Affordable housing hearings
How should the county shape its affordable housing needs and support the low-income and moderate-income communities? There will be a series of public hearings coming up across the county, with hearings in Everett on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 in Monroe.
The public hearings will be:
• Nov. 12 at the Marysville City Council Chambers, 5 - 6:30 p.m. - 1049 State Ave.
• Nov. 18 at Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room, 4 to 5:30 p.m. - 3201 Smith Ave.
• Nov. 19 at Monroe Fire Department, 6:30 - 8 p.m. - 163 Village Court.
• Nov. 20 at Whispering Pines Apts. Community Building, 1:30 - 3 p.m. - 18201 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood.
Written comments are also invited by email or mail through Nov. 21 to Sue Tracy at email@example.com or at Snohomish County Human Services Department M/S 305, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA 98201.
More than 100 of the Pacific Northwest’s most unusual artists, crafters and entertainers will convene Nov. 22 and 23 at the Holiday Inn downtown (1305 Pine St.) for Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird.
There will be free entertainment and musical guests, and also a kids special area decked with fairy and castle motifs.
The show is Saturday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.oddmall.info
See geologic images and displays about four types of hazards – landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis – at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery through Dec. 5.
The exhibit includes photos, physical displays and rock samples from each type of event, plus geologist tools and an emergency survival kit.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and is closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Prepare bicycles for low-income kids
Once again Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop will be giving refurbished kids bikes to Christmas House, a program to give low-income families a great holiday season.
Last year Sharing Wheels gave 74 bikes and as of earlier this month the nonprofit has 103 bikes waiting to be worked on.
Christmas House is a 100 percent volunteer, non-profit organization that allows qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children age infant to 18 years old. In 2013 the group provided more than 50,000 gifts to more than 9,000 children from 3,000 families. You can find out more at www.christmas-house.org/
All mechanical abilities are welcome. Seasoned mechanics to cleanup crews are needed. Food will be provided by the shop.
Sharing Wheels Bike Fixup Work Party Schedule:
Wednesdays through Dec. 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is located at 2525 Broadway. The main entrance is the alleyway behind the building. For questions, call
425-252-6952 or visit www.sharingwheels.org
Domestic Violence Services fundraiser
Help Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County kick off its Holiday Gift Giving Season by bringing a gift or gift card for a mother or child or father at the sixth annual Outback Luncheon.
The event will be Thursday, Nov. 20 at Outback Steakhouse 10121 Evergreen Way. The cost is $15 per person and the lunch is steak, chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, caeser salad and roll.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call Stephanie at 425-259-2827, ext. 1013 or email Stephanie@dvs-snoco.org for reservations
Hats for Kids distribution
The Lowell Community Food Bank will be distributing Hats for Kids by the hundreds over the next few weeks starting Nov. 15. The distributions run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lowell Community Food Bank.
All year talented volunteers have been busy hand making a delightful variety of hats for kids who would otherwise do without.
The hat sizes range from newborn to high school age. If your children are in need of a warm hat this winter please stop by.
The Lowell Community Food Bank is located at 5218 S. 2nd Ave.
Breakfast benefits Bethany of the NW
A fundraiser breakfast for Bethany of the Northwest will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
The breakfast will be at the Downtown Everett Holiday Inn at Pacific and Pine avenues.
For more information or to RSVP contact Ken Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 425-551-6403.
Tickets are on sale now for Kamiak High School’s annual Seasonal Spectacular show, which will be Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 4215 Colby Ave. For more information, visit www.kamiakarts.org
6th Annual Snohomish Holiday Market
The 6th Annual Snohomish Holiday Market will be Nov. 22-23 at Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Rd.
There will be over 50 arts and crafts vendors, food, espresso, kettle corn and lots of fun. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Santa will be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for Santa Photos. Get them done early and get one thing off the “Things to do List.”
Check out all the participating vendors at
For more information about the Snohomish Holiday Market, visit
Thrift shop staying put
The Snohomish Senior Center’s Fabulously Frugal Thrift Shop in the Second Street building that houses Snohomish Publishing Co., which is closing, is staying put. The shop has a lease, senior center director Bob Dvorak said last week.
Many other businesses are remaining open as well.
Come to the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., on Nov. 28 and build to your heart's content using LEGO, Roylco Straws, K’NEX, and more! This family program promotes discovery and self-directed learning. The lab will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 28. A second lab is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 26.
Wounded veterans assistance group seeks donations
Heartbeat, a Snohomish-based group that supports wounded military servicemembers, is looking for elves to help the group with its Christmas Stocking program this year.
The group receives stockings knitted by the members of Project Linus that Heartbeat volunteers fill with “goodies and gadgets” donated by the community that are delivered to wounded soldiers in different units.
Some of the goodies that are good to donate, for example, are handheld video games, stress balls, gift cards, winter gloves and fruit snacks. People also can donate gift cards for groceries so military families can get help with shopping. Money donations also help so Heartbeat volunteers can buy goods to ship to soldiers including at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).
To find out more or to donate, email email@example.com or call 425-931-1047.
Gift cards can be mailed to Heartbeat, P.O. Box 704, Snohomish, WA 98291.
Donations are preferred to arrive before Dec. 1..
Rhythm of Christmas
The Monroe Concert Band (MCB) presents The Rhythm of Christmas Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 West Main St. This holiday concert will include traditional and not so traditional Christmas music such as White Christmas, Coventry Carol, A Medieval Christmas, Cowboy Christmas and more. Admission is free, however MCB will accept donations of hats, scarves, gloves, hand warmers and socks for the men and women of the Monroe Cold Weather Shelter.
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