Lynnwood Lifestyles: Fiction writing class, art for mom, Hello Kitty at the mall

Calling Lynnwood fiction writers: Learn how to sell your shorts & poems
Mon. May 13, 7-9 p.m.

Local writers can now learn some valuable career information thanks to the “How to Sell Your Short Stories And Poetry” seminar at Edmonds Community College.

Taking place between 7 and 9pm on Monday, May 13th, this event is promises to teach writers how to research target markets, create submission calendars, write strong cover letters, understand contract basics, etc.

Writers are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen, or a laptop/tablet, to take notes during the two hour timeframe.

The event will take place in Snoqualmie Hall 200th St SW Lynnwood, WA 98036, room number 201. There is a $75 fee to attend; you can sign up at the Edmonds Community College website.

Melt Mom’s heart this Mother’s Day
Sat. May 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Crayola is hosting a lengthy 5-hour event on Saturday, May 11, to celebrate mothers everywhere.

The Create It Yourself (CIY) event aims to teach participants how to use their favorite colored crayons to create artwork that’s sure to melt mom’s heart.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event―artists and enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged. The workshop is hands on, so it’s suggested you dress with that in mind.

Held at the Macy’s in Alderwood Mall, it’s recommended that all participants register to attend, so event coordinators can better accommodate everyone. Please visit this Eventbrite page to do that for free.

Hello Kitty to visit Lynnwood
Sat. May 11, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite kitty is arriving in Lynnwood on May 11, and spending the day sharing her cafe treats with all the locals.

Known as Hello Kitty, this Japanese icon was created by the famous Sanrio company back in 1974. It is the second highest-grossing franchise of all time — globally — coming second to Pokémon, and nothing else.

That means Avengers, Star Wars, Super Mario, Batman, Lord of the Rings, etc. don’t even come close to beating out this adorable feline.

What started as a simple coin purse with her image on it transformed into something much bigger than the Sanrio company could have ever imagined. These days, she has everything from school supplies, to TV shows, to manga comics, to anime films — and even apparel, all over the world.

And now, she has an unmissable, pink cafe truck that is scheduled to park at Alderwood Mall for an estimated 10 solid hours, selling delectable treats and adorable merch. Of course, it will all depend on how fast everything runs out.

According to their website, fans can expect everything from cookies and mini cakes, to bottled water and macarons. As for merchandise, there will be bows, thermal bottles, lunchboxes, plushies, t-shirts and cushions.

Fans should arrive early if they’re to obtain anything Hello Kitty related. Look for the pink truck covered in depictions of macarons and the iconic cat, right across from the AMC Theater.

And try not to miss out, since their calendar makes it clear this is their last stop in Washington at least through the end of June. Right after their Lynnwood stop, the truck is headed to Detroit, Mich.

— By Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez is a content creator and Lynnwood resident who specializes in copy, graphic design and photography for her clients. Whenever she’s not creating something, she’s exploring new places to eat in the area. If you would like your event listed in Lynnwood Lifestyles, contact Jenn at

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