County Students with School Wardrobes

Clothing Drives Help Provide Snohomish County

Students with School Wardrobes


Lynnwood, WA.  Since August 20th, Clothes For Kids has provided school wardrobes to more than 2,200 students this school year.  The mission of Clothes For Kids is to help qualified community members build confidence and self-sufficiency by providing quality wardrobes and resources.  “We are experiencing a dramatic increase in demand and with that demand comes the need to fill our shelves so students have the opportunity to choose from a well-rounded selection of clothing,” said Nancy Laird Burris, Program Manager for Clothes For Kids.
Many organizations, companies, schools and churches have stepped up to answer the call for clothing drives. “Clothing drives help us fill specific needs in our inventory and allow us to keep our expenses within our small budget,” said Joy Ingram, Development Director for Clothes For Kids.

Clothing drives are a great way to celebrate the holiday season and give back to the community.  Hosting a clothing drive is simple; the Clothes For Kids website has a tab with all the details.  Organizations and companies can select the timing and type of drive that they want to have.

With many families feeling the effects of this difficult economy, Clothes For Kids anticipates serving close to 4,000 students this school year.  With the winter season approaching, people—and specifically children—in our community deserve the opportunity to get clothing, socks and shoes to help keep them warm. We are reaching out to the community for assistance to help our organization continue to provide for those in need.

About Clothes for Kids:

Since 1984, Clothes For Kids has helped to enhance the learning environment by meeting the clothing needs of low-income children in Snohomish County.  Clothes For Kids provides, at no cost for families, a school wardrobe—including underwear, socks, and shoes—in a retail store environment.  Our volunteers provide personal shopping assistance to each client.  With the communities support, we will continue to fulfill our vision of empowering students for success one wardrobe at a time.