Haiku, art contests
The Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival is coming up Feb. 3. Annual contests have deadlines before the big event.
The Nature Haiku contest is open to all Snohomish County residents, from kindergartners to adults. The top prize in each age category is $50. Follow the non-rhyming 5-7-5 pattern on a nature theme. Submit poems by midnight Jan. 29 at www.arlingtonwa.gov/haikucontest or mail to City of Arlington, Recreation, 238 N Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223.
Another contest seeks the best eagle photography. Photographers may enter up to two photographs. The entry fee is $5 per photo. The winning entry receives $200 and is featured on the festival poster.
Artists of all ages also can submit a variety of nature-themed art — $5 per entry, up to four entries per person, including eagle photos — for a chance at a People’s Choice $200 prize. Children’s entry fees are donated to the Arlington Community Food Bank.
Art contest entries — open to Snohomish County and Camano Island residents — must be dropped off between noon and 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Olympic Theater, 107 S Olympic Ave.
More info: www.arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest
WAYS TO HELP
Donate to book sale
The Friends of the Edmonds Library seeks donations to its ongoing book sale, including gently used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, sheet music, magazines and computer software. Sale proceeds benefit library programs and a scholarship fund. A drop box for donations is in the foyer of the library, at 650 Main St. Pick-up service is available for large donations.
More info: edmondslibraryfriends.org
Depression, bipolar: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Snohomish County offers peer support groups, which typically meet 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays in Everett. More info: www.dbsalliance.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-405-0786.
Mental illness: The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Snohomish County offers a variety of local support groups, including for family and friends of those living with mental illness. More info: www.namisnohomishcounty.org.
Suicide Loss: A Survivors of Suicide Loss support group meets 6-8 p.m. fourth Thursdays at the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW. For those grieving and surviving suicide loss. More info: scsuicideprevention.org.
Grief group: Family Support Centers offers a drop-in grief group, 3-4 p.m. Mondays at the Arlington Community Resource Center, located at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. More info: 360-386-7989.