Author visit: Amazon bestselling author Susan Wingate will speak about her books and the craft of writing at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at meetings of the Junior Monroe Wednesday Writers and Monroe Wednesday Writers at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. More info: 360-794-7851.
STEM Expo: Monroe School District students display what they know about science, technology, engineering and math at a STEM Learning Expo, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Monroe High School, 17001 Tester Road. The event is free. See demos of robotics, culinary arts, cellular biotechnology, horticulture and more.
Landslide seminar: "Puget Sound Bluff Landslides: Why Do They Keep Happening?" is the topic of a free public seminar, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Geologist Tim Walsh of the Department of Natural Resources will speak. Sponsored by WSU Extension Snohomish County Beach Watchers and the city of Mukilteo. More info: 425-357-6020.
Raven research: John and Colleen Marzluff, authors of "Dog Days and Raven Nights," will share their early experiences at a seminar, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Reservations: 425-316-8592.
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.
Women's Expo: This free public event is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. More than 70 vendors, martini bar, raffles, fashion show, crafts and demonstrations. More info: 360-387-0222.
Plant sale: The Alderwood Garden Club spring plant sale is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Church, 18527 60th Ave W. in Lynnwood. Perennials, bulbs, herbs, annuals, specialty plants, veggie starts, garden art, pots and more. Proceeds benefit the Edmonds Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund. More info: 425-743-1430.
Gardening workshop: The Arlington Garden Club holds a free roundtable discussions for new vegetable gardeners, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the city of Arlington's Stillaguamish Room of the Utility Department Building on Haller Street, adjacent to Haller Park. Members of the Arlington Garden Club will answer questions.
Art show: Arlington High School holds its annual Art Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Student-created art and glass will be available to view and purchase. There also will be live music and food.
Boat parade: The Mukilteo Yacht Club's celebration of Opening Day of Boating on Saturday feature a decorated boat parade starting at noon, which can be viewed from many shoreside locations between the Port of Everett and Mukilteo Lighthouse. Area boaters are welcome to participate in all activities. More info: www.mukilteoyachtclub.com or 425-218-3359.
Artcycle: Create art from a mystery bag of recycled materials, anytime from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. Free family event. More info: 360-568-2898 ext. 4040.
Bingo: The public is invited to play bingo Saturday at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. Doors open at 5 p.m. with early bird at 6:15 p.m. and regular sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. Regular games, blackouts, powerball. Food available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Senior Center. More info: 360-568-0934.
Benefit dance: Reflections School of Dance and Youth Unlimited sponsor a benefit dance performance, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PUD Auditorium, 2320 California St. in Everett. Admission is a suggested $15 donation. Donations will benefit a Ugandan dance program, clean-water projects in Ethiopia, local dance scholarships and a local dance outreach program. More info: 425-338-9056.
Craft fair: The nonprofit Lake Connor Park, a private camping club, hosts its spring craft fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited. The club is at 14320 28th St. NE, Lake Stevens. More info: 425-334-5055.
Holocaust forum: Leo Hymas discusses his personal journey from his peaceful existence as a Utah farm boy to his role as U.S. soldier in the battlefields of Europe and as a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp, 12:20-1:20 p.m. May 8 in the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center room 101 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. More info: www.everettcc.edu/humanitiescenter.
WAYS TO HELP
Donate plants: The Monroe Garden Club weeks donations for its annual plant sale, set for May 11 at the East County Senior Center in Monroe. Drop off plants between 12-5 p.m. May 10 at the Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway. For pick-up service, call sale co-chairs Barbara Corvey at 360-794-4304 or Renné Duke at 360-794-5398. The sale provides a scholarship which is awarded to a Monroe High School senior going into the horticultural field, and also funds several community beautification projects.
Lake monitors: Snohomish County Surface Water Management seeks volunteers to collect water quality samples and record data this summer for Armstrong, Bryant, Goodwin, Lost (Devils), Meadow, Shoecraft and Wagner lakes. Training and basic equipment provided. Role involves a few hours each month from May to October. More info: Jennifer Oden, 425-388-3464, or www.lakes.surfacewater.info.
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. More info: Paulette Jacobson at 425-374-6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a few volunteers. Needed are two front desk volunteers to work 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays (people skills and basic computer skills required). The Second Chance Thrift Shop also needs several volunteers: one to work on linens 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday or 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday or all day Monday (labor intensive, no allergies, not squeamish); someone strong with a good back to move heavy items on Tuesdays; someone to help shelve merchandise; and someone to work testing, repairing and pricing male-oriented items on Mondays and Fridays. 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.
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 email@example.com (central Snohomish County); or Midge at 425-319-3351 (north Snohomish County).
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.
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.
Fourth sponsors: The city of Mountlake Terrace seeks sponsors at varying levels for its Independence Day Celebration, July 4 at the Evergreen Playfield. Sponsors are recognized in event materials and with plaques. More info: 425-776-9173 or www.cityofmlt.com under "news."
Dog vendors: Scrub-A-Mutt, which raises money for local dog charities, plans its sixth annual fundraising Dog Wash on Aug. 17 in Marysville. The group seeks doggy-related vendors. Spaces are $50, $25 for nonprofits. More info: www.scrub-a-mutt.org.
Pet vendors: The Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG) plans its seventh annual Marysville Poochapalooza on July 13. The group seeks pet-related vendors and food vendors for the large outdoor event. More info: poochapalooza.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.
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.
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.
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.
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7 (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, www.mtvpc.org.
MS self-help group, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m.-noon May 11 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. More info: Linda, 425-238-0849.
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: www.tops.org, or area captain Darlene Wascher at 360-658-1311.
Widowed support group: Meets weekly in Marysville, both men and women. More info: 360-659-7861.
Walking program: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, kicks off a six-week walking program, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Learn to set goals, walk correctly and use a step-counter, followed by a 30-minute walk. Find a walking buddy or group. Then come back each week for a similar experience. Program concludes with a celebration. All walkers welcome. Register: 360-653-4551.
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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