Art lovers get their fill during day one of Edmonds Arts Festival

Friday morning drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of Edmonds Arts Festival attendees, who enjoyed art and musical performances at the Frances Anderson Center and Field on the first day. By mid-afternoon, those visiting the event were greeted with sunshine and blue skies. The free festival continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10…

Injured cormorant on Edmonds waterfront prompts calls to local wildlife rescuers

They say, out there in the wild, it’s survival of the fittest, but apparently a cormorant that’s been spotted on an Edmonds dock didn’t get the memo. “We started getting calls in March about an injured bird on the waterfront,” said Emily Meredith, wildlife rehabilitation manager at the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood. “When our…

The hills are alive — with the sound of the alphorn

Photographer Julia Wiese says she got to know Edmonds resident Gary Martin during her morning walks. “Gary, I discovered on one occasion, is an associate professor at the University of Washington. He has had a long-time interest in music, playing a trumpet since his youth.” More recently, Wiese notes, Martin became intrigued with the alphorn,…

Scene in Edmonds: Super pink moon over Lake Ballinger

Doug Parrott photographed the supermoon Monday night over Lake Ballinger. Here’s some background on supermoons, from the NASA website: In the 1930s the Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing American Indian Moon names for the months of the year. According to this almanac, as the full moon in April, this is the Pink Moon, named after…

Know the value you bring: Seattle Storm star offers advice during Edmonds International Women’s Day keynote

“Jiujitsu them” was the advice that Dawn Trudeau, co-owner of Seattle’s own WNBA Championship-winning basketball team, had for women who find themselves in spaces where there voices aren’t valued. “Outmaneuver them,” she said. Trudeau and WNBA All-American player Sue Bird were the final event and keynote speakers of the third annual Edmonds’ International Women’s Day celebration,…

Edmonds man running all weekend to benefit food bank

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Edmonds resident Armando Ortiz began running across Edmonds to raise money for the Edmonds Food Bank. This is no ordinary run, however. Ortiz will be running four miles every four hours for 48 hours. According to friend Susan Powell, Ortiz is responding to the 4x4x48 Facebook challenge from “his idol” David…

‘It makes me feel so alive’: Brackett’s Landing Mermaids live to swim

They’re out there almost every day, drawn together by a passion for open-water swimming and the special joys it brings. OK, it’s not for everybody. The water is cold, and at least lately the air has been even colder. But these intrepid women are the real deal – and you’ve got to believe that their…

Scene in Edmonds: Neighbors pitch in to restore holiday lights

Vandals cut the wires of the Christmas lights on her outdoor tree, but an Edmonds woman experienced the kindness of neighbors who came to her rescue Thanksgiving morning. Kathy Crabb, who has lived in Edmonds for 30 years, said her grandson had placed strings of red lights on the tree, located in the 800 block…

Web-spinners, hunters and ambushers: The strange world of spiders in Edmonds

At this time of the year in Edmonds, people start noticing large spiders on classic orb-shaped webs. The webs are ornate and similar ones have inspired art and folklore over the centuries. The webs around Edmonds are mostly, and maybe totally, produced by the Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus), a typical orb-weaving spider in the family…

McDonald McGarry Insurance offering lilacs — free for the cutting

Love lilacs? McDonald McGarry Insurance is inviting you to take some of theirs. Sandy McDonald explains that the insurance brokerage, located at 630 Main St. in downtown Edmonds, has two beautiful lilac trees. “We think they may be as old as the house,” she says. And that’s old — as in historic. The insurance brokerage…

Scene in Edmonds: Duckling rescue

Okay, said Mama Duck, everybody line up; let’s go for a walk. Count off, children. 1… 2… 3 babies… 4… 5… 6… good… 7… 8… 9… 10… wait! Somebody’s missing.  Some of my ducklings are missing! Disaster struck when three of her brood fell into this storm drain on 220th Street Southwest and 95th Avenue…

Food banks need extra support as they ramp up to meet demand fueled by COVID-19

With demand already doubling and expected to increase further as the COVID crisis deepens, local food banks – and their customers – are feeling the strain.  Now more than ever they need help from the community to support their mission to serve our neighbors in need. The Edmonds Food Bank operates out of the Edmonds United…

Edmonds girl, 4, shows the world what real beauty is

“She wasn’t supposed to live,” said Angie Foy of her baby girl Harper born 4 years ago. “But here she is. There’s a reason she’s here.” Foy recounted how her third child was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Harlequin Ichthyosis, in which a newborn is covered by a thick layer of skin…

Counting America in 2020 — it starts with rural Alaska

As you may have heard, it is time for the countdown for the start of another decennial United States census. Our nation, including the urban areas of Alaska, begin the census count in mid-March. However, since the U.S. purchased Alaska in 1867, out of tradition and necessity, rural Alaska people are the first to be…

Community turns out to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognize Shirley Sutton

Community members turned out in force Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the Edmonds Center for the Arts served as the venue for both a youth-oriented free morning program and a ticketed evening event that included presentation of a Beloved Community Award to former Lynnwood City Councilmember Shirley Sutton….

Rolling Crones Singers bring a dose of satisfaction to Edmonds Landing

Time is definitely on the side of the Rolling Crones Singers, who brought their traveling road show to Edmonds Landing for a well-attended Wednesday afternoon concert. Musical offerings ran the gamut from contemporary to classical to the Great American Songbook and the Jazz Age, including a rousing rendition of “Charleston” featuring three group members dancing…

New Zealand: Exploring the Land of Kiwis

Think New Zealand – do flightless kiwi birds and fuzzy-skinned kiwi fruit come to mind? You’ll find both in this amazing country… where you can experience Maori culture, hike through tree fern rain forests, kayak scenic lagoons and explore glowworm caves. New Zealand is “Down Under” – but actually not that close to Australia, its…

Happy crowd dives into a new decade at Brackett’s Landing

An estimated 1,000 hearty souls gathered at Brackett’s Landing New Year’s Day to welcome 2020 during the annual Polar Bear Plunge. With warmer-than-usual temperatures hovering near 50 degrees and partly sunny skies, the crowd boldly followed the lead of new Plunge Beach Master Michele Miller, who hoisted the golden plunger and directed the crowd to…

Hundreds gather Sunday for annual Menorah Lighting ceremony

The first night of Hanukkah was observed Sunday by more than 250 people during the 8th Annual Menorah Lighting ceremony at Lynnwood City Hall. People from multiple generations sang traditional Jewish songs, such as “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah,” “Blessings for Menorah Kindling” and “Maoz Tzur,” along with the all-time favorite “I Have a Little Dreidel.” Many…