Casino organization providing 4,200 summer packs for families in need

Maverick Gaming, which owns several casinos throughout the region, will be giving out 4,200 summer packs June 28 for families and kids in need at its annual “School’s Out” event hosted at multiple locations throughout the state. Each string backpack will be filled with items including snacks, lightweight outdoor toys, treats, grocery gift cards and…

Bestselling author R.L. Stine at online library event June 15

Sno-Isle Libraries is presenting an online webinar with author R.L. Stine on Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. It includes a moderated conversation with Stine, who is the bestselling author/creator of the Goosebumps and Fear Streethorror fiction series of books for kids and teens. Stine will also be giving a special reading during the one-hour…

Sound Transit asks public to weigh in on proposed free youth fares

Sound Transit is asking for public feedback on a proposed policy change to implement free fares for passengers age 18 and younger. The Sound Transit Board is expected in July to consider a proposal to make fares free for youth. The change would be implemented by Sept. 1, 2022, before the start of the school…

Terrace Brier SC free micro soccer clinic for kids Sunday, May 1

The Terrace Brier Soccer Club is hosting its 26th annual free introductory soccer clinic Sunday, May 1 at Evergreen Playfields 4 and 5 in Mountlake Terrace. The event runs from 1-2 p.m. and is open to all kids born between 2013-2017, regardless of their experience level. Youths will be separated into age-appropriate groups and organizers…

Tubie Friends online fundraising auction to benefit children begins Thursday

Beginning Thursday, people can purchase items such as an 8-pound block of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Funko figurines, two hours of kayaking on Lake Union, a Harry Potter gift set, a “Chick Flick” gift basket, and even a unicorn encounter while donating to a charitable cause. Tubie Friends, a South Snohomish County-based nonprofit organization that helps…

Time to scramble: Egg hunts coming to Mountlake Terrace, Brier April 16

Two free egg hunts — one in Brier and one in Mountlake Terrace — are scheduled for Saturday, April 16. The Nile Shrine Center in Mountlake Terrace will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event opens at 12:30 p.m. and the egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. Photos will be available with Mr. and…

Brier holding traditional egg hunt on April 16

The City of Brier is holding a traditional egg hunt on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in Brier Park. The event, for children ages three to 10, will utilize a staggered start for different age groups and features eggs filled with candy and prizes. It was noted on the Brier Community Group page on…

Nile Shriners hosting Easter Egg Hunt April 16

The Nile Shrine Center in Mountlake Terrace will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt that is free to the public on Saturday, April 16. The event opens at 12:30 p.m. and the egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. Organizers note, “Come early to take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.” The Nile Shrine Center…

Preschool students donate books to organization that helps children facing adversity

In honor of National Reading Month, students at Evergreen Academy Montessori in Mountlake Terrace recently donated more than 30 books to children in need. The new books were donated to the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for all children to help them thrive. The…

Snohomish Conservation District holding annual youth art contest through Feb. 22

The Snohomish Conservation District is holding its fifth annual youth art contest. Through Feb. 22, children in grades pre-K through high school who live in Snohomish County or Camano Island can submit one piece of artwork about birds either online or by mail. Birds were chosen as the special theme for this year’s contest theme…

Man fixes up bikes and donates them to area kids in need

Mel Nason is committed to providing wheels to children in need. The retired Metro bus driver lives in Lynnwood and keeps busy with various part-time jobs, including being an usher at sporting events. While the work “gets me off the couch and away from the TV,” those jobs were all paused during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Online event with authors will address body positivity in youth literature

Sno-Isle Libraries will feature five contributors to the young-adult anthology, “Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat,” as guests at its upcoming Aug. 18 Open Book online author event from 6:30-8 p.m. Editor Cassandra Newbould, who is from the Pacific Northwest, will be joined by contributors Catherine Adel West, Kelly deVos, Rebecca Sky…

Terrace Brier SC free youth soccer clinic set for Aug. 3

The Terrace Brier Soccer Club is hosting its 25th annual free soccer clinic Aug. 3 in Mountlake Terrace at Evergreen Playfields 4 and 5. Tuesday’s event runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to all kids born between 2012-2016, regardless of their experience level. Participants will be separated into age-appropriate groups and organizers recommend dressing…

Brier’s new Little Art Gallery fosters community creativity

When Brier resident Gavin Doyle built a “Little Art Gallery” in his neighborhood, his goal was to add some color for people to enjoy and to share their own creations. Similar to the little lending libraries or food pantries that dot many neighborhoods, Doyle’s structure, which is located on 27th Place West near the intersection…

Kids kick off Easter weekend with an egg-cellent hunt

The morning chill didn’t keep eager Easter egg hunters from attending the 10th annual Mountlake Terrace Easter Egg Hunt at Evergreen Field, 22301 56th Ave. W. The Red Onion Burgers-sponsored event was for children ages 2-12, and included a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. –Photos by Cody Sexton

Happening nearby: Lynnwood Kids Dentist schedules Buy Back Day on Nov. 5

Lynnwood Kids Dentist has scheduled its annual Candy Buy Back Day on Thursday, Nov. 5. Bring in your loot to Lynnwood Kids Dentist between 4-6 p.m. and receive $1 for every pound of wrapped, unopened candy. (5 pounds max per child.) All candy collected will be donated to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude….

Clothes for Kids looking for support through holiday clothing drives

A clothing drive is a great way to give back this holiday season, and Clothes For Kids, which provides school wardrobes to local kids in need, is encouraging local businesses to help them restock the shelves of their Lynnwood shop. The non-profit organization has already outfitted more than 1,900 students this school year, and is…

Free burger for kids in costume at Dick’s Drive-in on Halloween

Kids, age 13 and under, who are dressed in a costume, will receive a free cheeseburger or hamburger at Dick’s Drive In Restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 31. People are encouraged to share their Halloween photos with Dick’s Drive In Restaurant and the restaurant’s favorite will win $20 in Dick’s gift certificates. Dick’s in Edmonds is located at 21910 Highway 99.

Small businesses collecting Coins For Kids to benefit Clothes For Kids

Clothes For Kids is partnering with a number of local businesses to raise funds through a Coins for Kids drive. Through this kind of community support, Clothes For Kids is able to provide thousands of low-income students with school wardrobes each school year. “This fall, small businesses are stepping up to help Clothes For Kids empower…

School Board approves plan to review administrative support for principals

The Edmonds School District Board gave the go-ahead to the district’s plan to review and measure the effectiveness of the administrative support provided to principals. A new system of evaluating teachers mandated by the state was implemented by the district in 2013-14 and because of the complexity of the new evaluation system the district decided…

Don’t Be Spooked: Be Safe on Halloween

While Halloween is supposed to be scary, parents shouldn’t be afraid to teach their children how to be safer. With Halloween being one of the most dangerous days of the year for child pedestrians — it’s essential for parents to prepare their children properly to stay safe while trick or treating. Here are some safety…