Holocaust forum: Leo Hymas discusses his personal journey from his peaceful existence as a Utah farm boy to his role as U.S. soldier in the battlefields of Europe and as a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp, 12:20-1:20 p.m. Wednesday in the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center room 101 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. More info: www.everettcc.edu/humanitiescenter.
Mother’s Day tea: Pregnant women and mothers of small children are invited to an informational tea, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett. Learn about community resources. Door prizes, light refreshments and a children’s play space. More info: 425-252-5303.
Swing Into Spring: The Arlington High School jazz band play their annual dessert dance at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school commons, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $12 and include music, dancing, dessert and beverages. More info: 360-618-6300.
Pancake breakfast: The Stillaguamish Senior Center and Regency Care Center holds its monthly pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The center is at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. A $5 donation is requested to benefit health and wellness programs for senior citizens who need financial assistance.
International Migratory Bird Day: A lot of fun local events are being planned by the Pilchuck Audubon Society throughout the day Saturday. All events are free and families are welcome. Information: 425-252-0926 or www.pilchuckaudubon.org.
Kids Plant for Mom’s Day: Children can plant pots with flowers for Mother’s Day gifts with the help of Edmonds in Bloom volunteers, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Edmonds Farmer’s Market, Fifth Avenue North and Bell Street. Suggested $9 donation. Also, a Children’s Fairy Flower Parade starts at noon at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.
Touch-A-Truck: Family event allows children to see and touch Mukilteo police, fire, public works and other emergency and utility vehicles, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Rosehill Community Center upper parking lot, 304 Lincoln Ave. More info: 425-263-8180.
National Train Day: The Swamp Creek and Western Railroad Association plans an open house, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 210 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. More info: 425-257-9343.
Bake and plant sale: CASA, the Camano Animal Shelter Association, plans a bake sale and plant sale fundraiser, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, 141 East Camano Drive. Stop by for hot dogs, water and free coffee and shop for delicious desserts and indoor and outdoor plants. More info: 360-387-1902.
Beginning birding: Alan Mearns and Bonnie Mearns present “Backyard Birding for Beginners,” 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. More info: 425-493-8202.
Watershed Fun Fair: Family event focuses on why we say “Puget Sound Starts Here,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Yost Park, 9535 Bowdoin Way. Guided nature walks, nature crafts, and kids’ activities, along with exhibits and information about Puget Sound stewardship and other topics. More info: 425-771-0227.
Powwow: “Keeping Our Traditions Alive” is the theme of the 21st annual Hibulb Powwow, 1-10 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Community College Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St. Grand entries are 1-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. More info: 425-388-9281.
Port Susan Spring Jubilee Farm Tour: The two-day, self-guided event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free tour maps are at Skagit Farmers Supply, 8815 272nd St. NW, Stanwood. More info: www.portsusan.org.
Brunch: The Camano Island Yacht Club, 129 N. Sunset Drive, plans a Mother’s Day brunch, 9 a.m.-noon May 12. Cost is $8 adults, $5 children under 9.
Concert: The North Cascades Concert Band performs a tribute concert to John Philip Sousa, 3 p.m. May 12 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center on the campus of Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and mothers. A portion of the proceeds benefits Hands Together.
Police memorial: The Mountlake Terrace Police Department hosts a Police Memorial Week ceremony and department open house, 6-8 p.m. May 15 at the station at 5906 232nd St. SW. More info: 425-670-8260.
Parachute play: Special preschool storytime, 7 p.m. May 15 and 10 and 11 a.m. May 16 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. More info: 425-493-8202.
WAYS TO HELP
Blood drive: The Carbajal Family Blood Drive, in memory of Elliot Carbajal, is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Arlington Haggen, 20115 74th Ave. NE. Sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Arlington Community Food Bank.
Sewing party: The Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors seek volunteers to sew flannel pajamas for young children who are brought to Safe Place prior to being placed in foster care. The sewing party will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17 at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, in the Cougar classroom behind the WSU Extension Office. The pajamas are cut out and ready to sew, just bring your sewing machine and basic sewing tools. Volunteers should bring a brown bag lunch and beverage. More info: Carla at 206-595-9717 or email@example.com.
Bike repair: Work parties to prepare for the Kid’s Bike Swap, to be held June 9, are set for 6-9 p.m. May 15, 28, June 5, 6 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11 at Sharing Wheels, 2525 Broadway, Everett. Improve your bike repair skills or just moisturize with grease while helping this nonprofit event. Bike donations also welcome. More info: sharingwheels.org, 425-252-6952.
Donate plants: The Monroe Garden Club seeks donations for its annual plant sale, set for Saturday at the East County Senior Center in Monroe. Drop off plants between 12-5 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway. For pick-up service, call sale co-chairs Barbara Corvey at 360-794-4304 or Renné Duke at 360-794-5398. The sale provides a scholarship which is awarded to a Monroe High School senior going into the horticultural field, and also funds several community beautification projects.
Lake monitors: Snohomish County Surface Water Management seeks volunteers to collect water quality samples and record data this summer for Armstrong, Bryant, Goodwin, Lost (Devils), Meadow, Shoecraft and Wagner lakes. Training and basic equipment provided. Role involves a few hours each month from May to October. More info: Jennifer Oden, 425-388-3464, or www.lakes.surfacewater.info.
Garden for food bank: The Red Barn Community Farm, about half of which is dedicated to raising fresh food for the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank, seeks volunteers to help with the growing season. More info: Paulette Jacobson at 425-374-6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a few volunteers. Someone is needed to check clients in for the foot clinic most Wednesdays and also possibly to make reminder calls the night before. Also needed is a front desk volunteer for Fridays (people skills and basic computer skills required). The Second Chance Thrift Shop also needs several volunteers: one to work on linens 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday or 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday or all day Monday (labor intensive; no allergies, not squeamish); someone strong with a good back to move heavy items on Tuesdays; someone to help shelve merchandise; and someone to work testing, repairing and pricing male-oriented items on Mondays and Fridays. More info: Lisa at 360-387-0222.
Clothes For Kids: Look for donation bins and businesses and civic locations throughout Lynnwood this month to donate clothing to local nonprofit Clothes For Kids. A Stuff the Truck event caps the monthlong campaign, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 1 at the Lynnwood Recreation Center, 18900 44th Ave. W. More info: www.clothesforkids.org.
Fabric donations: The Clothing and Textile Advisors of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development seeks donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, related books, magazines, yarn and needlework items for its third annual Fabric Sale, to be held June 15. Proceeds from the sale support Camp Stitch-a-Lot and camp scholarships. Donations will be accepted 2-8 p.m. June 14 at the McCollum Park Education building, located behind the WSU Extension office at 600 128th St. SE, Everett. To donate earlier, contact Rita at 425-483-3594 (south Snohomish or north King counties); Julie at email@example.com (central Snohomish County); or Midge at 425-319-3351 (north Snohomish County).
Advocates needed: Snohomish County’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers to serve as advocates for vulnerable adults. Volunteers receive four days of initial training, then are asked to volunteer four hours a week, attend in-service meetings and submit an activity report. The 2013 certification training is May 15-16, 22-23. Applications can be printed from www1.co.snohomish.wa.us (type “ombudsman” in the search box). More info: July Andre, 425-388-7393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Binky Patrol: A group of quilters, knitters and crocheters who make “binkies” for children in traumatic situations seeks volunteers and donations of fabric, yarn or thread. Meetings are on the first Sunday of the month in Marysville. More info: 360-659-7198.
Fourth sponsors: The city of Mountlake Terrace seeks sponsors at varying levels for its Independence Day Celebration, July 4 at the Evergreen Playfield. Sponsors are recognized in event materials and with plaques. More info: 425-776-9173 or www.cityofmlt.com under “news.”
Dog vendors: Scrub-A-Mutt, which raises money for local dog charities, plans its sixth annual fundraising Dog Wash on Aug. 17 in Marysville. The group seeks doggy-related vendors. Spaces are $50, $25 for nonprofits. More info: www.scrub-a-mutt.org.
Pet vendors: The Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG) plans its seventh annual Marysville Poochapalooza on July 13. The group seeks pet-related vendors and food vendors for the large outdoor event. More info: poochapalooza.org.
Hospice volunteers: Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett, holds volunteer information sessions the third Wednesday of the month. More info: Joanie, 425-261-4815. Providence gift shop: The nonprofit Providence General Children’s Association needs volunteers at the Providence Regional Medical Center Pacific campus gift shop — located at the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett — for four-hour shifts, day or evening, one or more times per month. Gift shop proceeds benefit Northwest children in need. Must complete hospital volunteer forms, TB test, background check and training. More info: PGCA president Julie Dickson, 425-339-1398.
RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people age 55 and older for a variety of volunteer opportunities at schools, food banks and homeless shelters, in the court system and more. More info: John McAlpine at email@example.com, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
Operation Lookout: The National Center for Missing Youth in Everett seeks volunteers for 20 hours weekly. The group is looking for social and community service providers experienced with criminal justice or victim backgrounds to assist with case management, data entry, office work and graphic design. Send resume or letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help out at Habitat store: Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County seeks volunteers to help staff the store in four-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The store is at 2302 Broadway, Everett. The store also accepts donations of building materials, household items and furniture by appointment. More info: 425-903-4430 or www.habitatsnohomish.org. Assist cancer patients: The Cancer Resource Center at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership seeks volunteers to work weekly four-hour shifts meeting with cancer patients and caregivers to provide support. Drivers also are needed to get cancer patients to treatments and appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and get mileage reimbursement. More info: Jerri Wood, 425-322-1114 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Chore Services: This program of Catholic Community Services seeks volunteers to assist with household chores and more, enabling elders and adults with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteers can help the same person each week or be listed for on-call assistance. More info: Cherisse Webb, 425-374-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutor: Everett Community College’s Adult Literacy Center seeks volunteers who can tutor adult learners two or more hours per week in reading, writing, basic math and English as a second language. Volunteers must be patient, have good literacy skills and be sensitive to a variety of learning styles and cultural backgrounds. Tutoring times and locations are flexible. Training is free with a six-month commitment. More info: email@example.com, 425-388-9524.
Soup kitchen volunteers: The Salt of the Earth Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to help prepare, cook, serve and clean up starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The group also is looking for a box truck to pick up food for food banks in Snohomish County. More info: Sandra, 425-355-1042.
Arlington Food Bank: Arlington-area businesses and community groups are needed to hold food drives. Volunteers also are needed. More info: Dori, 360-435-1631.
Hands of Hope Food Bank: Volunteers and donations welcome. Send checks to 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or bring in food donations, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. More info: 425-355-5985.
Marysville Community Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to help sort food (10 a.m.-noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), serve clients groceries (9-11 a.m. Monday and Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday), pick up groceries and other tasks. The food bank is at 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville. More info: 360-658-1054, marysvillefoodbank.org.
VOA needs drivers: The Volunteers of America food banks in Everett and Sultan need volunteer drivers for their senior home delivery and grocery pick-up services on weekdays. Training is provided. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. The Everett distribution center also needs warehouse volunteers, who must be able to lift 30-plus pounds. More info: Bill Kraut at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-259-3191 (Everett); Jennifer Reasoner at email@example.com or 360-793-2400 (Sultan).
Humane Society: HappyPaws Farm, a no-kill, farmlike shelter in Arlington, has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donations also are accepted, such as gift cards to pet stores, dog heating pads, pet food and more. More info: 360-652-5844, firstname.lastname@example.org, [URL]www.saveourdogsandcats.org;http://www.saveourdogsandcats.org[URL].
Veterans center needs help: Healing Hearts In Hope Veteran Retreat Center seeks volunteers to help clean trails and organize fundraisers, among other things. The nonprofit helps veterans by providing a retreat. It is located at 28902 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls. More info: Teresa, 360-691-6284 or email@example.com.
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today (first Tuesday) on the second floor of Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. Group supports brain-incident survivors and their caregivers. More info: Lou Nash, 425-776-7264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support group for parents of children with behavioral problems: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger Ave., Everett. Peer-to-peer support for parents struggling with children exhibiting risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol use. Confidential and free. More info: 888-468-2620 or [/URL]www.cpsn.org;http://www.cpsn.org[URL].
Grief support group: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE in Marysville. This group uses the GriefShare curriculum. More info: 360-659-7777, www.mtvpc.org.
Employment Network: 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at the North Creek Presbyterian Church, 621 164th St. SE., Mill Creek. Free help with job searches, resume writing and interviewing. More info: 425-743-2386.
Dyslexia session: Liz Bertran holds a free support group meeting, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. More info: 425-231-9705.
MS self-help group, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m.-noon May 11 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. More info: Linda, 425-238-0849.
Ostomy Support Group: The United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter, meets next from 1-3 p.m. May 13 (second Monday) at the United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett. The group’s purpose is to help in the rehabilitation of people with ostomies. More info: Cathryn, 425-337-7221.
Family support group: Meets next from 7:30-9 p.m. May 13 (second Monday) at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE, Marysville. A group for family members of adults living with mental illness to share ideas about coping and becoming better caregivers for their loved ones. More info: Wendy, 206-790-0162.
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. May 15 (third Wednesday) at View Ridge Elementary School, 202 Alder St., Everett.
Lymphedema support group: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. May 16 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: email@example.com.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. May 17 (third Friday) in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Meets next at 7 p.m. May 20 (third Monday) at the Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave. This is the Everett chapter of the national support group. More info: [/URL]www.pflag.org;http://www.pflag.org[URL].
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Several local chapters of this nonprofit weight-loss club meet at different days and times across Snohomish County. Meetings include a private weigh-in, peer support, information and awards for progress. First meeting is free. More info: www.tops.org, or area captain Darlene Wascher at 360-658-1311.
Widowed support group: Meets weekly in Marysville, both men and women. More info: 360-659-7861.
Farmer’s market assistance: The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program applications are now available at www.sssc.org and at local senior centers. Eligible low-income seniors receive $40 worth of checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers markets or farm stands. Applications are due by May 31. More info: 425-347-1229.
Teed Off Seniors Golf: The Lynnwood Senior Center sponsors a fun, social golfing group for those age 62 and older. Teed Off meets alternate Thursdays throughout the spring, summer and early fall at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace. More info: 425-670-5050.
Scrabble group: Plays at 12:15 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. More info: 425-334-2878.
Friendship Club: A group of senior citizens meets for lunch the second Thursday of each month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 216 Broadway, Everett. Lunch costs $7. The group also takes monthly bus tours. More info: Edward, 425-493-2588.
Bingo: 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Cost is $2 for three-on. Everybody older than 50 can participate. More info: 425-257-8780, [/URL]www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors;http://www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors[URL].
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