As the Fourth of July draws near, I have to confess this is my favorite time of year in Edmonds. Not only does the weather become more predictable (although admittedly it is not the norm to have 80- to 90-degree weather in late June), but all of the summer activities gear up that make our town such a vibrant place to live.
We start on Saturday with the first-ever Edmonds Arts Summit, which kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. I will be part of a panel of journalists offering tips to arts organizations on the best ways to get publicity for their events. (I will be sure to find a break to wander over to the Edmonds Museum Garden Market, which launches for the season Saturday as well.)
Then of course, next week we will be participating in many of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Fourth of July festivities that Edmonds has to offer, including the noon main parade (look for the My Neighborhood News Network/My Edmonds News car). At 4:30 p.m., we’ll be at Edmonds District Stadium, when Edmonds’ own Northsound SeaWolves will face the U23 Sounders, which we will be broadcasting live online (but we hope to see you there in person).
Finally, I am very proud to report on another effort that we are involved with. Maggie Peterson, Advertising and Marketing Director for My Neighborhood News Network, joined Edmonds Chamber Board member Gary Choo and Chuck Loomis of Edmonds Community College at the Korea-PNW Business Forum in Mercer Island on Thursday. Representatives from Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Washington spoke about what their states are producing and exporting to Korea, and how the Korus FTA (Korean-U.S. Free Trade Agreement), which went into effect last year, has helped Pacific Northwest economies. Led by Young Wan Song, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, several prominent Korean associations, including KITA (Korean International Trade Association) spoke about why investing in Korea makes economic sense for PNW companies.
We are committed to establishing strong connections with the many residents and business owners in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace with Korean ties, and we will continue to reach out to our international communities through education, featured stories and marketing.
Enjoy the fun-filled week ahead.
Teresa Wippel, Publisher