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Whether green or purple, the false shamrock is truly adorable

This plant, popular for St. Patrick’s Day, has a secret — it hails from Brazil, not Ireland.


Magic Skagit: The river will be turned into a forever stamp

The Skagit River is one of 12 scenic and wild streams to be honored by the U.S. Postal Service.


Our very own ‘Mrs. Maisel’ takes dating to the comedy stage

Renata Lubinsky is a stand-up comedian who wrote the book “Around Seattle in 80 Dates.”


Hear Snohomish sisters’ folk-rock band Saturday in Marysville

Hillary Grace and Kara Belle Fretland are the frontwomen of Fretland, playing March 9 in Marysville.

Step down to Bothell for a high-energy dance show

Step Afrika! will perform African dances March 2 at the Northwest Performing Arts Center.

Take a trip to authentic Mexico at Tía Lety in Everett

You don’t go to this eatery for the ambiance, but the tacos and tamales are well worth seeking out.

Country’s Billy Dean to play his many hit songs at Tulalip

He credits his long career to his early ’90s No. 1 single, “Somewhere in my Broken Heart.”

10 coffee spots to visit in Snohomish and Island counties

If you’re looking for a cuppa, here’s where you can find some of the best java we drank.

Weezer turns back the clock with surprise new 10-song release

The Grammy-winning band deadpans ‘No Scrubs,’ ‘Take on Me,’ ‘Billie Jean’ and more in the cover album.

This soup makes for a hearty and healthy weeknight supper

Pasta e fagioli, a traditional Italian dish, is a fast and easy way to feed a family.

Lure your taste buds by adding seared tuna to salad

The tuna itself, with its deep red color and meaty texture, gives the dish real substance.

His fast-rising journalism career began in Mukilteo

LaVendrick Smith’s first job was at the Beacon. Now he reports for the Dallas Morning News.

Health Q&A: Talk with your doctor about a daily aspirin dose

Taking aspirin each day is often recommended to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Girl power fuels Village Theatre’s ‘Matilda’

The hit musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel opens Friday at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

Holiday hit ‘Twist of the Magi’ is back by popular demand

The parody of O. Henry’s 1905 story is presented by Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.

The Gothard Sisters return home for the holidays to perform

The three began their careers by playing for tips at the Edmonds farmers market.

Her mission: Rescue the Mexican identity before it disappears

A Lynnwood foundation is breaking down Latinos’ barriers to education in Washington and Mexico.

A storied Nebraska barbecue tradition continues in Monroe

The Amarillo Restaurant Tavern, an Omaha-area institution for 3 decades, opens on E. Main Street.

Freedom on a string: Kites teach you a lesson about living

The president of the American Kitefliers Association says flying a kite can change you.

Here’s grilled salmon that’s fit for a (fundraising) luau

The Taylor family shares the recipe that’s the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club fundraiser’s star attraction.