Loons: Learn about Loons of the Salish Sea, 7 p.m. today at Everett Firefighter’s Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. The Pilchuck Audubon Society event is free. Presenters are Steve and Martha Ellis, of Coupeville. More info: 425-252-0926.
Bobcats: Kestrel SkyHawk of Sarvey Wildlife Center gives a presentation on bobcat habits and habitat requirements, 7 p.m. today at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Registration required. More info: 425-316-8592.
Pancake breakfast: The Mukilteo Firefighters and Police Associations hold their annual pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 25, 10400 47th Place W. Firefighters, police officers and the chiefs will flip pancakes and serve eggs and ham. Fire and police vehicles will be available for photos. The chief’s cook-off is set for 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Easter Egg Hunt. Donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank also will be accepted. More info: 425-263-8150.
Salmon Fair: Sound Salmon Solutions and Adopt a Stream Foundation plan a Salmon Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on 124th Avenue NE alongside Catherine Creek in Lake Stevens. Admission is free, no RSVP required. The fair is being organized with the help of local community member Aaron Hoy and the Bridgeport at the Crossings Home Owners Association. Plant native trees and learn how to help salmon. Kids activities. Snacks and tools provided. More info: 425-252-6686.
Winter gathering: Sisco Heights Community Club’s annual Winter Gathering is set for 12-6 p.m. Saturday at the Club House, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. Donations of cash or used clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and shoes will be collected for Everett Gospel Mission. Enjoy a free spaghetti meal and listen to old-time music by club members. More info: Connie King, 360-678-8107.
Mushroom show: The Snohomish County Mycological Society Wild Mushroom Show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Forest Park, Floral Hall, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. Free. A mushroom identification class is at 1 p.m. in Lions Hall. All ages. More info: www.scmsfungi.org.
Buffet brunch: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at the Camano Island Yacht Club, 129 N. Sunset Drive, Camano Island. Cost is $9, $5 for children under 9. Breakfast meats, eggs, hashbrowns, blueberry pancakes, fruit, sweet rolls, beverages. Omelets $1 extra.
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.
Taste of Norway: The Sons of Norway event runs 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Normanna Lodge No. 3, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett. Norwegian food demonstrations and tasting, a bake sale, kids activities, a raffle and more. Cost is $8. More info: 425-252-0291.
GMO film: A food and GMO awareness film series is being held this month at Stanwood Public Library, 9701 271st St. NW. The next free viewing is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and features “Bitter Seeds,” which rebuts claims that genetically modified seeds can save the developing world. More info: Rob Branigin, 360-629-3132.
After-school science: Demonstrations of science concepts and hands-on stations for kids to do their own experiments will be offered for ages 5-11, 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. More info: 425-493-8202.
Bat Lady: Learn more about bats from Barbara Ogaard of Sarvey Wildlife Center and Bats Northwest at a presentation set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 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. Proceeds benefit Sarvey Wildlife Center and the Stream Center. Registration required. More info: 425-316-8592.
Norwegian Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Thin, rolled pancakes with strawberries or 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. Oct. 19 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.
Recycle event: Recycle old mobile phones, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at McClain Insurance, 10410 19th Ave. SE, Everett. Phones will be wiped clean and donated to Hopeline to benefit victims of domestic violence. Free document shredding, too. More info: 425-379-9200.
Narbeck walk: Explore the Narbeck Wetland Nature Preserve, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 19. The preserve is at 7007 Seaway Blvd., Everett, ear Paine Field and Boeing. The guided walk will focus on the 0.3-mile inner boardwalk trail. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members, and benefits Streamkeeper Academy. Registration required. More info: 425-316-9892.
Apple Day: Historic Bayview Corner hosts Apple Day, featuring a Mutt Strut dog parade and costume contest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19, at 5603 Bayview Road, Langley. Admission is free. Other activities include an apple stacking contest, live music, wine tasting and farmer’s market. More info: 360-321-4145.
Microchip clinic: Camano Animal Shelter Association offers a low-cost microchip clinic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the shelter at the corner of East Camano Drive and Can Ku Road, Camano Island. Cost is $20 per chip; cats and dogs only. Cats must arrive in a carrier; dogs must be leashed. More info: 360-387-1902.
Dogtober Fest: This 21-and-over trivia contest benefits Scrub-A-Mutt and Everett’s Animal Rescue Foundation and is set for 1-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Irishmen, 2923 Colby Ave., Everett. Cost is $5 and includes a trivia card and one door prize ticket. Trivia competition starts at 2 p.m. More info: 360-659-9626.
Fairy Scary Halloween: Families are invited to come in costume and create a fairy house, 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and there will be treats. The event is free. More info: 360-568-2898.
Concert: “Voices Among Us,” a benefit concert for Village Community Services featuring Voices of the Village and films from the Sprout Film Festival, is set for 3-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Admission is free; donations will be requested. Voices of the Village is a 27-member musical ensemble of musicians and performers with developmental disabilities. More info: 360-653-7752.
Heybrook Hoedown: The Friends of Heybrook Ridge event is set for 4-10 p.m. Oct. 19 at Outdoor Adventures Center’s River House, 444 Ave. A in Index. Bluegrass music, dancing, raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit trail development in Snohomish County’s forested 100-acre park on Heybrook Ridge between the north and south forks of the Skykomish River at Index. Tickets at the door are $25; children under 12 are free. More info: 206-604-6038.
Harvest and Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Arts, crafts, gifts and baked goods. More info: 360-653-4551, email@example.com.
Autumn Craft Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Ken Baxter Community Center at Comeford Park, 514 Delta Ave. in Marysville. Quality handmade gifts for the holidays, garden, pets, children, hats, art prints, jewelry, purses, food and much more. Over 25 vendors. Donations for the food bank also accepted. Free admission. More info: 360-363-8450.
Holiday bazaar: The Afton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star holds its bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Marysville Masonic Hall, 419 Columbia Ave.
Fall Bazaar: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Loyal Heights Community Club, 4406 269th Place NE, Arlington. More info: 360-435-8791 or 360-435-2998.
WAYS TO HELP
Blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Call 800-398-7888 for an appointment.
Food drive: Bring a non-perishable food item and meet Mama Blue, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at 13212 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek. All donations go to the Mill Creek Food Bank.
Treats for Troops: Drop off your extra Halloween candy to be sent to U.S. troops serving overseas. Drop-off sites include Sweet Indulgence, 19555 Highway 2 in Monroe. For other sites and more information, go to www.treatsforourtroops.org or call 206-948-3933.
Trunk-or-Treat volunteers: Faith Lutheran Church seeks volunteers to help with its Trunk-or-Treat event, set for 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 6708 Cady Road, Everett. More info: 425-353-4758, or Roxana at 425-971-0402.
United Way open house: Individuals interested in serving on a United Way committee are encouraged to attend an open house, 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at its offices at 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200, Everett. Volunteers are needed for a variety of committees. More info: www.uwsc.org/committees.php.
Work clothing, YWCA: The YWCA Working Women’s Wardrobe program is in need of personal care and feminine hygiene products and also large department store clothing bags. The items may be dropped off at 3301 Broadway, Everett. Working Wardrobe provides interview- or work-appropriate clothing free to over 1,100 women a year. More info: 425-258-2766.
Baby items needed: The YWCA of Snohomish County seeks donations of disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion, formula, food and baby and toddler toys. Drop donations off at the YWCA Family Village of Lynnwood, 19703 68th Ave. W. More info: Cheryl, 425-770-5931.
Operation School Bell: The Assistance League of Everett program that provides children from low-income families with new clothing and shoes has started its 48th year. The program is funded by sales from the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. Donations of quality clothing and household items are welcome at the store, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. More info: 425-252-3011, ext. 102.
Toy drive: The Goldwing Touring Association Chapter C’s annual toy drive to benefit Christmas House runs through Dec. 13. Donations can be dropped off at Everett Powersports, 215 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett. Toys must be new or like-new. Pick-up service available. More info: Kathy Leon, 206-362-4250 or Kathy-Leon@comcast.net.
Thanksgiving meals: The Everett Gospel Mission seeks Thanksgiving donations. Every $2.05 provides a full holiday meal to one homeless man, woman or child. More info: www.egmission.org, 425-750-2500.
Food bank pledges: Snohomish Community Food Bank seeks pledges for holiday meals and gifts. For Thanksgiving, pledges of 100, 200 or 400 quantity of an item are needed, with delivery by Nov. 22. Christmas gifts need pledges of 25 quantity, by age and gender of a child, with delivery by Dec. 12. Christmas food pledges of 100, 200 or 400 quantity of an item are needed, with delivery by Dec. 16. More info: Elizabeth, 360-568-7993.
Warehouse needed: Marine Corps Toys for Tots of South Snohomish County seeks a warehouse for 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.
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.
Bazaar vendors: The Snohomish County NAACP ACT-SO Youth group will host a holiday bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Mukilteo YMCA, 10601 47th Place W. Tables are $50; register by Nov. 2. All proceeds help ACT-SO youth attend regional and national competitions. More info: email@example.com or 425-876-2530.
Craft fair vendors: The Edmonds-Woodway Music Boosters seek crafters and vendors for its annual craft fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the school, 7600 212th St. SW, Edmonds. Tables are $50 and support school music programs; register by Nov. 13. Space is limited. More info: ewhsmusic.com or M. Gillingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food bank, Snohomish: The Snohomish Community Food Bank needs reliable volunteers to assist with various duties. More info: Megan Kuehl at 360-568-7993 or email@example.com.
Salt of the Earth: The Everett soup kitchen seeks volunteer drivers. Vehicle provided. Volunteers must be licensed and insured. Help is needed on various days. More info: Sandra, 425-355-1042.
Food bank, Everett: Hands of Hope, a 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.
Food bank, Arlington: Arlington Community Food Bank seeks donations and volunteers. Volunteers are needed for varied tasks. The food bank is at 18810 59th Drive NE. Send checks to 16821 Smokey Point Blvd., PMB 224, Arlington, WA 98223. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at 360-435-1631.
Food bank, Marysville: 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 at Marysville Community Food Bank. The food bank is at 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville. More info: 360-658-1054, http://marysvillefoodbank.org.
Donate clothing: Faith Lutheran Church, 6708 Cady Road in Everett, seeks help with its Community Meals program through donations of gently used or new cold-weather clothing, including boots, shoes, sweaters, coats, gloves and warm socks for both kids and adults. Children’s books and magazines also are needed. All donations appreciated.
Help with wardrobes: 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.
Assist with equine: All Breed Equine Rez-Q in Marysville seeks a variety of volunteers. More info: 425-263-6390, 206-933-0327, allbreedhorserescue.com.
Help wildlife, Arlington: Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, located in Arlington, seeks volunteers to help in its wildlife care clinic. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. More info: www.sarveywildlife.org or email@example.com.
Help wildlife, Lynnwood: PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood seeks volunteer wildlife care assistants to perform a variety of tasks. More info: www.paws.org/wildlife-volunteer-care-assistant.html or firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com, www.saveourdogsandcats.org.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, has a variety of volunteer opportunities and needs. More info: 360-387-0222.
Senior center, Arlington: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, has a variety of volunteer opportunities. More info: 360-653-4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people ages 55 and older for a variety of volunteer opportunities at schools, food banks, homeless shelters, the court system and more. More info: John McAlpine at email@example.com, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://tinyurl.com/kedr6s4.
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 in a variety of ways. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hospital gift shop, Monroe: The gift shop at Valley General Hospital in Monroe needs reliable volunteers to work three-hour shifts. The gift shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. More info: Janie, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital gift shop, Everett: 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.
Veterans center: 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.SENIORS
Medicare assistance: Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors will be at the Camano Center on Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 by appointment to offer one-on-one assistance with Medicare open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Call 425-513-1900. The Camano Center is a 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island.
Social time: The Ken Baxter Community Center offers a free weekly coffee, pastry and social time, 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays (except holidays). The community center is at 514 Delta Ave., Marysville. Open to seniors who want to sit, relax and enjoy each other’s company near a river rock fireplace. Sponsored by the Cottages at Marysville. More info: 360-363-8450.
Enhance Fitness: The low-impact aerobics class for ages 50 and older runs 8:45-9:45 a.m. weekdays through Oct. 22 at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. No experience needed. The current session started Sept. 18. Cost for the five-week session is $45 if attending five days each week, $30 if attending three days each week. Group Health Medicare members can take the class for free. More info: 425-257-8780.
Stretch and Tone: This class includes stretching and strengthening exercises for an effective workout from the safety of a seated position, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Cost is $1 per class. More info: 425-257-8780.
Double-deck pinochle: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays at Scriber Gardens/GenCare, 6024 200th St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: Carla, 425-771-5471.
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.
Swedish/Edmonds: A variety of free support groups and fee-based health classes are offered at the hospital, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. More info: www.swedish.org/classes.
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. Oct. 14 (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.
Lymphedema support group: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 18 (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. to noon Oct. 12 (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. Oct. 14 (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. Oct. 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. 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.
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 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.