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Bird Lore: American Goldfinch

Bird Lore: American Goldfinch

Washington is one of three states that has embraced the American Goldfinch as its state bird and did so in 1951. Iowa and New Jersey are the other two states. This goldfinch, one of three North American species of goldfinches, is a widely distributed resident across the U.S. It is found in both Western and Eastern Washington. The American Goldfinch nests relatively late in the season. Nesting is t... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Camps, concerts, crafts and cooking to fill your summer

Edmonds Kind of Play: Camps, concerts, crafts and cooking to fill your summer

So far this summer, we’ve started camp, swim lessons at Yost Pool, gone to a Mariner’s game, and called Poison Control (cherry pits.) We aren’t even half way through summer yet! That has me hopeful for a lot more fun and a bit nervous about repeat phone calls to Poison Control. Bedtimes are later, feet are dirtier and three out of four of us have pretty clear farmer’s tans. Besides heat in a place... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Art Walk Edmonds highlights

Artfully Edmonds brief: Art Walk Edmonds highlights

Art Walk Edmonds Thursday, July 17 ~ 5-8 pm As long as we’re outside enjoying the weather, why not begin this month’s Art Walk Edmonds as we finish a stroll of Brackett’s Landing. Let’s make this first mention of Art Walk Edmonds where the beach ends and Main Street begins! Waterfront Coffee Company We’re all invited to a viewing of plein air painting, and art by Julie Nagel – resident artist at t... »

Artfully Edmonds: This time of year, Edmonds blossoms with flowers, art and events galore

Artfully Edmonds: This time of year, Edmonds blossoms with flowers, art and events galore

There is almost no reason to leave Edmonds at the height of summer – with temperatures setting historic records, the fragrant blossoming gardens, and serene evenings perfect for strolling the neighborhoods. Speaking of blossoming gardens – I hope that you have your ticket to the 2014 Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour in the way of a route map and list of this year’s seven registered Edmonds and Woodway... »

Artfully Edmonds Brief: Gothard Sisters return for local show this Saturday

Artfully Edmonds Brief: Gothard Sisters return for local show this Saturday

The Gothard Sisters Saturday, July 19 ~ 7 p.m. Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E. Free Admission. It’s hard to believe that they started out as little Farmers Market buskers – but that is how most locals remember Greta, Solana and Willow Gothard before they left hometown Edmonds to begin a whirlwind life of touring. My Edmonds News has just received a very exciting announcement! This lovely,... »

Bird Lore: Willow Flycatcher

Bird Lore: Willow Flycatcher

Some birds are ambassadors to the human species–Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills. They are big, beautiful birds that get our attention and remind us that the natural world is still with us. Then there are the flycatchers of the genus empidonax–small, drab, often not seen, and when seen, difficult to separate in the field. They can be confounding to new observers. Bird... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Starting Saturday, Bar Dojo does brunch

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Starting Saturday, Bar Dojo does brunch

Brunch is definitely an Edmonds kind of meal. Celebrating a special occasion? Need a reward for an early morning jog or bike ride? How about a great reason to roll out of bed on a weekend? Brunch meets all those needs, and I’ll bet readers could give me a few more choices, so please share! Bar Dojo has committed to opening for brunch on weekends, beginning Saturday July 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 ... »

Artfully Edmonds: Driftwood’s ‘Festival of Shorts’ premieres this weekend

Artfully Edmonds: Driftwood’s ‘Festival of Shorts’ premieres this weekend

Festival of Shorts Co-Producer Diane Jamieson ~A Driftwood Players Profile The Driftwood Players 2014 Festival of Shorts (FOS) is coming up this weekend and Artfully Edmonds was able to spend time with co-producer Diane Jamieson to discuss the popular theatre company’s Festival, aka “World Premier x 8”. Here is a transcript of Artfully Edmonds (AE) exchange with Diane (DJ): AE: Diane, the Festival... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans still wary of VA health care system

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans still wary of VA health care system

Despite the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, a recent article in the Washington Post suggested that “The nation’s leading media outlets may have moved on from covering the many problems that continue to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Perhaps the media has moved on, but U.S. vets are still following the scandal closely, according to a recent Gallup report. The survey, w... »

Recommended Reads: You can’t go wrong with this murder mystery

Recommended Reads: You can’t go wrong with this murder mystery

The Wrong Girl, by Hank Phillippi Ryan Is she the wrong girl? The two women sitting across from each other, recently introduced, look much the same. In subtle and uncanny ways, their mannerisms are similar. Are these women related, long lost to each other and now reunited? Or, is she the wrong girl? Is this really her birth mother? Is this the reunion they’ve both yearned for? Or is this match-by-... »

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Blueberry and apple crumble

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Blueberry and apple crumble

I just celebrated my 5th Cancerversary of Ovarian Cancer on Monday, June 30. As my gynecological-oncologists said, “It’s a BIG DEAL”. I celebrated with an Ice Cream Social Benefit in my backyard garden. (I raised money for the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation, which supports a free retreat for OVCA survivors.) Friends and family came over and delicious ice cream (from Mallard&... »

Bird Lore: Orange-crowned Warbler

Bird Lore: Orange-crowned Warbler

Most New World warblers are neotropic migrants. That means they migrate to the U.S. and Canada from Central and South America during the spring months. They breed here and then return to Central or South America in the fall. The Orange-crowned Warbler is one of the few all-(North) American warblers. It has no niche to fill in either Central or South America. It rarely even ventures into Mexico. Ma... »

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Get strong, stay strong

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Get strong, stay strong

Everyone needs to strength train. It’s the single most important component in physical conditioning. Even cardiovascular exercise is simply not as crucial in developing and maintaining long-term health and well-being. I’m not advocating giving up walking, running or any other form of cardio to lift weights instead. A balance is ideal. But even in this day and age, with endless knowledge available ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Classes, camps from kindergarten through high school — and a run/walk for Facebook Moms

Edmonds Kind of Play: Classes, camps from kindergarten through high school — and a run/walk for Facebook Moms

It’s July, and those of us who parked our chairs on the 4th of July parade route certainly didn’t expect them to get rained on. That is, until we remember that the whole thing about how the weather being nice from July 5 through Halloween is usually spot on. Expecting nice weather on July 3 is tantamount to taking your kids to Target after 7 p.m.; it seems reasonable until you get there then you r... »

Artfully Edmonds: It’s an “Edmonds Kind of Sky” on the 4th of July!

Artfully Edmonds: It’s an “Edmonds Kind of Sky” on the 4th of July!

Reminder: My Edmonds News TV will be streaming Live on the Fourth! Going home to grab sunscreen and a sandwich? Tune in to My Edmonds News TV for a different angle on the festivities!  All of the day’s activities are outlined at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce website. ~ ~ ~ ~ Artists In Action Port of Edmonds ~ 336 Admiral Way Sunday, July 6 ~ 1-3 p.m. As the sparkle of fireworks fades, I can’t i... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Memories of an amazing woman who championed authors

Edmonds Booktalk: Memories of an amazing woman who championed authors

An amazing woman, whom I was privileged to call a friend, died at the end of May. Not such an upbeat topic for a book column, I realize, but bear with me. She is a huge reason that I am privileged to write this column. A long and winding road of family and friends and college jobs and different bookshops and different owners, and 40 years… which all lead, oh so happily, right back to The Edmonds B... »

Recommended Reads: ‘The Paris Wife’ looks at Hemingway’s life through spouse’s eyes

Recommended Reads: ‘The Paris Wife’ looks at Hemingway’s life through spouse’s eyes

The Paris Wife, By Paula McLain I’ve found an interesting he said/she said pair of books. Published after Ernest Hemingway’s death, “A Moveable Feast” is his memoir of his experience starting as a writer in 1920’s Paris, with his wife Hadley Richardson. It was put together by his fourth wife, Mary Welsh, who edited his personal manuscripts and notes containing his observations and stor... »

Bird Lore: Marsh Wren

Bird Lore: Marsh Wren

Mighty is the mouth of the tiny Marsh Wren. Jaunty is the stance of this compact bird, when it isn’t skulking in its favored habitat–the forests of cattails, reeds, and other marsh grasses. The singing male of spring doesn’t just belt out his percussive song. He often assumes a triumphant pose, with one foot grasping one stalk of marsh grass and the other foot grasping another st... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Yummy choices at Firdale Village, Five Corners — what’s your favorite?

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Yummy choices at Firdale Village, Five Corners — what’s your favorite?

Best Kept Secrets … Restaurants that is! Readers, please share if you have a favorite place that is tucked away in our wonderful town. My husband recently turned me on to Caravan Kebab, hidden in plain sight at Firdale Village. This little café space has been home to several food business over the years, even launched the Flying Apron, back when vegan and gluten-free baked products were in the ear... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Making the transition to summer fun

Edmonds Kind of Play: Making the transition to summer fun

I don’t know one parent who isn’t totally frazzled from the change in their routine as we transition from school-year schedules to summer activity schedules. I have often said, “He has trouble with transitions” in reference to one or both of my kids, but as it turns out, the apples don’t fall far from the spazzy tree. During the school year, we get a little bit of a b... »

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