FEBRUARY 10, 1997

 The Edwards Agency

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Free Snohomish visitor guide

   The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau has published the county's first-ever Official Guide to area attractions, services, and facilities. The 48-page four-color booklet features 24 cities and unincorporated towns in Snohomish County and includes listings for lodging, dining and shopping, entertainment and outdoor recreation opportunities, festivals, tours and charters, history, art, and museums. For a free copy of the Official 1997 Guide to Snohomish County, call the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau at 206-348-5802 or contact them via e-mail to guide@snohomish.org.

Food advisor reduction

   Washington State Cooperative Extension in King County is announcing a reduction of its foodline hours. New times for the service are: Monday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. During these hours, the volunteers are available to answer questions on food safety, food preservation, and nutrition. They do not provide recipes. The direct telephone line is 296-3443.

Heart Challenge

   Members from Fit Happens! Fitness Studio invite residents to join them in the Heart Challenge Feb. 13, collecting donations from friends, relatives, and co-workers to support heart disease research. Aerobics instructor Margie Coy and the Cedarcrest High School Cheerleaders are hosting the Feb. 13 event, which will run from 6-7:30 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School. Local businesses are pledging per participant. Call Margie Coy at 788-3923 or 844-9027 or pick up a Heart Challenge brochure at the Fit Happens! Fitness Studio above Charlie's Pizza in Duvall. Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are America's No. 1 killer.

Heart Day at Providence

   The public is invited to come to Heart Day at Providence Seattle Medical Center from 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 13 for a celebration of the Providence Heart Diet anniversary and Heart Month. Dr. Lester Sauvage will autograph his book, The Open Heart, at 5:30 p.m. and speak at 7 p.m. Menu items from the Providence Heart Diet will be served at 6 p.m. in a buffet-style dinner. There will be blood pressure checks and live music. Cost is $5 per person or $8 per couple. Call 554-PROV (7768).

Parent problem-solving group

   This free group is for parents of youth ages 6-18 who have attended the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting course. It will meet for five sessions to reinforce the skills learned in the STEP course, the first Friday of each month from February to June, 9:30-11 a.m., at Cherry Valley Elementary. There is no charge. Contact Joan Zoet, school counselor, at 788-1356 or 788-1555.

CPR class offered

   An adult CPR class will be held on Feb. 13 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Snoqualmie Valley Hospital's Weyerhaeuser Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 831-2395. Cost is $7.

An ounce of prevention

   The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a toll-free line to answer questions from residents and business owners whose properties were damaged during the winter storms, floods, and mudslides that began Dec. 26, and who would like information on how to reduce the impact of future natural disasters. Call 1-800-437-0457 between the hours of hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

MS information

   For information on multiple sclerosis, call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.

Fascinating fact

   The observation tower of the Empire State Building was originally designed as a hitching post for the Graf Zeppelin, a lighter-than-air dirigible.