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Toy Drive and Spaghetti Feed
The 14th Annual Christmas Auction, Toy Drive and Spaghetti Feed will be Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2 p.m. until as long as it takes! The big event will be at JR Phinickey’s.
Toys and cash donations are being accepted at Midnight Cry Church, 210 Ave. B in Snohomish and at JR Phinickey’s, 18960 Hwy. 2 in Monroe (prior to the event and afterward until Dec. 15).All proceeds will go to the Midnight Cry Church Benevolence Fund and to needy families in the community. For more details visit JR Phinickey’s Facebook page and Midnight Cry Church Facebook page.

Yogathon raises food bank funds
Spark Yoga is having a Yogathon to raise funds for local food banks. The “12 Days of Yoga” event will take place at both studios – Snohomish and Marysville. There will be 12 classes running back-to-back (ten minutes between each class) at each location. The fun event is intended to “hopefully raise a lot of money for the local food banks,” said Spark Owner, Janette Cline Johnson. For more information, go to www.sparkhotyogastudio.com/ or call 425.610.4421.

Navy Band free concert is Dec. 10
The Commander Navy Region Northwest will present a free holiday music performance by Navy Band Northwest in Everett at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. This year’s holiday concert will be held at the Village Theatre located in the Everett Performing Arts Center on Wetmore Ave. Entry is free and open to the public, no tickets necessary.
The band’s concert series includes traditional holiday songs, in addition to funk and rock music.
Navy Band Northwest is under the command of Rear Admiral Christopher Gray, Commander Navy Region Northwest. The band’s director, Lieutenant Chrisopher Cornette, leads 35 musicians who perform more than 400 engagements each year at both military and civilian events. To learn more about the band and performances, visit Facebook.com/NavyBandNorthwest.

Clog dancing open to all dancers
Clogging dance classes are open to all ability levels. Dance for your own entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays or attend the introductory classes on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7:30.
All classes are held at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 802 E. Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett, and are taught by Karen Miller. For more information, call 425-257-8300.

Christmas Cruise
The eighth annual Snohomish Christmas Light Cruise will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Drive a decorated and lighted vehicle for this freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise. Any street-legal car, truck or two or three-wheeler may participate. Truck groups, car clubs, motorcycles and individuals are all encouraged to join.
The cruise route will be clockwise along First Street, Avenue D, Second Street and Cedar Avenue in a circular lap. The right-turn laps minimize traffic congestion. Participants can join for a few laps, or for the entire event.

Holiday concert is Dec. 20 at FWE
The Monroe Concert Band will host a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Frank Wagner Auditorium, 639 W. Main in Monroe. Donations will be collected for the Salvation Army. For more information visit
www.monroeconcertband.org

Making of ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’
Jose Gonzales guides attendees through the making of this TV special, and how the music gave exactly the right feeling even though the producers wanted to cut it. Marvelous and heart-warming, this show is a delightful holiday tradition. Mark your calendar for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth Street. Tickets are $25, kids and seniors are $20, and can be purchased at www.brown
papertickets.com or at the door (based on availability): 360-568-9412.

Jim Page and Bill Davie to perform
Jim Page has recorded 24 albums and has toured in 13 countries. Bill Davie has been writing songs for 50 years and just released his seventh full-length album, Night Sky. The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth Street, Snohomish. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door (based on availability): 360-568-9412.

Thumbnail hosts bluegrass concert
Dumas (of the Special Consensus), Luquette (of Frank Solllivan & Dirty Kitchen) and Knapp (of The Warren G. Hardings), will perform on stage for an evening of award-winning bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth Street, Snohomish. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.brown
papertickets.com or at the door (based on availability): 360-568-9412.

Make and Take
The Skykomish Valley Indian Education (SVIE) program is holding the 11th Annual Holiday “Make and Take” and Family Photos. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Longhouse at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14485 179 Avenue SE in Monroe. There is a $10 suggested donation for family photos and no admission or parking charges. Frybread and refreshments will be available for a $5 donation.

Gallery show is on everyday life
Artist Miha Sarani’s paintings and drawings explore moments of everyday life in “Flip Side” on display until Dec. 9 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery.  
“Flip Side” includes abstract art and captures daily life.  
Sarani is a visual artist from Slovenia who lives and works in Seattle.
The Russell Day Gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
The gallery is closed on weekends. All gallery displays are in the Parks Student Union Room 219 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. 
For more information, visit EverettCC.edu/Gallery or contact Russell Day Gallery Director Miles Labitzke at mlabitzke@everettcc.edu

Wreath fundraiser planned for Chalet
The Snohomish Chalet (Delta Foundation) is offering 24-inch wreaths for $25. The wreaths are made with fresh greens, holly, pinecones and a beautiful bow. They are made by Chalet staff and residents’ family members, and will be available now through Christmas.
To order your wreath, contact Cherlyn MaGurn or Donna Walsh at 360-568-2168. All proceeds benefit the needs of the residents at the Chalet, improving the lives for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Textile and sewing grants being awarded
Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors, a non-profit organizations supporting clothing and textile education or sew for charitable purposes may apply for a grant.
The Snohomish County Clothing & Textile Advisors are trained volunteers who provide clothing, textile and needle arts education to the community.
Information about applying for a grant, donating to the annual fabric sale or becoming a member of SnoCo CTA, contact julie.sevald@wsu.
edu

Suboxone treatments
Ideal Option is a medical clinic in Everett, serving people with opioid and other addictions.
Sessions to learn more about medically assisted treatment are open to the general public: new and potential patients, family members of addicted people, or anyone curious about the process and medications.
The next informational session is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Mountlake Terrace at 22000 64th Ave W., Ste 2F.

Santa Fly-In
On Sunday, Dec. 8, Santa will fly in to Harvey Field from the North Pole at 1 p.m. He will depart in the helicopter at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to come see Santa arrive in the helicopter and enjoy treats and photos with Santa (bring your own camera, no pets please). This event is FREE at Harvey Field, 9900 Airport Way in Snohomish on the Main Ramp, building 15.

Blue Christmas service
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died. The anguish of broken relationships. The insecurity of unemployment. The weariness of ill health. The pain of isolation. All of these things can make us feel alone in the holiday season. We need to know we are not alone.
Snohomish Evangelical Free Church is offering a special “Blue Christmas” service on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
Everyone regardless of church background is welcome. The church is located at 210 Ave. B. For questions, call 425-238-8482.

Acrylic pour painting for teens
Snohomish artist Twyla Mahelona will teach the techniques of pouring acrylic paint to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Dress for a mess or bring an apron. All supplies included. For ages 12-18. Register now at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., as this class will fill up fast. Class is Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1-2 p.m. 360-568-2829.

Jose Gonzales Trio “Charlie Brown Christmas”
Jose Gonzales guides you through the story of the making of this TV special and how the music gave exactly the right feeling, even though the producers wanted to cut it.
Marvelous and heart-warming, this show is a delightful holiday tradition at the Thumbnail Theater. The show will be Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St. in Snohomish. Tickets are $25, kids and seniors are $20, and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door (based on availability). 360-568-9412.

Sewing items needed
Snohomish County Clothing Textile Advisors are preparing for their 10th Annual Fabric Sale with more details to come. Now they are collecting donations of fabric, notions, needlework, yarn, related supplies and equipment. Proceeds will go to local scholarships, grants and sewing classes. Call Arlene for information about donations 425-743-011.

Offices give to local food banks 
Integrated Rehabilitation Group Physical & Hand Therapy clinics aim to collect 15,000 pounds of canned or non-perishable food during the month of November, to donate to local food banks. Collection boxes are located inside each of the clinics, and donations will be accepted during regular business hours. 
Donations of non-perishable food items such as canned soup, canned fruits, and veggies are needed. Canned meats such as chicken, ham or beef, tuna, and salmon; As well as items such as peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal, baby formula, protein drinks and power bars are also needed.
For a list of clinic locations, please visit irgpt.com.

Monroe band hosts holiday concert
The Monroe Concert Band will host a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Frank Wagner Auditorium, 639 W. Main St. in Monroe. Donations will be collected for the Salvation Army. For more information visit www.monroeconcertband.org

Christmas Light Cruise Dec. 21
The eighth annual Snohomish Christmas Light Cruise will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Drive a decorated and lighted vehicle for this freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise. Any street-legal car, truck or two or three-wheeler may participate. Truck groups, car clubs, motorcycles and individuals are all encouraged to join.
The cruise route will be clockwise along First Street, Avenue D, Second Street and Cedar Avenue in a circular lap. The right-turn laps minimize traffic congestion. Participants can join for a few laps, or for the entire event. 

Winter Solstice river walk Dec. 21
Celebrate the Winter Solstice Candle Walk on the Riverfront Trail, from Cady Park to First Street off Avenue D. Stroll with friends, come a-caroling or simply contemplate the beauty of the evening Saturday, Dec. 21 from 4 p.m. to 8  p.m. For more information or to RSVP, go to www.facebook.com/events/1095346527324466/

Model railroad display up Dec. 7
A railroad replica of a miniature Seattle with actual historical landmarks will be displayed on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Looking Glass Coffee, 801 First St. in Snohomish. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Drive. 

Everett Chorale
The Everett Chorale performs "Joy" at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Avenue. Tickets are $22 for adults, and $19 for students, military, seniors and youth. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.villagetheatre.org

Breakfast every third Saturday
The Monroe Community Senior Center offers a community breakfast every third Saturday, from 8 to 10 a.m.
Meals are prepared and served by the volunteer crew, and all proceeds benefit the Senior Center. Cost is $6 and kids 10 and under eat free.

Table tennis
Play on one of five professional tables, and challenge the practice robot! Table tennis professional and nationally ranked player Howard Grossman gives free skills demonstrations and low-cost training session. Cost is $2. Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everet. 425-257-8780.

MedShed calls for equipment donors
The MedShed of Snohomish is in need of durable medical equipment that is in good condition, especially wheelchairs, transport chairs, rolling or front wheel walkers, shower chairs and bedside commodes.
MedShed hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MedShed is located at 210 Ave.B, in the parking lot of the Snohomish Evangelical Church.
For more information call 425-238-8482.

Square dance class at the Horseshoe
Beginner square dance lessons are at the Horseshoe Grange, 16424 Broadway Ave. in Snohomish. Lessons run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The first lesson is free. After that, lessons are $7 each. The lessons are set up in two 10-week sessions that consist of two hours of dancing and instruction each Tuesday evening. All dancers are requested to dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. Ages 12 and up welcome. 
For more information, visit www.squarecrows.org/
lesson-information

Life jacket loaner program
Fire District 7 participates in a Life Jacket Loaner program. If you need to borrow a life jacket for a day or the weekend, visit Fire Station 31, 163 Village Court in Monroe, to get fitted and check one out for free.

Senior Dances
Senior Dances are held Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at Normanna Lodge, 2725 Oakes St. in Everett. Bob’s Dance Band provides the live music. No partner needed. Admission is $7. For more information, 425-252-0291.

Foster parents needed
Is foster parenting for you? Do you have questions about becoming a foster parent? Are you currently a relative caregiver for a foster child? Please email jill-mutcheson@olivecrest.org for more information or go to their website, www.olivecrest.org

Immigration resource
The Everett Community Resource Center presents free immigration consultations at 215 W. Mukilteo Boulevard in Everett. Consultations are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Support is available in English, Spanish, Nepali, Hindi and Russian. For more information, email everett@lcsnw.org or call 425-355-6005.

Free medical equipment
If you need a cane, wheelchair, shower seat or similar medical equipment, a program sponsored by the nonprofit Snohomish Free Evangelical Church, located at 210 Ave. B, offers free used medical equipment to the public and also accepts donations of good used medical equipment.
Call 425-238-8482 or 360-420-4464 to make arrangements to either borrow an item or make a donation.
For a current list of inventory, visit www.snohomishefc.com, click on Ministries and then Parish Nursing.

Weight loss club
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a nonprofit organization about weight loss, meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at First Baptist
Church, 17922 149th Street S.E. in Monroe. For more information, call Ruthie at 360-863-8900.

Seniors get in free
The Snohomish School District has brought back a free pass that lets seniors 65 and older living within the district boundaries receive complimentary tickets to high school plays and Snohomish ball games.
It’s called the Golden Kla Ha Ya Club, and registration forms are online at the school district’s website, www.sno.wednet.edu
The gold cards can be picked up at the school district office, 1601 Ave. D.
To use the card for an event, first call the Snohomish High School ticket booth at 360-563-4008 or the Glacier Peak High School ticket booth at 360-563-7504 to have a ticket ready at will call and ensure to bring the card for free entry.
The Snohomish Senior Center also has information, 506 Fourth Street or 360-568-0934.
The school district restarted the program a few months ago as a way to honor seniors.

Toastmasters meetings
The Monroe Toastmasters group can help you develop speaking and leadership skills, ace a job interview and possibly ignite your career!
The Monroe group meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Alfy’s Pizza at 19121 U.S. 2.
For more information, visit www.monroetoastmasters.com

  

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