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Artfully Edmonds brief: Early call for Northwest School Art

Pieces by Northwest School artists Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson and Kenneth Callahan are requested for a juried exhibition at the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum in November. The juried exhibition is sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Edmonds Bookshop, and The Edmonds Arts Commission. The unique characteristic that sets these artists apart is that they lived, worked and pla... »

Operation One Roof: Home-buying tips for veterans

Operation One Roof: Home-buying tips for veterans

One of the benefits earned by those who serve is the VA Home Loan. The VA provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to “help veterans buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for their own personal occupancy.” Navigating the home buying process can be a bit overwhelming, sometimes stressful, and certainly a bit confusing if you don’t have someone guiding you throu... »

Artfully Edmonds Spotlight: Phoenix Theatre opens season with a full house for ‘Rumors’

Artfully Edmonds Spotlight: Phoenix Theatre opens season with a full house for ‘Rumors’

A classic comedy, pratfalls paced with precision timing, a beautiful backdrop and a full house ushered in Edmonds 2014-2015 playhouse season as The Phoenix Theatre pulled off one of the most intricate Neil Simon dialogue challenges known to theatre. I was in attendance at Friday night’s performance of “Rumors” and was struck by the champagne-sparkle performances of the cast. Comedienne Melanie Cal... »

Recommended Reads: Storms of Denali a gripping, realistic adventure

Recommended Reads: Storms of Denali a gripping, realistic adventure

The Storms of Denali, by Nicholas O’Connell Reading this book, I found myself continually re-checking whether it’s a novel, or a factual account. These characters are so touching they ascend from the page and bivouac in my heart and soul as real people. The harrowing description of their expedition is so believable, it‘s gripping. John Walker narrates the story and expedition. He’s a family man wh... »

Bird Lore: Least Sandpiper

Bird Lore: Least Sandpiper

The Least Sandpiper, the size of a sparrow, is the smallest shorebird in North America. It breeds across the sub-Arctic latitudes from Alaska to Newfoundland. It migrates along both coasts of North America as well as on inland flyways. Some overwinter in the southern U.S. and Gulf Coast. Others continue on to northern South America. On our Pacific Coast, Least and Western Sandpipers are the most c... »

Artfully Edmonds special: Welcome, new Art Walk Edmonds Director

Artfully Edmonds special: Welcome, new Art Walk Edmonds Director

You’ve come along way, Baby! My Edmonds News and “Artfully Edmonds” has the delight of welcoming to the Edmonds art scene Elizabeth Martin-Calder – the newly-hired Art Walk Edmonds Director. Ms. Martin-Calder is a seasoned arts administrator and marketer with over 15 years in nonprofit management. Making the announcement that she would be stepping aside as Interim Director, Denise Cole (who serves... »

Artfully Edmonds: Now it’s ECA’s turn to receive Teeny Awards nominations

Artfully Edmonds: Now it’s ECA’s turn to receive Teeny Awards nominations

The most dazzling news for Edmonds’ performing arts scene this week is the continued sweep of TeenTix “Teeny Award” nominations by City of Edmonds venues. With thousands of patrons making their way to Edmonds every season to enjoy our outdoor stages, live theatre and performing arts venues the news of our popularity among the young TeenTix set comes as no surprise. Last week we announced the TeenT... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Book launch party for ‘Tiger Tail Soup’

Artfully Edmonds brief: Book launch party for ‘Tiger Tail Soup’

When Nicki Chen’s first novel, “Tiger Tail Soup,” appeared at Edmonds Bookshop earlier this summer, her Elm Place neighbors were among the first to purchase copies. And, when Chen needed a place to hold a book launch party Monday evening, her neighbors, John and Sheila Valentine, opened their home to the Edmonds community. The champagne flowed, laughter filled their home, and the Valen... »

Bird Lore: Black-capped Chickadee

Bird Lore: Black-capped Chickadee

The Black-capped Chickadee is a small bundle of constant motion, hopping from twig to twig in a variety of trees and bushes as it looks for caterpillars and other insects in summer. It frequently hangs upside down to reach the undersides of branches. You will often see this chickadee in the company of nuthatches, creepers, kinglets, and other small birds. Criss-cross the northern half of the Unite... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lots of ways to still enjoy summer, get in gear for school year

Edmonds Kind of Play: Lots of ways to still enjoy summer, get in gear for school year

The end of August has a certain air of purgatory to it. The “ahhh it’s summer” feeling is gone, but it’s not really replaced with the whole Back-To-School thing, it’s more like “hurry up and wait.” Last year we forgot one necessary item for my youngest, a folder. Well, once we got the folder we realized his backpack, a hand-me down, was too small. Going backpack shopping the day before school star... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Here and There Grill offers yummy meals on wheels

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Here and There Grill offers yummy meals on wheels

Spotted here and there…food trucks in Edmonds! Traveling restaurants on wheels… a fairly new phenomenon in its current format, but their history goes way back to post Civil War times! Chuck wagons fed the hungry herders while on cattle drives. Mobile food trucks have been around for years, serving construction sites and other blue collar professions. The food truck resurgence was fuelled by a comb... »

Artfully Edmonds: Introducing Art Walk artist Don Haggerty — and events galore

Artfully Edmonds: Introducing Art Walk artist Don Haggerty — and events galore

It’s the third “Artfully Edmonds” column of each month that I most look forward to writing – the Art Walk Edmonds column – because of all of the exciting happenings going on that add the energy and “buzz” that makes the City of Edmonds the arts destination that it has become. In each third-Thursday edition of “Artfully Edmonds” we provide links to the line-up of studios, galleries, shops, an... »

Foreign Correspondence: It may not be Vilnius, but Edmonds could use a cat café

Foreign Correspondence: It may not be Vilnius, but Edmonds could use a cat café

Lithuania is a little like the Edmonds of the globe. It’s a small, scenic nation with a temperate climate and a bit of coastline; its overgrown neighbors have often threatened to swallow it up; and, while lovely, it’s not exactly a hot tourist destination (sorry, Edmonds). This past July I bucked the trend and spent some time in the capital, Vilnius. Perhaps it lacks the sweeping grandeur of Paris... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Edmonds Heroes of the Military – See their stories

Edmonds Military Wire: Edmonds Heroes of the Military – See their stories

Do you know who you are standing next to? When I was a young boy, my dad would take me to Fort Richardson in Alaska, where he worked, and introduce me to a number of individuals in uniform. I remember them all – whether it was true or not – as friendly and encouraging. They all had some story that was captivating to an 8-year-old boy who loved playing Army…and it was for that reason – those storie... »

Bird Lore: Cooper’s Hawk

Bird Lore: Cooper’s Hawk

The young Cooper’s Hawk featured in LeRoy’s photo was hunting at the Edmonds Marsh one morning a week or so ago. It perched on the boardwalk railing long enough for close-up photo opportunities. This medium-sized hawk of the genus Accipiter is a year-round resident of the Puget Lowlands and much of the Olympic Peninsula except the higher elevations of Olympic National Park. In both the... »

Recommended Reads: Care for a cup of tea with that murder?

Recommended Reads: Care for a cup of tea with that murder?

Chamomile Mourning by Laura Childs This author serves up a savory blend of herbal teas, pastries, and murder. This novel is just one in a series of “cozy” mysteries that revolve around Theodosia Browning who owns Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. I’m such a fan of the series, I’ve read them all. I’ve read some of them more than once. Chamomile Mourning is early in the series, and one ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams is Swedish Movie Under Stars Friday

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams is Swedish Movie Under Stars Friday

I am pretty much a closet lover of all things Back-to-School except for maybe the actual first day back to school. Even though most stores’ big signs and coupon-y trickery are annoying, I have always loved a new backpack, lunchbox and school box. I get teased all the time because I just want things to put things in. It can be hard to navigate all the sales and I can’t help but feel like, eve... »

Artfully Edmonds: Local author looking for ‘kickstart,’ and SO many events around town

Artfully Edmonds: Local author looking for ‘kickstart,’ and SO many events around town

This week provides so many varied and exciting ways to get involved in the Edmonds artful scene. From cheering on an up-and-coming innovative, imaginative, author from the sidelines, to “invites” from our local playhouses, and then on to opportunities for authors and art students o grow and hone their skills – Edmonds has a wealth of offerings and opportunities to chat up this week. “I... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Learning to read just became fun in 21st century

Edmonds Military Wire: Learning to read just became fun in 21st century

Many moons ago when I was in grade school, I remember my passionate 1st grade teacher, Ms. Wells, who — much like a drill sergeant — taught me to read by pure intimidation. The “Dick and Jane” books were cool because of the pictures, but sounding out those words made me sweat — I remember getting stuck on what an “A” was supposed to sound like — “Jane” was a long A, but “Ap... »

Bird Lore: Osprey

Bird Lore: Osprey

All of you Seattle Seahawk fans will be thrilled to know that the Osprey inspired the Seahawk name. This fish-catching raptor summers in Edmonds, as it does across most of North America, and then retreats to northern South America for the winter. The Osprey has become dependent upon human structures for its nest sites. Look for nests on specially-constructed platforms, the tops of pole lights, cel... »

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