Sky Festival: The outdoors festival in Index continues through Sunday. Clinics and competitions in outdoors sports and activities, lectures, a chili cook-off, evening entertainment and much more. More info: www.skyfest.org.
Saturday Stories: Families with children who have special needs are invited to a special story time, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. The monthly gathering includes stories, music and activities designed for developmental ages 3-6, although all children are welcome with an adult. The side door will be open at 8:50 a.m. for participating families. More info: Mechelle at 360-568-2898.
Trolley tours: Lynnwood presents its first summer open house at Heritage Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The park is at 19921 Poplar Way. Experience life in early Alderwood Manor with tours of historic buildings and Interurban Car No. 55. The new Wickers Museum offers a glimpse into the life of the family that once lived above the old store in the 1930s. More info: 425-670-5502, www.PlayLynnwood.com.
Camp Killoqua open house: Families can learn more about summer activities at Camp Fire Snohomish County's Camp Killoqua, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Tour the 185-acre camp that includes forests, trails, game fields, waterfront, cabins, tents and more. Located 20 miles northwest of Everett. More info: 425-258-5437 or www.CampKilloqua.org.
Wildlife Wednesday: Snohomish County Parks and Recreation and Adopt A Stream Foundation will host a showing of "Over the Hedge," 7 p.m. July 10 at the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Free. Space is limited. Reservations required: 425-316-8592. More info: www.streamkeeper.org.
Trolls: Children ages 5-12 and their parents are invited to sneak into a troll's cave, hear trickster tales and build a pinecone troll at this mischievous event, 2 p.m. July 11 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: www.sno-isle.org.
Cannonball contest: See the best in cannonballs and belly flops at this annual contest put on by Edmonds Parks and Recreation, 6 p.m. July 12 at Yost Pool, 9535 Bowdoin Way. The cost to participate is $5. Age groups start at 5 years old. Proceeds benefit the Edmonds Youth Scholarship Fund. More info: 425-771-0230.
Arlington Street Fair: Hundreds of handmade, specialty items and local businesses are just a part of this annual event set for July 12-14. The Arlington Idol contest is held July 12. Live music July 13. A shuttle for the Arlington Airshow is free of charge. More info: arlingtonwa.org or 425-508-0435.
Poochapalooza: Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG) invites dog lovers and their canines to the seventh annual outdoor festival to be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13 at Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE in Marysville. Fashion show, flying disc tournament, flyball exhibitions, contests and more. Suggested donation is $5 and includes a "wag bag" for the first 400 visitors. All proceeds benefit the off-leash park. More info: Leslie Buell at 360-651-0633 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or poochapalooza.org.
Relay for Life sale: Grandview Village, 5800 64th St. NE in Marysville, hosts a parking lot sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13 and 14, to benefit Relay for Life. Household items, furniture, clothes, toys and more. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
WAYS TO HELP
Hands of Hope Food Bank: The food bank is now a Volunteers of America Food Bank at a new location, 9021 Evergreen Way, Everett. Volunteers and donations welcome. Send checks to P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206. Food donation and client hours are 2-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. More info: Leann Geiger, senior director of Basic Services, at 425-259-3191.
Motorcycle run: Quest to the Castle is a fundraising motorcycle run set for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13 with check-in points at local businesses in Island, Snohomish and Skagit counties. A night of music, food and fun caps the event at The Castle in Sedro Woolley for riders and the general public age 21 and older. The run is a benefit for Stanwood-based New Day World, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to children and youth to participate in programs that encourage self-expression and build confidence. Cost is $10 per rider. More info: www.newdaychildrensfoundation.org.
Textile recycling: Donate reusable clothing, linens, towels, shoes and other household textiles to a collection bin at the Habitat Store, 2302 Broadway, Everett. Donations benefit the Northwest Center. More info: www.nwcenter.org.
Farmers market volunteers: The Port Susan Farmers Market will be held 3-7 p.m. Fridays, starting today and running through Oct. 18. Volunteers are needed for set-up, tear-down and more. More info: www.portsusan.org, or Leslie Collings at 360-202-3932.
Berry sale: The Snohomish Rotary Club is taking orders for raspberries and blueberries for a fundraiser to benefit its service projects, including scholarships and other youth activities. The berries will come from Mike and Jean's Berry Farm in Mount Vernon. A 14-pound bucket of raspberries is $40; pick-up July 18. Half and full-size flats also available. Blueberries are in a 10-pound box; pick-up July 25. Pick-up locations are Everett, Mill Creek, Monroe and Snohomish. More info or to order: www.snohomishrotary.org, or Jim Church at 360-568-1693.
Ironman help: Lake Stevens hosts Ironman 70.3 on July 21 and is in need of volunteers. Click on the "Volunteer" tab at www.ironmanlakestevens.com for a registration form. More info: Karen Morea at email@example.com.
Food drive: During the month of July, Everett Grocery Outlet will collect food and cash to support the Salt of the Earth Food Bank. Summer often sees a lag in donations to food banks. More info: www.groceryoutlet.com/everett-wa.
Dog vendors: Scrub-A-Mutt plans its sixth annual dog wash to benefit local rescue centers, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE, next to the Marysville Off Leash Dog Park. Vendors and organizations that sell to or support dogs are sought. Booth spaces (10-by-10) are $50 for businesses and $25 for nonprofit and rescue groups. More info: www.scrub-a-mutt.org.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a few volunteers. The center needs a front desk volunteer for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; volunteers to transport seniors to medical appointments; a volunteer to check in clients for most Wednesday foot clinics; substitute drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors; and volunteers for various duties at upcoming special events. The Second Chance Thrift Shop also needs several volunteers, including help with displaying items, tidying displayed items and for Friday and Saturday shifts. More info: 360-387-0222.
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.
Donate cellphones: Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County recycles cellphones, iPads and iPhones. Donate at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett. For other sites or more information, visit www.dvs-snoco.org or call 425-259-2827, ext. 13.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
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.
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.
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.
Humane Society: HappyPaws Farm, a no-kill, farm-like 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.
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. July 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.
Lymphedema support group: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. July 18 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. July 19 (third Friday) in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Meets next at 7 p.m. July 15 (third Monday) at the Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave. This is the Everett chapter of the national support group. More info: www.pflag.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 www.cpsn.org.
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. July 17 (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.
Widowed support group: Meets weekly in Marysville, both men and women. More info: 360-659-7861.
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, www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors.
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