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Events

Birds: Pilchuck Audubon Society’s next program meeting covers “Birds, Backyard Habitat, and Beyond,” 7-8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Everett Firefighter’s Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. With a film by watercolor artist and photographer Craig Johnson and his wife, writer Joy Johnson. More info: 425-610-8027.

Agriculture forum: The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County invites the public to a forum, “New Direction in Snohomish County Agriculture,” 10:30 a.m. March 14 at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Panelists will discuss current programs. More info: www.lwvsnoho.org.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, Edmonds: A St. Patrick’s Day dinner and pub event is set for 5-7 p.m. March 16 at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Live band, dancing, singing and beer by Gallagher’s Where-U-Brew. Cost is $12 members, $15 non-members. More info: 425-774-5555.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, Camano: The Camano Island Democrats sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner, 4:30-7 p.m. March 17 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road. Cost is $15, $7 under age 10. Vegetarian option available. Cash bar. Reserve tickets at cbudbill@gmail.com, 360-387-1450 or 360-387-7556, or purchase at the door. Proceeds benefit scholarships.

Environmental film: Friends of Camano Island Parks hold a screening of “Green Fire,” 7 p.m. March 18 at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive. The film is a tribute to conservationist Aldo Leopold. More info: 360-387-2236, www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Martens: Streamkeeper Academy presents “A Weasel Worth Waiting For: A Marten Debut,” 7 p.m. March 19 at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Wildlife biologist Katie Moriarty leads. Geared at grade 7 to adult. Cost is $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Reservations required. More info: 425-316-8592.

Musical jam: Enjoy an evening of old-time music with fiddle, guitar, banjo and more at 7 p.m. March 20 (third Friday) at the Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. Musicians welcome, or just come and enjoy the music. Hot coffee and refreshments provided. More info: Don King, 360-658-8107.

VFW breakfast: Martin Osterholtz Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9417 and its Ladies Auxiliary host a breakfast with pancakes and more, 7-10 a.m. March 21 at 301 Third St., Gold Bar. Suggested donation is $5.

Norwegian Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m. March 21 (third Saturday, September to May) at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Cost is $5; children under age 4 are free. More info: 425-334-0421.

Pancake breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. March 21 (third Saturday) at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Cost is $5, $3 under age 12. Proceeds benefit the center. More info: 360-794-6359.

Breakfast and concert: The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo holds a pancake breakfast, raffle and spring concert by local students, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. March 21 at Olympic View Middle School, 2602 Mukilteo Speedway. Cost is $7, $6 seniors, $30 per family up to five people. Proceeds benefit scholarships and youth programs.

Crafts: Families with school-age children are invited to celebrate the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, with several crafts, activities and take-home projects, 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 20 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd.

Genealogy workshop: Bothell Sons of Norway holds a genealogy workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21 at 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway. Gary Zimmerman of Fiske Genealogy Library covers archiving records and Internet resources; Mary K Kozy gives an overview of DNA testing. Cost is $25 or $40 per family. Registration required by March 14. More info: Gary Ramstad, 206-365-6913.

Community Skills Fair: SnoCo Together, a series of free “DIY” workshops about sustainable living and self-reliance, is set for 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 21 at Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, Everett. Family-friendly with free childcare. Hear Graham Kerr. Learn about beekeeping, rabbits, chickens, car repair, garment repair, bike repair, fermenting, foraging, knitting, spinning and lots more. Walk-ins welcome but registration encouraged. More info: snocotogether.brownpapertickets.com.

Dedication: The Darrington Library will dedicate its community room in honor of late library manager Linda McPherson at 11 a.m. March 21. The public is invited. At the dedication, the Friends of Darrington Library will unveil a plaque featuring McPherson’s portrait. Light refreshments will be served. The library is at 1005 Cascade St.

Microchips: The Camano Animal Shelter Association offers a low-cost microchip clinic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21 at the shelter on East Camano Drive. Only $20 per chip. Cats and dogs only. Cats should been in carriers; dogs must be leashed. More info: 360-387-1902.

Dance workshop: The Camano Dance Academy’s nonprofit Stars Dance Team holds a Dancing with the Stars workshop, 2-4 p.m. March 21 at 651 Dodge Road, Camano Island. Drop off the kids for an afternoon of fun, then watch them perform at an evening showcase, to be held at 5 p.m. at Stanwood High School, 7400 272nd St. NW. Ages 6 and up. Cost is $25 until March 13, $30 after. Must register. More info: camanodancejulie@gmail.com, 360-631-4657.

Ways to help

Textile drives: Several local groups currently have clothing and textile drives going to raise funds for a variety of causes. They include a Fury Fastpitch select team, Glacier Peak girls golf boosters, Sonic Elite Cheer, and Jackson High dance and cheer. More info: “Clothes for the Cause” events page on Facebook.com.

Food drive: Fallyn Gentry, of Stanwood, is celebrating her 12th birthday with a fundraiser for the Marysville Community Food Bank’s Food for Thought Backpack Program. Drop off monetary or kid-friendly, nonperishable meal and snack donations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at Dues Produce Barn, 4604 152nd St. NE, Marysville. More info: www.gofundme.com/n0awdc.

Relay For Life: The Wishing on a Cure team holds a “Rolling Out Cancer” fundraiser, 5-6:30 p.m. March 14 at the Marysville Skate Center, 7313 44th Ave. NE. Entry is $6 and benefits Relay For Life.

Fair auction: The annual Silvana Community Fair Board Auction is set for 5 p.m. March 14 at Viking Hall, 1331 Pioneer Highway. Silent and live auctions, door prize, raffle. Entry is free. More info: 360-652-8682, www.silvanafair.com/auction.html.

Blood drive: Bloodworks Northwest (formerly the Puget Sound Blood Center) plans a blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Call 800-398-7888 to make an appointment.

Hospice volunteers: Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett, holds its next volunteer information session on March 18 (third Wednesday). Registration required. More info: Joanie at 425-261-4815 or Joan.Hemm@providence.org.

Food drive: LaurieAnn Sigler, the 2015 American Beauties Plus Classic Woman Ambassador, leads a food drive 4-7 p.m. March 19 and 20 at the Marysville Albertsons, 301 Marysville Mall. Donations of food and cash are for the Marysville Food Bank.

Sew Thoughtful: The next Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors Sew Thoughtful charity event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 20 in the Cougar Room behind the WSU Extension Office at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Pre-cut quilt kits will be pieced together for Providence Hospital NICU. Author and teacher Mary Hickey leads. Bring sewing machine and tools and lunch. More info: Arlene at 425-743-0118, afharris@juno.com.

Paws for a Cause: Student leaders from Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools hold a Paws for a Cause fundraiser during the boys soccer game at 7 p.m. March 20 at Glacier Peak, 7401 144th Place SE, Snohomish. Paper cutouts in the schools’ opposing colors will be sold to raise money for the Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter.

Stream restoration: Adopt A Stream Foundation seeks volunteers to help plan trees along Little Pilchuck Creek in Lake Stevens, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21, meeting at 2729 North Machias Road. RSVP is requested. More info: Marla Koberstein, 425-316-8592 or marlak@streamkeeper.org.

Lighthouse volunteers: Become a docent at the historical Mukilteo Lighthouse and spend one day a month this spring and summer sharing history with visitors from around the globe. The Mukilteo Historical Society plans a training session, 1-3 p.m. March 21 at the Mukilteo Light Station, 608 Front St. More info: Lisa Romo, 425-513-9602.

Stanwood Camano center: The Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, at 9612 271st St. NW in Stanwood, seeks a variety of volunteers. No experience necessary. The Center is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. More info: Michelle Griffith at 360-629-5257.

Camano Center: The Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island, seeks a variety of volunteers. More info: 360-387-0222.

Senior center, Arlington: The Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, has volunteer opportunities. More info: 360-653-4551 or program@stillycenter.com.

Volunteer: Youthville in Marysville and Everett needs volunteers for its “Incredible Years” programs, which teaches parents how to build good relationships with their children. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals, do crafts with children or simply hold babies. Must be 18 or older. More info: 360-651-4444, johill@youthville.org.

Donate instruments: Music4Life seeks “lovingly used” musical instruments from adults who no longer need them. The nonprofit gets them fully repaired and ready to play, then gives them to participating public school districts for use by children from low-income families. More info: www.music4life.org, 206-409-3275.

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: vlp@everettcc.edu, 425-388-9524.

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 jerri.wood@cancer.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.

Hospital gift shop, Monroe: The gift shop at Valley General Hospital in Monroe needs reliable volunteers to work three-hour shifts. The gift shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. More info: Janie, vghgiftshop@gmail.com.

Hospital gift shop, Everett: The nonprofit Providence General Children’s Association needs volunteers at the Providence Regional Medical Center Pacific and Colby campus gift shops 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: Maureen Welly, 425-348-9433.

Assist with equine: All Breed Equine Rez-Q in Marysville seeks a variety of volunteers. More info: 425-263-6390, 206-933-0327, allbreedhorserescue.com.

Help wildlife, Arlington: Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, located in Arlington, seeks volunteers to help in its wildlife care clinic. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. More info: www.sarveywildlife.org or info@sarveywildlife.org.

Help wildlife, Lynnwood: PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood seeks volunteer wildlife care assistants. More info: www.paws.org/wildlife-volunteer-care-assistant.html or volunteers@paws.org.

Book sale donations: The Friends of the Edmonds Library seeks donations to its ongoing book sale, including gently used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, sheet music, magazines and computer software. Proceeds from the ongoing sale benefit the Edmonds Library and the scholarship fund. A drop box for donations is in the foyer of the library, at 650 Main St.

Eyeglasses, hearing aids: Lions Clubs are collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Donations may be made at Everett Public Libraries, PUD main office and most opticians and eye doctors. More info: Everett Central Lions Club, Art Ruben at since1965@aol.com or 425-387-9256.

Hope Unlimited: Hope Unlimited includes the Stanwood Camano Incident Support chaplains. Volunteering opportunities include teaching and cooking. More info: 360-387-1512.

Seniors

Farmers market checks: Applications for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program 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. The deadline to apply is June 5. More info: 425-347-1229.

Mill Creek Seniors Club: Potluck meeting is planned for noon March 16 (first and third Mondays) in the City Hall community room, 15728 Main St. More info: 425-357-1260.

Lunch: A light lunch for seniors is served at 11:20 a.m. every Wednesday at the Lake Stevens Senior Center, 2302 Soper Hill Road. Cost is $2.50 for members, $3.50 for non-members. More info: 425-335-0345.

Coffee time: Marysville Parks and Recreation features Café Baxter, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays (except holidays) at the Ken Baxter Community Center, 514 Delta Ave., Marysville. Free coffee, pastries and conversation. Open to seniors and their adult friends. More info: 360-363-8450.

Ceramics: An informal ceramics group with a volunteer instructor meets 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Paints, glazes, tools, bisque, greenware and kiln provided. Cost is $2 a month, or $1 if one visit. Ages 50 and up. More info: Terry, 425-337-6922 or 425-337-5198 (cell).

Enhance Fitness: Group Health Medicare members are invited to take a low-impact aerobics class for free. The class, for ages 50 and older, runs 8:45-9:45 a.m. weekdays in five-week sessions at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. No experience needed. Non-Group Health Medicare members can take the class for $30 (three days a week per five-week session). More info: 425-257-8780.

Table tennis: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, 12:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Five tables with paddles and balls provided. Cost is $1 per session. For ages 50 and older. More info: 425-257-8780.

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.

Assistance

Health insurance: Information sessions on the Affordable Care Act and Washington Apple Health will be held at 3 p.m. March 13, 16, 23, 27 and 30 at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. After a 30-minute presentation, see if you qualify for free health insurance through the state. More info: 360-658-5000.

Tax prep: United Way of Snohomish County offers free tax preparation at six sites in Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville and Monroe. The free service is for households earning $53,000 or less and does not serve taxpayers with rental, royalty, partnership income or who are business owners. First-come, first-served. More info: www.uwsc.org/freetaxpreparationcampaign.php or call 211.

Swedish/Edmonds: A variety of free support groups and fee-based health classes are offered at the hospital, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. More info: www.swedish.org/classes.

Alzheimer’s caregivers, Arlington: An Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of those with memory loss meets next at 10:30 a.m. March 18 (third Wednesday) in the community room at DSHS Home and Community Services, 3906 172nd St. NE. More info: Amy Leonard, 425-317-3482.

Alzheimer’s caregivers, Everett: An Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of those with memory loss meets next at 6:30 p.m. March 24 (fourth Tuesday) at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 W. Mukilteo Blvd. More info: Donna Vande Kieft, 425-423-9571.

Caregivers, Marysville: A support group to help those who are dealing with the challenges of unpaid care giving meets next 10-11:30 a.m. March 17 (first and third Tuesdays) at the Ken Baxter Community Center, 514 Delta Ave., Marysville. More info: 360-363-8450.

Cocaine Anonymous: A nonprofit recovery program for those seeking sobriety or support in staying sober from cocaine and other mind-altering substances. For program information and local meeting times and locations in Snohomish County, visit www.caofwa.org. More info: 425-244-1150.

Depression Bipolar: The Support Alliance meets 7-8:30 p.m. the second, third and fourth Monday of each month in the Rainier Room of the Medical Office Building at Providence Hospital Colby Campus, 1700 13th St., Everett. Supporting those with depression or bipolar disorder as well as their family and friends. More info: www.dbsasnoco.org or call 425-405-0786.

Drug abuse family support: A support group for those affected by someone else’s drug addiction meets 9 a.m. Saturdays in the Monte Cristo Room at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Pacific Campus, 900 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: www.nar-anon.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.

Lymphedema support group: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. March 19 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: kim@kimsfocus.net.

MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. March 20 (third Friday) in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.

MS self-help group, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 14 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE. More info: Nancy Toth, 360-435-6111.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: The Everett chapter meets next at 7 p.m. March 16 (third Monday) at the Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave. More info: www.pflag.org.

Parents, special education: A support group for special education parents in the Everett School District meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. March 18 (third Wednesday, except December) at View Ridge Elementary School, 202 Alder St., Everett.

Parents, behavioral: A support group for parents of children with behavioral problems meets 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 www.cpsn.org.

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.

Vision Loss Support Group: A group for the blind and visually impaired meets next at 10 a.m. March 16 (third Monday) at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. More info: 425-257-8780.

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