Edmonds Kind of Play: Holiday happenings, ECA matinee, and events exploring diversity

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The Edmonds Holiday Trolley returns in December.

Currently, a little red circle filled with the number 17 is growing out of the Reminders tab on my iPhone. Basically, I’m behind on 17 things I went out of my way to remind myself to do and likely countless other things Siri didn’t get the chance to butcher the spelling of. These overdue tasks range from looking up a supplement I heard helps with migraines, to reading the email I got from Gillian Jones regarding a matinee this weekend (I just got to click the empty circle next to this reminder), and to write a check to my older son’s school for his planner.

On top of reminders and alarms, both of which are liberally “snoozed,” I also take screenshots of events I want to remember and share knowing that I’ll go open my pictures, you know, to show a skateboarding video to my husband, send a picture of my youngest asleep in a funny spot to my sister, or show my “Mom walk” partner how many steps I got that day, and see the screenshot with the info I meant to remember. One screenshot is the replica Diagon Alley from Harry Potter that  dad in Ballard built for Halloween that he’s now keeping up til Christmas (13th Avenue Northwest, just north of 75th.) I keep “finding” this in my pictures and keep meaning to go, but Ballard can feel like a million miles away on a rainy Saturday.

Tasty treats abound at the Holiday Market. “Mommy, can I have a sample please?” (File photo by Larry Vogel)

I also have screenshots of a few, great local events and I want to start with the Edmonds 2017 Holiday Market. Each Saturday through Dec. 16, with the exception of the Nov. 25 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), you can find the Edmonds 2017 Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 5th Avenue between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum. Vendors will be selling food (I’ve seen pictures of quesadillas and mini cake truffles) along with “holiday greenery,” produce, wines and ciders, baked goods, and specialty gift items.

The December dates for the Holiday Market will be in the shadow of the trimmed Edmonds Christmas tree and will coincide with the Holiday Trolley which will run FREE daily on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Dec. 2-23. The Trolley will come every half hour and will have eight different stops throughout downtown Edmonds.

New Orleans-based singer Jazzy Ash brings New Orleans heat and fun to the ECA in its Saturday matinee series.

I not only set a reminder to read the email from Gillian Jones, Director of Programming for the Edmonds Center for the Arts, I took a screenshot. Gillian was letting me know that a New Orleans Jazz band for young audiences would be finishing their three-day residency with a Saturday matinee on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m.. Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards are presenting “Jazz History is Our History” as the band’s songs celebrate the magic of movement with a lot of “sugar and sass thrown in, New Orleans-style.” Tickets are $10 or $2 as a part of Arts for Everyone. You can purchase your tickets for Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards online at www.ec4arts.org, by phone at 425-275-9595, or at the box office at 410 4th Ave. N.

Right outside the inside doors to the library, there is a glass display case with flyers for different library events. After noticing something called “Stories of Self and Solidarity” with a drawing of children, I stopped and took a picture, you know, so I wouldn’t forget to tell you about it. This “community-building” event, sponsored by the Edmonds Diversity Commission, is all ages and family friendly. A “talented trio of storytellers” will tell multicultural folktales and then participants will create their own take-home storybook. “All are welcome” as this event, held on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., explores “how the stories we tell shape our individual and community identities.”  For more information you can contact the Edmonds Library at 425-771-1933.

While we’re talking about the Edmonds Diversity Commission, On Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Film Screening and Moderated Discussion of “Black Girl in Suburbia” with the director of the documentary, Melissa Lowery at Mountlake Terrace High School. “Black Girl in Suburbia” is a “feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominantly white communities” and “intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity and perspective among all people in hopes that discussion will encourage critical thinking about perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.” The film is appropriate for students 15 and over and childcare will be available for children over the age of 3. There will also be Spanish interpretation provided. For more info, you can visit the Edmonds Diversity Commission’s page on the city of Edmonds website HERE.

You can get more information on the classes and camp through Edmonds Parks and Recreation and Edmonds Discovery Programs by calling 425-771-0230 or visiting RecZone.org.

  By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two young boys, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her on Twitter trying to make sense of begging kids to ”just eat the mac n cheese”

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