Front Porch: Cold weather center in Lynnwood prepares to open

Cold weather shelter

Starting Nov. 15, the South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will open at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood whenever the overnight temperature is forecast to fall below 34 degrees for four or more hours. The shelter averaged 25 people on nights it was open last winter.

Volunteers are needed to help open the shelter, stay overnight, prepare meals, drive the shelter van or offer security screening. A volunteer orientation is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Call 425-778-2159 ext. 8 or go to for more information.

Operation Gratitude in Mill Creek: The city of Mill Creek is taking part in the national nonprofit Operation Gratitude’s efforts to send care packages to troops serving overseas. The public is invited to drop off a variety of wish-list items — including knit hats, iPods, energy bars, tan boot laces, carabiner, T-shirts, personalized cards and much more — to City Hall, 15728 Main St., by 5 p.m. Nov. 12. See a full wish list under “News” at

Learn to help in an emergency: Camano Island Fire and Rescue plans a class on emergency medical techniques starting Feb. 3. Volunteer firefighters will make up about half the class, according to a news release. It runs Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturdays, for 11 weeks. Cost is about $1,000. Apply by Dec. 28. Call 360-387-1512 for more information.

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