Artcycle: Dig through the library’s craft castoffs and castaways to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. For families. More info: 360-568-2898.
Construction Zone: Use blocks, Roylco straws and Legos to build whatever your mind desires at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. For families. More info: 360-568-2898.
The Foolish Frog and Other Story Songs: Kids can hear songs and stories about frogs, whales and giants, and make their own foolish frog puppet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. For ages 6-11. More info: 425-493-8202.
Movie Matinee: Students are invited to enjoy crafts at 1 p.m. followed by a showing of “Big Miracle” (rated PG) at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. More info: 425-493-8202.
Earthworm Explorations: Does a worm have a nose? Learn all about worms and their importance to our world in this interactive workshop with science educator Brian Raven, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. For grade 2 and up. More info: 360-568-2898.
Robot Garage: Kids can explore robotics kits and discover some amazing robot achievements from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. For grade 4 and up. Register at www.sno-isle.org or at the library. More info: 425-493-8202.
Movie matinee: A free showing of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (rated PG) will be shown at 1 p.m. Jan. 2 at Olympic Theater, 107 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. Sponsored by the theater and the city of Arlington.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Clean and sober dance: A “clean and sober” New Year’s Eve dance with live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Lake Goodwin Community Club, 17323 42nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. Admission is by donation, $10 suggested. More info: Vicki at 360-435-5874, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and dance: Ages 15 years and up, couples and singles are all welcome to enjoy a dinner and dance starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. Cost is $16 for dinner and dancing, $10 for the dance only. Dinner is served until 7 p.m. A champagne toast is at 9 p.m. followed by quizzes and games, followed by more dancing until it’s time to ring in the new year at midnight. More info: www.snohomishcenter.org.
Black and White Ball: The Camano Center’s annual New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball is set for 8 p.m. until midnight Dec. 31. Camano Junction will play big band music. Reservations are required; call the center 360-387-0222 or Betty at 360-387-0148. Tickets are $15 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres. Beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase.
WAYS TO HELP
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.
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.
Help plan Village fundraiser: Volunteers are needed to plan and implement Village Community Services’ 2013 Taste of Decadence fundraiser, to be held in May. The planning committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in Arlington. If interested, contact Michelle Dietz at 360-653-7752 ext. 14 or email@example.com.
Camano Center help: Volunteers are needed to staff the front desk and to take photos of events at the Camano Center. Front-desk shifts are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays. More info: Pam, 360-387-0222.
Web guru: The Lake Stevens Education Foundation seeks a volunteer to update and manage its website. The nonprofit supports the Lake Stevens School District with classroom grants, programs and scholarships. More info: www.LkStevensEF.org or call Terri at 425-334-0691.
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.
Senior Services needs administrator, drivers: Senior Services of Island County, facilitating agency of the Meals-on-Wheels program at the Camano Center, needs an administrator for the program as well as dedicated volunteers to help deliver meals to home-bound Camano Island seniors. Drivers are reimbursed 50 cents per mile. More info: Ginny or Nancy at 360-387-0222.
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 www.dvs-snoco.org, or call Stephanie Civey at 425-259-2827 ext. 13.
Volunteers over 55 wanted: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, has access to hundreds of volunteer opportunities throughout the county. More info: John McAlpine at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
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, 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, 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
Amputee support group: Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at New Life Church, 6830 Highland Drive in Everett. This group provides support and information to people who have experienced or are facing amputation. Families and friends are invited. More info: Maurine at 425-338-1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betsy at 206-321-2997.
Edmonds Brain Support Group: Meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month 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.
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.
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].
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Arlington: 9-11 a.m. Fridays at the Arlington Boys &Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE. More info: 425-308-3150.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Marysville: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 4212 84th St. NE. Visitors are welcome. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. More info: Marcia at 425-347-2149 or Ada at 425-923-6025.
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]