'Around Town' community events and volunteer opportunities for the Edmonds area
Friends of the Edmonds Library to meet
The Friends are meeting Thursday January 24. Jeff Stilwell from The Edmonds Mural Project will be featured guest speaker. Stop by at 1 p.m. for a coffee social, and the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. “Friends” meets in the Library's upstairs Plaza Room, 650 Main Street.
Everyone is welcome.
To learn more about the Friends visit www.edmondsfriends.org.
Edmonds Floretum Garden Club to meet
The Edmonds Floretum Garden Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. North, Edmonds. An informal social hour and business meeting will proceed the main program. The presentation this month will be Master Gardener Penny Talbot, speaking on her 'Favorite English Gardens', starting at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club is invited to attend, or visit our website www.edmondsfloretumgardenclub.org for additional information.
Edmonds Daddy daughter dance
Daddies and daughters get dressed up for a special night out. Enjoy dancing, a live DJ and light refreshments.
All ages welcome. Bring your camera for a picture in the photo corner.
Grandpas, uncles or other male role models are welcome to escort. Held at the Edmonds Senior Center Upstairs Ballroom (220 Railroad Avenue).
Pre-registration required at Edmonds Parks & Recreation 425-771-0230. Online registration not available. Sales tax included.
Dance is Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost $25 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter.
SPRINGDANS NORTHWEST April 19–22, 2013
Skandia’s residence folk dance camp will feature returning Swedish instructors Helene and Stig
Eriksson, who will teach a variety of interesting dances to expand
Springdans is held at the lovely Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal.
Springdans is geared toward intermediate dancers who have a couple of years of experience with Scandinavian turning
www.skandia-folkdance.org, or (206) 784-7470.
Youth Volleyball League taking registrations
The United States Youth Volleyball League is bringing a fun-filled season of volleyball to Edmonds this summer. The 8-week league will run from June 26-August 24, 2013 at City Park on Wednesdays 6-7 p.m., and Saturdays 9-10 a.m.
All children between the ages of 7 and 15 are invited to enjoy instructional volleyball practices and games that focus on participation, sportsmanship, and fun!
The USYVL’s mission is to provide every child between the ages of 7 and 15 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment.
A large portion of the USYVL is fueled by volunteers. Volunteering is a great opportunity to work with the youth in promoting their confidence and self-esteem while sharing the sport of volleyball.
Coaches, registration assistants, and first aid volunteer positions are always available at every site.
For more information on registration, volunteer positions, and a location near you, please visit www.USYVL.org or call 888-988-7985.
SKANDIA MIDSOMMARFEST 2013
At St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, on Sunday, June 30.
This day-long traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities (including raising a kid-sized pole), flower crowns, craft and food booths, a special costume presentation, participatory dancing, mini-dance lessons for beginners, and of course, the traditional pole raising ceremony. FREE (donations accepted; buttons are available for a $2 donation to help defray the cost of putting on the festival). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: www.skandia-folkdance.org or 206-784-7470.
Square Dance lessons
The Checkerboard Squares Square Dance club invites anyone to their new set of Square Dance Lessons starting Jan. 13 2013. The lessons will be held in the Masonic Hall, 515 Dayton St in Edmonds on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 p.m.
The first lesson is free and the following ones will be $5 per person per night. Dress is casual. Contact Sheryl at 425-772-8085 or Roy Johnson at 425-338-2255, cell is 206-949-0114.
Household goods needed for domestic violence victims
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is seeking new or very gently used household goods for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Items can include pots and pans, paper towels, toilet paper, new bedding, new towels, new sheet sets, dish sets, silverware sets, new microwave ovens, etc.
Items may be dropped off at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe located at 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett.
Other locations can be found by visiting the DVS website www.dvs-snoco.org or calling Stephanie Civey at 425-259-2827 x13.
For information call : Stephanie Civey, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County 425 259-2827 ext 13 or email email@example.com.
Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
The group meets at Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 19523 84th Ave W, Edmonds, on the third Monday of every month, from 7-9 p.m.
Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. This is a free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss.
Contact: Barbara Bridges for more info: 425-335-3414.
Edmonds Chamber Log Cabin - Volunteer Opps
The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has positions open for volunteers at the Log Cabin Visitor's Bureau in beautiful downtown Edmonds.
The Log Cabin is open from 9-4 Monday through Friday and Saturdays 10-2.
Volunteers at the Log Cabin provide visitors with information about Chamber and city activities, events, lodging, shopping, and dining in Edmonds, as well as information about living and working in Edmonds.
This is a great way to get involved in the Edmonds community.
If you are interested please contact the Log Cabin at 425-776-6711.
Senior Center sponsors dance
Edmonds Senior Center Friday Fling. All ages are welcome to dance to live music every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Donation is $3. Refreshments are provided. Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds, just west of the Ferry Terminal.
For more info call 425-774-5555, or go to www.edmondssc.org.
YWCA needs food donations
The YWCA Pathways for Women shelter in Lynnwood is experiencing a severe shortage of food in their food shed.
They are in great need of non-perishable food items for families who are moving into the shelter.
Some of the food items needed are: tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, cake mixes and frosting, top ramen noodles, spaghetti, catsup, and mayonnaise. Pathways for Women programs provide housing and services to homeless single women with children.
For a more detailed list of items in need, please call Chelsea at Pathways for Women at 425-774-9843.
Volunteer and live longer
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, has access to hundreds of volunteer opportunities throughout the county. You are sure to find something that suits your interests. The only requirement is being age 55 or over.
Numerous studies point to the fact volunteers have a better quality of life and, on average, live longer than those who don't.
If you want to find out more about volunteering in Snohomish County call RSVP today. They will help you.
For more information please email John McAlpine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (425) 257-2111 x 3374 or toll free at 1-888-240-8572.
Edmonds in Bloom seeks volunteers
Edmonds in Bloom is looking for volunteers to serve on their Board of Directors and to help with the following committees: Kids Plant for Mom's Day, Garden Competition and Garden Tour.
For more information, visit their website at www.edmondsinbloom.com, or contact email@example.com.
Child development volunteers needed
Deaconess Children's Service is in need of volunteers for the Child Development Program. If you are 18 years or older and love working with children then please call Stacey Pfeiffer at 425-259-0146 x101 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
You must be able to pass a WA state and DSHS background check and be able to commit to 19 weeks, once a week from 5-7:30 p.m. The website is www.deaconesschildren.org.
Thrift store extends hours
The quaint and fun retail Thrift Store located at the north side of the Edmonds Senior Center (ESC) has announced new winter hours. The new hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ESC is located at 220 Railroad Ave.
The retail store has many items available for sale such as antiques, jewelry, clothes, CD, DVD, soft cover books, linens, toys, kitchen items, and small furniture. All are surrounded in a warm and friendly environment.
Donations are also accepted during store hours. So come on down and check things out! ESC's Directors, staff and volunteers very much appreciate your donations and generous community support.
For more information about ESC visit http://southcountyseniorcenter.org/default.aspx.
YWCA seeks clothing bags, products
The Working Women's Wardrobe program is in need of clothing bags and personal care products. More than 1,200 women yearly access the clothing program to receive clothing that can be used either for the interview or for the workplace.
The clothing selected is put into department store paper bags that the participants can take home with them. Personal care products such hair care products, soaps, body lotions, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes are also in short supply.
All items may be dropped off at the YWCA Pathways for Women shelter in Lynnwood at 6027 208th St SW or at the Everett YWCA located at 3301 Broadway. For more information, please feel free to call Luanne Kunz at 425-258-2766 ext 150.
Edmonds United Methodist Church Thrift Shop
Located lower level at 828 Casper
Monday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
We do not accept large furniture, computers ~ limited space.
Any questions call the church office at 425-778-2119.
Shelter needs donations
YWCA Pathways for Women shelter located in Lynnwood is for homeless, single women with children. These families transitioning out of the shelter into housing are in great need of basic household items.
They are asking our community for donations of twin and double sheets, new pillows, pots/pans and silverware as well as personal care products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc).
For more information please call: 425-774-9843.
Is food a problem for you?
Do you eat when you're not hungry?
Do you go on eating binges?
Is your weight affecting your life?
NO dues * NO fees * NO weigh-ins * NO diets * We are a Fellowship
Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Sunday 6:30 p.m. at Edmonds Lutheran Church,
23525 - 84th Ave. W., Edmonds
Contact Jeannie at 425-771-2593.
"Friends of the Sister City" seek volunteers
Hekinan, Japan has been a Sister City with Edmonds for 24 years. The Edmonds Sister City Commission plans various activities each year to bridge these two cultures and build goodwill.
To expand the work of the Commission, a new group of volunteers called "Friends of the Sister City" is now forming.
The group will assist the Commission when Hekinan students visit Edmonds every summer in August, and when adult delegations periodically visit Edmonds in October.
Volunteers can determine the amount of time they have available to help. They will work as a group to prepare for the Hekinan delegation visits. Some volunteers will help during the time the visitors are here.
If you are interested in finding out more about "Friends of the Sister City," please contact the chairperson, Jeanne Mazzoni at email@example.com.
Exchange Club holds weekly meetings
The Edmonds Exchange Club holds their weekly meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Pancake Haus in Edmonds.
The Edmonds Exchange Club is a service organization that provides funding and services to local charities in Snohomish County.
To learn more about the Exchange Club, please join them for breakfast or call Roger Dalzell at 425-776-0089.
Help them get there - Be a mentor!
Mentoring Children of Promise is a community based mentoring program for children with a parent involved in the criminal justice system.
They are looking for adult volunteers, 21 and over, who want to share activities with a youth for eight hours a month. Mentors meet regularly with the child and offer friendship, support and guidance. Mentors are required to make a minimum of a two-year commitment. They take every precaution to screen carefully by requiring an application, mentor training and an in home interview. They match mentors to children who live in a close proximity, have similar interests and are a good fit in terms of personality. At MCP, their greatest hope is to create matches that last a lifetime.
For more information go to www.voaww.org/mcp or contact
Joell Coltrane, 425-259-2973x2717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
T.O.P.S. meets weekly
Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a national non-profit weight-loss support group that focuses on pursuing healthy lifestyle choices and goal weight management. T.O.P.S. meets each Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 19523 - 84th Ave. W., Edmonds. Visitors are welcome. Info: 425-742-3724 or 425-774-4560.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Are you ready to lose weight and have support along the way?
Consider joining a TOPS Group – to Take Off Pounds Sensibly.
TOPS is a nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization that has helped people lose weight and keep it off for more than 60 years.
You’ve probably never heard of TOPS. That’s because we don’t spend millions on advertising. We’re not in it for the money.
Your first meeting is FREE. Dues are only $28 a year if you join, along with monthly chapter dues ($3 if you lose or $5 if you gain.)
Meeting are held Tuesday evenings, with a weigh in from 5:45 – 6:20 p.m. The meeting starts: 6:30 p.m.
Held at Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St., Lena Voreis Room, Shoreline.
Why wait to lose weight…
Household items needed
The YWCA Pathways for Women shelter in Lynnwood is always in need of household items for their families who are moving offsite into transitional housing.
They are in need of silverware, especially forks, new or gently used pots and pans with lids, sets of dishes, glassware, baking pans and cutlery.
Also needed are towels sets and personal care products.
If you would like to donate, please drop off at 6027 208th St SW in Lynnwood between 9:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday (closed Wed. until 12:30 p.m.) Or for more information, please call 425-774-9843 or 425-258-2766 ext 150.
Edmonds VFW Post 8870 meets monthly
The Edmonds VFW Post 8870 and Edmonds VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets at noon on the second Friday of the month at the South County Senior Center in Edmonds.
Information: Quartermaster (VFW Post) at 425-672-0279 or email@example.com or Valerie Ehlers (Auxiliary) at 425-853-5673.
Community Volunteers Wanted!
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, seeks persons over 55 for many interesting and meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community.
There are more than 400 RSVP volunteer opportunities throughout the county, just waiting to be filled.
RSVP enrollees receive free supplemental liability, accident and automobile insurance covering them while they perform their volunteer duties along with an ongoing personal recognition program and the chance to meet new people and learn new skills.
RSVP exists to help volunteers 55+ find fulfillment in their volunteer work and matches your lifetime of skills and experience to the organization of your choice. RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for persons over 55 and the only agency where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded.
For more information please email John McAlpine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breast Cancer patient support offered
Trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, which enhance emotional recovery while going through treatments. They will attend consultations, chemotherapy and radiation appointments. The volunteers will help you to wellness by being a role model, helping you to have quality of life at this critical time. There are volunteers in your community. Visit www.angelcarefoundation.org to learn more.
For assistance phone Angel Care at 206-417-3484 or email email@example.com.
Volunteer Chore Services (VCS) is seeking volunteers to provide low-income elders and disabled adults help with a variety of everyday tasks. Volunteers provide valuable services such as light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, yard work, light meal preparation, and similar independent living requests.
Volunteers are screened, orientated and trained.
The hours are flexible, the work is gratifying and the difference is life affirming!
Please contact Debra Bordsen, Volunteer Chore Services Recruiter at (425) 257-2111 for further information. You CAN make a difference!
Volunteers needed at Edmonds Senior Center
Fun and meaningful volunteer opportunities are available, helping local senior citizens by helping at the South County Senior Center. One area in immediate need of assistance is the Thrift Store where both clerks and cashiers are needed. Retail experience is helpful, but we will be happy to train you for the job. Opportunities for both paid instructors and volunteers include: instructors for watercolor classes, a licensed massage therapist for seated chair massage, an instructor for a self-publishing writers group, and computer instructors. Come have some fun, enjoy our waterfront location, and help our senior community. Edmonds Senior Center is located at 220 Railroad Ave. Call the Center at 425-774-5555 for information.
50-plus singles to meet
A social club for single people age 50 and up meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Denny's Restaurant (904 North 155th St., Seattle). Other activities include dances, walks, theater, potluck, dining, etc. For more information call 425-771-9301 or 206-364-2977.
Toastmasters meet weekly
Meet over breakfast with a fun group to practice and improve communication and leadership skills. The Edmonds Toastmasters club meets every Friday morning at 7 a.m. in the back room of the Pancake Haus (530 5th Ave S). Come on by for a visit!
For more information call 206-949-8025.