Homeschool Fridays: Homeschool students and their families are invited to learn about circuits with hands-on projects, 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. More info: 360-435-3033.
Bluebird program: Gary Slater of the Ecostudies Institute will discuss the reintroduction of the western bluebird at a meeting of the Pilchuck Audubon Society, 7 p.m. Friday at the Everett Firefighters Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. Ecostudies has been working since 2007 to restore western bluebird populations since a wave of extirpations in the early 1900s. More info: 425-252-0926.
One-Man Side Show: A comedy show featuring magic tricks, hand shadows, cowboy tricks and more with Louie Foxx is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. The family show is free. More info: 425-257-8030.
Flu shots: Low-income and uninsured adults in Snohomish County are encouraged to come to a free public skate and vaccination clinic, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Comcast Community Ice Rink, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett (entrance on Broadway). Free skating for clients and their children runs 2:30-5:30 p.m. Adult shots for flu and whooping cough will be given 3:30-5:30 p.m. The event is first-come, first-served. More info: 425-322-2600.
Buffet brunch: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at the nonprofit Camano Island Yacht Club , 129 N. Sunset Drive, Camano Island. Cost is $9; $5 for children under age 9. Breakfast meats, eggs, hash browns, blueberry pancakes, fruit, sweet rolls, and beverages. Omelets $1 extra.
Sunday dinner: 12-2 p.m. Sunday (and the second Sunday of each month, except when it conflicts with special holidays) 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.
Salish Sea talk: Chrys Bertolotto, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher coordinator, explores the ancient Salish Sea and its inhabitants at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave. The program is free. More info: 425-257-8000.
Ocean workshop: Learn about acidification and what it means for the ocean, its inhabitants, and us at a hands-on workshop, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Camano Multipurpose Center (blue building), 141 E. Camano Drive, Camano Island. Roger Kelley, youth education coordinator for the Snohomish Conservation District, presents this program for all ages. More info: 360-387-2236 or www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
MLK Jr. celebration: Celebrate the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. with music, dance and keynote speaker Talib Kweli on "Hip Hop as a Tool for Social Activism," 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW. More info: www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/MLK.
Beavers: A free showing of the IMAX film, "Beavers," will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 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.
Musical jam: Enjoy an evening of old-time music with fiddle, guitar, banjo and more at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 (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.
Norwegian Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 (third Saturday, September to May) 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. Jan. 18 (third Saturday) 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.
Indoor petting zoo: Learn about animals from around the world with Animal Encounters, 2-5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Evergreen branch of the Everett Public Library, 9512 Evergreen Way. Meet a wallaby with a joey in her pocket, a Patagonian cavy, a KuneKune pig, a pygmy goat, plus bunnies, chinchillas and chickens. Free family event. More info: 425-257-8030.
WAYS TO HELP
Lowell neighbors: The Lowell Community Food Bank, based at River of Life Community Church in Everett, has a number of projects going on and seeks volunteers and donations. Help is needed to sort produce 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, as well as break down boxes, feed worm bins, occasionally cook and prepare food, and clean. A pickup truck and driver are needed to move an upright freezer. Thrift-store shoppers are asked to keep an eye out for yarn, slow cookers, garden tools, canning supplies, and a commercial-sized food dryer. Spare lumber and hardware are needed for worm compost bins. Learn more about the neighborhood group on Facebook, or call Sequoia Warner at 206-240-0676.
Book sale donations: The Friends of the Edmonds Library seeks donations to its ongoing book sale, including gently used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, sheet music, magazines and computer software. Proceeds from the ongoing sale benefit the Edmonds Library and the scholarship fund. A drop box for donations is in the foyer of the library, at 650 Main St.
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. Jan. 14 (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.
Hospice volunteers: Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett, holds its next volunteer information session on Jan. 15 (third Wednesday). More info: Joanie, 425-261-4815.
Dresses: A Take This Dress to Heart fashion show and dress sale to benefit the Nick of Time Foundation will be held Jan. 18 at Meadowdale High School in Edmonds. The event seeks donations of evening gowns, formal wear and prom dresses. For more information on how to donate dresses, contact Sandra Wright at 206-816-4447 or email@example.com. Tickets to attend the event are $5 and can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/MHSFashionTix.
Food bank, Snohomish: The Snohomish Community Food Bank needs reliable volunteers to assist with various duties. More info: Elizabeth Grant at 360-568-7993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salt of the Earth: The Everett soup kitchen seeks volunteer drivers. Vehicle provided. Volunteers must be licensed and insured. Help is needed on various days. More info: Sandra, 425-355-1042.
Hands of Hope: 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. The food bank is at 18810 59th Drive NE. Send checks to 16821 Smokey Point Blvd., PMB 224, Arlington, WA 98223. More info: email@example.com, or leave a message at 360-435-1631.
Food bank, Marysville: 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 at Marysville Community Food Bank. The food bank is at 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville. More info: 360-658-1054, http://mrysvillefoodbank.org.
Work clothing, YWCA: The YWCA Working Women's Wardrobe program is in need of personal care and feminine hygiene products and also large department store clothing bags. The items may be dropped off at 3301 Broadway, Everett. Working Wardrobe provides interview- or work-appropriate clothing free to more than 1,100 women a year. More info: 425-258-2766.
Donate clothing: Faith Lutheran Church, 6708 Cady Road in Everett, seeks help with its Community Meals program through donations of gently used or new cold-weather clothing, including boots, shoes, sweaters, coats, gloves and warm socks for both kids and adults. Children's books and magazines also are needed. All donations appreciated.
Help with wardrobes: 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.
Baby items needed: The YWCA of Snohomish County seeks donations of disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion, formula, food and baby and toddler toys. Drop donations off at the YWCA Family Village of Lynnwood, 19703 68th Ave. W. More info: Cheryl, 425-770-5931.
Stanwood Camano center: The Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, at 9612 271st St. NW in Stanwood, seeks a variety of volunteers. No experience necessary. The Center is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. More info: Janet at 360-629-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a front desk volunteer for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays. Computer and people skills required. More info: 360-387-0222.
Assist with equine: All Breed Equine Rez-Q in Marysville seeks a variety of volunteers. More info: 425-263-6390, 206-933-0327, allbreedhorserescue.com.
Help wildlife, Arlington: Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, located in Arlington, seeks volunteers to help in its wildlife care clinic. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. More info: www.sarveywildlife.org or email@example.com.
Help wildlife, Lynnwood: PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood seeks volunteer wildlife care assistants. More info: www.paws.org/wildlife-volunteer-care-assistant.html or firstname.lastname@example.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.saveourdogsandcats.org.
Stanwood Camano center: The Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, at 9612 271st St. NW in Stanwood, seeks volunteers. No experience necessary. The Center is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. More info: Janet at 360-629-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks volunteers. More info: 360-387-0222.
Senior center, Arlington: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, has volunteer opportunities. More info: 360-653-4551 or email@example.com.
RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people ages 55 and older to volunteer at schools, food banks, homeless shelters, the court system and more. More info: John McAlpine at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hospital gift shop, Monroe: The gift shop at Valley General Hospital in Monroe needs reliable volunteers to work three-hour shifts. The gift shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. More info: Janie, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital gift shop, Everett: 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.
Veterans center: 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.
Enhance Fitness: Group Health Medicare members are invited to take a low-impact aerobics class for free. The class, for ages 50 and older, runs 8:45-9:45 a.m. weekdays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. No experience needed. The five-week session started Jan. 2. More info: 425-257-8780.
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.
Double-deck pinochle: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays at Scriber Gardens/GenCare, 6024 200th St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: Carla, 425-771-5471.
Swedish/Edmonds: A variety of free support groups and fee-based health classes are offered at the hospital, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. More info: www.swedish.org/classes.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance: Meets 7-8:30 p.m. the second, third and fourth Monday of each month in the Monte Cristo rooms at Providence Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. Supporting those with depression or bipolar disorder as well as their family and friends. More info: www.dbsasnoco.org or call 425-405-0786.
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. Jan. 13 (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. Jan. 16 (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. Jan. 17 (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 Jan. 11 (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. Jan. 13 (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. Jan. 20 (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. Jan. 15 (third Wednesday, except December) 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.
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