May-June '13 Snohomish County Magazine

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If This Represents A Good Part Of Your Retirement Plan, Maybe We Should Talk. These days, it’s tough enough just getting by, much less worrying about something as far away as retirement. But the years can fly by when you’re not looking – and your retirement is much too important to trust any of it to chance. Conventional wisdom says you should plan on having enough money available to equal approximately 75% of your present income. But there are so many factors to consider – from inflation to your retirement lifestyle to medical costs to life expectancy – that it’s almost impossible to know exactly how much is enough. However, there does seem to be one financial retirement strategy that almost everyone agrees on. Diversification. In other words, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Which is why we offer a wide range of services and accounts that may be a good fit in your retirement nest egg. So why not stop by your nearest branch and find out what options will best suit your needs. Some Retirement Investments are: •Not insured by the FDIC • Not a deposit or obligation of, or guaranteed by the Bank,• Subject to investment risks, including possible loss of principal invested.

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Eat. Stay. Love.

Pamper your dog with the best that Snohomish County has to offer its ­canine residents and keep the furriest member of your family happy and healthy.


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Pampered Pooches

You can save the life of a dog in need of a home with a loving family.


Dogs – They’re just like us!

Anthropomorphism – we’re guilty of it! We love these photos of pooches acting like people.


Mom, I’m bored!

Helpful suggestions for parents of young children, these activities and events will help your kids have a fun and active summer break.


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Summer Fun


Pack your sunscreen and shower shoes, Snohomish County has a lot to offer in the way of summer camps.

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Courageous conversations

Thoughtful, honest and to-the-point discussions about aging can benefit the whole family.


Design that gets better with age

Preserve your independence and ­dignity with these home modification tips for seniors.


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Senior Living

A place to call home

Senior Services of Snohomish County helps local families determine the right housing arrangements for aging loved ones. 4





Lynnwood Food Festival




By the numbers


Mukilteo brewery unveils new look


Lasting Image


Dining Guide


Real Heroes Bob Esmay and Gene Pierce


Seven Good Things


In the Know


Calendar May & June


In the Spotlight Paper Route


5 Faves Bicycle Shops


Seattle International Film Festival set to kick off


Quick Trip San Juan Islands


Event Listings


The Scene




A taste of the exotic


Necessities Picnic in the park


Publisher’s Letter


Savvy Shopper HouseWares




Around the Sound Aritzia


Letters to the Editor


Meet a Staffer Maggie Longears


Final Word Mom, My Name Is Ken



Explore Paddle the North Puget Sound


Calendar Races & Runs


Nutrition A fresh take on picnic fare



Dream Home A tour with Tanna


DIY Fresh cuts

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Snohomish County Magazine Celebrates One Year! With this issue, Snohomish County Magazine celebrates one year of being in print. It has been a year filled with challenges, accomplishments, unexpected rewards and lots of fun and laughter. Thank you for welcoming us into your homes and businesses. We have truly enjoyed the process of producing a publication that showcases the best of Snohomish County, and we couldn’t do it without you, our valued reader. This year we have had the pleasure of meeting many local readers, business owners and leaders by sponsoring and attending events and festivals in Snohomish County. It is always an enlightening experience. It’s our privilege to listen as you share stories about living in Snohomish County, including your ideas about what you would like to see in our publication. We want to represent what makes our communities special, and it is so helpful to hear from you. Please continue to share by emailing our editor, Kaity Teer, at ­ We keep all of your ideas on file, even the ones we can’t fit into an upcoming issue. In conjunction with the celebration of our ­­one-­year anniversary, we also welcome our new art director Jana Junge to the K & L Media family. Jana brings with her remarkable talent, and a great eye and attention to detail. We are excited to have her on board and are sure even those who aren’t design aficionados will notice a visible difference in the artwork and layouts of issues to come. Above all, thank you for bringing us into your homes, sharing us with friends and becoming a part of our growing family. Enjoy!

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N OTE S Co nt r i b u t o r s Heather Koski A Colorado native, Heather Koski is fairly new to Snohomish County, but not to cuisine n ­ ovelties and gustatory delights. A former cuisine f­eature ­writer for Boulder Weekly, Heather has a taste for r­ estaurants, events and food of culinary i­nterest. Heather calls Washington home after residing in and traveling to many locations near and far. She is a r­ unner, ­writer, traveler and global fashion enthusiast who enjoys interacting with new people and social scenes. She will pursue a master’s degree in communication at the University of Washington’s in the fall.

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Lisa Dixon Lisa Dixon, M.B.A., R.D., is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and co-owner of NourishRDs, a ­nutrition communications and counseling ­company. She teaches classes at the Bellingham Food C ­ o-Op. Her mission is to change the way Americans eat, one meal at a time, by making home-cooked meals affordable and accessible for busy lifestyles. Her best (non)diet advice: Eat real food, and share it with those you love!

Stephanie Small Stephanie Small has been a resident of the north Seattle area since she was a child. She a­ ttended the University of Washington and received a ­bachelor’s degree in journalism. Naturally inquisitive and curious about the world around her, she sees writing about her experiences as inspiration for others to get out and explore their communities. When she’s not writing and researching new things, she enjoys long walks with her dog Ella.

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Jessica Pain Jessica Pain is a senior at Western Washington University. She will graduate in June with a d ­ egree in English and journalism. Her passion for writing and teaching has shaped her career goal of becoming a high school teacher. Jessica is a­ ctively ­involved with the university’s newspaper, where she has been a reporter and news ­editor. She is an avid runner and finds running half ­marathons without training to be a breeze.

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From the White House

Just keeps getting better

Dear Ken, Thank you for your kind note. It means so much to receive warm wishes like yours, and I hope you know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness. The President and I share your hope and optimism for our Nation’s ­future, and while we have made p ­ rogress, there is much left to do. Our strength as a country depends on ­engaged ­citizens like you working together, so I encourage you to find new ways to serve your community in the months and years ahead. Again, thank you for writing. I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Michelle Obama

Another great issue. They kind of keep getting better … unbelievable as that might seem. I know Lisa and her staff is what drives it, and it shows. I look at it as the big time … for our little gig, anyway. Thanks, Al

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A DIY Success I picked up your recent issue at the ­Everett Home & Garden Show. What a great representation of our area. I ­especially liked the Digital ­Toolbox. I am an avid “do-it-yourself-er,” and I have really enjoyed these sites. I ­subscribed and look forward to many more issues. Thank you for bringing this to our homes. Candace Klein, Mill Creek

Ken Karlberg – you are hilarious! Loved your “food fight” with Michelle Obama. Laughed through the whole article. Great job everyone – a bunch of notable items and very well-­rounded interest topics. Looking forward to the next one!

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N OTE S Me e t a S t a f f e r

Every issue we highlight an e­ mployee of K & L Media. This issue we ­introduce you to Maggie, the office mascot.

Maggie Longears Basset hound, supermodel for Eubanuba, best-selling author of “Woof Like You Mean It,” ­motivational barker and foodtester.

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How long have you been with K & L Media? I have been with the company since the beginning. I was gnawing on a bone one day and the m ­ agazine ­ concept just popped into my head. So, I guess you could say I am one of the co-founders. In fact, the ­original name was supposed to be M & L Media, but one of my m ­ asters has a fragile ego; we went with K (Ken) & L (Lisa) Media, and we let him write the “Final Word.” What is your background? Before co-founding the magazine, I retired from a career as a couch-­ tester for La-Z-Boy to operate a ­detective agency called “Marley and Me.” I was the “me.” Between the two of us, we tracked down e­ very lead and sniffed out every clue. We eventually closed the business ­because Marley was a pain – he was so undisciplined and unreliable. I often wonder what happened to him. My favorite case was the mystery of the smelly refrigerator, despite that we were fired by our client due to unexpected delays. It was my woofup. I didn’t anticipate that we could only investigate the suspicious stench


when the refrigerator door was open. Fortunately, Marley’s initial nose poke was right. The source turned out to be leftovers gone bad, not the steak being thawed for dinner. Our “­mistake.” We howled over that one. Must have been quite a sight to watch two dogs playing “rock, paper, scissors” for the right to taste the steak. What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? I love the family perks – free snacks, endless petting and, of course, doing research for the restaurant reviews. My sister, Sophie, and I have our own unpublished “two paws up” rating scale. What are your hobbies and interests? I love sniffing things multiple times that shouldn’t be sniffed in proper company and short walks. My idea of a long walk is a short distance between couches. What can I say? It’s a carryover from my La-Z-Boy days.

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Second Annual Celebration of Food Festival BY JULES GUAY-BINION

Food Revolution Snohomish County, a movement aimed at encouraging growing, cooking, preserving and eating real and healthy food, will bring the Celebration of Food Festival to Lynnwood for the second year. More than 50 ­vendors with wholesome, local products ranging from vegetables to chocolate will encourage the c­ ommunity to taste, explore, and experience real food at this free, f­ amily-friendly festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The event, which attracted more than 1,500 attendees last year, will include free food samples, food demonstrations for children and adults, displays and items for purchase. “This event brings together people who are passionate about delicious, local, wholesome food,” said organizer Chris Hudyma. “Farmers, ranchers, culinary professionals, youth, students and business owners will offer activities to inspire the enjoyment of real food.” This year’s festival will boast several new additions, ­including expanded children’s activities from the Pacific Science Center, Imagine Children’s Museum and Edmonds Community College STEM (science, technology and math) programs, which include a children’s story tent and food demonstration station and nine presentations on ­topics ­ranging from “Understanding GMO Labeling” to “Converting Your Lawn into a Bountiful Garden.” Farm and garden professionals like the WSU Snohomish County Extension and Seattle Tilth will offer informational displays on the benefits of growing your own food. Resources will be available to help both children and adults learn about growing, cooking and preserving food. Vendors will include Taylor Shellfish, Theo Chocolate, Volio Olive Oil, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Blue Stilly Coffee, Golden Glen Creamery and Cats Paws Bees. Farms from throughout Snohomish County will be represented, including the ­farmer’s markets of Everett, Mukilteo and Snohomish.

L I F E S T Y LE By t he n u m b e rs

Book Reviews


New Treehouses of the World

the number of people that will turn 65 today, and every day, for the next 17 years in the United States. May is Older Americans Month, and seniors are predicted to account for at least 18 percent of the population by 2030. Concerns about aging and long-term health-care options are a major consideration for adult children and their aging parents. For ways to start conversations about aging with your loved ones, see page 57.

3 4 major river systems in Snohomish County provide opportunities for summer fun in the great outdoors. Skykomish, Snohomish, Sauk and Stillaguamish rivers offer family-friendly activities like kayaking, fishing, river rafting and exploring all summer long. Looking for even more seasonal adventures right in your backyard? Check out page 47.

the number of days exhibitors had to create over six acres of display gardens from scratch at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February. Wight’s Home and Garden, a Lynnwood nursery, took home two awards this year. Since 1989 Nursery Retailer magazine has named this local nursery a “National Top 100 Garden Center” in the U.S. To get to the root of this story, check out page 20.


the number of acres in the newest national monument in the San Juan Islands. President Obama made the designation on March 25. If you’re planning a trip to this new national treasure, turn to page 26 for more information.



the square footage of the newly expanded and renovated Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse in Mukilteo. The waterfront establishment reopened April 6. Its signature craft beer will be delivered in a new tap system. Washington hard cider, home-brewed root beer and a rotation of guest beers will also be available. The restaurant now provides coffee, ice cream and family-friendly seating. For more on local dining, turn to page 72.

by Pete Nelson 224 pgs. Abrams, 2009

The days are getting warmer, and leaves are budding on deciduous trees. What better time to consider tree ­houses? Scramble through more than 200 pages of beautifully photographed “­arboreal architecture” from around the world. These aren’t your grandfather’s tree houses; some are state-ofthe-art, fully-functioning homes. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll be inspired to build your own tree house – or maybe, like us, you’ll just dream.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley 512 pgs. Back Bay Books, 2012

If you are a fan of organizing shows, blogs and websites, you will love the planning the lead character takes in this fast-paced blend of sci-fi, fantasy and thriller genres. Myfanwy ­Thomas regains consciousness surrounded by bodies, blood and not a single memory. What she does have are notes, files and everything she needs to figure out who is trying to kill her and bring down England. All nicely typed, filed and cross-referenced, of course. Terry Beck submits book reviews on behalf of the Sno-Isle Libraries Readers’ ­Advisory Team. This group of local library employees is passionate about books and reading – just like you! You can check out what they’re reading at

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Whale Watching “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ROALD DAHL, THE MINPINS

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L I F E S T Y LE Real H e ro e s

Bob Esmay and Gene Pierce Two lifelong friends become lifesavers BY JESSICA PAIN


arysville residents Bob ­Esmay, 71, and Gene Pierce, 77, have been friends and neighbors for more than 40 years. Esmay ­describes their friendship as brotherly: “We would do anything for each other.” Pierce laughs and says, “The only thing I won’t do is go hunting or fishing with Bob when it rains outside.” On Aug. 29, 2011, the two men were fishing on Esmay’s boat in the Sound off Possession Point near Mukilteo. They were enjoying a great day on the ­water. Esmay hooked a 16-pound s­ ilver salmon, which Pierce netted to bring ­onboard the boat. E ­ smay handed Pierce the fishing pole and asked him to prepare his line. Suddenly Esmay heard Pierce say, “Oh my god.” 18

Esmay thought Pierce must have caught a fish. He didn’t think anything of it until Pierce collapsed. Esmay realized Pierce was having a heart attack. He checked for a pulse, but couldn’t find one. Esmay put his CPR training to use, training he acquired years ago as a worker on a Seattle-based charter boat. Esmay began mouth-to-mouth ­resuscitation and chest compressions. After calling 911, Esmay rushed the boat to shore, steering with one hand and continuing chest compressions with the other. Paramedics from the Mukilteo Fire Department were waiting for them when they arrived at the dock. They used a defibrillator to shock his

heart back into rhythm and inserted a breathing tube to get oxygen to his lungs. Pierce was then transported to ­Providence Regional Medical Center. “These medics did a fantastic job,” Esmay says. “They played a huge part in saving Gene’s life, and I’ll never forget that.” Pierce stabilized and recovered, but he was only given a two p ­ ercent chance of survival. He endured weeks of treatment. He was placed on breathing and feeding tubes followed by seven weeks of intensive speech, physical and occupational therapy. ­After three months in the hospital, Pierce was allowed to go home and await his quadruple bypass surgery, scheduled for Dec. 19, 2011. The men recall when the tables were turned and it was Esmay who needed help. Three years ago, Pierce was riding in the passenger seat of Esmay’s Ford pickup as he drove along State Avenue in Marysville. “I was pulling up to a stoplight and felt dizzy, and I told Gene, ‘You better drive,’” Esmay ­recalled. Esmay passed out. Pierce took the wheel and steered the car to the side of the road, then moved his friend over and drove them to the hospital. “I had a valve replacement and there is no scar,” he says as he opens the neck of his shirt. These two lifelong friends were lucky enough to play a key role in ­saving each other’s lives. They are each other’s heroes and are thankful they can continue their fishing and hunting adventures. 

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Cancer center opens in Edmonds BY JULES GUAY-BINION

The Swedish Cancer Institute at Edmonds opened to the public at an April 17 ribboncutting ceremony on the Swedish/Edmonds campus, which was attended by 250 visitors.

Swedish Health Services opened a new cancer center in Edmonds on Monday, April 1, 2013. The new twostory, 17,102-square-foot facility will care for as many as 175 patients each day, according to a Swedish Medical Center press release. “The number of people turning to Swedish/Edmonds for their cancer treatment has grown over the last decade,” said Richard McGee, M.D., a Swedish Cancer Institute medical oncologist practicing at the new center. “This new facility will allow us to offer enhanced care to a growing population.”

The center provides medical oncology services to patients through an infusion unit, laboratory, pharmacy and access to Swedish’s electronic medical record ­system. Patients also have access to social work, support groups, American Cancer Society resources, financial counseling and patient education resources. The new center is the latest addition to the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) network of community-based cancer centers in the Puget Sound area. Other SCI sites include Ballard, Bellevue, Issaquah, Burien and Seattle’s two centers.

“Providing excellent care starts with improving access,” said Thomas D. Brown, M.D., MBA, executive director of the Swedish Cancer Institute. “New centers such as this one at Swedish/ Edmonds will help ensure patients in our communities have continued convenient access to the highest quality cancer care available.” Community and business leaders raised $220,000 for the $10.9 million center. The facility is comprised of 29 factorybuilt units, which were ­erected on the site in two days last December.

Who Knew? Bike Basics Find the right bike

Selecting a seat

Selecting a tire

Chain care

Before you purchase a bike, make sure it’s the proper size. When sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebar, you should be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground. You should also be able to straddle the center bar with an inch or so of clearance while standing.

Select the ideal seat for your ­riding style. Fitness riders should ­consider a lightweight race seat. Off-road and terrain cyclists should ­select mountain bike seats for their ­slender shape. Riders who wants a more comfortable ride should try gel seats. Suspension seats are ­recommended for traveling through ­difficult terrain.

Finding the right size and style of tire is key to safety and ­comfort on your bike. Knobby tires are better suited to off road travel on rough terrain. Thinner, skinny tires work well for road cycling.

Lubricate your chain about once a week, ­wiping the chain ­regularly to ­remove ­excess lube. Choose the right type of lube for the climate. Pacific Northwest riders will want a waterproof or ­water-resistant lube.

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L I F E S T Y LE I n t he Kn ow

Lynnwood nursery wins big at NW Flower & Garden Show BY ARI LILJENWALL

Wight’s Home & Garden took home two medals at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show held on ­Feb. ­20–24 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Wight’s earned a silver medal for its garden display and was also recognized with the Best Show Theme award. The awards come on the heels of the ­Lynnwood nursery’s 25th anniversary. Since 1989, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show has featured ­displays by respected local garden designers and landscapers who create more than sixacres of display gardens from scratch in just three days of setup. More than 60,000 ­visitors crowd the convention center to gain inspiration, learn tips from the pros and shop in the marketplace. Each year the show’s display gardens are ­designed around a unique theme. This year’s theme was “The ­Silver Screen Takes Root … Gardens Go Hollywood.” The high level of competition makes Wight’s awards-winning performance all the more impressive. Their garden display, entitled “Pillow Talk – Where 20

Opposites Attract,” paid homage to the aesthetic style of 1950s romantic ­comedies by dividing the garden into two distinct interiors. A “­feminine” side featured a colorful, textured style and a “masculine” side portrayed a simpler, lower-maintenance look to reflect a gentlemanly demeanor. In a fi ­ nal nod to the ’50s style, the two sides were divided by a white picket fence. This unique and meticulously executed theme garnered Wight’s recognition for a top themed display. Gaining an award at the show is no easy feat. Honors were decided during pre-show judging conducted by a panel of gardening gurus, including Rosemary Alexander, Susan Cohan and ­Thomas Hobbs. Alexander is a noted garden designer, author and principal of the English Gardening School in the ­United Kingdom, while Cohan is a well-­respected landscape and design writer. Consultants for awards also included representatives from various gardening and lifestyle publications, advanced horticulturists and the Seattle International Film Festival.

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Cruzin’ to Colby Show n’ Shine MAY 26 & 27

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, Colby ­Avenue in Everett was the place to cruise if you wanted to be seen. View ­hundreds of classic cars and hot rods at the car show in this popular blast from the past. Everett.

Everett Rock and Gem Show JUNE 1 & 2

Hosted by the Everett Rock & Gem Club, this show is in its 60th year. Rock hounds can look forward to door p ­ rizes, special exhibits, fun demonstrations, raffles and a silent auction. E ­ verett.

Seattle International Film Festival MAY 16–JUNE 9

This three-week movie-viewing extravaganza is one of the most highly a­ ttended film festivals in the U.S. This year’s selection includes 11 films from African ­Pictures, a program that celebrates the emerging film-making activity taking place in Africa. Seattle.

Edmonds Arts Festival

Mother’s Day at Country Village

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The Edmonds Art Festival is ­expected to draw more than 50,000 art-lovers from all over Snohomish County. ­Festival booths will showcase the work of n ­ early 240 artist exhibitors. Performing arts, kids’ activities, music and story­telling are all set to be a part of the ­festival. Edmonds.

Give mom a special Mother’s Day at Bothell’s Country Village. Shops will host special sales and events throughout the weekend. Grab a cup of tea, a perfect gift or enjoy a great lunch or dinner. Bothell.

Fremont Fair Colors of Freedom Parade JULY 4

Celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Everett. Bring your lawn chair and watch as world-class marching bands, dance teams, giant puppets and stilt walkers star in this parade. Everett.

JUNE 21–23

Celebrate the solstice with this community celebration in Seattle’s Fremont District. More than 100,000 visitors will shop, eat delicious food and dance. Look for art booths, street performers, live music from local bands, beer gardens and more. Fremont District, Seattle.

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L I F E S T Y LE I n t he S p o t lig h t

Paper route Experience Chris Theiss’ whimsical creations STORY BY HAYLEY WAKEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY BY OVETH MARTINEZ

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nce the congestion and monotonous stretch of Highway 20 give way to some semblance of life beyond casino billboards and petroleum stations, you find signs directing you to the storybook community of La Conner. In this small town by the sea, rabbits rule the waterfront and sunflowers guard courtyards and walkways like royal soldiers at the Bunnies by the Bay store. It may sound as if I had picked up a tainted fountain drink earlier in my trip, and found my way to the other side of the looking glass somewhere off of Highway 20, which is fitting because Bunnies by the Bay sells imaginative children’s

“I think it is important that nobody ever told me that what I was making was bad or wrong as a kid.”

books, stuffed toys and fabrics. Perhaps I did stumble into Alice’s world. In fact, I believe I did find a real Mad Hatter. Although no top hat or tea party was evident when I met paper artist and sculptor extraordinaire Chris Theiss, an ­illustrator for Bunnies by the Bay, for our interview in downtown La Conner, I was drawn into the whimsy and magic of his work. Surely Chris Theiss was born with an X-acto Knife in hand, along with a pair of scissors and an unlimited amount of Neosporin for all those paper cuts. Did I mention, I think he might also be the first person on record to have knowledge of the exact location of “Where the Wild Things Are”? This modest papier atelier was in fact born into a highly creative family. Theiss’ mother went to school for textile design, and his father was an architect. When he was a child, he recalls his mother enrolling him and his sister in art classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. While Theiss’ mother was in class, his creative imagination caused an artistic ruckus. “My childhood was creatively rich,” explains the artist, “I made things constantly, and was always working on one project or another.” During our conversation he identifies “Crayon on Wallpaper” as one of his first masterpieces, completed at age four or five, then he gets serious about the need for such creative freedom. “I’m continually thinking about specific things that I made when I was a kid. I think it is important that nobody ever told me that what I was making was bad or wrong as a kid,” he said. Chris took an interest in using recycled material in art and play at a young age. In other words, when other kids were collecting McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, he was making real action figures, with rusty screws and metal scraps. “I remember making suits of armor for me and my friends when I was about seven or eight years old,” he said, “I used gallon milk cartons for helmets and cardboard from old boxes for other parts of the armor, chest shields, wrist cuffs and shoe coverings. It was awesome.”

The Mount Vernon artist was able to channel his passion for detail and love of creating when Bunnies by the Bay, where Theiss says he became an ace with a glue gun, hired him as a finisher for the nationally-recognized company. He has been with the company for twenty years. Theiss his wife and fellow artist, Kristin Loeffer Theiss, have made a creative home together filled with her screenprinted tees and his magnificent, paper wonderland sculptures. When asked about the inspiration for his personal artwork, Theiss explains the importance of authenticity, “Funny and creative people inspire me. When an artist is able to get themselves into their artwork, whether it’s music, painting or sculpture, I get really excited. That’s the ‘real deal’ for me.” Chris Theiss is the “real deal,” to use his own words. The local artist’s work was recently featured on HGTV’s Dear Genevieve, and as a result caused quite a buzz in the online design community. “The show’s design team was cruising the Internet for items to use in their room transformation and my light popped up. The image of the light traveled very fast through the blogosphere the moment I posted it.” This experience leads him to this piece of advice for o ­ ther artists seeking greater visibility: take compelling and high quality photos of your work for posting on the Internet. Theiss has been a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and an adjunct art professor. He occasionally offers classes to the public. In past classes, his ­students have transformed found objects like moving boxes, Popsicle sticks and rusty flatware into amazing pieces of original art. Whether you intend to browse his work online, visit a ­gallery or take a classe from this local gem, bring an open mind, because capturing what you find on the other side of the looking glass might just unlock the Mad Hatter in you.  For upcoming gallery dates as well as more information about Theiss’ work, go to

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n March 25, 2013, President Obama signed a procla­ mation to permanently protect the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the San Juan Islands, designating 970 acres as a national monument. The proclamation is a culmination of years of grass-roots efforts by community members and elected officials to protect these lands. Monument status means the BLM will work closely with the local community on a management plan and prevents ­potential development or exploitation of these lands. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who advocated for the designation along with Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, ­issued the following statement, “From the bluffs on Stuart Island to Watmough Bay, the San Juan islands are home to some of our nation’s most beautiful and important natural resources.” The idea that the untouched land managed by the federal government should be preserved and protected is not a new one. As I can attest, anyone who has visited knows that the islands deserve designation as national monument lands to ensure that future generations can explore the trails and beaches, breathe in the salty air and learn to love the calm and the beauty. The affected lands include historical sites like ancient fishing areas, natural habitats that provide breeding grounds for birds and safe refuges for harbor seal pups and rare plants, and popular recreation destinations. For years my family has vacationed on Lonesome Cove on the northern end of San Juan Island. There, I saw my first deer, lingcod, porpoise, salmon, orca, otter, crab, sea star, anemone, harbor seal and osprey all from a familiar stretch of shoreline. I caught my first fish from the dock. I learned how close you can get to a deer before it startles and leaps away. I skinned my knees, experienced my first crush, ­explored low tide, slept on the porch, swam in the coldest of waters, hiked to Roche Harbor for ice cream and fish tacos and envied the yachts in Friday Harbor. Barbara Marrett, communications manager at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, said of the national monument proclamation, “It preserves places people love.” The day after President Obama established the San Juan Islands National Monument, TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice Island Awards acknowledged San Juan Island as the top island in the U.S., and as a top four world pick. The awards honor top islands from around the world and are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. “We’d like to thank the travelers who made this win possible,” said Deborah Hopkins, executive director for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. “Simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene that San Juan Island offers on TripAdvisor.” In addition to the recent attention the islands have ­received, Lonely Planet editors voted the San Juan Islands third on their “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list,

“We’d like to thank the travelers who made this win possible, simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene.”

e­ mphasizing the “farm-to-fork” movement. The islands also ranked third in 2012 in Travel and Leisure’s “Top 10 Islands Continental U.S. & Canada,” and second in the New York Times’ world list “41 Places to Go in 2011.” Describing the diversity of the awards, Marrett said, “It’s great that it isn’t just one thing about the islands that gets recognized – everything does. That doesn’t happen for a lot of places.” The honors mirror the majestic quality of the islands. The San Juan Islands are worthy of this praise on the ­merit of their natural beauty alone, but I suspect they have received so much attention in part because they afford memories much like my own. I shared my first beer with my father on the porch while we watched ferries cruise through the strait. I remember walking on the dock at sunset, when my mother told me to only bring the woman I will marry to this place. My sister attempted to teach me how to knit by porch light when we couldn’t sleep. These are the things that happen in the San Juan Islands. They are where I learned to live well, where I fell in love with natural beauty, where I learned the importance of family. The San Juan Islands force you to live in a constant state of elation. In the face of all the beauty, it’d be impossible to feel anything but peace. Undoubtedly, the designation of the islands as a national monument will bring all who love them peace of mind, knowing that this remarkable land will be preserved and ­protected. 

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Upon entering Saetia from the busy shopping area of downtown Edmonds, visitors instantly feel transported. ­Customers can browse European-inspired clothing and displays of scarves in rich fabrics, including an owner-designed line of scarves that are hand-sewn in Thailand. Take in the ­amazing selection of locally-made and responsibly sourced ­jewelry, ­accessories and homewares. This small shop is owned by ­designer Noy Saetia-Rucker, who combines an elegant, contemporary vibe with exquisite, multicultural influences. If you’re looking for a truly special party outfit or a oneof-a-kind gift, this is the place to get it. Saetia styles her shop with every price point in mind, while still providing u ­ nusual and interesting items that are sure to garner attention and compliments from any crowd. 120 Fifth Ave. South, Edmonds 425.582.2167 Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.–Mon., Noon–4 p.m.

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THE SHOP Fourteen years ago, Edmonds lacked a place for residents to buy home goods locally. Owner Robert Boehlke started HouseWares in 1999 to meet the demand, and it has since blossomed into a mainstay storefront in historic downtown Edmonds. Boehlke, who had worked at several design stores, was initially introduced to the town through a friend. He enjoyed the relaxed, homey vibe it exudes and felt it would be the ideal place for him to strike out on his own and turn his passion and expertise in home interiors into a charming home furnishings store. His strong background in interior design and retail helped him develop a showroom of fresh, hand-selected furniture and accent pieces that keeps customers coming back. The spacious, open floor plan makes for an inspiring, casual and low-pressure shopping experience. ATMOSPHERE Contemporary, inviting and homey. KEY PEOPLE Boehlke’s passion for interior design is what motivates him. HouseWares allows him to bring his ultimate vision to life. He took inspiration from other design stores he’d visited to bring Edmonds the best in home and condo furnishings, and at reasonable prices. “The misnomer of small shops is that they’re expensive,” Boehlke said. “We pride ourselves on selling high-quality, well-styled products at very reasonable prices.”

WHAT YOU’LL FIND HouseWares has what you might expect a home goods store to carry – dishes, barware, ­pillows and furniture – as well as items that are unique to the store, like locally-made candles and soaps. The store achieves an ­ideal balance of larger furniture pieces like beds, c­ ouches, and overstuffed chairs and accessories like rugs, throws and color­fully patterned pillows. You’ll also find a nice selection of high-quality barware. These items are among the most popular products in the store. Cozy enclaves filled with carefully arranged accessories will truly inspire you to make your house a home, whether you’re shopping for the kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom. And let’s not forget your home’s outside living spaces – adorable and stylish door mats, colorful iron patio sets and other décor to complete your alfresco dining experience – are available during the warmer months. OWNER’S FAVORITE When asked this question, Boehlke paused. “It’s hard to say, because every time we get something new in, it becomes my favorite,” he said. “That’s what makes it exciting.”

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Vancouver-based Aritzia opens Seattle location Innovative women’s fashion retailer Aritzia, based in ­Vancouver, B.C., opened a Seattle location in March at ­University Village. Aritzia stocks well-known brands such as Citizens of ­Humanity, 7 For All Mankind and Current/Elliott, but it’s their in-house brands that set this chain apart from others, among them Wilfred, Wilfred Free, Le Fou, TNA, T. Babaton and Talula. Most offer a distinct focus on the Pacific Northwest and embody the essence of the West Coast lifestyle. If this name is familiar, it’s because in 2007 they opened their first boutique at Bellevue Square. The brand s­ tarted out as a single shop in Vancouver in 1984 and now has 50 worldwide, including 13 in the United States. In November 2012, Aritzia announced the launch of its e-commerce site and online magazine led by Editor-in-Chief Luke Crisell, formerly executive editor of Nylon Magazine. “Creating an elevated shopping experience for our ­customers has always been Aritzia’s strength. We curate a ­collection of beautifully designed and high-quality clothing,” says Founder and CEO Brian Hill. “ will deliver an ­experience that wholly reflects our brand culture. There are no two Aritzia stores alike and the 5,285-square-foot space at University Village will feature art relevant to the Seattle scene and will offer customers a comfortable lounge vibe with natural materials, ambient lighting and warm touches. “The Pacific Northwest holds special meaning for ­Aritzia,” Hill says.


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Paddle the North Puget Sound BY JESSICA PAIN

Whether you are an experienced kayaker or a novice, the North Puget Sound region offers something for everyone – challenging expeditions along exposed shorelines, sheltered coastal waters and inland lakes, rivers and sloughs. The best time for paddling is between the months of May and September. You can strike out on your own or participate in multi-hour or multi-day guided tours. In addition to the health benefits of kayaking, namely stress reduction and muscle toning, paddlers can experience the best in coastal wildlife, including pods of Orca whales, harbor seals and bald eagles, and breathtaking scenery. 36

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Chuckanut Bay Located south of Bellingham, Chuckanut Bay offers kayakers a protected to moderately challenging inland sea kayaking route. Put in at one of several locations – at Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park, Marine Park in the Fairhaven district or at the northeast corner of Chuckanut Park at low tide. A veritable trip back in time, ancient sandstone ­formations along the shoreline fascinate paddlers. Cylindrical concretions offer opportunities for geological explorations. Once thought to be fossilized palm tree trunks; they are naturally occurring formations, formed nearly 50 million years ago by water flowing through the sandstone. Chuckanut Island is a five-acre uninhabited island owned by The Nature Conservancy. This is a great spot for a picnic lunch or to stretch your legs. Wildlife flourishes among the rock formations and varies depending on the season. Flocks of migratory birds nest there during colder, wetter winter months, while summer paddlers see flocks swooping and swirling overhead. Deception Pass State Park Deception Pass State Park near Anacortes offers a sea ­kayaking adventure suitable for families, while also providing a range of intermediate and challenging e­ xperiences. Not only is Deception Pass State Park the most popular spot in Washington State for tourists, it also encompasses 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline (14.5 miles), and 33,900 feet (6.5 miles) of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. For families and beginners departing from the protected waters of Bowman Bay, miles of scenic shoreline, rugged cliffs, towering trees, sandy beaches and gorgeous views are the perks of taking it slow. Tours explore the breathtaking shoreline along Rosario Beach and the sea cliffs to the north of the park. Beginners should avoid the pass unless certain the currents are at their weakest. If you’re looking to practice intermediate kayaking routes, there are many great options. North of Rosario Beach there are tall sea cliffs under Sares Head where several small sea caves can be found. To the south, paddlers can turn toward the Deception Pass narrows. Most paddlers come to Deception Pass for the ebbing currents. Boils and whirlpools are found on the west of the pass, a challenging practice area for crossing eddy lines, developing bracing and control or ­descending into whirlpools. After your kayaking adventure you can also take advantage of the 38 hiking trails available at the state park and ­enjoy more amazing views while stretching your legs. Alki Beach Seattle’s Alki Beach is a great location for paddlers looking for a kayaking day trip. Pack your gear and head south to the city for the day. Many tours from Alki Beach focus on the natural and human history of Seattle, the Alki Peninsula and the Duwamish River. …

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Keep your eyes peeled for the sea lions common to these routes. This is also a great paddle to people watch. Along the beach’s shoreline you will see joggers, dog walkers and other visitors to the peninsula. Use caution in the busy waterways of Elliot Bay. It can be busy with ferries and other water traffic. If passing the Port of Seattle, look out for large ships and boats. As you approach the Duwamish Head, a panoramic view of the Seattle skyline unfolds. This view is remarkable from the water. The best time to make this paddle is in the later ­afternoon, so that you can catch the sunset. The vibrant reds and oranges of the sunset reflected in the skyline make this paddle unforgettable. After paddling through these waters, grab a bite to eat at a local seafood joint, ice cream shop or pizza place. Whidbey Island Whidbey Island is 45 miles long, the longest island in the continental U.S. and part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, a 150-mile water trail from Olympia to Point Roberts. On e­ xceptionally clear, sunny days you can see many of Washington’s m ­ ajor mountain chains and peaks from the water, including the Olympics, the Cascades, Mt. Rainer and Mt. Baker. The east side of Whidbey, with its calm waters, is most suitable for beginners. This stretch of shoreline is also popular with the gray whales that visit the island each year from early spring until early summer. The Whidbey Island Sea Kayaking Company offers a monitored paddle area for beginners, who launch from Langley Marina and can paddle leisurely within the one-mile designated area. In the early spring, the kayak company concentrates tours in the Saratoga Passage, where gray whales feed on ghost shrimp. On the island’s west side, the winds and currents are ­stronger and more dangerous for novice kayakers, e­ specially as the tides come up the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into Admiralty Inlet. 38

A 5.7-mile loop starts at Camano Island State Park and ends at Baby Island, located off Whidbey Island’s Rocky Point. In the summer, the prevailing northerly winds make Possession Beach Waterfront Park a favorite. Possession Point is the southernmost point of Whidbey Island. From there you can explore the kelp beds and look for wildlife. Paddlers who have self-rescue skills and are comfortable reading tides can enjoy a trip from Dugualla Bay to Hope Island, where campsites, trails and an old-growth Douglasfir forest await. San Juan Islands The San Juan Islands offer kayakers great variety and an abundance of coastal wildlife and beautiful scenery. An Orca whale, sea lion, seal, porpoise, otter, starfish, anemone, sea urchin, sea cucumber or an octopus may accompany you on the journey. Bring your own kayak or take advantage of the k ­ ayaking outfitters on San Juan, Orcas or Lopez Islands for tours ranging from three-hour to three-days, i­ncluding i­deal ­options for beginners. Even if you have no kayaking e­ xperience, tours provide information on proper technique and s­ afety concerns, navigating the waters and wildlife and natural h ­ abitats. All equipment is provided and double k ­ ayaks are available for those who would like to share the paddle with a friend or relative. Each island offers a slightly different kayaking ­experience – some offer open water and exposed shoreline, others have panoramic views and some are more suited to those hoping to view Orca whales or other wildlife. These waters are home to more than 85 resident Orca whales, so most tours occur on the west side of the islands in the heart of the orca habitat. Paddling through the islands is the ideal way to watch whales, explore tranquil settings, rocky shorelines, quiet coves, dramatic headlands and shallow tidal areas. 

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Here in Washington, we like to make the most of sunny, blue skies and warm days. Spending time outdoors is a great way to be active and enjoy b ­ eautiful weather and stunning views. If you’re looking to spend more time outside, consider eating meals on your patio or, even better, taking a picnic to the park. Grab your picnic basket and follow these simple guidelines and recipes for packing a healthy and delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy together outdoors.

Safety first! Take care to ensure your meal doesn’t spoil while you’re on the go. Pack your basket with several ice packs, or in a cooler filled with ice, to keep food in the safe temperature zone. Food should be kept at 40 degrees or less.

Chilled Carrot Soup with Fresh Basil Oil Serves 6 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated Sea salt, about 1 teaspoon or to taste Pinch of red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 ½ pounds carrots (about 5 or 6 large carrots), peeled and thinly sliced 4 cups water 1 tablespoon honey 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted 4 teaspoons lime juice Fresh basil oil

Include a protein-rich dish. Protein keeps us feeling full longer. Adding protein to your picnic menu will give you and your guests energy for that swim in the lake or baseball game. When thinking protein, don’t just think of meat or poultry. Vegetarian sources of protein – such as whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and cheese – are great for picnics, because they are less perishable and taste great when eaten cold. Grain salads make wonderful picnic food. Choose whole grains. If you make sandwiches for your ­picnic, choose whole grain bread. Use bread labeled “100 percent whole grain” or one whose label lists whole wheat as the first ingredient. Whole grains are filled with fiber, which contributes to feeling full and maintains blood sugar levels, preventing that drop in blood sugar which makes us grouchy. No one wants a grouch on a picnic! Other sources of whole grains are brown or wild rice, quinoa, farro, emmer and barley. Add color to your basket. Summertime offers an abundance of in-season fresh fruits and vegetables. When filling your basket, think color! The more colors you include in your basket, the better variety of antioxidants you’ll give your body. For example, the deep, blue-purple color of blueberries comes from anthocyanins. Lycopene causes the bright, red color of a ripe tomato. Both anthocyanins and lycopene, along with many other phytochemicals, have powerful antioxidant properties that help to fight aging and prevent disease.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, ginger, sea salt, red pepper flakes and ­nutmeg. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add carrots, water and honey. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer until carrots are very soft, about 25 minutes. ■■

Add soup to a blender, filling only about 1/3 full. Puree the soup and transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup. Chill at least 3 to 4 hours. ■■

Pick sweet treats. Another reason to pack your basket with a variety of fruits – they’re nature’s dessert! Brimming with naturally occurring sugars, fruits at the peak of ripeness offer a sweet ending to a summer meal. Even better, fresh fruits are packed with water, which helps keep you hydrated during the hot days of summer. Hydrate! Speaking of water, make sure your picnic basket includes water to prevent dehydration as you spend time in the sun, especially if you are exerting yourself and producing a sweat. If you like something more interesting than water, make iced tea or iced herbal tea and add just a splash of fruit juice for sweetness.

Before serving, add about 1 cup of the carrot soup to a blender with the avocado and lime juice. Puree ­until very smooth. Stir the puree into the rest of the soup, completely incorporating it. Serve soup a drizzle of basil oil. ■■

Fresh Basil Oil ½ ¼

cup (packed) fresh basil leaves cup olive oil

Blanch basil in boiling water for 10 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pat basil dry with paper towels. Add basil to a blender with the oil and puree until smooth. Ues immediately or cover and chill for up to three days. ■■

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Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. ■■

Brush the eggplant and zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the eggplant on the grill pan or grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until tender and charred. ■■

Place the red peppers, whole, on the grill or under a broiler. Grill or broil until charred. Place in a paper bag or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, about 10 minutes. Remove charred skin. Core and slice for the sandwich. ■■

Take the baguette and scoop out a little of the soft bread inside each half, to make room for the toppings to rest. Don’t scoop all the way through the crust. ■■

Farro, also known as spelt, is an ancient grain with a pleasant nutty flavor. This form of wheat is available at food co-ops and wherever grains are sold in bulk. Farro is commonly grown in Europe, where boiled whole grains of spelt form the base of various salads.

Spread the chopped sun-dried tomatoes on one of the scooped-out sides of the baguette. Spread the arugula pesto on the other. On the bottom of the baguette, spread the goat cheese or add the fresh mozzarella. Top the cheese with the grilled vegetables and then layer the spinach on top of the vegetables. Place the top half of the baguette over the filling. ■■

Farmers Market Farro Salad with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomatoes and Lemon Serves 8 2 2 2 2 ½ ½ 1 2 ½ ¼

pints grape tomatoes tablespoons olive oil Sea salt, to taste medium onions, thinly sliced tablespoons olive oil teaspoon crushed red chili flakes teaspoon sea salt tablespoon balsamic vinegar cups farro cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Zest and juice of one lemon cup coarsely chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 425° F. Place grape tomatoes on a sheet tray and d ­ rizzle with olive oil and sea salt, to taste. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until ­tomatoes are caramelized. It’s okay if they burst. Remove from the oven and set aside. Don’t discard the juice. ■■

Place olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions, salt and red pepper flakes and toss to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 45 minutes, or until onions are soft and completely browned. Stir in the vinegar. ■■

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. When the water boils, add a large pinch of salt. The water should ■■


taste like the sea. Add the farro and stir. Cook farro until it is softened through and has a light al dente bite to it, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain farro in a strainer and return to pot. Sir in grated parmesan cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add roasted tomatoes and any juice from the tomatoes, caramelized onions and chopped parsley. Toss and serve warm or at room temperature. This salad will last up to four days in an airtight container in the fridge.

To serve, cut the baguette into 4 large or 8 small sandwiches. Serve immediately or wrap in parchment ­paper or aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

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Arugula Pesto


Grilled Vegetable Baguette Sandwich with Arugula Pesto Makes one large baguette, serves 4–8 1

Japanese eggplant, thinly sliced on a diagonal 1 zucchini, thinly sliced on a diagonal 2 red peppers, whole Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 long baguette, sliced in half lengthwise ¼ cup of arugula pesto (recipe below) ¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped 1 cup (6.5 ounces) goat cheese or fresh mozzarella, at room temperature 1 ½ cups baby spinach


2 2 1 ¼ ¼ ¼

cups arugula leaves cups spinach leaves garlic clove, blanched cup toasted hazelnuts Pinch of red pepper flakes Pinch of sea salt cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese cup olive oil

Blend arugula, spinach, garlic clove, hazelnuts, red pepper flakes and sea salt in a food processor until almost smooth. With machine running, gradually add olive oil and process until well blended. ■■

Pesto can be made ahead. Cover and let stand up to 2 hours at room temperature or refrigerate up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.  ■■

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ou’ve probably already crossed the line. Chances are it all started innocently enough; cuddling on the couch, for example, while watching a movie, or a shy, but sweet, kiss on the cheek. But before you know it, you’re pinned to your spot on the couch with a numb, tingling left leg because you can’t bear to disturb her; she’s fast asleep with her head on your lap. You scratch her back till she wriggles with pleasure. You call her your sugar-girl. You let her kiss you on the lips, and now you’re sharing spoonfuls of ice cream. After a series of boundary-blurring compromises, you’ve reached the point of no return. You’re smitten. You’re probably even sleeping together. As most dog owners can attest, you don’t set out intending to spoil your puppy. Over time, it just sort of happens. Chalk it up to the mysteries of the human heart. Though at times they can be troublesome, messy or smelly, dogs have a way of winning us over. They sniff and lick and fetch and wag their tails into the soft places of our hearts. They make weak even the strongest willed among us. After all, who could say no to their soulful, brown eyes imploring you for another treat? Ever since they first joined our hunter-gatherer ancestors around ancient campfires some 15,000 years ago, dogs have remained our close companions. They were the first animals to be domesticated by humans. The mutual benefits of this initial partnership contributed to the success of both species. It was safer for dogs to travel with humans, who could see predators and prey at a greater distance by standing upright on two legs. Humans had tools and fire with which to capture large prey and cook it, which made their scraps a more reliable food source for dogs. For our ancestors, partnering with dogs increased their chances of survival. Dogs contributed their keen sense of smell during the hunt. They also offered warmth and security. Over thousands of years, humans refined the ­domestication of dogs and the social bond between owners and their dogs has only


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grown. Dogs have worked alongside humans in a number of important occupations: herding, sledding, hunting, retrieving, rescuing, guarding, detecting drugs and explosives, serving in the military and offering aid in the form of physical guidance or assistance. Not just for practical purposes, keeping dogs as pets also has a long history, particularly among royalty and elite members of society. In the U.S., pet populations of dogs exploded with the baby boom and suburbanization after World War II. The greatest interspecies bonding occurs between humans and their pet dogs. Today, with hundreds of modern breeds to choose from, it seems there is a pet dog suitable for everyone and every stage of life. For many people, it starts in university. What d ­ ilapidated Victorian sagging under the weight of too-many roommates would be complete without a house dog to serve as mascot and resident sweetheart during moments of heartache or homesickness and the stress of studying for finals? Apartment dwellers typically look for miniature, hypoallergenic breeds that meet weight restrictions, require less space for exercise and don’t shed much, which is ideal when living in close quarters. Couples often pick out a new puppy when they’re in the “we’re-almost-ready-for-a-baby-but-not-quite” phase. Then there is Junior’s first dog, usually a Christmas present or a decision made in a moment of parental weakness and justified as an opportunity to teach children about responsibility, caring for a living creature and the cycle of life and death. In attempts to fill the void when their children first leave home, empty nesters look to their dog as a suitable substitute to receive their care and attention, and older folks benefit from the companionship a dog offers. Pets keep seniors active and lessen feelings of loneliness. Numerous studies have established the health benefits of owning a dog. Dogs have been shown to decrease stress and lower blood pressure. Our bodies show signs of physical relaxation when interacting with a dog. Walking, playing and caring for a dog contribute to a more active lifestyle, weight maintenance and improved cardiovascular fitness. Not just limited to physical benefits, owning a dog can improve mood, combat depression, increase self-esteem and decrease feelings of loneliness. In fact, psychologists at Miami University and St. Louis University found the emotional benefits dog owners receive from their canine companions could rival the benefits of a human friendship. They factored variables such as depression, loneliness, illness, self-esteem, and activity levels, and found that participants with pets scored better overall, enjoying significant outcomes related to emotional wellbeing such as higher self-esteem and less loneliness. Discussing the social bonds between humans and dogs in a recent interview, Aubrey Fine, a professor at California State

Polytechnic University and an expert on the human-animal bond, said, “One of the things that research has shown is dogs have learned over the years, perhaps better than any other being, how to read our non-verbal behavior.” And, it seems to have paid off. Since the 1980s, it has become increasingly common for owners to refer to their dogs as members of the family. Each new generation pampers their pooches a bit more than previous generations. The American Animal Hospital Association collects statistics on the language pet owners use to refer to their pets. More than 80 percent of pet owners now ­refer to themselves as their pet’s mom or dad, and 70 percent include their pet’s name when they sign greeting cards. From elaborate pet portraits and birthday parties with gourmet meat-filled cupcakes ordered from a special bakery to professional baby sitters and day care to pet health insurance, we love to dote on our dogs. Novelist Samuel Butler said, “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” For all that our canine companions offer us in the way of health and happiness, we don’t think it seems that foolish to spoil our good-girls and good-boys every once in a while. Here are our top suggestions for pampering your pooch in Snohomish County.

SPAS AND GROOMING Muddy Buddy Dog Wash If your pooch needs her nails done or just a bath, you can stop in at the Muddy Buddy Dog Salon without an appointment. You can rent one of the tubs in this upscale, contemporary salon and wash your dog yourself, or you can make an appointment for a full grooming. Because they care about oral health, Muddy Buddy gives your dog his or her own toothbrush to take home after a brushing. 15117 Main St., Ste. B101, Mill Creek, 425.928.7782, ­

The Soapy Paw This green grooming shop is located in Snohomish. Their all-natural, green products are great for your whole family’s health and will leave your pampered pooch smelling fresh and clean. This dog-focused outfit makes sure to accommodate dogs that may be old, arthritic, blind, deaf and those who can’t stand on their own. 723 Ave. D, Suite G & H, Snohomish, 360-863-2951,

Pails full of biscuits will get your pet’s tail wagging at Paddywack in Mill Creek.

TOYS AND SUPPLIES Paddywack A specialty pet store that features many locally-made items, Paddywack sells healthy pet food, treats and supplements. Your four-legged friends will love the bakery case stocked with fresh baked goods, and you’ll love the charming, boutique environment. This store’s Board of Directors, consisting of canine entertainment officer Rudy, director of barketing Zak and product tester Norman, put pet toys and supplies to the test. You can surely trust this panel’s expert recommendations! 15407 Main St., Mill Creek, 425.357.6520,

RESORTS Paradise Pet Lodge The ultimate retreat for dog lovers and their pets, the Paradise Pet Lodge offers a complete range of canine spa services, including relaxation massages, therapeutic massages, therapeutic swimming and swimming lessons. The grooming menu includes pampering services like “paw”dicures, temporary tattoos and glamorous hair details. You can even sip coffee at the “Paws Here” Coffee Shop while your furry friend enjoys his or her spa experience. The lodge also offers cat and dog boarding. Book your dog’s spa experience while you and your family go on vacation this summer! 100324 Paradise Lake Road, Woodinville, 425.483.3647, For more fun ways to pamper your pooch in Snohomish County, head to our website at! 

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Top picks for pampered pooches Looking for ways to spoil your pet? Keep your dog happy and healthy with these top picks.





1 Custom Pet Portrait Whether you’re memorializing your pet, or just looking for the perfect way to capture the splendor of the best-looking dog on the block, a ­custom pet portrait is a unique ­addition to any home. The artists at offer several different styles of portraits, from abstract to black-and-white realism. Artists usually work from a photo of your pet., $30.00 and up

2 Fur Butter (or Fur Worse) Deep Conditioning Treatment Try Fur Butter, a natural formula that treats dry or damaged coats to restore shine and softness. The soothing oatmeal in this product is ideal for itchy dogs. It will leave your pet smelling of rosemary and peppermint., $18.99




3 Comfy Dog Oatmeal Shampoo If your pup has been itching incessantly thanks to the warm spring weather, or simply needs relief from dry skin, check out Comfy Dog Shampoo. This shampoo provides long-lasting relief for dogs with itch, dry or allergy-plagued skin. The natural formula contains peppermint extract, burdock and Indian frankincense to combat redness and inflammation. $13.99

4 Breed Identification DNA Test Getting to the bottom of your dog’s ancestry is no longer a mystery thanks to Wisdom Panel’s Breed Identification system. By submitting a DNA sample to the Wisdom Panel


program, owners can now find out their pet’s contributing breeds all the way back to their great-grandpups., $79.99

5 BarkBox Whether your dog is big or small, they are sure to delight in a BarkBox, a monthly subscription service that ships you a new box of goodies for your furry friend every month. Boxes include at least four items, including healthy treats, toys and hygiene items. Ten percent of the proceeds go to local shelters and rescues., Plans starting at $19/month

6 The Sharper Image Pet-O-Meter Pet Pedometer If you’re concerned your pooch has been putting on the pounds, track their

fitness with The Sharper Image Pet Pedometer. This lightweight item attaches to your dog’s collar and measures steps, distance and calories burned., $14.99

7 Bambú Hammock II This designer pet bed is inspired by Scandinavian furniture designers to complement contemporary home décor. Recognized furniture and product designer Cory Drew envisioned the sustainable bamboo frame and a ­fully removable and washable cushion., $249.99

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Homeward bound Open your heart and your home to a dog in need by adopting from a local shelter or organization. The Humane Society reports that each year due to space and staffing constraints b ­ etween 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are ­euthanized in U.S. shelters because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt. Adopting a dog saves you money, and it saves a life. It’s a misconception that you can’t find happy, healthy pets at your local shelter. Many animals are given away because of “people reasons,” like a ­divorce, move or death, not because there is something “wrong” with them. Most shelters conduct a physical examination, vaccinate, spay/neuter and screen animals for temperament and behaviors before they can be adopted. By adopting, you can also be sure that you aren’t unwittingly supporting cruel and inhuman puppy mills and “factory style” breeding operations. Before adopting a dog, consider what type of dog would be a good fit for your family, home and lifestyle. Potential owners should consider how much energy, money, time, patience and space they have for the specific breed of dog they are looking at. Once you decide to adopt, you can contact these local shelters directly for information on dogs available for adoption, or you can use an online service like

The N.O.A.H. Center Located in Stanwood, the N.O.A.H. (Northwest Organization for Animal Help) Center is a non-profit, ­no-kill shelter. Cats and dogs come to N.O.A.H. from overcrowded shelters statewide. Since opening in May 2003, N.O.A.H.’s adoption program has given over 19,000 dogs and cats a new ­opportunity for a loving home. Upon arriving at N.O.A.H. dogs immediately start manners training. The training program offers dogs friendly, meaningful human interactions and preparation for their new homes. Adopting an adult dog from N.O.A.H. costs $125, while adopting a puppy (under six months) costs $325. 31300 Brandstrom Rd., Stanwood, 360.629-7055,

Everett Animal Shelter/Animal Rescue Foundation of Everett, WA The Everett Animal Shelter welcomes thousands of strays and unwanted pets every year. The shelter hosts dogs, cats, rabbits and birds that are looking for a good home with a loving family. Adoption fees for dogs range between $100–$300, depending on the dog’s age, breed type and medical history. The adoption fee includes at least the first set of vaccinations, spay or neuter, worming, flea treatment, microchip with registration and one month of free pet health insurance. The shelter’s adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sundays. 333 Smith Island Rd., Everett, 425.257.6000, and ­­everettarf­.­org

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The Progressive Animal Welfare Society PAWS has numerous adoptable dogs and cats. Fees vary, but generally, adult dogs are $95 puppies 4 months and under are $110. Adoptions include the cost of spaying or neutering. The shelter has specials that can make these prices lower. Adoption hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends. 15305 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood, 425.787.2500,

Pasado's Safe Haven Located in the Monroe area, Pasado’s Safe Haven has an adoption program for dogs and cats. Fees are $100 for cats and kittens and $150 for dogs and puppies. Adopters must also be able to prove they have the money and time to care for the pet they adopt. They must also agree to a follow-up visit by a Pasado’s representative to check on the pet. Fees include spaying and neutering, microchips and treatment for worms. Pasado’s has an adoption application on its web site. P.O. Box 171, Sultan, 360.793.9393,

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Top Left Table manners are no problem for Dougie, who prefers to eat and drink at the table, whether on a Starbucks’ patio or at the kitchen table with owners Joey and Nicole Hurley of Anacortes. Top Right When Ikorus isn’t gaming, he can be found at the beach with his brother, Klaus, and owners Ben and Sandy Lightner of Lacey. Center Cruisin’ Cruisin’ Coffee doles out the biggest dog bones, making it Lucy’s favorite morning drive-thru. Starting the day out right is important for Lucy because she goes to work everyday with her owner, Heather Oleksak. Lucy lives with Heather and her husband, Allen, in Ferndale.

They play video games!

They need their morning coffee!

They order at drivethrus!

Dougie (1), Wheaten Terrier

Bottom Left Lola loves to snooze curled up on heated rice bags. It’s the ultimate in comfort, especially when her owners are traveling. This photo was taken while Lola was on vacation on Camano Island with her friend, Christi, while her owners Raul and Tery Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners were out of town for spring training.

Ikorus (3), Brussels Griffon

Bottom Right Cooper’s culinary skills are rivaled only by his insect-hunting skills. Owners Brian Baisch and Mike Pilmer of Edmonds adopted Cooper from PAWS.

Lucy (4), Yellow La brador/ Border Collie Mix

Lola (6), Pug 50

They fall alseep while watching TV!

They make great sous chefs! Cooper (3), Hound Mix

They have their favorite spot on the couch!

Top Left Chloe’s owner, Shannon Kern, admits her pup may be a little spoiled. Chloe always gets the best seat in the house! Top Right Maggie is a regular visitor to the offices of Snohomish County magazine and one of two basset hounds adopted by our publisher, Lisa Karlberg, and her husband, Ken. She was named for the Karlbergs’ Magnifica espresso machine by DeLohnghi.

They wear bikinis to catch some rays!

Chloe (2), American Bulldog

Putter (3) & Lily (2), Golden Doodle


Maggie (14), Basset Hound


They dress up to go out to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!

They buckle up!

Bottom Left This pair of pooches attends daycare three times a week and has over 5,000 fans on Facebook. Putter and Lily are half-siblings who live in Richland with owner Cheryl Salomone. Bottom Right Jiff and Monroe received training as assistance dogs from Terri Smith of Camano Island. As the dogs posed for a photo at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, several ladies suggested the dogs borrow their hats and feather boas for the picture. Jiff and Monroe were happy to oblige.

Jiff (1) & Monroe (5), Golden Retrievers

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Mom, I’m bored! Banish summer break blues with these fun activities for kids BY HEATHER KOSKI


s soon as spring break ends, it seems, kids look forward to summer break, warmer weather and the plethora of outdoor activities the Puget Sound ­region offers. It’s no secret that Snohomish County boasts numerous national forests and rivers. Naturally, many popular s­ ummer activities include the great outdoors. Take advantage of the various kid-friendly options in our own backyard and ­beyond this summer. Enjoy breathtaking scenery with your family on a local river-rafting adventure. Rafting tours run nearly every weekend in May and June, as well as during the week, depending on where you’re rafting. Four major river systems, Skykomish, Snohomish, Sauk and 52

Stillaguamish, provide rafting options all over Snohomish County. Whether you’re whitewater rafting, fishing, eagle watching or doing an overnight trip, various outfitters offer lessons, tours and camps tailored to your interests and schedule. Take an adventure together and give your child an experience they’ll never forget with a summer rafting trip. Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors of Snohomish County. Plan a weekend to teach your children the joys and challenges of pitching a tent, cooking a meal over a campfire and spending the night outside. A weekend camping trip can be a fun, educational opportunity to emphasize important wilderness survival skills.

Kayak Point Regional County Park in Stanwood boasts a beautiful beach, fishing dock, playground, trails and showers for those spending the night. Squire Creek Park in Arlington is another majestic camping option in Snohomish County. Spend the night in a forest of moss and trees that have been growing for several decades. Its centralized location is ideal for hiking and exploration at the Snoqualmie National Forest and Whitehorse Mountain. The creek itself provides the perfect place to swim and spend an afternoon at the beach once the weather warms up. Take a day trip to Biringer Farm in Arlington and pick berries to your heart’s content. Strawberries ripen and are ready to enjoy as soon as mid-June,

while blackberry and raspberry season begins in July. Mark your calendars for the farm’s Strawberry Fest on June 15 and 16, which includes fun family ­activities like an inflatable castle maze, rides, slides, face paint, farm animals, kites, berry picking and much more. After your farm visit, teach your child how to bake a berry pie or preserve berries to save for the winter. Share the novelty and enjoyment of Biringer Farm with your little ones for a sweet, memorable experience. Similarly, add the Animal Farm in Everett’s Forest Park to your calendar at the end of June to introduce your children to the animals that make Snohomish County’s ­agriculture a ­primary industry. The farm opens June 29 and remains open daily through Aug. 15. Observe and interact with goats, sheep, ducks, hens, rabbits and pigs. The farm offers pony rides and birthday party opportunities, complete with commemorative photos and a tour. If your little ones have been asking for a kitten or puppy, take part in the bunny care program that educates families on proper rabbit care. Teaching children how to properly care for a farm animal is a great introduction. Take advantage of this local ­resource to acquaint your children with friendly farm animals and the responsibilities of owning a pet. Consider registering and training for a summer race to get the whole ­family outside and active. Completing a walk or run is a wonderful f­ amily accomplishment children and adults can achieve together. Training for the race can be just as fun as the event itself. Plan regular times to walk, run, cycle and swim together. Additionally, most races are created to raise awareness and funding for local charitable organizations. One notable annual race is the 12th annual Flight for Sight Fun Run & Walk on June 8 in Everett, which benefits the Guide Dogs of America. Participants can take advantage of several options for participants of all ages and fitness levels. They can …

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walk one mile at a leisurely pace, walk or run a 5K (3.1 miles) or run a 10K (6.2 miles). Friends and families can create teams and raise pledges to benefit the Guide Dogs of America. Joining a sports team or learning a new sport are great ­options for children once summer vacation begins. The YMCA facilities of Snohomish County offer a variety of sports and activities through their youth sports program. Consider swimming, soccer, basketball and tae kwon do lessons for your little ones. These programs give children the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and develop physical strength in a healthy, supportive environment. When you purchase a family membership, trips to the YMCA can be a family affair and a wonderful addition to everyone’s schedule. The YMCA facilities in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe and Mukilteo all offer youth sports programs for your family. No matter what your age or preference, music is something that most people enjoy. Give your child the opportunity to explore a new talent 54

with summer music lessons. The 4/4 School of Music in Everett and Lynnwood ­offers guitar, piano, violin, drum and voice lessons to children and adults. Summer music camps give children a week of learning, playing and ­performing songs by their favorite ­artists. Lessons are affordable and flexible to meet you and your child’s schedules. Interested students don’t necessarily need to own an instrument to take music lessons; rental options are also available. Maybe your child’s musical interest and talent will produce America’s next big star! Nothing says Washington like a ride on the Washington State Ferries. Take your child across the Sound, between Mukilteo and Clinton or Edmonds and Kingston. Cars and bikes are allowed on the state ferries, but you can walk on for a reduced fee. Enjoy stunning views of Seattle and wildlife from the middle of the Sound. Whale pods, bald eagles and sea otters are frequently observed by Washington State ferry riders. The ferries offer a variety of snacks and beverages to make your ride

comfortable and enjoyable. Consider ­having lunch in Clinton or Kingston with your little ones and making an ­afternoon out if it. Support your local baseball team at the Everett AquaSox season opener in mid-June. The whole family can enjoy game-day activities with a stadium of other fans. You can also host a birthday party your child will never forget at the Everett Memorial Stadium, complete with an upper box seat, birthday refreshments and Fun Zone coupons. Your birthday boy or girl will throw a VIP first pitch before the game and receive a special birthday announcement during the game. Enjoy a little competitive action, classic sports refreshments and the energy of a stadium full of fans with your family at the ball games this summer in Snohomish County. No matter how you and your little ones spend the summer, don’t miss the numerous opportunities and activities that Snohomish County has to offer. Get out and explore the great outdoors as the weather warms up, because it won’t last all summer! 


Summer Camps in Snohomish County THE ARTS FEELING ARTISTIC Unlock your child’s creativity! Feeling Artistic offers two half-day summer camps with morning and afternoon blocks: Fine Arts Camp (one-week camp, ages six and up) and Animation Camp (three-week camp, ages seven and up). Fine arts camp ­focuses on a variety of age-appropriate drawing, painting and sculpture techniques. Students in the animation camp will learn the basics of 2D and 3D work on Mac computers. $150–450, June 10–Aug. 30, Mill Creek SPOTLIGHT MUSIC Spotlight Music holds camps that are perfect for kids interested in developing their musical talent. Camps include Hit Factory (ages 12 and up), Beginners Rock (ages eight and up), Sing Out! (ages 10 and up) and Jam Academy Jr. (ages eight and up). Campers can register for a weeklong camp that meets for several hours each day. $199–299, July 8–Aug. 23, Woodinville

ADVENTURE HIDDEN VALLEY CAMP This American Camp Association ­accredited traditional overnight camp offers all kinds of outdoor fun, including hiking, ­horseback riding, swimming and sailing. Campers (ages 7–16) develop adventurous spirits, ­confidence and creativity. Register for one of three sessions, which vary in duration. $1290–1790, June 22–Aug. 18, Granite Falls

SUNSET BAY BEACH CAMP The City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation sponsors this camp that is all about water sports. Both day camps (ages 10–17) and overnight camps (ages 10–14) are offered. With a half-acre wharf and several miles of sandy beach, campers kayak, paddleboard, wakeboard, sail, skim board, tube, zip line and more. The camp runs for eight weeks starting the first week after the 4th of July and ending the last week in August. $350–700, Edmonds

FAITH-BASED URJ CAMP KALSMAN Camp Kalsman, operated by the Union for Reform Judaism, has hosted campers from all over the Pacific Northwest since it first opened in 2007. It offers children the opportunity to live wholly Jewish lives while at camp. With activities ranging from sports, performing arts, nature and outdoor adventures, Kalsman has something for children in all grades. $1,080–3,730, June 23–Aug. 15, Arlington CEDAR SPRINGS CAMP Cedar Springs Camp offers a full catalog of day camps and overnight camps. Camp themes include arts, sports, outdoor adventures, cooking and live gaming. Weeklong overnight camps for elementary school and junior high school ­students focus on having fun and building faith. $89–249, June 17–Aug. 30, Bothell, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood

wealth of knowledge about plants, trees, wilderness survival, wildlife tracking and ecology as they have adventure after adventure in the great outdoors. $300, July 15–19, Aug. 12–16, Monroe HAMLIN ROBINSON SCHOOL The Hamlin Robinson School, an independent school with specialized programming for students who struggle with dyslexia and language learning difficulties, offers premier educational summer camp opportunities with a balance of engaging, fun and creative activities. Summer programs for children in grades 1–7 include math workshops, LEGO robotics, martial arts, music and more. Various, Seattle

GENERAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY The Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County offer many summer day camp options at clubs throughout the area. Outdoor adventures, sports camps, arts camps and even LEGO robotics are all offered. Participants can look forward to field trips, arts and crafts and outdoor games and activities. Camp programs keep children safe, busy, and engaged in fun, educational and athletic activities during the summer months. Check to see what camps your local club offers. Various SNO-CO YMCA The Snohomish County YMCA offers a wide variety of camp programs for all ages and interests. Local YMCAs offer camps focused on sports, horseback riding, skate boarding, arts, extreme adventures, and more, in both day and overnight formats. Various

EDUCATIONAL ALDERLEAF NATURE CAMP Alderleaf Wilderness College hosts a nature day camp for children between the ages of six and 12. This weeklong camp gives kids a

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Courageous Conversations Six difficult discussions to have with your aging parents BY JONATHAN KULL


hen I was a young child, I used to tell my mother I wanted her to outlive me. I simply couldn’t envision a world where she didn’t exist. Undoubtedly, it is difficult to think about the loss of a loved one, but it is important for adult children to discuss issues of death and dying, end-of-life concerns and financial information with their aging parents. Proper preparation and careful considerations now will make all the difference later in moments of crisis or grief. The number of aging Americans is growing along with increases in the average life expectancy. According to the Administration on Aging, by 2030 the number of seniors will grow to about 72.1 million, or about 19 percent of the population. As older adults approach retirement, the future of Medicare and Social Security weighs heavily on their minds. Planning ahead for end-of-life decisions can give aging adults and their children peace of mind. While it may be uncomfortable for you to discuss certain subjects with your aging parents, these concerns are best dealt with preemptively. Ask yourself if you know the answers to the following six questions. If you don’t, consider discussing them with your parents. To make it easier for you, we’ve even included some conversation starters.

Are you insured for long-term heath-care? Medicare may not cover long-term assisted-living or ­nursing home expenses. Those expenses can ­accumulate quickly, and if the proper insurance is not in place, a ­family could find themselves making difficult financial ­decisions. There are good and bad policies, much like ­regular insurance policies. Knowing the policy is sound will make you feel better, too. Conversation Starter Explain you have looked into the costs of long-term health solutions and realized how expensive and burdening it can become if the proper insurance is not in place. Let them know you wouldn’t want them to feel like a burden or be unprepared for such a situation.

Whom do you want to act as the power of attorney? The power of attorney is a person, likely you or a sibling, whom your parents appoint to handle bills, investment ­decisions and other finances. If a POA hasn’t been named, then the courts will decide on matters. In order to avoid conflict with siblings, plan ahead. Discuss possible scenarios with them. Splitting responsibilities can often be a good decision. Be willing to do what is best for your parents, ­despite your feelings. Conversation Starter If you have siblings, involve them in a discussion with your parents about the importance of having a POA. Choose a ­casual family gathering to broach the subject, not a special occasion like a birthday or holiday.

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“While it may be uncomfortable for you to discuss certain subjects with your aging parents, these concerns are best dealt with preemptively.”

Do you need more help? You’ve begun to notice small things changing in your ­parents’ living environment. Spoiled food in the r­ efrigerator, unopened mail and late payments or bounced checks. If their home is beginning to get the best of them, it may be ­prudent to step in. This can be extremely hard to accept. You and your parents may be in denial about the situation, but you have to pay attention to the warning signs. More crucial signs of their need for help can be found in missed ­appointments, ­inability to move about the home comfortably (­having ­difficulty walking, standing or sitting), strong ­unpleasant odors, or just general parts of their life they can no longer maintain.

What do you want for your memorial service? You want to make sure your parents’ wishes are being carried out. But, it is difficult to think about your parents’ death. However, making levelheaded decisions is the best solution. When your parents do die, it can be an very emotional time. You wouldn’t want to make any brash decisions that would conflict with your parent’s wishes.

Conversation Starter Tread lightly. It is important for your parents to see you’re worried, but you don’t want to trigger any defensive mechanisms. Taking them grocery shopping could be an excellent way to discuss spoiled food and poor diet.

Conversation Starter Timing is key. While death is a difficult topic to broach, you both have thought about it. Talking about it together is a ­reasonable and practical way to ensure that you will be faced with fewer difficult decisions while you’re grieving.

Do you have advanced healthcare directives?

Do you have a will?

Advanced health-care directives include a living will, a health proxy and a HIPPA release. Advanced health-care directives allow your aging parent to make his or her own end-oflife decisions in advance. The HIPPA release allows doctors to share confidential information with you, which otherwise could not be disclosed unless your parents had specified it in writing. Your parents’ health-care proxy, also known as medical power of attorney, can make decisions in the event your elderly parent cannot. It is important for the proxy to have access to a living will, so your parent’s wishes can be honored.

More than just instructions for how assets should be divided up after death, a will is a legal document that individuals can use to name an executor, decide how debts and taxes will be paid and even provide for a beloved pet. Without a will, anything a person holds dear can be left up to a judge to decide the fate. Verbal statements will not hold up in court. The best way to ensure your parents’ intensions are being carried out is to help them draft a will if they don’t already have one. An attorney can draw up a will for you. Knowing your parent has a will with clear wishes can help prevent negative interactions among siblings and other family members.

Conversation Starter Explain to your parents how difficult it would be to make those decisions for them. Let them know that if you were able carry out their wishes in an emergency situation, it would make you feel better.

Conversation Starter Share from your own experiences. Hire an attorney to draw up your will, especially if you have a family of your own. You can discuss your own experiences with your parent or volunteer to set up wills together. 


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emographic factors are shaping the demand for ­universal design. As Baby Boomers retire, ­universal design, or the concept of designing products and ­environments that can be used by all people to the greatest extent possible without adaptation, has become an area of significant focus. A recent Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) article reports staggering figures on aging. An e­ stimated 10,000 people will turn 65 every day in the United States for the next 17.5 years. Currently, there are about 40.2 million Americans over the age of 65. But, in 2050 that amount will more than double to 88.5 million. Interior design must adapt to an aging population. An AARP survey reports that nine out of 10 seniors express a desire to stay in their homes as long as possible. They are comfortable in their own home, they love their communities and they want to remain independent. In order to age in place, they may need to modify their homes with affordable, attractive universal design options. In cases like these, I implement designs that only get better with age. I like to refer to this as lifestyle design, which when done well can eliminate or reduce the need for changes later in life. When interior designers remember that beautiful products and environments should also support the activities, lifestyle and circumstances of our clients, it is a winning combination. Ultimately, we design for people. My designs incorporate each client’s individual needs and concerns, while maintaining a visually appealing aesthetic. I recently completed a ranch-style home remodel, focusing on including conveniences for my clients as they moved towards retirement. I incorporated on-trend products that will make everyday tasks simpler and safer. The benefits of these design decisions will be realized in the years to come. 60

In my daily practice, I actively incorporate principles of universal design into many client presentations. I find this transition-focused style can lend itself to a contemporary bent. The bathroom is one space where everyone agrees that safety is extremely important. From lighting to shower styles, adaptations and products are available to keep the bathroom a safe place for everyone, all while looking current and chic. Zero-threshold shower bases are a favorite. These shower bases mimic European style and provide homeowners with a seamless and beautiful finish. Flush with the bathroom floor, they often feature a trench drain to contain water in the shower area. The design allows for easy access by foot or wheelchair. A slip-resistant, textured floor can help protect against possible accidents. In the shower or tub, incorporating grab bars for support, a ledge or seating area for ease in getting in and out, and night lighting can all be functional and decorative choices if cleverly designed. Manufacturers now provide homeowners with more design options and flexibility, including universal products that coordinate well with existing faucet and shower fixtures. Designers use creative tricks to make these products work. For example, to increase visibility we may offset the vanity’s finish with the countertop color so it is easier to distinguish between the two. There are many universal design options available and guidelines have been established relating to each. I feel strongly that each situation should be assessed on an individual basis. As a designer, I work with my clients to take into account the parameters of space, budget and style priorities. If all of these needs are met, the resulting spaces are beautiful and efficient. Most importantly, they improve the convenience, safety and independence of all household members, making it possible for more people to age in place. 


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A place to call home BY KAITY TEER


number of years ago my dad’s mom moved in with my parents and younger sister just as I was moving out. My parents joined the record number of middle-aged adults who make up the “sandwich generation” – adults who provide housing and offer support to their children and their aging parents concurrently. Living as a multigenerational family brought its own set of joys and challenges. My grandmother teased my younger sister for how loudly she walked around the house while getting ready in the morning, making us all laugh as she chided my sister for her “elephant feet.” My sister and I enjoyed getting to know a different side of our grandmother. She told us new stories about her formative years and offered advice as we made major life decisions. Even our family dog appreciated having my grandmother around; she was the only one who would sneak him scraps from the table. My parents showed great tenderness and patience as they helped my grandmother with daily tasks. My mom changed the way she cooked, so she could better accommodate my grandmother’s dietary restrictions. Together, my mom and dad coordinated doctors appointments, prescription refills and daily medications. My sister and I gained a new respect for my parents, watching them manage careers and care giving. 62

Though it was difficult at the time, looking back it’s easy to see it was the best choice for my grandmother and my family. My grandmother lived with us until my parents were no longer able to provide the kind of daily care she needed. Her first preference was to remain in her own home for as long as possible. Moving in with us was a second best. It preserved her independence while offering her greater support and opportunities for more social interaction. Caring for an aging person is like any relationship; it looks different for every family. For all families, though, there are special concerns you will need to consider as you support your aging loved ones. If you’re at the start of this journey, you may find yourself facing a steep learning curve. Ask anyone who has done it. Attending doctor’s appointments, keeping track of prescriptions and medications, learning about insurance options and housing arrangements and navigating the different types of care and programs available to your loved one – there are many new terms to learn, and it can be confusing. Thankfully, there are a number of local agencies who offer help to aging seniors and their families as they make important decisions about where to call home.

Senior Services of Snohomish County Senior Services of Snohomish County is a vital resource for local families. Staff members answer more than 40,000 calls a year from people looking for aging solutions. It is a great first step for care givers wanting to know what resources are available to help their aging family members live healthy and independent lives. For most seniors, housing is a primary concern. Issues like health care needs, nutrition and mobility are all factors in making housing arrangements. There are a variety of housing options for older persons: home modification and in-home care, multigenerational households and family caregivers, adult family homes, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes. “The number one question that we get is about housing for seniors. I usually start by asking the senior what he or she wants. I ask the family members the same thing. We look for solutions that support a senior’s decision to be as independent as possible, while also ensuring that it is the right decision based on health and other factors,” said Cynthia Nowowiejski, a social worker and information and assistance specialist for Senior Services of Snohomish County. Housing options for seniors The first and best option for most families is to make modifications that will allow an aging person to remain in their own home, where they are familiar with their surroundings, can be supported by friends and neighbors and can benefit from the consistency of their daily routine. Mobility and agility are among the most challenging issues to overcome. Installing handrails, ramps and lower doorway thresholds and widening doorways and steps can help resolve some mobility concerns. Other common challenges aging people face include hearing or vision issues. Older adults may not hear doorbells, telephones, alarm clocks or smoke or fire alarms. They may have trouble seeing adequately at low-lighting levels or reading clocks, thermostats and labels. Fortunately amplifying devices are available to make telephones and alarms ring louder, which works especially well when devices are paired with flashing lights and other visual signals. A less expensive alternative to an assisted living facility, in-home help can extend an older person’s ability to stay in their own home. In-home helpers offer a range of services, including companionship, chores, housekeeping, medication assistance and meal preparation. An important first step when hiring in-home help is to consider which tasks the aging person can do independently, which tasks family members can help with, and which tasks would be appropriate for an inhome helper. There are several options for paying for inhome care: state-funded Medicaid programs, Medicare and private, long-term care insurance. If remaining in the home is no longer a viable ­option, moving in with family can be a next step. A multigenerational household can benefit all family members, but these arrangements work best when expectations are communicated in advance. There are all sorts of issues to consider, including household finances, cooking and chore responsibilities, child care, personal space and even pets.

“It’s important to be clear about what your reasons are for combining households, and especially important to be open about financial considerations. Communicate ­honestly about boundaries and expectations. Will your family member pay rent? Who will pay for their groceries? Will you give up a job you like to care for them? How will that make you feel? There is a lot to take into consideration when evaluating whether it would work well,” Nowowiejski said. Family members who serve as caregivers must make time to care for their own needs, and they should seek support in the community. Senior Services of Snohomish County offers resources for family care givers, including classes and support groups that deliver powerful tools, techniques and ideas. Trained care giver specialists are also on hand to answer calls and provide resources. Assisted living facilities can be a cost-effective alternative to nursing home placement, and they can allow seniors more autonomy and dignity. Often times residents enjoy their own private apartments and can socialize with other seniors during activities and at mealtime. When evaluating potential assisted living facilities, it’s important to ask what types of licenses or certifications staff members hold. In addition to establishing whether the facility is safe, clean and homelike, you should also ask about the daily routines for residents. When are meals scheduled? What does a typical menu look like? How often does staff check on residents? Can residents store food in their apartments? What activities are available to residents? Nursing homes, often referred to as skilled nursing facilities, offer the most intensive level of institutional care outside of a hospital. Usually the most costly of long-term care options, payment for nursing home care can be private, longterm care insurance, Medicaid, and in some cases, Medicare. Nursing homes vary in the range of services they offer. Some even specialize in memory care. Finding the right fit Even though family dynamics can be complex, it’s important to make sure that all family members, including adult siblings, agree on a plan. Finding the right housing arrangement for your aging loved one means considering all possibilities. Begin by asking your parents about their wishes, and seek to find the best way to honor them. Tour and evaluate multiple facilities. Factors like insurance, cost and availability will all contribute to the best solution. “I think all of us here at Senior Services really have a passion to make it easier for people to find the answers and information they need to guide them to the right resources for their situations. Any family member knows how difficult it can be in a situation like this to decide what to do for your parent or relative,” Nowowiejski said. The important thing is to communicate with your family. By considering your options in advance of a crisis or medical emergency, your family will be prepared to adapt as your parents age. You will all benefit from the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one has a place to call home. 

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ou may be familiar with the saying that a painter’s house is never painted, a mechanic’s car always needs work and a cook’s cupboards are sometimes empty. Until recently, I could have added “a designer’s house is never finished.” After considerable time and effort, I am pleased to showcase a very personal project. Imagine, if you will, that I have opened my front doors and welcomed you to my home! Now, let’s begin our tour. Designing my dream home from the ground up was an exhilarating experience. I help others do this every day, and to finally experience the same joy as a homeowner was lifechanging. Now, more than ever, I “get it” when working with my clients from start to finish. Both challenging and rewarding, it was a fun ride! I wanted a comfortable and elegant space with a floor plan loaded with unique design elements and practical features. Overall, our four-bedroom home has 3,564 square feet of space to live, dine, bathe and sleep. My secret hideaway is a private office with a separate entry – I told you this was my dream home! Immediately after entering, the first thing you’ll notice is the perfectly executed transitional style, thanks in part to the home’s superb craftsmanship. I wanted our home to be characterized by simplicity and natural shapes. My design emphasized ample windows, an open floor plan and bringing the outdoors in. The lighting design turned out fabulously; it created stunning reflections off multiple mirrors and really worked well with shiny accessories and natural lighting. Lending a more regal feel, beautifully stained maple flooring spans the entire main floor. The chef’s kitchen is spacious and opens to the great room. It incorporates stainless steel a­ ppliances and a gorgeous under-mount farm sink that I found on O ­ verst­ock.­com. Custom concrete countertops pair nicely with an Italian stone backsplash that reminds me of a pizzeria – my favorite! And, yes, our stainless steel island does scratch, and we love it. This counter seats eight on a daily basis and can handle any temperature, paint project and, believe it or not, two sets of tap shoes. Espresso stained, Shaker-style custom cabinets provide a gorgeous backdrop and an abundance of storage space for the most popular gathering area in the home. I love combining textures and features from a variety of eras for a “collector of oddities” look. I wanted an understated, built-in china cabinet, deep pantry and wine bar with easy access and no fuss to be perfectly positioned right off of the kitchen. I was so pleased with the result!

Moving on from the kitchen, the great room showcases two large, 12-foot sliding doors that create a panoramic photo of the valley. View the serene and tranquil atmosphere provided by the three-sided gas fireplace. I designed this practical, yet surprising and eye-catching, feature to be visible from all rooms on the main floor, including the master bedroom. The main bath offers guests heated porcelain tile flooring designed in a brick pattern. This bathroom is connected to the first floor bedroom, en suite. This bed and bath combination is divided with a pocket door for privacy and also provides an opportunity to feel pampered and to enjoy their stay with us in luxury. I selected a claw foot tub and custom glass

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shower, both perfect for when my friends visit. The ultimate retreat, this bathroom features low-lighting from a glamorous crystal chandelier, large porcelain sinks and chrome fixtures. The third sliding door that completes the exterior wall of glass is located in the master suite and opens up to the 10-foot-by-52-foot covered viewing deck. The lounging tub in the master suite bath is “serenity now.” This free-standing porcelain piece, which I sourced from C ­ ostco­.­com, allows for great movement while commanding its space in the room. A suspended, glass-top, double vanity adds to the spa features, and satisfies my contemporary bent. As does the oversized walk-in “bath-house,” as I call it, with its multiple shower heads. Not to be forgotten, I love the “his and hers” closet with a custom built-in cabinet package for organization and storage. That sealed the deal for this dream home. I worked with a local company to create my beloved powder-coated steel railing with stainless steel cables. I wanted to maintain the visual integrity of the room and pull in an industrial-feel. The stairs lead to the basement where I chose to design the flooring with charcoal-­colored concrete in a tile cut pattern. It is probably one of the coolest things I have done to date! The downstairs entertainment room is framed by an exposed post and beam, another tribute to bringing the outdoors in. Flanking each side are two large bedrooms with 66

walk-in closets and a large bathroom with a double vanity and glass shower. I’m currently in the process of adding rustic sliding barn doors to the entry; that should drown out the noise from our kids! The sweeping view from our home provides a captivating outdoor experience all on its own; however, a large covered patio with an outdoor dining table and a beautiful chandelier overhead is something I had always wanted. These were a “must” for our dream home. Beyond the built-in fire pit is a custom heated swimming pool with an underwater lounging deck. This unbelievable outdoor living space is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and completed with an outdoor sound system, so hurry up summer weather and get here already! I had to add one last quirky design, a custom colored concrete bar with a one-of-a-kind customized sliding window providing easy access to the kitchen for snacks and drinks! From our home to yours, thank you for visiting! 

Design Goals

XX An open floor plan, which would offer an elegant and comfortable space to welcome guests for both semi-formal events and cozy informal conversations XX Ample windows to take advantage of the sweeping views, bring the outdoors in, create movement and invite natural light XX A transitional style, inclusive of traditional elements, contemporary conveniences, practical features and one-of-a-kind items that reflect my family's personality Personal Elements

XX Green and sustainable elements: saving our environment and investments XX Multi-purpose functions: maximizing the living space and creating a “destination” spot XX Budget-friendly: doing adequate research on a multitude of products and materials for pricing comparison and incorporating DIY projects Finished Favorites

XX Stainless steel island: durable, hygienic, reusable and recyclable XX Concrete countertops: a sustainable material accessible within three miles of the project


XX Efficient windows & low flow faucets: resource-efficient features XX Eco-friendly hardwood flooring: durable while contributing to the health of our environment

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How to make and keep floral arrangements STORY BY KAITY TEER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN DUCLOS

Professional florists make it seem effortless, but anyone who has tried their hand at arranging fresh flowers at home knows the skill required to achieve just the right look. For tips on how to make eye-catching floral arrangements and keep your flowers looking fresher longer, we asked floral designer Tatum Brown for advice. She demonstrated ­several simple arrangements you can try at home and offered suggestions for caring for fresh flowers.

Choose the right container. Experiment with different sizes of ­containers when arranging fl ­ owers at home. A good rule of thumb for proportions is to use 1/3 vase to 2/3 ­flowers. Consider non­traditional containers like votive candleholders or glass bottles. Different shapes work well for different types of flowers. Add twigs or texture. Curly willow branches in a bubble bowl can add interest to short, round arrangements. Branches can also help hold flowers in place and give structure

to an arrangement. If you use curly willow branches, be sure to r­ emember that twigs require water to stay supple. If you plan to use one striking bloom, consider piling rocks at the ­bottom of a container, and allowing the bloom to drape gracefully across it, like the solitary orchid shown in a rectangular container. Tie raffia or other natural materials around several blooms to hold an arrangement of particularly tall flowers in place, like the ginger pictured to the left. …

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Keep them cool. Flowers stay fresh better when they are kept at cool temperatures. If you are entertaining, consider placing fresh flowers in the refrigerator or in another cool place until your guests arrive. Think about where you will place your arrangement. Don’t put a vase of fresh flowers next to a heating vent or in ­direct sunlight. Certain flowers require extra attention. Some flowers require special care. Roses, for example, must be placed in water immediately after they are cut, otherwise the air will seal the stems. When working with roses, you can choose to keep or remove the guard petals that embrace each bloom. Preserving the guard petals will add texture and additional color variation to your arrangement.

Feed and water your flowers. If your florist provided you with a packet of flower food when you purchased your fresh-cut flowers, then use some of it immediately and save the rest to use several days later when you add fresh water. If you don’t have a packet of flower food, then a drop of bleach and a little sugar should do the trick. You can also dissolve an aspirin in the water to help preserve your flowers. To keep your flowers looking fresh longer, every couple days you should refill the container with fresh water and recut the stems. Wrap it up. If you are giving flowers as a gift or are looking for an attractive way to transport them to a special occasion, try wrapping your arrangement in ­layers of coordinating paper and ­tying it with rafia or a bow. At left, you can see how nice a patterned paper looks when paired with more durable brown paper. Try these tips from Tatum Brown the next time you buy fresh-cut flowers or pick spring blooms from your home garden. 

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If you’re on the hunt for regional fare served with a beautiful view, look no further than this Snohomish County ­classic. Arnie’s Restaurant in Edmonds is known for its Pacific Northwest seafood and sweeping panoramas of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. The Edmonds restaurant, along with its Mukilteo location, has served local patrons for nearly 25 years. The dining area’s high ceilings and full wall of windows gives diners of all ages a dramatic view with their meal. An older crowd can be seen taking advantage of early dinner specials. Later in the evening during regular dinner hours the restaurant maintains a quiet, romantic atmosphere, while still managing to remain kid-friendly enough for special family celebrations. The Seasonal Features menu offers Roasted Crab Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms, one of the many options that serve up seasonal fish and vegetables from the Pacific Northwest. The artichokes are packed with fresh crab and topped with melted Gruyere cheese for a pleasant, rich flavor. The House Louie Salad is equally laden with fresh seafood, featuring grilled salmon, Dungeness crab and bay shrimp covered in a tart, classic Louie dressing. For pasta lovers, the Northwest Seafood Fettuccini is a favorite. The creamy parmesan-garlic sauce is rich, but not too heavy, and complements the fresh flavors of bay shrimp, prawns, clams, mussels, salmon and halibut. While Arnies is well-known for its seafood, the menu also includes a wide variety of lunch and dinner items, including steaks, burgers, salads, pasta and poultry as well as an extensive ­appetizer list. Vegetarian options are also available. No matter your preference, Arnies has something for everyone. 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 425.771.5688 Mon.–Thu., 11:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.–9 p.m

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The Diamond Knot Brewery and ­Alehouse in Mukilteo has ­officially ­reopened after a major expansion ­project. The waterfront establishment had been closed since Jan. 7 for renovations, which culminated in a grand ­reopening celebration on April 6. Customers at the new Diamond Knot can look forward to a variety of improvements. The west side of the building now serves coffee and ice cream as part of its family-friendly ­dining service. Overall, the expansions have doubled its size to a whopping 5,400 square feet. The city asked the brewery to expand after a previous tenant went out of business. The breaking of a ceremonial growler filled with Diamond Knot’s India Pale Ale christened the opening. “The grand reopening signifies a new chapter in our Diamond Knot ­story,” said the company’s founder and president, Bob Maphet. Maphet pointed to the additional jobs that the expansion will provide to Mukilteo as one of the benefits of the project. He said, “It feels good to be able to add jobs in our community and complement the economic development of Old Town Mukilteo.” Beer lovers also have plenty to look forward to, including a new tap ­system that will deliver Diamond Knot’s own craft beer. Washington hard c­ ider and a steady rotation of guest beers will


also be on hand. For those who do not drink alcohol, a delicious homebrewed root beer is available. The food menu has changed to include burgers, pizza and various o ­ ther ­entrees. Breakfast is now served, which is also a new addition from the previous incarnation. The bar top, originally Formica, is now made out of a mammoth slab of Douglas fir that is believed to be over 70 years old. Other pieces of wood from the 33-foot long timber were used as tabletops and benches in the coffee and ice cream area giving the brewery a woodsy, “lumberjack” type of look. The new Diamond Knot f­ eatures a straight-forward, industrial design said Sherry Jennings, director of communications. “The design was kept s­ imple,” Jennings said. “We wanted to ­celebrate the past uses of the building and keep more of an industrial feel.” The expanded brewery will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for ­families and 8 a.m. to close for those 21 and older. The new Diamond Knot ­offers something for everyone, whether you desire a tasty dinner for the whole family or simply a pint after a hard day at work. 621 Front Street, Mukilteo 425.355.4488 Mon.–Sun., 8 a.m.–1 a.m.

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ARLINGTON BISTRO SAN MARTIN Regional NW 231 N Olympic Ave, Arlington 360.474.9229, Chef Martin Estrada-Perez presents a menu that offers regional cuisine from Escargot with Garlic Butter to Tiger Prawns and Flat Iron Steak that is mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. The fresh sheet changes daily. This intimate restaurant will delight your senses in every way from the moment you walk through the doors. The superb staff gives impeccable service and proprietor Steven is typically on hand to welcome you. Call for reservations to insure prompt seating. Dinner only Tuesday through Saturday, 5–9 p.m.

BOTHELL CAROUSEL CAFÉ AND ICE CREAM American 22618 Bothell Everett Hwy. # 6, Bothell 425.402.0757, Carousel Café and Ice Cream, nestled off Bothell-Everett Highway, serves delicious lunch and dessert items. Best known for homemade ice cream that can be mixed with specialty toppings on a stone slab, the café is a well-kept ­local secret. Not only is the ice cream homemade, but also its breads, donuts and pastries. For diners seeking more than just a sweet treat, try the Reuben, which is made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on homemade rye bread. The Hot Hero is another delicious lunch option. This panini contains roast beef and cheddar cheese with tomato, onion, spinach and a homemade creamy dill horseradish sauce. Carousel Café and Ice Cream is a great lunch stop or after-dinner d ­ essert destination.



TOKYO HOUSE Fusion/Japanese



11830 19th Ave. SE, Everett 425.337.7772,

500 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett 425.347.6557,

203 Fifth Ave. S #1, Edmonds 425.640.8949, As its name indicates, The Cheesemonger’s Table is all about cheese. Enjoy the vast selection of more than 100 cheeses from around the world on a sandwich, platter or as a complementary addition to a house special. Cheese enthusiasts should visit the new location at the Old Milltown Plaza in Edmonds. The Table hosts a cheese sampling every Saturday, which is best enjoyed with a drink and a handful of the housemade truffled popcorn. Try the hot Caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The Table makes it easy to share your love of cheese with friends and family by sending a gift basket of select cheeses, nuts, fruit and other treats, which can be shipped anywhere in the United States.

EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA Italian 178 Sunset Ave. S, Edmonds 425.299.0142, If you like authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds, where pizza is created with pure, simple, fresh ingredients and baked on the floor of an apple wood fired stone oven. You’ll find favorites like the Combo Pizza, featuring chorizo, fresh vegetables, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce, but the menu also features innovative items like the Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza, with cranberry goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, organic olive oil and garlic. Diners will enjoy the view of ferries arriving from and departing to Kingston, but they can also have their meals delivered within Edmonds or prepared for take-out. Finish your meal with organic gelato. Evviva is Italian for ‘cheers’ or ‘hurray.’ Cheers to their name and this fine Italian restaurant!

EVERETT ANTHONY’S WOODFIRE GRILL Seafood 1722 West Marine Dr., Everett 425.258.4000, Anthony’s Woodfire Grill serves the same ­quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s Homeport. The Woodfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just ­special occasions. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.

Enjoy pristine views of Silver Lake and fine American cuisine with global influences at Emory’s on Silver Lake. Featuring a vast, varied menu of house favorites, even the most selective diners will find something at Emory’s to please their appetites. For lunch, try the Mediterranean Chop Chop or the Crab & Shrimp Panini served with your choice of soup, clam chowder or French fries. At the dinner hour enjoy the Organic Beet Salad ­followed by the Creamy Seafood Risotto. If you’re overwhelmed with the plethora of ­appealing dishes, Chef Oscar’s Three-Course Dinner might be the key for expedited selections. Of course, their wood stone pizzas are also light, satisfying and deliciously diverse, created right in front of your eyes in their wood stone oven.

Tokyo House’s perfection-driven cuisine provides patrons a joyful balance of fine quality ingredients and prompt, attentive service (and without Emerald City prices). An order of spicy tuna is served exquisitely fresh with a delicate texture and rewarding flavor of vegetables, spice, rice and thinly sliced tuna. Each sushi offering is served to order by a traditional sushi chef who greets and smiles at customers, and prepares special orders with enthusiasm. The Teriyaki Chicken is simply excellent, while the vegetable Gyoza is crisp, flavorful and cautiously fried. Tokyo House’s clean environment and inviting Japanese décor – elegant Shoji screens and bamboo-style framing – create an enjoyably soft and refreshing ambience for relaxed dining.



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2821 Pacific Ave., Everett 425.339.3390 Authentic Chinese dishes with fresh ingredients make for one of the best Chinese dining experiences in the county and beyond. Notto-be missed dishes include the Hunan Special Beef Beef, Sizzling Scallops, Sauteed Broccoli with Tangy Sauce (and tender strips of pork) and the Wor Wonton Soup. A full bar is also ­available. – PETITE SWEET Bakery 2613 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.1800, Recently relocated from Arlington and now in the former Pave Bakery location, this hometown bakery and café is too good to pass up! Pastries, cakes and pies call to your inner sweet tooth. Fresh-baked bread is the foundation for delicious sandwiches like the Smokin’ Granny, grilled with turkey, smoked gouda and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple. Breakfast also served.

PIROSHKY & CREPES: EUROPEAN BAKERY AND CAFE Bakery 1327 112th St. SE, Everett 425.225.6694 Treat yourself to a sweet or savory treat at Piroshky & Crepes: European Bakery and Café near Silver Lake in Everett. A piroshky is a Russian baked bun stuffed with a variety of fillings and glazed with egg for a golden, crisp exterior. Most piroshkis are filled with meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes or cheese, but this European bakery also offers sweet varieties filled with fruit and served with whipped cream or chocolate. You can also order sweet and savory crepes. Pair your treat with your choice of more than 100 loose tea varieties or an espresso beverage.

915 Main St., Lake Stevens 425.334.1923, Adriatica (formerly Neapolis) is located in old Lake Stevens, away from the hustle of Pioneer Square. Owner George Petropolis is eager to share his food, and he and his staff have ­created an inviting atmosphere, like d ­ inner at a friend’s home. The menu offers some old Neapolis favorites, as well as new c­ hoices. Try a dish of Skordalia, a warm pita bread with a silky garlic spread. The Gyro Salad ­features fresh, crisp veggies with warm tender gyro meat and tangy tzatziki. The Spaghetti En Greco with Prawns is a perfect balance of creaminess and acidity, served piping hot. Adriatica is a fresh new twist on an old Lake Stevens favorite. Try it again for the first time.

LYNNWOOD TASTE OF PHO Vietnamese 20101 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood 425.977.4311, Enthusiasts of Vietnamese cuisine will not be disappointed by the extensive menu of soups, noodles and rice dishes offered at Taste of Pho. Specializing in Vietnam’s signature beef broth dish of noodles and tender meat, Taste of Pho provides diners with delightfully satiating flavors, fast service and prices well beyond the dreams of frugal eaters. The classic Chicken Pho soup is kindly spiced with a mix of fish and beef sauce, hints of basil and lime, and a generous helping of freshly cooked rice noodles. The tofu spring rolls are a grandiose appetizer, stuffed with carrots, cilantro, bean sprouts and other fresh fillings, and served with a large side of sweet, delicious fish sauce. Diners will find the restaurant’s dim lighting, well-spaced seating and pleasant décor a relaxing addition to a filling portion of traditional Vietnamese flavor.

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and affordable prices. A meal at the Grouchy Chef is a dining experience like no other.

MCMENAMIN’S MILL CREEK Pub Fare 13300 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek 425.316.0520,

Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse The Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse is located in a strip mall, across from a cigar shop and right off the highway. To be fair, it’s the Cadillac of strip malls and Indigo is its crown jewel. Indigo boasts a killer fried-chicken po’ boy, an extensive gluten-free menu and 20 beers on tap. Exposed brick walls set the tone for Indigo’s cool interior. The bar is well stocked with whiskey and other spirits. But the food is where Indigo makes its mark: savory and spicy pulled pork sandwiches, hummus dip that doesn’t cut corners and po’ boys that are comfort food at its best. A rarity, Indigo dedicates a separate fryer to French-fries, which is the only way to guarantee that they are gluten free. The staff is kind and attentive, but not pushy. They want you to take your time, and that’s Indigo. No rush, just good beer and good food where you’d never expect to find it. - Miles Oliveira


The northernmost outpost of the McMenamin’s family of brewpubs based in Portland, McMenamin’s Mill Creek has been a neighborhood mainstay for years. Craft beers are brewed on site, including the popular Hammerhead Pale Ale and Terminator Stout, which are deliciously accompanied by hearty, fresh pub fare. The house-made Baked Mac & Cheese is a favorite, and a full host of burgers (the Communication Breakdown), sandwiches (the Reuben Kincaid) and salads (Brewer’s salad) round out the menu. Kids are welcome, too, with their own tasty menu. Wine drinkers are not left out, either. The good folks at McMenamin’s also operate the Edgefield winery, providing an extensive list of whites, roses and reds to the pub.


Surrounded by a sprawl of commercial rentals and drive-thrus, a newcomer to Kafe Neo might be delightfully surprised by its extensive menu of rich and delicious Greek food. The ever-popular gyros come in dozens of combinations, with lunchtime prices below the border of $7. The lamb gyro – served in less than five – is stuffed with fresh “seasoned lettuce” and tomatoes, traditional Tzaztiki and richly marinated slices of lamb. Even the pita is pleasantly moist, all the while keeping in the messy juices. Both the Caesar and chicken ­gyros ­provide a similarly succulent mix of tender, rich meat and fresh sides, and cure the lunchtime crave. An expansive, yet inexpensive selection of Greek appetizers and desserts round out the main course, and keep patrons coming back for more.


7928 Mukilteo Speedway, Mukilteo 425.374.3333, Mukilteo Lodge exceeds expectations with its warm, rustic and inviting ambiance. The Lodge features wide, cavernous, wood-beam ceilings, polished log walls, and ­thoughtfully designed lighting and sports decor. With 35 beers on tap, a wide selection of wine, and an impressive dinner menu, patrons won’t want for the company of good spirits. The menu ­features a rich diversity of bar classics, Northwest seafood and college-sports hamburgers. A ­delicious U of O burger with a large patty, American cheese, secret sauce and veggies, arrives hot in less than 10 minutes, with a side of rich, doughy onion rings. The burger – made with Oregon beef – is juicy, soft and filling. For ­dessert, enjoy a d ­ eeply satisfying – and shamefully large – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie pan-fried with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. You won’t find a tastier, more ­insulin-increasing dessert on the menu; the cookie came highly recommended.

104 North Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056, Adam’s Northwest Bistro distributes taste and dazzle through a broad menu from which a “Your Burger” – a real ground steak with ­caramelized onions – gets as much chef-time as a duck breast. The preparation of your Salmon or Butter-poached Halibut are remarkable for their their well-built sauces – restrained and crafty. Pork chops stuffed with onions, mushrooms and sage, pair off nicely with sweet apple gel cubes. The scallops appetizer with creamed leeks, bacon and applesauce might start an evening of excess that will surely close with an ice cream-wielding warm Chocolate Chip Brownie or Apple Cobbler with burnt caramel sauce and a crisp brown sugar top. The in-house brewery serves up rotating taps, with styles ranging from Kolsch to Porter.

KAFE NEO Greek/Mediterranean 9730 State Ave., Marysville 360.651.9268,


MUKILTEO GROUCHY CHEF American 4433 Russell Rd., Ste. 113, Mukilteo 425.493.9754 Let the stern chef on the Grouchy Chef’s logo be a warning to you. When Chef Masumoto arrives to take his diners’ orders, he emphasizes the importance of his rules. He collects the bill in cash, without tips, before the meal is served. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Grouchy Chef is the chef himself: he’s a oneman show. He serves, cooks, cleans and runs his entire restaurant single-handedly. He comes and goes through his kitchen quietly and intentionally, timing orders in sync with his customers’ arrivals. Despite Chef Masumoto’s numerous rules, he maintains an i­ncreasingly large and loyal clientele, thanks to his delicious food

SNOHOMISH CABBAGE PATCH Homestyle 111 Ave. A, Snohomish 360.568.9091, From fine dining to home cooking, the Cabbage Patch has been serving up delicious meals to patrons of this downtown Snohomish restaurant for more than 30 years. Traditional favorites such as a Prime Rib or Turkey dinner, Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie share the menu with contemporary favorites such as Coconut Prawns and Artichoke & Mushroom Penne. Don’t forget dessert – the Cabbage Patch is known for its scrumptious pies.

MALTBY CAFÉ Homestyle 8809 Maltby Rd., Snohomish 425.483.3123, Maltby’s famed Cinnamon Rolls – roughly the size of your head – are the prime draw to this country-quaint café, but are just the start of a menu filled with home-style cooking and grandiose portions. Choose from breakfast all day, with menu items such as Northwest Potatoes & Eggs or the Prime Rib Omlette. Voted Best Breakfast Place by Evening Magazine viewers 2009–2011, you can’t go wrong. The lunch menu includes a vast menu of sandwiches and burgers (try a Blues Burger with homemade blue cheese dressing) as well as salads, entrees and desserts. –



THE FREELAND CAFE American/Hawaiian 1642 E. Main St., Freeland 360.331.9945

PRIMA BISTRO French 201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, A quintessential South Whidbey dining ­experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor – and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience and world-class views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.

TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 Front Street, Coupeville 360.678.4222, Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels – served by the pound! – come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room. Toby’s is a must when visiting this Whidbey Island destination.


© Tablas Woodstone Taverna

For more than 35 years, The Freeland Cafe’s been serving Whidbey Island locals a dawntill-dinner menu of American breakfast ­classics with a mix of Hawaiian flavors. A stack of three savory pancakes stuffed with delicious, sweet blueberries marks a signature favorite among the carb-craving regulars, while a hearty egg breakfast with crisp, sizzling bacon charms away the hunger of nostalgic hometown diners; add Hawaiian-style rice with Spam and gravy for a more exotic breakfast alternative. Lined with ceiling-high windows and an eclectic mix of artwork, The Freeland Cafe offers a generous seating area situated adjacent a popular bar of the same name. Sit back and enjoy the aroma of warm syrup and coffee, and the friendly chatter of neighborly patrons as you dine back to a simpler time.

The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into top seven this issue. Step out and give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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A vegetarian’s dream, the Fire Roasted Vegetable Flatbread with pine nuts and mozzarella at Tablas Woodstone Taverna in Mill Creek is sure to please. 425.948.7654,

We recommend grabbing a cup of coffee and a slice of Apple-Berry Crumb Pie at the bright and cheery Snohomish Pie Company in historic downtown Snohomish. 360.568.3589

Fresh, filling and colorful, the Fish Tacos at Lynnwood’s Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse are a favorite. 425.741.8770, ­

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Tomato, onion, spinach and creamy dill horseradish sauce made the Hot Hero roast beef and cheddar cheese sandwich a hit at the Carousel Café in Bothell. 425.402.0757,

The Truffle Fries at The Loft in Edmonds are amazing. These shoestring fries aren’t too thick or salty, and the truffle oil makes them taste like a truly decadent treat! 425.640.5000,

The Maltby Café serves up homemade favorites from their location in an old schoolhouse in Snohomish. Try the Northwest Potatoes and Eggs breakfast for a winning combination of local ingredients like Maltby bread and Tillamook Cheddar cheese and the down home flavors of country-fried red potatoes and eggs. 425.483.3123,

Try the Pesto Chicken Calzone at Cristiano’s Pizza in Marysville. Leftovers from these calzones make for a great lunch the next day! 360.653.8356,

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Seattle International Film Festival set to kick off BY ARI LILJENWALL More than 400 features, short films and documentaries will be shown at the 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival, a three-week cinematic extravaganza that has solidified its reputation as one of the top film festivals in the entire United States. This year’s festival will open May 16 with a screening of an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” by superstar director, writer and film producer Joss Whedon. Whedon is best known as the creator of the popular show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the director of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” His original, contemporary interpretation of “Much Ado” will infuse it with modern-day antics and humor, said SIFF Artistic and Co-Director Carl Spence. Former “Buffy” star Alexis Denisof will play the lead role of Benedick. “I grew up in Seattle, and it is where all my dreams of being an actor b ­ egan,” Denisof said. “Bringing this ­movie to my hometown is a very special ­occasion.” Whedon and Denisof have ­confirmed that they will both be in ­attendance for opening night. Co-stars Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg will be on hand as well. Eleven films from SIFF’s new ­African Pictures Program will play a prominent role in this year’s festival. The African Pictures Program is dedicated to showcasing the growing amount of diverse cinema emerging from continental


­ frica. The program gained funding A after the Academy of Motion ­Picture Arts and Sciences awarded SIFF a multi-year grant in 2012. Films belonging to the African Pictures Program explore a diverse range of subject matter. “The African Cypher,” a documentary by ­director Bryan Little, highlights street dancing from South Africa. Others grapple with more political themes. Mosco Kamwendo’s “­Comrade ­President” examines the life and ­suspicious death of Samora ­Moises Machel, the ­revolutionary leader of Mozambique. Rwandan ­filmmaker Joel Karezki makes his directorial debut with “The Pardon,” a look at friends who are on opposing sides of the Rwandan genocide. If previous years’ attendance is any indication, SIFF will reach more than 150,000 attendees, making it one of the most highly attended film festivals in the country in addition to one of the most critically acclaimed. Film buffs won’t want to miss this highly regarded event, which will showcase works of all genres from around the world. Seattle International Film Festival May 16–June 9 SIFF Cinema Uptown 511 Queen Anne Ave. North, S ­ eattle

Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma celebrates all cultures in an all-encompassing music, dance and ritual for humanity. A talented cast of dancers, pole acts, acrobats, comedians, contortionists and percussionists brings non-stop action. The show blends mysticism, magic and excitement with a live musical score and vocalists. Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. 425.322.2600, KAPUTNIK MAY 31–JUNE 23, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 8 P.M. SUNDAYS, 2 P.M.

Astronomer Dr. Myles Stanton and his whacky assistant Blaine, who is obsessed with an impending alien invasion from Mars, are in charge of an obsolete observatory in the desert. When the duo notice a strange light in the night sky during the Sputnik launch, they are visited by three strangers dressed in trench coats, fedoras and dark glasses. The mysterious figures soon entrench the two men in an international game of cat and mouse that will keep the audience guessing and laughing until the very end. Frank Semerano’s Kaputnik is directed by Eric Lewis. The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 F ­ irdale Ave., E ­ dmonds. 206.533.2000, ­ MAKING GOD LAUGH JUNE 8, 8 P.M.–10 P.M.

The Curtain Call Theatre of Bothell will perform Making God Laugh, a family comedy by Sean Grennan. Performed in four scenes, each 10 years apart, and set during various holidays, the play starts in 1980 as the newly “launched” kids – a priest, an aspiring actress and a former star football player – all return home, where audiences learn of their plans and dreams as they begin their adult lives. Everett Music Hall in the Mall, 1402 SE. ­Everett Mall Way, Everett. 425.258.1605,


Join the Everett Philharmonic for the exciting conclusion to their third concert season. First on the program is “Mass In C Major, Op 86” by Ludwig van Beethoven, which Dr. Richard Nance will conduct. Don’t miss this collaboration of more than 80 members of the Everett Philharmonic and the more than 100 voices of the PLU combined choirs. Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. 425.385.5250,



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Cascade Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michael Miropolsky, presents the 2013 Season Finale. The evening will include ­classical selections by Wagner, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, with piano soloist and Pacific Northwest Ballet conductor Allan Dameron. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. 425.275.9595,

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After one year of bringing amazing live ­music to downtown Everett, the Everett Music Initiative is proud to celebrate its first birthday with an incredible lineup at the most beautiful venue downtown has to offer. The show is for all ages, and features artists: The Moondoggies, Motopony, Hot Bodies in Motion and River Giant. Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. 425.258.6766, ­ TICKET TO BROADWAY: MY FAIR LADY (SINGALONG) JUNE 8, 3:30 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M.

Be ready to sing-along to the Sno-King Community Chorale’s special concert rendition of My Fair Lady, the beloved Broadway ­musical. The Sno-King Community Chorale, under the direction of Frank DeMiero, is a community-based choral organization providing performers and audiences opportunities to experience the joy of music. Edmonds Center for the Arts,410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. 425.275. 9595, EVERETT CHORALE SPRING CONCERT: AN AMERICAN SAMPLER JUNE 9, 3 P.M.

Treat your ears to the lovely sounds of choral classics by American composers in Maestro Lee Mathew’s An American Sampler springtime concert. Celebrate Lee Mathew’s 20th season with the Everett Chorale by sitting down and listening to traditional American folk songs and spirituals, sacred and secular chorals, and experience the world premier performance of “Triptych of the Rock.” Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. 425.257.8600,

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In celebration of National Dance Week and World Dance Day, the Reflections School of Dance performance will benefit the ­dancers’ scholarship program and Africa outreach. Through the forms of ballet, modern and jazz choreography the performance teams and ­special guest artists will celebrate life all over the world. Past events have benefited worthy causes, including Haiti Relief, Fight Human Trafficking, Belize Mission, Thailand Mission and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Snohomish County PUD, 2320 California St., Everett. 425.338.9056, ROCKIN’ ROSEHILL WEST COAST SWING STUDY NIGHT MAY 20, ALL DAY

One Monday of each month is West Coast Swing! Participants must have knowledge of the sugar push, left-side pass, right-side pass and whip. The class will be tailored to an intermediate level of participants. The necessary technique needed to perform more difficult patterns will be introduced. Plenty of time and

music are allotted for practice. Single dancers and partners are welcome! Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. 425.263.8180, APPLAUSE DANCE STUDIO YEAR END RECITAL JUNE 1, 1 P.M.

This performing arts school’s year-end recital will feature a variety of acts, including graceful ballet, smooth jazz, exciting tap, rhythmic hip hop and soulful vocal acts. The school’s yearend theme is “Generations.” Applause Studio, 17903 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek. 425.482.2075,


The 3rd Annual Edmonds Film Festival will premiere original films that have been written, filmed, directed and produced by local filmmakers for the purpose of celebrating local art and fighting the world-wide injustice of sex-trafficking. Proceeds will be donated to Abolition International, an organization

dedicated to the eradication of sex-trafficking and the exploitation of women and children. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. 425.275.9595, ­ GOLDEN LECTURE: INNOVATIONS IN ACRYLIC JUNE 29, 1 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

Discover the infinite and brilliant versatility of acrylics! This lecture will offer information on the many gels, mediums, grounds of a­ crylics and how they can change the texture, saturation and intensity of your work. Learn how to extend the wet time of acrylics, facilitating blending, shading, glazing and fine detail. All skill-levels welcome. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. 425.259.5050,

MUSEUMS WARRIORS: WE REMEMBER The Tulalip Tribes military tradition was born of a warrior spirit that protected the tribe’s families and territories. For the past hundred years the same warrior spirit compelled Tulalip men and women to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. These veterans served in times of conflict and in times of peace so that we may live with an enduring sense of freedom. Hibulb Culture Center & Natural History Preserve, 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip, 360.716.2600, IMAGINE CHILDREN MUSEUM Spend an entire day playing, learning and creating at the Imagine Children’s Museum. Read books in the Treehouse, fly an airplane, dig for fossils or make art in the studio. With three floors of exhibits, including a rooftop play area, the fun and adventure never stop. 1502 Wall St., Everett, 425.258.1006, ­ STILLAGUAMISH VALLEY PIONEER MUSEUM This museum was built by the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association to preserve artifacts of the North and South forks of the Stillaguamish River Valley. Items in this museum include household, logging, dairy, military, railroad, sports, medical, education, transportation, music and thousands of old black-andwhite photos, keeping alive the heritage of the original homesteaders of the area. 20722 67th Ave. NE, Arlington. 360.435.7289,


MAY 8, 10 A.M., 12:30 P.M.

Experience Morgan the Clown’s tale of selfdiscovery, love and friendship in this interactive theatre production for all ages. From the moment of his birth, the audience follows Morgan’s joyous yet challenging childhood as 78

he experiences emotions ranging from the delight of receiving presents on his birthday, to the sorrows of self-conflict. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. 425.275.9595, ­ SKIPPYJON JONES MAY 12, 2 P.M.

Skippito Friskito, a Chihuahua donning a mask, cape and accent, is the greatest canine sword fighter in Old Mexico. But he has a secret identity – he’s actually a cat, named Skippyjon Jones! Skippyjon is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams. He loves to pretend to be anything but a Siamese cat! Skippito Friskito is called to action when a gigantic bee ambushes a group of local Chihuahuas. In the face of danger, will Skippyjon the cat come out as top dog? This musical theatre production is based on the best-selling children’s book by Judy Schachner. Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. 425.257.8600, EVERETT ANIMAL FARM

JUNE 29–AUGUST 25, 10 A.M.–4 P.M. DAILY

Meet the animals who help make agriculture one of Snohomish County’s top industries! Laugh at the young goats’ silly antics and visit all their barnyard friends: woolly sheep, chatty ducks and hens, soft rabbits and muddy pigs. Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. 425.257.8300,


Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Snohomish Gift & Craft Bazaar! Local vendors will sell products such as handmade skin products, crafts, jewelry, pottery, toys, woodworking, fine art and much more. Pick up the gifts you need or simply treat yourself for the day; attendees may enjoy refreshments as you browse through the handcrafted wares! Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2727 Lake Ave., Snohomish. GEAR UP FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE JUNE 1 & 2, 10 A.M.–6 P.M.

This two-day expo will feature more than 260 exhibits for outdoor gear retail shops, dealers, manufacturers, unique travel destination providers and organizations that will cater to more than 5,000 attendees of all ages. Attendees may view kayak, canoe and scuba demonstrations in the onsite pool. Attendees may choose to experience the 100-seat Adventure Theater, which will feature hour-long dynamic presentations. Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. 425.322.2600,

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Seattle Icon and the host of Almost Live John Keister and Almost Live alum Brooks McBeth come to the Kirkland Performance Center for one night of outrageous comedy. Two of the very best Northwest comedians together for a rare live appearance with special guests, huge surprises and gut-busting comedy. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. 425.893.9900,

NORTH TEA: A MIRROR OF SOUL MAY 4, 7, 9, 11; 7:30 P.M.

In a wonderful fusion of western opera and eastern myth, Tea: A Mirror of Soul is a highly theatrical opera experience composed by Tan Dun, the Academy-Award winning composer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The tale takes place in ancient Japan, in which a prince named Seikyo tells his fellow monks the story of how he came to the temple. Years earlier, in China, seeking to marry Princess Lan, Seikyo confronts her jealous brother, the Prince, and must answer his challenge to find The Book of Tea and reveal its secret wisdom. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St., Vancouver. 604.683.0222,



MAY 11, 8 P.M; MAY 12, 2 P.M.


Fela! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat ­legend Fela ­Anikulapo Kuti. Using his pioneering music, which is a unique blend of jazz, funk and ­African rhythm and harmonies, the musical reveals ­Kuti’s controversial life as an artist, ­political activist and musician. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. 206.682.1414,


Seattle Rock Orchestra continues its tribute and exploration of The Beatles’ c­ atalog with its interpretation of classic albums Sgt. P ­ epper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and M ­ agical ­Mystery Tour. Performers include John ­Roderick (The Long Winters), Sean N ­ elson (Harvey ­Danger), Tamara Power-­Drutis, James ­Lanman (The Good Hurt), Hanna Benn (­Pollens), ­Matty & Mikey Gervais (Curtains for You) and ­Hannalee. The Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave., Seattle. 206.467.5510,

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2nd Annual Fundraiser Dinner On March 1, Senior Services of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Music Project held the Second Annual Dinner Show at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett. The Weatherheads Rock Band, together with a 45-piece o ­ rchestra, played music from the ’60s and ’70s. The evening raised $120,000 for senior ­programs and the musical arts.

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Mom, My Name Is Ken [Ken puts his inheritance at risk.] BY KEN KARLBERG

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s part of the sandwich generation, I am in the sweet spot of life. You know, the “generation” that is unfairly “trapped” between taking care of our kids, grandkids and parents simultaneously. Why do I find that funny? Only my generation, the “me” generation, could twist life this way. But that’s a topic for another time. Don’t our parents realize they were supposed to pass on sooner? Waiter – I ordered an open-faced sandwich. Get it right next time, please! Of course, it isn’t as though I don’t love my family. In fact, I owe most everything positive in my life to my parents, and what I don’t owe to them, I owe to my daughters, who are my pride and joy. But let’s be honest. What parents haven’t fleetingly thought to themselves (with a headshake and smile) “was the sex worth it?” as they were making out yet another college tuition check? I confess. My hand is up. Katie, Jessie, if you don’t get the joke, you will in about 20 years. If you don’t want the joke to be on you, say “not tonight, dear.” And mom, I just know there’s an ironic “senior moment” parallel on my horizon. No doubt there will be moments in the not-too-distant future when, after hearing you call me by one of your brother’s names yet again, I will think to myself, “Was yours and dad’s sex worth it?” Okay, that’s twice. Why do I find that funny? Because I am a bad father and bad son, that’s why. Unlike others, perhaps, I actually embrace this moment. It’s payback time. As a father and a son – with a warped, irreverent sense of humor – I am not to be trifled with. Fishy crackers between the car seats, footprints on the dashboard, finger prints on the inside of the car window – sound familiar, kids? Placing me on restriction for taking a dead skunk on the school bus – mom and dad, do you remember when? I thought so. By the way, did I say that I have a “sandwich” plan? It’s evil. Here’s a glimpse of your futures. Fast forward to Christmas 2020, at one of my newly-­ wedded daughter’s 1,200-square-foot apartments; all sorts of 82

presents in odd sizes are underneath the tree. The grandkids are excited, the great-grandparents are excited, and I have a devilish grin that can’t be wiped from my face even if my mom spit on her fingers and scrubbed like she did over 50 years ago. It is too late. The nightmare begins. The first present, a set of drums; the second, a French horn; the third, well, I can’t give away all of my “big band” secrets. Practice, practice, practice. Carnegie Hall, here they come. Oh, and the package with a year’s supply of batteries? Those go with presents Nos. 5–8. Enjoy. Great-grandparents – check out present No. 9. I knitted pairs of oversized slippers and undersized scarves for you to wear out in public. That is if I let you out in public. You’ve been bad; you are on restriction for two more weeks. Hand over your driver’s licenses. Why? Because I said so. Sound familiar? It should. Of course, a Christmas drive to see the holiday lights is always a nice break from indoor family festivities. Let’s all pile into my daughter’s minivan. My gosh, doesn’t the minivan look brand new after being detailed for $400? Perfect. Here come my grandkids, Thing One and Thing Two, to the rescue. Don’t forget the fishy crackers, gummy bears and presents Nos. 5–8, which make great conversation starters. Grandkids, feel free to wedge a fresh supply of crackers and bears wherever you wish. Your mom majored in archeology – she will appreciate the layering in future backseat digs. Great-grandparents, there’s a bottle of emergency Advil in the glove box. It’s empty. Sorry. I took the last two as we got into the minivan. If you tie the knitted scarves tightly enough, the restriction of blood flow to your brain will provide temporary pain relief. In about two hours, however, I guarantee you will be saying, “I disown my youngest son; the sex wasn’t worth it.” That’s my goal. Fun, fun, fun. And this is just Christmas. I love family holidays, all of them – and I have until 2020 to use my imagination. Scary, huh? As Elmer Fudd would say, “Be wary, wary afraid.” 

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