Gingerbread Houses: Build a gingerbread house with your family at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Open Studio Night for Teens: Create 3D paper ornaments or festive snowflakes made from the pages of discarded books from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: www.schack.org.
Solstice Walk: Join a Candlelight Solstice Walk along the Snohomish River between 4 and 7 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Snohomish Riverside Trail, which runs between Avenue D in the west to where Maple Avenue ends at Cady Landing, in historic downtown Snohomish. More info: www.yogacirclestudio.com/solstice.
Zaniac: Physical comedian Alex Zerbe, the "Professional Zaniac," appears at the Snohomish Library at 11 a.m. Saturday. Zerbe is a two-time Guinness World Record holder and has appeared on "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing." Family event. The library is at 311 Maple Ave. More info: 360-568-2898.
Charlie Williams: Students on winter break are invited to join Charlie "The Noiseguy" Williams at 2 p.m. Saturday for a holiday sound adventure. Hear the classic "A Puppies Night Before Christmas." Learn to imitate eight maids a'milking. And more. At the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. More info: 425-493-8202.
Artcycle: Dig through the library's craft castoffs and castaways to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece at 2 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. For families. More info: 360-568-2898.
International Dinner Out: 6 p.m. Dec. 26 at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12. Reservations required. Call 360-794-6359.
Country Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 23 at 1414 140th St. NE, Marysville. Knitted and crocheted 18-inch doll clothes, socks and more. More info: 360-659-5484.
WAYS TO HELP
Coats for Kids: Monetary donations to purchase warm clothing for children served by Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County will be accepted through Dec. 20 at all Diamond Knot Craft Brewing locations in Mukilteo and Camano Island. The brewery will match donations.
Holiday donations for food bank: The Snohomish Community Food Bank expects to feed 425 families for Christmas this year. The food bank seeks groups of people willing to "sponsor" a certain menu item and bring in from 100 to 425 of that item. It also is asking for turkeys, hams and whole chickens. Toys for a giving tree also are accepted. More info: Elizabeth Grant, 360-568-7993.
Food drive: Traxx Indoor Raceway's Race Against Hunger Food Drive will collect donations through Dec. 24 for the Mukilteo Food Bank. The go-kart venue is at 4329 Chennault Beach Road. Donors can get discounts on same-day races.
Soup kitchen volunteers: The Salt of the Earth Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to help prepare, cook, serve and clean up starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The group also is looking for a box truck to pick up food for food banks in Snohomish County. More info: Sandra, 425-355-1042.
Arlington Food Bank: Arlington-area businesses and community groups are needed to hold food drives. Volunteers also are needed. More info: Dori, 360-435-1631.
Hands of Hope Food Bank: Help your neighbors in need by volunteering at the food bank or making a donation. To make a donation, send checks to 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or bring in your food donation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. More info: 425-355-5985.
Marysville Community Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to help sort food (10 a.m.-noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), serve clients groceries (9-11 a.m. Monday and Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday), pick up groceries and other tasks. The food bank is at 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville. More info: 360-658-1054, http://marysvillefoodbank.org.
The Binky Patrol: A group of quilters, knitters and crocheters who make "binkies" for children in traumatic situations seeks volunteers and donations of fabric, yarn or thread. Meetings are on the first Sunday of the month in Marysville. More info: 360-659-7198.
Help plan Village fundraiser: Volunteers are needed to plan and implement Village Community Services' 2013 Taste of Decadence fundraiser, to be held in May. The planning committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in Arlington. If interested, contact Michelle Dietz at 360-653-7752 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camano Center help: Volunteers are needed to staff the front desk and to take photos of events at the Camano Center. Front-desk shifts are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays. More info: Pam, 360-387-0222.
Web guru: The Lake Stevens Education Foundation seeks a volunteer to update and manage its website. The nonprofit supports the Lake Stevens School District with classroom grants, programs and scholarships. More info: www.LkStevensEF.org or call Terri at 425-334-0691.
Hospice volunteers: Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett, holds volunteer information sessions the third Wednesday of the month. More info: Joanie, 425-261-4815.
Employment Network: 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at the North Creek Presbyterian Church, 621 164th St. SE., Mill Creek. Free help with job searches, resume writing and interviewing. More info: 425-743-2386.
Grief support group: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE in Marysville. This group uses the GriefShare curriculum. More info: 360-659-7777, www.mtvpc.org.
Lymphedema support group meeting: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: email@example.com.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.
United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter: Meets next from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett. The group's purpose is to help in the rehabilitation of people with ostomies. More info: Cathryn, 425-337-7221.
Parkinson's disease support group: Meets next from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Rainier Room, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More info: 425-327-9401.
Support group for parents of children with behavioral problems: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger Ave., Everett. The network offers peer-to-peer support for parents struggling with children exhibiting risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol use. Groups are confidential and free. More info: 888-468-2620 or www.cpsn.org.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Arlington: 9-11 a.m. Fridays at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE. More info: 425-308-3150.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Marysville: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 4212 84th St. NE. Visitors are welcome. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. More info: Marcia at 425-347-2149 or Ada at 425-923-6025.
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