Osprey and the Power Company: The Whidbey Audubon Society invites the public to learn what osprey and Puget Sound Energy have in common at an event set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist meeting house, 20103 State Route 525 in Freeland. Refreshments and socializing begin at 7 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7:15. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Free Friday: Enjoy a creative working environment with fellow artists at the Schack Art Center's Free Fridays Open Art Studio. The next studio time is set for noon to 4 p.m. Friday. The Schack is located at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-5050.
Norwegian Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Thin, rolled pancakes with strawberries and syrup, along with ham and beverages. Cost is $5; children under age 4 are free. More info: 425-334-0421.
Pancake breakfast: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and juice prepared and served by volunteers. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under age 12. Proceeds benefit the center. More information: 360-794-6359.
Bricks 4 Kidz: Kids are invited to build a robot, space ship or satellite from Lego bricks while learning about real-life space exploration, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Younger children can build an alligator from larger Duplo blocks. More info: 425-493-8202.
Love of a Lifetime: Bonaventure Senior Living complexes in Arlington and Bothell plan free dinners and dancing for couples, with special recognition given to those married 50 years or more. Events are at 5 p.m. Saturday. RSVP by Wednesday to 360-435-8440 (Arlington) and 425-483-8927 (Bothell). Olympic Place is at 20909 Olympic Place, Arlington. North Creek is at 1907 201st Place SE, Bothell.
Predators of the Heart Wildlife Program: Families are invited to meet an armadillo, skunk, possum, porcupine, fox, small alligator and snakes of all kinds, 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Predators of the Heart is a wildlife refuge whose aim is to educate children about the importance of animals. For school-age children. More info: 425-493-8202.
Endurance talk: Hilaree O'Neill, a North Face athlete, will recount her story of skiing in the world's most extreme conditions at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center, 7400 272nd St. NW. O'Neill is the only woman to climb Mount Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, in a single push. She grew up in north Seattle and learned to ski at Stevens Pass. Tickets are $15, $7 for students. All proceeds benefit Stanwood High School athletes. More info: Karla Jacks at 425-345-5106.
Black History Month lectures: Author Joy DeGruy will speak about the history of slavery in America and its impacts on modern society at two Black History Month lectures Feb. 20 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. DeGruy, author of "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," will speak at 11:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. in Henry M. Jackson Center's Wilderness Auditorium. The evening lecture will be preceded by a welcome reception with light appetizers at 5:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-388-9508.
WAYS TO HELP
Valentine's Day Sweet Taste of Wine and Chocolate: 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Sojen Cellars, 2818 Hewitt Ave., Everett, to benefit the nonprofit Healing the Children. Enjoy jazz vocals, appetizers, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $30, available at www.htcorwwa.org.
Quilting event: Project Linus sponsors a special quilting event in conjunction with National Make-A-Blanket Day. Come anytime 12-5 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Parish Hall, 330 Union Ave., Snohomish. Help make quilts and blankets to be donated to kids who have experienced traumatic life events in Snohomish County. Materials and equipment provided. No experience is necessary, but sewers are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines. Volunteers are needed to help sew, iron, inspect, pin, fringe and tie. Donations of fabric, sewing supplies and completed blankets are also welcome. More info: Diane, 425-252-4524.
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.
Gospel Mission needs: The Everett Gospel Mission is running low on diapers (size 5), baby wipes, formula, hair conditioner, razors, and new men's socks and underwear. The men's shelter and donation center is at 3711 Smith Ave. More info: 425-740-2500.
Help out at Habitat Store: Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County seeks volunteers to help staff the store in four-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The store is at 2302 Broadway, Everett. The store also accepts donations of building materials, household items and furniture by appointment. More info: 425-903-4430 or www.habitatsnohomish.org.
Assist cancer patients: The Cancer Resource Center at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership seeks volunteers to work weekly four-hour shifts meeting with cancer patients and caregivers to provide support. Drivers also are needed to get cancer patients to treatments and appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and get mileage reimbursement. More info: Jerri Wood, 425-322-1114 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Chore Services: This program of Catholic Community Services seeks volunteers to assist with household chores and more, enabling elders and adults with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteers can help the same person each week or be listed for on-call assistance. More info: Cherisse Webb, 425-374-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutor: Everett Community College's Adult Literacy Center seeks volunteers who can tutor adult learners two or more hours per week in reading, writing, basic math and English as a second language. Volunteers must be patient, have good literacy skills and be sensitive to a variety of learning styles and cultural backgrounds. Tutoring times and locations are flexible. Training is free with a six-month commitment. More info: email@example.com, 425-388-9524.
Working Wardrobe assistant: The Working Women's Wardrobe program needs assistants to help low-income women select interview- and work-appropriate clothing, sort clothing, help keep the area clean and change displays. Retail experience is helpful. Weekly two-hour shift at the YWCA, 3301 Broadway, Everett. More info: 425-258-2766.
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.
VOA needs drivers: The Volunteers of America food banks in Everett and Sultan need volunteer drivers for their senior home delivery and grocery pick-up services on weekdays. Training is provided. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license and pass a background check. The Everett Distribution Center also needs warehouse volunteers, who must be able to lift 30-plus pounds. More info: Bill Kraut at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-259-3191 (Everett) or Jennifer Reasoner at email@example.com or 360-793-2400 (Sultan).
Humane Society: HappyPaws Farm, a no-kill, farmlike shelter in Arlington, has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donations also are accepted, such as gift cards to pet stores, dog heating pads, pet food, and more. More info: 360-652-5844, firstname.lastname@example.org, [URL]www.saveourdogsandcats.org;http://www.saveourdogsandcats.org[URL].
Vet center needs help: Healing Hearts In Hope Veteran Retreat Center seeks volunteers to help clean trails and organize fundraisers, among other things. The nonprofit helps veterans by providing a retreat. It is located at 28902 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls. More info: Teresa, 360-691-6284 or email@example.com.
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.
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: Meets next from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 (third Thursday) in conference room B at Providence Regional Medical Center, Pacific Campus, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS self-help group, Lynnwood: Meets next from 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 (third Friday) in the group room at the YWCA Village, 19703 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info: Sharon Todd, 360-651-9720.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Meets next at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 (third Monday) at the Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave. This is the Everett chapter of the national support group. More info: [/URL]www.pflag.org;http://www.pflag.org[URL].
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 [/URL]www.cpsn.org;http://www.cpsn.org[URL].
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20 (third Wednesday) at View Ridge Elementary School, 202 Alder St., Everett.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Several local chapters of this nonprofit weight-loss club meet at different days and times across Snohomish County. Meetings include a private weigh-in, peer support, information and awards for progress. First meeting is free. More info: www.tops.org, or area captain Darlene Wascher at 360-658-1311.
Bingo: 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. Cost is $2 for three-on. Everybody older than 50 can participate. More info: 425-257-8780, [/URL]www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors;http://www.ci.everett.wa.us/seniors[URL].
Double-deck pinochle: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Scriber Gardens/GenCare, 6024 200 St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: Carla, 425-771-5471.
Friendship Club: A group of senior citizens meets for lunch the second Thursday of each month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 216 Broadway, Everett. Lunch costs $7. The group also takes monthly bus tours. More info: Edward, 425-493-2588.[/URL]
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