Edmonds Booktalk: Lots to look forward to for fall reading list

September. Ready or not. I am not. Don’t get me wrong, I love September. Truly, I love September. But. I am really not ready for it to be here already! Not nearly enough top-down in the Jeep days! The saving grace — and it seems to get better every year—is the amazing list of books…

Tips from the Teacher: Are you and your child ready for school?

You are a school prep organizer aficionado. . . backpacks are full of pencils, erasers, paper, notebooks and that ever-important box of Kleenex. New lunch boxes are adorned with each child’s name. The first-day clothes are hanging in closets with pristine shoes and socks close by. All is ready for the first day of school….

Recommended Reads: Book highlights words of wisdom from Yogi Berra

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! by Yogi Berra, with Dave Kaplan Yogi Berra was a 15-time All Star baseball catcher, winning the American League MVP three times. He played in 14 World Series and holds numerous World Series records including most games by a catcher (63), hits (71), and…

Artfully Edmonds: Fall for a good cause

Edmonds Cultural Plan Survey I mentioned in last week’s column that the City of Edmonds is gearing up to write a new six-year plan for the future of art culture and our use of parks and open spaces. Earlier this week, the city released a link to an anonymous survey to get a more complete…

Money Talk: Financial planning for disasters and emergencies

News stories about floods, earthquakes and other calamities may make you wonder if you are prepared to keep your home and family physically safe. But here’s another question to consider. What about your financial safety? Advance planning can offer peace of mind, so use this checklist to help you sleep better. Build up cash and credit reserves. Banks…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun ideas to fill the final days of summer

It seems as if summer flies by until you’ve run out of ideas and children are less like siblings and more like bordering countries at an impasse. Edmonds public schools are back in session on Sept. 4 — I know, so close yet SO far away. Most camps ended last week and we are in…

Edmonds Military Wire: Sequestration killing jobs for veterans

Approximately 300,000 active-duty service members and more than 100,000 National Guardsmen and reservists transition back into civilian life each year. More than 13,000 of those men and women choose to re-enter civilian life in Washington and over 50 percent of those 13,000 transition through Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Washington has historically welcomed veterans and their families…

Artfully Edmonds: Change is in the wind

On Wednesday night this week, the Community Cultural Advising Team met for the first time to discuss goals for the next six years of Edmonds arts culture. The team, selected by Arts Commissioner Frances Chapin, consists of 20 people from all different aspects of our artistic and cultural community. I was asked to join the…

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Part 34: Charlize, Chloe and Grieving Charlize has a new buddy, Chloe. I wrote previously about my Denver friend’s tiny dog. She reportedly weighs 5 pounds; I doubt she tips the scales at much more than 4. My friend and Chloe recently returned with me to Edmonds in Old Blue. We visited Mount Rushmore, Great…

Recommended Reads: The life and times of jazz great Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington A Life of Music, by Eve Stwertka Pianist, composer, bandleader, show business genius, and ambassador of cool for his country, Duke Ellington was all this. The author writes an interesting biography about Duke Ellington’s fascinating life, set in context with the historical background of the times across his 75 years. He lived from…

Artfully Edmonds: An illuminating fundraiser, and the last Art Walk of summer

Let There Be Light! The Phoenix Theatre needs new lights for its sixth season of “comedy without all the drama!” The old lights in the theater generate an unpredictable amount of heat and an irritating humming noise. If Phoenix Theatre reaches its goal of $10,000, it will be able to purchase new lighting that will…

Artfully Edmonds: Get out of the studio!

For many artists, the hardest part of the job has nothing to do with what goes on in the studio space and workshops. Finding the resources (and courage) to share the fruits of your labor with the outside world, on the other hand, can be daunting. I can’t help you with the confidence aspect, but…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Part 33: Great Falls of the Missouri I am an addict of all descriptions of the Lewis and Clark expedition. One of the many extraordinary obstacles overcome during that journey was the portage of the Great Falls of the Missouri. The Mandan Native Americans described this landmark of the upper Missouri River to Lewis and…

Artfully Edmonds: Round and around we’ll go

Thursday night was the Edmonds Arts Commission’s first look at three project proposals for the future Five Corners Roundabout. Out of 22 submitted applications, the jury invited CJ Rench, Julie Berger, and Stuart Nakamura to create models for the 21-foot roundabout. About 10 members of the public observed the presentations and jury reactions, and we…

Socially Single: Disappearing act

This week I answer a question from the audience. If you have a dating or relationship question you’d like me to weigh in on, send me an email at hello@kelseyfoster.com. “Hi Kelsey, I need some advice. I started dating a man about six months ago and I just don’t know where I stand with him….