Exercise: Work out for homeless youth
An event planned for Saturday will give you a health boost and help support Cocoon House, an organization serving homeless and at-risk youth. Everett-area fitness coach Mark Haner plans to host the event at 8 a.m. at Valley View Baptist Church, 9717 31st Ave. SE, Everett. All levels are encouraged to attend. The workout is intended to kick-start healthy habits before the holidays are in full swing.
Admission is $20. Register online at www.tinyurl.com/cocoonfit.
Write: Elks essay contest still open
Students in fifth through eighth grades are invited to enter an essay in an annual contest sponsored by the national Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
The topic is “Why I am proud to be an American.” The essay must be less than 250 words, typed or printed legibly in ink. Participants must include full name, grade, school and the sponsoring Elks lodge. The essays must be submitted by Jan. 11 to the Everett Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 5609, Everett, WA, 98206.
Winners will get a $1,000 U.S. savings bond for first place, a $500 bond for second and a $250 bond for third place.
Give: Toy shop seeks volunteers, gifts
South Snohomish County Toy Shop has teamed up with Lynnwood police and fire departments and community organizations to help families this holiday season. Volunteers and donations are needed.
Drop off gifts 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Terrace Park School, 5409 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace. Drop-off bins also are located in the lobby of the Lynnwood Police Department, 19321 44th Ave. W., and Lynnwood Fire Station 15, on the corner of 44th Avenue W. and 188th Street SW. Deadline for donations is Dec. 9.
Accepted items include dolls, Tonka trucks, Legos, games, books, remote control cars, electronics, skateboards, cosmetic kits, art kits, baby items, stocking stuffers and gift wrapping supplies. Gift cards to local stores and monetary donations are welcome.
More info: 425-258-2766, ext. 228, or www.ywcaworks.org
Donate: Food drive counting on you
Tulalip Tribes plan to fill two truckloads with food for the Marysville and Tulalip food banks by Friday, and they need your help.
The following items are needed: beans, rice oats, vegetables, fruit, tuna, tomato sauce, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, juice, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, gravy mix, stuffing, baking mix, flour, Jell-O and nuts. Diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes, baby formula, soap, toilet paper and face tissues also are needed. Cash donations accepted.
The food drive is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Tulalip Amphitheatre, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. Drop-off locations include the Tulalip Administration Building, 6406 Marine Drive, Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, and Tulalip Health Clinic, 7520 36th Ave. NW.
Attend: Festival tickets on sale
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County is planning its 12th annual Festival of Trees gala and auction.
This year’s festival is scheduled for 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor, 155 NE Ernst St., and for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, 5725 Country Club Drive, Langley. Tickets are $75 before Nov. 15 and $85 after that.
The event features uniquely decorated trees and wreaths and benefits kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
To make reservations, contact Peggy Dyer, the organization’s executive director, 360-279-0644 or email@example.com.