Name a father of the year

Deaconess Children’s Services of Snohomish County is looking for nominations for its Father of the Year award. All nominated fathers will be honored at a ceremony in October when one dad will be chosen Father of the Year.

For more information on the nomination process and how to donate to Deaconess Children’s Services, go online to www.deaconesschildren.org or pick up a nomination form and information during Father’s Day weekend at the Everett Mall.

Proceeds from the campaign will benefit Deaconess’ “Kids on the Move” program serving middle- and high-school students and their families. Deaconess Children’s Services was established in 1898 as the Snohomish County Orphanage Association.

Over the years, its mission has evolved to include individual and group support, life-skills education and parenting outreach programs.

Discover a sea star

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to get out on the beach at low tide and learn about the marine life of Puget Sound, Edmonds Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs to fit your interests.

Ranger-naturalists will guide explorations and help participants learn about local marine biology. Programs include free public beach walks, low-cost classes and day camps for groups, kids and families. Call 425-771-0227.

Construct new trails at Bothell park

The Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department needs volunteers to help continue building trails at Tambark Creek Park. The next work party is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the park, 17405 35th Ave. SE, Bothell.

Let Tom Wunderlich, volunteer coordinator, know you’ll be showing up to work by calling 425-388-6604 or e-mail twunderlich@ co.snohomish.wa.us. Those planning to participate are asked to dress for the weather and bring along gloves, a shovel, a metal rake and loppers.

Clean up local beaches

Here’s another chance to learn about beaches and lend a hand to keep them clean.

This summer, the Stillaguamish-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force will work with Snohomish County Marine Resources Council and Washington State University Beach Watchers to host several beach expo and volunteer cleanup and weed-out events at beaches throughout Snohomish County.

The next beach expo and cleanup is 9 a.m. to noon June 24 at Howarth Park in Everett. The free beach expo event is open to the public, and participation in the cleanup or weed removal activities is not required.

However, the task force is looking for volunteers for the cleanup. Call 425-252-6686.

Cat shelter needs helpers

Purrfect Pals, a nonprofit cat shelter in Arlington, seeks volunteers who want to be trained as adoption counselors, cat photographers and data entry assistants.

A volunteer orientation is set for 10:30 a.m. to noon June 24. Call Ali Long at 360-652-9611, ext.16, or send e-mail to ali@purrfectpals.org.

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