Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.


At 50, does ‘The Graduate’ still hold up — or is it all plastics now?

“Seduced by Mrs. Robinson” uses a “making of” approach to examine how the 1967 movie made magic.

  • Dec 17, 2017


Give these books a listen: The five best audiobooks of 2017

The Washington Post’s audiobook reviewer shares her favorite listens of the year.

  • Dec 17, 2017


Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

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

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Snohomish County book calendar

Jennifer Wilhoit Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, Edmonds Bookshop Wilhoit will speak about and sign copies of her new book, “Writing on the Landscape:… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

  • Dec 17, 2017

This week’s best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Origin. Dan Brown. Doubleday ($29.95) 2. The Rooster Bar. John Grisham. Doubleday ($28.95) 3. Year One. Nora Roberts. St. Martin’s ($27.99) 4.… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2017

Holiday events and fun in Snohomish County and beyond for 2017

LIGHTS The Lights of Christmas: Open 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, 26-30 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood.… Continue reading

Cold-painted bronze lamp features a cobbler shop scene

Nam Greb was an artist who made detailed metal figures in Austria during the early 19th century.

Compost: It’s what every gardener really wants for Christmas

A pile of decomposed and recycled organic matter is the gardener’s gift that keeps on giving.

Great Plant Pick: Pinus contorta var. contorta, shore pine

What: Who is not impressed by the beauty and toughness of this versatile Pacific Northwest native pine? Pinus contorta var. contorta, commonly known as shore… 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

Need a centerpiece? Plant paper-whites for December beauty

The white flowering plant brings the garden indoors in winter, even if the bulbs were never outside.

  • Dec 16, 2017

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

A classmate of Dustin Hoffman’s daughter says the actor exposed himself in 1980.

  • Dec 15, 2017

Beer of the Week: Skull Splitter and Blood of My Enemies

Aesir Meadery of Everett and Whiskey Ridge Brewing of Arlington collaborated to make two braggots.