Prom Fair: The Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board, Mill Creek Parks and Recreation, and the Jackson High School ASB host a Community Prom Fair for teens, 6-8 p.m. today at the high school, 1508 136th St. SE. Get tips on hair and makeup, tux rentals, corsages and more. Donated prom dresses are available for a suggested donation of $10 or bring a dress to exchange. More info: 425-745-1891.
Plant Swap: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday underneath the Gray Wolf Hall courtyard at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. Donate unwanted plants or get new ones. Then, at 1 p.m., garden guru Ciscoe Morris offers advice about organic vegetable gardening. More info: www.everettcc.edu/earthweek.
Hospice talk: Hospice Northwest will be at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday to give a free introduction to hospice services. More info: 360-387-6201.
Holocaust series: Susie Sherman recounts her immediate family’s escape and the devastating death toll on her extended Czech family during the Holocaust, 12:20-1:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, room 101, at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. Part of EvCC’s Holocaust Survivor Forums. More info: www.everettcc.edu.
Lip Dub: Arlington High School leadership and video production students host the first Wesco Lip Dub competition, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Schools across the area were invited to submit lip dub videos created throughout the school year. More info: 360-618-6217.
Open Studio Night: The next Open Studio Night for Teens is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Schack At Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Create 3D paper wall sculptures, among other hands-on art projects. Also featuring young adult author Mindy Hardwick. More info: www.schack.org.
Cougars: Brian Kertson gives an entertaining and informative lecture on cougar ecology, behavior and management, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Reservations: 425-316-8592.
Lego Lab: Tweens are invited to create using Legos and Roylco Straws 2-4 p.m. Friday, and the fourth Friday of each month, at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Rally: Lynnwood will host a YWCA Stand Against Racism rally, 3:30 p.m. Friday in front of the Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave. W. Speakers, music, refreshments and resources. More info: www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/Outreach.
Spring Gift Fling: Hillcrest Elementary School, 9315 Fourth St. SE in Lake Stevens, plans an auction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Find gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings, baby showers, teacher appreciation, and birthdays. More info: 425-334-0837.
T’ai Chi: Celebrate World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day, 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, 44th Avenue West and 104th Street SW, in Lynnwood. More info: 425-776-1244.
Tea and fashion show: Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rita, presents an Edwardian Era Fashion Show, including an afternoon tea and silent auction inspired by “Downton Abbey.” Doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Magdalen Parish Hall, 8517 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett. Tickets are $20 or $18 for a prepaid table of eight. More info: 425-337-3077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie Matinee: “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Crafts precede the family event at 1 p.m. More info: 425-493-8202.
All about crows: John M. Marzluff and his wife, Colleen Marzluff, speak about crows and ravens at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wild Birds Unlimited of Monroe, 19915 State Route 2. Reservations and more info: 360-863-9173.
Salmon barbecue: The Oak Harbor Lions Club will serve up barbecued salmon during “Holland Happening Weekend,” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 32630 Highway 20, in the park next to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds benefit the Club’s vision projects.
Pancake breakfast: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 plans its next breakfast fundraiser 10 a.m.-noon April 28. Cost is $7, $4 for seniors (62 and over), $4 for kids (under 12). Chicken-fried steak breakfast is available for $9. The Whitehead-Muzzall Post is at 3037 N. Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. More info: 360-675-4048.
Chicken dinner: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, holds its monthly chicken dinner, 12-2 p.m. April 28. Cost is $8, $7 for seniors, $5 for children under 12. More info: 360-653-4551.
Author visit: Amazon bestselling author Susan Wingate will speak about her books and the craft of writing at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 1 at meetings of the Junior Monroe Wednesday Writers and Monroe Wednesday Writers at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. More info: 360-794-7851.
WAYS TO HELP
Beach cleanup: Help remove litter from the shoreline of Edmonds Marine Sanctuary, and explore the beach at low tide with a ranger-naturalist, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Olympic Beach Visitor Station, 200 Admiral Way. Wear gloves and boots, and bring an old bucket if you have one. All ages and groups are welcome to participate. No registration necessary.
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 1, 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. More info: sharingwheels.org, 425-252-6952.
Craft vendors: The nonprofit Lake Connor Park, a private camping club, hosts its spring craft fair May 4-5 and seeks vendors. Tables are $15, $5 each additional table. The club is at 14320 28th St. NE, Lake Stevens. More info: 425-334-5055.
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.
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 upcoming growing season. More info: Paulette Jacobson at 425-374-6311 or email@example.com.
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.”
Farm tour: The Spring Jubilee Farm Tour, presented by the Port Susan Food &Farming Center, will be held May 11-12. The self-guided tour includes nurseries and farms in Silvana, Stanwood and on Camano Island. Volunteers are needed. More info: Autumn Falk at 425-530-0594 or Nancy Chase at 360-387-4110.
Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a few volunteers. Needed are two front desk volunteers to work 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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: Spring cleaning your closets? Clothes For Kids requests gently used children’s clothing for spring and summer, including shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits, dresses and flip-flops, among other donations. The nonprofit provides wardrobes for low-income families; spring and summer shopping runs through May 23. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com.
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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
Dental care: Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others are invited to help provide dental care to patients who have lost their Medicaid dental benefits. The one-day event is slated for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7 at Cedar Family Dentistry in Marysville. More info: Kendra Russell at email@example.com or 360-659-3232.
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.
Amputee support group: Meets next at 7 p.m. April 25 (fourth Thursday) at New Life Church, 6830 Highland Drive in Everett. Support and information for people who have experienced or are facing amputation. Families and friends also invited. More info: Maurine at 425-338-1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betsy at 206-321-2997.
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.
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.
Parkinson’s disease support group: Meets next from 2-4 p.m. April 27 (fourth Saturday) at the Rainier Room, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More info: 425-327-9401.
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].
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.
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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