South County Notebook

  • Tue Jan 5th, 2010 9:20pm

STAFF CHOICE: Won’t you be my neighbor

Lucky enough to get an updated wardrobe this Christmas? Then clean out your closet and donate new or gently used, clean sweaters, coats and cold weather gear during the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. Drop off your items from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7 at collection bins at KCTS 9 and all PCC store locations, including the Edmonds store at 9803 Edmonds Way. Donations will be distributed to Wellspring Family Services, which serves Seattle and King County.

– Jocelyn Robinson, Enterprise news editor

SEMINARS AND EDUCATION

• Sustainable Edmonds

An exciting program on our energy future and how we can make it happen will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Cascade Room, Harbor Square, Edmonds. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The event features speakers Rhys Roth on “The New Energy Solutions Vision” and Joe and Tammy Deets on “Bringing New Energy to Bainbridge Island.” There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Everyone is welcome. No admission charge. Donations welcome. Visit www.SustainableEdmonds.org.

• Free travel classes

A Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door class on Great Britain is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Edmonds Theater. From Big Ben to bagpipes, Great Britain features some of Europe’s best scenery, top museums, quaintest villages and friendliest locals — all without a language barrier.

Patricia Ridenour of Photographic Center Northwest will host “Digital Travel Photography” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Travel Center classroom, 130 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. Take great travel photos with tips from Patricia. Learn about composition, lighting, perspective, grabbing the moment and more. Patricia will explain the ins and outs of film vs. digital cameras, and help you master your digital camera’s features to really capture the magic of your next trip.

Cost is free, but reservations are required online at www.ricksteves.com or call 425-771-8303, ext. 298.

• Be heard and make a difference

Do you have ideas about how we can work better together as a community?

Join community leaders in a lively discussion on five key issues in the community hosted by the Dale Turner Family YMCA, and be instrumental in shaping an action plan for stronger collaboration.

The discussion is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Shoreline Community College Pagoda Union Building, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N.

Discussion topics include: serving youths better during out-of-school time, building connections between young people and our local business sector, maintaining good health during tough times, meeting the needs of young children and new parents and generations learning from each other.

RSVP to Courtney Laguio at 206-363-0446 by Jan. 6.

• United Way free tax prep centers

United Way of Snohomish County is expanding its free tax preparation and electronic filing services to help more low-income individuals and families claim tax refunds and credits.

United Way free tax preparation sites open Jan. 21. Trained and certified volunteers will be on hand to complete basic income tax returns through April 15. Electronic filing means any refunds an individual or a family is owed come back much more quickly, usually within 10 business days. No appointment is necessary.

Free tax preparation services will be available at:

– Cedar Valley Community School (19200 56th Ave. W, Lynnwood): Tuesdays and Thursdays (5-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m.–3 p.m.)

– North Middle School (2514 Rainier Ave., Everett): Tuesdays and Thursdays (5-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m.–3 p.m.)

– South Everett Foursquare (14 E Casino Road, Suite D, Everett): Tuesdays and Thursdays (3-7 p.m.) and Wednesdays and Fridays (10 a.m.–3 p.m.). Benefits and credit counselor available on site.

– Frank Wagner Elementary School (115 Dickinson Road, Monroe): Tuesdays and Thursdays (5-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m.–3 p.m.). Benefits and credit counselor available on site.

Only basic individual taxes are prepared — no businesses or rental income. United Way has volunteers who speak a number of languages. Call the 211 help line for more information or to find the Puget Sound site nearest you.

• Free computer classes at MLT library

Need help with your computer and Internet skills?

Make a New Year’s resolution to get connected in 2010. This series of classes starting Jan. 16 at the Mountlake Terrace Library is aimed at the beginner and very beginner and will teach students how to use a mouse, the basics of the Internet, how to use library resources and find job hunting opportunities on the Internet. All classes begin at 8:15 a.m.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 425-776-8722 or register at the library. The Mountlake Terrace Library is located at 23300 58th Ave. W. next to the former City Hall.

• Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has positions open for volunteers at the Log Cabin Visitor’s Bureau in downtown Edmonds. The Log Cabin is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers at the Log Cabin provide visitors with information about Chamber and city activities, events, lodging, shopping and dining in Edmonds, as well as information about living and working in Edmonds. This is a great way to get involved in the Edmonds community. All interested people should contact the Log Cabin at 425-776-6711.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

• Resolution: Bee organized

A Mill Creek Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Mill Creek Country Club, 15500 Country Club Drive, Mill Creek.

Find out how to “Bee Royally Organized” with Nancy LaMont. Musical guest will be Jerry Goodman. Luncheon speaker Lois Williams will share “Flipped! Lessons from a Bug!”

Reservations and cancellations are required by noon Tuesday, Jan. 12. Call Kristine at 425-337-6335. For more information, visit www.beeroyallyorganized.com.

• Open enrollment for the Academy of Music NW

Northwest singers and instrumentalists between the ages of 11 and 18 — including pianists, harpists, classical guitarists and all strings and wind players — who want to perform the best classical chamber music literature with peer performers should audition with the Academy of Music NW.

Auditions by appointment will be scheduled for Jan. 18-22 at Bellevue Christian Church, 10808 SE 28th St., Bellevue. Be prepared to play scales, arpeggios, sight read and perform compositions of your choice for under 15 minutes. An accompanist is not needed for the audition.

The academy encourages prospective students, parents and teachers to come to the 13th Winter Ensemble Concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Bellevue Christian Church.

Call 425-788-7711 or fill out the application form at www.amnw.org/amnw_app.shtml. Registration fee: $45.

• Learn to tie flies in Edmonds

The Olympic Fly Fishers Club of Edmonds is conducting an eight-week fly tying class for beginners. Classes will be held in the Edmonds Plaza Room, above the library at 650 Main Street on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting on Jan. 12 and ending on March 2. Materials and equipment will be supplied and you’ll take home all the flies you tie. A $30 supply fee is due to the instructor at the first class.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

• Mill Creek Little League

Mill Creek Little League is proud to announce that it will begin a new division for junior (13- to 14-year-olds) and senior (15- to 16-year-olds) league baseball play. Registration for these teams will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and Jan. 14 at Heatherwood Middle School.

Mill Creek Little League will select one team to play in the gold division. The gold division team will play a more competitive schedule and will allow for tournament play throughout the season. Additional fees will be necessary as tournaments are scheduled.

For players seeking recreational play, Mill Creek Little League will establish a bronze division. This division will play other bronze teams throughout District One and in Mill Creek Little League.

For more information, visit www.millcreeklittleleague.com or contact Director Bruce Wallace at 425-870-8662 or Bewallace1@gmail.com.

• Book Buddies

This winter at the Mountlake Terrace Library there will be a program for helping reluctant second- and third-graders gain confidence and learn to enjoy reading. Teen volunteers are needed to be Book Buddies for these elementary schools, and together they will practice reading, play learning games, and have fun. Book Buddies sessions are Monday nights from Feb. 1 to March 29.

Teen volunteers can pick up applications at the MLT library and return them before Monday, Jan. 11, to qualify. Teens are required to attend a training session at 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and to attend at least six of the eight sessions.

The Mountlake Terrace Library is located at 23300 58th Ave. W next to City Hall. For more information, call 425-776-8722.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

• Senior volunteer opportunities

Feel wanted, valued and needed. Get free job training or use the skills from your former job. Make new friends.

The South County Senior Center is looking for volunteers. Jobs include sorting clerks and cashiers for the thrift store, receptionists for the front desk, drivers for day trips (CDL license not required), administrative office help, cosmetologists, special events/program planning, nutrition program and coffee bar workers, instructors for classes, publicity/marketing assistant, and membership/database updating.

Call the SCSC administration office at 425-774-5555 for more information.

• South County Senior Center activities

Activities occur at 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Contact Janice DeShon at 425-774-5555 for more information.

– SCSC Community Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Start off the morning with friends and a hot breakfast. The cost is $5 and includes choices of pancakes, strawberry compote, eggs, ham, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice and unlimited coffee or tea.

– Lunch at South County Senior Center: Provides an opportunity to catch up with and meet new friends while enjoying a delicious, hot, nutritionally-balanced meal. Offered weekdays. Must purchase tickets between 9:15 a.m. and noon the day of the meal. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $2.50 for age 60 and older, $5.15 under 60.

– Fraser Downs Harness Racing &Casino: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. A scenic drive to Fraser Downs in Canada then a full day at the races and casino including an all-you-can-eat buffet in the premier clubhouse. You must have a passport or enhanced driver’s license. Register for the trip at the SCSC front desk. Cost is $74 for SCSC members and $79 for non-members. Cost includes transportation, seating, deluxe buffet lunch, harness racing and casino.

– New Drawing and Painting Foundations: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Join Bob Park (BFA, MFA) and review traditional drawing and painting techniques with the goal of creating a realistic picture. Topics include rendering skills, perspective and color theory. All levels are welcome. The cost is $10 per two-hour session.

– Parkinson’s Movement &Dance Group: 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 14 to Feb. 4. Cost is $6 for SCSC members and $9 for non-members per class (drop-in rate is $9). Dance is a mental activity influenced by our hearts and imaginations to create movement. The group will use movement to stretch, strengthen and relax muscles and minds. Based on a program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in New York. All are welcome — whether slow moving, still able to high kick, or somewhere in between — to come to play and move!

– Enhance Fitness: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Join instructors Susan Bennett and Caroline Longsoldier for aerobic exercise designed specifically for seniors. The cost for SCSC members is $30 and $35 for non-members per month. Class meets in the SCSC Ballroom.

– Soft Exercise: 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Join instructors Susan Bennett and Caroline Longsoldier for a 30-minute class designed to help seniors keep muscles toned for balance and energy. The cost for SCSC members is $20 and $25 for non-members per month. Class meets in the SCSC Ballroom.

– Tai Chi: Five-week class meeting on Tuesdays. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26, and Feb. 2 and 9. Exercise is a powerful key to relaxation, increased focus and concentration. All are welcome. The cost is $49 for SCSC members and $63 for non-members. Class meets in the SCSC ballroom.