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Artfully Edmonds: A most memorable opening for Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Halloween in high gear

Artfully Edmonds: A most memorable opening for Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Halloween in high gear

This has been an exhilarating week for Edmonds’ stages with wonderful reviews coming in for both playhouses and a memorable and celebratory opening of the 53rd Season for Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO). I was in the audience making new friends with frequent patrons Dorothy, Audrey and Carol as other audience members filed in, taking their seats in a performance hall electric with anticipation fo... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Just added to ECA lineup — ETHEL and Hey Marseilles

Artfully Edmonds brief: Just added to ECA lineup — ETHEL and Hey Marseilles

Exciting news from Edmonds Center for The Arts! These brand new listings have been added to the ECA line-up. There’s a reason that Edmonds is fast becoming the Arts and Events destination of Puget Sound: Edmonds Center for The Arts 410 4th Ave. ETHEL plus Kaki King Thursday, Oct. 30 ~ 7:30 p.m. Described as “indefatigable and eclectic” (The New York Times) and “vital and brillian... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

Edmonds Military Wire: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

Most, if not all, men and women who serve our country will agree that those who qualify to serve as a SEAL are the best of the best. The men (women have yet to be indoctrinated) who become SEALS are not only physically fit, but mentally tough and emotionally sound. Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine, retired Commander and founder of SEALFIT, will be speaking at the Operation Military Family Cares Nation... »

Bird Lore: Pied-billed Grebe

Bird Lore: Pied-billed Grebe

The curmudgeon of the grebe family is the Pied-billed Grebe. This solitary and unsocial little grebe only associates with its own during breeding season. In Edmonds, the Pied-billed Grebe is seen reliably in the protected waters of the marina and at Lake Ballinger. There are other small bodies of protected water in Edmonds where it might be seen on occasion. All grebes are well adapted to water. T... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Library open house, Street Scramble, Halloween Howl

Edmonds Kind of Play: Library open house, Street Scramble, Halloween Howl

It is the middle of October, can you believe it? I still can’t exactly wrap my head around how fast the beginning of the school has gone. Ours has been quite eventful with big transitions and a few illnesses already. At this very moment, I have the sinking feeling I may get a call from the school that my youngest is sick. He certainly wasn’t sick enough to keep home being virtually symptom free, b... »

Edmonds Military Wire special report: The movie ‘Fury’ — fact or fiction?

Edmonds Military Wire special report: The movie ‘Fury’ — fact or fiction?

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” is a statement attributed to Churchill. Yet, “history” today is often based on the perspective of those who tell the story and their interpretation. Whether it is some educator with an agenda or Hollywood with its interpretation, can one learn from history if the facts are ignored? David “Sting” Rae, military adviser for the mov... »

Artfully Edmonds: Get into Halloween spirit with Art Stalk Thursday, scarecrow voting

Artfully Edmonds: Get into Halloween spirit with Art Stalk Thursday, scarecrow voting

So many Edmonds residents have been mentioning the mild weather as autumn approaches. Wonderful, isn’t it? The leaves are swirling as neighbors come and go from boisterous coffee shops along Main Street, 5th Avenue, Walnut Street and beyond. Artfully Edmonds believes that a lot of the buzz surrounds the anticipation over the opening of Edmonds’ performance venues this month and that Art Walk Edmon... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Where’s the beef, and dim sum delights

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Where’s the beef, and dim sum delights

Bad news in downtown Edmonds for the Beef/Burger joints, as both Bill the Butcher and the 50’s Burger Bar had notes posted on their doors. The sign in the window at BTB in Edmonds, along with other locations, was sort of non-committal  — Closed ….until further notice. They’ve been challenged from the get go, and an article Tuesday from our online news partner The Seattle Times – Cash-p... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Service above and beyond  — the Medal of Honor

Edmonds Military Wire: Service above and beyond — the Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest award for military valor. It is awarded to those individuals whose actions have risen “above and beyond the call of duty;” in plain speak, it is earned in action at the risk of a service member’s life for that of another. Since the inception of the award, after the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, millions have served this country but only 3,492 ... »

Bird Lore: Greater White-fronted Goose

Bird Lore: Greater White-fronted Goose

The Greater White-fronted Goose is usually seen in Edmonds every year but can be hard to find. Typically it is seen when a formation of these geese is flying over the Sound in spring or fall migration but occasionally it is seen on the ground. It flies in wavering lines in contrast to the vee formation of the Canada Goose. It can frequently be seen with Snow Goose flocks. This goose is about two t... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Here comes the rain, so let’s focus on indoor fun

Edmonds Kind of Play: Here comes the rain, so let’s focus on indoor fun

The rain is coming. At the moment, the forecast has six of the next 10 days with rain on tap. We have been so lucky to basically have had a resurgence of summer each weekend since school started. The rain usually means the school year is in full force. Along with the fact that we’ve lost AND recovered a lunch box and heard of or personally dealt with a fever, flu, lice, full cast, and — dun-... »

Artfully Edmonds: Events for kids, teens, music and theatre lovers

Artfully Edmonds: Events for kids, teens, music and theatre lovers

This week there are many special events taking place in (and around) Edmonds – fun things for children and teens, with special occasion selections for sophisticates – plus! – so much to look forward to on the horizon of next week. So let’s get started with an easy-to-add to-your-calendar chronology of upcoming events: ~ ~ ~ ~ Chamber music with Spencer Myer Richmond Beach Congregational Church 151... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State prepares for military downsizing

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State prepares for military downsizing

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced that Washington State received a $4.3 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the state’s defense industry. Despite the news that the national unemployment rate for baby boomers (those older than 55) fell to 3.9 percent from 4.6 percent as 230,000 people landed new jobs (though mostly in ... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Edmonds kind of class — cooking, that is

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Edmonds kind of class — cooking, that is

The list of classes of a culinary nature attests to the keen interest of Edmonds residents in all things gourmet. Many classes feature award winning chefs like Bobby Moore from Barking Frog, Erin Coopey, Cookbook Author, Instructor and Owner of Glorified Home Chef and many more. Sweet Basil’s School of Cooking’s owner Jeanne Judd has been satisfying our community’s culinary curiosity f... »

Bird Lore: Red-necked Grebe

Bird Lore: Red-necked Grebe

The Red-necked Grebe is a silent presence on Puget Sound in winter. You can see them most anywhere along the Edmonds waterfront from October through March. It does not develop its red neck until spring, just before it leaves our marine waters. When it returns in fall, it is a nondescript bird. You can see the differences in LeRoy’s two photos. Pete Dunne, Director of the Cape May (New Jersey... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Art projects done remotely — all the fun, no cleanup

Edmonds Kind of Play: Art projects done remotely — all the fun, no cleanup

The theme of this week is art, art that happens on someone else’s watch. The mythical mother I was going to be had a house with happy kids who do wonderful art projects. It was going to be magic — sitcom or margarine commercial magic. While we do have fun things we do each year, like tissue ghosts for Halloween, I don’t offer messy art projects as much as the version of me I dreamed up when ... »

Artfully Edmonds: Halloween on its way, and we have the events to prove it

Artfully Edmonds: Halloween on its way, and we have the events to prove it

To many people, like me, the words “holiday happiness” describe Halloween. I’m bonafide samhainophiliac who doesn’t mind a Dance with Death one night a year, or a reel around the Edmonds fountain as the music strikes up “Thriller” at the Edmonds’ downtown Trick-or-Treat party. As Halloween lurches ever closer, I will list the community-wide events that pay homage to All Hallows Eve. So contact “Ar... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to break out fall book awards, favorite authors

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to break out fall book awards, favorite authors

Welcome to Fall! I realize it gets darker and wetter, but really, all that means is more time inside to read! And this time of year often brings fantastic new books from authors we already love, and others that may soon make our short lists. A great place to start is Mary Ann Gwinn’s column “Fall books: 37 new titles to add to your reading list.” And soon, there will be a couple of new liter... »

Money Talk: Financial Well-Being — Retirement and Tax Planning

Money Talk: Financial Well-Being — Retirement and Tax Planning

Saving for retirement can be a lot more complicated than just socking away money for later. By strategically coordinating your income, retirement accounts and investments to maximize tax savings, you may be able to reach your retirement goals more efficiently. Assemble Your Team It’s common to work with several professionals to manage different aspects of your financial affairs, such as CPAs for t... »

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Skip the pasta and enjoy spaghetti squash casserole

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Skip the pasta and enjoy spaghetti squash casserole

I absolutely love the fall. I grew up in the Midwest and spent almost 20 years living in New England — both are places that have spectacular autumns full of colorful trees. My last residence before I moved to Edmonds was Burlington, Vermont—yes, indeed the leaves were brilliant. Leading hikes for visiting “leaf peepers” was always fun. I also love this time of year because ... »

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