Homeschool poetry: Homeschoolers are invited to create poetry or prose using key words and phrases from librarians, 9:30 a.m. today at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.
Capitol Tree: See the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Snohomish County Campus Amphitheater at Rockefeller and Wall streets in Everett. Musical performances, visits from Santa and Smokey the Bear, kids' activities and more.
Family bingo: 6-8 p.m. today at Heatherwood Middle School, 1419 Trillium Blvd. SE in Mill Creek. Cost is $2 per person and an item for the Mill Creek Food Bank. The Parks and Recreation event includes game cards for nine games; bring your own crayon or marker. More info: 425-921-5779.
School play: Arlington High School presents a new version of "The Diary of Anne Frank," 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Nov. 15-16 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center on the campus at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $10, $7 for students.
Free sew: Quilters and quilter wannabes are invited to join Busy Bee Quilters for a free sew, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. Anyone interested in quilting can come to visit, watch, learn, sew, or quilt. Bring your own equipment and supplies. A similar event is set for Dec. 14. More info: Karen, 360-568-7980.
Puppet show: Puppets Please Marionettes presents an in-the-round Marionette Variety Show, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., and again from 1-2 p.m. at the Evergreen branch, 9512 Evergreen Way. More info: 425-257-8030.
Kora concert: West African kora musician Foday Musa Suso will perform at a benefit concert, 7 p.m. Saturday at the River House, 444 Avenue A in Index. Cost is a $5 suggested donation. Most proceeds benefit the Index Historical Society. More info: 206-306-1181 or 360-793-1534.
Rock show: Maplewood Rock and Gem Club holds its annual fall show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the clubhouse, 8802 196th St. SW, Edmonds. Displays, demonstrations, raffles, and a free rock for kids. Admission is free.
Buffet brunch: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at the nonprofit Camano Island Yacht Club, 129 N. Sunset Drive, Camano Island. Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit, sweet rolls, juices, coffee and tea. Cost is $9, $5 for children under age 9. Omelets are $1 extra.
Sunday dinner: 12-2 p.m. Sunday at the Horseshoe Grange, 16424 Broadway in Snohomish. Home-style roast beef with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad and homemade pie. Cost is $9, $4.50 for children ages 6-12. Music with the Old Time & Country Music Association as well. Proceeds support upkeep of the grange. More info: 425-316-1991.
Pajama story time: Families are invited to come in pajamas for stories, songs, finger plays and fun, 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. Craft may follow. More info: 360-568-2898.
Sweet talk: Anthropologist Julia Harrison leads a discussion on "A World of Sweets," a mouth-watering journey through the history and meaning of sweets across Washington, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Fog Dog Gallery, 223 N. Olympic Ave. Arlington. Free and open to the public. More info: www.snocoarts.org.
Teen Afterhours: The Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., is open 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 for teens only. Play Wii U, Rock Band, Kinect, board games and more. For ages 12-18. Free food and no shushing. More info: 425-771-1933.
Musical jam: Enjoy an evening of old-time music with fiddle, guitar, banjo and more at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 (third Friday) at the Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. Musicians welcome, or just come and enjoy the music. Hot coffee and refreshments provided. More info: Don King, 360-658-8107.
Beavers: A free showing of the IMAX movie, "Beavers," will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The event is free but reservations are required. More info: 425-316-8592.
Norwegian Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Thin, rolled pancakes with strawberries and syrup, along with ham and beverages. Cost is $5; children under age 4 are free. More info: 425-334-0421.
Pancake breakfast: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and juice prepared and served by volunteers. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under age 12. Proceeds benefit the center. More information: 360-794-6359.
Career fair: Learn about career opportunities at 15 community and technical colleges at a diversity career fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 16 at Everett Community College's Whitehorse Hall, 2000 Tower St. Colleges are recruiting diverse talent for jobs in instruction, counseling, library services and administration. The event is free. Registration is encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Pictures with Santa: CASA, the Camano Animal Shelter Association, sponsors its annual Pictures with Santa for families and their pets, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, 8815 272nd St. NW in Stanwood. Cost is $20 for one CD with four different pictures. All proceeds benefit CASA. More info: 360-387-1902.
Artcycle: Families are invited to drop in 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., to create art from recycled materials. Grab a brown paper bag stuffed full of mystery items and get to work. Free. More info: 360-568-2898.
Coin and Stamp Show: The Everett Coin Club show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16 and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the hall behind Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 12810 35th Ave. SE, Everett. Free admission, kids prizes, door prizes, raffle. Peruse domestic and international coins and paper money, gold, silver, stamps, collectibles, books and jewelry. More info: www.everettcoinclub.org.
Josephine's Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today in the activity center and chapel of Josephine Sunset Home, 9901 272nd Place NW in Stanwood. Tables from Josephine residents, staff and community members selling copper and glass art, unique jewelry, olive wood from Bethlehem, raw honey and much more. Pie and lunch also available 10 a.m.-1 p.m. More info: Becky at 360-629-2126 ext. 146.
Heaven Scent Boutique: Edmonds Open Bible Church's annual holiday bazaar runs 6-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the church at 657 Daley St., Edmonds. Holiday and home decor, baked goods, vintage finds, collectibles, linens and more. Proceeds support local and international missions, as well as Edmonds Elementary School.
Home bazaar: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and to 4 p.m. Saturday at 8225 Upper Ridge Road, Everett. Holiday gifts, arts, ornaments, clothing, cookbooks, scarves and home decor. Cash only. Half the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Assistance League: The Assistance League of Everett, Kitty Young Auxiliary, plans its bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, Everett.
NAACP youth bazaar: The Snohomish County NAACP ACT-SO Youth group plans a one-day holiday bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo YMCA, 10601 47th Place W. More info: 425-876-2530.
Holiday Gift Benefit: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mount Pilchuck Elementary School, 12806 20th St. NE in Lake Stevens. School proceeds benefit its Leader In Me character education program. Vendors are invited to rent space for $30; registration is due by Nov. 14. The public is admitted free to the event with a donation of a nonperishable food item. There will be a wide variety of gifts, including low-cost items suitable as stocking stuffers or that students can buy for teachers or parents, as well as kids activities, entertainment and demonstrations. More info: Kristin, 425-350-6187.
Home League bazaar: The Women's Home League holds its annual bazaar, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Salvation Army, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett. Crafts, holiday decorations, books, handmade blankets and quilts, baked goods and more. Lunch also available.
Cascade seniors bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at the Cascade Senior Center, 1115 Darrington St., Darrington. Large selection of gift baskets and holiday items, as well as a bake sale and lunch.
Craft bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 215 Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. Gift basket silent auction, homemade goodies and crafts, lunch and refreshments, homemade lefse and entertainment. More info: 425-252-0413.
Holiday bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville. Proceeds support Kloz 4 Kidz.
Gift For Life: The Park Avenue Agents sample sale benefitting Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is set for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Nov. 9-Jan. 12, at 22824 100th Ave. W., Edmonds. Donated toys, books, home accessories, gifts and more at wholesale prices. Closed holidays. More info: www.giftforlife.org.
WAYS TO HELP
Stuff the Bus: The Lakewood School District transportation department holds its annual Stuff the Bus food drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Smokey Point Walmart, 4010 172nd St. NE, Arlington. Donations are distributed to the Arlington and Marysville food banks and the Stillaguamish Senior Center. More info: 360-652-4525.
Dentists needed: A Lake Stevens dental hygienist is organizing Smiles For Veterans, which will provide free dental care to homeless veterans Nov. 11 at Shoreline Community College. Dentists who can bring their own instruments, including drills, and assistants are still needed to donate services. More info: Vicki Munday, email@example.com.
Food and toys needed: The Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store seeks donations of food and new toys. Red giving barrels will be at more than 60 participating locations. Turkeys, hams, new toys, stocking stuffers, cash cards, candy, and wrapping supplies also can be dropped off 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday or 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at the food bank, 4150 88th St. NE. Unwrapped gifts for newborns to teenagers also can be left at Tree of Giving locations around the city. Volunteers also are needed at the food bank (360-658-1054) and holiday toy store (360-659-4659).
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 events. The group meets next from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 (second Tuesday) 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 machines. More info: Diane, 425-252-4524.
Thanksgiving meals: The Everett Gospel Mission seeks Thanksgiving donations. Every $2.05 provides a full holiday meal to one homeless man, woman or child. More info: www.egmission.org, 425-750-2500.
Food bank pledges: Snohomish Community Food Bank seeks pledges for holiday meals and gifts. For Thanksgiving, pledges of 100, 200 or 400 quantity of an item are needed, with delivery by Nov. 22. Christmas gifts need pledges of 25 quantity, by age and gender of a child, with delivery by Dec. 12. Christmas food pledges of 100, 200 or 400 quantity of an item are needed, with delivery by Dec. 19. More info: Elizabeth, 360-568-7993.
Food bank, Everett: Hands of Hope, a 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.
Food bank, Arlington: Arlington Community Food Bank seeks donations and volunteers. Volunteers are needed for varied tasks. The food bank is at 18810 59th Drive NE. Send checks to 16821 Smokey Point Blvd., PMB 224, Arlington, WA 98223. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at 360-435-1631.
USO dance: The Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave., holds its annual USO dance, 1-5 p.m. Monday. Veterans of all wars are invited to bring their guests to this fun, free event. Attendees must be at least 50 years old. Attendance is limited; reservations required. More info: 425-257-8780.
Diabetes talk: Learn about diabetes prevention at a free public workshop, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Harbour Pointe Retirement, 10200 Harbour Place, Mukilteo. Jody Byrne, diabetes coordinator at The Everett Clinic, will share prevention tips and 10 important food considerations for diabetics. Food samples included. More info: 425-493-8555.
Medicare assistance: Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors will be at the Camano Center Nov. 14 by appointment to offer one-on-one assistance with Medicare open enrollment, which runs through Dec. 7. Call 425-513-1900. The Camano Center is a 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island.
Family support group: Meets next from 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 11 (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.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 (third Friday) in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.
MS self-help group, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE. More info: Nancy Toth, 360-435-6111.
Ostomy Support Group: The United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter, meets next at 1-3 p.m. Nov. 11 (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.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Meets next at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 (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.
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