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Artfully Edmonds review: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra lights up ECA — will they be back?

Artfully Edmonds review: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra lights up ECA — will they be back?

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO), which has established concert-season schedules at both Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and the Kirkland Performance Hall, has recently been eyeing Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) as a possible venue for expanding its audience base. At ECA last night the renowned orchestra had a shot at capturing the hearts of Edmonds jazz lovers with its performance of “Quinc... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: A trip to the Mediterranean, without leaving our city limits

My Edmonds Restaurant News: A trip to the Mediterranean, without leaving our city limits

OK, it was a culinary expedition, Edmonds-style, of course. I had the good fortune to attend a company-hosted party at Demetris WoodStone Taverna again this holiday season. An opportunity to sample virtually every item on the happy hour menu and mini versions of their standard entrées and desserts and fond memories of their tender, crispy calamari, sampled during the Taste of Edmonds, inspired me.... »

Bird Lore: Northern Flicker

Bird Lore: Northern Flicker

It’s spring. You are sitting quietly in your house, perhaps you are even sleeping early in the morning. A metallic, staccato drumming reverberates loudly through your house. It startles you such that you feel like you just slammed into your ceiling. A Northern Flicker is drumming on your gutters or your metal chimney to defend his breeding territory. The Northern Flicker, a member of the woo... »

Artfully Edmonds: Reflections on CSO’s ‘Hamlet’ plus ECA and artist events

Artfully Edmonds: Reflections on CSO’s ‘Hamlet’ plus ECA and artist events

Imagine midwinter in a sleepy little hamlet by the shore where lights glow in the frost-crusted windows of cozy homes. The residents of this quaint location are battened down by fog and frost. That would not be Edmonds, where midwinter things are actually quite lively! Whether it’s meeting friends at any of our bustling restaurants, taking in class acts on the ECA main stage and smaller venu... »

Money Talk: Get your business ducks in a row

Money Talk: Get your business ducks in a row

Business ownership can be very rewarding — but it can also be risky. If you’re an entrepreneur pursuing your dreams and forging your own success, it’s important to put some safeguards in place to ensure that your business doesn’t upend your personal financial plan. Choosing an Appropriate Business Structure Your business’ legal structure can affect how much you pay in taxes, the amount of required... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Military suicide rates remained high in 2014

Edmonds Military Wire: Military suicide rates remained high in 2014

There is hope among the experts that 2015 turns out differently than the past five years. According to a preliminary report released by Department of Defense, the total number of suicides among U.S. active-duty service members was virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014. This would be reason to celebrate if the number was zero. Unfortunately, it is not. While the Army reported a decline in soldier s... »

Artfully Edmonds profile: Steel Magic Northwest aims to build after-school steel drum program

Artfully Edmonds profile: Steel Magic Northwest aims to build after-school steel drum program

The objective of both the City of Edmonds Community Cultural Plan and the Lynnwood Arts Commission is that area youth be encouraged toward the arts; through partnerships with businesses, schools, and community organizations. Whether the interest of teens and kids tends toward the stage, music performance, canvas or cameras, the My Neighborhood News Network is always looking for opportunities that ... »

Recommended Reads: Local author uses Rome as backdrop for novel of adventure and intrigue

Recommended Reads: Local author uses Rome as backdrop for novel of adventure and intrigue

A note for those interested – Judith Works will be signing copies of City of Illusions at the Edmonds Bookshop (111 5th Ave. S.) at noon this Saturday, Jan. 17. City of Illusions, by Judith Works There’s no place like Rome. With its abundant architectural and artistic riches, Rome celebrates more than 2,500 years of history. Judith Works’ City of Illusions has given me an exciting taste of contemp... »

Bird Lore: Cackling Goose

Bird Lore: Cackling Goose

Up until 2004 any goose with a gray or brown body, black neck, and a black head with white chin straps was called a Canada Goose. In that year the American Ornithological Union concluded that, because of genetic differences, there were really two species lumped into Canada Goose. Of the six or seven subspecies, the AOU assigned four of them to a new species called Cackling Goose. The Cackling Goos... »

Edmonds Fitness Corner: This too shall pass

Edmonds Fitness Corner: This too shall pass

Happy New Year to our Edmonds community and readers of this column! I’m glad to be back in the Edmonds Fitness Corner. It’s been about six months since my column has appeared for My Edmonds News. Some of you may remember that I lost my husband Coach Dan Potts last January, and I wrote last February about exercising through grief. Subsequently, last year went on to be the most difficult of my life,... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Now’s the time to begin planning for kindergarten

Edmonds Kind of Play: Now’s the time to begin planning for kindergarten

Of the traditional milestones that come with being a parent, signing up for kindergarten and the subsequent drop off on the first day have probably brought me the most angst and dismay. It is an event that seemed to bring forward all of the feelings one can possibly have. Feeling grief and relief at the same time can be confusing. It is sad that they are old enough to be in school and less under y... »

Artfully Edmonds: Dragonfire Gallery corners hot art and MORE Art Walk previews!

Artfully Edmonds: Dragonfire Gallery corners hot art and MORE Art Walk previews!

Dragonfire Neighborhood Gallery 529 Dayton St. “Go stand in the corner,” doesn’t specter a threat of punishment if you are gallery director Kurt Mattingly and new-to-the-scene artist, Michael Cadieux. And they’ve got an Art Walk Edmonds show for you to prove the joy of standing with your nose to the wall. Dragonfire is wild with enthusiasm over their new art form – and so am I after getting an exc... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Benghazi — the rest of the story

Edmonds Military Wire: Benghazi — the rest of the story

As America gears up for another election in 2016, both locally and nationally, issues once thought to be yesterday’s headlines will resurface – and the truth will be dressed in perspective and spin. On a national level, Benghazi will be a point of debate and one that all should research and come to their own conclusion. Leadership matters. There will be the differing political spins and then there... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Judith Works to read from new novel Jan. 17

Artfully Edmonds brief: Judith Works to read from new novel Jan. 17

Saturday, Jan. 17 Noon Judith Works Author Reading Bibliophiles who stroll into Edmonds Bookshop (111 5th Ave. S.) at noon on Saturday, Jan. 17 will be greeted by a good friend – Judith Works. Judith has been invited by bookshop owner Mary Kay Sneeringer to do a reading of her newly released novel, “City of Illusions”. Edmonds residents who appreciate the library, attend the city’s Write On The So... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Help for keeping (or breaking) those resolutions

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Help for keeping (or breaking) those resolutions

Need help keeping New Year’s resolutions or temptations to help you break them? I’ll bet many of us made the same commitment to ourselves, maybe aloud to others too, that this was the year we’d eat better. The parking lots at local fitness clubs are jammed, but this is only half of the battle. In order to get those pounds off and keep them at bay, one must eat less — and help is at hand! Man... »

Bird Lore: Dark-eyed Junco

Bird Lore: Dark-eyed Junco

  In 1735 Carl Linnaeus proposed a system for organizing the world around us that is still used today. Have you heard the mnemonic “Did King Philip cry out, for gosh sakes!”? That helps recall the ranking of kingdoms, classes, orders, families, genera, and species. Birds are a class in the animal kingdom. With scientific advancements such as DNA studies, bird taxonomy has undergon... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with kids during upcoming release days

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with kids during upcoming release days

With all the commercials and store displays up after Halloween, it is hard to not know the holidays are coming. But changes in school schedules are like federal holidays — what feel like random early release days, Teacher Professional Development Days, and the mother of them all, Spring Break, seem to sneak up on you. While I believe you can start the holidays too soon, I am always happy whe... »

Artfully Edmonds: Author dishes on dog mystery series; upcoming ECA events

Artfully Edmonds: Author dishes on dog mystery series; upcoming ECA events

What better pastimes in the still of winter than books, plays and musical performances? These elements are particularly true with the overlay of endearing relationships, man’s best friend, a little Southern warmth, and laughter! Artfully Edmonds takes a look at all of these elements – in depth – as we explore what our Edmonds entertainment venues have in store for us this week: – – ... »

Recommended Reads: Book suggests easy ways to live a beautiful life

Recommended Reads: Book suggests easy ways to live a beautiful life

Living a Beautiful Life, by Alexandra Stoddard As I attempt to fulfill my New Year’s resolutions, I’ve discovered a book that goes beyond a resolution check list and reminds that living a beautiful life is in the daily details. Alexandra Stoddard suggests simple ways to easily and inexpensively enhance your quality of life. The foreword points out that many people save up to 95 percent of their mo... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Edmonds Heights K-12 to present ‘Jungle Book Kids’ this Friday-Sunday

Artfully Edmonds brief: Edmonds Heights K-12 to present ‘Jungle Book Kids’ this Friday-Sunday

Edmonds Heights K-12 23200 100th Ave. W. Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids by Sherman, Sherman and Gilkyson Opens Friday, Jan. 9 ~ 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 ~ 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 ~ 7 p.m. Edmonds Heights K-12 has chosen “The Jungle Book Kids” to open the New Year. “The Jungle Book Kids” story is based on the story of Mowgli, a little boy on the run from Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger who has ba... »

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