MLK celebration: Activist Angela Davis headlines a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. There also will be music, dance and refreshments. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., with the formal program starting at 7 p.m. More info: Julie Moore at 425-670-5023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Olympics on the Wii: School lets out early. Join friends for some competitive fun, 12:30-2 p.m. Friday at the Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St. For ages 6-12. More info: 360-436-1600.
Free movie: The Adopt A Stream Foundation will hold a free showing of the film, “Winged Migration,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. This film is best for middle school ages and up. Reservations required: 425-316-8592.
Norwegian Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday 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. 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.
Birds of a Feather: Join the IslandWood naturalists at Brightwater Center for a winter bird event, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. For ages 8 and up. Learn about our feathered friends who don’t fly south for the winter. A guided tour is followed by a bird-themed art project. Free. To register: http://winterbirds.eventbrite.com. More info: 206-263-8862.
Kidstock: Free family event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, featuring Recess Monkey, Alex Zerbe Juggling, Harmonica Pocket, The Zambini Brothers Puppets and more. Seattle Shakespeare Company entertains with comedy/combat demonstrations and a Shakespeare photo booth. Face-painting, food and activities. At the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Reservations: www.ec4arts.org. More info: 425-275-9595.
Puppets Please Marionettes: An in-the-round Marionette Variety Show is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library, main branch auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Colorful animal characters sing and dance, roller skate, and interact with children in the audience. More info: 425-257-8030.
Crab Fest: The Camano Center’s annual Crab Fest will be held from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Cost is $20 and includes one whole Dungeness crab, side dishes and dessert. Live entertainment by Swingnuts Jazz. Cash bar. More info: 360-387-0222.
Pajama Party: Children and their families are invited to enjoy stories, songs, crafts, treats and a pajama fashion show, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Wear your favorite pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and flashlight. For children in grades K-5. Free. Register at www.sno-isle.org or call 425-493-8202.
Swing dance: The Glacier Peak High School and Valley View Middle School jazz bands will hold their fourth annual Swing Dance from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the high school, 7401 144th Place SE, Snohomish. Cost is $8 and includes refreshments. Free dance lessons are from 6-7 p.m. More info: GPHSJAZZ@gmail.com.
Folk Harp Circle: Enjoy an afternoon of music, 2-4:45 p.m. Sunday at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. Harp players are invited to participate in the Puget Sound Folk Harp Circle. All levels welcome, and community members are invited to listen. More info: 425-776-8722.
Pajama Storytime: Come in your pajamas for stories, songs, fingerplays and fun at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Community Resource Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at WorkSource Everett, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett. Get information and referrals for job searches, veterans’ services, housing, child care, food assistance, senior programs, health care, utility assistance, financial survival and services for people with disabilities. The Department of Social and Human Services will help people apply for Basic Food, cash, medical benefits and other services. More info: 425-322-1179.
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.
Lymphedema support group: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: email@example.com.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 18 (third Friday) in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.
Ostomy Support Group: The United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter, has a new regular meeting time and day, from 1-3 p.m. the second Monday of the month 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. 21 (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. 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.
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 16 (third Wednesday) 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.
WAYS TO HELP
Sew Thoughtful: Bring your sewing machine or serger, some basic sewing tools and help the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) sew large tote bags for the foster children brought to Safe Place, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Bring a lunch. The event will be at McCollum Park, in a classroom behind the WSU Extension Office, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. More info: 206-595-9717, Cpeerysew@aol.com.
MLK Day help: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, has access to hundreds of volunteer opportunities throughout the county, including opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. More info: John McAlpine at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
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 email@example.com or 425-259-3191 (Everett) or Jennifer Reasoner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-793-2400 (Sultan).
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.
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]