'Around Town' events and volunteer opportunities for the Edmonds area

Mar 07, 2013

Grace Lutheran Lenten Services

Grace Lutheran Church of Edmonds will have Lenten Services every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., (for 45 minutes) before Easter.  In addition, there will be a special Palm Sunday service on March 24 at 10:30 a.m.

On Easter Sunday, there will be a brunch at 9:00 a.m., served by the youth after which is the Easter service at 10:30 a.m.  The public is invited to join the churchmembers for any and all of their Easter events.

The church is located at 1212 9th Ave N, Edmonds, WA (where St. Peter by the Sea church met).

 

Edmonds in Bloom seeks volunteers

Edmonds in Bloom is seeking volunteers to help out with its 2013 events.  Projects may include any of the following:  miscellaneous computer work, website maintenance, publicity and/or graphic design.

If interested, please send an email to:  information@edmondsinbloom.com or call Maxine at 425-774-2179.

 

Batter up!

Pacific Little League of Edmonds and Lynnwood is now taking registration for the 2013 Season for Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls ages 5 to 16.  Please go to www.pacificlittleleague.com to register.

 

Benefit dance for NW Folklife

Join the Northwest FolkDancers March 9, from 7 to 11 p.m., for a night of international folk dancing to three bands: Allspice, Laurie Andres and Friends, and Folk Voice Band.

Balkan, English, and Scandinavian dances will be played, plus a variety of dances from many other countries, with contra, waltz, and swing thrown into the mix.

Held at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood.

All three bands are donating their time, the hall is donated for the night, and Allan Swensson is donating his time and equipment to make sure everyone sounds good.

$10 suggested donation. All proceeds go directly to NW Folklife. Sponsored by Northwest Folkdancers Inc. (NFDI). Flyer available at www.scn.org/arts/nfdi.

More info: Kathy Bruni at kdbruni@gmail.com or 425-485-1638.

 

Sacred Music Chorale

A concert of Sacred Music Chorale titled “Wondrous Love” explores the beautiful and emotional music of Holy Week.

It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood.

Tickets are $15-$17 at the door, 17 and under free.  Discount tickets at www.SacredMusicChorale.org .

 

Buddhist Center to hold open house

Happy New Year! Come join us as we welcome the year of the Water Snake.

All are invited to our annual open house at Chagdud Gonpa Amrita, a well‐established Buddhist Center located in Edmonds. The free open house will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday March 10, at Firdale Village.

Refreshments will be served. Visitors will get a chance to meet experienced center members, and ask any questions about Buddhist teachings and practices at the center.

Our address at Firdale Village is 9653 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds 98020.

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is on the second floor, right side of the main building. The entrance is decorated with colored "prayer flags".

Please call 206‐546‐8095 with any questions.

 

Educating Afghan girls

The Edmonds Universalist Church invites you to join them at a benefit for Ayni Education International on Sunday, March 10, at 5 p.m. for a free Afghan diner and forum.

Ayni Education International has been educating girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban pulled out in 2001.

Executive Director, Ginna Brelsford will talk about Ayni’s work in providing educational opportunities for Afghan children.

Ayni seeks to empower and inspire those children and their families to strengthen their communities with peacefulness and fairness.

Following the program, enjoy a free Afghan dinner of lamb rezala, beef chapli kebabs, vegetarian gluten-free chapli kebabs, saffron rice, naan, salad, and both cardamom and pistachio desserts. Details at www.euuc.org/a4w.

Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 
8109 224th Street SW 
Edmonds.

Map: euuc.org/directions.

 

Lynnwood Book Club:" Kabul Beauty School"

The Lynnwood Library will host a book discussion for adults and teens on Monday, March 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the library.

Description: Come join us for a lively discussion of the book "Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil" by Deborah Rodriguez with Kristin Ohlson.

"Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of the Taliban, volunteering as a nurse's aide, but soon found that her skills as a trained hairdresser were far more in demand. "Kabul Beauty School" is her witty and insightful memoir of friendship and perseverance."

 

Fishing in Washington

Learn secrets of where to go and how to catch fish from instructor John Payton, who has been chasing Washington's fish for 20 years.

John will share his techniques for catching salmon, bass, trout, walleye, and other species in fresh and saltwater.

This is an 8-week class, Tuesdays, March 12-April 30, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds.

The cost is $79 for Edmonds residents, $91 non-residents.  Call 425-771-0230 to register, or visit www.reczone.org.

 

Women of the Seattle Civil Rights Movement

The Lynnwood Library will hold a discussion on civil rights at the Lynnwood Library, large meeting room, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, on March 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Maria Quintana will discuss the lives and achievements of women involved in the Seattle Civil Rights Movement via the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project. The grassroots online project is an important resource for exploring the civil rights activism of women in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing Western Washington’s unique civil rights history.

Maria L. Quintana is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Washington, with primary fields in twentieth-century U.S. history and comparative colonialism.

Maria’s scholarly interests include critical race studies, social movements, gender, and labor studies.

This program is funded by Friends of the Lynnwood Library.

 

SEW THOUGHTFUL - SEW to make a difference!

The Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA’s) will sew Walker Bags for Group Health Hospital Rehab Centers on Friday, March 15.

When you use a walker to get around, your hands must be on the walker, not holding glasses, phone or purse, etc.

The Walker Bag attaches to the walker and keeps your belongings handy.  The pattern and fabric will be provided.  Many sets cut and ready to sew.

BRING your sewing machine and basic sewing tools.  We will have fun sewing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March15 at McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett 98208 in the Evergreen Room behind the WSU Extension Office.

Arlene Harrison will lead the project.  Contact Carla Peery 206-595-9717 or Cpeerysew@aol.com.

BRING a brown bag lunch.

 

Alzheimer’s basics explained

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's disease is the topic of this class, held Friday, March 15, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds.

Is dementia a normal part of aging? What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

This free class will cover the basics of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia including: risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer’s, treatments, and resources.

We will also discuss the benefits of early detection. Please contact Liz Rhine at 206-529-3889, lrhine@alz.org by March 14 to register.

 

Innis Arden to holds 51st annual rummage sale

The Innis Arden Community in Shoreline is about to celebrate it’s 51st annual Rummage Sale, March 16 and 17.

The sale is often described as a bargain hunter’s delight.  Throughout the year, Innis Arden residents contribute an amazing variety of items. The sale has everything from A to Z. There’s fun for all.

At the close of the sale, all unsold items are donated to various local charities. The community then makes a cash donation of ten percent of its sales to a single, local charity.

The proceeds of the sale, in part, contribute to maintenance of the Innis Arden clubhouse and grounds, which are utilized for local sports events, functions of various non-profit organizations, and more.

The Rummage Sale will be held at Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 N.W.188th St. Shoreline.

Sale times are:

Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 17,  noon - 4:00 p.m.

Half Price on Sunday and the Bag Sale at 2 p.m.

For further information, call the Innis Arden Clubhouse at: 206-542-5558.

 

See student strides in the sciences

Boeing, the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation, and the Edmonds School District present STEM Expo 2013.

Come enjoy a showcase celebrating student research and design in grades 4-12 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace.

 

Kids Tai Chi for Movement

A Tai Chi class for school aged children and families will be held at the Lynnwood Library large meeting room, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, on March 20, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Description: Children will learn concentration and coordination to help them in school. ages 7-12

Instructor Robert Levy has a 6th degree black belt, over 40 years of experience and a master's Degree in teaching.

 

Chi for Movement

A Tai Chi class for adults and teens will be held two day at the Lynnwood Library large meeting room, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, on March 6 and 20 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Experience the fun of fluid movement and the positive benefits for better health. Ages 13 and up.

Instructor Robert Levy has a 6th degree black belt, over 40 years of experience and a master's Degree in teaching.

 

Gathering edible shellfish

Edmonds Parks & Recreation is offering a class on gathering edible shellfish on Wednesday, March 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Francis Anderson Center.

Learn how, when, and where to safely harvest and prepare clams, oysters and Dungeness crab.  Instructor Roger Urbaniak will teach you how to read a tide table, provide hands-on instruction in the proper use of tools such as clam rakes and crabpots, and send you home wit h a few favorite recipes.

Cost is $18 Edmonds residents/$21 non-residents.

Register online at www.reczone.org, or call 425-771-0230 for more information.

 

Mason Bees in your garden

Edmonds Parks & Recreation is offering a class on Mason Bees on Thursday, March 21, from 7-8:15 p.m., at the Francis Anderson Center. Cost of the class is $14 Edmonds residents/$16 non-residents.

Mason bees are easy to raise, fun to watch and good for your garden.  Join mason bee hobbyist Todd Brown for this introductory class.  Learn about the mason bee life cycle, the five essentials for raising your own mason bees, how to build a mason bee box, and managing your bees year-round.

Register online at www.reczone.org, or call 425-771-0230 for more information.

 

Women’s Republican Club to meet

The next meeting of the Evergreen Republican Women’s Club will be on Thursday, March 21.

The guest speaker will be the Freedom Foundation’s David Roland who is an expert on the Washington State Constitution.

The annual baby shower for the Pregnancy Resource Center will also take place.

Everyone is invited to this special evening!

The social hour is at 6:30 p.m. with an optional buffet dinner. (The dinner is $15 with advance reservations.)

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant, 122-128th Street SE, Everett (east of I-5 on 128th Street SE – about ½ block on the right).

To RSVP call Amie at 425-290-2500 or e-mail evergreenrepublicanwomen@yahoo.com.

 

Hike and paddle preview at Lynnwood Senior Center

Do you love to hike and kayak? Join us for an informational meeting about our upcoming outdoor recreation programs.

Don't miss out on this sneak-peek preview of 2013 trips and destinations, to be held Friday, March 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

This is a chance to learn which hikes are most suited to your interests and skill level, review what to bring and wear on your spring and summer outdoor adventures, and get excited about your future outdoor adventure.

To attend the Hike and Paddle Preview, call or visit the Lynnwood Senior Center; reference course #45313.

The cost of this event is free for Lynnwood Senior Center members and non-members.

Pre-registration is required.  Free parking available.  For detailed registration information contact Lynnwood Senior Center at 425-670-5050.

The Senior Center is located at 19000 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood.

For more information, contact City of Lynnwood Senior Center at 425-670-5050 or e-mail jsigler@ci.lynnwood.wa.us or visit ci.lynnwood.wa.us/seniors  for current and upcoming programs.

 

Create magic in your life!

Have fun experiencing grounding, centering and focusing  within spiritually.  You will work with your aura, chakras and your spirit-body communication.  Next class series begins Sunday, March 23, from 1-3:30 p.m., for six weeks.  For more information please visit: www.c-d-m.org or call 425-258-1449.  Online registration is available.

CDM Spiritual Teaching Center, 2402 Summit Avenue,   Everett, WA  98201.

 

Achieve financial peace

Edmonds Open Bible Church, 657 Daley Street, Edmonds, is hosting a free preview of Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" on Sunday, Mar. 24, at 3 p.m.

Join them for a preview of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video coordinated by Edmonds Open Bible Church will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before.

You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.

Classes start April 7.

More information/registration: www.edmondsopenbible.net.

 

Lynnwood Coupon Exchange Club

An adult event to exchange coupons will be held at the Lynnwood Library, large meeting room, , 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, on March 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Come exchange your unneeded coupons and meet other savvy savers like yourself. Maybe even learn a few more couponing tips along the way.

 

Edmonds Egg Hunt

Kids ages 10 and under scramble for chocolate eggs, candy and prizes in age-appropriate hunt areas.

Bring a nonperishable food donation for the food bank and your basket.  Rain or shine.  Kids hunt while parents take pictures!  Sponsored by Sound Women’s Care and Edmonds Parks & Recreation with support from Nama’s Candy Store, the Rotary Clubs of Edmonds and Snohomish County Fire District 1.

Held at Edmonds City Park, 3rd and Howell on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m.

 

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 your repertoire.

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 couple dances.

Info: publicity@skandia-folkdance.org,

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-Aug. 24 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.

 

Yoga for older adults

The Edmonds Senior Center at 220 Railroad Ave. is starting a new class called "Chair or Mat Free Yoga" on Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

It is designed with the less flexible in mind and those in need of healing from cancer, PTSD or other illness/injury that has kept one from being more mobile.

Improved posture, better balance and joint function is the goal of the class and it is never too late to start.

Edmonds Senior Center invites you to try your first class for free--just bring an open mind and wear loose, stretch clothing.

Call 425-774-5555 for more info.

 

Senior Center needs volunteers

The Edmonds Senior Center feels they are blessed with wonderful volunteers. They make a difference and help to make outreach to their seniors vibrant.

Without the volunteers, the time they dedicate, and the lives they touch, everyone there would all be poorer.

Can you volunteer and help with these needs:

Photographer for Special Events

Receptionist-Subs/On-Call

IT Specialist with knowledge of: Hardware, Software, Computer Networks and MS Server

Welcoming Committee Members

Manicurist/Hairstylist

Basic Foot Care water carriers/extra help

Entertainers for Special Events

Cashiers/Sorters for Thrift Store who can work 4-6 hour shifts

Computer Class Instructors

Help with media releases/marketing

Please contact Jen English in the Admin Office if you are interested in volunteering at EdSC

 

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 stephanie@dvs-snoco.org.

 

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

The group meets at Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 19523 84th Ave. W, Edmonds, from 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

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 from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday. 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 johnm@ccsww.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 joycejohnson310@comcast.net.

 

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 spfeiffer@deaconesschildren.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

Open:

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.

 

Overeaters anonymous

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 jeanne.mazzoni@gmail.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 jcoltrane@voaww.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 quartermaster@vfwpost8870.org 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 johnm@ccsww.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 angelcare@angelcarefoundation.org.

 

Volunteers needed

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.

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