Pajama Storytime: Come in your pajamas for stories, songs, fingerplays and fun at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Tea with Dr. Bajenova: Dr. Natalia V. Bajenova of the Harman Eye Clinic will talk about treatments for common eye problems from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. She will also answer questions. More info: 360-653-4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edmonds Alive: An environmental open house to discuss projects in the Edmonds community will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St., above the library. Representatives from local agencies and organizations will be on hand to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. More info: email@example.com or 425-771-0227.
White Birds of Winter: The Trumpeter Swan Society’s Martha Jordan gives a lecture and slide show about trumpeter and tundra swans and snow geese at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Registration is required; call 425-316-8592. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 for non-members.
Free Friday: Need space to create? Want to enjoy a creative working environment with fellow artists? Come to the Schack Art Center’s new Free Fridays Open Art Studio. The next studio time is set for noon to 4 p.m. Friday. The Schack is at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-5050.
Family Health and Safety Night: Forest View PTA invites the community to a free “one-stop-shop” to help busy families create a healthier and safer lifestyle, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Forest View Elementary School, 5601 156th St. SE, south Everett. There will be information on a range of topics, a raffle, hands-on activities, food samples, live demonstrations and $2 Jamba Juice smoothies. More info: 425-482-6504.
The Joy of Chapbooks: Author and poet Terry Persun discusses chapbooks, ideas for their use and how to create one at this workshop slated for 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library, 2720 Hoyt Ave. Sponsored by the Northwest Women Writers.
Skate and vaccinate: Comcast Arena hosts a free public skate and vaccination clinic 2-6 p.m. Saturday. The ice rink is at Hewitt Avenue and Broadway; entry is on Broadway. The vaccination event, sponsored by the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club, aims to vaccinate uninsured and low-income adults for flu and whooping cough.
Chicken dinner: The Stillaguamish Senior Center will hold its monthly chicken dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. The center is at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Cost is $7 for seniors; $8 for adults; $5 for children under 12 years old. More info: 360-653-4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amputee support group: Meets next at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 (fourth Thursday) at New Life Church, 6830 Highland Drive in Everett. Support and information for people who have experienced or are facing amputation. Families and friends also invited. More info: Maurine at 425-338-1395 or email@example.com, or Betsy at 206-321-2997.
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.
Grief support group: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE in Marysville. This group uses the GriefShare curriculum. More info: 360-659-7777, www.mtvpc.org.
Parkinson’s disease support group: Meets next from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26 (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. 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 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.
WAYS TO HELP
Work party: Join Howarth Park Forest Stewards, Everett Parks, Forterra and neighbors for the first Green Everett Partnership work party of 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Learn about the Green Everett Partnership and the many benefits that the Howarth Park forests provide us all, then help dig out invasive blackberry and ivy. Meet at the middle parking lot at Howarth Park, 1127 Olympic Blvd., Everett. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-238-0065.
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.
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 2-hour shift at the YWCA, 3301 Broadway, Everett. More info: 425-258-2766.
Camano Center help: General kitchen help is needed at the Camano Center, especially after lunch. A couple more Meals-on-Wheels drivers are needed as well. Volunteers get a meal for free. More info: Nancy at 360-387-0222 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-259-3191 (Everett) or Jennifer Reasoner at email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, [URL]www.saveourdogsandcats.org;http://www.saveourdogsandcats.org[URL].
Help out at Habitat Store: Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County seeks volunteers to help staff the store in four-hour shifts (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.) Thursday through Sunday. 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 [/URL]www.habitatsnohomish.org.;http://www.habitat.snohomish.org[URL]
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Donate cellphones: Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is recycling cellphones. Even without service, cellphones can call 911 when charged. Phones may be dropped off at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett, which is open Tuesday through Saturday. Other locations can be found at [/URL]www.dvs-snoco.org;http://www.dvs-snoco.org[URL], or call Stephanie Civey at 425-259-2827 ext. 13.
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.
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]