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Jayme Biendl Memorial 5K
The eighth annual Jayme Biendl Memorial 5K Walk/Run commemorates Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, who was murdered while on-duty in the prison Jan. 29, 2011. The event will begin at Sky River Park, 413 Sky River Parkway, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The route starts in Sky River Park, goes through the Washington State Reformatory grounds and ends back in the park. Registration is $30 and includes a long-sleeve shirt. Register early to guarantee shirt size. All proceeds will be donated to Behind the Badge Foundation at the request of Biendl’s family. To register, go to www.

Photo exhibit
Snohomish photographer Steve Moore finds inspiration in what’s left behind. In “Notations After Passing,” Moore’s snapshots capture what remains after something or someone has moved on. “When a person has died, a career has ended, a way of living has vanished, change has happened, the objects left behind start their own journey,” he wrote. His photos are on display through Jan. 31 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery in Parks Student Union room 219 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free.

GroundFrog Day meet and greet
Every year, Snohomish Slew makes his frognostication as to whether there will be six more weeks of winter on the same day as Punxsutawney Phil. GroundFrog Day is Feb. 2, but if you want to meet Snohomish Slew in person early, be sure to attend the VIP pre-event at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse. Get a picture or a kiss Sunday, Jan. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1114 First Street in Snohomish.
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MLK Day of Service
Make a difference for salmon. Join in on a Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019. Plant native trees and remove invasive plants such as knotweed, ivy and blackberry near the Skykomish River at Al Borlin Park in Monroe. Native trees lower the temperature of the river, reduce erosion, and provide food for macroinvertebrates which in turn benefit salmon.
Individuals, youth and families as well as groups are welcome! Youth ages 14 and over are requested, or ages 6 and over with parent or guardian supervision. All tools, gloves, snacks, and water are provided. The event is Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Al Borlin Park, 615 Simons Road in Monroe. Rain or shine, dress warmly for the weather, no experience needed. For more information and to sign up, email or call 425-252-6686.

Sew Thoughtful
On Jan. 18, volunteer craft makers will be sewing flannel pajamas for Safe Place. Children ages 1 to 12 who are victims of violence find temporary safety at Safe Place in Everett. Bring a sewing machine, regular sewing equipment, serger if you have one and a few basic colors of construction thread. Kits and directions will be provided. Bring your brown bag lunch, beverage and enjoy sewing fun. Sew Thoughtful is Friday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

Advocacy 101
The United Way of Snohomish County is offering an advocacy training Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of action. Trainings are free and open to the public and will give an overview of the legislative process, tips for meeting with legislators, and provide an opportunity for community members to learn and practice skills to be more effective at advocating to the Washington State Legislature. The training is   Thursday, Jan. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave. in Everett.
A second training will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. Limited seats are available for both trainings and registration is required. Register at For more information, contact Lark Kesterke at

FOODpreneur meetup
Are you known for your delectable salted caramel bars or blueberry infused cocktail syrup? Do you have a new idea for baby food, healthy vegan snack or a twist on cold-brew coffee? Maybe you’ve sold your small-batch of granola at the local farmer’s market but now want to establish yourself into bigger retail outlets such as gourmet food stores or supermarkets. Find your recipe for success at the Snohomish FOODpreneur meetup Jan. 24 where you’ll meet industry professionals who will answer your questions about entering into the prepackaged food market.The meet is Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Double Barrel Wine Bar, 108 Ave. A in Snohomish. Call 360-282-3176 or email for more information or register at

Narcan training
A simple spray could save a life! Please join Amy Hill, Opioid Outreach Specialist with Snohomish County Human Services in learning how to administer Narcan (Naloxone), a nasal spray that can block the effects of an opioid overdose. This training will include information about what opiates/opioids are, how they affect our bodies, what an opioid overdose looks like and how to use the antidote to reverse an opioid overdose. Registration is not required but highly recommended due to limited space.
Please visit to secure a spot. First come first serve without registering for the event. Training is Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lifelong, 3501 Colby Ave., Suite 100 in Everett.

Dance Lessons
Come alone or bring a friend or partner! Beginner square dance lessons are at the Horseshoe Grange, 16424 Broadway Ave. in Snohomish. Lessons run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The first lesson is free, afterward, lessons are $7 each. The lessons are set up in two 10-week sessions that consist of two hours of dancing and instruction each Tuesday evening. All dancers are requested to dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. Ages 12 and up welcome.
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The Monroe Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior or college student who is pursuing a career in some aspect of horticulture at an accredited college or trade school.  Studies may include forestry, botany, landscaping, floral design, environmental studies, etc.  Applicants must reside in or within 20 miles of Monroe.  Deadline for application is April 1.  For more information or an application packet, please phone 360-217-8417.

Immigration resource
The Everett Community Resource Center presents free immigration consultations at 215 W. Mukilteo Boulevard in Everett. Consultations are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Support is available in English, Spanish, Nepali, Hindi and Russian. For more information, email or call 425-355-6005.

How to Talk About Opioids
The Snohomish Health District and Snohomish School District are partnering together to bring you an event focused on opioids in the home. Join them Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glacier Peak High School, 7401 144th Place SE in Snohomish, in the school’s Performing Arts Center as the Snohomish Health District presents “How to Have the Talk About Opioids.”
In addition to a panel discussion and community resource tables, there will be a mock bedroom set up for attendees to walk around and investigate. Find out what products are available on the internet that people purchase to hide drugs and paraphernalia. Learn what to look for and then what to do if you suspect substance use. Attendees will also get tips on how to prevent access in your home, and how to talk to youth about opioids.

Come join the Monroe Community Senior Center for a night of “fun”raising! Sylvia O’Stayformore is getting behind the controls of the Bingo-matic! Are you ready to play bingo?
Come for an evening of costumes, great food, and bingo fun. Play for prizes! Represent your favorite
sports team, prizes for best dressed fan!
Cost is $25 per person. Price includes a tasty nacho bar, dessert and bingo games! Beer, wine and margaritas available for purchase. Come on out and join in the fun! The center is at 276 Sky Valley Parkway. Bingo is Saturday, Jan. 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Get tickets at, stop in or call 360-794-6359.
Proceeds benefit the Monroe Community Senior Center.

The Wagner Family
The Wagner Family – A Legacy of Two Continents presented by the Monroe Historical Society will be Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Monroe Community Center, 276 Sky River Parkway in Monroe.
Wagner – the name is all around Monroe. Schools, auditorium, a lake, a road and a community. So who were they? Take a look at this remarkable family, their origins, their lasting impact in our community and the surprising tribute to them on the other side of the world.

Tree recycling
Everett Community College is recycling Christmas trees for free from Jan. 2 - 31.
Trees can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.  Trees must be free of decorations, tinsel and other non-biodegradable materials. The college uses the trees to turn into wood chips for campus flower beds and mulch. No flocked trees will be accepted. For more information, call 425-388-9512.
Drop off trees in the marked area in parking lot F. To see the location of parking lot F, visit and click Campus Map. EvCC is located at 2000 Tower St. in Everett.

Growing profitable farms
WSU Snohomish County Extension, in partnership with the Snohomish Conservation District, will offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing.
The course runs Tuesday evenings Jan. 15 through April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. plus one Saturday TBD. Location is WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE, in Everett.
The course features a line-up of local guest speakers including business professionals, marketing specialists, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses. During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can use to help finance and grow a new or existing farm-based business.
Class size is limited. Pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the twelve-week course is $300. To register, visit or download the form at and mail with your check.

Donate your Christmas Tree
If you purchased a living Christmas tree in a container, and you don’t intend to plant it on your own property, you may donate it to local Monroe city parks so that everyone can enjoy it for years to come. Call the Parks & Recreation office at 360- 863-4559 for information on how to donate.

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

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, 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,
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

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 or look for writerskickstart on Facebook.

Story time with Simon
Uppercase Bookshop, 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.
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