Bloom: Free family activities at arboretumA free Fun Family Event is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, at American Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett.
Enjoy music, art projects, theater games, food, a scavenger hunt, prizes, garden projects and more. Activities are sponsored by the Imagine Children’s Museum, Schack Art Center, Everett Public Library, Kidstage, downtown Everett YMCA, Master Gardener’s of Snohomish County, Pilchuck Audubon Society and Evergreen Arboretum Foundation.
More info: www.evergreenarboretum.com
Give: Heat wave brings blood shortageThe recent hot weather created a blood shortage for the Puget Sound Blood Center. Several blood drives were canceled during the heat wave because of a lack of air conditioning at drive locations. The PSBC depends on 900 donors per day to maintain a sufficient blood supply for the more than 80 hospitals it serves throughout the Pacific Northwest.
“We are already at the point where inventories of the most-needed blood types are falling below critical levels,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and CEO of Puget Sound Blood Center.
Eligible donors may schedule an appointment at one of its 11 centers, or find a blood drive in their community close to where they live or work, at psbc.org.
More info: schedule.psbc.org or 800-398-7888
Can: Food preservation for beginnersTackle your first canning project in a hands-on food preservation class 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 2 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. “Can, Pickle and Jam” will cover the how, why, and what can be preserved by canning — including fruit, jam, tomatoes and pickles.
The class is led by Vickie Phelps of Seattle Can Can, a USDA-accredited Master Food Preserver with over 40 years of experience.
More info: www.sno-isle.org, 425-493-8202
Volunteer: Arts festival seeks helpFresh Paint, a summer art festival put on by the Schack Art Center on Everett’s waterfront, seeks volunteers to help with this year’s festival, Aug. 16-17.
Booth monitors are needed both days from 2-5 p.m. Parking attendants, as well as music and talent assistants, are needed both days from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Clean-up crews are needed 5-8 p.m. Aug. 17.
More info: Jennifer MacLean, firstname.lastname@example.org
Groove: Kids concerts in Mill CreekFriends of the Mill Creek Library, Mill Creek Parks and Recreation and local sponsors will host children’s entertainment on Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., this summer at Library Park, 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway.
July 30: Nancy Stewart, a national award-winning musician who has been writing and performing for children for 20 years
Aug. 6: Buck &Elizabeth, including a cowboy and cowgirl costume contest
Aug. 13: Jim Valley, whose high-energy concerts inspire singing and dancing along
Parking is available at the library and on the north side of the street off 156th Street SE. Parking also is available near Azteca restaurant.
More info: Kristen Froseth, 425-745-1891