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Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Without her, beloved BBQ hotspot in Monroe can’t go on

Leanne Smiciklas, who ran the now-closed Old School BBQ along Highway 2 with her husband, died.

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Community dance events in Snohomish County

Camano Center: New Year’s Eve Dance with Camano Junction, 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Free dance class begins a… Continue reading

Regional arts and entertainment tickets for sale

ANGEL OF THE WINDS ARENA Harlem Globetrotters: Dec. 28. Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Music: Jan. 27. Tickets at www.angelofthewindsarena.com or 866-332-8499. TULALIP… Continue reading

Special film showings around Snohomish County

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. Tickets $8-$10. Watch the beloved 1946 Christmas movie starring James Stewart… Continue reading

Santa and one of his elves take a dive at Seattle Aquarium. (Submitted photo)

Upcoming events for families in Snohomish County and nearby

HOLIDAY JOY The Lights of Christmas: Open 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21-23, 26-30 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. More than 1… Continue reading

Santa and one of his elves take a dive at Seattle Aquarium. (Submitted photo)

Worth the Drive: Lights, camera and Santa action!

Take a break from shopping and sprinkle some fun into your holiday season.

They’re enjoying the cycles of life

Those geezers not wearing Spandex on their twice-a-week spin are Everett’s “Big Shots.” (Video)

Coloring book by white guys mad at White House white guys

“I Am So Sick of White Guys” is sure to amuse some people — and most certainly anger others.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross to help you safely get over the river and through the woods… or… Continue reading

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 30. Join a team of 10 counters in the… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Christmas Bird Count: Volunteers are needed to count birds in two 15-mile-diameter circles located mostly in Snohomish County, one roughly north (Dec. 30), the other… Continue reading

Community dance events in Snohomish County

Camano Center: New Year’s Eve Dance with Camano Junction, 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Free dance class begins a… Continue reading

Regional arts and entertainment tickets for sale

XFINITY ARENA Harlem Globetrotters: Dec. 28. Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Music: Jan. 27. Tickets at xfinityarenaeverett.com or 866-332-8499. TULALIP RESORT CASINO Diamond… Continue reading

Seattle Men’s Chorus brings sassy brassy good time to Everett

The annual show, this year at the Historic Everett Theatre, has warmth of brass and pinch of sass.

Special film showings around Snohomish County

Bolshoi Ballet “The Nutcracker”: Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists. When the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker… Continue reading

This harp concert is worth the journey to Everett

Annual holiday show by Bronn and Katherine Journey is Wednesday at Everett Performing Arts Center.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

Christmas Bird Count: Volunteers are needed to count birds in two 15-mile-diameter circles located mostly in Snohomish County, one roughly north (Dec. 30), the other… Continue reading

Tickets to this Nutcracker may be the best gift of the season

1. Gifts According to a survey from Ebates, the majority of American adults, 47 percent, agree that their partner will give them the best gift… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Work party: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds. Help with planting, blackberry removal and… Continue reading

Mukilteo Police Chief Cheol Kang is known for his people skills

The city’s top cop’s calm demeanor and holistic approach earns him the nickname “Yoda.”