What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

The nations are improving tourism infrastructures and adding exhibits to well-known sights.

‘Portlandia’ ending after eight seasons of lampooning hipsters

The sketch comedy series launched its final season this week.

  • Jan 20, 2018

A visit to the nursery helps put you in the mood to garden

Not ready to get back into gardening? January is still a fun time to poke around a garden center.

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

“The Promise of Spring”: Plant sale and workshops by Northwest Perennial Alliance, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Aaron Education Center,… Continue reading

Hot Property: She hopes to be thigh-high in bids

Finding no takers for her Palm Springs oasis, which has been on and off… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2018

Long rocking bench with strange fence is for protecting baby

The settee is a furniture form that dates to the 1810s. It’s a lengthened Windsor or Hitchcock chair.

Plant of Merit: Hybrid oriental hellebores, Lenten rose

What: Oriental hybrid hellebores, with the common name Lenten rose, are a sure-cure for the winter doldrums. In Puget Sound, they typically come into bloom… Continue reading

She hides trysts with ex-husband from her son

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I’m a divorced woman in my early 50s with a 23-year-old son, “Dave,” who I am very… Continue reading

Today in History: Jan. 20

Today is Saturday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2018. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s highlight: On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2018

Want to buy a house this year? Here’s how to start saving up

Here are five ways to help you put 10 percent of your income per year toward buying a house.

  • Jan 20, 2018

‘Forever My Girl’ takes a page from the Nicholas Sparks genre

The film based on a novel by Heidi McLaughlin is a well-worn tale of lost love and redemption.

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Night Circus

The Everett brewery’s head brewer had nightmares trying to dial in its new coffee and coconut ale.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Java Day at Middleton Brewing: Everett’s Middleton Brewing will be pouring coffee versions of seasonal and year-round beers from 2 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20… Continue reading

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

recreated one of those old recipes, brewing Tennant’s 1954 Gold Label Barleywine

Viognier: French white grape gaining foothold in Washington

Viognier, the noble white grape of the northern Rhône Valley of France, has started to gain a strong foothold in the Pacific Northwest, rolling in… Continue reading

Christian Bale seems to channel Clint Eastwood in ‘Hostiles’

Bale plays a U.S. cavalry captain who escorts a dying Cheyenne chief to his tribal homeland.

  • Jan 18, 2018
Art from the series “Trees” by Brigitte Ashley Bolerjack is on display at Port Gardner Bay Winery Gallery. (Brigitte Ashley Bolerjack)

Art galleries and exhibits in and around Snohomish County

MUSEUMS/EVENTS Schack Art Center: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 2921… Continue reading

Art from the series “Trees” by Brigitte Ashley Bolerjack is on display at Port Gardner Bay Winery Gallery. (Brigitte Ashley Bolerjack)

Community dances in Snohomish County and beyond

Camano Center: Valentine dance with Camano Junction, 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10, Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, 360-387-0222, www. camanocenter.org. Dance lessons… Continue reading

Concerts and musical performances around Snohomish County and nearby

Seattle Symphony: Prokofiev Concerto Festival, featuring breakout concertos that revealed the early talents of the composer and pianist of Ipermial Russia, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18… Continue reading