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Thanksgiving dinner
Everett’s Firefighters pull out all the stops with a traditional Firefighters Association Thanksgiving feast for seniors on Sunday, Nov. 18. Seatings at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call 425-257-8780 or sign up at the Senior Center to reserve your spot. Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett.

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

Snohomish Blues Invasion
The ninth annual one day pub crawl styled mini-fest in venues on First Street in Historic Downtown Snohomish will be held Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 10 p.m. The event is presented by the Washington Blues Society. A suggested $10 donation will be taken at the door, but they will turn no one away as the public is welcome to attend. All proceeds go to the IBC fund to send their entrants to compete against over 200 acts on historic Beale Street in Memphis at the 2019 International Blues Challenge Jan. 22 to 26, 2019.
Historic First street will be filled with music from full bands, small groups and solo acts all day. Once again, The Oxford Saloon, Stewart’s and the Snazzy Badger Pub will host full bands and Grilla Bites, Piccadilly Circus Pub and Looking Glass Coffee Shop will host acoustic acts. Stewart’s and Snazzy Badger are 21 and over. The event will also feature the Best of the Invasion contest. Fans will vote for their favorite act of the day with the winning act becoming the featured artist at the 2019 Snohomish Taste of Music opening night.
Stewart’s will also host a silent auction of music memorabilia. For more information go to www.wablues.org

Everett Holiday Home Tour
Visit distinctive North Everett homes Monday, Dec. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy culinary delights prepared by local chefs, gift shop and raffle baskets. Port Gardner Bay Winery will be pouring at Dr. Sanford Wright’s Hartley Mansion, at 2320 Rucker Ave.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the tour. For more information and tickets visit www.assistanceleagueofeverett.org.
You can also purchase tickets (cash or check only) locally at: Stadium Flowers, 3632 Broadway; J. Matheson, 2615 Colby Ave.; and Joy Works, 1002 First Street in Snohomish. Sorry, not all homes are handicap accessible.

Wintertide
Celebrate seasonal merriment at Wintertide! All are invited to this free family-friendly celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, entertainment, cookies and cocoa by the bonfire, story time and more! A very special jolly old elf will also be stopping by for photos at 5:30 p.m. KIDSTAGE performances of Seussical KIDS at 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. Performances by: Everett HS Jazz Combo, Cavelero Mid-High Treble Choir, Kamiak HS Barbershop Quartets, Lake Stevens HS Concert Choir, Snohomish Youth Choir. The center is at 2710 Wetmore Ave.

Gingerbread house making
Sign up at the front desk at Monroe Community Senior Center for free Gingerbread house making! Size is limited to the first 15 people to sign up, so please sign up today! Gingerbread fun will be Friday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. 360-794-6359. The center is at 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.

Dance party
John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party is an official tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Enjoy over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring the classics, “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave on,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many, many more. Dance party is Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $32 to $45, military tickets are $25 to $40. Tickets available online at www.historiceveretttheatre.com

Stuffed animal drive
The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau is helping people in Snohomish County this holiday season by sponsoring a stuffed animal drive at its visitor information centers. Diapers and baby wipes will also be accepted through Nov. 30.
Stuffed animals will go to people served by the Developmental Disabilities Administration of Washington. Clients are low-income and have a diagnosed condition of intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological or other condition. Drop off donations at the East Snohomish County Visitor Center, 1301 First Street in Historic Downtown Snohomish Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 360-862-9609 for more information.

“A Christmas Story”
It’s the holiday season again and Sky Performing Arts is bringing you that classic favorite “A Christmas Story,” complete with the legendary leg lamp, Ralphie’s Red Rider BB gun, and an outstanding cast. Performances will be held at the Wagner Performing Arts Center located at 639 W. Main Street, in Monroe. Dates and times: Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Raffle tickets for the leg lamp will be sold at all shows and the winner will be announced at the closing performance. Kick off the season and enjoy live community theater! Tickets for adults are $14.50, $12.50 for students, seniors and active military, and children 5 and under are free. Info: www.skyperformingarts.com

Blood drive
The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need. Donations decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies don’t stop for the holidays.
Donate on Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Providence Regional Medical Office Building 1330 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. Make an appointment by visiting www.RedCross
Blood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive 

Gift drive
Operation Christmas Child’s upcoming National Collection Week is Nov. 12 - 19. Drop off items or monetary donations for shoebox gifts. The shoebox gifts are filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to share God’s love with millions of boys and girls around the world through the Samaritan’s Purse project. Snohomish volunteers hope to collect more than 8,050 gifts to contribute to Operation Christmas Child’s 2018 goal of reaching 11 million children in need. Donations accepted at Christ the King Community Church, 825 Ave. D in Snohomish and New Hope Fellowship at 1012 W. Main Street in Monroe. Go to www.samaritanspurse.org for more information and drop-off hours.

Thanksgiving food drive
The Sky Valley Food Bank is gearing up to provide food for their clients to prepare their Thanksgiving feast. Each year they give out turkeys and all the trimmings to about 350 families in need in our community. Once again they are asking generous neighbors to support their efforts.
Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to P.O. Box 724, Monroe, WA 98272. Food donations may be dropped off at 233 Sky River Parkway Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 -11:30 a.m., and Monday from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
They will be distributing the Thanksgiving food on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and Monday evening from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Clients may come on either day toreceive their food.

Bike work party
Sharing Wheels now has about 60 bikes completed, ready to go to Christmas House in December. But every bike needs some TLC first; cleaning, new tires, safe brakes, etc. Help reach the goal of 100-plus bikes for the kids! No experience needed.
Work Parties are every Thursday night from 6 - 9 p.m. until Dec. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12 - 4 p.m. Families and groups welcome. Snacks provided. Snack sponsors and donors welcome!
There are also some special incentives to encourage you to keep coming back including gifts and bike discounts. Check the website for details. All activities are at the shop, 2531 Broadway Ave. in Everett. For more information visit www.sharingwheels.org

Speaker to discuss visit
The Brown Bag Senior Lunch Series explores a topic each second Thursday of the month at the downtown Everett library.
The meetings are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Library Auditorium at 2702 Hoyt Ave.
Geared for seniors, but all ages are welcome.
December’s meeting will be speaker Pastor Alan Dorway of First Presbyterian Church of Everett on his visit to Israel and Palestine.

Art exhibit
Mixed media works combining photography and illustration by Seattle artist Akira Ohiso will be on display Nov. 5 to Dec. 6 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery.The artwork is intended to encourage discussion about diversity, homelessness, gentrification and green living. Meet Ohiso at an opening reception for the show 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the gallery.The Russell Day Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The gallery is free and open to the public. It is located in Parks Student Union room 219 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St.

Second City Holiday Revue
On Nov.16 at 8 p.m., Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre The Second City will appear at the Historic Everett Theatre at 2911 Colby Ave.The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers a healthy dose of seasonal satire where neither holiday film classics, family gatherings nor Christmas carols are too sacred for a show that is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday fare. Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they will also have the opportunity to see hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation with a wicked holiday slant. It’s a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style and wit – where even Rudolph is fair game.
Due to adult content, this holiday offering is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $30 and $24 for seniors, military and veterans and can be purchased at the Theatre box office or by calling 425-258-6766 or online at www.historiceveretttheatre.com

Live jazz
Enjoy Jazz from the Silver Screen.Phoenix vocalist Holly Pyle leads an all-star NW band in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen showcasing favorite movie themes from the 1930s to the present day. Celebrated for her soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice, Holly Pyle tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations. Sharing the stage with Holly are NW all-stars, Bill Anschell on piano, Phil Sparks on bass, and Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn. The concert will be at the Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St. in Snohomish, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Call 360-568-9412 for more information.

Busy Bee Quilters
Busy Bee Quilters meets the Third Thursday of each month (except Dec.). Next meeting is Nov. 15. They have a day meeting from noon to 3 p.m. and an evening meeting from 7 - 9 p.m. They meet at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 5511 64th Ave. SE, in Snohomish. For more information please call 425-268-1119.

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 direct web page file for the registration form is www.sno.wednet.edu/files/3214/6602/3682/Kla-Ha-Ya_Club_Registration.pdf
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 Book Shop, now 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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