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Kendra Swanson, Colleen Fadden and Sara Boyle hike Heybrook Ridge Trail near Index Friday afternoon on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Their weight-loss secret? Hiking nearly 1,000 miles

Over the past two years, friends Colleen Fadden of Startup and Kendra Swanson of Monroe have lost nearly 250 pounds.

Kendra Swanson, Colleen Fadden and Sara Boyle hike Heybrook Ridge Trail near Index Friday afternoon on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marshall Law Band's "Reel News" music video pays homage to "Anchorman." (James Gerde)

Will local band follow in Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer footsteps?

The Marshall Law Band are under consideration for the Pulitzer Prize for their album “12th & Pine.”

Marshall Law Band's "Reel News" music video pays homage to "Anchorman." (James Gerde)
Alex Elkin

Laugh it up with 8 comedians at virtual comedy festival

The Angel of the Winds Arena will host the Saving Our Jobs Virtual Comedy Festival on Feb. 14.

Alex Elkin
Greg McLaughlin and Laura McLaughlin add muscles to the crab paella while they work on to-go orders on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pickup paella: Couple sell the Spanish dish out of their garage

Paella House in Snohomish launched when the pandemic first hit. They’re managing to survive through to-go orders.

Greg McLaughlin and Laura McLaughlin add muscles to the crab paella while they work on to-go orders on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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This colorful art will chase away those wintertime blues

The Rob Schouten Gallery’s February show features about 20 Northwest artists who play with color and light.

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Rocky Oliphant gets a flu shot at the Everett Clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

COVID precautions are helping to keep the flu in check

Evidence suggests that infections are down, likely due to COVID-19 social distancing and mask wearing.

Rocky Oliphant gets a flu shot at the Everett Clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
"Man and Wife" by Ula Nero

Polish emigrant in Mukilteo shares her colorful artistic vision

Ula Nero is inspired by the Expressionism and Fauvism movements to create funky pet portraits, and much more.

"Man and Wife" by Ula Nero
Jeff Daniels

Actor Jeff Daniels also knows his way around the blues guitar

The Edmonds Center for the Arts will present a streaming concert by Daniels on Jan. 15.

Jeff Daniels
"The Dance" in watercolor by Lynnea Mattson is on display at Gallery North through January.

Edmonds art gallery welcomes the new year and 3 new members

Gallery North marks its 60th year with “In With the New,” featuring artists Lynnea Mattson, Theresa Williams and Krystal Munday.

"The Dance" in watercolor by Lynnea Mattson is on display at Gallery North through January.
Taylor Clark headlines Everett Comedy Night's Jan. 10 show via Zoom. (Sean Pearson)

Everett Comedy Night returns with livestream show Jan. 10

Taylor Clark will headline the five-comedian show. “People just need to laugh,” host Corey Michaelis says.

Taylor Clark headlines Everett Comedy Night's Jan. 10 show via Zoom. (Sean Pearson)
Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes of Pink Martin i, photographed at Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Autumn de Wilde

Ring in 2021 with a streaming show by Portland’s Pink Martini

The “little orchestra” says “Good Riddance 2020” with a concert presented by the Edmonds Center for Arts.

Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes of Pink Martin i, photographed at Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Autumn de Wilde
Kaeli Pierce, a student at Olympic Ballet School, plays Young Clara and Frank Borg is Herr Drosselmeyer in last year's "The Nutcracker" (Alante Photography)

Go online to get your Olympic Ballet Theatre ‘Nutcracker’ fix

The theater had to cancel this year’s production due to COVID, but you can watch the 2019 performances at home.

Kaeli Pierce, a student at Olympic Ballet School, plays Young Clara and Frank Borg is Herr Drosselmeyer in last year's "The Nutcracker" (Alante Photography)
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy's five older children have performed a Celtic Christmas concert with them for years. New to the stage is Sadie, 6, who is not pictured. (Rebekah Littlejohn Photography)

Renowned Canadian fiddlers invite you to their home

Edmonds Center for the Arts presents Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy’s “A Celtic Family Christmas” online.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy's five older children have performed a Celtic Christmas concert with them for years. New to the stage is Sadie, 6, who is not pictured. (Rebekah Littlejohn Photography)
Steven Antonsen's daughters, Ruby, 1, and Adeline, 4, make cameo appearances in Colossal Boss' new music video "Jellybean." (A.K. Romero)

Kids play starring roles in Bothell band’s new music video

Colossal Boss’ new song, “Jellybean,” is named for frontman Steve Antonsen’s older daughter.

Steven Antonsen's daughters, Ruby, 1, and Adeline, 4, make cameo appearances in Colossal Boss' new music video "Jellybean." (A.K. Romero)
Christmas lights decorate a home in Arlington and throughout Snohomish County and are listed online via Facebook.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This map’s your guide to Christmas cheer in Snohomish County

An Arlington woman has created an online map of where to find the brightest lights and decorations.

Christmas lights decorate a home in Arlington and throughout Snohomish County and are listed online via Facebook.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lu Hernandez works on a large canvas piece, Madre Mia, in her studio on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This Everett artist makes a statement in multiple mediums

Luisana Hernandez engages in what she describes as “conscious flow” to create visual, literary and musical art.

Lu Hernandez works on a large canvas piece, Madre Mia, in her studio on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Inn at Langley is one of several island lodgings to choose from for a holiday staycation or a spot to host relatives. (Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism)

Guide offers hundreds of gift ideas from Whidbey and Camano

The “Home for the Holidays” guide promises “gifts for those you love, from the islands you love.”

The Inn at Langley is one of several island lodgings to choose from for a holiday staycation or a spot to host relatives. (Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism)
Darlene Love, Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer  performed in concert at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park on Sept. 12, 2015.

Pandemic’s not stopping Christmas Queen Darlene Love

The singer best known for “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” will perform her annual holiday concert online this year.

Darlene Love, Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer  performed in concert at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park on Sept. 12, 2015.
Caleb Sanders and Ashley Dougherty help decorate for the Trees of Christmas event at the Everett Bible Baptist Church. (Maria Lara)

Church keeps Christmas tradition alive with drive-thru event

Everett Bible Baptist Church hosts Trees of Christmas, with music, narration and special treats for the family.

Caleb Sanders and Ashley Dougherty help decorate for the Trees of Christmas event at the Everett Bible Baptist Church. (Maria Lara)
Mountlake Terrace's Marina Christopher fronts the jazz-pop band Marina and the Dreamboats. (David McGraw)

Marina and the Dreamboats kick off holidays with jazz-pop show

Terrace’s Marina Christopher and her band will conclude the Northwest Performing Arts Foundation’s series of shows on Facebook.

Mountlake Terrace's Marina Christopher fronts the jazz-pop band Marina and the Dreamboats. (David McGraw)