Predators of the Heart: Families are invited to meet an armadillo, skunk, possum, porcupine, fox, small alligator and snakes, 2 p.m. today at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Predators of the Heart is a wildlife refuge that aims to educate children about the importance of animals. For school-age children. More info: 425-493-8202.
Endurance talk: Hilaree O'Neill, a North Face athlete, will recount her story of skiing in the world's most extreme conditions at 6:30 p.m. today at the Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center, 7400 272nd St. NW. O'Neill is the only woman to climb Mount Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, in a single push. She grew up in north Seattle and learned to ski at Stevens Pass. Tickets are $15, $7 for students. Proceeds benefit Stanwood High School athletes. More info: Karla Jacks at 425-345-5106.
Black History Month lectures: Author Joy DeGruy will speak about the history of slavery in America and its impacts on modern society at two Black History Month lectures Wednesday at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. DeGruy, author of "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," will speak at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Henry M. Jackson Center's Wilderness Auditorium. The lectures are free. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-388-9508.
Pajama Storytime: Kids are invited to come in pajamas for stories, songs, fingerplays and fun at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. A craft may follow. More info: 360-568-2898.
Lego Lab: A free event for tweens, who are invited to create with Legos and Roylco straws, 2-4 p.m. Friday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.
Bears: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers Bruce Richards and Nick Jorg -- along with Karelian bear dogs Mishka, Colter and Savute -- will give a lively presentation called "Bears in Washington State" at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Streamkeeper Academy event will be at the Adopt A Stream Foundation's Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream members, $7 for non-members. Registration required: 425-316-8592.
Free fitness camp: Run 2 Be Fit plans a free self-defense and combat-style workshop at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Everett Boys & Girls Club, 2316 12th St., Everett. Participants are encouraged to bring cash donations for the Boys & Girls Club. More info: www.run2befit.com or 425-610-9311
VFW breakfast: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 plans its next breakfast fundraiser for 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 at the Whitehead-Muzzall Post, 3037 N. Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. Pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast meats and biscuits with gravy. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors (62 and over), $4 for kids younger than 12. A chicken-fried steak breakfast is available for $9. More info: 360-675-4048 or vfwpost7392.org.
Senior center dinner: The Stillaguamish Senior Center plans its monthly chicken dinner for noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. The senior center is at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Cost is $7 for seniors, $8 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. More info: 360-653-4551 or email@example.com.
Brown bag lecture: Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," will speak at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Edmonds Community College's Black Box Theatre, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The event is free.
Teed Off Seniors Golf: The Lynnwood Senior Center sponsors a fun, social golfing group for those age 62 and older. Teed Off meets alternate Thursdays throughout the spring, summer and early fall at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace. An informational meeting and season kick-off are set for 1-2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave. W. Members and nonmembers welcome. More info: 425-670-5050.
Scrabble group: Plays at 12:15 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. More info: 425-334-2878.
Friendship Club: A group of senior citizens meets for lunch the second Thursday of each month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 216 Broadway, Everett. Lunch costs $7. The group also takes monthly bus tours. More info: Edward, 425-493-2588.
Bingo: 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Cost is $2 for three-on. Everybody older than 50 can participate. More info: 425-257-8780, www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors.
Double-deck pinochle: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Scriber Gardens/GenCare, 6024 200th St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: Carla, 425-771-5471.
WAYS TO HELP
Bazaar vendors: Stanwood Community and Senior Center seeks vendors for its bazaar, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 at 7430 276th St. NW. Tables are $15 each. Proceeds support the center's programs and services. To request an application, call 360-629-7403 or visit www.stanwoodseniorcenter.org.
RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people age 55 and older for a variety of volunteer opportunities at schools, food banks and homeless shelters, in the court system and more. More info: John McAlpine at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
Dental care: Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others are invited to help provide dental care on June 7 to patients who have lost their Medicaid dental benefits. The event is slated for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7 at Cedar Family Dentistry in Marysville. More info: Kendra Russell at email@example.com or 360-659-3232.
Operation Lookout: The National Center for Missing Youth in Everett seeks volunteers for 20 hours weekly. The group is looking for social and community service providers experienced with criminal justice or victim backgrounds to assist with case management, data entry, office work and graphic design. Send resume or letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice volunteers: Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett, holds volunteer information sessions the third Wednesday of the month. More info: Joanie, 425-261-4815.
The Binky Patrol: A group of quilters, knitters and crocheters who make "binkies" for children in traumatic situations seeks volunteers and donations of fabric, yarn or thread. Meetings are on the first Sunday of the month in Marysville. More info: 360-659-7198.
Help out at Habitat store: Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County seeks volunteers to help staff the store in four-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The store is at 2302 Broadway, Everett. The store also accepts donations of building materials, household items and furniture by appointment. More info: 425-903-4430 or www.habitatsnohomish.org.
Assist cancer patients: The Cancer Resource Center at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership seeks volunteers to work weekly four-hour shifts meeting with cancer patients and caregivers to provide support. Drivers also are needed to get cancer patients to treatments and appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and get mileage reimbursement. More info: Jerri Wood, 425-322-1114 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Chore Services: This program of Catholic Community Services seeks volunteers to assist with household chores and more, enabling elders and adults with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteers can help the same person each week or be listed for on-call assistance. More info: Cherisse Webb, 425-374-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutor: Everett Community College's Adult Literacy Center seeks volunteers who can tutor adult learners two or more hours per week in reading, writing, basic math and English as a second language. Volunteers must be patient, have good literacy skills and be sensitive to a variety of learning styles and cultural backgrounds. Tutoring times and locations are flexible. Training is free with a six-month commitment. More info: email@example.com, 425-388-9524.
Working Wardrobe assistant: The Working Women's Wardrobe program needs assistants to help low-income women select interview- and work-appropriate clothing, sort clothing, help keep the area clean and change displays. Retail experience is helpful. Weekly two-hour shift at the YWCA, 3301 Broadway, Everett. More info: 425-258-2766.
Soup kitchen volunteers: The Salt of the Earth Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to help prepare, cook, serve and clean up starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The group also is looking for a box truck to pick up food for food banks in Snohomish County. More info: Sandra, 425-355-1042.
Arlington Food Bank: Arlington-area businesses and community groups are needed to hold food drives. Volunteers also are needed. More info: Dori, 360-435-1631.
Hands of Hope Food Bank: Help your neighbors in need by volunteering at the food bank or making a donation. To make a donation, send checks to 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or bring in your food donation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. More info: 425-355-5985.
Marysville Community Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to help sort food (10 a.m.-noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), serve clients groceries (9-11 a.m. Monday and Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday), pick up groceries and other tasks. The food bank is at 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville. More info: 360-658-1054, marysvillefoodbank.org.
VOA needs drivers: The Volunteers of America food banks in Everett and Sultan need volunteer drivers for their senior home delivery and grocery pick-up services on weekdays. Training is provided. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license and pass a background check. The Everett distribution center also needs warehouse volunteers, who must be able to lift 30-plus pounds. More info: Bill Kraut at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-259-3191 (Everett); Jennifer Reasoner at email@example.com or 360-793-2400 (Sultan).
Humane Society: HappyPaws Farm, a no-kill, farmlike shelter in Arlington, has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donations also are accepted, such as gift cards to pet stores, dog heating pads, pet food and more. More info: 360-652-5844, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saveourdogsandcats.org.
Veterans center needs help: Healing Hearts In Hope Veteran Retreat Center seeks volunteers to help clean trails and organize fundraisers, among other things. The nonprofit helps veterans by providing a retreat. It is located at 28902 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls. More info: Teresa, 360-691-6284 or email@example.com.
Amputee support group: Meets next at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 (fourth Thursday) at New Life Church, 6830 Highland Drive in Everett. Support and information for people who have experienced or are facing amputation. Families and friends also invited. More info: Maurine at 425-338-1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betsy at 206-321-2997.
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5 (first Tuesday) on the second floor of Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. Group supports brain-incident survivors and their caregivers. More info: Lou Nash, 425-776-7264 or email@example.com.
Employment Network: 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at the North Creek Presbyterian Church, 621 164th St. SE., Mill Creek. Free help with job searches, resume writing and interviewing. More info: 425-743-2386.
Lymphedema support group: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson's disease support group: Meets next from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 23 (fourth Saturday) at the Rainier Room, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More info: 425-327-9401.
Support group for parents of children with behavioral problems: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger Ave., Everett. Peer-to-peer support for parents struggling with children exhibiting risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol use. Confidential and free. More info: 888-468-2620 or www.cpsn.org.
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20 (third Wednesday) at View Ridge Elementary School, 202 Alder St., Everett.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Several local chapters of this nonprofit weight-loss club meet at different days and times across Snohomish County. Meetings include a private weigh-in, peer support, information and awards for progress. First meeting is free. More info: www.tops.org, or area captain Darlene Wascher at 360-658-1311.
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