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Tree lighting in Arlington

Arlington kicks off its Hometown Holidays with a tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday at Legion Memorial Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. A portion of Olympic Avenue will be shut down from 4 to 7 p.m. for firepits, music, s’mores, caroling, shopping specials — even some falling snow (albeit not from the clouds).

More info: arlingtonwa.gov/hh

Drink coffee

Lake Stevens officials offer another Coffee with the Chiefs event from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 28. Meet with Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien and Police Chief John Dyer at the Lake Stevens Haggen Cafe.

More info: www.lsfire.org

Firefighters and Santa

Marysville Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 3219, will be at Safeway, 1258 State Ave., with Santa from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 through Nov. 30. to accept nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, new books and cash or gift card donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store.

Families in need of services are asked to sign up directly by visiting the food bank, 4150 88th St NE, Marysville, before 11 a.m. Nov. 30. No online or phone registration is available.

Learn about twigs

The Green Everett Partnership plans a free Dec. 1 workshop on how to identify deciduous trees and shrubs by their twigs. The gathering runs from 9 a.m. to noon, starting at Lions Hall at Forest Park. Dress appropriately for walking outside. RSVP requested.

Winter is the group’s planting time, and twig IDs can be important especially for working with native plants, according to a newsletter.

The Green Everett Partnership also has outdoor events planned Dec. 8 at the South Everett Forest Preserve, Dec. 15 at Howarth Park and Jan. 5 at Rotary Park. RSVP is requested for those as well.

More info: greeneverett @forterra.org, www.green everett.org

HEADS UP

Garbage service holiday delay

There will be no service for Rubatino Refuse Removal, Republic Services, Waste Management customers Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Services for each company will be delivered one day later than the normal schedules.

WAYS TO HELP

Tutors needed at EvCC

Everett Community College’s Volunteer Literacy Program seeks volunteers who can tutor adults learning basic reading, writing and math skills and students learning English. An informal interview and a training workshop are required.

More info: cbeattie @everettcc.edu, 425-388-9085

SUPPORT

Help for parents

A Changes Parent Support Network support group for parents of children with behavioral problems meets 6:30 to 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. A potluck is the first Thursday of each month at 5:45 p.m.

More info: 888-468-2620, www.cpsn.org

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