Brown bag lecture: Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," will speak at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Edmonds Community College's Black Box Theatre, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The event is free.
College Test Prep: Parents and students are invited to a free workshop on "Test Stress: a Real Guide to College Test Prep" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Families will leave with a skill summary sheet and a packet with valuable college prep tips and resources. More info: 425-493-8202.
Stand Up to Cancer: Northwest comedians present a night of laughs with all proceeds donated to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. Tickets are $8 or $12 at the door. More info: www.standupagainstcancer.brownpapertickets.com.
GlobalFest SnoCo: This free community event, 4-6 p.m. Friday, aims to engage and inspire. Learn how people in Snohomish County are making an international difference in global health and development. Held at the Jackson Conference Center at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. Keynote speech is from Hayden Bixby, of Cura Orphanage in Kenya. More info: www.everettcc.edu.
www.everettcc.edu The Sons of Norway plans a pancake breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Edmonds Masonic Center, 515 Dayton St. Norwegian pancakes with strawberries and syrup, ham and beverages for $7, kids under 5 free. Live guitar and accordion music. Craft and bake sale tables. And free folk dancing lessons for kids starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit a variety of Sons of Norway charitable efforts. More info: http://XRL.us/EdmondsSons.
Plant sale: The Snohomish Conservation District's annual plant sale runs 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe. Native trees, shrubs, ground cover, erosion control plants, flowering perennials and plants for hummingbird gardens, rain gardens and backyard habitat -- and more. More info: http://snohomishcd.org.
Dr. Seuss Community Read: Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with books, games, crafts and Dr. Seuss-inspired treats, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mayor Joe Marine and other special guests will read aloud. Costumes encouraged. For ages preschool to 11. More info: 425-493-8202.
Coin Show and Sale: The Stanwood Coin Club hosts this event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Stanwood Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW. Buy, sell, trade and share knowledge about the numismatic hobby. Free appraisals, raffles and more. Admission is free; donations accepted for the Stanwood Food Bank and Stanwood Library. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum mysteries: "Hidden Treasures in Washington's Museums" will be discussed at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Museums only display about 10 percent of their holdings. Learn the surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view. Registration required: www.sno-isle.org, or 425-493-8202.
Turtle Time: Interact with live turtles and tortoises, and learn about their habitats, with Thayer "Frog Lady" Cueter from the Just Frogs Toads Too Foundation, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
WAYS TO HELP
Volunteers needed at Port Susan Bay: Spend a couple of hours each week volunteering at The Nature Conservancy's Port Susan Bay Preserve near Stanwood. Volunteers are especially needed on weekends to help monitor visitation during busy times. Help familiarize visitors with preserve rules; check if they have permission to visit; report any management concerns to Conservancy staff. Must provide own transportation, be able to work on weekends, have friendly "customer service" skills and be able to handle occasional tense situations diplomatically. More info: Barbara French at email@example.com or 206-436-6236.
Volunteer for DVS: Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County presents a five-week, 20-hour community education and volunteer training class, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, April 1-29, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. Classes are free to volunteers who commit 10 hours of volunteer time within a 6-month period. Light snacks and breaks provided. More info: Sharon Lee at 425-259-2827 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
Dental care: Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others are invited to help provide dental care to patients who have lost their Medicaid dental benefits. The one-day event is slated for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7 at Cedar Family Dentistry in Marysville. More info: Kendra Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. Wednesday 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.
Bazaar vendors wanted: Snohomish Senior Center seeks vendors for its Spring Fling to be held April 13 at the center, 506 Fourth St. SW. Tables and space cost is $30. To request an application, call the Senior Center at 360-568-0934 or Carol at 360-568-4351.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-9524.
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 email@example.com or 425-259-3191 (Everett); Jennifer Reasoner at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, http://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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior resource fair: The Camano Center plans a 55+ Resource Fair, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Admission and lunch are free. The fair features local organizations and businesses that cater to the health, transportation, wellness and fiscal needs of local seniors. More info: http://www.camanocenter.org.
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. 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, http://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.
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 email@example.com, or Betsy at 206-321-2997.
Head injury support group: Meets 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Grief support group: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE in Marysville. This group uses the GriefShare curriculum. More info: 360-659-7777, http://www.mtvpc.org.
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 http://www.cpsn.org.
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: http://www.tops.org, or area captain Darlene Wascher at 360-658-1311.
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