Lynnwood author William McClain chooses new path

Lynnwood author William McClain’s first novel, The Risk in Crossing Borders, is literally an “eye-opener.” Set in Seattle, Syria, Beirut and France, the book reflects McCain’s views on the global situations that cause people to jeopardize their own safety and take leaps of faith, not only in order to gain entry into the United States…

Restaurant News: We’re off to a yummy start in 2021

Here’s to a yummy start in the New Year! Introducing The Side Bar at Salt and Iron!  Starting on Friday, Jan. 8, Edmonds’ Salt and Iron will be serving cocktails, beer, wine and small bites on their heated outdoor patio! The Side Bar will be open 4 p.m.-close on Wednesdays-Sundays. ~ ~ ~ ~ Ono…

Playtime: Free meals, tree recycling, park adventure, library resources

Throughout 2013 we added little pieces of paper into an old spaghetti sauce jar with fun or special events or accomplishments written on them with the plan to open the jar on New Year’s Eve. This might have been the only year we were able to fill the Memory Jar, an exercise in gratitude mixed…

Olympic Ballet Theatre presents digital streaming of The Nutcracker

Edmonds-based Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT) is presenting the annual production of The Nutcracker for digital streaming in the comfort of your home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this season’s performances have been cancelled, and OBT is releasing two archival show recordings at Edmonds Center for the Arts and at the Everett Performing Arts Center in 2019….

Fundraiser aims to provide holiday meals for local families in need

The Edmonds-based Feedme Restaurant and Hospitality Group Community Kitchen announced this week that Lynnwood Honda has generously donated $2,500 of holiday meals to be served to local families in need — and all are invited to join this effort. The Foundation for Edmonds School District has established a list of beneficiaries and will provide complimentary…

Cascade Symphony Orchestra cancels remainder of 2020-21 in-person concerts due to pandemic

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is canceling the remainder of its 2020-21 season of concerts at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, due to heightened and unpredictable government restrictions recently put into place for public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the orchestra will continue to offer concerts online, with each new musical presentation debuting…

Playtime: Celebrating the season and shopping safely

After safely celebrating a social distant Halloween, we replaced door knocking with some candy drop off/exchanges, I felt more hopeful that we could find some ways to replace or amend or holiday traditions while staying safe and trying to keep fun for the kids who are already missing out on so much. This year there…

Restaurant News: P is for pizza and perfect takeout, plus Irish favorites in Lynnwood

P is for pandemic… It’s also the first letter of pizza. Circles of dough covered with sauce, cheese and assorted toppings, the food that gives us comfort during these pandemic times. The business model for a pizza parlor goes hand-in-hand with the measures created during periods when patrons cannot dine “inside” the restaurants. Listen to…

Gothard Sisters presenting Celtic Christmas show online Dec. 4

The Edmonds-based Gothard Sisters are taking their annual Celtic Christmas show online this year, free to everyone Friday, Dec. 4 via their website. If you’re unable to attend Dec. 4, the show can be watched through Christmas Day To watch, visit gothardsisters.com/christmas. While the show is free, donation options will be available for those who are interested.

Coronavirus Chronicles: Jazz performer won’t let the pandemic silence her music

Musician Marina Christopher had her 2020 all planned. In January, she was in New York City playing bass with a touring group. She had other stops scheduled and was ready to drop in at a favorite spot, Vito’s in Seattle, for another gig. But, 2020 had other plans for the Mountlake Terrace-born-and-raised artist. She has not let…

Playtime: Socially distanced and virtual Santa opportunities for families

Either more people are decorating for the holidays earlier than normal this year or they’re more comfortable posting it on social media. I have seen a few houses lit up already, which seems earlier than expected, and I saw post after post on social media of people putting up Christmas decorations last weekend. I also…

DeMiero Jazz Fest fundraiser set for Nov. 27-Dec. 5

The DeMiero Jazz Fest, an annual non-competitive vocal jazz festival traditionally held in downtown Edmonds with many participants from the Edmonds School District, is offering a week of virtual auctions and live performances during its One FanJAZZtic fundraiser Nov. 27 through Dec. 5 Register at www.betterunite.com/demierojazzfest-onefanjazzticevent to be entered into daily drawings for fun prizes. Once you’re…

Restaurant News: Bagels, burgers and beer, plus more Thanksgiving meal options

Nov. 19-20: Bagel delivery coming to Edmonds/Shoreline Here’s a bit of information about a new neighborhood delivery that’s coming to Edmonds and Shoreline. Bagels from Eltana located on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. I ’d seen a notice regarding this opportunity, and contacted Eltana to gather all the details. Holly responded, and here is their story- “Our neighborhood…

Nanowrimo survival tips: How to make it to the finish line

If you’re participating in the 50,000-word challenge in 30 days for nanowrimo, your chief concerns are speed and word count, and I have some hints to help you make it to the finish line. Now that you’re well into the second week you may notice a lag in your pace. The first few days of…

Nanowrimo survival tips: For writers, it helps to find the right tools

Are you doing nanowrimo, or are you just looking for a convenient, lightweight word processor to help with work productivity? Before cellphones, tablets and laptops were standard briefcase equipment, when I attended meetings or drafted my fiction, I used a legal pad and a pen. Around 2005, I sat at a table at a tech…