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GroundFrog Day is online this year
Snohomish Slew, the town’s frognosticator, will still present his opinion on the weather at the annual GroundFrog Day celebration. It just will be by computer this year.
GroundFrog Day 2021 will be splayed out into a week of events. There will be a scavenger hunt to seek clues about Slew at six local businesses and win a treasure basket.
The frognostication will be done live online at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. Other events for GroundFrog Day will include dancing lessons with Tad and Lil from the Kla Ha Ya Days Festival.
Hosted by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. For more details, visit www.snohomishcoc.com/groundfrog/

“ScreenAgers” film watch opportunity and panel talk
The Monroe Community Coalition is letting people watch the movie “ScreenAgers: Next Chapter” for free online. It is the sequel to “ScreenAgers.” In it, filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston dives into the issues of stress, anxiety, and depression as her own teens struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand the challenges in our current screen-filled society. After seeing the film, participate in a discussion with local experts on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
Register to get access to the film and a link to see the panel talk using this shortlink: www.tinyurl.com/WatchScreenagers2 

Youth Art Contest
The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a Youth Art Contest for people ages 4 to 18 in conjunction with its 36th Annual Plant Sale. The special theme is Nature Journaling. Capturing your observations through journaling, noting the description, image, and characteristics of nature, is a wonderful way to learn and educate others. Learn more and submit your entries by Wednesday, Feb. 10 at www.snohomishcd.org/art-contest. Winners will be chosen by age category. Questions may be directed to education@snohomishcd.org or 425-335-5634.

Annual Plant Sale
The Snohomish Conservation District’s Annual Plant Sale is now open. This year’s sale is a preorder and drive-through pick-up event only. Preorders are now open through Feb. 10. All of the 75 species of available native plants can be found on the Plant Sale website, www.theplantsale.org. Pick-up dates are Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Evergreen State Fair Park. Questions can be directed to scdplantsale@snohomishcd.org or 425-335-5634.
   
Coping skills for children enduring COVID-19 stress
Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting a free panel discussion about COVID-19 pandemic-related stress in children.
The panel is called “Recognizing Anxiety and Depression in Kids,” and will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Get tips for coping with stress and learn how to tell the difference between normal child behavior and changes that indicate it’s time to seek help. Learn about help that’s available for kids and their families. Register at www.tinyurl.com/LibraryChildStress or join by telephone at 1-253-215-8782, Webinar ID: 820 0440 0427, Passcode: 387563.

Virtual Friday night Open Mic
Snohomish’s Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater encourages people to join them on Friday nights for virtual open mic online. Play your own instrument, recite a poem, share some jokes, or create your music live. Covers are okay and so are originals. Clean material only.
Send your public video of your act of no more than 5 minutes and they will then share it to their page in a compilation with all artists.
If you miss their deadline of Friday noon, post it on your Facebook page and the Thumb can share it after the complied video is streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. For questions, email info@thumbnailtheater.org or call 360-568-9412.

Climate change presentation
The city of Everett will be hosting an online presentation on Jan. 21 by a Gonzaga University environmental studies professor regarding climate change. The presentation is said to tell a new story of climate change and how to alter our relationship with the planet to combat the issue. Visit this link.

Snohomish Lions Club taking plastic bags
The Snohomish Lions Club is working with a company that will build and gift a plastic bench if the club supplies it with clean plastic. The Lions intend to donate the bench somewhere in the city.
To donate lightweight plastic, contact the Lions at lions@snohomishlions.org and they’ll reply with drop-off information. Old grocery bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, plastic wrap, ice bags, wood pellet bags and resealable sandwich bags are all examples of what they’ll take.

You are not alone. Need to talk?
The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, or text GO to 741741 to connect with someone. Free.

Homeschool classes about firefighters
Learn the basics of the firefighting operations through a series of courses from Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue (previously known as Fire District 7.)
The fire district headquartered in Monroe is hosting a new series of homeschooling classes.
Find out more at its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SnoRegionalFire or at www.srfr.org

Support foster children
The Snohomish County Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate is hosting the annual Holiday Giving Tree project to benefit kids in foster care and the juvenile dependency court system. Due to COVID-19, they are offering safe and convenient ways to participate in this magical holiday program.
To reserve a Giving Tree, sponsor a holiday wish or more information, contact Amanda Ingersoll at 425-388-7854 or Amanda.Ingersoll@co.snohomish.wa.us 

Islamic Resources by Mail
Islamic Resources by Mail is an Everett-based resource and referral system.  You can call on most afternoons  and evenings and receive help with resources at no cost. The number is 425-355-4608. Help is available for residents, community participants, supporters, visitors to find sometimes emergency information available to all at no cost. It’s a free service and all can just call in. There is an Islamic Network where all of your questions will be answered. You will receive a referral. 
Frequently someone will call to ask about the location of the Islamic Center or Mosque, what to wear on your first visit, or others would like to find Islamic Schools or day care centers. 
Whether it’s food, clothing, shelter, gas cards, charity, Someone will answer your call and you will be directed to assistance.

Everett library curbside pick-up
Curbside library services will be offered six days a week at the main library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., in Everett.
Library customers are invited to request library materials by logging onto their accounts at www.epls.org or by calling the Library at 425-257-8000.
Curbside service will be available during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Child care available
Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs have announced they are offering child care for essential workers.
Both the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club are offering child care for free to all first responders and health care workers, both clubs said in news releases.
For some families, the Boys & Girls Club is offering discounted rates and the Y is offering direct financial assistance to lower the cost.
Contact your closest facility for details.

Emergency dental referral help line
A nonprofit affiliated with Delta Dental, a benefits provider firm, is using its free dental referral service called DentistLink to connect people.
People needing assistance can call or text DentistLink at 1-844-888-5465 to get the referral process started at no cost.
DentistLink is a service focused on people who have Apple Health (Medicaid) or do not have insurance.

MedShed calls for equipment donors
The MedShed of Snohomish is in need of durable medical equipment that is in good condition, especially wheelchairs, 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.

Life jacket loaner program
Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue participates in a Life Jacket Loaner program. If you need to borrow a life jacket for a day or the weekend, visit Fire Station 31, 163 Village Court in Monroe, to get fitted and check one out for free.

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

Immigration resource
The Everett Community Resource Center presents free immigration consultations. Support is available in English, Spanish, Nepali, Hindi and Russian. For more information, email everett@lcsnw.org or call 425-355-6005.

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.

  

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