Community Extra: Opportunities

Treat: Columbus Day drive aids disabled

Local Knights of Columbus members for the second year will take part in the national organization’s Tootsie Roll Drive this weekend, helping to raise money for programs that benefit people with disabilities.

The drive will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. Knights of Columbus members will be at various retail locations throughout the community soliciting donations — and handing out Tootsie Roll candies. About 80 cents of every $1 raised goes directly to local programs, according to the nonprofit Columbus Charities. Last year, the drive raised more than $60,000 for the Special Olympics.

Taste: Learn about city’s spirits — and spirits

The Spirits of Snohomish Distillery Walk and After Party on Saturday includes storytelling about historic Snohomish’s “spirited past.”

Proceeds from the business-sponsored event benefit the Kla Ha Ya Days Festival and the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club.

A tasting tour of 10 distilleries runs from 4-7 p.m. and costs $8, including five tastings. Additional tastings are $1 each. Then, starting at 7 p.m., evening entertainment with live music, beer, wine and cocktails kicks off. The cost is $15, including two beer or wine drinks. Attend both events and save $3.

Check in at The Second Street Cabin, 1010 Second St. The after party will be at the Waltz Building, 116 Avenue B.

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Donate: Motorcycle group gathers toys

Goldwing Touring Association Chapter C, a motorcycle group based in Everett, is sponsoring a toy and clothing drive to benefit Christmas House, which serves low-income families in Snohomish County during the holidays.

The drive runs through Dec. 10. Donations can be dropped off at Everett Powersports, 215 SW Everett Mall Way, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Or contact Kathy Leon at or 206-362-4250 for assistance.

Clothing should be new and in original packaging; stuffed toys should be new or like-new. Christmas House specifically requests stuffed animals and toys, teen boys’ socks and large boys’ socks, size 5T boys’ winter coats, sizes 10-14 girls’ winter coats, and new, small gifts for pre-teen boys ages 9 and 10.

Dye: Hair extensions benefit cancer research

Local Elle Marie Hair Studio salons will offer natural hair extensions dyed pink for clients who donate $10 or more to the chain’s Pink Hair for Hope campaign. Net proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Participating salons are in Mill Creek (425-402-1900), Lake Stevens (425-397-8883) and Lynnwood across from the Alderwood mall (425-640-6555). More info: 877-855-4247, or

Volunteer: Horse rescue center needs steady help

All Breed Equine Rez-Q, a nonprofit horse rescue center in Marysville, is seeking a volunteer who can spend three days a week managing the farm along with helping to keep stalls clean and feeding and watering horses. The volunteer may have free horse boarding in exchange.

The center needs other volunteers to clean stalls and help with other horse care needs. The rescue center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at 2415 116th St. NE. More info: Dale at 425-263-6390 or

Sell: Vendors needed for bazaar season

Holiday bazaar time is nearly here, and several local groups are looking for vendors.

Ÿ Snohomish Senior Center’s Holiday Bazaar will be held Nov. 17. Tables are $30. More info: Marlo, 360-568-0934.

Ÿ The Mukilteo School District’s FUN Committee’s Crafts Fair will be Nov. 3. Tables are $36. More info:

Ÿ Garden Court Retirement Center in Everett plans its Holiday Bazaar for Nov. 3. More info: 425-438-9080.

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