Community Extra: Opportunities

Cruise: Tour Snohomish in your decorated car

Snohomish plans its first-ever Freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Drive your decorated vehicle — two wheels or four, as long as it’s street legal — along a circular route that moves clockwise along First Street, Avenue D, Second Street and Union Avenue.

Enter anywhere along the route at any point, staying for a few laps or the whole hour.

A map is posted at http://tinyurl/SnohomishCruise.

The event is free.

More info: 425-330-0831.

Donate: Monroe band holds benefit concert

The Monroe Concert Band presents a benefit concert, The Reason for the Season, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 W. Main St., Monroe.

Donations of non-perishable food, hygiene products, gloves, diapers and baby wipes will be collected for Take the Next Step, a Monroe nonprofit.

More info: www.monroe

Volunteer: Arlington thrift store needs helpers

Community Thrift of Arlington seeks volunteers to pick up contributed merchandise, help operate the store, prepare displays, greet customers and other tasks.

The thrift store, operated by Quilceda Community Services and Sherwood Community Services, provides a work site for special-needs adults learning job skills. Proceeds from the store help support both nonprofits’ budgets.

Community Thrift is at 604 E. Gilman Ave. in Arlington.

The store is open Tuesdays to Saturdays and sells clothing, household goods, furniture and seasonal items.

More info: 360-435-0707.

Ring: Camano Center seeking cashiers

Cashiers are needed for lunch sales at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays for about an hour.

More info: Nancy at 360-387-0222 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Join: Group tackles underage drinking

Snohomish County will work with Marysville Middle School and the Marysville community to keep youth, young adults and others free of alcohol and other drug misuse.

The project is funded by a state grant. The Marysville Together Coalition will begin services no later than July 1 and invites community members to become involved with planning and implementing programs.

Marysville Together is to be represented by parents, grandparents, youth, healthcare professionals, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders, civic and volunteer groups, government, substance-abuse prevention and treatment organizations, business, media, schools and youth-serving organizations.

More info: Mary Wysocki at 425-388-7422 or

Sponsor: Everett MLK event seeks sponsors

The annual Diversity Partnering Reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in downtown Everett, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sponsors are needed to help produce the free event, which is highlighted by a recognition ceremony for winners of the Prodigies for Peace essay, video and art contest.

Those who provide $100 sponsorships will receive public recognition.

To help sponsor the event, contact Kate Reardon with the city of Everett, at 425-257-8687 or, or Martin Cross with the YMCA, at 425-493-2416 or

The public is invited to reserve seats for the celebration by calling 425-257-8751.

An RSVP is required to attend.

More info:

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