Cascade Symphony Orchestra seeks musical ‘Rising Star’ for 2019-2020 season

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is encouraging talented young musicians to enter its “Rising Star” competition for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The winning musician, to be selected by Cascade Symphony Music Director Michael Miropolsky, will perform as the soloist at the orchestra’s concert on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The…

Reminder: Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show continues through Oct. 5

The 41st annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show runs through Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. Sponsored by the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission and the Friends of the Arts, “Arts of the Terrace” is one of the major juried art shows held in the Pacific Northwest and…

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins to perform at Edmonds Center for Arts Oct. 12

Acclaimed violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins was the “Fiddler”/violin soloist for the Tony- and Grammy-nominated revival on Broadway in the recent Bartlett Sher production of Fiddler on the Roof. Hailed by The New York Times for her artistry, Ms. Hall-Tompkins created the first full album of newly-commissioned and original Fiddler-inspired works. On Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.,…

Recommended Reads: Life lessons in ‘The School of Essential Ingredients’

The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister September means back to school. This year graduate to a new class. Go to The School of Essential Ingredients and enjoy learning in the company of author Erica Bauermeister’s heartwarming characters. Attendance is a treat as you learn lessons from the Monday night cooking classes; mostly you…

DeMiero Jazz Fest fundraiser set for Sept. 28 at Edmonds CC

Enjoy an evening of FanJazztic music, food and “fun”draising during the DeMiero Jazz Fest’s “One FanJazztic Evening,” a Saturday, Sept. 28 fundraiser and benefit concert featuring jazz artist Johnaye Kendrick, Dee Daniels Scholarship Award winner Kimi Locke and the Newport High School Jazz Choir. The event will run from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Black Box…

Playtime: Rock climbing gym in Lynnwood, plus art and cooking classes

Thanks to a new zero period and lack of previously expected transportation, we’re adjusting to a new back-to-school routine. With more moving parts, there are more days of the week where we repeatedly call out things like “homework,” “PE clothes,” and “turn that off now” as if we’re auctioneers or playing some sort of parents…

Artists reception Sept. 11 highlights Lynnwood Convention Center exhibit

The Lynnwood Convention Center is hosting an artists’ reception, open to the public, for its new art exhibit, “Northwest Stories/Northwest Life.” The event will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The exhibit features local artists Willow Bader, Michelle Bear, Frank Gallimore, Monica Gutierrez, Trish Harding, Ira Jacob, Doug Keith, Amy Martin, Jason Otto, Judith…

Sno-King Chorale’s first rehearsal of season Sept. 10 — and you’re invited

The first rehearsal of the season for Sno-King Community Chorale  is Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., Edmonds Church of God, 8224-220th St. S.W. The chorale is a non-audition group led by artistic director/conductor, Dustin Willetts. The season program includes the Holiday Magic concert Dec.14 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, followed by a three-choir performance…

Playtime: Keeping kids safe when strangers approach

With each report of a luring attempt, we’re reminded of that heart-sinking feeling and the anxiety involved in approaching and teaching our children how to stay safe. Social media, multiplayer video games and the internet in general have expanded the conversation about the appropriate way to interact with people we don’t know. But in the…

Recommended Reads: Couple’s bike adventure focus of ‘Tailwinds Past Florence’

Tailwinds Past Florence, by Doug Walsh Join ambitious couple Edward and Kara as they pop the kickstands on their bikes and launch an exciting worldwide bike trip. They’re putting their lives on hold for a couple of years while they see new sights and challenge themselves to live their dream. What a courageous and incredible…

Playtime: Ways to give back, get help as school year nears

In an email I got from the Foundation for Edmonds School District, I found out that over the last year, the Celebrate Schools 5k grants funded projects benefiting thousands of students, across all grade levels. For example, it went to “afterschool reading and math tutoring, a Festival of Cultures, 5th Grade Law Day, Family Math…

Sponsor spotlight: Celebrating success — 190 Sunset’s three-year anniversary story

This is a special month for us. Sept. 8 marks our three-year anniversary, and everyone’s invited to come celebrate! We’ll kick off a week-long celebration with the beloved Edmonds band “One Love Bridge”performing live on the 190 deck on Saturday evening, Aug. 31. We’re calling it our “Endless Summer Bash,” because here at 190 Sunset…

Reminder: Deadline Aug. 30 for 2019 Arts of the Terrace call for artists

Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission and Friends of the Arts are seeking paintings, prints, drawings, miniatures, calligraphy, photographs, 3-Dimensional and Artisans’ works for its 41st Annual Juried Art Show. This year’s judges include William G. Hook for painting, prints, drawings and miniatures. Mel Curtis for photography, Michael Magrath for 3-dimensional and artisans’ works and Dewey…

Enjoy ‘Vocal Play’ when Naturally 7 plays Edmonds Center for the Arts Sept. 26

Naturally 7 returns to Edmonds Center for the Arts on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 pm. More than just your average singing group, the members of Naturally 7 have perfected an intriguing a cappella style they’ve branded “Vocal Play” — singing as instruments. In its quest to celebrate the voice, this seven-man crew not only…

Recommended reads: ‘The Darkest Gateway’ a quirky, edgy paranormal romance

The Darkest Gateway by Jeri Westerson Welcome to the fourth book in The Booke of the Hidden Series. Author Jeri Westerson invites you on an adventure through The Darkest Gateway. In this paranormal romance series, the protagonist is Kylie. She is torn whether to accept the challenge before her. If she does, this treacherous quest…

Playtime: Kindergarten Jump Start, Moonlight Beach Adventure, outdoor movies

I don’t want to break the seal on “Back to School” topics and not because I’m an eternal summer kind of person, but because that means it’ll be Christmas at Joann’s and Michael’s any minute. Plus, I am still recovering from seemingly endless 4th grade book reports and jockeying Skyward/Canvas/Google Classroom as the parent of…

Playtime: The benefits of joining your school PTA

I recently went to my first school board meeting. As someone who has carefully avoided manning the games at our school’s Harvest (read: Halloween) festival since 2011, that is certainly not something I could have forecasted, but there I was taking my three minutes during a public comment portion. The road from occasional, reluctant classroom…

Recommended Reads: ‘First Man’ tells story of Neil Armstrong

First Man, by James R. Hansen You may have seen the excellent hit movie. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which was celebrated July 20, I’m recommending the book that tells the incredible saga of that First Man, an essential biography by James R. Hansen. Not just a biography though, this is an entertaining,…

Eddee Helms Photoshop Collage exhibit starts Aug. 1 at MLT Library

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission will present the Eddee Helms Photoshop Collage Exhibit for the month of August at the Mountlake Terrace Library, located at 23300 58th Avenue West. Helms is a photoshop collage artist who lives in Mountlake Terrace. As a child, Helms grew up with the love of toys, Saturday morning cartoons,…

Skandia Third Friday Dance in Lynnwood July 19

Skandia Folk Dance presents its Third Friday Dance this Friday, July 19 at Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Larry Reinert and Elaine Mathies will review the beginner-friendly polka and introduce the versatile trava step. From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., there will be a mix of an “All Comers…