Artfully Edmonds: Birdfest and Classic Car Show pack the weekend

By Janette Turner This weekend we honor the winged animals that cross our skies each day. To celebrate those feathered friends, Puget Sound Birdfest is hosting a free kickoff event, “Owls of Washington,” with keynote speaker Paul Bannick in the Edmonds Library Plaza, Friday, 7-8 p.m. His book, “The Owl and the Woodpecker,” was one…

Edmonds Military Wire: We don’t belong in Afghanistan — or do we?

By Michael Schindler What a mess. At least that’s the opinion of several individuals I’ve had discussions with over the past few weeks when it comes to our troops still being in Afghanistan. It seems the general consensus is that most folks want us out of Afghanistan – including Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner, who is…

Artfully Edmonds: Easy tips to discover treasure

By Janette Turner Visitors to Edmonds businesses this Labor Day weekend are encouraged to look for something usually signifying danger: the skull-and-crossbones symbol. But this weekend the warning sign indicates holiday bargains and a chance for a pirate’s ransom during the Downtown Edmonds Sidewalk Sale & Treasure Hunt. Starting Friday, visit your favorite shop for…

Edmonds Military Wire: Army combats suicides with nose spray

By Michael Schindler In some ways,  I wish the title of this article was misleading, but truth be told, it is accurate. With Army suicides on the rise — 38 in the month of July — leadership is willing to test new science in order to buy time before a long-term solution is found. Suicides…

Artfully Edmonds: All signs point toward art

By Janette Turner An Edmonds kind of town is one that appreciates the arts. That’s why we have the sun dial pictured above, the school of metal fish at the pier, and other pieces of public art around. You can thank your fellow citizens and leaders for recognizing the benefits of investing in art, which…

Edmonds Military Wire: Top 10 reasons companies need to hire veterans

By Michael Schinder The economic landscape of our country could be transformed in a matter of months if more companies and small businesses hired veterans…and government got out of the way. Efficiencies would rise, creative thinking would improve, water cooler time would drop and production would increase. Months back I was privileged to talk with…

Artfully Edmonds: ‘Taste of Edmonds’ takes over town

By Janette Turner You’ve probably seen the signs around town: ‘Welcome to the Taste of Edmonds’ – and on Friday the jam-packed event finally arrives. As always the big question is: What’s the best food? If you want to be in the know, stay tuned for our review of everything from Elephant Ears to kebobs….

Artfully Edmonds: A three-hour cruise of nostalgia and new memories

By Janette Turner Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale….that is if you head this weekend to ‘An Epic Parody: Gilligan’s Island,’ produced by Phoenix Theatre and the Snohomish Theater Project. All of your favorite castaways, from Thurston Howell III to Mary Ann, will come to life in the Firdale Village venue on…

Edmonds Book Talk: Mysteries for summer

By Elaine Mattson I just stumbled on this fantastic TV show [sure, waiting for the Olympics, but still…] on PBS [of course!] called Well Read. I’m sure most of you readers already know all about it, but, I am new to the wonder and the beauty. The host interviews authors, and, somehow, convinced Mary Ann…

Edmonds Military Wire: Is the U.S. military boot camp for today’s criminal?

By Michael Schindler “Jail or Sail?” That was the question we Navy guys used to think some of shipmates were asked prior to joining the world’s greatest fleet of ships. Some of these guys were pretty rough, but at the end of the day, they performed valiantly and were dependable. Unfortunately, it seems there is…

Artfully Edmonds: David Correa & CASCADA perform Sunday, and much more

By Janette Turner One of the hottest Latin bands in the San Francisco Bay Area hits our bay town Sunday for a free concert at Edmonds City Park, 3 p.m. Latin Folk rhythms and Middle Eastern melodies played by David Correa and CASCADA will help get your Rumba on. As always, bring your own seating…

Edmonds Military Wire: Women don’t make the cut in today’s job market

By Michael Schindler The job market reports have been pretty bleak lately – and word on the street is if Congress can’t come to some sort of agreement here in the next five months, another 2 million jobs will be lost. If you’re a woman, I’d be concerned. A July 23rd article in Time Magazine…

Artfully Edmonds: ARTSplash, Art Walk and movies under the stars

By Janette Turner Like summer, some things go by so quickly you have to pay attention, or miss the moment. ARTSplash is one of those events. Read on for that summertime highlight, along with Third Thursday Art Walk, an appearance by Scriber Lake teen writers, outdoor performances, and other notable events for the week ahead….

Artfully Edmonds: Dancing in the sweet summertime

By Janette Turner This week, the concept of summer is no longer a hazy yearning. With the sun out, it’s time to match your best sandals to your socks and head to the park for some dancing. Read on for that Sunday event and other selected highlights this upcoming week in Edmonds. Edmonds Library: Sue…

Edmonds Booktalk: Beach- and travel-friendly ideas for summer reading

By Elaine Mattson It’s not an urban myth: Summer really does start on July 5th! And if the 4th is decent weather, that’s a lovely bonus… so… welcome to Summer! School’s out, most of us will have at least a few days of vacation in the next couple of months… it’s the perfect time to…

Edmonds Military Wire: College education is NOT for our troops — or is it?

By Michael Schindler For years there has been an urban myth that our military exploits the uneducated, that “they” want the young man or woman who doesn’t make the cut for college or who is at the “sail or jail” point of life. Back during the showdown between Bush and Kerry, there was an uproar…

Artfully Edmonds: Summer concerts take center stage

By Janette Turner Some folks believe tuba season begins and ends with John Philips Sousa music on the Fourth. But folks in Edmonds get a second dose of oompah as the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band comes to Edmonds City Park on Sunday at 3 p.m. This free event kicks off the Edmonds Arts Commission’s “Summer…

Artfully Edmonds: Stars in sky on the Fourth and onstage at Driftwood

By Janette Turner Get the dog some ear plugs because things will be exploding in the sky during the upcoming Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July. The party, sponsored by the Hazel Miller Foundation, runs all day Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. with a Fun Run, 11:30 Children’s Parade, 12:00 main parade, 2:30 p.m. Fireman’s…

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans — your presence requested for Edmonds 4th of July

By Michael Schindler If you or someone you know is an Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who has earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or the Iraq Campaign Medal, the citizens of Edmonds want to honor you this 4th of July. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the VFW…

Artfully Edmonds: Third Thursday Art Walk and Driftwood show preview

By Janette Turner For some folks, the annual Edmonds Arts Festival is the only time to connect with the local cultural scene. But – surprise! – Edmonds continues the art vibe year-round. Here is a preview of selected highlights for this week’s Third Thursday Art Walk and Friday’s opening of the anticipated Driftwood Players show,…