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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ wants you to blaze your own trail

The Canadian traveling circus is performing a new show through Nov. 4 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

 

Unicorn trend makes its mark at Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

The festival, now in its 53rd year, will be at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park from Sept. 7-9.

 

A swift spectacle: Birds return to their roost at Monroe chimney

Hundreds will gather Sept. 8 at the Wagner Performing Arts Center to watch the phenomenon.

 

Great Plant Pick: Aster x frikartii “Jungfrau,” Frikart’s aster

Frikart’s aster has an extraordinarily long bloom period, from late July into early October.

Phoenix’s 24-hour play festival to showcase female talent

The theme of the third annual 24 Hour Theatre Festival, Aug. 24 and 25, is “Wonder Women.”

This blackberry pie is made with lemon, cinnamon and almond extract to bring out the flavors of the berries. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

How to bake the best a better blackberry pie

Why is this one more delicious? Because of lots and lots of recipe adjustments.

This blackberry pie is made with lemon, cinnamon and almond extract to bring out the flavors of the berries. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Ian Terry / The Herald Mikaelin Hann, 6, of Everett, gives a gigantic Ironman toy a playful kick during the grand opening of Funko in downtown Everett on Saturday, Aug. 19. Photo taken on 08192017

Come party with Funko on its first birthday

The toymaker is throwing a block party at its flagship store in downtown Everett on Saturday.

Ian Terry / The Herald Mikaelin Hann, 6, of Everett, gives a gigantic Ironman toy a playful kick during the grand opening of Funko in downtown Everett on Saturday, Aug. 19. Photo taken on 08192017

Everett’s Bubble Run is a 5K for your inner child

Everett is hosting a fun run with lots of colorful bubbles along Colby Avenue on Aug. 18.

Jeff Knoch, owner of Jeff’s Texas Style BBQ, checks on a row of briskets in a smoker early on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 in Marysville, Wa. Food & Wine named the restaurant the best barbecue in the state. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Washington’s best barbecue is right here — in Marysville

Food & Wine magazine has named Jeff’s Texas Style BBQ the state’s best.

Jeff Knoch, owner of Jeff’s Texas Style BBQ, checks on a row of briskets in a smoker early on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 in Marysville, Wa. Food & Wine named the restaurant the best barbecue in the state. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Barkada lets you travel to the islands without leaving Edmonds

The fast-casual restaurant in The Bowl serves Filipino, Hawaiian and Japanese dishes.

Kamiak grad’s cabaret-style show features young local talent

“Dear World: A Cabaret,” featuring some 5th Avenue Award nominees, will be performed in Everett.

A 1918 Craftsman bungalow in north Everett is reborn

When renovating their 100-year-old home, Clinton and Alyssa Seal uncovered history of the first owner.

Two theater companies offer Shakespeare in the park

The free performances will take place in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Lake Stevens.

Talented cast busts an early-1960s move in ‘Hairspray’

Village Theatre takes on the musical inspired by John Waters’ beloved 1988 movie of the same name.

Lifelong Eastwood fan gets a special book for Father’s Day

A new edition of “Clint Eastwood: Icon” showcases an extensive collection of movie posters.

Ingeborg and Werner Opitz’ cactus has bloomed, the first time in 16 years, at their homeon Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The type of cactus is known to them. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

After 16 years, cactus gives Everett couple a big surprise

Inga and Werner Opitz almost threw out the red-flowering plant because it wouldn’t bloom again.

Ingeborg and Werner Opitz’ cactus has bloomed, the first time in 16 years, at their homeon Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The type of cactus is known to them. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

No. 6 on Billboard world chart: Gothard Sisters of Edmonds

The Celtic-folk musicians have released a new album of all original music.

Tyler Vold performs as Not Dead Fred in Kamiak High School’s production of “Spamalot.” (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Make ’em laugh: Kamiak’s ‘Spamalot’ delights audiences

Countless hours of rehearsals paid off for the high school’s spring musical.

Tyler Vold performs as Not Dead Fred in Kamiak High School’s production of “Spamalot.” (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County represented at Northwest Folklife Festival

The 47th annual festival, which is May 25-28 at Seattle Center, features 32 acts from the county.

This Mediterranean chickpea salad makes a pantry staple classy

It’s a mix of chickpeas, feta, Kalamata olives, parsley, almonds, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice.