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Homeless count

Snohomish County is seeking volunteers for its Point in Time homeless count Thursday.

The annual count helps assess the number of homeless individuals and families in Snohomish County as well as to determine ways of ending homelessness. Volunteers are needed for different parts of the county between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Data from the annual count also is used to help understand how widespread homelessness is in Snohomish County and who is most affected.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a three-hour period during the Jan. 26 count. All training and materials will be provided at the sites specified below. To volunteer or for more information, contact one of the area leads:

East county: Sharon Paskewitz, 425-212-3211 or spaskewitz@voaww.org;

South county: Maria Bighaus, 425-774-9843 ext. 236 or mbighaus@ywcaworks.org;

Central county: Jeanita Nelson, 425-374-6319 or JeanitaN@ccsww.org;

North county: Nate Greenland, 425-347-6556 or nategreenland@housinghope.org.

For more detailed information about the count, contact Nate Marti at 425-388-3268.

Art on display: The Mountlake Terrace Library plans to showcase Monroe artist Janie Olsen’s acrylic paintings starting Feb. 2.

Olsen’s art features whimsical and mystical themes. Her work draws inspiration from fairy tales, nature, romance and the notion of opposites — good and evil, ugly and beautiful.

Private collections with her work include the Schack Art Center in Everett and Matzke Fine Art and Design in Stanwood.

The show runs through Feb. 29 at 23300 58th Ave. W. The hours are: Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission oversees the library exhibits.

For more information about the artist, go to www.thestorybookstudio.com.

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