Away to Fairyland: Kids can learn about fairy lore and create a fairy house to take home, 1 p.m. today at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. The spring break craft series also includes "Creature Creation" at 2 p.m. at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More spring crafts at local libraries: www.sno-isle.org.
Fabulous Food: Stories, activities and songs about favorite foods, 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. We'll also act out our own "Soup Opera." For ages 6-11. More programs at local libraries: www.sno-isle.org.
Gulch story: Explore "The Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Story," 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way. This is the first in the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers' monthly lecture series. More info: 425-357-6020.
Quilt show: The Camano Island Quilters Guild presents its "Seams Like Home" quilt show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stanwood Middle School, 9405 271st St. NW. Admission is $5. More info: www.ciquilt.com.
The Raptor Factor: Join the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center and learn all about birds of prey, 2 p.m. Friday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. See hawks, owls and eagles. All ages welcome. More programs at local libraries: www.sno-isle.org.
Pancake breakfast: Flapjacks start flipping at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the first Saturday of every month, at Zion Lutheran Church of Everett, 4634 Alger Ave.
Gardening event: Sunnyside Nursery plans a gardening event, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bring monetary donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank. Ed Hume headlines the event. More info: www.sunnysidenursery.net.
Bumblebees & Butterflies: Learn about nature's pollinators, including plants that will attract them, with master gardener Julie O'Donald at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road. More info: 425-483-0888.
Author talk: Best-selling Irish-Canadian physician and author Patrick Taylor will talk about his "Irish Country" series of books at 2 p.m. Sunday at Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt, Everett. The event is free. More info: 425-257-7640.
DAR open house: The Everett-based Marcus Whitman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to a meet-and-greet open house, 12-4 p.m. Sunday at Fireman Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. Quilt raffle, refreshments and silent auction to benefit educational and patriotic programs. More info: Melinda Bargreen, email@example.com.
WAYS TO HELP
Donate blood: Everett Community College Student Activities Health/Wellness Program and the Puget Sound Blood Center host a blood drive 8:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. April 9-10 in EvCC's Henry M. Jackson Center Wilderness Auditorium on the campus at 2000 Tower St. To make an appointment to donate, call 425-388-9561. Walk-in donors also welcome.
Vaux's swifts project: The Vaux's swifts are migrating north and will soon arrive in Monroe to roost at the Wagner Center chimney. The Monroe Swift Watch committee and the Monroe Swift Night Out committee seek volunteers to monitor the numbers of birds and to help at Monroe Swift Night Out on Sept. 14. A planning meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 9 in the Goddard Room at Valley General Hospital, 14701 179th Ave. SE, Monroe.
Fabric donations: The Clothing and Textile Advisors of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development seeks donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, related books, magazines, yarn and needlework items for its third annual Fabric Sale, to be held June 15. Proceeds from the sale support Camp Stitch-a-Lot and camp scholarships. Donations will be accepted 2-8 p.m. June 14 at the McCollum Park Education building, located behind the WSU Extension office at 600 128th St. SE, Everett. To donate earlier, contact Rita at 425-483-3594 (south Snohomish or north King counties); Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org (central Snohomish County); or Midge at 425-319-3351 (north Snohomish County).
Farm tour: The Spring Jubilee Farm Tour, presented by the Port Susan Food & Farming Center, will be held May 11-12. The self-guided tour includes nurseries and farms in Silvana, Stanwood and on Camano Island. Volunteers are needed. More info: Autumn Falk at 425-530-0594 or Nancy Chase at 360-387-4110.
Sew block quilts: The Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors invites crafters to help sew simple four-patch block quilts for premature infants at Providence hospital, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19 at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, in the Evergreen classroom behind the WSU Extension Office. The pattern and fabric will be provided. Bring a sewing machine, basic sewing tools and your own lunch. More info: Carla Peery at 206-595-9717 or Cpeerysew@aol.com.
Garden for food bank: The Red Barn Community Farm, about half of which is dedicated to raising fresh food for the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank, seeks volunteers to help with the upcoming growing season. Saturday morning work parties start this month. More info: Paulette Jacobson at 425-374-6311 or email@example.com.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a cashier for Monday lunches (cash handling experience required), and a front desk volunteer for Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (people skills and basic computer skills required). The Thrift Shop also needs several volunteers, one to work on linens either Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons or all day Monday (labor intensive; no allergies, not squeamish), someone strong with a good back to move heavy items, and someone to help put merchandise onto shelves. More info: Lisa at 360-387-0222.
Clothes For Kids: Spring cleaning your closets? Clothes For Kids requests gently used children's clothing for spring and summer, including shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits, dresses and flip-flops, among other donations. The nonprofit provides wardrobes for low-income families; spring and summer shopping runs through May 23. More info: www.clothesforkids.org.
Advocates needed: Snohomish County's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers to serve as advocates for vulnerable adults. Volunteers receive four days of initial training, then are asked to volunteer four hours a week, attend in-service meetings and submit an activity report. The 2013 certification training is May 15-16, 22-23. Applications can be printed from www1.co.snohomish.wa.us (type "ombudsman" in the search box). More info: July Andre, 425-388-7393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence gift shop: The nonprofit Providence General Children's Association needs volunteers at the Providence Regional Medical Center Pacific campus gift shop -- located at the Women's and Children's Pavilion, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett -- for four-hour shifts, day or evening, one or more times per month. Gift shop proceeds benefit Northwest children in need. Must complete hospital volunteer forms, TB test, background check and training. More info: PGCA president Julie Dickson, 425-339-1398.
Cascade Valley Hospital: Cascade Valley Hospital, 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington, is recruiting volunteers to work in a variety of positions -- from greeting patients and visitors, to helping out in the Emergency Department. Call 360-618-7850 to register for a volunteer orientation session. Upcoming sessions: 5 p.m. today and 2 p.m. April 17.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com or 360-659-3232.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Volunteers and donations welcome. Send checks to 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or bring in food donations, 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, [URL]www.saveourdogsandcats.org;http://www.saveourdogsandcats.org[URL].
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.
Reading help: A free support group for those who struggle with reading and focusing will be held 1-4 p.m April 6 at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Share frustrations, voice anxieties and receive encouragement. More info: Liz Bertran, 425-231-9705.
Interview technique workshop: Free interview technique workshops for job-seekers will be offered at various Sno-Isle Libraries through March and April. Remaining workshops: 1-3 p.m. April 9 at Monroe Library (1070 Village Way), and 1-3 p.m. April 11 at Lynnwood Library (19200 44th Ave. W.).
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today (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.
Family support group: Meets next from 7:30-9 p.m. April 8 (second Monday) at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE, Marysville. A group for family members of adults living with mental illness to share ideas about coping and becoming better caregivers for their loved ones. More info: Wendy, 206-790-0162.
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, www.mtvpc.org.
MS self-help group, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m.-noon April 13 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. More info: Linda, 425-238-0849.
Ostomy Support Group: The United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter, meets next from 1-3 p.m. April 8 (second Monday) at the United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett. The group's purpose is to help in the rehabilitation of people with ostomies. More info: Cathryn, 425-337-7221.
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 [/URL]www.cpsn.org;http://www.cpsn.org[URL].
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: [/URL]www.tops.org;http://www.tops.org[URL], or area captain Darlene Wascher at 360-658-1311.
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, [/URL]www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors;http://www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors[URL].
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.[/URL]
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