Briefs & Events
Holiday trees for salmon
Rent a Christmas tree and help salmon! Live Sitka Spruce, Red Cedar and Douglas Fir will be available for $35 at the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum County Park, 600-128th St. SE in Everett, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Return your tree alive and well and it will be planted next to a stream in 2014 helping next year’s salmon run.
Find more information at www.streamkeeper.org or call 425-316-8592.
Outdoor Christmas event
An outdoor event about the origins of Christmas will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at 7 and 8:30 p.m., Dec. 14 at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Bundle the kids up and come out to Sander’s farm, 8525 Lowell Larimer Road. There will be llamas, donkey, sheep, horse, village setting, actors, hot drinks and snacks. Shuttle bus leaves River of Life Church, 5218 S. 2nd St. in Everett, 15 minutes prior to show times.
Free community dinners
Home cooked meals are available every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6708 Cady Rd., in the Fellowship Hall.
Toy drive Nov. 17-Dec. 14
Bartell Drugs is working with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 10th annual Salvation Army Toy N Joy drive Nov. 17 through Dec. 14.
The toy donations will be accepted at all Bartell Drugs locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”
Bartell’s Everett stores are located at North Everett, 1825 Broadway; Seattle Hill Road, 5006 132nd St. SE; and Silver Lake, 11020 19th Ave. SE, Everett.
The five-week drive in 2012 generated more than 5,400 toy donations by Bartell’s customers—the estimated equivalent of $81,300 in toys to the Salvation Army.
Donation options include:
Choose a “gift request tag” from the Toy N Joy display in the store and return the gift to the donation barrel with the tag affixed to it.
Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to age 14.
“The drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children,” said George D. Bartell, Chairman and CEO of Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. “The generosity and support of our customers over the past nine years has been gratifying.”
For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.
Hats for kids
The Lowell Community Food Bank, in conjunction with Teresa Wilson of Country Yarns in Snohomish, are launching a Hats for Kids program. The program is looking for volunteers who love knitting, crocheting and stitching together a creative celebration of toasty hats for kids who might otherwise do without.
There are many ways to help by donating yarn, knitting needles and finished hats.
For anyone who always wanted to learn how to knit, the program has a deal for you. E-mail Sequoia at firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa at email@example.com. Expect to donate a hat in exchange for beginning knitting instructions.
Hats will be gathered year around and donated the week before Christmas.
The Lowell Community Food Bank is inside the River of Life Community Church at 5218 S. 2nd St. in Lowell.
East County Senior Center’s annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair is Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come shop for a variety of handmade items, homemade jewelry, wooden toys, holiday decorations, and much, much more! Steve’s American Café and Grill is the food vendor offering up a breakfast sandwich and later a soup and sandwich special for lunch. Also new this year, Pictures with Santa will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a donation of only $5. A bake sale and raffle will also be on site. Enjoy some hot drinks and complimentary cookies. The Center is located at 276 Sky River Parkway, across from the Boys & Girls Club and the Sky Valley Food Bank. For more information, call 360-794-6359.
Free show benefits Matthew House
The Monroe Concert Band’s Christmas Concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Wagner Performing Arts Center (639 W. Main St.) The show is free, but the group is collecting nonperishable food, new toys and gift cards to support the clients of Matthew House.
Matthew House is a Monroe nonprofit that supports families who have members incarcerated in prison.
Go back in time this holiday season
Western Heritage Center, located at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, is open 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21 for free activities during its Old-Fashioned Christmas. The free event will offer hay rides powered by one of the center’s many antique farm tractors as well as rides on their early 1900s motorized surrey. Free cookies, hot chocolate and cider will be available along with craft and games for children. Guests can make paper chains and string popcorn and cranberries to take home to hang on their Christmas tree. The Monroe Community Concert band will be performing classic holiday tunes. While the event is free, the center encourages a donation of food or a new toy for the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe.
The Monroe Concert Band will host a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Frank Wagner Auditorium, 639 W. Main. This will be fun for the entire family. For more information, visit www.monroeconcertband.org.
Midnight Cry Ministry is accepting donations for their 8th annual Christmas Auction and Toy Drive. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at JR Phinickey’s, 18960 U.S. 2 (behind Buzz Inn in Monroe) and will include a spaghetti feed. Toys and cash donations can be dropped off at JR Phinickey’s.
Briefs & Events
Taproot Theatre show Dec. 11
The public is invited to a Taproot Theatre presentation called “The Innkeepers’ Christmas,” by Anne Kennedy Brady at Zion Lutheran Church on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. sharp. “The Innkeepers’ Christmas” re-frames the first Christmas, drawing laughter and insight from the unexpected ways God alters expectations.
There will also be a soup supper offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, located behind the church. After the performance there will be a free will offering.
Zion Lutheran is located at Fourth St. and Avenue A. For more information call 360-568-2700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free photos with Santa
Bring your camera for free photos with Santa every weekend from noon to 3 p.m. through Dec. 22 at these downtown shops: Dec. 7-8 at The Crepe Escape; Dec. 14 at The Hungry Pelican; Dec. 15 at Glitter & Ivy; Dec. 21 at Uppercase Bookshop; Dec. 22 at Roots of Gratitude.
The Snohomish Chalet (Delta Foundation) is offering 24-inch wreaths for $20. The wreaths are made with fresh greens, holly, pine cones and a beautiful bow. The wreaths will be made by chalet staff and family members of the residents and will be available Nov. 23 through Christmas. To order your wreath, contact Lynn Neff at 360-569-2169. All proceeds benefit the needs of the residents at the chalet, improving the lives for people with traumatic brain injuries.
Snohomish Sportmen’s Club activity
At the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club’s November meeting, the following donations were approved:
• A total of $5,000 for five $1,000 Memorial Scholarships to Snohomish and Glacier Peak High Schools
• $1,000 to the Snohomish Community Food Bank
• $500 to the Snohomish Senior Center
• $300 to the Snohomish Tillicum Kiwanis for their Memorial Scholarships
• $1,200 to the Boys and Girls Conservation Camp on Orcas Island
The club also voted to spend $5,000 on triploid trout for Blackman’s Lake.
The club voted for life memberships to Stan and Shirley Anderson of Lake Stevens and to longtime secretary-treasurer Bob Heirman.
The club’s Coho Salmon Program, now over fifty years old, continues to show great results with four distinct runs to Bunk Foss Creek beginning in early November.
The next meeting of the club will be a potluck at the Waltz Building, 116 Ave. B, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. All are welcome, bring your favorite dish. The club will be offering a four-year membership for new members at $20.
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; it may be a time that has always been difficult.
The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation — all of these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating.
We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern and we need to know that we are not alone.
For these reasons, Snohomish Evangelical Free Church is offering a special Blue Christmas or Longest Night Service on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone, regardless of church background, is welcome.
The church is located at 210 Ave. B in Snohomish. For more information call 425-238-8482.
Food bank needs your help
The Snohomish Community Food Bank needs your help. Consider having your group participate in the Holiday Pledge program. With your pledge, one item is selected and then the attainable quantity is promised (100, 200 or 400 depending upon the size of the group). For example, for Christmas the food bank would like to give every food bank family (serving 400) a can of cream of mushroom soup. When a group promises to collect 100, the food bank confirms that pledge and search for others to fill in the other 300. If you would like to donate as an individual, the food bank will be happy to accept your pledge for a Thanksgiving turkey (in by Nov. 22) or Christmas ham (in by Dec. 19).
The food bank is also collecting stuffed animals and gifts that are age and gender specific for children 18 and under. Every gift is appreciated. The food bank only ask that they are not wrapped, as the parents “shop” for their children’s presents on Dec. 14. After the selection process, the parents may take a roll of wrapping paper or have them wrapped by the National Honor Society who are on site offering this service.
To be a part of an award-winning program, you only need to call and make your pledge. Interested? Call 360-568-7993 to learn of the food bank’s current needs.
The Snohomish Boys & Girls Club presents the fifth annual Adopt-a-Sock project. Pick up an empty stocking from the Boys & Girls Club, decide on an age and gender, fill the stocking (you will be provided with an ideas list) and return it to the Boys & Girls Club by Dec. 16.
Stockings will be distributed to local club members insuring that all of the kids experience the joy they deserve this holiday season.
For more information, stop by the club (402 Second St.) or call Marci at 360-568-7760.
Busy Bee Quilters meetings
Quilters and quilter wannabes are invited to join Busy Bee Quilters for a Free Sew at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave, on Saturday, Dec. 14 anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in quilting can join to visit, watch, learn, sew or quilt. Bring your own equipment and supplies. If you have questions, go to www.busybeequilters.com, or contact Karen at 360 568-7980.
Food bank seeks volunteers
The Snohomish Community Food Bank is in need of reliable volunteers to assist with various duties. There are multiple volunteer positions open throughout the week, Monday through Saturday. The food bank is seeking individuals who are dedicated to serving the families in the community and who share the food bank’s values of treating others with humanity, dignity and respect.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities at Snohomish Food Bank, contact Megan Kuehl at 360-568-7993 or email@example.com.