Playtime: Socially distanced and virtual Santa opportunities for families

Either more people are decorating for the holidays earlier than normal this year or they’re more comfortable posting it on social media. I have seen a few houses lit up already, which seems earlier than expected, and I saw post after post on social media of people putting up Christmas decorations last weekend. I also…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Technology and electronics gift guide for 2020

Ooh it’s another holiday list! And just in time too, as all the sales are going strong. And here’s the kicker: Tech is one of the things you want to wait as long as possible to get before Christmas. Turns out, companies get antsy and drop prices more and more as time goes on. So,…

Snohomish County launches Support SnoCo resource aimed at boosting local businesses

Snohomish County Friday announced the launch of a Support SnoCo program with the aim of boosting the economic health of local businesses. This program is one of the recommendations from the Snohomish County Economic and Workforce Recovery Task Force and is being funded through federal CARES Act resources. A key feature of the effort is…

Warm for the Winter Coat Drive at Alderwood Mall through Dec. 11

Alderwood Mall has partnered with Volunteers of America to help support the local community and give back to those in need. Now through Dec. 11, you can help spread holiday cheer by donating new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. Four boxes are located throughout the shopping center to drop off donations: Nordstrom wing next to Made…

Round 3 application process for Working Washington Small Business Grants opens next week

A total of $50 million wil be available to small businesses in Round 3 of the Working Washington Small Business grants, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced. When the application process opens early next week, a link to the application and additional information will be posted at www.commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants. These grants are prioritized for: Small…

Robotics clubs sponsoring Women in STEM workshop Dec. 4

Edmonds Heights K-12’s 3805 Atomic Robotics and Girl Scouts club 14563 Terrific TechBots are inviting middle and high school girls to a Women in STEM workshop Friday, Dec. 4 from 4-6 p.m. Listen to three successful women talk about their experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math careers, including the president of FIRST Washington, Boeing’s…

Next free legal clinic for seniors Dec. 2

The Edmonds Waterfront (Senior) Center and Sanders Law Group offer a free legal clinic for seniors via phone every month, and the next one runs from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. This popular monthly clinic offers 15-minute individual appointments with an elder law attorney. Due to the pandemic, the consultations are conducted over the phone….

Five local drive-thru COVID testing events scheduled in December

The Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International will partner with local organizations to host free, drive-thru, non-invasive COVID-19 testing events on five dates during the month of December. The next events take place: Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace Saturday, Dec….

Under the Weather: Dry day likely for outdoor Thanksgiving gatherings

It is a little hard to believe, but Thanksgiving week is here. Even though this year looks a little different than previous years, we can still make the most of it. Some of you may be attempting to have outdoor gatherings this year, and if that’s you, you are probably very interested in whether it…

Lynnwood Police Blotter: Nov. 15-21, 2020

Nov. 15 18700 block Alderwood Mall Parkway: A theft was reported at Macy’s in Alderwood Mall. 11900 block Admiralty Way: Lynnwood police assisted the Everett Police Department with a felony drug crime. 19500 block Highway 99: Two suspects were arrested after police responded to a theft at Safeway. Police said a suspect shoplifted $871 worth…

Sound Transit announces Thanksgiving holiday schedule

Sound Transit will be making service reductions for the upcoming holiday weekend, including limited Sounder trains the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day service Sounder commuter rail will not operate. ST Express bus routes will operate on Sunday schedules. Link light rail will run on Sunday schedules. Day after Thanksgiving service Sounder service will operate on…

Snohomish County seeks public input on affordable housing, community development needs

Snohomish County is soliciting citizen feedback on local community needs for affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, services and economic development projects to be funded with 2021 federal grant funds — as well as input on the county’s 2019 grant performance. Snohomish County, in consortium with 19 of the county’s cities and towns, receives approximately $5…

Save the date: City of Lynnwood sponsoring food, clothing drives Dec. 4

The City of Lynnwood is sponsoring food and clothing drives Friday, Dec. 4 to benefit two local organizations: the Foundation for Edmonds School District and Holly House. For the schools foundation, the city is collecting single-serving, shelf-stable, ready-to-eat food item — no bulk items please. Examples include: Canned soup Canned ravioli Canned tuna Canned chili…

DeMiero Jazz Fest fundraiser set for Nov. 27-Dec. 5

The DeMiero Jazz Fest, an annual non-competitive vocal jazz festival traditionally held in downtown Edmonds with many participants from the Edmonds School District, is offering a week of virtual auctions and live performances during its One FanJAZZtic fundraiser Nov. 27 through Dec. 5 Register at www.betterunite.com/demierojazzfest-onefanjazzticevent to be entered into daily drawings for fun prizes. Once you’re…

Sponsor spotlight: The lowdown on the great autumn gourd

Corn might be the king of U.S. crops, but pumpkins are always in demand this time of year by kids and others celebrating fall’s festivities. Here are several interesting tidbits about one of America’s favorite fall gourds. Germany boasts world’s largest pumpkin. Mathias Willemijns showed off the world’s largest pumpkin in 2016 at the Giant Pumpkin…

Deadline Nov. 30: City of Lynnwood invites residents to take Housing Action Plan survey

The City of Lynnwood is creating a Housing Action Plan to promote housing opportunities that are safe and affordable for everyone — and they need your ideas. Take the survey in English, Spanish, or Korean. It is available through Nov. 30. According to the Housing Action Plan webpage, the plan will be shaped by prior planning efforts, data,…

State’s safe medication return program now underway

Washington’s Safe Medication Return Program — a pioneering effort aimed at reducing medication misuse, abuse and poisonings — is now live. This program creates a unified, statewide, medication return program that will give Washington residents free, convenient, and environmentally responsible options for disposing of unwanted medication. Physical drop boxes are available, and include all Bartell Drugs…

WSDOT seeks comment on four-year program of multimodal transportation projects

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking public comments on more than 1,100 statewide transportation projects using $3.7 billion in federal funds are included in the draft 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, called STIP for short. WSDOT annually develops this improvement program list from local agency, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. The…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Here’s your 2020 holiday movie watch list

Well it’s the end of the year and it looks like we’re not going anywhere for a while. The good news though, is that we get more time to lounge by the fire, watching movies in our cozy sweatpants. Is that so bad? Not at all! Now, it’s true — there’s no shortage of Christmas…

Sponsor spotlight: Deadline noon Monday to order Chef Dane Thanksgiving meals

For the week of Thanksgiving, Monday at noon is the deadline for Thanksgiving meal orders. The take ‘n bake frozen selection is available for pick up Monday-Wednesday. The Here and There food truck will be closed this week. Thanksgiving menu Roast Turkey sage gravy Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes Traditional Herb Dressing celery, onions Roasted Brussel Sprouts balsamic,…

Edmonds School District Capital Projects Director Ed Peters earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Edmonds School District Director of Capital Projects Ed Peters — a district employee since 1999 — has received the Lifetime Achievement Award through the Association for Learning Environments. “My most powerful lesson from planning schools is that social space is critically important and difficult to get right,” he said. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the…

BECU Foundation awards scholarships to local students

Five students from Lynnwood and one from Edmonds have received scholarships from the BECU Foundation. This year, the foundation awarded either $2,500 or $3,500 scholarships to 64 full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year or technical college or university. Local students include Haley Ball, Tory Cook, Haley Karlberg, Kathryn Severson and Harrison Wood of Lynnwood,…

Reminder: Pop-up blood donation center in Lynnwood Nov. 23-24

Bloodworks is hosting a pop-up donation center at New Life Church 6519 188th St. S.W., Lynnwood on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24. Book here or call 800-398-7888. Can’t make this location work? Click here to view other locations. All donations are by appointment only. The pop-up centers are being conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines….

Lynnwood council set to adopt city’s 2021-22 budget at Nov. 23 business meeting

After months of preparation, the Lynnwood City Council will vote Monday, Nov. 23 on the city’s proposed 2021-22 biennium budget. Prior to the vote, the council hold a final discussion on the proposal and the impacts the budget’s projected $7 million shortfall will have on the city. Staff were tasked with scouring city department budgets…

Community Transit to operate on Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day

Community Transit will operate limited bus service on Thanksgiving Day and return to a regular schedule the following day, Friday, Nov. 27. Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) Snohomish County local bus and DART service: Sunday schedule.  Snohomish County commuter service to downtown Seattle and University District: No service. Sound Transit service from Snohomish County: Route…

Need help kicking the smoking habit? Try the Washington State Quitline

Since November 2000, the Washington State Quitline has provided free, personalized tobacco cessation counseling and medication to tens of thousands of callers. This year, the North American Quitline Consortium ranked Washington’s quitline second in the nation for its participant quit rate. “The quitline is successful because it helps people help themselves to reach their own…

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