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Leight Fantastics Holiday Show
The Snohomish Senior Center presents the “Leight Fantastics Holiday Show” with Eleanor Leight, Dec. 11. The show is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be coffee, tea, punch and a dessert buffet. Seating is limited, so call in advance to reserve a spot at 360-568-0934. The Snohomish Senior Center is located at 506 Fourth Street in Snohomish.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Jose Gonzales Trio based in Seattle is pleased to present its holiday concert, Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St. in Snohomish on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. This heartwarming show is bound to become a holiday tradition. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call 360-568-9412.

Student Mountain Bike Team
The Snohomish Team is getting ready for its third season in the Washington Student League. Open to girls and boys grades 6 through 12.
 Information meetings at the Snohomish Library on Tuesday,Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.. and Saturday,Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.
  A “ Meet The League” ride is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at Lord Hill Regional Park. Bring your bike, helmet and water. Dress for the weather (layers). Parents are welcome.
For questions, contact Coach Sandra Baird at 425-420-7451 or write to snohomishcycling@gmail.com

Navy Band Northwest Holiday Concert
The Commander Navy Region Northwest will present a Navy Band Northwest holiday performance in Everett on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the Everett Village Theatre. Entry is free and open to the public, no tickets necessary.
The band’s performance includes traditional and family holiday music. Throughout the evening there will also be an appearance by Santa Claus.
Navy Band Northwest is under the command of Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander Navy Region Northwest. The band’s director, Lieutenant Bruce Mansfield, 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.

Christmas Light Cruise
Drive your decorated lighted vehicle for the freestyle Snohomish 6th annual Christmas Light Cruise Dec. 16 from 6-7 p.m.
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 fun!
The cruise route is circular in laps in order to minimize congestion (keep turning right). Join in for just a few laps or for the whole time! the cruise route will consist of First Street, Avenue D, Second Street and Cedar Avenue. Join in anywhere! Spectators should bring their cameras.

Holiday concert
The Monroe Concert Band will host a free Holiday Concert Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Frank Wagner Auditorium, 639 W. Main St. in Monroe. This will be fun for the entire family! A portion of all donations will be given to the local Salvation Army. For more information visit www.monroeconcertband.org.

Seattle Men’s Chorus concert
The Seattle Men’s Chorus returns to Everett for a show at7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Historic Everett Theatre for the most welcoming celebration of the season. Enjoy the heartwarming melodies, familiar carols, and show-stopping shenanigans that have made this event a tradition for almost 40 years.
You’ll hear your holiday favorites such as “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls,” brought to life by 200 proud singers and a full brass band. Tickets range from $25 to $40. The Historic Everett Theatre is at 2911 Colby Ave. in Everett.

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 Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
Everyone regardless of church background is welcome. The church is at 210 Ave. B. For questions, call 425-238-8482.

Family concert
The Overman Family Musicians Free Christmas Concert, 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. This talented family plays the sounds of the season on a variety of instruments. Come for fun and enjoy a reception afterward. A free will offering will be taken in support of the performers. 425-252-3757.

Swing Into Christmas
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays with the 20-person Moonlight Swing Orchestra at The East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. Wear your dancing shoes! Appetizers will be served, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets for this event Saturday, Dec. 16 are $15;
call 360-794-6359 with questions.

Wreath fundraiser
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. The wreaths will be made by chalet staff and family members of the residents and will be available now through Christmas. To order your wreath, contact Jean Reynaud at 360-568-2168. All proceeds benefit the needs of the residents at the Chalet, improving the lives for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Toy Drive
Sea Mar Community Health hosts annual holiday parties for low-income patients and their families.
Your donation of new toys, books, games and arts and craft supplies will go to over 600 children and 350 families in Snohomish County. Donate now through Dec. 16. Monetary donations will be applied toward toy purchases.
Please deliver new, unwrapped gifts to Sea Mar at 17707 W. Main St. in Monroe. To donate money contact Virginia Sanchez at 360-282-3885 ext. 34088 or email VirginiaSanchez@seamarchc.org.

Holiday Giving Drive
Barb’s Auto License is having its annual Holiday Giving Drive! If you are interested in donating, suggested items are: toys, blankets, outerwear, non-perishable food, and pet food. Drop off your donation at Barb’s, 510 Second St. in Snohomish, from now until Dec. 20.

Battle of the Banks
Through January 3, the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce member banks will step into the ring for the annual Battle of the Banks to Benefit the Bank!  This friendly challenge is to collect nonperishable food and cash donations.   The goal is to have well stocked shelves at the Snohomish Community Food Bank for the beginning of the New Year.  Help your Snohomish bank become the Heavy Weight Champion in the fight against hunger in our community!  Drop off donations at any one of these banks: Coastal Community Bank, 928 Ave D; Columbia Bank, 167 Lincoln St.; Opus Bank, 1101 Ave D; Peoples Bank inside Fred Meyer,
2801 Bickford Ave. or Washington Federal, 620 Second St., all in Snohomish
The judges will award the winner on Jan. 4 based on combined points for holiday decorations, total pounds of food and the amount of cash donations collected.

Clothing donations
The Monroe chapter of God’s Closet is collecting shoes and clothing donations for their next Free Shop Day on Feb. 4.
God’s Closet provides children in need with new and gently used clothing and shoes. The Monroe chapter is one of 20 across the country.
God’s Closet holds four Free Shop Days during the year where families can pick up free bags of clothes; there is a $1 entry fee per family.
To find out more about the Monroe chapter or to donate, email monroe@godscloset.com, call 360-391-8192 or visit GodsClosetMonroe on Facebook. 

Monroe Garden Club meets Dec. 11
The Monroe Garden Club will meet on Monday, Dec. 11 at Noon, at the Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 S. Lewis St.
This will be the annual holiday potluck party and gift exchange and everyone should bring a dish to share. Those wishing to participate in the gift exchange should bring a garden-related gift valued at about $10.
Donations for the Sky Valley Food Bank are always welcome. The public is welcome to attend. Contact president Kris Elledge, 425-345-6154, GardeningSince52@gmail.com or www.
monroegardenclub.net for more information.

Adopt-a-Sock
Adopt a stocking for a local youth this Holiday Season! Now through Dec. 15, you can pick up a stocking at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club and return it filled by Dec. 15 for a local kid. Stockings are available in a variety of ages and gender with suggested donations on the tag.
The Boys & Girls Club is located at 402 Second St., Snohomish. For more information, 360-568-7760.

ACA signups
The enrollment period for people to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is open. The time period allows people to change their tax-reduced health insurance plans or to sign up for one. In Snohomish County, Providence Everett and EvergreenHealth Monroe hospitals offer health insurance navigators to help people sign up.
People in Washington state can sign up through the state healthcare exchange until
Jan. 15. Most other states have Dec. 15 deadlines.
While the 2018 open enrollment period extends through Jan. 15, 2018, the deadline to sign up in Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2018 is Dec. 15.

Friday Night Bingo
Everyone’s invited to a fun evening of Bingo every Friday at East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.
Early Bird Games, 12 Game Packs and Special Packs. Cash payouts on games from $20 to $100. Progressive Payouts up to $1,199. Pull tabs, too!

Al-anon, Alateen meetings
Al-anon and Alateen is a support group for friends and families who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
Meetings in Snohomish are held Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 1305 Pine Ave.; Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 913 Second St., and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. at the Snohomish Alano Club, 625 Ford Ave.
For more information and a list of local meetings go to www.dist23.org or call 425-348-7828.

Line Dancing
In addition to traditional country line dancing, you will learn Latin dances and the waltz. This is a beginning dance class, no partner required. This class is held Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. Free to members, $2 per class for non-members. For more information call 360-794-6359.

Hunter sight-in opportunities
Hunter sight-in days will be available in September and early October at the private Seattle Rifle and Pistol range in Machias (between Lake Stevens and Snohomish). Visit the club’s web site www.seattlerifle.org for dates, times, driving directions and other info.

Community Breakfast
The Snohomish Senior Center hosts a Community Breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Come have a delicious breakfast of biscuits and
gravy, pancakes or French toast, ham or sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome and the cost is only $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 10. The Center is located at 506 Fourth St. in Snohomish.

Q-Tip art exhibit
A new art exhibit by “Q-Tip Artist” Heidi Barnett of Edmonds is on display in the lobby of the county’s Robert J. Drewel administration building through the end of the year. 
The artist describes her work as “organic pointillism” to create paintings by experimenting with palette knives, fingers, and a variety of eclectic tools — including Q-tips — to apply paint to her canvases. More of her work can be seen by visiting her website at   Heidibarnettart.com.
The Robert J. Drewel Building is located in downtown Everett at 3000 Rockefeller and Wall. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explore your family tree
There are many reasons to build a family tree: to explore your family history, have a living connection to the past, trace and find your origins and roots, or leave a legacy to those who follow.
Lynda Hamilton is a family tree researcher for the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Project, those volunteers donate their time to free genealogy. Hamilton will research Snohomish Senior Center members’ individual family trees or provide one-on-one instruction or assistance for those who would prefer to do the on-line research themselves.
Stop by the senior center on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. The center is located at 506 Fourth St.

Monroe Mobility Lifeline
Do you need a ride? Are you over 60 years of age? The East County Senior Center offers transportation every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will pick you up in Monroe and take you to the store, to the Senior Center, to your physician, etc – as long as it’s in Monroe.
Please call 360-794-6359 for more information.

Friday Night Bingo
Everyone’s invited to a fun evening of Bingo every Friday at East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.
Early Bird Games, 12 Game Packs and Special Packs. Cash payouts on games from $20 to $100. Progressive Payouts up to $1,199. Pull tabs, too!

Line Dancing
In addition to traditional country line dancing, you will learn Latin dances and the waltz. This is a beginning dance class, no partner required. This class is held Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. Free to members, $2 per class for non-members. For more information call 360-794-6359.

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.

Musicians wanted
The Monroe Concert Band is looking to fill positions for trombone, oboe, bassoon and percussion players. No auditions required for those with high school level experience. The Concert Band plays a variety of music including classical marches, rock n’ roll and movie-themed music. Please email monroeconcertband@gmail.com

Volunteers needed
Project Harvest of Snohomish County creates equal access to fresh, locally-grown food from farm to food bank. Volunteers are needed for the 2017 season. Please contact saubert@voaww.org for more information or visit voaww.org/projectharvest

Country concert
If you love country music, you don’t want to miss this! Johnny Mac and Charlotte will perform classic country music Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. Come for lunch and stay and enjoy the music! 360-794-6359.

Snowflake Lane
Head to Bellevue for Snowflake Lane to enjoy the season with the Carl Gipson Senior Center on Dec. 2. The snow falls from the roof of Macy’s and there are the Little Drummer Boys, Snow King and Queen and more entertainment. $25, lunch will be on your own at the mall. Reserve your seat today, 425-257-8780. The center is located at 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett.

Living well with Chronic Pain
This is a free six-week workshop to help you manage with chronic pain. Wednesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. Presented by Homage Senior Services.

Swing Into Christmas
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays with the 20-person Moonlight Swing Orchestra at The East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. Wear your dancing shoes! Appetizers will be served, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets for this event Saturday, Dec. 16 are $15; prepay now and receive a free drink ticket! 360-794-6359.

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 direct web page file for the registration form is www.sno.wednet.edu/files/3214/6602/3682/Kla-Ha-Ya_Club_Registration.pdf
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.

Free used medical equipment
If you need a cane, wheelchair, shower seat or similar medical equipment, a free resource is available in Snohomish. A program sponsored by the nonprofit Snohomish Free Evangelical Church offers free medical equipment to the general public and also accepts donations of good used medical equipment.
The program asks people to borrow items and return them when done.
Call 425-238-8482 or 360-420-4464 to make arrangements to either borrow an item or make a donation.

Pancake Breakfast
A Pancake Breakfast is the third Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. This has been a tradition at the East County Senior Center for over 40 years. Bring your family, no reservations required. Adults $5, children under 12 years of age are $3.
The Center is located at 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.

Making Music with Dementia
This program offered by the East County Senior Center on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. is for care receivers and caregivers both! Do you want to get out of the house with your loved one with dementia? This drop in music program is fun for both of you! Hear music you know (some you don’t) and tap to the beat while watching your care receiver open up in new ways because of live music.
The Center is located at 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. 360-764-6359.

Community Breakfast
The Snohomish Senior Center hosts a Community Breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Come have a delicious breakfast of biscuits & gravy, pancakes or French toast, ham or sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome and the cost is only $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 10. The Center is located at 506 Fourth St. in Snohomish.

Thursday night open mic nights
The Hungry Pelican restaurant holds an open mic night for the public from 6 to 10 p.m. each Thursday.
Jeff Crookall & Friends host Acoustic Open Mic. Participate or simply enjoy the show. This is an all ages event.
The Hungry Pelican is located at 113 Ave. C in Snohomish.

Volunteer opportunities
The Snohomish Senior Center is seeking volunteers for cashiers at Fabulously Frugal Thrift Store, front desk receptionist, shuttle drivers and handymen. For more information please contact Erica at 360-568-0934 or email eowens@snohomishcenter.org.

Writers kickstart group
The Writers Kickstart Group in Snohomish provides help for aspiring writers, any age, any genre. The group meets to share stories, ideas and information at Haggen’s Grocery Café by the fireplace, 1301 Ave. D, Snohomish.
Find the group at www.writerskickstart.com or look for writerskickstart on Facebook.

Story time with Simon
Uppercase Book Shop, now on Second Street in Snohomish, lets young ones sit with Simon Sallee, who is a Certified Pet Partner Therapy Dog. All children are welcome. Story content is gearing toward children four years old and up.
Story Time with Simon meets every Sunday.
Uppercase Bookshop is in the Second Street Cabin on Second Street between avenues A and B.

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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