Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County
Northwest Exposure: You can now enter the 2018 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest. The outdoor photography competition is for hikers who explore Washington’s trails. There are five categories: trailscapes, hikers in action, trail family, flora and fauna, and Instagram. Deadline is Oct. 19. Instagram is a new category this year. Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos in each category, while a grand prize will go to the best overall photo. More at www.wta.org.
Puget Sound Bird Fest: The Puget Sound Bird Fest continues today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. Activities include guided walks, a birding cruise and a digiscoping workshop. Free. More at www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com.
Bird watching: The Pilchuck Audubon Society is bird watching Sept. 18 on Camano Island. Meet at Quil Ceda Village Walmart parking lot, 8924 Quil Ceda Blvd., Marysville. Park away from the store, to the east, near Quil Ceda Boulevard. Trip leader Virginia Clark will take the group to Triangle Cove, Eide Road, English Boom and Iverson Spit. Call 360-435-3750 or go to www.pilchuckaudubon.org.
Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington State Parks without an entrance fee is Sept. 22 on National Public lands Day. Others free days are Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 23 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Friendship Walk and 5K Run: The 11th annual Friendship Walk and 5K Run is at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at Legion Memorial Park, 114 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. This year’s theme is “Super hero.” The family-friendly event is open to walkers and runners of all levels. There will be live music, a food truck and a car wash. Prizes are awarded to the top finishers. Children 11 and younger race for free. Register for $20. More at www.runsignup.com.
Snohomish Tweed Ride: Fancy a cycle along the Centennial Trail while sporting your finest? No modern garb allowed. Meet on Sept. 22 at the Snohomish Carnegie Library, 105 Cedar Ave. Stop at Machias Trailhead Park, 1626 Virginia St., for a picnic (bring your own), tea and sweets (provided), croquet, badminton, music, photo ops. Check in at 10 a.m.; ride off together at 11 a.m. Prizes go to the most dapper and dandily dressed ladies and gents on bicycles. Tickets are $15-$22. More at www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.
We Are Everett 5K and Concert: Mary Lambert of “Same Love” fame (and an Everett native) is headlining this Everett Music Initiative event Sept. 29. The run is 4 p.m. at Washington State University-Everett, 915 N. Broadway, and the concert is 6 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway, Everett. Tickets start at $40. More at www.weareeverett.org.
Fix a flat: “Hands-On Bike Maintenance” is at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood. Bike specialists will share tips and tricks for fixing flat tires and changing bike tubes. Bring your own wheel, tire and tube to work on during the class. Cost is $40 for non-members, $20 for members. Must be at least 13. Space is limited. More at www.rei.com.
Whales of Puget Sound: Learn about the various types of whales that live and travel through local waters at “Whales of Puget Sound” at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Island County Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Free. Cindy Hansen of the Orca Network also will share why Southern Resident orcas are in trouble and what people can do to improve the population’s health. Call 360-387-2236 or visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Garage sale: Buy slightly used or returned gear and clothing for cheap at a members-only garage sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood. Items are sold as is and all sales are final. Registration is not required. More at www.rei.com.
Become an outdoors youth leader: Sign up to become a youth group leader for the Washington Trails Association. Attend a leader training at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Gear Lending Library, 847 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle. Learn how to borrow outdoors gear from WTA’s lending library. Prospective youth group leaders also must attend a hiking or camping workshop and apply for a grant to cover trip costs. More at www.wta.org.