Dance to raise funds for new well

The Island Marimba Band and popular DJ Danny Para will perform at a dance party tonight to raise money for a new well to be built in a Third World country.

The music starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Island County Fairgrounds in pursuit of funding for Catholic Relief Services.

Tickets are $10 at the door, a family package is $30 and T-shirts will be on sale for $12.

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Deadline nears for Choochokam tent

The deadline is near for artists to register for Choochokam Arts’ group gallery tent.

Artists have until June 18 to apply. About five to eight community artists will be featured in this gallery-style tent. All work must be original art crafted by the artist applying. Choochokam Arts and the artist will share the sales of the art sold 30 to 70 percent.

For information, e-mail

County to hold hearing in Freeland

Island County commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday on the interim regulations that have been adopted for Freeland.

Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance on May 19 for a one-year timeout on development proposals that could conflict with Freeland’s new growth plan. The move followed weeks of criticism of county government from Freeland residents who were upset about a proposal for a new warehouse storage facility near the Freeland Library.

Commissioner Phil Bakke said the adopted regulations are not set in stone, however.

“What we’re hoping for is to engage in a discussion with the community about how we’ve changed the code and whether people agree with the interpretations that the planning department has put forward,” Bakke said.

Modifications can be made to the interim regulations if that’s what residents want, he said.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.

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