Community Extra: Opportunities

Share: Clothing, toy collection drive

The Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club, with help from other local volunteers, again hosts its Sharing Tree through Dec. 24 at the Alderwood mall.

A tradition since 1988, volunteers gather donations of new toys and clothing which then are distributed to families eligible for food stamps, or to children eligible for subsidized lunches in public schools.

Volunteers will accept donations daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Helping the Rotary are volunteers from Lynnwood High School, Clothes for Kids and the Edmonds United Methodist Church.

Pose: Santa photos aid food bank

The Arlington Community Food Bank will again present a Santa Picture Shoot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, and again from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Co-Op Supply building at 101 S. Olympic Ave. A donation of 10 cans of food or $15 will give you pictures with Santa on a disc. Copy Mail and More will give coupons for special deals. Debora Nelson from Photographic Journeys Studio will set up the scene and take pictures. The opportunity comes during the city’s annual “Hometown Holidays” festival.

More info: acfoodbank@frontier.com.

Honor: Fundraiser focuses on pets

Remember or honor a beloved pet and help cats and dogs served by the Camano Animal Shelter Association.

Donate $5 and a Christmas tag with your pet’s name will be hung on the shelter’s Lights of Love Tree inside the Copy This Mail That store, 370 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Proceeds benefit CASA, a nonprofit animal welfare and no-kill shelter.

Forms are available at the store, or at CASA, 198 Can Ku Road, Camano Island, as well as online at www.camanoanimalshelter.org. Deadline is Dec. 24.

More info: 360-387-1902.

Meet: Eat with Santa at Alderwood Anthony’s

The Alderwood mall Santa will make a stop at Anthony’s Seafood Grill from 8-9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 to share breakfast and decorate cookies.

Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults, with $5 from each ticket donated to the Alderwood Boys &Girls Club. Reservations required: 425-771-4665.

Rent: Live trees from Adopt A Stream

Want a Christmas tree that will benefit salmon after the holidays? The Adopt A Stream Foundation will rent live trees for $35. The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

There will be more than 200 trees to choose from, including Sitka spruce, Western red cedar and Douglas fir. Most trees are 3 to 4 feet high. Directions on how to keep trees alive and healthy will be provided.

Sammy the Salmon will don a Santa-style hat for photos. The Northwest Stream Center nature store also will offer 10 percent discounts. Live trees that are returned after the holidays to the Adopt A Stream Foundation will be planted in the new year along local salmon streams, helping keep soil in place and offering needed shade to keep streams cool.

More info: www.streamkeeper.org or 425-316-8592.

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