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Tune: Help get bicycles ready to give to kids
Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is helping to get children's bicycles ready to deliver to the nonprofit Christmas House, which in turn will gift them to kids in Snohomish County this holiday season.
Volunteers are needed to help at upcoming work parties:

  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday;
  • 4-9 p.m. Nov. 20;
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7.

All levels of mechanical abilities are welcome. The shop is at 2525 Broadway, Everett.
More info: 425-252-6952
Trot: Kids fun run aids Boys & Girls Clubs
A Turkey Trot obstacle course fun run for kids starts at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bottega Fitness Park, 16720 Highway 9 in Snohomish. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.
Kids ages 4 and older are invited to participate in the event, which includes a 0.6-mile division (four laps of the course) and a 1.5-mile division (nine laps).
Cost is $30, or $35 the day of the race. Directed by Hybrid Training 3Dimensional.
More info: 360-217-7993
Learn: Erosion control questions answered
Friends of Camano Island Parks offers a public presentation on "Plants and Erosion Control in the Maritime Pacific Northwest" with John Carroll of Banksavers Nursery, 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 E. Camano Drive.
Learn the elements that go into making a good choice for slope stabilization and how to create a sustainable planting.
Carroll also will discuss the relationship between plant roots and the soil, with information about the dynamic relationship between soil fungus and the ability of roots to absorb nutrients.
More info: 360-387-2236
Eat: Spaghetti feed aids Everett High jazz band
The Everett High School Band Boosters have scheduled a Jazz Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the school, 2416 Colby Ave.
The spaghetti feed includes a performance by the jazz band and benefits the band program. Cost is $8 or $25 per family, at the door.
More info: 425-422-3988
Shop: Drop off kids, then hit sales
The Everett YMCA offers child care for After-Thanksgiving shoppers, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at 2720 Rockefeller Ave.
Child care is available for children ages 3 to 12.
Cost is $30 for facility members, $40 for program members, and $10 for each additional child.
Cost includes a healthy meal for the kids.
Registration is required, online at, or at the member services counter.
More info: Michelle Pitzer,
Calculate: Income tax preparers needed
United Way of Snohomish County seeks volunteers for its IRS-approved free tax preparation program in 2014. Volunteers receive training from United Way and will become certified by the IRS.
In addition to tax preparers, United Way also seeks volunteer greeters and intake screeners. Multilingual volunteers are especially needed.
The deadline for volunteer registration is Nov. 30. Trainings will be held in December and January. Each volunteer will be asked to contribute three to five hours a week from Jan. 21 until April 15.
More info: and click on "Volunteer"
From Herald staff reports

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