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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.

Plant sales kick off Snohomish County’s gardening season

Take your pick: Here is The Herald’s annual list of sales spanning April, May and June.

More feathers, please: What goes into costuming for ‘Spamalot’

Kamiak students show backstage talents with the Monty Python musical’s costumes, props and staging.

Famine (Keith Gehrig), War (Rita Baxter), Pestilence (Julie Bryan), Death (Garrison Whaley-Sharp) and Caroline (Sherry Penoyer) fight over plans for the Apocalypse in Red Curtain’s production of “The Family Business.” (Photo by Kenny Randall)

Death takes a comedic holiday in ‘The Family Business’

The show in Marysville puts a satiric spin on the tale of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Famine (Keith Gehrig), War (Rita Baxter), Pestilence (Julie Bryan), Death (Garrison Whaley-Sharp) and Caroline (Sherry Penoyer) fight over plans for the Apocalypse in Red Curtain’s production of “The Family Business.” (Photo by Kenny Randall)

History of a hotel: Everett’s dreams gave rise to Monte Cristo

Both Monte Cristo hotels were built during boom times for the city — the 1890s and the 1920s.

Wild Rose Bistro reopens with local favorite in kitchen

The Arlington bistro’s new chef is Ali Kalantari, who worked for Cafe Dijon in Everett for 10 years.

Backstage magic at Kamiak’s ‘Spamalot’

Set designers, lighting technicians and sound designers make the Monty Python musical come alive.

Everett’s Fisherman’s Village Music Festival kicks off Friday

As many as 5,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which features more than 60 acts.

On the trail of the spirit bear

An Everett adventurer sails to northern wilderness islands in search of the rare white bear.

Snohomish native is band kid turned genre-bending jazz star

Aubrey Logan is coming back to the Triple Door in Seattle to share her jazz-meets-pop music.

The customer is king at Tabby’s Coffee in Everett library

Starbucks barista-turned-coffee shop owner Tabitha “Tabby” Tarter is big on customer service.

Make chefs’ champion chowder from annual Edmonds cook-off

The winner brimmed with fish and shellfish; other top entries had Asian and Creole flavors.

Practice makes perfect parody for Kamiak’s ‘Spamalot’ cast

Viewings of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” help students get into character.

‘The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket’ showing at EvCC March 8-18

The Peter Pan-like play takes a frank look at the challenges of growing up different.

Washington’s Tooth Fairy wears Chuck Taylors and bold glasses

Molli Corcoran, 29, has been the tooth-collecting fairy for Delta Dental of Washington since 2015.

Ice queen: Local women’s hockey team founder is fearless

Leslie Tidball’s fearless competitive spirit keeps her going strong in ice hockey at 64 years old.