Playtime: Fun ahead for families– Wilderness school, Pokémon Go, Girls on the Run

We first talked about Pokémon Go, the mobile Augmented Reality game involving Pokémon characters popularized on cards of the same name, in 2016 — just after the app was released. Throngs of users crowded Pokéstops, where you gather supplies and catch the characters, at the Edmonds Waterfront playing the game. About two weeks ago, the…

Playtime: Remote and in-person art and craft options for kids this summer

Over the last couple of weeks, we (OK, I) have been hyper focused on taking the kids’ makeshift workspaces and preparing them for more long-term use — the Edmonds School District announced this week that the 20-21 school year would start with a remote learning schedule. It has been all kinds of cleaning out closets…

Mountlake Terrace Restaurant Guide: What’s open during Phase 2

  Here’s the updated Mountlake Terrace restaurant list to reflect the status of eating and drinking establishments now that Snohomish County has entered Phase 2 of the governor’s Safe Start plan. As always, let us know about additions and changes in the comments below Mountlake Terrace Local Food Services during Phase 2 Business Address Phone…

Day Trip Discoveries: Go around the world at Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo has always provided a wonderful excursion for families — kids and grandkids love seeing and learning about animals from around the world. Now reopened, the zoo provides a safe outdoor experience to enjoy during summer weather. The biggest news is the zoo’s new Malayan baby tapir, born June 10 to first-time…

Hemlock State Brewing to begin offering wine

Thanks to new state legislation, Hemlock State Brewing is adding wine to its menu. Under SB 5006, microbreweries can receive an annual endorsement to sell Washington wines by the glass. The law limits breweries  to include three wines to their menus. The law also allows wineries to sell beer by the glass. “We had always…

Playtime: Fun family hikes that allow for distancing

A popular subject amongst the group text we have going for our hockey friends is where to hike/walk with the kids. (We also talk a bit about how the kids talk to each other mid-video game as it seems to be its own language.) At our house, we’re looking for a mix of trying to…

Snohomish PUD announces 2020 student art and photo winners 

Three students from the Edmonds School District were among the winners of a K-12 art and high school photography contest sponsored by Snohomish County PUD. Seventeen students representing school districts across the PUD’s service territory were selected for their creativity in illustrating energy topics. The Edmonds School District winners included Jude DeWaal, a fourth grader…

Playtime: Virtual and in-person summer camp options for families

After picking up my second set of books from the Edmonds library since they opened for socially distanced hold pickups and returns (still a thrill), I saw campers and staff at the Edmonds Boys are Girls Club in their camp t-shirts hanging out on the basketball court next to the building. The club has been…

Enjoy virtual Swedish Midsommarfest June 26-28

Enjoy a virtual, colorful, kid-friendly (and free) virtual Swedish Midsommarfest, June 26 – 28, sponsored by Skandia Folkdance Society and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Check out music and dance performances, costumes, dance tutorials and a traditional pole-raising ceremony, and make your own flower crown at home with a great demo. No flowers available?…

Day Trip Discoveries: Six close-by parks to hike this summer  

Looking to get outdoors beyond neighborhood walks, now that Snohomish County is in Phase 2 and summer is starting? Parks have opened, although parking may be limited at some. Here are six parks that offer walking/hiking escapes close-by or a short drive away. All allow dogs on leash. Yost Park is in the heart of…

Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation announces scholarship winners

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation recently awarded $31,000 in scholarships to 17 area students, all of whom are pursuing higher education degrees in the visual arts. Two additional annual scholarships in the amounts of $1,500 each were awarded in 2020: Kristen Walter received a scholarship for the second year from the Pamela Mummy Foundation and…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane Father’s Day catering options, weekly food truck menu

Chef Dane Catering Father’s Day options Order by 4 p.m. Thursday Pick up 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday www.chefdane.com Father’s Day Dinner Beefsteak Tomato Salad fresh mozzarella, basil, red onion, olive oil, aged balsamic, cracked black pepper Grilled Asparagus & Carrots lemon black pepper dressing Au Gratin Potatoes peppercorn cream, parmesan Baby Back Pork Ribs brown…

Playtime: Summer reading, plus family-friendly peaceful protests

Sno-Isle librarians were in the middle of planning for their summer reading program when libraries closed on March 13th due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, our three local libraries offer wi-fi access from their parking lots and Sno-Isle has offered library cards online, moved Storytimes and Trivia online, laid out how to access books,…

Recommended Reads: A touching memoir of caring for aging parents until the end

Loving the Enemy, by Catherine Fransson “Hang in there. We’ll make it.” Author Catherine Fransson shares a touching memoir about a time in her life that so many people struggle through. It’s a time as an adult, when you are juggling your own life responsibilities, and at the same time caring for people you once depended…

Playtime: Antiracism resources for families

On Saturday morning, Mountlake Terrace High School’s Facebook page shared a letter from Principal Greg Schellenberg to Mountlake Terrace High School students and community members. Schellenberg formally denounced the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, adding “There is no room in the Mountlake Terrace community for racism, misogyny, bigotry and hatred.” Schellenberg…