Briefs & Events
Help ready bicycles for Christmas House
Sharing Wheels needs your help fixing up bicycles for children that will be given to Christmas House, which provides presents for low-income families. All mechanical ability levels are needed – professional to spit and polishers!
The last work date is:
Saturday, Dec. 7 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Sharing Wheels is located at 2525 Broadway in Everett. The entryway is at the back of the building from the alley.
Free community dinners
Home cooked meals are available every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6708 Cady Rd., in the Fellowship Hall.
Toy drive Nov. 17-Dec. 14
Bartell Drugs is working with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 10th annual Salvation Army Toy N Joy drive Nov. 17 through Dec. 14.
The toy donations will be accepted at all Bartell Drugs locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”
Bartell’s Everett stores are located at North Everett, 1825 Broadway; Seattle Hill Road, 5006 132nd St. SE; and Silver Lake, 11020 19th Ave. SE, Everett.
The five-week drive in 2012 generated more than 5,400 toy donations by Bartell’s customers—the estimated equivalent of $81,300 in toys to the Salvation Army.
Donation options include:
Choose a “gift request tag” from the Toy N Joy display in the store and return the gift to the donation barrel with the tag affixed to it.
Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to age 14.
“The drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children,” said George D. Bartell, Chairman and CEO of Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. “The generosity and support of our customers over the past nine years has been gratifying.”
For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.
Wintertide Dec. 5
Kick off the holidays with Everett’s annual Wintertide celebration this week.
The family-friendly event is free and runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Wetmore Theatre Plaza at the Everett Performing Arts Center (EPAC), 2710 Wetmore Ave.
Enjoy the toasty bonfire, carolers, and free hot cocoa and cookies while watching the tree lighting and the arrival of Santa on an Everett fire truck. Santa is expected to arrive at 6 p.m.
“We’re thrilled this year to welcome Captain Smartypants from the Seattle Men’s Choir and Sensible Shoes from the Seattle Women’s Choir,” said Carol Thomas, cultural arts manager. “Both groups put on a fun, lively concert that the whole family will enjoy.”
Throughout the evening, kids can get their faces painted, make crafts and take photos at a holiday-themed photo booth. Families can also enjoy special short shows at Second Stage, where KIDSTAGE will present scenes and songs from “A Year with Frog and Toad kids.” The Everett Public Library will offer “Holiday Magic: Stories from Around the World, with Puppets, Too” in the lower level.
Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes perform from 7 to 8 p.m. on the EPAC stage. All performances and activities are free to the public.
“Wintertide is always a community favorite, and this year we have even more activities, more music and more shows,” Thomas said. “You won’t want to miss out, so bundle up the family and make an evening of it.”
For full event details and the Wintertide schedule, visit www.everettwa.org/
Hats for kids
The Lowell Community Food Bank, in conjunction with Teresa Wilson of Country Yarns in Snohomish, are launching a Hats for Kids program. The program is looking for volunteers who love knitting, crocheting and stitching together a creative celebration of toasty hats for kids who might otherwise do without.
There are many ways to help by donating yarn, knitting needles and finished hats.
For anyone who always wanted to learn how to knit, the program has a deal for you. E-mail Sequoia at email@example.com or Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Expect to donate a hat in exchange for beginning knitting instructions.
Hats will be gathered year around and donated the week before Christmas.
The Lowell Community Food Bank is inside the River of Life Community Church at 5218 S. 2nd St. in Lowell.
Go back in time this holiday season
Western Heritage Center, located at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, is open 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21 for free activities during its Old-Fashioned Christmas. The free event will offer hay rides powered by one of the center’s many antique farm tractors as well as rides on their early 1900s motorized surrey. Free cookies, hot chocolate and cider will be available along with craft and games for children. Guests can make paper chains and string popcorn and cranberries to take home to hang on their Christmas tree. The Monroe Community Concert band will be performing classic holiday tunes. While the event is free, the center encourages a donation of food or a new toy for the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe.
The Monroe Concert Band will host a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Frank Wagner Auditorium, 639 W. Main. This will be fun for the entire family. For more information, visit www.monroeconcertband.org.
Midnight Cry Ministry is accepting donations for their 8th annual Christmas Auction and Toy Drive. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at JR Phinickey’s, 18960 U.S. 2 (behind Buzz Inn in Monroe) and will include a spaghetti feed. Toys and cash donations can be dropped off at JR Phinickey’s.
Thanksgiving hours for Sky Valley Food Bank
Donations of cash or holiday food may be dropped off at the Sky Valley Food Bank during regular business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m., or Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The food bank is located at 233 Sky River Parkway, Monroe.
The food bank will be distributing Thanksgiving food to clients with last names beginning M-Z on Monday, Nov. 25 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and for clients with last names beginning A-L on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The food bank will also distribute food on Monday, Nov. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. for working/school-going clients only.
Briefs & Events
Free photos with Santa
Bring your camera for free photos with Santa every weekend from noon to 3 p.m. through Dec. 22 at these downtown shops: Dec. 7-8 at The Crepe Escape; Dec. 14 at The Hungry Pelican; Dec. 15 at Glitter & Ivy; Dec. 21 at Uppercase Bookshop; Dec. 22 at Roots of Gratitude.
The Snohomish Chalet (Delta Foundation) is offering 24-inch wreaths for $20. The wreaths are made with fresh greens, holly, pine cones and a beautiful bow. The wreaths will be made by chalet staff and family members of the residents and will be available Nov. 23 through Christmas. To order your wreath, contact Lynn Neff at 360-569-2169. All proceeds benefit the needs of the residents at the chalet, improving the lives for people with traumatic brain injuries.
Food bank needs your help
The Snohomish Community Food Bank needs your help. Consider having your group participate in the Holiday Pledge program. With your pledge, one item is selected and then the attainable quantity is promised (100, 200 or 400 depending upon the size of the group). For example, for Christmas the food bank would like to give every food bank family (serving 400) a can of cream of mushroom soup. When a group promises to collect 100, the food bank confirms that pledge and search for others to fill in the other 300. If you would like to donate as an individual, the food bank will be happy to accept your pledge for a Thanksgiving turkey (in by Nov. 22) or Christmas ham (in by Dec. 19).
The food bank is also collecting stuffed animals and gifts that are age and gender specific for children 18 and under. Every gift is appreciated. The food bank only ask that they are not wrapped, as the parents “shop” for their children’s presents on Dec. 14. After the selection process, the parents may take a roll of wrapping paper or have them wrapped by the National Honor Society who are on site offering this service.
To be a part of an award-winning program, you only need to call and make your pledge. Interested? Call 360-568-7993 to learn of the food bank’s current needs.
The Farm needs volunteers
It’s that time of year and The Farm Outreach will be serving homeless children and their families again this year. This will be the 10th annual event on Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Farm needs volunteers to help set up and serve. Volunteers need to arrive the morning of the event around 9 a.m. The Farm also needs gently worn coats and hats and gloves. They can be donated at 1001 Ave. D in Snohomish. To help out, call 425-318-2196 or 425-238-0200.
The Snohomish Boys & Girls Club presents the fifth annual Adopt-a-Sock project. Pick up an empty stocking from the Boys & Girls Club, decide on an age and gender, fill the stocking (you will be provided with an ideas list) and return it to the Boys & Girls Club by Dec. 16.
Stockings will be distributed to local club members insuring that all of the kids experience the joy they deserve this holiday season.
For more information, stop by the club (402 Second St.) or call Marci at 360-568-7760.
Reading with Rover
Read aloud to a loving canine listener at the Snohomish Library the first Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7. The community-based literacy program, Reading with Rover, helps kids strengthen reading skills and improve reading confidence. Free. For children with a caregiver.
Busy Bee Quilters meetings
Quilters and quilter wannabes are invited to join Busy Bee Quilters for a Free Sew at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave, on Saturday, Dec. 14 anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in quilting can join to visit, watch, learn, sew or quilt. Bring your own equipment and supplies. If you have questions, go to www.busybeequilters.com, or contact Karen at 360 568-7980.
Food bank seeks volunteers
The Snohomish Community Food Bank is in need of reliable volunteers to assist with various duties. There are multiple volunteer positions open throughout the week, Monday through Saturday. The food bank is seeking individuals who are dedicated to serving the families in the community and who share the food bank’s values of treating others with humanity, dignity and respect.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities at Snohomish Food Bank, contact Megan Kuehl at 360-568-7993 or email@example.com.
Eagles public market days
The Snohomish Eagles is hosting two public market days on Dec. 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the F.O.E. 195 clubhouse at 606 Maple.
The market is indoors with plenty of parking for shoppers or vendors.
Rental space is still available for large single items as well as for 8-foot tables or card tables to display crafts, clothes, collectables, jewelry and various wares and household items.
For more information, or to reserve a market space, call 360-403-5071.