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Donate blood and save a life

    Area blood banks need help to replenish their stocks after the high demand during the holiday season. You can donate blood at Evergreen Hospital Jan. 16 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and from 1:45 to 4 p.m. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Susan Smith at 899-1880.

Meniere's meeting

   Michael Schubert, P.T., of Swedish Medical Center, will be the speaker for the Meniere's meeting Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the UW Medical Center, Room RR134. For more information, call Bev at 481-7013.

Drive begins to 'Blanket the Homeless'

    All area Pacific Linen stores will accept donations of usable blankets and sleeping bags during the annual "Blanket the Homeless" campaign Jan. 10-25. All contributions benefit The Sharehouse, a clearinghouse for donations to shelters and other agencies serving the homeless throughout western Washington. Items will be professionally cleaned by Overall Laundry. The Lake Forest Park Pacific Linen is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE (365-1413), the Lynnwood store in Alderwood Mall (670-3586).

Snohomish County staff available to help with conservation projects

   Snohomish Conservation District staff are available to help property owners with projects in erosion control, water quality, stream fencing and restoration or farm resource management, plus permits and, in some cases, with attaining cost-share funds. Services are provided at no cost and all projects are voluntary for the landowner. Call 335-5634.

Arts school accepting registrations

   The Gene Nastri School of Fine & Performing Arts, a nonprofit group providing instruction for citizens of Snohomish County, is now accepting registration for winter and spring classes for children and teens in music, art and cultural programs. Deadline for registration is Jan. 15. For course descriptions or information, call 206-290-9500, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Arts and crafts day hosted by Bahai's

   Bahai's of Woodinville will hold its third annual Arts and Crafts Day Jan. 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Woodinville Library. The event will feature arts and crafts for kids and others who are kids at heart. Fruit loop necklaces, paper plate aquariums, modge podge pots, balloons and rain sticks will all be available.

Native plants available

   Native trees, shrubs, pond plants and wildflower seedwill be available in March. Most are seedlings, approximately 8"-24" tall, and can be purchased for bank stabilization, wildlife habitat, wetland enhancement, or for native landscaping projects. Plants and trees included in the sale are fir, cedar, larch, spruce, oak, maple, sequoia, aspen, walnut, dogwood, fern, foxglove, and more. Call Snohomish Conservation District at 335-5634 to order a free brochure.

Craft spaces available for Spring Fair

   Woodinville Towne Center Arts and Crafts Spring Fair coordinator Darlene Pearson of Heart T' Heart, Friend T'Friend has announced the availability of crafter spaces at the fair. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15. The fair will be held March 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 487-2920.

New grief and loss support groups begin

   Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County is offering support groups for Young Widows and Widowers Tuesdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17, 10-11:30 am. General Bereavement groups meet Thursdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. These groups are for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. There is no fee, but registration is necessary. Call Karen, 261-4807.