Lego Lab: Kids are invited to create with Legos and Roylco Straws, 2-4 p.m. today at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Old Time Fiddlers: A workshop for beginning fiddlers, mandolinists, and guitarists runs 6-6:30 p.m. today at Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave NE, Arlington. Circle jam follows at 7:30 p.m. Celtic jam is at 5:30 p.m. Coffee tea, juice and snacks. Free family entertainment; listeners and acoustic musicians of all ages and their instruments are welcome. More info: Noel Lareau at 360-631-6735 or Noelula@aol.com.
Firefighter Combat Challenge: Watch firefighters in action this weekend. A kids course mimics the competition. The events begin about 2 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday at 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett. There will be antique and modern fire vehicles on display, bouncy houses, and a trailer with a fake smoke machine where people and kids can practice escaping from a fire. More info: everett firefighters.org.
Mini-Con: Teens interested in comics and manga, including those who would like to show off their art and costumes, are invited to Granite's Mini-Con, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Granite Falls Library, 815 E. Galena St. Funded by the Friends of the Granite Falls Library. Space is limited. Registration is required at www.sno-isle.org. More info: 360-691-6087.
Ice cream fest: Snoqualmie Ice Cream, 21106 86th Ave. SE in Snohomish, holds Ice Cream-O-Rama, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, with free admission, $1 bites, music by Caspar Babypants and William Tell & His Southern Bell, animals and much more. More info: 360-668-8535.
Skateboard show: Mill Creek Parks and Recreation hosts Board Bash 6, a free skateboard competition, 12-3 p.m. Saturday at the Mill Creek Skate Park, 13903 North Creek Drive. More info: www.cityofmillcreek.com.
Dementia film: The Stillaguamish Senior Center hosts a free film presentation, "The Senior Gems," featuring Teepa Snow, 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The Stillaguamish Senior Center is located at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. More info: Debra at 360-653-4551 ext. 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Astronomy for Everyone: Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, gives a 90-minute presentation about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals, 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W. More info: 425-778-2148.
Medicare Q-and-A: Jen Rosenbrook of Senior Services State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors coordinator, will hold a free information session Aug. 30 in Lynnwood to discuss planned changes to Medicare coming in 2014. The information session is set for 1-2:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave. W. Registration is required. Call 425-670-5050.
Table tennis: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, 12:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Five tables with paddles and balls provided. Cost is $1 per session. For ages 50 and older. More info: 425-257-8780.
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: 425-257-8780.
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.
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.
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.
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 (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 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.
Parkinson's disease support group: Meets next from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 24 (fourth Saturday) at the Rainier Room, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More info: 425-327-9401.
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.
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.
WAYS TO HELP
Calling stitchers: Volunteers of all ages are needed to help Project Linus make quilts and blankets to be donated to Snohomish County kids who have experienced traumatic life events. The group meets 12:30-2:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. Materials and equipment provided. No experience required, but sewers are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine. More info: Diane, 425-252-4524.
Food bank raffle: The Edmonds Lions Club will start selling $1 tickets for its annual Food Bank Raffle at the Edmonds Summer Market on Saturday. All proceeds benefit the local food bank at the Edmonds United Methodist Church. Tickets will be sold at other community events, as well, until the drawing Nov. 25. More info: Jim Forgey at 206-406-2063 or Vern Woods at 425-776-6514.
Help at Bird Fest: Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, to be held Sept. 6-8, celebrates birds and nature. Learn more at www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org. Volunteers are needed for the registration table, monitoring speakers, and kids' activities on Sept. 7. If you can help out for even a couple of hours, contact Sally Lider at 425-771-0227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed: Clothes For Kids, a Lynnwood nonprofit that provides wardrobes for low-income families, seeks volunteers to help sort clothes, stock shelves, assist shoppers and more. Available shifts are 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday, or 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday. More info: www.clothesforkids.org or Nancy Laird Burris at 425-741-6500.
Dalmatian Drive: The annual Dalmatian Drive sponsored by Marysville Chiropractic runs through Sept. 2. Monetary donations benefit the Marysville Fire District's stuffed dalmatian program. Paramedic and aid units carry the toys to give to children in times of distress. Every $3 helps pay for one toy. More info: 360-659-6241.
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 blankets: Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County seeks new or very gently used twin blankets and towels for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Items may be dropped off at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett. Contact Stephanie Civey, special events and marketing coordinator, at email@example.com for other drop-off locations.
Volunteer with equine: All Breed Equine Rez-Q in Marysville seeks a variety of volunteers. More info: 425-263-6390, 206-933-0327, allbreedhorserescue.com.
Long-term care ombudsmen: The Snohomish County Department of Human Services seeks volunteer long-term care ombudsmen, who meet with people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes. More information and an application packet are available by contacting July Andre 425-388-7404 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://tinyurl.com/kedr6s4.
Volunteer at senior center: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, needs volunteer receptionists and substitute receptionists for morning and afternoon shifts; bingo volunteers for Tuesday during the day and Friday night; raffle volunteer for Friday morning; sandwich maker for Tuesday morning; drivers for trips; and cooks for chicken dinners starting in September. More info: 360-653-4551 or email@example.com.
Tuberculosis stories: The TB Voices Project for Snohomish County seeks people to share their experiences about tuberculosis, whether it affected themselves or someone else in their lives. The project runs until October. For more information, go to www.tbphotovoice.org or contact project director Teresa Rugg at 360-862-9034.
Help wildlife: PAWS Wildlife Center seeks volunteer wildlife care assistants to perform a variety of tasks. More info: www.paws.org/wildlife-volunteer-care-assistant.html or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers market volunteers: The Port Susan Farmers Market will be held 3-7 p.m. Fridays 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.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a few volunteers. The center needs a person or team to build some A-board road signs to use for special events; 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 volunteers, including help with displaying items, tidying displayed items and for Friday and Saturday shifts. More info: 360-387-0222.
Help residents with dementia: Clare Bridge at Silver Lake in Everett provides Alzheimer's and dementia care for seniors and seeks volunteers to interact with residents, such as leading a watercolor class, going for a walk, playing board games, performing music, playing Wii games, leading a Bible study and more. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, pass a background check and apply in person at 2015 Lake Heights Drive. More info: brookdaleliving.com.
Warehouse needed: Marine Corps Toys for Tots of South Snohomish County seeks a warehouse where it can collect, sort, count and distribute the thousands of donations it receives each year for its Christmas-time program. More info: Mary E. Butler, email@example.com or 425-344-0359.
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, go to 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.
Hands of Hope Food Bank: This Volunteers of America Food Bank, at 9021 Evergreen Way in Everett, seeks volunteers and donations. 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.
Arlington Community Food Bank: Send checks to 16821 Smokey Point Blvd., PMB 224, Arlington, WA 98223. Volunteers are needed to pick up groceries Monday through Friday at various merchants, sort food (various days during the week), serve clients food (6-7 p.m. Tuesday and 1-2 p.m. Friday), computer entries and other tasks. The food bank is located at 18810 59th Drive NE, near the Arlington Airport. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at 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, email@example.com, www.saveourdogs andcats.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.
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