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NSD is teaching Zoo-phonics

Northshore School District reading specialists are helping pre-school and kindergarten children learn to read with Zoo-phonics. The district is providing workshops that will teach parents and volunteers how to use Zoo-phonics to make it fun for their children to learn letter sounds, reading, spelling, and writing.

The class will be held on Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Northshore Administrative Center, located at 3330 Monte Villa Parkway in Bothell.

Zoo-phonics is used in thousands of pre-school and kindergarten classrooms, including those in Northshore.

The program fully involves the child’s eyes, ears, mouth, and body and introduces children to pre-reading success in just a few weeks.

The workshop is free to those who identify the Northshore school where they volunteer. $20 per person for others. To register, go to www.nsd.org, click on Community Schools on the left side of the page, click on Registration Now Open and then select Volunteer Training. For more information, call 425-408-7676.

ChiliFest returns in Bothell

The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce will host its Second Annual ChiliFest on Oct. 16 at Evergreen Washelli’s Bothell funeral home.

Eighteen chili chefs from among the Chamber’s membership will boast crock pots of their concoctions. A panel of local judges will select winners in four categories: “Most Original”, the “Green Bean Award” (vegetarian), “Mr. Meaty”, and the “Burnt Spoon Award” (hot!). A “People’s Choice” award will be selected by attendees who pay $1.00 per ballot or bring a can or box of food.

There is no cost for the event, which runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Alka-Seltzer, Rolaids and Beano will be provided.

All money and food donations go to the local HopeLink program. The People’s Choice prize is a necklace with a 14kt gold “chili” produced by Richard Olson at OlsonDesign Jewelers.

Brown Bag Briefing focuses on enrollment

Northshore Superintendent Larry Francois is hosting lunchtime forums called Brown Bag Briefings to discuss changes that are affecting enrollment in Northshore schools.

The next meeting takes place Oct. 15 at noon at the Northshore School District Administrative Center (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell).

Each briefing provides updates about how Northshore schools are working to meet the needs of all students and an in-depth look at one current initiative, including time for questions and answers.

Bothell offers Halloween fun on Main Street

Bothell’s Main Street merchants will open their doors from 5 to 7 p.m. to provide a safe, easy, and candy-filled way to celebrate Halloween. All activities are free unless otherwise noted. Main Street will be closed from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. loween activities will also take place from 4-6 p.m. at Country Village, located at 23718 7th Avenue West in Bothell.

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