21 Acres is celebrating five years as an educational center in the Sammamish Valley and the organization is dedicating a year of activities to say “thank you” and show their gratitude to the community.
When reflecting upon the past five years, what do 21 Acres personnel deem the most integral part of their organization? It’s the volunteers sharing their time, talents and laughter that have been the key to their success.
There is going to be a special Swamp Lantern Festival at the Adopt A Stream Center’s Northwest Stream Center Sunday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park (600 – 128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208 – http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Contact_and_directions.html. Advance reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592; $7 non-members, $5 members, children under 5 free (must be accompanied by an adult); sorry – no dogs allowed.
Unlike many outdoor venues, the Northwest Stream Center will limit the number of Swamp Lantern Festival goers to no more than 30 per half-hour ensuring a delightful and un-crowded outdoor experience. You will enjoy a 1/2-mile stroll past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit (http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Trout_Exhibit.html) through a salmon stream riparian zone onto an Elevated Nature Walk (http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Elevated_Nature_Trail.html ). This universally accessible route winds through duck ponds and cedar groves, past a salmon stream, and through four varieties of wetlands. Rest stops are located at strategic viewpoints.
Along the way, beautiful interpretive signs describes the “forest web” and, deep into the wetlands, the Elevated Nature Walk goes above a very large area of the first Northwest native spring flowers – Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus). Surrounding each flower, called a spadix, is a very vibrant yellow sheath called a spathe that earned this beautiful plant the nickname “Swamp Lantern.”
“We are in the process of training Docent Naturalists (http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Docent_Naturalist_Wanted.html ) to lead tours at the Northwest Stream Center, working on our Nature Store and an on-line reservation system, producing donor recognition plaques, and several other details,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch. “However, the beautiful ‘Swamp Lanterns’ must be enjoyed now!”
While April 2 is a special one-day public opening, several other opening dates will be announced. Once fully operational, plans call for the Northwest Stream Center to be open 6-days-a-week. More information can be found at www.streamkeeper.org or by calling 425-316-8592.
On Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m., the Adopt A Stream Foundation and Snohomish County Parks are presenting Killer Whale Tales at the Northwest Stream Center in Mc Collum Park, 600-128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208. Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592 ($5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members).
In addition to seeing a fabulous killer whale event, reservation holders will be able to enjoy seeing a Trout Stream Exhibit and spring flowers next to a 1/2 mile long Elevated Nature Trail. The Gate House will open one hour in advance for early arrivals.
MONROE – Skykomish Valley Indian Education families invite the community to join them for an evening of Native Culture and Silent Auction, at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 17001 Tester Road, on Saturday, March 25th. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. to browse the silent auction. Music and storytelling begins at 7 p.m. for this free, family friendly event with refreshments provided.
The evening will include a special presentation by virtuoso violinist, Swil Kanim. A member of the Lummi Tribe, Swil Kanim is a classically trained violinist, Native storyteller and actor. His classically influenced music and stories have been transforming people’s lives for decades.
Also, performing will be JP Falcon Grady. A member of the Blackfeet Nation, he is a gifted acoustic guitarist/singer/songwriter. JP Falcon plays many music genres (originals and covers) with expert skill. As a professional musician for over twenty years, he has performed all over the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Hawaii and Canada. The silent auction, hosted by the group’s nonprofit parent organization, will feature Native art, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, gift baskets and more. A dessert dash and other fun events are also planned.
Skykomish Valley Indian Education is a grant-funded program serving Native American/Alaska Native students, preschool through high school, in the Monroe, Snohomish and Sultan school districts.
Through the program’s parent organization, proceeds benefit merit awards as well as cultural and educational activities for Native students and the entire community. For more information about the program and this event, contact Mars Miller at 360-804-3353.