Edmonds Art Beat: Search for a Rising Star, discussions on aging, and live — but virtual – music and dancing

Cascade Symphony Orchestra seeking its next ‘Rising Star’ Cascade Symphony Orchestra is looking for young musicians to enter its “Rising Star” competition for the 2020-2021 season. The competition is open to many instruments: piano, violin, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, percussion and harp. The winning musician, selected by…

Restaurant News: From sushi to gyros, new dining options in Lynnwood

Happy accident: An Amazon return meant a trip to Alderwood Mall. Sad to see former favorite food establishments shuttered, my spirits lifted as I rounded the corner. A new sushi spot — Bitty Fish Sushi — recently opened in the location formerly occupied by Blue C Sushi. I had to investigate and share with readers….

Under the Weather: Fall storms get off to an early start with an atmospheric river

Autumn has only just begun, but we’re already expecting the stormy weather that we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year. On Wednesday, an atmospheric river is expected to take aim directly at the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it some significant rainfall. What is an atmospheric river? I wrote an article about this phenomenon and…

Looking Back: 1910 Snohomish County plat map inspires stories of local history

Discovering history sources Clues to historical stories can be found in records from many different, and even unusual sources. The idea for this column originated from a small portion of a 1910 Plat of Township 27 North, Range 4 East, Willamette Meridian, Snohomish County, Washington. The southwest Snohomish County landholders of 1910 shown on this…

Good trees for urban gardens: Is there bamboo in your future?

While we are distracted by all the challenges facing us we may forget that September and October are the best times for planting. There is rain to keep the trees healthy and winter soon comes.  Trees have a chance to put down roots.  When spring comes trees will begin to add growth for a healthy start…

Fitness Corner: Simple lifestyle choices key to actively aging

No one wants to get old, yet we can pretty much agree it is far better than the alternative! There are few of us who don’t complain about how our bodies and minds change as we get older. But as 90-year-old Edmonds resident Janet Robertson demonstrates by her own experience, aging doesn’t need to be…

Edmonds Art Beat: Cascadia Art Museum reopens next week, last chance for greeting card campaign — and a discussion with author J.A. Jance

Cascadia Art Museum reopening to public with new exhibits After months of closure due to COVID-19, Cascadia Art Museum is opening its doors next week with three new exhibits — Dreaming Forms: The Art of Leo Kenney, Stolen Moments: The Photography of Shedrich Williames, and Gifts and Promised Gifts — in addition to the museum’s permanent collections….

Edmonds Booktalk: ‘Comfort food’ reading ahead with new fall titles

We are so happy to have you back in the store live and in person, and browsing with a purpose! A quick refresher on Edmonds Bookshop operations: We remain open under Phase 2 guidance, with masks and use of hand sanitizer required for entry; we enforce a limit of about six customers at a time,…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Free and low-cost options for school lunches

In years past, I have always waited anxiously for the Edmonds School District Family and Community Calendar to come out. Since it has all of the important dates — days off, early releases, holidays – I was anxious to get those in my calendar even though I’d often end up surprised by the schedule change,…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Workspace options for kids with remote learning challenges

As kids around the country head back to school — many of my friends and family in other states have started their school years already– the typical “first day” photos look much different. Those attending school in person are wearing masks and those learning virtually are in their workspaces or posing with their devices instead…

Healthy Eating: Homemade granola, your way

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Suffice it to say that I still love my hometown (especially for many of its culinary treasures) but I am glad that I call Edmonds home (especially because of the weather and the natural beauty.)  One of my earliest cooking memories is making granola with my mother in…

Publisher’s reminder: You’re invited to my TED talk this Saturday

  Dear readers: I hope you’ll join me Saturday, Aug. 29, for my TED talk through the 2020 TEDXSnoIsleLibraries program. My topic: the key role that readers will play in the survival of journalism. While the talks from a total of 15 presenters were supposed to be delivered live with an audience at the Edmonds Center for the…

Between Assignments: Remembering Slade Gorton

Over the past several days, the passing of Slade Gorton has been justly covered in all of the media. I have thought long about writing a personal view on Sen. Gorton and how that view could add to the conversation. After all, Slade’s long career spawned many friendships and relationships that knew him far better…

Edmonds Restaurant News: Locally sourced, flavorful food and drink at Leftcraft

“A restaurant opening during covid-19 pandemic is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of America and how we will thrive and prosper regardless of circumstances, like we always have. Although only open limited hours and days to start, this is a really positive thing for Edmonds, with so many businesses closing for good and much…

Recommended Reads: Get ready for spine-tingling mystery at Spook Light Inn

Haunting At Spook Light Inn, by Alicia Dean Camille left Miami for Devil’s Promenade. Her visit to this small town in rural Oklahoma is a quest. She searches for a legendary light, one with haunting effects sparkling in the sky without explanation, or predictability. This phenomenon appears only to some, and over the span of…