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Edmonds Fitness Corner: Goal met, or how I vanquished ‘The Bierch’

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Goal met, or how I vanquished ‘The Bierch’

I’m almost there. Well, I’m actually way past the first there—the initial 10 pounds I set as my original goal. Once I’d gotten to that goal, I set myself the goal of a total of 20 pounds before we left for Europe (on Monday!). That last stubborn pound just won’t give up, but neither will I. I almost always lose weight when we are traveling because we are usually very active, so I guess I’m just go... »

Recommended reads: Extend your summer with this beach-perfect book

The Summer We Read Gatsby, by Danielle Ganek Extend your summer delights with this beach read. It’s a quick trip out to Southampton, and then weeks languishing by the sunny shore. Two sisters, with very different mothers, share memories of a beloved Aunt Lydia and their summer visits to her beach home. Eccentric Aunt Lydia has now passed away. The two sisters are very different women, one quietly ... »

EPIC Group Travel Writers: Strangers on a train

EPIC Group Travel Writers: Strangers on a train

This is the seventh in a series of monthly stories by travel writers from EPIC Group Writers, an Edmonds non-profit organization whose mission is to support those who create, communicate and connect through cultural and artistic endeavors, especially the literary arts. The Rome airport was in chaos because of a fire. Our one-hour flight to Catania in Sicily, where Glenn and I were to begin a two-w... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Tickets now on sale for ECA ‘Dementia-Inclusive Series’

Artfully Edmonds brief: Tickets now on sale for ECA ‘Dementia-Inclusive Series’

Tickets went on sale Friday for Edmonds Center for the Arts’ (ECA) new program, the “Dementia-Inclusive Series”. According to the ECA, this series has been developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, eldercare and memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region. The series opens in October with two components; a four-part improvisa... »

Bird Lore: Common Murre

Bird Lore: Common Murre

Alcids are swimming and diving birds of the coast and the open sea. The Common Murre is one of the two largest seabirds in the alcid family. It is a denizen of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. A common to abundant resident along Washington’s coast, this murre can be fairly common in the inland marine waters at any time of year. In Edmonds it can be seen in the nearshore to offshore waters... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: My kind of gourd goodness — all things pumpkin

My Edmonds Restaurant News: My kind of gourd goodness — all things pumpkin

Produce harvest is ahead of schedule this year. The favorite fall flavor of many, pumpkin, was heralded on recent email blasts from the folks at Starbucks who are building yet another establishment, for those who prefer the convenience of a drive thru, near the intersection of 100th and Edmonds Way. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice sauce, Pumpkin Chai Tea and even a Stainless Steel Clip Tumbler... »

Artfully Edmonds: Last outdoor concert of summer, volunteer at Driftwood Players, Phoenix does Gilligan’s Island

Artfully Edmonds: Last outdoor concert of summer, volunteer at Driftwood Players, Phoenix does Gilligan’s Island

It’s hard to believe that we are closing out the 2015 Summer Concert Series with this edition of “Artfully Edmonds” – but we are. The Saturday market will continue into autumn with its buskers, art, jewelry and photography; crafts, produce, fruit, and flowers. The theatres will call for volunteers, the 2015-2016 performance season will open, and Edmonds will celebrate Cascadia Art Museum and all t... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Edmonds Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work, they don’t add to the tax revenue. They also lose hope, get discouraged, small family matt... »

Bird Lore: California Gull

Bird Lore: California Gull

The California Gull is a common summer visitor to the Edmonds waterfront. Upwards of several hundred can be seen flying about, floating on the nearshore waters, at rest on the dock roofs of the marina or at the Shell Creek mouth. This is a gull of western North America. Range expansion brought the first colony of the California Gull to Washington in 1932. There were eight colonies by 1977. About 7... »

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Many gardens are bursting with zucchini and tomatoes. Have you been zucchini bombed by your neighbor yet? That means that they left you an unmarked paper bag full of very large zucchini on your front porch. I just picked up a lovely bowl of tomatoes from a neighbor who graciously offered them to me because I lamented the fact that I had a green thumb and not a red one. My tomatoes are pathetic eve... »

Artfully Edmonds: Town to sparkle with Thursday Art + Wine Walk; plus upcoming events

Artfully Edmonds: Town to sparkle with Thursday Art + Wine Walk; plus upcoming events

The art gallery crowd is simmering with anticipation as they wait for “Art + Wine Walk” to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 20)  in downtown Edmonds. “Art + Wine Walk” is the newest innovation as our community of artists continue to invigorate and inspire the Edmonds arts scene to greater heights. Artfully Edmonds outlined the wine walk component of the larger free-admission event, Art Walk Edmonds,... »

Edmonds Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

Edmonds Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell Shock (Harley House P... »

Edmonds Fitness Corner: For young athletes, play more important than competition

Edmonds Fitness Corner: For young athletes, play more important than competition

Remember lying on the carpet with your infant? How innocent was that? More so than you know! The endless crawling and chasing on all fours allowed us to play at our child’s level of development. Their development depended upon a supply of endless wonder and new stimuli. As they grew and eventually walked, we chased them even more, playing hide and seek, throwing Nerf balls at endless targets, hidi... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: From construction to cooking, local kid-friendly classes

Edmonds Kind of Play: From construction to cooking, local kid-friendly classes

A couple of weeks ago, on a lazy summer weekend morning — you know, the kind where even though you’ve been up since 6:30, you don’t get out of bed until after 10 — I came across a reminder of a free, fun event at Home Depot. Without signing up, the kids got to show up, get a free Home Depot apron, and build a fun craft with a hammer, nails, and “washable” paint. There seem to be a few ... »

Bird Lore: Western Sandpiper

Bird Lore: Western Sandpiper

The Western Sandpiper is a long-distance migrant that passes through Edmonds during spring and fall shorebird migration. It is mostly seen at the Edmonds marsh but can be spotted occasionally along Edmonds beaches on lower tides. It is one of the most abundant shorebirds along the West Coast. It winters as far south as Peru on the Pacific. On the Atlantic and Gulf, it winters from New Jersey to Ve... »

Recommended Reads: Jimmy Carter reflects on ‘A Full Life’

Recommended Reads: Jimmy Carter reflects on ‘A Full Life’

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, by Jimmy Carter “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be,” this quote from Robert Browning, could be a great description of this optimistic book by our 39th President, Jimmy Carter. I was privileged to briefly meet the President when he was at Third Place Books signing this 29th book he’s authored. His warmth, humor and optimism comes through immediately i... »

From the Edmonds Vet: Most common pet toxins of 2014 — and other hazards

From the Edmonds Vet: Most common pet toxins of 2014 — and other hazards

The Animal Poison Control Center was started prior to my arrival as Head of the then-named Veterinary Biosciences department in the College of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After I took office, the center was taken over by the ASPCA and has grown and become more effective as a result. The service answered more than 167,000 calls in 2014, all involving exposur... »

Artfully Edmonds: Art + Wine Walk launches next week, plus how you can ‘Take a Kid to the Theatre’

Artfully Edmonds: Art + Wine Walk launches next week, plus how you can ‘Take a Kid to the Theatre’

A preview of Art Walk Edmonds for August Art + Wine Walk Coldwell Banker Bain 108 5th Ave. S. Thursday, Aug. 20 5-8 p.m. Beginning this month, a festive, sparkling event component will be added to Art Walk Edmonds (AWE). The news is so exciting, and so high profile that Artfully Edmonds is pulling its AWE news forward a week to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how Art + Wine Walk came toge... »

Bird Lore: Glaucous-winged Gull

Bird Lore: Glaucous-winged Gull

The Glaucous-winged Gull is a large white-headed gull. Its yellow bill has a red spot, its back and wings are silver-gray, and its legs are pink. It is a resident of coastal regions of the north Pacific Ocean, from northern Oregon to northern Japan. In winter it retreats from its northernmost range and can be found as far south as Baja California. You can see it along the waterfront or flying over... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Spud set to open in September, Chanterelle celebrates 18 years

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Spud set to open in September, Chanterelle celebrates 18 years

My Edmonds News dishes on Spud Fish and Chips. When will they open, you ask? The best answer I’ve received to date—“September.” The Edmonds location, in Salish Crossing next to the Edmonds ferry terminal, is the first Spud facility to open in over 45 years. The expanse of beach is a perfect spot to open another Spud Fish and Chips. Many Edmonds residents are grateful that very soon they’ll no long... »

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