From the Publisher’s Desk: Relax now, as there’s a busy week ahead
For those of you who take Labor Day as a holiday — and I hope you do, as that’s the idea, right? — be forewarned that the rest of the week in Edmonds is shaping up to be a busy one.
For starters, the Edmonds City Council meets Tuesday night and may decide an issue that has been swirling around town– whether zoning changes should be approved for the Westgate commercial area. You can make your position known by contacting your city councilmembers – information is here. And you can see the complete council agenda here.
Also on Tuesday, drivers will have their first opportunity to try out the new Five Corners Roundabout. Want tips on how to navigate this new feature? Visit the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website here. And at lunchtime, the Edmonds Kiwanis Club invites you to hear their featured speaker, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. The event begins at noon Tuesday at the Pancake Haus on 5th Avenue South.
Wednesday marks the first day of the new school year for our local K-12 schools, and Friday night launches the start of the 2014 high school football season. I’m pleased to announce that we are entering our third season of livestreaming broadcasts of high school games via the Sound Live Sports Network; a formal announcement of this season’s sponsors will be coming soon.
And speaking of football, the Seattle Seahawks kick off their season on Thursday night, and many of our local establishments will be providing a place for you to watch the game in the company of fellow fans. One of them — American Brewing — is celebrating the occasion and raising money for a good cause. Here’s their announcement:
We also wanted to start the fall season right by creating an opportunity for our patrons to help us raise money for the Edmonds Food Bank. So, join us on Thursday for the season opener when the Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers at 5:30 pm. We will be grilling hot dogs at no charge! We’ll serve them until they run out. All we ask is that you give a cash donation for the food bank in lieu of payment for the dogs!
As a further enticement we are offering 2 special beers. We will tap a cask of the citrusy Captain Munson IPA at 5 and we will have this year’s entry into the Great American Beer Festival, “Night Moves Rye Porter” on tap.
So, bring your friends, grab a seat and dog, and celebrate with us.
This weekend, if you love birds, the annual Puget Sound Birdfest — billed as “a yearly celebration of birds and nature” — runs Friday-Sunday. The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. You can learn more here. (And thanks to Rich Senderoff for pointing out that I had missed mentioning Bird Fest in an earlier version of this column.)
Finally, next Sunday, Sept. 7, is the Edmonds Classic Car Show, running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Edmonds. Awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. You can vote for your favorite cars; each vote for costs $1 with all money benefiting the Edmonds Food Bank. A new feature this year is the beer garden, which runs from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Look for the My Edmonds News booth at Kids World, a family-friendly area in the parking lot at 4th and Dayton.
I’d like to close with a final “plug.” If you own a business in Edmonds, we have just launched a new line of affordable “a la carte” advertising that includes content sponsorship starting at just $25. You pick the category that most closely aligns with your business or is of particular interest to you or your target market. For $25 per week or $50 per month, you will be listed at the top of all articles in that category as the content sponsor, along with a link to your business/organization.
Content categories available for sponsorship include the weekly Police Blotter, Artfully Edmonds (weekly arts and entertainment), Friday Night Lights (weekly local high school football reports), Edmonds Kind of Play (weekly parenting/kids activities), My Edmonds Restaurant News (twice/month), Edmonds City Council meeting reports (weekly) and Edmonds School Board meeting reports (twice/month). For more information, email me directly — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week!