Happenings up and down the Stillaguamish Valley

Koster to discuss rural cluster subdivisions at Grandview
County Councilman John Koster and manager of Snohomish County Planning Division Services Tom Rowe will attend a community forum at Grandview Community Center Thursday, Feb. 8 to discuss rural cluster subdivisions and their impact on such issues as traffic, water, septic and the areas rural character. The two officials will explain the details of this county code, which allows for development denser than one house per five-acre zoning and in local forest lands, which there is a lot of in the Grandview area.
Starting at 7 p.m., the community is invited to bring questions and prepare to participate in an open discussion, providing feedback about the issue. The Grandview Community Centers general assembly business meeting will follow the forum. Grandview Community Center, at 11506 Smokes Rd., is almost four miles east of the Bryant store.

City Council retreat in La Conner
The Arlington City Council will brainstorm priorities for the upcoming year and years ahead at its annual retreat Feb. 9 11 in La Conner. The retreat is an open meeting and Arlington residents are welcome to attend. Council members and staff will check in at the La Conner Inn Friday evening and the meeting runs Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, in the Two Forks meeting room at the inn.
For information call 360-403-3441.

Chamber offers speaker from state L&I
Ron Langley from the state Department of Labor and Industries is featured speaker for the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Acting as liaison between small business and the large bureaucracy of the state, Langley helps small businesses work with L&I. The chamber meeting starts at noon at the Hawthorn Inn in Smokey Point.
Chamber lunch is $15 with reservations, RSVP at 360-659-5453. Without reservations, lunch is $17.

A play for all ages in Darrington
Darrington Elementary School and Darrington Friends of the Library have announced that Last Leaf Theater will present The Wolfs Tale, a quirky interpretation of the three little pigs and a big bad wolf, for all ages, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Darrington Elementary School. For more information call 360-436-1600. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged by calling 360- 436-1600 or TTY 1-800-647-3753.

Arts council meeting time changed to 5:30
To accommodate art advocates who work, the Arlington Arts Council has announced a new meeting time.
Changing from 5 to 5:30 p.m. should make it easier for people who work down south to make it to the meetings, said Communications Coordinator Virginia Hatch.
The arts council meets on the second Tuesday each month in the community room at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. They are currently working on getting 501C3 status with the federal government and planning an artist workshop on March 24.
For information call Vice President Jean Olson at 360-435-5866.

Books for sale
Key Club students at Arlington High School have announced a scholastic book fair that is open to the public 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 16, with extended hours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 during the 3A playoffs in the gym. To cater to all ages, the sale offers bestsellers, teen picks, sports guides, graphic novels, cookbooks and fantasies as well as childrens books. Proceeds from the book sale will go toward new materials at the AHS library as well as to send Key Club members to the district convention.
Our students have worked hard to create an exciting shopping experience that will appeal to all ages, said the schools librarian, Kristine Copenhaver.
They are gaining real life, hands-on business experience by managing all aspects of the event, she added. For information call 360-618-6300.

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