Playtime: Calendar-worthy Halloween events

When my kids were small and the costumes were still toddling spiders or mini firefighters, my main goal was to get as much use out of costumes as possible with the most amount of pictures. Once the kids started school, their yearly school event added an indoor option, which has a photo booth, so I…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Our virtual dust is starting to settle…

Dear readers: Thanks very much for your patience during the past week as we’ve been working out the glitches that occurred during our website redesign. We still have a few more wrinkles to smooth out, but I want to assure you that the reason for doing this — in the end — is to provide…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Halloween events galore, from pumpkins to paint and sip

Celebrate Halloween at Cost Plus World Market Lynnwood Saturday, Oct. 19, 1-4 p.m. Sweet treats and seasonal eats galore! That’s what Cost Plus World Market is giving out on Saturday, Oct. 19. Delicious treats, sparkling sips, and samples of their latest and greatest seasonal snacks will be served up while supplies last. To ensure it’s…

Healthy Eating: Delicious recipes for nutrient-rich pumpkin

Far too often relegated to Halloween doorstep décor and overused as a coffee drink marketing device (think Pumpkin Spice Latte), pumpkin and all its health benefits deserve so much more. Pumpkin calories clock in at just 49 per cup of purée, plus that serving sneaks in 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Octoberfest folk dance, Bowl-a-thon fundraiser, free hair braiding

Octoberfest, PNW Folk Style Saturday, Oct. 12, 7-10 p.m. Northwest Folklife, the organization that keeps cultural traditions alive one generation after the other, is now presenting an Octoberfest Community Folk Dance. Sno-King dancers and Northwest Folk Dancers (NFDI) will put on a show of international dances for everyone to come and enjoy. Normally these groups…

Forward thinking: Signs of the times

Is our nation at risk? As a student of history, I find myself asking that question with greater frequency than I like to admit. However, from ancient Rome to the superpowers of the 20th century, all of the greatest nations in history have something in common. They have shared various symptoms that inevitably led to…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Pirate Halloween, Funkoverse game night, book signing

Pirate Halloween For Music4Life Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 5-6, 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Vessel Taphouse is hosting a Pirate Halloween Party benefiting Music4Life, which seeks to expand instrumental music education for all children. Max Hay, Erica Sunshine Lee and the Stacy Jones Band will be among those featured for the evening. Guests can come…

Kids are Bookin’ It: Trailblazing women share their advice in ‘Girl CEO’

Girl CEO: Priceless advice from trailblazing women by Ronnie Cohen and Katherine Elllison Recommended for ages 9 and up What do you want to be when you grow up? Here’s a fun and inspiring book to read while you dream about your future. Forty women who are leaders in all kinds of different careers and industries…

Healthy Eating: Granola bars, just in time for back to school

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already passed the Autumn equinox and the school year is well under way.  When children go back to school, our lives get easier in some ways and more complicated and busier in other ways. I am always looking for “healthyish” treats to make and to serve my family. I…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Trail cleanup, meal prep, Demigod Day

Volunteer to clean up KP walking trails Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon Kaiser Permanente relies on helpful volunteers to clean up their on-site walking trails, and this year, they’re looking to expand it even further. In observance of Public Lands Day, everyone in the community is welcome to join in . Local groups, businesses,…

Recommended Reads: Life lessons in ‘The School of Essential Ingredients’

The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister September means back to school. This year graduate to a new class. Go to The School of Essential Ingredients and enjoy learning in the company of author Erica Bauermeister’s heartwarming characters. Attendance is a treat as you learn lessons from the Monday night cooking classes; mostly you…

Fitness Corner: Exercising while traveling

My late husband, Coach Dan Potts, was the most dedicated exerciser I have ever met, even on vacation. I have vivid memories of him on the floor of vacation rentals and hotel rooms, completing multiple repetitions of crunches, push-ups and bodyweight squats, nearly every morning we traveled together. And then we’d head out on a…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Battle of the bands, Sunday yoga, barrette making

 Battle of the Bands… with beer Saturday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Vessel Taphouse, known for its pirate atmosphere, and great hangout potential, is hosting a friendly Battle of the Bands with three local bands performing. Tickets are $5 before 6 pm and $10 after, so arriving early is highly encouraged. Have some…

Service Club Corner: Lynnwood Rotary Club

Here’s the second installment of a new column aimed at showcasing the work of fraternal and service organizations in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. This one profiles Lynnwood Rotary. Rotary International was started in 1905 in Chicago by Paul Harris. According to the Rotary International website, the first club was formed “so professionals with diverse backgrounds…

Forward thinking: On Constitution Day, reflections on our remarkable government

United States Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”   The 100-day debate known as the Constitutional Convention was one of the most important occurrences…

Playtime: Rock climbing gym in Lynnwood, plus art and cooking classes

Thanks to a new zero period and lack of previously expected transportation, we’re adjusting to a new back-to-school routine. With more moving parts, there are more days of the week where we repeatedly call out things like “homework,” “PE clothes,” and “turn that off now” as if we’re auctioneers or playing some sort of parents…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Downton Abbey Tea Party, beginner yoga, scavenger hunt

Live Like Lady Mary: Attend the Downton Abbey Tea Party Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 – 4 p.m. The Downton Abbey movie is premiering on Sept. 20 and no one is more excited for it than the team at Cost Plus World Market. To prove it, they’ve tasked their exotic inventory finders with providing all things…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Adopt a buddy, walk against Alzheimer’s, spice up your life

Adopt A Buddy At MudBay Saturday, Sept. 7, Noon-4 p.m. If you’ve been thinking about potentially adopting a new furry buddy, then MudBay is saving the day: for four hours, between noon and 4 p.m., the store is hosting a Regional Adoption Event. Pawsitive Alliance and other adoption partners are using the following locations to…

Playtime: Keeping kids safe when strangers approach

With each report of a luring attempt, we’re reminded of that heart-sinking feeling and the anxiety involved in approaching and teaching our children how to stay safe. Social media, multiplayer video games and the internet in general have expanded the conversation about the appropriate way to interact with people we don’t know. But in the…

Recommended Reads: Couple’s bike adventure focus of ‘Tailwinds Past Florence’

Tailwinds Past Florence, by Doug Walsh Join ambitious couple Edward and Kara as they pop the kickstands on their bikes and launch an exciting worldwide bike trip. They’re putting their lives on hold for a couple of years while they see new sights and challenge themselves to live their dream. What a courageous and incredible…

Playtime: Ways to give back, get help as school year nears

In an email I got from the Foundation for Edmonds School District, I found out that over the last year, the Celebrate Schools 5k grants funded projects benefiting thousands of students, across all grade levels. For example, it went to “afterschool reading and math tutoring, a Festival of Cultures, 5th Grade Law Day, Family Math…