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…

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…

Forward thinking: The thrill of victory…the agony of defeat

The primary elections for 2019 are history. . . For some candidates, their hopes were dashed. Dreams turned into nightmares all too soon. For others, at least two in each race, they were given continued hope through the general election on Nov. 6. As one who has gone through numerous campaigns over my political career, I…

Healthy Eating: Celebrate bounty of garden with a hearty couscous salad

This has been a cool summer in my garden — especially temperature-wise. Usually we get enough heat that by mid-July my supply of greens and lettuces has started to bolt. But this year, due to the cool temperatures in Juneary, Julyary and Augustary (creative combination of January with June, July and August!), I have been…

Fitness Corner: How to get motivated

Motivation can be elusive even for the most disciplined and driven of us. It ebbs and flows through different phases of our lives . . . as our goals change . . . as we change. As a coach and trainer, motivating my clients is one of the most important aspects of my role in…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Shakespeare at Edmonds CC, ‘Monster’ story time, free coffee

Enjoy A Cool Summer Night With Shakespeare Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Summer just doesn’t sit right without a theater production. Join the lively audience for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, starting at 7:30 p.m. As a refresher, the play focuses on the marriage…

Recommended reads: ‘The Darkest Gateway’ a quirky, edgy paranormal romance

The Darkest Gateway by Jeri Westerson Welcome to the fourth book in The Booke of the Hidden Series. Author Jeri Westerson invites you on an adventure through The Darkest Gateway. In this paranormal romance series, the protagonist is Kylie. She is torn whether to accept the challenge before her. If she does, this treacherous quest…

Playtime: Kindergarten Jump Start, Moonlight Beach Adventure, outdoor movies

I don’t want to break the seal on “Back to School” topics and not because I’m an eternal summer kind of person, but because that means it’ll be Christmas at Joann’s and Michael’s any minute. Plus, I am still recovering from seemingly endless 4th grade book reports and jockeying Skyward/Canvas/Google Classroom as the parent of…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Sunday yoga, Warhammer tournament, book writing class

Start Your Weekend Morning With Yoga Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m. If you’ve been considering getting into yoga, or you’re simply looking for a new yoga experience, then OM at Macy’s maybe for you. This complimentary yoga and meditation class will guide participants through a series of stretches and zen-inducing meditation, leaving you…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Writing class, Kedi movie night, Star Wars tournament

Become A Writer… In A Flash! Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For two days this weekend exclusively, you can learn how to write flash fiction. Beginning Saturday at 11 a.m., you could spend four hours learning this short form of writing, through the power of improvisation. That means word association games, story-building…

Playtime: The benefits of joining your school PTA

I recently went to my first school board meeting. As someone who has carefully avoided manning the games at our school’s Harvest (read: Halloween) festival since 2011, that is certainly not something I could have forecasted, but there I was taking my three minutes during a public comment portion. The road from occasional, reluctant classroom…

Recommended Reads: ‘First Man’ tells story of Neil Armstrong

First Man, by James R. Hansen You may have seen the excellent hit movie. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which was celebrated July 20, I’m recommending the book that tells the incredible saga of that First Man, an essential biography by James R. Hansen. Not just a biography though, this is an entertaining,…