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Medical equipment needed
The MedShed of Snohomish is in need of durable medical equipment that is in good condition, especially wheel chairs, 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. D, in the parking lot of the Snohomish Evangelical Church. For more information call 425-238-8482.

Gingerbread house making
Sign up at the front desk at Monroe Community Senior Center for free Gingerbread house making! Size is limited to the first 15 people to sign up, so please sign up today! Gingerbread fun will be Friday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. 360-794-6359. The center is at 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.

“A Christmas Story”
It’s the holiday season again and Sky Performing Arts is bringing you that classic favorite “A Christmas Story,” complete with the legendary leg lamp, Ralphie’s Red Rider BB gun, and an outstanding cast. Performances will be held at the Wagner Performing Arts Center located at 639 W. Main Street, in Monroe. Dates and times: Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Raffle tickets for the leg lamp will be sold at all shows and the winner will be announced at the closing performance. Kick off the season and enjoy live community theater! Tickets for adults are $14.50, $12.50 for students, seniors and active military, and children 5 and under are free. Info: www.skyperformingarts.com

Blood drive
The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need. Donations decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies don’t stop for the holidays.
Donate on Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Providence Regional Medical Office Building 1330 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. Make an appointment by visiting www.RedCross
Blood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive 

Parents Night Out
Snohomish High School cheerleaders and their parent volunteers will take care of kids ages 5-12 and keep them busy with fun activities such as cookie decorating, pin the heart on the Grinch, watch “Frozen,” holiday charades and cheering. Pizza and drinks provided. Drop off at 1316 5th Street between 6 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.  Cost is $35 for one child, $60 for two, $75 for three. Proceeds go to the cheerleaders to fund uniforms, camp, community activities and more.  Register at www.bit.ly/shsnightout and follow instructions to send payment to the school or pre-register and pay at the door.   Registration required. For more information email breezy2000@gmail.com or call 425-263-1400.

Toy drive and spaghetti feed
The 13th annual Christmas auction, toy drive and spaghetti feed will be Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 p.m. until as long as it takes!
Toy and cash donations are being accepted at Midnight Cry Church, 210 Ave. B in Snohomish now until the event.The big event will be at JR Phinickey’s, 18960 U.S. 2 in Monroe.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.

Christmas Light Cruise
The seventh annual Snohomish Christmas Light Cruise will be Saturday, Dec. 15 from 6 - 7 p.m. Drive your decorated and lighted vehicle for this freestyle cruise! Any street-legal car, truck, or two or three-wheeler may participate. The cruise will be clockwise along First Street, Avenue D, Second Street and Cedar Avenue in a circular lap. Join in anywhere! Please be aware that some truck horns can be very loud.

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. Snohomish Evangelical Free Church is offering a special Blue Christmas service to let people know they are not alone. Service is Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone, regardless of church background, is welcome. The church is located at 210 Ave. B. Call 425-238-8482 for more information.

Swing into Christmas
Celebrate the Holidays at the Swing into Christmas event with the Moonlight Orchestra Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. Enjoy tasty appetizers, wine and beer at intermission. Admission is $15. Prepay now at mcsc.org and receive a free drink ticket! For more information call 360-794-6359.

Parlour Tour
The annual Snohomish Parlour Tour will be Sunday, Dec. 9. from 12 - 4 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through beautiful Snohomish homes and gain great decorating ideas to incorporate in their own homes. This is one of the Snohomish Historical Society’s main fundraisers. For more information visit www.snohomishhistoricalsociety.org and this week’s Tribune.

Christmas concert
The Voetberg Family Band presents a free Christmas concert 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The eight siblings, ages 15-26, have earned two national fiddle champions and 10 state championship titles. All ages welcome. Reception to follow. Call 425-252-3757 for more information.

Crackpot Comedy
Short form improv thar is family-friendly and fun for all ages! Show is one hour, no intermission. Tickets $10 adults, $5 youth age 12 and under. Special pricing is buy one, get one free!.Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. The comedy show will be Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth Street in Snohomish. Call 360-568-9412 for more information.

Book signing
“There is a plan for mankind, but you won’t like it.”
In 2044, young coders have taken over the world but a shadow group of former corporate heads want to regain control. A secret lab working to that purpose uncover a horrible truth that puts the human race at risk. Author Mike Fitzpatrick is a technical instructor for a local college in Everett. He has published several textbooks, but this is his first novel. The author will sign the book on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Main St. Books Monroe, 110 E. Main Street. For more information contact Emily Newman at bookstore@mainstbooksmonroe.com or 360-794-2976.

Food and blanket drive
Barb’s Auto License’s annual food and blanket drive is on now through Friday, Dec. 21. All donations will help Midnight Cry Church feed those in need. Please bring any non-perishable food items or blankets to Barb’s, located in the McDaniel’s Do-it-Center’s parking lot at 510 Second Street in Snohomish, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Heroes Breakfast
Community heroes will take center stage at the 23rd annual American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast. The event is Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the program begins at 7 a.m. The breakfast is a fundraising event to support local disaster relief efforts. The Snohomish County chapter of the Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
To RSVP or if you are interested in hosting a table, please contact Kay Wallis at 206-247-2061 or email kay.wallis@redcross.org The local chapter’s website is www.snohomishcounty redcross.org

Santa Fly In
On Sunday, Dec. 9, 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. Event is FREE at Harvey Field, 9900 Airport Way in Snohomish on the main ramp, building 15.

Adopt A Stream
During December, the Adopt A Stream Foundation is providing the gift of free admission to the Northwest Stream Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is located at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600-128th Street SE in Everett.  There, you can go on an amazing half-mile-long Elevated Forest and Wetland Walk, then check out a fabulous Nature Store, where proceeds benefit environmental education and salmon stream restoration.  
Also, on Saturday, Dec. 8, buy a holiday tree for salmon. There is a good selection of Sitka spruce, Western red cedar, Douglas and grand fir, and shore pine from $40 to $100. Buyers will be gifted an annual membership in the Adopt A Stream Foundation.  For more information call 425-316-8592 or go to www.streamkeeper.org

Farming with Spreadsheets
Join WSU for an evening with Becky Zaneski as she brings The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets to life. From season planning and field mapping to tracking labor costs and sales data, Zaneski’s common-sense approach helps you make sense of the data so you can farm smarter in upcoming seasons.
Event is Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE Everett inside McCollum Park. The cost is $15 per person. Register at GrowYourFarm.eventbrite.com
For more information visit snohomishwsu.edu/grow-your-farm-2 or contact Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, 425-357-6024.

Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice with a Candle Walk on the Riverfront Trail in Snohomish. Stroll with friends, come a-caroling or simply contemplate the beauty of the evening Friday, Dec. 21 from 4 - 7 p.m.

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 Cherlyn MacGurn at 360-568-2168. All proceeds benefit the needs of the residents at the Chalet, improving the lives for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Holiday concert
The Monroe Concert Band will host a holiday concert Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Wagner Auditorium located at 639 W. Main in Monroe.
This will be fun for the entire family!
A portion of all donations will be given to Matthew House. For more information visit www.monroeconcertband.org

Sarvey Wildlife Raptors
Come see real birds of prey and learn how the Sarvey Wildlife Center rescues these fierce but damaged birds. Tues, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.

Pasado Sanctuary tour
The annual Pasado’s Safe Haven Sanctuary Tour will be Saturday, Dec. 15 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Bundle up for a self-guided visit with the animal residents. Hot chocolate, warming fire and tasty vegan goodies when you return to Pasado’s House. All contributions go towards supporting the animals and programs of Pasado’s. Cost is $25 per person or $75 per family; two adults, three children. Children under age two free. No strollers please. To register visit www.pasadosafehaven.org.

Kaddywompas Radio Show
When the Kaddywompas Country Store hits hard times, the locals rally to do a fundraiser with their own offbeat musical production of “A Christmas Carol” – a delightfully absurd and heartwarming rendition of the Charles Dickens classic. Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St. in Snohomish. $15 adults, $10 seniors and kids. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door, subject to availability. Call 360-568-9412 for information.

Food and gift drive
Matthew House in Monroe is collecting canned, food, 5 pound bags of potatoes, grocery gift cards and more. They are also seeking unwrapped gifts for young children, gift cards for the older kids, new clothes of all sizes, plus winter coats, boots and hats. Your donation of any size will give hope to the “Forgotten Children” of offenders. Cash donations may be sent to Matthew House, PO Box 20, Monroe, WA 98272. To deliver in person, the location is 16207 177th Ave. SE in Monroe. For more information visit www. matthewhousemonroe.org or call 360-794-8720.

Louie Foxx magic show
Gasp in amazement at Louie Foxx, award winning magician and two-time Guinness World Record holder, as he features his magic tricks and other skills. Monday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.

Artist reception
Celebrate the emerging artists of Snohomish High School with a closing reception for the “From Page to Brush: Artwork Dedicated to Our Favorite Books” exhibit. View exceptional artwork as award winners are presented. Light refreshments will be served. Reception is Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.

“Nativity on the Square”
Laugh along when Zion Lutheran Church hosts a Taproot Theatre performance of “Nativity on the Square,” a comedy about forgiveness, selflessness and the joy of giving. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at 329 Ave. A in Snohomish. You are also invited to a soup supper beginning at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 360-568-2700 or email snohomishsecretary@gmail.com

Bookmaking 101
Learn to make a handmade bound book that you can use to write your own magnificent story. Supplies are provided. Free. Registration required. Class is Friday, Dec. 7 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.

Bike work party
Sharing Wheels now has about 60 bikes completed, ready to go to Christmas House in December. But every bike needs some TLC first; cleaning, new tires, safe brakes, etc. Help reach the goal of 100-plus bikes for the kids! No experience needed.
Work Parties are every Thursday night from 6 - 9 p.m. until Dec. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12 - 4 p.m. Families and groups welcome. Snacks provided. Snack sponsors and donors welcome!
There are also some special incentives to encourage you to keep coming back including gifts and bike discounts. Check the website for details. All activities are at the shop, 2531 Broadway Ave. in Everett. For more information visit www.sharingwheels.org

Speaker to discuss visit
The Brown Bag Senior Lunch Series explores a topic each second Thursday of the month at the downtown Everett library.
The meetings are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Library Auditorium at 2702 Hoyt Ave.
Geared for seniors, but all ages are welcome.
December’s meeting will be speaker Pastor Alan Dorway of First Presbyterian Church of Everett on his visit to Israel and Palestine.

Art exhibit
Mixed media works combining photography and illustration by Seattle artist Akira Ohiso will be on display Nov. 5 to Dec. 6 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery.The artwork is intended to encourage discussion about diversity, homelessness, gentrification and green living. Meet Ohiso at an opening reception for the show 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the gallery.The Russell Day Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The gallery is free and open to the public. It is located in Parks Student Union room 219 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St.

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.

Holiday Tea & Stocking Tree
A fun and festive Holiday Tea Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. in Snohomish. The menu includes tea sandwiches, salad and dessert along with specialty teas. Entertainment will be provided by a Chinese Women’s Traditional Dance Troupe. $10 admission.
All attending are invited to bring pairs of children’s socks to decorate a Stocking Tree. The socks will be donated to the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club for kids from elementary through high school. 360-568-0934.

Warm Beach Lights
Thursday, Dec. 13. The Pacific Northwest’s largest holiday light event combines live entertainment, food, holiday shopping, wagon rides, bonfires and more for a cheery holiday experience. Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett (leaves from Forest Park). $39 fee. 425-257-8780.

New Year’s Eve Dance - Everett
Celebrate the New Year at Carl Gipson Senior Center Monday, Dec. 31 from 1-3 p.m. Music provided by Lauren Petrie includes Swing, Cha-cha, Waltz, Rumba, line dancing and more. Must be 50+ to attend. $5 admission. 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. 425-257-8780.

New Year’s Eve Dance - Snohomish
Ring in the New Year at the Snohomish Senior Center, Monday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music by Jim Toivanen starting at 7 p.m. No host beer, wine and signature cocktail. With hors d’oeuvres and dessert bar. Ticket price is $20 per person. Advance tickets available at Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. 360-568-0934.

Eagle Viewing Float Trip
Expect multiple eagle sightings as you raft the Skagit River. This 8-mile journey includes lunch and snacks. Dress warmly; be prepared for any kind of weather. Departs from Everett Station. Friday, Jan. 11 Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. 425-257-8780.

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 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.

Pancake Breakfast
A Pancake Breakfast is the third Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. This has been a tradition at the Monroe Community 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 Monroe Community 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.

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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