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Solar eclipse
Free classes about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, the science of the sun and astronomy are coming to Snohomish.
An event will be at the Snohomish Library at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 21.
The library plans to have fun and informational activities such as acting out the eclipse, demonstrating the distances involved, making pinhole projectors and, handing out eclipse glasses for safe solar viewing.

Free innovation course
NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) will hold a free six-part course beginning on Saturday, Sept. 9, and meeting every other Saturday for 12 weeks. The course will be held in Everett, however anyone in Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties are encouraged to apply.
The course will take inventors, innovators, artists and other creatives through the process of turning an idea into a ready-for-market prototype. The subject of each session corresponds with a different stage in the entrepreneurial process; idea, research, prototype, test, market and launch.
NWIRC Program Manager Lara Merriam-Smith, an experienced inventor and entrepreneur, will lead each session. She will be joined by other subject matter experts and mentors who will provide valuable insights into the process of building on an idea. “Ten years ago when I decided to take my invention to market there were very few options for getting help like this to make it easy,” Merriam-Smith said.
The Build it NOW course was developed to help meet the need the NWIRC has seen in its area. “Too often, inventors and innovators regret when they see their
idea out there made by someone else. Fortunately, the Build It NOW course helps take that idea and transforms it into a market-ready prototype,” Merriam-Smith said. “Over the course of the last four years, we have found that using the innovative tools of Design Thinking with 3D printing—as well as some essential marketing materials—we can accelerate the process of getting that idea out of their head and into the real world.”
The course is free, however there is an application process to qualify. This allows for smaller group sizes and more individualized assistance. The most qualified applicants will have done some initial research about their idea, perhaps even some prototyping. The NWIRC will also give priority to individuals from their territory (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan and Island Counties), but anyone is encouraged to apply or contact NWIRC for more information. The application deadline is Sunday, Aug. 20 and those who qualify will be notified by Tuesday, Aug. 22. Those interested in attending can apply at http://nwirc.com/build-it-now/

School supply drive
Jones Family Orthodontics is teaming up with Monroe Public Schools to help students through a school supply drive.
Donate new school supplies now through Aug. 21 and for every item donated, the orthodontics office will match the donation.
Drop off donations to Jones Family Orthodontics, 14650 N. Kelsey St. #109, Monroe. (between Fred Meyer and Galaxy Theaters). Call 360-863-0303 for any questions. 
The office will also be hosting a backpack stuffing event on Monday, Aug. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. Costco donated 400 backpacks to the Monroe School District and you can help stuff them with all the donated school supplies. Come join Jones in the parking lot in front of its office for the backpack stuffing event. If you help stuff the backpacks, you will be entered into a contest to win a $25 VISA gift card. 

Cheer clinic
The Snohomish Panther Cheerleaders will be sponsoring a fundraising Cheer Clinic for all ages on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Snohomish High School auxiliary gym from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The kids are then invited back later that evening to cheer at the home football game with the cheerleaders on the field during the 2nd quarter! Game starts at 7 p.m.
The cost is only $35 (extra siblings $5 off) and includes two hours of fun with the Cheerleaders.  T-Shirt, poms, group picture, snacks and beverage are included.  Other great cheer items are available for purchase.
This is a fundraiser for the 2017-2018 Cheer Squad.  To pre-register by mail, send check or money order to Snohomish High  School, Attn: Linda Moldestad, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish WA 98290.  Registration at the door begins at 2:30 pm.  For more information, please contact Breezy Robinson, 425-263-1400, breezy2000@gmail.com

Passport to Peru
A summer kids’ event called Passport to Peru VBS will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish from August 21- 25.   Passport to Peru is like taking an adventurous trip to Peru! Kids will sing catchy songs, play high-energy games, dig into tasty Peruvian treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies, and explore what daily life is like for kids in Peru. Plus, kids get to watch short, captivating videos each day that provide a peek into Peru and the everyday life of kids who live there! Every day concludes with a Closing Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:45.  You can register online at www.snopres.org.  A nominal registration fee of $15 per child or $40 per family is requested.
Passport to Peru VBS is for kids from preschool (age 3 and potty-trained) to 5th grade and will run from 8:45 to noon each day.
For more information, call 360-568-6498. 

Monroe Police citizen’s academy applications open
The Monroe Police Department is now accepting applications to the Citizen’s Academy. The Citizen’s Academy meets one night a week for eleven weeks and two Saturdays. It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 20. There is no fee for attending the Citizen’s Academy, however, space is limited so get your application in early!
Some of the classes you’ll attend are Crime Scene Investigation, Community Policing, Narcotic Investigations and Personal Safety. You will also experience a ride along with an officer, driving an actual police vehicle and shooting a weapon at the firing range. Come meet the K9s.
For further information, call 360-794-6300 or go to the link on the department webpage: http://www.monroewa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4855. Applications are also available at the department, 818 W. Main St.

Saturday Dances
The Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett offers Saturday Dances the second and fourth Saturday of the month (through October) from 1-3 p.m. Scheduled dates are Aug. 12 and Aug. 26.
Dance to the musical stylings of Lauren Petrie, who plays all styles of dance music including Swing, Cha Cha, Rumbas, Waltzes, as well as line dances and even a little rock and roll.
Admission is $5 per person, minimum age is 50. Refreshments will be provided. The center is located at 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett.

Led Zeppelin Experience with The Doors
For over 15 years the Led Zeppelin Experience (formerly No Quarter) has been entertaining fans both nationally and internationally with their subtle nuances and authentic look and sound and mannerisms of Led Zeppelin. The Doors Experience will be the musical guest. Enjoy a great night of classic rock Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. in Everett. Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased at www.historiceveretttheatre.com or at the Box Office.

School supply drive
The Snohomish Church of the Nazarene will have a school supply “store” on Aug. 24 to enable community members in need to obtain school supplies for children that they might not be able to
otherwise obtain. The church, located at 1017 13th St. in Snohomish, will have a wide range of school items available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Community members are invited to select items that their children need for school such as pencils, pens, paper, composition notebooks, binders, spiral notebooks, scissors and backpacks.
People can contribute or supplies to the drive directly through Aug. 20 at the church at 1017 13th Street. 
See the full list of school supplies that the church is collecting at www.facebook.com/snohomishnazarene/

Snohomish Taste of Music
Historic Downtown Snohomish Association presents the 10th Annual Snohomish Taste of Music with three days of live music, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18, 19 and 20. Savor a variety of musical flavors, including jazz, rock and folk on Friday and Saturday. Return on Sunday for the best of Washington Blues during the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Challenge sponsored by the Washington Blues Society. All performances take place at the Carnegie Plaza, 105 Cedar Ave. in Snohomish.
Sunday’s Blues finals start at noon with performers including C.D. Woodbury, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method and The Sidemen.
For tickets and information visit www.snohomishtasteofmusic.org

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 Center on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. The Center is located at 506 Fourth St.

Fair Days registration
The Fair Days Parade in Monroe is right around the corner! The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for organizations to participate and walk in the parade! Interested? Contact the Monroe Chamber at 360-794-5488 or visit: www.choosemonroe.com/parade for more information.

Lunch and horses
The restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington is like no other! Perched above a spectacular horse arena, you can enjoy your lunch and watch Dale Offerman and his Nokota Mustang Horses work out in this state-of-the-art arena. Make your reservations for this Aug. 23 day trip with the East County Senior Center today! $20 members, $30 non-members (lunch not included). Call 360-794-6359 for more information.

Senior Day at Fair
There will be free admission for everyone age 62 and over at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe on Monday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Elvis will be making an appearance at the Courtyard Stage throughout the day as well as other great entertainment for seniors.

Orcas Island
Join Carl Gipson Senior Center for a beautiful ferry ride and travel to the scenic views from the top of Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island on Thursday, Aug. 17. Lunch in East Sound and stop for dessert on the way back. Reserve your seat now, 425-257-8780.

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.

Dinner with Elvis
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 16, local Elvis impersonator Shane Cobane will rock your world with all your favorite hits. Sign up for a full meal and table seating for $17 or just the show for $7. Dinner served at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett. 425-257-8780.

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.

Chad Prather in concert
The Chad Prather Unapologetic Southern Star Spangled Banter Tour comes to the Historic Everett Theater, 2911 Colby Ave. in Everett, on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Prather is known for his comedic family stories told from an adult perspective. He has sold-out theaters all over America and is one of the country’s fastest rising comedian and entertainer. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.historiceveretttheatre.com or at the Box Office.

Qristina and Quinn Bachand concert
Born on Canada’s West Coast, with its signature embrace of experimentation and improvisation, siblings Qristina and Quinn Bachand have developed their own voice, exploring various musical traditions, fusing styles such as Old-Time, Celtic, Folk and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound.
The duo won 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards as well as eight nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. With a hint of grunge, a dash or noir, a healthy sprinkling of Celtic and some rootsy goodness, they engage contemporary listeners with jaw-dropping effect.
The concert will be held Sunday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St. in Snohomish. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. For more information, 360-568-9412.

State seeks AmeriCorps volunteers
The Washington Service Corps and the Washington Reading Corps are searching for more than 750 people interested in making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged kids, teens and adults.
As part of the federal AmeriCorps program, the Service Corps and Reading Corps offer many ways to help. Support those who are struggling to find a job or stable housing, help low income teens enter the workforce or prepare for college, tutor children in math and reading.
In exchange for 10 and a half months of service, volunteers receive a living allowance, health insurance, training, an educational scholarship, help with child care and more.
More info at www.WashingtonServiceCorps.org or call 888-713-6080.

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

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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