Starting Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo's new Sumatran tiger twins will be on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the feline house, now called the Adaptations Building...

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Starting Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo’s new Sumatran tiger twins will be on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the feline house, now called the Adaptations Building.

The still-unnamed male cubs are the second litter for 12-year-old mother JoJo and 11-year-old dad Rakata (pronounced RAH-ka-ta).

Tiger fans also can visit the zoo’s Web site — — for images, video and cub updates.


Seattle City Councilman Jim Compton will host a public forum and panel discussion on the survival of salmon runs in city waterways, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.

Signs of the season

After years of making their Wallingford home a neighborhood focal point with elaborate outdoor displays of holiday lights, Fred and Sharon Ehrig set out a box last year for public donations to the Medic One Foundation.

The box is out again this year. Until the new year, the lights will be on daily at the Ehrig home, at 3916 Woodlawn Ave. N., from about 5 to 11 p.m. The donation box is at the end of the driveway. And Santa is there too, from 5 to 9 p.m. Donations will help support Medic One’s emergency-medical services in King and Snohomish counties.

Holiday helpers

As Snohomish County’s Community Transit opens its new Lake Stevens Transit Center today, the Marine Corps will be there with its “stuff a bus” Toys for Tots drive to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys for needy youngsters.

Marines will collect toys from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and from 5 to 7 a.m. tomorrow.

The grand-opening ceremony for the $4.5 million transit center, the first of its kind in eastern Snohomish County, will be at 10 a.m. today. Bus service between the center and downtown Seattle begins tomorrow.

The center is at 9414 Fourth St. S.E., just east of Highway 9, outside Lake Stevens.

Can you help?

Federal Way’s City Council is soliciting applications from city residents for vacant positions on the city’s Human Services Commission. The nine-member commission meets at least monthly; the open positions are on a volunteer basis and for three-year terms. Applications are available at City Hall. The deadline for returning them is Jan. 14. Information: 253-835-2540.

Travelers’ alert

The North Cascades Highway is officially closed for the season. Because of several recent avalanches, the state Department of Transportation decided yesterday to close it from seven miles east of Diablo Dam in Skagit County to nine miles west of Mazama in Okanogan County.

As an alternative route, motorists may take Highway 2 across Stevens Pass.

Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson. To submit an item, e-mail or call 206-464-2226.