Edmonds Kind of Play: Valentine’s Day Maker Lab at library, free dental day in Lynnwood Feb. 28

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Jen Marx

There is a box of Star Wars Valentine’s on my kitchen table, purchased semi-last minute. In surveying the rest of the table, there are piles of homework, a cup of pencils, erasers and a precariously balanced ruler. I’m sure lots of families have a similar scene on whatever their most- used surface is. I also know from years of elementary school experience, that there many, much more clever and crafty endeavors being had.

I’m torn on the whole Valentine’s Day thing. You know, it is a Hallmark Holiday, it’s full of pressure for kids and adults alike, but then again, getting a Valentine from an important adult always made me feel so good as a little kid. Plus, one year, my oldest son’s teacher had the kids write compliments on each Valentine and it felt so good that every kid in the class got an equal number of positive comments, even though most had the enthusiasm of a second grader with a low word count in mind. For my younger, Valentine’s Day means an art project to make the box, a party, and that candy gets to come home. My older son wondered if they’d do anything in class and it took all of my power not to ask a million questions about how it was being treated within his age group.

All of this is basically to say, there is a Valentine’s Day edition of the Pop-Up Maker Lab series at the Edmonds Library. Kids ages 8 to 18 can drop-in to “make, invent, experiment, play and tinker with our monthly rotating gadgets, electronics, crafts, tools, and more.” This monthly event takes place on a scheduled Wednesday at 4 p.m. with this months installation landing on Valentine’s Day — Wednesday, Feb. 14. Next month’s Pop-Up Maker Lab will be held on March 14, also at 4 p.m..

I learned about this event walking into the library, which I am usually at to pick up a hold or to return late books, and I saw another event posted. On Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, all ages are welcome for “Brer Rabbit and Friends: African American Storytelling for All.” This was created by Eva Abram, award-winning actress and storyteller, to “share stories, myths, and legends from African diaspora.” The event poster invites you to “come hear tales of tricksters, of family, and of community as we all come together to celebrate Black History Month.” Those in attendance can create their own “Story Quilt” craft to take home. Light refreshments will be provided.

As I was looking up both the events I saw posted at the library, I noticed another event that looks fun, which is typical when I’m rooting around the library calendar online. On Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. you can help “create a colorful collage mural to hang at the library.” All materials will be provided; the library just asks that you bring “your creativity and imagination!” The Edmonds Library is located at 650 Main St. and you can contact them with questions at 425-771-1933.

Dr. Lucas with a patient. (PHoto courtesy Lynnwood Kids Dentist Facebook page

Lynnwood Kids Dentist — the one by the Alderwood Mall with the penguin sign — is having their annual “Free Dental Day” on Feb. 28. They want to “help as many kids as possible” and in a Facebook post asked their followers for help getting the word out.

If you need dental care for your child, you can contact Kay at [email protected] or 425-771-1285 to schedule an appointment on the )28th. You don’t have to be a patient of Lynnwood Kids Dentist to be seen on their Free Dental Day and you also can be seen if you are a patient of theirs. For more information on Lynnwood Kids Dentist, visit their website at KidsDentist.com.

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two young boys, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her on Twitter trying to make sense of begging kids to ”just eat the mac n cheese”

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