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. today at Snohomish Health District Suite 106, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett. No appointment necessary. More info: 425-339-5298 or www.womenshealth.gov.
Multicultural dinner: Alderwood Middle School hosts its first-ever multicultural dinner, a potluck-style event 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. The school is at 20000 28th Ave. W. Families in the Edmonds School District are invited to bring a dish or two that uniquely represents their culture of origin -- enough to feed about 10 people -- along with a brief description of the dish and the culture it represents. More info: 425-431-7579.
Slugs and Snails: The Adopt A Stream Foundation's Streamkeeper Academy features "The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane" with David George Gordon, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members; $7 for non-members. Reservations are required: 425-316-8592.
Donate blood: The Puget Sound Blood Center will be conducting a blood draw, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Call 1-800-398-7888 to make an appointment.
Rummage sale: English Crossing Elementary PTA (Lakewood School District) plans a rummage sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Lake Goodwin Community Center, 17323 42nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. Proceeds will be used for playground equipment. More info: Marilyn Stanford, 360-654-3309.
Movie time: The Mukilteo Library offers a free movie and popcorn for kids, 1 p.m. Friday, for the early-dismissal day. The "surprise" movie features a video game character who is tired of being the bad guy and goes on an adventure to prove he's really a hero with a big heart. The library is at 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd.
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.
Dental care: Dr. Colleen Tracy, of All Family Dental Care, offers free emergency dental treatments on a first-come, first-served basis, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at her office at 10315 19th Ave. SE, Suite 110, Everett. More info: 425-337-1000.
Recycling event: Edmonds Community College hosts an electronics recycling event for the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in parking lot A on the campus at 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Free to recycle are computers, laptops, monitors, TVs and cellphones. Other electronics -- such as washers, dryers, VCRs and printers -- will be accepted for a small fee. Cellphones will be donated to raise funds for the Susan G Komen 3-day event to help in the fight to end breast cancer. More info: 425-239-4118.
St. Patrick's Day party: Grandview Village, 5800 64th St. NE in Marysville, hosts a St. Patrick's Day party, 2-3 p.m. Saturday with live music by Mark Teriney and the Sparky Marky Show. More info: 360-653-2223.
VFW Open House: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2100 of Everett plans a St. Patrick's Day Open House, 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 2711 Oakes Ave. Learn more about the VFW, and see portraits by Mike Regan of the Fallen Heroes Project. Corned beef and cabbage will be served 4-6 p.m. for $10. Children welcome. More info: 425-252-2100.
WAYS TO HELP
Work party: Join Housing Hope, IMCO General Construction and Communication Resources for a volunteer work party on Saturday to put the finishing touches on the newly expanded Woods Creek Village in Monroe, 320 E. Fremont St., a Housing Hope development. There are two shifts for volunteers: 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Lunch for all volunteers will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Tasks include: install playground equipment, put in a buffer zone and trail area, build a tool shed and community garden, install a trash enclosure, design and paint sidewalk markings and games for the children, and more. More info: www.housinghope.org.
Volunteers needed: The nonprofit Providence General Children's Association needs volunteers at the Providence Regional Medical Center Pacific campus gift shop -- located at the Women's and Children's Pavilion, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett -- for four-hour shifts, day or evening, one or more times per month. Gift shop proceeds benefit Northwest children in need. Must complete hospital volunteer forms, TB test, background check and training. More info: PGCA President Julie Dickson, 425-339-1398.
Sew Thoughtful: Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) will sew walker bags for Group Health Hospital rehabilitation centers, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett in the Evergreen classroom room behind the WSU Extension Office. The bags help keep patients' belongings organized while they keep both hands on a walker. The pattern and fabric will be provided and many kits are cut and ready to sew. Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing tools and a lunch. More info: Carla Peery, 206-595-9717 or Cpeerysew@aol.com.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about senior center: The Mountlake Terrace Senior Center will be in the "spotlight," 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. SW. The "Spotlight Your Organization at the Recreation Pavilion" program showcases local nonprofit groups. The senior center will answer questions and provide information about its programs and services.
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.
Interview technique workshop: Free interview technique workshops for job-seekers will be offered at various Sno-Isle Libraries through March and April. Remaining workshops: 2-4 p.m. March 18 at Marysville Library (6120 Grove St.), 1-3 p.m. April 9 at Monroe Library (1070 Village Way), and 1-3 p.m. April 11 at Lynnwood Library (19200 44th Ave. W.).
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. March 21 (third 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. March 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. March 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. 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].
Support group for special education parents in the Everett School District: Meets next from 6:30-8 p.m. March 20 (third Wednesday) at View Ridge Elementary School, 202 Alder St., Everett.[/URL]
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