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Help cancer patients, families

Magic Shears, at 306 N Olympic Ave. in Arlington, is seeking donations through Dec. 24 of lap blankets, hats, activity books, stationary and pens, coloring books, toys and other small items. Monetary donations also are welcome.

Items will be donated to Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center’s Arlington location for cancer patients and their families, to give them something to do and ways to keep warm this season.

Salon owners Randy and Debbie Howell have held the donation drive for 12 years in memory of their son, Cameron Howell, who died in 2004 at age 26 of a type of skin cancer.

More info: 360-435-3833

Giving trees

A toy drive to fulfill “A Christmas Wish” for 600 children in Arlington and Darrington is under way. Make a monetary gift, or bring in an unwrapped gift to a drop-off location by Dec. 15.

Drop-off locations include the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Arlington Grocery Outlet, 7 Lakes Dental, American Legion Post 76 and Symmetry Chiropractic.

Banks and credit unions in both cities also have giving trees, where you can select a tag to buy gifts for a specific child.

More info: Tina Davis, 360-631-2159 or tdavis@ coastalbank.com

Santa run in Arlington

Santa is preparing to join Arlington firefighters for daily neighborhood visits to collect nonperishable food and monetary donations for the Arlington Food Bank. The first stops are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday east of downtown. Daily trips continue evenings through Dec. 10. Find your neighborhood on the route schedule posted online.

More info: www.arlington wa.gov/santarun

Santa meets history

Have your photo taken with Santa and enjoy a crafts and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Historical Society Museum, 6805 Armar Road. All proceeds benefit the Marysville Historical Society. Photos are $10, or $5 for a digital copy.

More info: www.marysville history.org

Cat adoptions

The Community Cat Coalition holds a “Home for the Holidays” event, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Harbour Pointe Shopping Center, 11706 Mukilteo Speedway, Mukilteo. Purchase wreaths and gifts, donate cat food, see Santa and meet adoptable kittens and cats.

More info: tinyurl.com/ybzy3le3

EVENTS

Holiday book sale

The Friends of the Stanwood Library are holding a holiday book sale and silent auction Saturday. The book sale runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The silent auction runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is at 9701 271st St. NW.

More info: 425-772-6082

EdCC info session

Learn more about Edmonds Community College’s cybersecurity program at an open house, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in Woodway Hall 202 on the campus at 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

More info: infosec.edcc.edu

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