Community Extra: Opportunities

Pass on: Help send candy to troops

Several local businesses are collecting leftover Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to U.S. military personnel serving overseas.

Operation Gratitude, a California-based nonprofit, also accepts written letters or picture drawings for troops.

Donations can be delivered to*:

Scrub City, 7430 Evergreen Way, Suite 102, Everett, through Nov. 15. Business hours are, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday.

Ideal Wellness, 20218 77th Ave. NE in Arlington or 2730 172nd St. NE in Marysville, through Nov. 14. Business hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday for the Arlington location; and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 2-7 p.m. Thursday for the Marysville location.

Lynnwood Smile, 19514 64th Ave W., Suite A, in Lynnwood, through Nov. 7. Business hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday (closed for lunch 1-2 p.m.); 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday (closed for lunch 1-2 p.m.), and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Puget Park Dental, 520 128th St. SW, Suite A-12, in Everett, through Nov. 8. Business hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (closed for lunch 11 a.m.-12 p.m.); and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

More info: www.operationgratitude.com

Tune up: Christmas bikes for kids

The nonprofit Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is again helping Christmas House by offering refurbished kids bikes to give to needy families. More than 100 bikes are waiting to be worked on for the effort.

Work parties:

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 10

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6

All mechanical abilities are welcome. Food provided. Sharing Wheels is at 2525 Broadway in Everett.

More info: 425-252-6952

Hear: Poet Laureate to speak at book club

The Woman’s Book Club of Everett’s annual Foremother’s luncheon meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Everett Golf and Country Club. The featured speaker is Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen. Cost is $30.

Proceeds benefit the state poet laureate program, and reservations are required.

More info: Janet at 425-339-9400, womansbookclub.org

Donate: School garden wants to grow

Emerson Elementary School in Snohomish is looking to expand its vegetable garden and seeks donations of garden decorations, containers for flowers, and money to put toward a soil purchase.

More info: Teacher Kim Moritz, 360-563-7173

Geek out: NOAA Nite in Mukilteo

The NOAA Fisheries Mukilteo Research Station hosts a NOAA Nite, from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave.

“An Evening with Scientists Working at NOAA’s Mukilteo Research Station” will feature science presentations, hands-on activities for adults and kids, booths from NOAA partners, and scientific posters on display.

Chat with scientists about salmon recovery, abalone conservation, ocean acidification, the Puget Sound ecosystem, and many more topics.

More info: 206-860-3200

Correction, Nov. 4, 2014: This article originally included incorrect information about where candy could be dropped off.

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