Aspiring author? November is National Novel Writing Month

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to write that great American novel or tell-all memoir, but life got in the way. Then a pandemic happened, and now your life exists largely on Zoom. The rainy season is about to start where short, rainy days force you to spend more time indoors than out, but instead of meeting…

Cascade Symphony to provide virtual concert Oct. 26

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will be offering its loyal patrons and the chamber music-loving community a “Virtual Opening Night” concert on Monday, Oct. 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. The online performance replaces the first of two remaining 2020 concerts – cancelled due to the pandemic – that would have been held at the CSO’s…

Edmonds Center for the Arts receives $25K award for dementia-inclusive series

Edmonds Center for the Arts announced Wednesday it has received a $25,000 Maude’s Award for Innovation in Alzheimer’s Care. This award recognizes ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series and its commitment to the creative and social enrichment of persons living with memory loss and their care partners, the performing arts center said in an announcement. Maude’s Awards for…

Virtual gala and auction raises $310,000 to support Edmonds Center for the Arts

More than 450 guests joined Edmonds Center for the Art’s Virtual Gala & Auction on Friday, Sept. 25, to show their support of ECA and light the way for the performing arts in Edmonds. The virtual celebration featured online auctions, a live performance by Seattle soul & funk band, The True Loves, a Zoom gathering…

Recommended Reads: ‘Debriefing The Dead’ a powerful urban fantasy

Debriefing The Dead, by Kerry Blaisdell Hyacinth Finch is having a tough day. She’s found a mysterious rock that has mystic powers. She had no idea that demons, and also the brutal Sicilian Mob, are in deadly pursuit to steal it from her. After the bad guys murder Hyacinth and her sister, they carry away…

Restaurant News: From sushi to gyros, new dining options in Lynnwood

Happy accident: An Amazon return meant a trip to Alderwood Mall. Sad to see former favorite food establishments shuttered, my spirits lifted as I rounded the corner. A new sushi spot — Bitty Fish Sushi — recently opened in the location formerly occupied by Blue C Sushi. I had to investigate and share with readers….

Lynnwood Restaurant Guide: What’s open during Phase 2

Lynnwood restaurants open during Phase 2 — updated Sept, 19 2020   Business Address Phone Services 2 THAI DRAGONS LLC 3301 184TH ST SW (206) 566-8231 Dine-in, takeout, and third party delivery ACA’ LAS TORTAS 3625 148TH ST SW (425) 245-8417 Takeout; third party delivery available ADRISE LLC 1114 145TH PL SW (425) 361-7486 Dine-in and takeout…

Cascade Symphony Orchestra cancels fall 2020 concert schedule due to pandemic

Citing public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cascade Symphony Orchestra is canceling its remaining 2020 concerts at the Edmonds Center for the Arts that were scheduled for October and December. However, the orchestra said it is exploring ways to offer virtual concert performances via various online platforms to help satisfy the public’s…

Playtime: Free and low-cost options for school lunches

In years past, I have always waited anxiously for the Edmonds School District Family and Community Calendar to come out. Since it has all of the important dates — days off, early releases, holidays – I was anxious to get those in my calendar even though I’d often end up surprised by the schedule change,…

Playtime: Workspace options for kids with remote learning challenges

As kids around the country head back to school — many of my friends and family in other states have started their school years already– the typical “first day” photos look much different. Those attending school in person are wearing masks and those learning virtually are in their workspaces or posing with their devices instead…

Recommended Reads: Get ready for spine-tingling mystery at Spook Light Inn

Haunting At Spook Light Inn, by Alicia Dean Camille left Miami for Devil’s Promenade. Her visit to this small town in rural Oklahoma is a quest. She searches for a legendary light, one with haunting effects sparkling in the sky without explanation, or predictability. This phenomenon appears only to some, and over the span of…

Playtime: Many child care, recreation programs available as schools open remotely

This week, the Edmonds School District held two community forums, one to address special education and one to address child care options. Both sessions were recorded and can be watched at YouTube.com/EdmondsSD. The district announced that it partnered with four child care providers to support families during the 2020-21 school year. The YMCA will be…

Recommended Reads: Thriller will keep you guessing from beginning to end

This Is How I Lied, by Heather Gudenkauf Maggie Kennedy-O’Keefe is ready to take a break from her unmarked police patrol duties. She’s eight months pregnant, but not interested in going on full leave quite yet. She’s assigned a cold case to take a new look at with today’s investigative tools, to find the person…

Two years ago in Lynnwood: Cheesecake Factory opens at Alderwood

The Cheesecake Factory arrived in Snohomish County, with a soft opening Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 at Alderwood Mall. Guests at the soft opening included mall patrons as well as members of the community representing law enforcement, firefighters and military personnel, said Joseph Phillips, regional vice president. Fast forward to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the restaurant…

Playtime: Fun ahead for families– Wilderness school, Pokémon Go, Girls on the Run

We first talked about Pokémon Go, the mobile Augmented Reality game involving Pokémon characters popularized on cards of the same name, in 2016 — just after the app was released. Throngs of users crowded Pokéstops, where you gather supplies and catch the characters, at the Edmonds Waterfront playing the game. About two weeks ago, the…

Restaurant News: Delicious dining at Lynnwood’s Aleppo Kitchen

COVID times are making life difficult for all of us. Our local restaurant and beverage purveyors are kept on their toes by updates on “new” procedures, changed frequently. Masks and social distancing measures daunt prospective diners. Muffled conversations with wait staff, when one does get a seat at a table, may hinder communication as to…