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French Avenue residents reminded of July 4 parade
ARLINGTON Fourth of July Parade organizers are reminding residents of French Avenue that there will be a parade on their street starting at 5 p.m., July 4, and the Rotary Club of Arlington has announced a few more items have been added to activities in Haller Park.
We have been door to door all along French Avenue, but we want to make sure people know, if they want ribbons to tie off their yards or need help putting up signs or anything, they should call us, said Kelly Penny, parade coordinator for Cascade Valley Hospital & Clinics.
Registration forms for the parade are available at the hospital, at the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center at 3710 168th St., in Arlington, at City Hall, at 238 N. Olympic Ave., and at The Arlington Times office, at 233 N. Olympic. Line-up for the parade begins at 2:30 p.m. at Haller Middle School, at 600 E. First St.
Anyone who needs information or help defending their yards, should call Penny at 360-913-0635.
Music at Haller Park
New events that are being added to the day full of fun in Haller Park include live music and a bouncy house, as well as free hot dogs to the first 200 kids to arrive.
The current Country Idol contest winners at the new downtown Arlington Variety House will perform from 10 a.m. to noon, and after the Kiwanis Auction, at 2 p.m., Becky Foster and the A-Band will take the stage. The A-Band includes Herb Hamilton on keyboard and horns, Fred Zeufeldt on drums, Greg Beck on guitar, and James Canfield on bass. The local businesswoman owns Bruce & Beckys Interiors in the Marysville side of Smokey Point, but luckily she continues to share her vocal talent and fun musical ensemble with the Arlington community whenever asked. She is very proud of her band.
Herb played as the Whitehouse pianist in 1977 and both Fred and Greg played with the Vice Roys and other Northwest bands through the years, Foster said.
The Becky and the A-Band will return for another set after the parade, from about 6 to 7:30 p.m. while folks gather for the Great Stilly Duck Dash.
The Arlington Kiwanis Clubs auction starts at noon in Haller Park, with an ever-expanding list of treasures and services up for sale to benefit student scholarship programs.
And dont forget the mind-bending ice cream eating contest at The Local Scoop, 434 N. Olympic Ave., where the new pavement of the north section of North Olympic Avenue will be christened with multi-flavored ice creams.
Remember, the carnival, Kiddies Parade and the Arlington Street Fair are all cancelled due to the street renovation project.
Coverage of the Fourth of July
Due to the Fourth of July landing on Wednesday this year, the next issue of the Arlington Times will be published on July 4 itself, which means the paper will not be delivered until Thursday, July 5. Nonetheless, it is still printed on Tuesday, which means that all the fun events will not be covered in the July 4 edition of the hometown weekly newspaper. Winners of the Parade, Duck Dash and Paddle, Pedal, Puff triathlon will be published in the July 11 edition.