Restaurant News: Feb. 13 Kegger for Koalas fundraiser to benefit Australian wildfire victims

You’ve probably heard about Australia’s wildfires. I’ve seen heartbreaking video clips of injured animals I may never forget. In response, two Edmonds business owners — Venus Forteza of Maize and Barley and Jack Crawford of Bridgid’s Bottleshop — have stepped up to sponsor a Feb. 13 benefit for those affected by the disaster. Official reports indicate that at…

Day Trip Discoveries: Snow geese and whale watching  

Every February, snow geese blanket the skies and fields near Stanwood before their annual migration north. Beginning in March, massive gray whales migrate up the West Coast and through Puget Sound toward Alaskan waters. Both offer extraordinary wildlife watching opportunities – during a season when not much other wildlife puts on such a show. So…

Restaurant News: Treat yourself to Milkie Milkie Korean Desserts

Although people don’t usually crave icy treats so much in the dead of winter, most of us still enjoy a little ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt regardless of the season. I’ve got another icy treat for you to consider. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned desserts and you haven’t tried bingsoo yet, you…

13th annual Edmonds Comedy Night Feb. 21-22 to benefit school district student programs

Enjoy an evening of laughs and benefit local schools during the 13th annual Edmonds Comedy Night, set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Organized by Parent Leaders for the Edmonds School District, the event features nationally recognized comics. All funds generated will be used to support student programs throughout the…

Sno-King Meaningful Movies to show ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Saturday, Jan. 11.

Sno-King Meaningful Movies will screen the movie Paris to Pittsburgh at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. When President Trump declared after withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement that he represents Pittsburgh, not Paris, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto responded that his city is honoring the agreement.  “This film celebrates how cities and towns across America are developing solutions…

Playtime: What to do during winter break? Check out these free events at our local libraries

It is hard to talk about “Betwixtmas,” what Urban Dictionary defines as “the week in-between Christmas and New Years Day,” without sounding like I-need-a-vacation-from-my-vacation guy. But, when Googled, there are survival guides, articles, hashtags and, of course, there is a full week of winter break left in the Edmonds School District. If you’re looking for…

Recommended Reads: Set in Seattle and Cascades, this mystery has a contemporary twist

Winter Takes All, by ML Erdahl Crystal is a newly hired wilderness guide. She’s thrilled to finally have excitement in her life as she heads into Washington State’s Cascade wilderness. It’s all so promising. She’s on the trail with a ruggedly handsome, experienced guide mentoring her on leading a private snowshoeing weekend party. Who could…

Edmonds Center for Arts to present annual free Kidstock! event for families Feb. 1

Edmonds Center for the Arts will present the 8th annual Kidstock!, a free arts celebration for children and families Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event features musical performances, theatre, arts education workshops and activities for kids throughout the ECA campus. The Kidstock! 2020 Main Stage will feature music, dance and cultural performances in a…

Playtime: More holiday events to enjoy through the weekend

Last week, on social media I saw an article about how “Holiday Magic” takes its toll on women. It immediately made me think of the Lifetime Christmas Movie I saw  this month called On Strike For Christmas with Daphne Zuniga, who you likely either remember as Jo Reynolds, resident of Melrose Place or Princess Vespa, resident…

Jewish-Arab Ensemble SheshBesh comes to Edmonds Center for Arts Jan. 18

SheshBesh, an Arab-Jewish ensemble comprised of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra alongside four of the finest musicians from Israel’s Arab community, will perform Saturday, Jan. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Prior to the performance, the artists will engage in a free pre-show talk, speaking to a model of two cultures living…

Restaurant News: Farewell Oh Yeah Tasty, welcome China Cafe

As I traveled east on 196th crossing into Lynnwood the other day, I noticed the Chinese fast food restaurant Oh Yeah Tasty has closed. I for one, will miss them. After reading Yelp reviews, I discovered that people both adored and disliked Oh Yeah. Can I make a suggestion? If you choose to write a Yelp…

Reminder: Skandia sponsoring First Friday Dance Dec. 6 in Lynnwood

Skandia Folk Dance is sponsoring a First Friday Dance on Dec. 6 at Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Larry Reinert and Sal Gordon will teach Stigar’n and Knut-Arne’s Reinlender. This video shows the Stigar’n step: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySXyuGJFZ2g. At 8:30 p.m., Tinnfelen will perform. Admission is $15 (Skandia members,…

Northwest Girlchoir seeks new singers starting in January

Know any girls who love to sing? Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers in grades 1-12 to join them in January 2020. Girls are invited to learn musicianship, vocal technique and performance skills. Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and…

Join Sno-King Chorale for annual Holiday Magic concert Dec. 14

The 85-voice Sno-King Community Chorale will perform its annual Rockin’ Around: Holiday Magic concert on Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N. The festive selection of songs, appropriate for the entire family, will include favorites “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,“ and “Feliz Navidad,” as…

Art Beat brief: Meadowdale HS improv team competing for Hogan Cup Nov. 25

Did you know that Meadowdale High school has an improv team? They do, and they are really good. The MHS improv team recently qualified for the Hogan Cup finals for the second year in a row. The Hogan Cup is a Northwest high school improvisational competition put on by Unexpected Productions in Seattle. Meadowdale students…

Playtime: Many options to see Santa this season

It took more than one try to get our first picture with Santa, now 13 years ago. I used the trick where you hand the kiddo to Santa while keeping eye contact and smiling while the photographer jingles the bell for further distraction. Santa is picture perfect and my son is mostly smiling. Over the…

Edmonds Center for the Arts presents CeCe Winans Christmas Show Dec. 11

Edmonds Center for the Arts presents the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artists of all time, CeCe Winans, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a…