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Eat: Breakfast benefits Sandy victims
Ebenezer Lutheran Church's next Norwegian pancake breakfast, to be held Saturday, will benefit relief efforts on the East Coast for those affected by superstorm Sandy.
The thin, rolled pancakes will be dished up with strawberries, syrup and a side of sliced ham, along with standard breakfast beverages for $5. Children under age 4 eat free.
The church is at 2111 117th Ave. NE in Lake Stevens. Proceeds will be directed to relief efforts of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Drive: Help get cancer patients to appointments
The Cancer Resource Center at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership needs volunteers who can drive cancer patients to treatments and appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and get mileage reimbursement.
"We need them desperately here in the Everett, Marysville and Arlington area," said Jerri Wood, quality of life manager for the American Cancer Society's Great West Division in Everett.
More info: 425-322-1114 or jerri.wood@cancer.org.
Donate: Church gathers clothes for kids
Bethesda Lutheran Church, 23406 56th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace, plans a clothing drive for Clothes For Kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Donations of new and very gently used clothing appropriate for kindergarten- through high school-age children will be collected. Other items needed are new socks, underwear, shoes and outerwear for the same age group.
Apply: Help control noxious weeds
The Island County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for two open positions on the Noxious Weed Control Board.
Volunteer members serve four-year terms and help make decisions about weed control efforts. The current openings are for District 3, which encompasses the area from Race Road south of Coupeville to the eastern city limits of Freeland, and District 4, which encompasses the area from the eastern city limits of Freeland to the south end of Whidbey Island.
Applications must include signatures from 10 registered voters living in the district who support the candidate. To apply, contact Janet Stein at 360-678-7992 or janet.stein@wsu.edu. Deadline is 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30.
Wrap: Local churches gather gifts for kids
Several local churches are serving as drop-off locations this week for Operation Christmas Child, which collects shoe boxes filled with small gifts for needy children around the world. Donors pack a standard-size shoe box for a boy or girl with small gifts, such as toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing and more. Guidelines and labels are at www.samaritanspurse.org. Local drop-off sites:
Amen Christian Bookstore, 318 State Ave., Marysville;
Calvary Chapel Lake Stevens, 9428 Fourth St. SE;
Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. SW;
Atonement Free Lutheran Church, 6905 172nd St. NE, Arlington;
New Hope Fellowship, 1012 W. Main St., Monroe.
Race: Food drive
Traxx Indoor Raceway in Mukilteo is again holding its "Race Against Hunger" Food Drive. The go-kart venue, at 4329 Chennault Beach Road in Mukilteo, will collect donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank through Dec. 24. Last year the business received more than 350 pounds of food and this year hopes to collect 500 pounds. Customers bringing in at least three non-perishable items will receive a 20 percent discount on races that day.
Items currently needed by the Mukilteo Food Bank include:
Diapers and wipes, baby food and formula;
Cooking oil;
Canned fruits and vegetables;
Non-perishable soups, stews and protein items, such as tuna, corned beef hash, chili;
Crunchy peanut butter;
Soy and rice milk;
Vegetarian items, such as tofu and canned beans;
Pasta and rice.
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