Recommended Reads: Thrills abound in international action novel ‘The Eighth Sister’

The Eighth Sister, by Robert Dugoni Mystery surrounds the sisters. Their identities are unknown even to each other. Trained from birth to penetrate Russia’s foreign intelligence service and report to the CIA, suddenly they are disappearing. Three of them are dead. What is it about this intrigue that appeals to ex-agent Charles Jenkins? What convinces…

Alderwood Dance Spectrum to present ‘A Storybook Nutcracker’ Dec. 13-14

Enjoy twirling Snowflakes, a Nutcracker Prince, a mischievous Mouse King, and pig-tailed Bon Bons in A Storybook Nutcracker — a shorter version of the Nutcracker, aimed at younger audiences. It’s presented Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. by Lynnwood-based Alderwood Dance Spectrum at the PUD…

Playtime: Homework help at library, Try Hockey for Free, LGBTQ storytelling

When all my parenting was hypothetical, my biggest perceived school-age deficit was math. With the invention of apps like Photomath (it’s free, shows you not only the answer, but the steps, and I already depend on it for 5th grade math), it hasn’t been as tough as I expected. (Though to be fair, I co-parent…

Recommended Reads: Cozy up with a murder mystery set in San Francisco

The Fog Ladies, by Susan McCormick An ominous suspicion creeps into the minds of the resident ladies at the Pacific Heights apartment building as they watch the fog bank inch its way over the Golden Gate Bridge. There had been a number of grave accidents in their building recently. It’s suspicious. None of the group,…

Day Trip Discoveries: New Burke Museum now showcases active research

Where can you peer up at an ancient mastodon skeleton? Watch paleontologists examine a 60-million-year-old, T-Rex dinosaur skull? Admire a vintage, Coast Salish whaler’s hat and enjoy frybread at a Native American-themed café? The new Burke Museum opened Oct. 16 to offer such experiences — designed to engage as well as educate visitors. It is…

Save the date: Northwest Artists Holiday Show in Edmonds Nov. 2-3

The 46th annual Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 8109 224th St. S.W., Edmonds. With 50 artists’ booths, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can expect to find beautiful and practical one-of-a-kind gifts from handmade soaps, jewelry and clothing to…

Coming to the Creative Retirement Institute in 2020: Jazz Appreciation

“Jazz is a dialect, a certain language.” So says Brent Jensen, instructor for a new  Jazz Appreciation course coming to the Creative Retirement Institute (CRI) at Edmonds Community College winter term 2020. And Jensen is definitely a person who should know. The course provides a brief survey of the development of jazz music in the…

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…

Art instruction grants available for local schools

Have an idea for enriching art education within Edmonds School District boundaries? Applications are now available for art instruction grants, funded by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation. You can apply at www.edmondsartsfestival.com/apply. All schools within Edmonds School District boundaries are eligible. The purpose of the grants is to create visual arts education opportunities for students,…

History of Seattle Prohibition focus of Nov. 2 Alderwood Manor Heritage Museum program

Edmonds author Brad Holden will talk about this history of Seattle Prohibition during a public event from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Lynnwood’s Alderwood Manor Heritage Museum, 19903 Poplar Way. Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly 20 years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead,…

Edmonds Center for Arts presents Canadian Indigenous tenor Jeremy Dutcher Oct. 26

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Edmonds Center for the Arts presents classically-trained tenor and ethnomusicologist Jeremy Dutcher. Winner of Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize, Dutcher takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates. His compositions shapeshift between classical, traditional, and pop — forming something entirely new. Jeremy Dutcher performs…

Just Around the Corner: The International Fountain

In the summer, the International Fountain at the Seattle Center is a magnet for visitors wishing to get relief from the heat by getting soaked. In the cold of autumn, the fountain is a lonely performer, only to be seen and not approached.  This is how it was Oct. 2, as seen through a time-lapse video. Here…

Cascade Symphony Orchestra seeks musical ‘Rising Star’ for 2019-2020 season

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is encouraging talented young musicians to enter its “Rising Star” competition for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The winning musician, to be selected by Cascade Symphony Music Director Michael Miropolsky, will perform as the soloist at the orchestra’s concert on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The…

Deadline Sept. 30 for City of Lynnwood artist applications

The City of Lynnwood is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in the city’s galleries in 2020. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 30. The City Hall Gallery is for artists of all ages. The Rec Center Gallery is for young artists under 18. Get an application at www.LynnwoodArts.org (scroll to bottom of page).

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins to perform at Edmonds Center for Arts Oct. 12

Acclaimed violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins was the “Fiddler”/violin soloist for the Tony- and Grammy-nominated revival on Broadway in the recent Bartlett Sher production of Fiddler on the Roof. Hailed by The New York Times for her artistry, Ms. Hall-Tompkins created the first full album of newly-commissioned and original Fiddler-inspired works. On Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.,…

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…

DeMiero Jazz Fest fundraiser set for Sept. 28 at Edmonds CC

Enjoy an evening of FanJazztic music, food and “fun”draising during the DeMiero Jazz Fest’s “One FanJazztic Evening,” a Saturday, Sept. 28 fundraiser and benefit concert featuring jazz artist Johnaye Kendrick, Dee Daniels Scholarship Award winner Kimi Locke and the Newport High School Jazz Choir. The event will run from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Black Box…

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…

Save the date: Meadowdale HS Music & Arts Mattress Fundraiser Sept. 28

The 5th Annual Meadowdale Music & Arts Mattress Fundraiser is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Meadowdale High School. Custom Fundraising Solutions of Seattle is bringing their mobile mattress showroom to the school to help Meadowdale Music & Arts raise thousands of dollars for their program. Thirty top-quality name-brand mattresses will…

Sno-King Chorale’s first rehearsal of season Sept. 10 — and you’re invited

The first rehearsal of the season for Sno-King Community Chorale is Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., Edmonds Church of God, 8224-220th St. S.W. The chorale is a non-audition group led by artistic director/conductor, Dustin Willetts. The season program includes the Holiday Magic concert Dec.14 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, followed by a three-choir performance…

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…