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Volunteer: Help clean Sultan street
Volunteers are needed for the Main Street cleanup project to be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in Sultan.
Meet at the Sultan River Park gazebo. If possible, bring gas-powered weed eaters and edgers, gardening tools, gloves, flat-head shovels, hoes, wheelbarrows and 5-gallon plastic buckets.
More info: Donna Murphy at 360-793-1811 or
Admire: Model trains in Edmonds
May 11 is National Train Day, and the Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association in Edmonds plans an open house to celebrate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The association has been at the Edmonds Amtrak Station, 210 Railroad Ave., since 1977. It features more than 400 feet of model track with trains and scenery in the former baggage room. Small children will need to be held up to see the set-up, which is 3 feet above the floor.
Admission is free.
More info: 425-257-9343.
Grease: Help prep bikes for kids
Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, 2525 Broadway in Everett, plans a series of work parties to prepare donated bikes for the 11th annual Kids Bike Swap, to be held June 9.
Ÿ 6-9 p.m. Wednesday
Ÿ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11
Ÿ 6-9 p.m. May 15
Ÿ 6-9 p.m. May 28
Ÿ 6-9 p.m. June 5
Ÿ 6-9 p.m. June 6
Drop in for any or all events. "These work parties are a great way to take your skills from zero to beginner, or beginner to 'I got this,' or just moisturize your hands with some nice white grease," Coordinator Tony Simonelli said.
More info: 425-252-6952,
Learn: Horse show benefits nonprofit
The Key Classic Horse Show, to be held May 9-12 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, will benefit the Equest Special Riders, a Roy-based nonprofit that provides therapeutic-recreational horseback and pony riding and instruction for those with disabilities.
Admission is free.
The show features American Saddlebred and Morgan breeds from members of the Northwest Saddlebred Association and Morgan Horse Club of Washington State.
Guests can visit stables to meet riders and horses. Mothers also can enjoy free muffins and Starbucks coffee from 8-10 a.m. Mother's Day.
Mentor: Support at-risk kids
Volunteers of America Western Washington recently received a grant from the Discuren Foundation to expand its Mentoring Children of Promise program. The nonprofit now seeks more mentors to work one-on-one with at-risk children who have an incarcerated parent or who are in foster care.
Mentors provide support, encouragement and guidance by spending time in activities both enjoy. The initial match is for one year, although many relationships become long-term.
Men are especially needed to match with boys on the waiting list. Among the kids currently waiting to be matched are a 9-year-old Snohomish boy who enjoys inner tubing and looking for turtles; a 15-year-old in Snohomish who enjoys sports, especially fishing, and classic rock; and an 8-year-old in Lynnwood who enjoys roller skating, sports, and hiking and fishing.
More info: Sunna Kraushaar at 425-259-2973 ext. 2486, or
Donate: Team swims for upgrades
The WEST Coast Aquatics swim team will hold a Swim-A-Thon on May 4. Swimmers ages 7-17 will swim for two hours or up to 200 lengths of their pool in Mill Creek to raise money for the team.
The goal is $50,000, which will allow WEST to cover facility maintenance costs and remodel the locker rooms. Donations will be accepted through June.
Swim-A-Thon is a national program, and 5 percent of the money raised locally goes to support national swimming programs through the USA Swimming Foundation. Donations can be made at
Serve: Open seats
The Island County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants to fill three seats on the Water Resources Advisory Committee, representing south/central Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor and Camano Island. Deadline to apply is May 13.
More info: Pam Dill at or 360-679-7353.
The city of Marysville seeks applicants to fill two seats on the Salary Commission. Candidates must live in city limits. Deadline to apply is May 17.
More info: April O'Brien at 360-363-8077 or

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