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Snohomish State of the City speech
Mayor John Kartak will highlight the city’s achievements over the last year, as well as his vision and planned projects for 2019, at a public State of the City event Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St.

Pancake breakfast
Monroe VFW Post 7511 and its Auxiliary invite the community to attend a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Cascade Community Church in Monroe.
With a suggested donation of $5, the pancake breakfast raises funds to support the VFW mission of helping veterans in need. The menu features freshly-prepared buttermilk pancakes, pork link-style sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee and tea. All are welcome! Cascade Community Church is inclusive, spacious and ADA-accessible. The church is at 14377 Fryelands Boulevard.

Fisherman’s Village Lineup party
Learn who’s playing at this year’s Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in downtown Everett at a lineup preview party set for March 16 at 8:30 p.m. at the Scuttlebutt Taproom at 3314 Cedar St. in Everett. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Hear The Moondoggies, NEWFORMS and Spirit Award play as part of the preview party. The Everett Music Initiative runs a preview party each year as a celebration. Tickets are available at www.TheFishermansVillage.com

SOLOpreneur Meetup
Interested in starting a business in the Gig Economy? Network with other indepen-dent entrepreneurs and learn from seasoned pro-fessionals how to navigate the complexities of working for yourself at this free event.
The meetup is Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Center Public House, 115 Ave. A in Snohomish. The event is free but registration is required and space is limited. Call 360-282-3176 or email poischbeg@snohomishwa.gov to register.

Beekeeping
Become a beekeeper and help increase the supply of local honey! There’s a movement afoot to raise honeybees not only for the sweet delights they create but their positive effect on our local food crops.
WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a spring session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program starting Monday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE in Everett.
The five-week course is perfect for anyone with no previous experience and wanting more information about beekeeping before making the decision to acquire a hive. Cost for the five-week series is $110 per person. To register, visit www.BeeBeginner.eventbrite.com For more information go to www.snohomish.wsu.edu/beebeginner or contact Kate Ryan at kate.ryan@wsu.edu or 425-357-6024.

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

Comic art exhibit
The X-Men. Wonder Woman. Black Panther. Superheroes have become a multi-billion-dollar business. But these pop-culture icons share a humble origin story, emerging from an entertainment form once thought of as disposable: the comic book.
Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery explores these four-color treasures with “Sequential Reaction: A History of the American Comic Book,” a new exhibit running Feb. 19 to March 14. The show uses digital images, original-art pages, production art, prints and more to showcase the development of the 20th Century American art form.
There will be an opening reception for the show from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the gallery. Curator Andrew Wahl will also be giving a related talk, “Superhero America: The Comic Book Character as Historical Lens,” from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Gray Wolf Hall 382.
The Russell Day Gallery, in the Parks Student Union 219 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.EverettCC.edu/Gallery or contact Wahl at awahl@everettcc.edu

Brown bag speaker
The Brown Bag Senior Lunch Speaker series presents author Ken Blaisdell and his latest book, “A Kiss for Luck!” on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Everett Library at 2702 Hoyt Ave.
“A Kiss for Luck!” is a historic novel set in World War II.

Ick-tivity club
It’s time for a polymer party. Moving past slime, you’ll create something different with school glue. Use the science of non-Newtonian liquid to make bouncy balls and stress balls. Activities designed for ages 9 and up. Activity Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the meeting room of the Monroe Library at 1070 Village Way.

Vendors wanted
If you would like to be a vendor at the Snohomish Senior Center’s annual Spring Bazaar on April 13, please call Carol at 425-870-1485 to learn more or sign up.

All About Bears
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Nick Jorg, who has been featured on Animal Planet, will conduct a very lively and entertaining presentation about grizzly and black bears in Washington State.  However, his partner Colter and new assistant Freyja may steal the show; they are Karelian bear dogs that help resolve bear/people conflicts. This is a fun event for the whole family! All About Bears is a featured Streamkeeper Academy event at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The event is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by calling 425-316-8592; $5 members, $7 non-members.

Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra
The Snohomish Senior Center presents the Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra, Friday, Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Join the party to hear some vintage big band music and swing dance the night away. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres included, no-host bar. Tickets are $20 and available at the Snohomish Senior Center at 506 Fourth St.

Community breakfast
Come for breakfast at the Monroe Community Senior Center Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. For only $5, enjoy pancakes, french toast, eggs, ham and sausage prepared and served by volunteers on the third Saturday of each month. All proceeds are used for the general operating funds of the Senior Center. The senior center is at 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.

Hell on Hooves Rodeo
The Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe will be the host for the rodeo event known as the Buzz Inn Hell on Hooves Rough Stock Rodeo presented by Taylor Driving Schools Feb. 15-16. This event will feature professional bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and kids’ mutton bustin’.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at any Buzz Inn restaurants, Beth West Western Wear in Snohomish (on Highway 9), Stoney Creek Outfitters in Monroe and The Co-op in Arlington, Marysville, Everett and Lake Stevens.
For more information, visit Wild West Events, Inc. on Facebook, their website at www.wildwesteventsinc.com or call 541-895-5335.

Valentine’s Day Candy sale
Volunteers representing Guild 8 of Providence General Children’s Association will be selling See’s candy on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 13 on the campuses of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett to help support the healthcare needs of children in Snohomish and Island counties.
The candy will be sold at festive Valentine displays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the lobby of the Pacific campus and near the gift shop on the Colby campus, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cancer Center. The Pacific Campus is at 916 Pacific Ave. The Colby campus is at 1700 13th St. The Cancer Center is at 1717 13th St.

Socrates Cafe
In this time of growing polarization and intolerance are you interested in having civil conversations with others engaging in a quest to better understand human nature and become more empathetic people and more objective critical and creative inquirers? Learn more by answering questions and questioning each other using a version of the Socratic Method developed by Socrates Cafe founder Christopher Phillips. The Socrates Cafe takes place at the Monroe Library, Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 1070 Village Way.

Host an exchange student
The ASSE Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit, public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet Republics. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.Exchange students arrive shortly before the 2019-2020 school year and each student is fully insured, has personal spending money and expects to bear their share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. For more information, go to www.ASSEhosts.com, email asseusawest@asse.com or call 800-733-2773.

Rock concert
Martin’s Barre’s dynamic, expressive, explosive guitar playing was paramount to Jethro Tull’s live and recorded sound, starting with his debut on the band’s classic second album, “Stand Up,” right up to the band’s eventual demise in 2011. Barre is touring again with his band in support of an upcoming album and will be performing in Everett at the Historic Everett Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The theatre is located at 2911 Colby Ave. Tickets are available at www.historiceveretttheatre.org or the box office at 425-257-6766. Tickets are $35 online.

Advocacy 101
The United Way of Snohomish County is offering an advocacy training honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of action. The free training will give an overview of the legislative process, tips for meeting with legislators, and provide an opportunity for community members to learn and practice skills to be more effective at advocating to the Washington State Legislature. The training is   Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave. in Everett. Limited seats are available and registration is required. Register at www.tinyurl.com/MLKtraining For more information, contact Lark Kesterke at lark.kesterke@uwsc.org

Fruit society meeting
The Snohomish County Fruit Society invites you to hear Greg Giuliani speak about anthracnose in the orchard, how to recognize and then treat the disease. Greg has experimented, successfully, with petroleum jelly to inhibit apple anthracnose lesions from spreading reproductive spores in an effort to break that disease’s reproduction cycle in the orchard.
Please come a few minutes early to meet some society members and enjoy snacks, desserts and beverages. The meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. with a short business overview.
The evening includes a question and answer session for those experiencing problems in their orchards. Please bring samples of your issue if possible. Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second St. For more information, go to www.snohomishcfs.wordpress.com

Scholarship
An $1,800 scholarship is available for a graduate of Glacier Peak, Lake Stevens or Snohomish high schools who is preparing for a career as a teacher. The applicant must be of junior or senior status in an accredited college program by the fall of 2019. Applications are due March 31.
This scholarship is offered by the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators. Alpha Alpha members are from the Snohomish and Lake Stevens School Districts. For more information email poier@comcast.net or call 360-568-7875.

Blanket making
Help make blankets to be donated to kids who have experienced traumatic life events in Snohomish County. Materials and equipment will be provided. No experience required, but sewers are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine. Come for an hour or the day.Volunteers are needed to help sew, iron, inspect, pin, and tie, anytime between 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Zion Lutheran Parish Hall, 330 Union Ave. in Snohomish. Snacks and door prizes are provided. Can’t come? Make a blanket and drop it off at one of their drop off locations. For more information, call Diane at 425-252-4524.

Camp Fire Candy Sales
Camp Fire kids and their parents will again be out selling candies including Mints, Caramel Clusters, Almond Roca, and P’Nuttles beginning Friday, Jan. 25.
Each box of candy is $5 and children earn credit based on how much they sell. Kids can even earn enough to pay for a week of camp at Camp Fire’s Camp Killoqua, a 185-acre woodland off of Lake Goodwin in Stanwood. Some candy is sent to sailors in the U.S. Navy overseas.
If you would like to buy candy, contact the Camp Fire office at 425-258-5437 for a list of sites where kids will be selling. The sales run through Feb. 18.

Volunteers needed
The Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter has opened for over a dozen nights this season. Not only is the building toasty warm at 210 Ave. B, but the coffee is on, and volunteers offer a warm welcome to a safe place to sleep for the night. There’s always room for more volunteers. Contact Therese Quinn with the Medical Reserve Corps at 425-339-5268 or tquinn@snohd.org for training and more information. Donations can be addressed to 210 Ave. B, Snohomish, WA 98290; just note they’re for the Cold Weather Shelter.

Dance Lessons
Come alone or bring a friend or partner! 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, afterward, 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.

Scholarship
The Monroe Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior or college student who is pursuing a career in some aspect of horticulture at an accredited college or trade school.  Studies may include forestry, botany, landscaping, floral design, environmental studies, etc.  Applicants must reside in or within 20 miles of Monroe.  Deadline for application is April 1.  For more information or an application packet, please phone 360-217-8417.

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.

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.B, in the parking lot of the Snohomish Evangelical Church. For more information call 425-238-8482.

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.

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 Bookshop, 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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