Spotlight on EdCC: Undergraduate researchers head to UW symposium

Edmonds Community College student researchers are headed to the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 19. One EdCC team, including student Erica Toikka, worked on a magnet project beyond the scope normally seen at the community college level. The team built, scrapped, and rebuilt a magnet while seeking to create a powerful, stable…

Spotlight on EdCC: Learning Support Center offers tutoring 24/7

Edmonds Community College Learning Support Center Director Jeremiah Roland recently visited the Edmonds Community College Foundation to report how money raised by the foundation supports students. According to Roland, students of all levels can receive help from the Learning Support Center in person Monday through Saturday and via online assistance 24 hours a day, 7…

Creative Age Festival of Edmonds tickets nearly sold out

Tickets are nearly sold out for the Creative Age Festival in Edmonds (CAFÉ) coming Sat., April 29, according to Executive Director Sonia Gilman. “Several of our classes are filled to capacity,” said Gilman. “Denise Cole’s watercolor pencil class and Janette Turner’s memoir writing workshop are filled, and so are Martha Peppones’ class on reducing inflammation…

Scene in Edmonds: Marvel-ous new development coming

Plans to transform the Mar-Vel Marble corner on Edmonds’ Main Street and Second Avenue are posted on site. The posted permit application states the “design is for a new two story building over a one level underground garage. The ground floor will include an art institute with space for artists to create art and a…

Spotlight on EdCC: Excitement builds for April 29 gala

Edmonds Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala at Future of Flight on April 29 and just a few tickets are available for the gourmet evening, according to auction co-chair Meg Rankin. “Our generous sponsors have covered the cost of everything,” said Rankin, “so all proceeds raised will go straight to scholarships.”…

Scene in Edmonds: Garden shops gear up for spring

Edmonds residents are starting to see signs of spring around town in the corner parklets, but warmer weather is needed for flower baskets to take full bloom. Until then, the downtown garden shops have pops of color available for area gardeners to enjoy. Bountiful Home’s porch is filled with hardy spring plants, including Viola Etain,…

Spotlight on EdCC: Acing College program improves student access

Imagine being a first-generation high school student nearing graduation and you see your peers preparing for college, but the forms and entry fees seem intimidating and overwhelming. Luckily, area students have access to EdCC’s Acing College program to ease the transition to college. Director of Entry Services Mark Di Virgilio recently visited the EdCC Foundation…

Scene in Edmonds: Lavender store soft opening

Folks in the know stopped in on Saturday at Pelindaba Lavender for the shop’s soft opening in the former Nama’s Candy Store space on Edmonds’ 5th Avenue North. Shoppers got a preview of the grand opening coming on April 22 in the redecorated space that now features dark walls, natural material finishes, and the perfume…

Spotlight on EdCC: Free Books Campaign for local students

Edmonds Community College offers an opportunity for area students to receive scholarships through the Free Books Campaign. Danielle Carnes, M.S., Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Management at Edmonds Community College provided information on the program that provides free books to local high school students who sign up for college: As an enrollment incentive and relationship…

Spotlight on EdCC: Parent Mentor Program nurtures volunteers

Imagine having your family uprooted and moved to a new country. You don’t speak the language, but you take language classes in the evening and are grateful to find an entry-level job to pay bills. Your son attends a local school, and one day he comes home with a note that you cannot decipher. What…

Spotlight on EdCC: Salsa band visits Cuba

Edmonds Community College’s jazz and salsa band under the direction of music faculty John Sanders returned this week from a trip to Cuba. The instructor provided this report: “Our trip to Cuba is the continuation of developing the Salsa music program at Edmonds Community College. I was very fortunate to have been granted a sabbatical in…

Share your ideas: Who gets health care after a catastrophic event?

Remember the childhood game “Musical Chairs”? The music stops without warning and everyone scrambles frantically for seats, the loser left sadly standing without a chair. Much like that sudden stopping of the game’s music, disasters can happen suddenly and leave citizens frantically dependent on those doctors and nurses “left standing” in the hospitals to provide…

Commentary: Support access to justice at UW Law event

Meadowdale High School graduate Alyssa Fairbanks is a third-year University of Washington law student and president of the UW Public Interest Law Association (PILA) She sent word about an upcoming benefit to fund greater access to justice: “I have personally benefited from PILA’s grant process during my first summer in law school when I worked…

Coming to Edmonds: Lavender store to open in the spring

Edmonds’ Fifth Avenue will soon be home to Pelindaba Lavender boutique in the former Nama’s Candy Store space. According to Pelindaba’s website, the shop is being readied to open in April to sell lavender products handcrafted using organic lavender flowers and distilled essential oil from their San Juan Island farm. Products will range from cleaning…

Edmonds resident David Fairbanks honored by King County Metro Police

Edmonds resident David Fairbanks was recently honored by the King County Sheriff’s Metro Transit Police as Professional Staff Employee of the Year 2016. Fairbanks has worked for Metro for 36 years, at first as a driver and currently as the Operations Security Liaison. Fairbanks’ current job is to help insure public and bus employee safety by working with law…

Scene nearby: EdCC Breakfast of Champions

Edmonds Community College Foundation celebrated scholarship recipients and donors at a Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday morning. The event, catered by EdCC culinary arts students, brought together scholarship winners, donors, faculty members, staff, and community members. Three scholarship winners spoke at the Wednesday breakfast on the impact of receiving community support: Linh Tran was born…

Disaster Medicine Project seeks focus group participants

Edmonds is home to the Disaster Medicine Project, an organization seeking to improve hospital and provider response during disasters. Edmonds resident Robert Mitchell, M.D., spearheads the all-volunteer organization and provided this note seeking focus group members interested in planning how communities care for sick and injured people in times of disaster: It’s not sexy … It’s…

Recent burglary and crime data for Edmonds

A recent search of the Lexis | Nexis Community Crime Map includes residential burglaries in Edmonds for the period of Dec. 21, 2016, to Jan. 15, 2017. To do a similar search, go to Lexis | Nexis Community Map and put in “WA – Edmonds” or your ZIP code for the period you wish to…

Business scene: Urban Scrapbooker searches for a new name

Regular visitors to Urban Scrapbooker know that owner Brooke Snyder selects art paper and supplies in line with her store vision of a place “where crafting is cool.” Snyder now has a new goal: To find a new name for the shop. “When I started the store in 2007,” said Snyder, “I was mostly a…

Scene in Edmonds: Segway business segues to the beach

Segway of Edmonds recently rolled out of its space near Salish Sea Brewing Company and into a new beachside home beneath Arnie’s Restaurant on Admiral Way. According to 17-year-old owner Gregg Jantz, Jr., the new Segway location offers “a beautiful view of the waterfront and more space for training, fun and safe corporate events, team…