South County Calendar

  • Tue Nov 29th, 2011 8:35pm

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Sno-Isle Libraries explores hate crime violence

Sno-Isle Libraries will host screenings and public discussions of a new PBS documentary, “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” at 10 community libraries. These screenings are part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ “Issues That Matter” series of programs that encourage important community dialogue.

A screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W and another at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W.

“Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness” tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers.

For specific screening information, go to The screenings and discussions are funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

For more information about “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” including the film trailer, discussion guides and press materials, go to or

Sunrise Senior Living celebrates 30 years with special event

Join the Sunrise Senior Living community in celebrating 30 years with a tree-lighting and refreshments.

A tree-lighting ceremony along with a special toast to the center’s anniversary is scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at 750 Edmonds Way, Edmonds.

Join residents, friends and families for holiday treats, hot cocoa and cider, carols and live entertainment. To learn more about the celebration and to RSVP, call 425-673-9700 or email

Christmas tree rental at Northwest Stream Center

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Christmas? Consider renting a live Christmas tree from the Adopt A Stream Foundation.

Adopt A Stream will have 200 live Sitka spruce, western red cedar and Douglas fir trees about 3 feet to 4 feet tall, available to rent, ecologist Loren Brokaw said.

Rental price is $25 for 3-foot trees and $30 for 4-foot trees. Pick them up from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Northwest Stream Center, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Each rental tree will come with directions on how to care for the tree during the holidays.

For more information, go to Questions? Call the Adopt A Stream Foundation at 425-316-8592.

Edmonds Amtrak open house

The Amtrak Edmonds station is hosting its 13th annual open house, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the station, 211 Railroad Ave., Edmonds.

The event features giveaways, a visit from Santa Claus from 9 a.m.-noon, a display by the Swamp Creek and Western Model Railroad Association and more.

A food and toy drive by the Edmonds Fire Department also will take place.

Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs partner for ‘Toy ‘N’ Joy’ drive

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts to children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its eighth annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive through Dec. 11.

Toys collected at all 58 Bartell Drugs locations will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s toy warehouses.

A number of donation options are available at Bartell stores in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, including:

• Choose a gift request tag from the “Toy ‘N’ Joy” display in the store and return the gift to the donation barrel with the tag affixed to it.

• Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 17 years of age.

For more information, go to

Holly House helps Edmonds School District children

This year Holly House celebrates five years serving more than 2,000 poverty-level children in the Edmonds School District with help from the community.

Some families in the district have limited resources and many children even attend school without socks, underwear or coats.

While Holly House always needs stocking stuffers, gifts for teens and necessities such as underwear, socks and coats, this year money will be the most helpful because it allows Holly House to fill-in areas where necessities are lacking. Gifts can be dropped off until Dec. 6 at Fabric of Life Boutique, 523 Main St., Edmonds.

Volunteers are needed Dec. 18 for a free shopping day for parents.

For more information, contact Pam Martinez at or 425-673-0526.

Build-A-Bear Workshop taking part in Toys for Tots Drive

Give the gift of a teddy bear to a local child this holiday season by donating to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Visit any Build-A-Bear Workshop store nationwide between Dec. 2-4 to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. A Build-A-Bear Workshop is located in the Alderwood mall, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood.

Throughout the weekend, volunteer members of the U.S. Marine Corps will be on hand at stores to collect the toys. The toys will be distributed to children in need in the community this holiday season. For store hours and locations, go to


Learn how to be a good babysitter

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls how to be a good babysitter.

The class covers basic lifesaving techniques, safety precautions, how and when to summon help, tips on basic child care and child development, and the responsibilities of safe babysitting. Age-appropriate entertainment ideas and the basics of starting a babysitting business also are taught.

Class is 9 a.m. Dec. 10 at Swedish/Edmonds, 21601 76th Ave. W, Edmonds. This class is recommended for ages 11-13.

Cost is $40 per participant. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Call 206-386-2502 before registering online if using a scholarship. Registration required.

For more information, go to or call 206-386-2502.


Volunteer and learn seal sitter training

Love to spend time at the beach? Interested in protecting seal pups through education? Consider becoming a seal sitter.

Seals use the shores to rest and regulate their body temperature on a daily basis. While this is a normal practice, beach visitors often want to “do something” to help the pups when what they really need is to be left alone. Seal Sitters are trained volunteers who respond to calls that seal pups are on beach, alert visitors to the pups’ presence, help people understand why they need to keep their distance, and talk about seals.

The next class is 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dec. 5 in the Evergreen Room of McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

A starter seal sitter kit will be given to everyone who volunteers. All volunteers must complete background checks for Washington State University Extension.

For more information or to sign up, contact Chrys Bertolotto at or 425-357-6020. Or go to

Swedish/Edmonds community classes

The following are community classes and support groups offered during December at Swedish/Edmonds. Most classes are held on the fourth floor of Swedish/Edmonds, 21601 76th Ave. W, Edmonds. For a complete list of events and to register, go to

• Sibling Preparation: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. This class helps children age 3 to 10 years old understand the birth process and what it’s like to have a new baby in the family. A parent must accompany the child or children during the class. Cost: $20 per child. Each sibling should be registered separately. Registration is required.

• Growing Up Female: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. This class provides a perfect opportunity to build a bridge between you and your 9- to 12-year-old to demystify puberty and the changes that occur during this somewhat awkward time. Cost: $30 for two adults and one child; $5 fee for each additional child or adult in same family.

Travel classes by Rick Steves

Seminars are presented by Rick Steves Europe Through the Backdoor, 130 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. Cost is free, but reservations are required at or call 425-771-8303, ext. 298.

• Dec. 3: Beginning Spanish for Travelers, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Travel Center Classroom

• Dec. 3: Rick Steves’ 2011 Travel Report, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St.


Winter hours now in effect at Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store

The retail thrift store at the north side of the Edmonds Senior Center is now operating under its winter hours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Donations are accepted during business hours; no electronics or telephones. ESC’s closure policies during winter storms are the same as the Edmonds School District.

For more information, go to

Taste of Retirement Fair

Eat lots of great food and gather pertinent senior information at the Taste of Retirement Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13, at the WSU Extension in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Join other seniors at the fair and receive information from 15 to 20 senior booths. For more information, call the Mill Creek Senior Center at 425-948-7170.

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