Puget Sound Bird Fest: Take guided walks and field trips, hear speakers, peruse exhibits and explore educational activities at this annual festival, today through Sunday, in Edmonds. Many activities are centered at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Author Thor Hanson will give the keynote speech, 7 p.m. today, at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. More info: www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.
Shredding event: Mill Creek Councilor Donna Michelson plans a free document shredding event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 15728 Main St. Four box limit. Donations also will be taken for the Mill Creek Food Bank.
Trolley tours: Lynnwood holds its last summer open house at Heritage Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The park is at 19921 Poplar Way. Experience life in early Alderwood Manor with tours of historic buildings and Interurban Car No. 55. The new Wickers Museum offers a glimpse into the life of the family that once lived above the old store in the 1930s. More info: 425-670-5502.
Open house: The nonprofit Fabric of Life Foundation, which focuses on bringing African women out of poverty in part by selling arts and crafts made by them, will host co-founder Kaaba Coulibaly, of Bamako, Mali, 5-7 p.m. Saturday at its boutique, 523 Main St. in Edmonds. More info: 425-563-3925.
Sock hop: This fundraiser for All Aboard will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Dorothy Jane Dance Studio, 2931 Bond St., Everett. Adults with disabilities are especially invited. Suggested donation is $10, or bring food to share. More info: www.allaboardwa.org.
Edmonds Classic Car Show: See up to 400 classic vehicles radiating out from the fountain at Fifth Avenue and Main Street in downtown Edmonds at this free event, starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. Other free events in conjunction with the show include a pancake breakfast at North Sound Church; kids’ cartoons at the Edmonds Theatre; pinewood derby racing at Dayton Place; and more. More info: www.edmondswa.com.
Sunday dinner: 12-2 p.m. Sunday 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.
Coffee with the City: Residents, business owners and others from Mountlake Terrace are invited to visit with city officials over coffee, 8-9 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. SW. More info: www.cityofmlt.com or 425-744-6206.
Tongass talk: Learn about Alaska’s Tongass rain forest at “Salmon in the Trees,” a talk by Seattle-based photographer and writer Amy Gulick, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Reservations required: 425-316-8592.
Bullying forum: Sno-Isle Libraries presents this free community discussion on bullying, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Lake Stevens High School, 2908 113th Ave. NE. Panelists will take questions from the public. Seating is first come, first served. More info: www.sno-isle.org.
Garage sale: The Sultan Sportsmen’s Club’s annual garage sale is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 13-15 at the West Main Street gazebo. Donations for the sale can be dropped off Sept. 12. Proceeds benefit Mark Peters and family. Peters is undergoing costly treatments for stage four glioma brain tumors. More info: loveformark.com.
Metal drive, Scouts: This Boy Scouts Venture Crew 148 fundraiser is set for 9-3 p.m. Sept. 14 at two locations: behind Albertson’s on Oaks Street at Woods Creek Road in Monroe, and in the parking lot of First Covenant Church, 4502 Rucker Ave. in Everett. Most metal items accepted; no cars, refrigerators or freezers. More info: email@example.com.
Metal drive, Seagulls: The Seagulls Band Boosters hold a scrap metal drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Everett High School, 2416 Colby Ave. No tires, glass, plastic, wood, TVs or monitors.
Vaux’s Swifts: Celebrate the arrival of the second-largest roost of these birds at the free 2013 Swift Night Out, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Monroe Wagner Center, 639 W. Main St. Proceeds of a spaghetti dinner and dessert benefit Monroe Vaux’s Swift programs. Larry Switters provides a lecture. Kids activities and more. More info: pilchuckaudubon.org.
Heart Failure Education: 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Presented by Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and Marysville Care Center. More info: 360-653-4551.
Medicare Matters: 1-2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Get the latest information before enrollment starts in October. More info: Adele, 360-653-4551 ext. 234.
Defensive driving: An AARP defensive driving course will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Marysville Fire Station 66. The Ken Baxter Community Center is taking registrations. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 non-members. Open to adults age 55 and older. More info: 360-363-8450.
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.
Teed Off Seniors Golf: The Lynnwood Senior Center sponsors a fun, social golfing group for those age 62 and older. Teed Off meets alternate Thursdays throughout the spring, summer and early fall at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace. More info: 425-670-5050.
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. Sept. 9 (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, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 (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. Sept. 9 (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. Sept. 16 (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.
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.
Widowed support group: Meets weekly in Marysville, both men and women. More info: 360-659-7861.
WAYS TO HELP
Friendship Walk: Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, and clean-up at Village Community Services’ Friendship Walk and Car Wash, to be held Sept. 28 at the Legion Park Gazebo in Arlington. Proceeds from the walk benefit Voices of the Village performance ensemble for people who have developmental disabilities. More info: Michelle Dietz at 360-653-7752 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay For Life: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Edmonds/Lynnwood seeks volunteers in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace to help with the 2014 event. Volunteers are needed to help organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, and plan entertainment. A Volunteer Interest Night is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. More info: Megan at 206-674-4177 or email@example.com.
Food bank: The Snohomish Community Food Bank needs reliable volunteers to assist with various duties. There are multiple volunteer positions open throughout the week, Monday through Saturday. More info: Megan Kuehl at 360-568-7993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed: 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.
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.
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.
Volunteer with equine: All Breed Equine Rez-Q in Marysville seeks a variety of volunteers. More info: 425-263-6390, 206-933-0327, allbreedhorserescue.com.
Long-term care ombudsmen: The Snohomish County Department of Human Services seeks volunteer long-term care ombudsmen, who meet with people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes. More information and an application packet are available by contacting July Andre 425-388-7404 or email@example.com, or online at http://tinyurl.com/kedr6s4.
Volunteer at senior center: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, needs volunteer receptionists and substitute receptionists for morning and afternoon shifts; bingo volunteers for Tuesday during the day and Friday night; raffle volunteer for Friday morning; sandwich maker for Tuesday morning; drivers for trips; and cooks for chicken dinners. More info: 360-653-4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuberculosis stories: The TB Voices Project for Snohomish County seeks people to share their experiences about tuberculosis, whether it affected themselves or someone else in their lives. The project runs until October. For more information, go to www.tbphotovoice.org or contact project director Teresa Rugg at 360-862-9034.
Help wildlife: PAWS Wildlife Center seeks volunteer wildlife care assistants to perform a variety of tasks. More info: www.paws.org/wildlife-volunteer-care-assistant.html or email@example.com.
Farmers market volunteers: The Port Susan Farmers Market will be held 3-7 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 18. Volunteers are needed for set-up, tear-down and more. More info: www.portsusan.org, or Leslie Collings at 360-202-3932.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, has a variety of volunteer opportunities and needs. More info: 360-387-0222.
Help residents with dementia: Clare Bridge at Silver Lake in Everett provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care for seniors and seeks volunteers to interact with residents, such as leading a watercolor class, going for a walk, playing board games, performing music, playing Wii games, leading a Bible study and more. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, pass a background check and apply in person at 2015 Lake Heights Drive. More info: brookdaleliving.com.
Warehouse needed: Marine Corps Toys for Tots of South Snohomish County seeks a warehouse where it can collect, sort, count and distribute the thousands of donations it receives each year for its Christmas-time program. More info: Mary E. Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-344-0359.
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.
Providence gift shop: 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.
RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people age 55 and older for a variety of volunteer opportunities at schools, food banks and homeless shelters, in the court system and more. More info: John McAlpine at email@example.com, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
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.
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.
Hands of Hope Food Bank: This 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.
Arlington Community Food Bank: Send checks to 16821 Smokey Point Blvd., PMB 224, Arlington, WA 98223. Volunteers are needed to pick up groceries Monday through Friday at various merchants, sort food (various days during the week), serve clients food (6-7 p.m. Tuesday and 1-2 p.m. Friday), computer entries and other tasks. The food bank is located at 18810 59th Drive NE, near the Arlington Airport. More info: email@example.com, or leave a message at 360-435-1631.
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.
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, www.saveourdogsandcats.org.
Veterans 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.