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 at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-5050.
Pancake breakfast: The Stillaguamish Senior Center and Regency Care Center hold their monthly pancake breakfast, 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday. The center is at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. A $5 donation is requested to benefit health and wellness programs for senior citizens who need financial assistance. More info: 360-653-4551.
Recycling drive: The Gulls Fastpitch Club sponsors a free electronics and appliances recycling event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday by Lincoln Field, at the corner of 25th Street and Rockefeller Avenue, Everett. The club also asks for cash donations to support the Everett High School girls fastpitch program.
Killer Whale Tales: See killer whales "swimming on the walls" of the Adopt A Stream Foundation's Northwest Stream Center, 11 a.m. Saturday in Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The program is led by biologist, photographer and actor Jeff Hogan. Cost is $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Reservations required: 425-316-8592.
Nordic Heritage Day: Bothell Sons of Norway plans a free celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, at 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway. Free admission and parking. The event includes food and craft demonstrations, music, genealogy and the Fjord Horse. Lunch available for purchase. More info: 425-385-2144.
Social media workshop: HopeWorks, a Housing Hope affiliate, is hosting another Social Enterprise workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ken Schilaty Learning Center at 5908 Evergreen Way, Everett. The workshop, called "Defining Mission and Margin," will explore the intersection of the non-profit and for-profit worlds -- where social enterprise emerges -- and examine ways to look at costs and benefits of both sides. The workshop costs $10 for non-Social Enterprise Network of Snohomish County (SENSC) members. For members, it is $50, which covers all regular workshops for 2013. Both prices include up to five attendees per agency. For more information or to secure your spot in this event, please contact Mary Jonasen at email@example.com or call (425) 347-6556 x242.
Pancake breakfast: The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo holds its eighth annual pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Olympic View Middle School, 2602 Mukilteo Speedway, to benefit its scholarship fund and local youth programs. Eggs, ham, coffee, juice, live music by local students and "the biggest raffle in town." Cost is $6, $7 at the door; $25 for a family of five.
Free clothing swap: The twice-yearly Great Oak Harbor Giveaway Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Oak Harbor Christian School, 675 E. Whidbey Ave. Shop for "new to you" clothing and household items. Free admission. Hosted by The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Oak Harbor's "The Heart of Giving." More info: 360-675-2338.
Legally Blonde: Arlington High School's matinee production of "Legally Blonde" at 1 p.m. Saturday will help benefit Relay for Life. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink. Relay for Life vendors will sell products and refreshments, while half of ticket sales also will be donated to the nonprofit. The high school is at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, at www.byrnesperformingarts.org or at the door.
Bingo: The Snohomish Senior Center hosts a bingo event Saturday that is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. A 15-game buy-in is $8 plus blackouts and powerball. Cafe food available for purchase. The senior center is at 506 Fourth St.
Big Band Dance: The Moonlight Swing Orchestra plays from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood, to benefit the Stanwood Area Historical Society. Appetizers included in the cost of $20, $35 per couple or $100 for a table of six. More info: Rose King at 360-387-1278 or Bill Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buffet brunch: Camano Island Yacht Club's next buffet brunch is 9 a.m. to noon March 10 at the club, 129 N. Sunset Dr. Cost is $8, $5 for children under 9; omelets $1 extra.
Women's HIV Awareness Day: All women age 14 and older who have had any risk for HIV transmission can get free, rapid HIV testing, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 12 at Snohomish Health District Suite 106, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett. No appointment necessary. More info: 425-339-5298 or www.womenshealth.gov.
WAYS TO HELP
Cascade Valley Hospital: Cascade Valley Hospital, 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington, is recruiting volunteers to work in a variety of positions -- from greeting patients and visitors, to helping out in the Emergency Department. Call 360-618-7850 to register for a volunteer orientation session. Upcoming sessions: 5 p.m. today, 2 p.m. March 20, 5 p.m. April 2, and 2 p.m. April 17.
Volunteers needed at Port Susan Bay: Spend a couple of hours each week volunteering at The Nature Conservancy's Port Susan Bay Preserve near Stanwood. Volunteers are especially needed on weekends to help monitor visitation during busy times. Help familiarize visitors with preserve rules; check if they have permission to visit; report any management concerns to Conservancy staff. Must provide own transportation, be able to work on weekends, have friendly "customer service" skills and be able to handle occasional tense situations diplomatically. More info: Barbara French at email@example.com or 206-436-6236.
Volunteer for DVS: Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County presents a five-week, 20-hour community education and volunteer training class, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, April 1-29, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. Classes are free to volunteers who commit 10 hours of volunteer time within a 6-month period. Light snacks and breaks provided. More info: Sharon Lee at 425-259-2827 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks people age 55 and older for a variety of volunteer opportunities at schools, food banks and homeless shelters, in the court system and more. More info: John McAlpine at email@example.com, 425-374-6374 or 888-240-8572.
Dental care: Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others are invited to help provide dental care to patients who have lost their Medicaid dental benefits. The one-day event is slated for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7 at Cedar Family Dentistry in Marysville. More info: Kendra Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-659-3232.
Operation Lookout: The National Center for Missing Youth in Everett seeks volunteers for 20 hours weekly. The group is looking for social and community service providers experienced with criminal justice or victim backgrounds to assist with case management, data entry, office work and graphic design. Send resume or letter of interest to email@example.com.
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.
Bazaar vendors wanted: Snohomish Senior Center seeks vendors for its Spring Fling to be held April 13 at the center, 506 Fourth St. SW. Tables and space cost is $30. To request an application, call the Senior Center at 360-568-0934 or Carol at 360-568-4351.
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. Wednesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-9524.
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, 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 email@example.com or 425-259-3191 (Everett); Jennifer Reasoner at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, [URL]www.saveourdogsandcats.org;http://www.saveourdogsandcats.org[URL].
Veterans 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teed Off Seniors Golf: The Lynnwood Senior Center sponsors a fun, social golfing group for those age 62 and older. Teed Off meets alternate Thursdays throughout the spring, summer and early fall at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace. More info: 425-670-5050.
Scrabble group: Plays at 12:15 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett, 3025 Lombard Ave. More info: 425-334-2878.
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.
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 200th St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: Carla, 425-771-5471.
Head injury support group: Meets next from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5 (first Tuesday) on the second floor of Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center, 21601 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. Group supports brain-incident survivors and their caregivers. More info: Lou Nash, 425-776-7264 or email@example.com.
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.
Family support group: Meets next from 7:30-9 p.m. March 11 (second Monday) at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE, Marysville. A group for family members of adults living with mental illness to share ideas about coping and becoming better caregivers for their loved ones. More info: Wendy, 206-790-0162.
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.
MS self-help group, Marysville: Meets next from 10:30 a.m.-noon March 9 (second Saturday) at Cascade Christian Reformed Church, 13908 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. More info: Linda, 425-238-0849.
Ostomy Support Group: The United Ostomy Associations of America, Snohomish County Chapter, meets next from 1-3 p.m. March 11 (second Monday) 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.
Support group for parents of children with behavioral problems: 6:30-9 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. More info: 888-468-2620 or [/URL]www.cpsn.org;http://www.cpsn.org[URL].
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.[/URL]
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