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November 8, 15, 22, 29
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
12:00 p.m.

November 9
Someday is Now: Creating and Maintaining Your Writing Practice
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
10:00 a.m.

November 9, 23
Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
10:30 a.m.

November 11
Veterans Day Holiday
City Business Offices Closed

November 11
Veterans Day Parade
Olympic Avenue
11:00 a.m.

November 12
Friends of the Arlington Library Pre-Holiday Sale
Arlington Library
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

November 12, 19
Arlington Library
10:30 a.m.

November 12
Tween STEAM Club: Found Art Sculptures presented by The Makery
Arlington Library
4:00 p.m.

November 12
Arlington Book Discussion Group
Arlington Library
6:30 p.m.

November 13
Friends of the Arlington Library Pre-Holiday Sale
Arlington Library
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

November 13, 20
Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime
Arlington Library
10:30 a.m.

November 13, 20
Ready Readers Family Storytime
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
11:00 a.m.

November 13, 20, 27
Employment Navigation - Employment Navigators from Carnegie Resource Center
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

November 13
Friends of the Arlington Library Meeting
Stillaguamish Conference Room, 154 W. Cox
3:00 p.m.

November 13
E-Cigarettes: The Truth Among the Vapors Training of the Trainer Workshop
Stilly Valley Health Connections
5:30 p.m.

November 14, 21
ESL Talk Time
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

November 14
Downtown Sustainability Plan Community Workshop
Haller Middle School Commons
6:00 p.m.

November 16
Honor Our Water Ancestors
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
2:00 p.m.

November 18
A rlington Library
10:30 a.m.

November 18
Digital Downloads: eBooks with Libby
Arlington Library
6:00 p.m.

November 19
Tween STEAM Club: Infinity Cubes presented by The Makery
Arlington Library
4:00 p.m

November 21
Technology Boundaries with Your Teen
Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
5:30 p.m.

November 23
Gleneagle Golf Course Clubhouse, 7619 E. Country Club Drive
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

November 23
Legends of the Blues VII
Byrnes Performing Arts Center
7:00 p.m.

November 28-29
Thanksgiving Holiday
City Business Offices Closed

November 28
Turkey Trot 5K
Arlington Grocery Outlet
9:00 a.m.

November 30
Hometown Holidays Kickoff and Tree Lighting
Downtown Arlington
4:00 p.m.

December 6-15
Santa Run
Arlington Neighborhoods

December 7
Arlington Boys & Girls Club
9:00 a.m.

December 7
Olympic Avenue
12:00 p.m.
November 8, 2019
With Gratitude, We Honor and Celebrate Our Veterans

This Veterans Day weekend we take time to thank and honor the men and women who have served our country in uniform. Please take a moment this weekend to remember the service and contributions of all veterans. These men and women hold a special place in our hearts for their bravery, sacrifice, and service.
Join us on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. as we honor and celebrate our veterans with the annual Veterans Day Parade down Olympic Avenue.
A number of City of Arlington employees have served and are currently serving our country. With gratitude for their service to America, we honor them and extend our thanks with this video. We thank A Huge Production for their assistance in bringing our idea to life.
Arlington Promotes Greg Koontz to Fire Captain
Katrina Koontz pins on Fire Captain Greg Koontz's badge as son Mason looks on
At the Arlington City Council meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019, Greg Koontz was officially sworn in as a Fire Captain.

Koontz was promoted to the rank of Captain after ranking within the top five on the Department's promotional test. He fills the Captain position created by the City's recent partnership with Arlington Rural Fire Protection District (Snohomish County Fire District #21) to provide a captain during daytime hours to the district.

Captain Koontz has been a member of the Arlington Fire Department since May 1999.

Congratulations, Captain Koontz!
Arlington Arts Council Names Mayor Barb Tolbert the 2019 Art Advocate of Arlington
At the Nov. 4 Arlington City Council meeting, Arlington Arts Council named Mayor Barb Tolbert the 2019 Art Advocate of Arlington.  The award honors Tolbert's support of a new strategy to fund public art in Arlington. 
In March 2019, the City passed an ordinance designating 10 percent of construction sales tax for acquisition and maintenance of public art in the city. 
The ordinance includes a long-term plan and strategy for public art, including distribution in all parts of the city and continued funding, as long as the economy is strong and there is construction going on. T he strategy includes encouraging art in neighborhoods and by private developments.
"This ordinance would not have succeeded without the support of the mayor," said Sarah Lopez, the city's Community Revitalization Project Manager, who is a member of the Arlington Arts Council Board of Directors.
The ordinance evolved out of the 2018 Cultural Congress held in Ellensburg last October.  "At the Cultural Congress, Sarah Arney and I heard about a program in Ellensburg that used a portion of construction sales tax for art projects," Lopez said. "We told Mayor Tolbert about it and she encouraged us to propose an ordinance to council."
The City already had a percent for the arts in place, but that depended on city capital projects, of which there were none in the past 10 years. Instead, most of Arlington's more than 40 public art pieces were purchased by the arts council, with some help from lodging tax grants through the years.
A not-for-profit organization, AAC raised funds at an annual auction for projects with some income from other events, like the annual blues concert, supported by the city's lodging tax grant program.
"It's good to have a long-term strategy for art in place," Tolbert said at the Council workshop meeting on October 28, when council reviewed nine projects to be funded in 2020.
In its first year, the funding mechanism has garnered more than $70,000 for public art. The city made a call for proposals and received 18 proposals from around the community. The finance director, Kristin Garcia suggested spending about $40,000 of the fund this year, reserving the balance for next year and for maintenance of existing art.
The projects, which were approved by council at the Nov. 4 meeting, range from a significant granite sculpture by Verena Schwippert and a metal art bench for Airport Boulevard and an eagle sculpture for an entrance to the Gleneagle Community, to a literary community art project around dragons. Projects also include an artistic wrap for a traffic utility box in Smokey Point, another set of banners for light poles around town, a high school shop class project to create metal banners for the new Arlington Valley Road, and youth-designed art for the half-dome of the city's skate park.
The arts council, which evolved out of a committee to find art projects to honor the city's centennial celebration in 2003, has been honoring art advocates annually for 10 years with the Sarah M. Arney Art Advocate of Arlington award. 
Previous winners include Jean Olson and Terry Marsh for coordinating the community fish art project in 2009, Paul Nyenhuis for providing flute music at AAC events, former Mayor Margaret Larson f or supporting AAC efforts whenever possible, Norma Pappas of Olympic Theater for providing the art of movies for the community, Heather Logan for leading the effort to select art for Cascade Valley Hospital, Glen Zachry of Cuz Concrete for providing cement pads for art installations, George Boulton for his ongoing support of the arts in Arlington, Jeff Nicely for coordinating the annual blues concert, Jim Kelly, Arlington Public Works Director, for including art in public works projects when possible, and, last year, Johnny Green and the volunteers who built the stage in Legion Park. 
AAC will continue working to "bring art to Arlington," said AAC President Sarah Arney.  "We were relieved to take a break from the annual auction this year, but will continue to plan events to support our local artists and provide art opportunities for the community," Arney said. "We are very pleased to have a more reliable source of funds for more public art around town. It shows that the city of Arlington acknowledges the value of our contributions."
Arlington Arts Council Board and Mayor Barb Tolbert
Public Input Needed for Downtown Corridor Sustainability Study
Imagine the Arlington downtown of the future, one that continues to provide opportunities as a civic and economic center - what does this look like for you?

A workshop has been scheduled for next Thursday, November 14, to gather input from the community at large to develop a plan for the future of our treasured downtown.
Community Workshop
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Haller Middle School Commons
600 E. First Street, Arlington

Can't make it to the meeting?
Read more about the plan dev elopment and provide your input on our  website .
We're Hiring
The City of Arlington is hiring for an Accounting Intern and a Public Works Inspector.
The Accounting Intern will assist our Finance Department in performing professional accounting work to provide management and staff with necessary financial information for operation of a division or broad departmental program. Examples of duties include: preparing financial reports, conducting physical asset inventories, gathering data for reports, data entry and analysis and proof reading of reports. Applications for this position will be accepted until November 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The Public Works Inspector is responsible for inspecting public works projects including street improvements, water systems, sewers, storm water improvements, and capital projects to ensure they meet City standards and safety standards. Applications for this position will be accepted until November 18, 2019 at 11:00 p.m.

Please visit our website to view the full job descriptions and apply.
Seeking Entries for the New Lighted Holiday Vehicle Display During Hometown Holidays
Hometown Holidays kicks off on the evening of November 30 downtown. The event committee is looking for people to add a fun attraction to the event by decorating vehicles with Christmas lights for display. Olympic Avenue will be closed for the evening to facilitate strolling in a downtown winter wonderland.

In addition to the lighted city fire truck, we want to have other vehicles in lights on display. Arlington O'Reilly Auto Parts Store will be awarding a prize for the best lit vehicle. Power will be available on site. Click here to apply to enter a vehicle.  For more information, call Sarah Lopez at 360-403-3448.
Seeking Entries for the Santa Parade
Help welcome Santa to Arlington on Saturday, December 7 by participating in the Santa Parade! It is free to enter and food donations for the food bank are welcome.  You may pre-register online or register at the parade line up from 11:15 to noon.  Parade starts promptly at noon on Olympic Avenue.  Gather afterwards at the stage at Legion Park where Lifeway Arlington will award the Best of the Parade.  Entries have included scouts, dancers, dog clubs, classic cars, tractors, holiday floats and of course our Santa in the horse drawn wagon. Help make this the best Santa Parade yet and join the parade!

To enter, go to
Looking for Office Space? Check Out the Options at Stilly Valley Collective!
Did you know Arlington has a coworking space? The Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce opened a coworking space to serve entrepreneurs, remote workers, and small businesses in the community. This project is known as Stilly Valley Collective. StillCo. is currently serving a dozen small businesses in private offices and dedicated desks, and is looking to serve those seeking a flexible, quiet space to focus on their work. Think coffee shop, but quiet and surrounded by like-minded individuals! Organic Italian coffee and pastries are also available on-site, served up by Caffe Italiano.

Memberships range from daily packages to your own private office space. A community conference room and classroom are also available for rent by the hour, with discounts available for Chamber members. Email any questions to To set-up a coworking package click here.
Support the C. Don Filer Insurance Agency Food Drive for the Arlington Community Food Bank
The C. Don Filer Insurance Agency is partnering with the Arlington Community Food Bank as a drop-off location for food donations.  Bring by your donations or pick up a pantry bag to fill and return between now and November 15.

C. Don Filer Insurance is located at 518 N. Olympic Ave in downtown Arlington, and drop off hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Foods in demand this holiday season include:
  • gravy
  • canned fruit cocktail
  • canned yams
  • canned pumpkin
  • baking mix
  • pancake mix
  • syrup
  • condensed milk
  • evaporated milk
  • chicken or turkey stock
  • butter
  • cranberries or cranberry sauce
  • aluminum foil
  • honey
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • flour
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • toiletry items
With your generous support and donations, the Arlington Community Food bank will be able to offer relief and help to end hunger in our neighborhoods.  We hope you will help us make a difference in our community, especially as we approach the holiday season.
A Christmas Wish Toy Drive Now Underway
It's that time of year! A Christmas Wish has kicked off for 2019. This event benefits children in the Arlington and Darrington communities. Several locations throughout the Stillaguamish Valley are collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards from now through December 10, 2019.  Not sure what to buy, but want to participate? There's an Amazon Wish List for that!
To inquire about registering your children for gifts, please call 360-435-4442.
Stillaguamish Senior Center Sandwich Bar, November 19, 4 p.m.

Arlington Garden Club Hosts the Holiday Garden Art & Crafts Show, November 23
Add a personal touch to your gift giving by purchasing from local artists! The Arlington Garden Club is pleased to present the 2019  Holiday Garden Art & Crafts Show, Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gleneagle Golf Course Clubhouse, 7619 E. Country Club Drive, Arlington.  

Legend of the Blues VII, November 23 at Byrnes Performing Arts Center 
Turkey Trot 5K to Benefit Stillaguamish Senior Center, November 28

Enjoy your feasting GUILT FREE this Thanksgiving. Come join us for the annual Turkey Trot 5K in Arlington. The course is a mix of trails, roads, and gravel, which will ensure optimal calorie expenditure. That way you can truly enjoy a massive Thanksgiving dinner without the cumbersome guilt that is often associated with stuffing yourself with stuffing.

There will be pumpkin pie prizes for winners in all age brackets, refreshments following the race, race shirts, Finisher Medals, and music.

Start a new tradition this year. Get the turkey in the oven early, come sweat it out for a 5K, and enjoy your feasting guilt free for the rest of the day. 

Pre-register at or register the day of starting at  8:00 a.m. in the Arlington Grocery Outlet parking lot. There will a Zumba pre race warm up at 8:30 a.m. for the whole family.  Kids age 11 and under with participating adult are invited to run for free. Registration for this running group will be day of race only and there is no shirt for this category of runners.

Race starts at 9:00am.

All proceeds go to the Stillaguamish Senior Center.
Arlington's Hometown Holidays Kickoff and Shop Small Saturday, November 30
Detailed information on Arlington Hometown Holidays is available on the City's website or the Arlington Hometown Holiday Facebook page.