Check your utility rates
The city of Lynnwood’s utility charges will go up again Jan. 1. The City Council last year adopted a rate plan with annual increases through 2022. Assistance may be available for struggling households.
More info: www.LynnwoodWA.gov/UtilityRates, 425-670-5170
Council appointment nears
The Everett City Council has been reviewing applications from 29 people interested in the council seat being vacated by Mayor-Elect Cassie Franklin. The names of applicants are posted online at tinyurl.com/Council122017.
Additional candidates applied after the initial deadline was extended.
All the candidates will have five minutes to speak at Wednesday’s council meeting. Council members then will narrow the list to six or fewer finalists. The finalists will be interviewed at a public meeting set for 3 p.m. Jan 3. Whomever is appointed likely would be sworn in next month and would serve until late 2018.
More info: www.everettwa.gov/council
WAYS TO HELP
Blood drive in Arlington
A blood drive for BloodWorks Northwest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 at NorthSound Physical Therapy, 3204 Smokey Point Drive, Arlington.
More info: Shelayne Wicker, 425-231-2511
Seniors can volunteer with RSVP
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people ages 55 and older for a variety of volunteer positions, such as drivers, peer-to-peer counselors, student mentors, food bank workers and more. Volunteer locations are across the county with varying days and times of commitment.
More info: John McAlpine, email@example.com or 425-374-6374
Upgrading? Donate your old cellphone
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County recycles cellphones, iPads and iPhones. Donate at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe, 3010 Grand Ave., Everett. For other sites or more information, go to www.dvs-snoco.org.
More info: 425-259-2827 ext. 13
Give old eyeglasses, hearing aids new life
Lions Clubs collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Donations may be made at Everett Public Library branches, the PUD main office and at most opticians and eye doctors.
More info: Everett Central Lions Club’s Art Ruben, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-387-9256
Food and clothing assistance
Find a comprehensive list of Snohomish County food banks, meal programs, clothing services and more via the Snohomish Community Food Bank’s website, tinyurl.com/SnohCoHelp. Most groups also seek volunteers and donations.
More info: Dial 211
Classes at Swedish Edmonds
A variety of free support groups and fee-based health classes are offered at Swedish Edmonds hospital, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds.
More info: www.swedish.org/classes