Community Extra: Opportunities

Stuff: See a school bus, donate food

Bus drivers and other staff members from the Mukilteo School District will take donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Albertson’s store at Beverly Park Road and the Mukilteo Speedway.

A recently purchased school bus will be on hand at the event so members of the community can get a look at the kind of vehicles that will be purchased with funds from a recently approved transportation levy.

The levy, which was approved by nearly 60 percent of voters last month, will raise $3 million in 2013, which will be used to purchase about 30 new school buses during the next several years.

Eat: Bake sale helps wetland project

A bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Lake Stickney Conservancy, a neighborhood nonprofit that has helped to protect wetlands near the lake.

There will be cakes, jams, brownies, cookies and more. Samples will help the undecided. The sale will be held at the Lake Stickney Community Club House, 1428 S. Lake Stickney Drive, Lynnwood.

Give: Holiday tree tags help kids

The city of Edmonds’ Giving Trees are up and decorated with gift ideas for children throughout Snohomish County.

The public is encouraged to pick a tag for a needy child at two locations, Edmonds City Hall at 121 Fifth Ave. or Frances Anderson Center at 700 Main St.

The tags are printed with the age and gender of the child, the gift they would most like to receive, and instructions for donors.

Once you decide on which tag you want, all you have to do is shop, wrap, tape the tag securely to the outside of the gift, and return it to the tree by 4 p.m. Saturday.

The city works with Volunteers of America which provided the gift tags and will deliver all the donated gifts.

More info: 425-775-2525.

Battle: Snohomish banks collect food

In a Battle of the Banks, five Snohomish banks compete for bragging rights as they work to collect nonperishable food items for the Snohomish Community Food Bank.

Donations will be collected through Dec. 27 at:

•Columbia Bank, 167 Lincoln Ave.

Key Bank, 1325 Ave. D

Opus Bank, 1101 Ave. D

Peoples Bank, 2801 Bickford Ave.

Washington Federal, 620 Second St.

Exhibit: Show seeks homeless artists

The Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington is seeking works by homeless and previously homeless artists for a benefit exhibit.

Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 11. Artists of all ages are invited to submit work. Call Interfaith at 425-252-6672.

The art will be displayed Jan. 19-Feb. 12 at Café Zippy, 2811 Wetmore Ave., Everett.

This event supports the Snohomish County Point in Time Count, set to occur Jan. 24, which takes a count of homeless people throughout the county.

More info: Point in Time Count, call 425-388-3268 to volunteer or go to www.snoco.org.

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