Community Calendar

Deadline for receiving Calendar items is Noon Wednesday for the following week’s Friday Tribune. Events are published based on timeliness and space available. Email submissions as soon as possible to: Items can be accepted from nonprofit groups and government agencies only. Others may call Tamara Chakos at 206.359.2248 for inclusion in our “Out & About” advertising column.

Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Mary’s Place
Cupcake Royale
2052 N.W. Market St.
Now thru Sun., Dec. 13. Stop in any of 6 Cupcake Royale cafes and pick up a Mary’s Place Holiday “Toy Tag.” Purchase the Toy Tag gift, then return the requested unwrapped gift and Toy Tag to Cupcake Royale and they will thank you with a FREE Cupcake Gram good for one free cupcake. Mary’s Place empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing day and night shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. /

Skandia Music Jam
Sat., Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m.–Noon. The last jam of 2015! Hosted by Mary Douglas, 12016 6th Ave. N.W. Need directions: call 206.755.3170. Great music, yummy snacks (bring one to share).

Christmas Tree Sale Benefits Noel House
St. John’s Catholic Church
School Playground
Greenwood Ave. N. and N. 79th St.
Sat., Dec. 5, 9–6 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 6, 9–4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Noel House Shelter Programs for Homeless Women.

Sustainable Ballard Barter Fair and Holiday Party
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 N.W. Market St.
Sun., Dec. 6, 6–9 p.m. Suggested donation $5, which includes one raffle ticket for great gifts and gift certificates from local businesses. Additional raffle tickets $5. The raffle will be announced at 8:30 p.m. You must be present to win. The party also features a Holiday Barter Fair, a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience. What do you have to offer?

Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
Bauhaus Coffee
2001 N.W. Market St.
Fri., Dec. 11, 7–9 p.m. Come join us the second Fri. each month. Knitting instruction and yarn provided. Donated yarn welcome. Info: Jody at 206.718.1529 or

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits Exhibition Opens
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 N.W. 67th St.
206.789.5707 /
Fri., Dec. 11th thru Sun., Feb. 28th. A new national traveling exhibition created by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, in collaboration with the Nordic Heritage Museum and four other Scandinavian-American institutions.

Thistle Theatre Presents “Merry Chris Mouse”
Sunset Hill Community Center
3003 N.W. 66th St.
Sat., Dec. 12, and Sun., Dec. 13, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A brown mouse family, homeless on Christmas Eve, moves into the wall of a child’s playroom and the fun begins. Tickets: $10. Purchase tickets at: or Info: Thistle Theatre 206.524.3388 /

Annual Sock Drive
Each year, Seattle Police Department North Precinct Community Police Team and North Precinct Advisory Council collect socks and winter accessories for the Harborview Pioneer Square Clinic, ROOTS, Mary’s Place, and Youth Care. In 2014, the community donated 5,000 pairs of socks, 137 hats, 54 pairs of gloves, and 38 Scarves. Please help us reach our goal of 6,000 pairs of socks in 2015! Bring your items to the North Precinct, 10049 College Way N. or contact Sgt. Newson at 206.684.0794 for pick up.

TOPS Weekly Meeting
Crown Hill Methodist Church
8500 14th Ave. N.W.
Entry is in the back parking lot
Every Thurs. morning. Weigh-in 9–9:55 a.m. and Meeting 10–11 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an encouraging support group. More information: 206.659.0041.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has several program options that you can choose to fit your schedule and interests. For more information, text the word “BIG” to 839863 or go to

Ballard Giving Gardens
Change your grass to gardens. Using French intensive and master gardener methods I can help you recycle unwanted grassy areas into highly productive sustainable vegetable gardens. For more information call Jeff at 206.789.3168.

Volunteer opportunities
Carkeek Park
950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd.
Fourth Monday of month. CAN (Carkeek Area Neighbors) is a committee of the park Advisory Council, and is open to the public. For info 206.782.7054.

Court appointed advocates
Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court. Must be 21 or older, have excellent references and attend 28 hours of training. For more information call 206.296.1120 or email

Alzheimer’s Cafe Monthly Meeting
Stage Door Cafe
Located at the Taproot Theatre
208 N. 85th St.
Second Tues. of month, 3:30–5 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Cafe provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. No judgement or expectations—just support. There is no cost other than the food that is ordered. Parking available in the lot behind the Taproot. This is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Senior Center. For info: Carin Mack at 206.230.0166.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group
Swedish Medical Center, Ballard Campus
3 North Conference Room
5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.
Third Sat. of each month, 10:30 a.m.–Noon. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss. For details: facilitator, Janelle Jensen at 724.513.0234.

Wednesday Improv Comedy Jam
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave. N.
Every Wed. from 8–10 p.m. Cost: $5–$10 (sliding scale to keep it affordable for all). Comedy-Sportz hosts a drop-in improv class. A fun and friendly environment where everyone can learn the art of creating hilarious improvised scenes and characters. Beginners to seasoned comedy veterans welcome. More info: or email

Volunteer Receptionist Needed
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St.
Show off your smile and people skills as one of our fabulous receptionists! You’ll get to interact with seniors of all ages and backgrounds, sign them up for classes and events and perform some light office work. Shifts are 4 hours long once a week (either mornings or afternoons), and a 6-month commitment is required. A background check is required. Contact LeAnne Chow,, or 206.297.0875, to learn more or sign up.

Volunteer Lunch Helper Needed
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St.
We are looking for volunteers interested in working with our cook to prepare, serve and clean up after lunch for about 20 diners. Shifts available Tues. through Fri., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with our greatest need on Thurs. Contact LeAnne Chow, leannec or 206.297.0875 to learn more or sign up.

Exercise Class at Leif Erikson Lodge
2245 N.W. 57th St.
Every Wed., 10–10:45 a.m., in auditorium. Professional exercise consultant and trainer Audrey Pan Collins leads a 45-minute light workout that includes aerobics, strength training, coordination, balance and brainpower. $3 fee per class attended, walk-ins welcome and open to the public.

Widow/Widower Information Consultation Service
Landmark Retirement - social hall
5433 Leary Ave. N.W.
Every Tues. evening, 7 p.m. Lost a spouse? WICS provides a supportive environment and practical assistance to widowed persons during their adjustment to the loss of a spouse by death and into their lives as single persons. Information at or 206.241.5650.

Free Nia Fitness Class
Amazing Grace Spiritual Center
2007 N.W. 61st St.
Every Fri., 10–11 a.m. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels, the first class is free. Nia is a barefoot fitness fusion blending martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, along with world music sounds into an hour fitness fusion that is geared for “everybody.” Practiced globally, Nia is designed to work with everybody and every fitness level. Contact Deborah at

Volunteer at Swedish Ballard
5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.
Come join our great team and support patients, visitors and staff at the Ballard campus. Volunteer opportunities at our Patient Info/Escort desks, Gift Shop and various departments within the hospital. For info or application contact Carole at 206.781.6227 or

Volunteers Needed at Golden Gardens Park
8300 Golden Gardens Dr. N.W.
Second Sat. of every month, 9 a.m.–Noon. Come help restore the forest. Contact: or Doug at 206.794.4520.

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