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Call ahead on events
COVID-19 pandemic-status has led to widespread closures and cancellations. Our briefs section has reduced as a result and the Tribune encourages people to check ahead of an event on your personal calendar, as it may be canceled. If you are high-risk or symptomatic for COVID-19, stay home.

Business grants

A second round of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant opened this week and will remain open until Sept. 28 or when 1,000 applicants file, whichever comes first.
To apply, go to www.easc.org, the website of Economic Alliance Snohomish County.
Eligible applicants are for-profit businesses of 20 or fewer employees, located within Snohomish County, which have experienced a revenue loss of at least 25% directly attributable to COVID-19. The maximum grant is $10,000.


Domestic Violence Services’ annual Handbag Auction
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County (DVS) is holding its annual Handbag Auction online this year at dvs-snoco.maestroweb.com.
The auction opens Thursday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. and closes Friday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. All proceeds from this event go toward providing programs and services free-of-charge to DVS clients. 
There will be new and gently used purses in the silent auction and new, high-end purses in the live auction.
Purses starting at the ten-dollar mark will include a $10 gift certificate to the New & Again Thrift Shoppe in downtown Everett.
For more information, visit www.dvs-snoco.org/events-handbags/ or call 425-835-2891.

Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child
On Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Central Faith Church, 825 Ave. D in Snohomish, will be hosting a 900-box Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child.
These boxes will be filled with essentials for children who otherwise would never receive a gift. They are then sent all around the world, including the U.S. This is part of Samaritan’s Purse Ministries. Organizers want the public to come help, as many hands make light work. Please come and help fill boxes for children. Donations gladly accepted for postage and mailing of these boxes.
Questions? Contact Penny at 425-737-7867


Free State Parks Day Sept. 26

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks Saturday, Sept. 26. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.
Many state parks are located within an hour’s drive of Washington’s national parks, monuments and historical reserves and sites.
The remaining 2020 State Parks free days are Saturday, Oct. 10, Wednesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Friday, Nov. 27.

Drive-Thru Spaghetti Dinner
The Rotary Club of Monroe will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for the Monroe Community Senior Center Friday, Sept. 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. $10 per dinner. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. All ages are welcome. Bring cash for the Gift Raffle Baskets, too!
Reserve a dinner by calling 360-794-6359. The Monroe Community Senior Center is located at 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.

Farmland Trust to hold virtual concert fundraiser
Over the last three years, PCC Farmland Trust has loved connecting with its donor community in person through their signature annual fundraiser, The Barn Raiser.
Love the Land: A benefit concert for local farms, takes place the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30.
This year, in order to maintain the health and safety of the community, PCC Farmland Trust is pleased to announce a collaborative, virtual fundraising event in partnership with Viva Farms, and The Bread Lab.
More details are expected to be announced in the weeks ahead.
Update: The PCC Farmland Trust announced Sept. 1 it has renamed itself to the Washington Farmland Trust.


39th Legislative District forum
The League of Women Voters Candidate Forum for the 39th Legislative District will be broadcast Monday, September 14 at 6 p.m. by KSER 90.7 FM and KXIR 89.9 FM. 
Candidates invited are the following:
State Senator: Keith L Wagoner and Kathryn A. Lewandowsky
State Representative Position 1: Claus Joens and Robert J. Sutherland
State Representative Position 2: Carolyn Eslick and Ryan Johnson 
The 39th District includes Monroe and the Sky Valley as well as most of north Snohomish County.
The video recording of the forum will be on the League website after Sept. 14. The link is https://lwvsnoho.org/services/forums/


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 restarts 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.

COVID-19 rental assistance
Coronavirus Relief Prevention Program offers rental assistance through the Volunteers of America (VOA). For qualifications call 2-1-1 or toll free at 1-800-223-8145 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).
According to the VOA, this program is focused towards helping individuals within Snohomish County households who are unable to pay rent to their landlords. 
There are no income limits for whomever may
attempt to qualify. A few qualifications include: lost primary source of income due to a job loss related to COVID-19, the household has a member who is 65 or older, and/or the household has a member who has underlying medical condition.
Those who qualify for this assistance, the VOA can provide up to 3 months of rent assistance, including rental arrears and/or relocation to another unit if the current one is no longer affordable.
Visit www.voaww.org to learn more about their other public programs and services.

Molina commits $15 million to support providers
Molina Healthcare of Washington has committed an additional $15 million to support primary care (PCP) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers across the state to help increase stability and expand access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Molina’s $15 million commitment follows and builds upon a recent announcement of over $1 million to increase telehealth and behavioral health access, donate PPE and other needed equipment, and address food insecurity across Washington.
Molina is committing to an ongoing investment to maintain and increase access to SUD services. In 2020, Molina will contribute nearly $5 million in increased payments to SUD providers with an emphasis on inpatient residential SUD services, and an increase of over $10 million annually thereafter. 
In another expression of support for its members, Molina recently announced that it will continue to waive all member out-of-pocket expenses associated with COVID-19 for its Marketplace (Exchange) and Medicare members through December 31, 2020. This decision means that all of Molina’s 878,000 members in Washington state will have zero out-of-pocket copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 related care through the end of the year.
For more information, visit MolinaHealthcare.com

Everett face cover donation/distribution days

Everett Emergency Management continues to collect and distribute face covers thanks to the generous donations and excellent sewing skills of community members. Stop by the drive-thru sites in the first half of June to donate face covers or pick one up while supplies last. Walk-ups are also welcome and all face cover donations are appreciated.
Learn more about making, donating and caring for face covers at www.everettwa.gov/facecovers

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.

HDS recruiting volunteers
Historic Downtown Snohomish Association is recruiting volunteers for their upcoming events: this summer’s Sunset Wine Walks (must be 21 years of age), Tweed Ride in September and the Zombie Walk in October.
For more information, call 425-890-6143 or email
terrys.hdsa@gmail.com

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
Fire District 7 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.

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.

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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