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

Apr 04, 2013


Classes for caregivers offered

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, six-week educational series designed to teach unpaid family caregivers how to take care of themselves and feel more confident in the care they provide.  This series is for anyone providing unpaid support to an adult with ongoing care needs.

Participants develop their own personalized action plans and goals and discuss a variety of topics including reducing stress, communication skills, self-care, involving family, and building confidence.

The workshop is offered on six Thursdays, from April 11 to May 16, from 1 – 3:30 p.m., Maple Park Church in Lynnwood.

To register please contact Jessica McDougall (425-514-3187) or Rona Besterman (425-740-3793) at Senior Services.

Details also available on www.snocare.org/calendar.


Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Washington State

How is the Affordable Care Act affecting us as residents of Washington State?

On Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., Brendan Williams, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Legislative Affairs, Office of the   State Insurance Commissioner, will speak at the PUD Building, 2320 California Street, Everett.

The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Edmonds and Everett branches.

The event is free and  open to the general public. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn what is included in the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect individuals, families and small businesses.

A question and answer period will follow Brendan Williams’ presentation.


Come sew and have fun

You’re invited to come have fun sewing on Friday, April 19 from 10 – 2 p.m. Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) will sew simple 4-patch block quilts for premature infants at Providence hospital.

The pattern and fabric will be provided and many kits are cut and ready to sew.  Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing tools to McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett 98208 in the Evergreen classroom behind the WSU Extension Office.

Quilt book author Mary Hickey will lead the project.  Contact Carla Peery 206-595-9717 or Cpeerysew@aol.com.




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.


Take the confusion out of drip irrigation systems


Confused about drip irrigation systems?

Master Gardener and drip irrigation expert Jeff Thompson cuts through all the confusion about drip irrigation systems in a hands-on workshop sponsored by WSU-Snohomish County Extension.

The two-and-a-half hour workshop is designed to make a novice comfortable with all as­pects of designing and implementing a low volume drip irrigation system for the home gar­dener. It includes what parts to use, where to get them, and most importantly, how not to waste resources by purchasing the wrong equipment.

The workshop will be offered Friday, May 10, Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday July 11 at 1 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. each of those dates, at the Extension Education Center in South Everett in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE.

The cost is only $20, or $25 for a couple, and includes an extensive reference handout.

To register call Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or download the brochure at http://snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/workshops/DripIrrigation2013.pdf.


Celebrate the 3 principal feasts

Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity: St. Alban's Episcopal Church celebrates three of the Principal Feasts of the Church later this spring, on three successive Sundays in May.

The feast of the Ascension, May 12, we remember Jesus' final words of farewell to his disciples and the promise to send them the Spirit.

On the day of Pentecost, May 19, we celebrate the arrival of the Spirit and the beginning of a new chapter in the story of God's love for humankind.

On Trinity Sunday, May 26, we ponder the mystery of an ineffable God who can be Creator, Savior, and Spirit of Truth all at the same time.

Celebrations on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Children are welcome at all our services. Childcare is available during the 10:30 service.

You're always welcome at Saint Alban's!

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, in the Five Corners neighborhood of Edmonds, 21405 82nd Place West. 425-778-0371 http://stalbansedmonds.org.

Facebook: "St Albans Edmonds"



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.

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.



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

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: www.skandia-folkdance.org or 206-784-7470.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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!


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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