Healthy Eating: Fresh from the garden — strawberry-rhubarb sauce

I recognize that it’s almost officially summer. But it feels like “Juneuary” right now. I’m still bundled up. My new garden seems to be confused as well. Seedlings are slow to take off. I’ve lost a few of my tomato plants already (anyone knit sweaters for tomato plants?!) Some seeds which should take 10 days…

Art Beat: 10 reasons to attend this year’s Edmonds Arts Festival

An insider’s look at the upcoming Edmonds Arts Festival Back in February, I joined the group of volunteers that puts on the annual Edmonds Arts Festival. The festival — this year June 17-19 — is something I look forward to every year, and I wanted to find a way to get more involved. The Edmonds…

Restaurant News: Rise and Shine Bakery, plus Mexican and Egyptian fare

Here are some new spots around the area, and news for those who’ve missed their favorite Egyptian fare. Rise and Shine Bakery Newly located at 23030 Highway 99, Edmonds, this place is sort of tucked into a spot all on its own and therefore easy to miss when you drive by on the busy Highway…

Playtime: Free summer meals, outdoor movies and activities for families

While I started today’s column excited to share summer options for school meal sites, play options, and outdoor movies, I saw a headline a few days old with some good news for students in our state. Students absent from school due to their mental health will now be able to have those absences excused in…

Under the weather: ‘June-uary’ continues with a wet weekend ahead

The rain comes…the rain goes…then it comes again. Sound familiar? This pattern continues to occur, even with the month of June well underway. As we inch closer and closer to astronomical summer, you would expect that the weather would start getting consistently nicer—but that just hasn’t been the case. The rain just keeps coming back….

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for June 2022

Did you see that we only had five hours above 70 degrees this year before June? My garden believes it. What a wet, cool spring we had in 2022. I for one am ready for summer! Most garden veggies can be planted now without extra protection. Basil, cucumbers and both summer and winter squash can…

Just Around the Corner: Say goodbye to the Redmond Sears store

The 51-year-old Sears building in Redmond’s Overlake district is being demolished. The complex, located at 148th Avenue Northeast in Redmond, was the largest Sears west of the Mississippi in 1971, occupying 21.5 acres. The store closed in 2018. In its heyday, the huge store had a bakery, candy shop, garden section and hardware, appliance, tailor, optical,…

Art Beat: Summer performances, authors and scholarship winners

Edmonds Center for Arts presents Summer Series and the lineup for 2022-23 Announcing the new Summer Series outdoors and on the Edmonds Center for the Arts stage! Starting in July and going through August, there will be an incredible lineup of local and international musical artists including The True Loves, La Dame Blanche, The Black…

Under the weather: Meteorological summer is here—but the rain remains

As of June 1, we have officially reached meteorological summer and, if anyone was wondering, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. With the exception of a few outliers, our spring felt more like fall, with cooler than average temperatures and what seemed like unrelenting wet weather. Take a look at the graphic below,…

The Writer’s Desk: Say it loud, say it proud

Epic Group Writers recently hosted an in-person celebration for winners of its annual contest, and the finalists read their entries out loud. As an audience member I took pleasure in hearing their poems and stories. Perhaps I enjoy being read to because it takes me back to when my parents told us bedtime stories. In…

Home + Work: Celebrating wins along the way

You’ve spent all this time in your own little world, working hard every day, and now it’s time to celebrate some wins. Q1 is closed, so it’s an excellent time to take stock of some of the goals you hit, whether it was surpassing that lofty sales goal or crushing your step count for the…

Just Around the Corner: Meet ‘Doc’

Meet Doc, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The plane is only one of two in flying condition in the world. Built in 1944 in Wichita, Kansas. Doc never saw any combat missions, but served in New York and Arizona as a radar calibration airplane and as a target tug. Doc was retired in 1956, relegated to…

Playtime: Mental health events and resources, plus free summer activities

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As I looked around for some stats to lead into some local free resources, it is clear that the need is widespread and that the pandemic “exacerbated existing disparities in mental health services.” Many of us can see the negative effects, though some found a better fit in remote…

Just Around the Corner: Boehm’s Candies and Chocolates

I’ve been passing by Boehm’s Candies for decades whenever traveling to Eastern Washington. It’s tucked away along Interstate 90 in Issaquah, and if you blink, you’d miss it. On Saturday, we decided to stop and look inside the old chalet. I’m not an expert on what to look for in good chocolate. There’s only two…

Art Beat: All about the jazz happening this weekend

There’s a full day and night of jazz happening — much of it featuring Edmonds School District musicians — in Edmonds on Saturday, May 21. The Edmonds Jazz Connection is an annual even, returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Edmonds Jazz Connection is sponsored by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club and the event raises…

Just around the corner: Triple XXX Root Beer in Issaquah

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In (98 N.E. Gilman Blvd, Issaquah) has all the ingredients for all your senses: – Smokey aroma from the kitchen for your sense of smell. – Big, juicy burgers for your taste buds. – Doo-wop and ’60s songs blasting through the loudspeakers for your hearing. – Kitschy decorations plastering every inch…

Looking Back: The Korean Conflict and Joseph L. Hendricks, Jr.

Each year, before Memorial Day, my objective is to feature one local service member whose name is engraved on the Edmonds School District’s Veterans’ Memorial Monument, or one who is mentioned in my book Etched in Stone. This year, my choice is Joseph L. Hendricks, Jr., a former Meadowdale teenager. Known as Joe Hendricks, he was…