Lego Lab: Kids are invited to create with Legos and Roylco Straws, 2-4 p.m. today and the fourth Friday of each month at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Smokey Point Carnival: First annual event by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce continues today and Saturday at 172nd Street NE and 51st Avenue NE. Rides, games, food and fun. Entrance is free. Wristbands for all-day rides are $19 at the door. More info: 360-659-5453.
Trails dedication: Sultan and the Snohomish County PUD invite the public to a dedication of new salmon habitat and a series of trails and bridges along the lower Sultan River, 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Osprey Park, First and High streets northwest of downtown Sultan. The PUD enhanced or created roughly 2 miles of habitat for juvenile salmon as well as expanded trails in Osprey and Reese parks. More info: 425-783-8444.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on Camano Island. Pick up a map for the free, self-guided tour at Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 E. Camano Drive. Information on native plants, wildlife and composting will be available. More info: www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, 360-861-6372, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock and Roll, Mountlake Terrace: Kids age 5 and older are invited to learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and fossils at this Pacific Science Center exhibit, coming to the Mountlake Terrace Library at 1 p.m. Saturday. The library is at 23300 58th Ave. W. More info: 425-776-8722.
Saturday Stories: Families with children who have special needs are invited to a special story time, 9 a.m. July 6 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. The monthly gathering includes stories, music and activities designed for developmental ages 3-6, although all children are welcome with an adult. The side door will be open at 8:50 a.m. for participating families. More info: Mechelle at 360-568-2898.
Chicken dinner: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, holds its monthly chicken dinner, 12-2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $7 for seniors; $8 for adults; $5 for children under age 12. More info: 360-653-4551, email@example.com.
Trolley tours: Lynnwood presents its first summer open house at Heritage Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 6. 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, www.PlayLynnwood.com.
FOURTH OF JULY
Arlington: Frontier Days includes a pancake breakfast (starting at 7 a.m. at Haller Park), a Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon (8 a.m., Haller Park), Kiwanis Club auction and raffle (8:30 a.m., Haller Park), a kids carnival (12 p.m., Legion Park), parades (4:30 p.m., Olympic Avenue), the Stilly Duck Dash (7:30 p.m., Haller Park), and fireworks at Quake Park once it’s dark. More info: arlington-smokeypointchamber.com.
Edmonds: An Edmonds Kind of Fourth includes a 5k Fun Run/Walk (10 a.m.), parades (11:30 a.m.), Edmonds Firefighters waterball competition (2:30 p.m., City Park), a SeaWolves soccer game (4 p.m., Edmonds-Woodway High School), food vendors and evening entertainment (7:30 p.m., Civic Stadium) and fireworks (10 p.m., Civic Stadium). More info: www.edmondswa.com.
Everett: Colors of Everett includes the Yankee Doodle Dash (8:30 a.m., Everett Family YMCA), Colors of Freedom parade (11 a.m., Colby and Wetmore avenues downtown), Fun in the Sun Street Fair (12-3 p.m., First Baptist Church), Colors of Freedom Festival (1-11 p.m., Legion Memorial Park), Thunder on the Bay fireworks (viewing areas at Legion and Grand Avenue parks). More info: www.ci.everett.wa.us, “4th of July” under “Jump to” menu.
Index: Community fireworks show, 7 p.m. Free shuttle.
Mountlake Terrace: Family Fourth of July includes musical entertainment at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks shortly after 10 p.m. at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. Pets and personal fireworks are not allowed. More info: www.cityofmlt.com, 425-640-3101.
WAYS TO HELP
Food drive: Toys for Tots of South Snohomish County plans a food drive to benefit local food banks, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Grocery Outlet, 9620-B State Ave. Donations will be accepted by volunteers, some in uniform.
Berry sale: The Snohomish Rotary Club is taking orders for raspberries and blueberries for a fundraiser to benefit its service projects, including scholarships and other youth activities. The berries will come from Mike and Jean’s Berry Farm in Mount Vernon. A 14-pound bucket of raspberries is $40; pick-up July 18. Half and full-size flats also available. Blueberries are in a 10-pound box; pick-up July 25. Pick-up locations are Everett, Mill Creek, Monroe and Snohomish. More info or to order: www.snohomishrotary.org, or Jim Church at 360-568-1693.
Partners for Youth Empowerment: Holds its first international gathering July 2-7 at the Whidbey Institute, 6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton. More than 80 artists, educators and youth workers from around the world are expected to attend this first international gathering called “Catch the Fire.” PYE is looking for community members who would like to help host this event. Tasks include transportation, kitchen volunteering, hosting participants and donations to cover expenses. More info: http://pyeglobal.org, or Eric Mullholland at 360-221-8332.
Farmers market volunteers: The Port Susan Farmers Market will be held 3-7 p.m. Fridays, July 5-Oct. 18. Volunteers are needed for set-up, tear-down and more. More info: www.portsusan.org, or Leslie Collings at 360-202-3932.
Ironman help: Lake Stevens hosts Ironman 70.3 on July 21 and is in need of volunteers. Click on the “Volunteer” tab at www.ironmanlakestevens.com for a registration form. More info: Karen Morea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog vendors: Scrub-A-Mutt plans its sixth annual dog wash to benefit local rescue centers, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE, next to the Marysville Off Leash Dog Park. Vendors and organizations that sell to or support dogs are sought. Booth spaces (10-by-10) are $50 for businesses and $25 for nonprofit and rescue groups. More info: www.scrub-a-mutt.org.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a few volunteers. The center needs a front desk volunteer for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; volunteers to transport seniors to medical appointments; a volunteer to check in clients for most Wednesday foot clinics; someone on-call to change reader-board letters at the Second Chance Thrift Shop; and volunteers for various duties at upcoming special events. The Second Chance Thrift Shop also needs several volunteers, including help with linens, moving heavy items, shelving merchandise, and testing, repairing and pricing male-oriented items. More info: 360-387-0222.
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.
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, visit 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.
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: Volunteers and donations welcome. Send checks to 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or bring in food donations, 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, 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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 2 (first Tuesday) on the second floor of 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.
Family support group: Meets next from 7:30-9 p.m. July 8 (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.
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.
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.
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: 425-334-2878.
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.
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.