Blood drive: Everett Community College Student Activities Health/Wellness Program and the Puget Sound Blood Center plan a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in EvCC’s Henry M. Jackson Center Wilderness Auditorium on the campus at 2000 Tower St. Walk-ins welcome, or to make an appointment, call 425-388-9561.
Brown Bag Lecture: Gerald Hankerson will speak “In Honor of Black History Month” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Edmonds Community College’s Black Box Theatre, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The event is free. Hankerson was released from prison in 2009 after serving 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit. He is now vice president of the NAACP in Seattle/King County.
Crafts and Cards: Make easy crafts and cards to give to friends and family for Valentine’s Day. The free family program is set for 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the Everett Main Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., and 3-5 p.m. Friday at the Evergreen Branch Library, 9512 Evergreen Way. All supplies provided. More info: 425-257-8030.
Teen valentines: Teens are invited to create art with heart during the Schack Art Center’s Open Studio Night for Teens, 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Make cards and learn to “paint” with Sharpie markers. Schack Art Center is at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: www.schack.org.
Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: Arts journalist Tom Keogh discusses “The Cultural Staying Power Of Sherlock Holmes” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. Funded by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Monroe Library. More info: 360-794-7851.
Starlight beach walk: Join Edmonds Discovery Programs and the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers for a low-tide beach, 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and meet at the Olympic Beach Visitor Station, 200 Admiral Way, Edmonds. Free. No registration required.
Free Friday: The Schack Art Center opens up studios for interested artists who want to paint, draw, or just enjoy some creative company, noon to 4 p.m. Friday. The art center is at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-5050.
Beavers: Sit in on a presentation about beavers and then watch a free showing of the IMAX movie “Beavers,” 7 p.m. Friday at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Registration required: 425-316-8592.
Pancake breakfast: The Stillaguamish Senior Center and Regency Care Center holds its monthly pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The center is at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. A $5 donation is requested to benefit health and wellness programs for senior citizens who need financial assistance.
Free Sew: Busy Bee Quilters invites anyone interested in quilting to visit, watch, learn, sew or quilt, anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. Bring your own equipment and supplies. More info: www.busybeequilters.com, or Karen at 360-568-7980.
Birding at Brightwater: An adult and teen birding workshop (for ages 14 and up), starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brightwater Center, 22509 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville. Learn about the birds that spend their winters at Brightwater Center and some fun and easy birding tips with IslandWood naturalists. Free. Register: http://brightwaterbirds.eventbrite.com.
Crafternoon: Create Valentines for friends and loved ones 2-4 p.m. Saturday in the children’s area of the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. For families. More info: 360-568-2898.
Sweetheart Dance: Camano Junction will play big-band music for this annual dance, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Cost is $7 for members, $10 non-members. More info: 360-387-0222.
Buffet: The Camano Island Yacht Club’s next buffet brunch is 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 10. The club is at 129 N. Sunset Drive, Camano Island. Cost is $8, $5 for children under age 9. Menu includes bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, fresh fruit, sweet rolls, juices, coffee and tea. Omelets available for $1 more.
Murder Mystery on the Waterfront: The Edmonds Senior Center invites the public to a whodunit dinner and show, 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. All ages are welcome. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to come in Prohibition-era dress. Cost is $20 members, $30 non-members. To sign up, call 425-774-5555 or visit the center at 220 Railroad Ave.
WAYS TO HELP
Gospel Mission needs: The Everett Gospel Mission is running low on diapers (size 5), baby wipes, formula, hair conditioner, razors, and new men’s socks and underwear. The men’s shelter and donation center is at 3711 Smith Ave. More info: 425-740-2500.
Quilting event: Project Linus is sponsoring a special quilting event in conjunction with National Make-A-Blanket Day. Come anytime 12-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Zion Lutheran Parish Hall, 330 Union Ave., Snohomish. Help make quilts and blankets to be donated to kids who have experienced traumatic life events in Snohomish County. Materials and equipment provided. No experience is necessary, but sewers are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine. Volunteers are needed to help sew, iron, inspect, pin, fringe and tie. Donations of fabric, sewing supplies and completed blankets are also welcome. More info: Diane, 425-252-4524.
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. Thursday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-9524.
Working Wardrobe assistant: The Working Women’s Wardrobe program needs assistants to help low-income women select interview- and work-appropriate clothing, sort clothing, help keep the area clean and change displays. Retail experience is helpful. Weekly two-hour shift at the YWCA, 3301 Broadway, Everett. More info: 425-258-2766.
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.
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: Help your neighbors in need by volunteering at the food bank or making a donation. To make a donation, send checks to 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or bring in your food donation from 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, http://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 email@example.com or 425-259-3191 (Everett) or Jennifer Reasoner at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, [URL]www.saveourdogsandcats.org;http://www.saveourdogsandcats.org[URL].
Vet 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.
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.
Edmonds Head Injury Support Group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today (first Tuesday) in the cafeteria room at 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.
Family support group: Meets next from 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 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. Feb. 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.-noon Feb. 9 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. More info: Linda, 425-238-0849.
Ostomy Support Group: The United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter, meets next from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 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.
Support group for parents of children with behavioral problems: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger Ave., Everett. The network offers peer-to-peer support for parents struggling with children exhibiting risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol use. Groups are confidential and free. More info: 888-468-2620 or [/URL]www.cpsn.org;http://www.cpsn.org[URL].
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 200 St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: Carla, 425-771-5471.
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.[/URL]