This author is throwing a virtual party for book lovers

Jennifer Bardsley is hosting a Facebook get-together for young-adult book authors and readers.

This week’s best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Rooster Bar. John Grisham. Doubleday ($28.95) 2. Origin. Dan Brown. Doubleday ($29.95) 3. The People vs. Alex Cross. James Patterson. Little,… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2017

Tickets to this Nutcracker may be the best gift of the season

1. Gifts According to a survey from Ebates, the majority of American adults, 47 percent, agree that their partner will give them the best gift… Continue reading

Mukilteo Police Chief Cheol Kang is known for his people skills

The city’s top cop’s calm demeanor and holistic approach earns him the nickname “Yoda.”

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Without her, beloved BBQ hotspot in Monroe can’t go on

Leanne Smiciklas, who ran the now-closed Old School BBQ along Highway 2 with her husband, died.

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

A mild December makes for easy winter cleanup in the garden

If you haven’t finished your November gardening tasks, here’s a list of chores to do this month.

Don’t let your home’s infrastructure crumble

Here are three trouble areas that need special attention.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Work party: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds. Help with planting, blackberry removal and… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata,’ Japanese aralia

What: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata,’ or variegated Japanese aralia, is an evergreen shrub native to Japan. Prized for its foliage, it has year-round interest and should… Continue reading

Stand-up gal from 1920s advertises Edison Mazda light bulbs

A life-size cutout of a woman holding a box labeled “Edison Mazda lamps” recently sold at auction.

Taylor Johnston waters a philodendron at her home on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Three guidebooks to help the novice houseplant gardener

Indoor plants are popular again — and we’re not talking about your grandma’s African violets.

Taylor Johnston waters a philodendron at her home on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

With year-end deals, December may be best time to buy a home

Thinking about purchasing a house? You might want to add homebuying to this month’s to-do list.

  • Dec 9, 2017

Don’t call Justice Brewing owner a gypsy — he’s just ‘homeless’

After an unexpected hardship, owner Nate McLaughlin won’t be moving his brewery to downtown Everett.

Beer of the Week: Justice Brewing’s Outlook F——d, Northeast IPA

The brewery’s new beer with a vulgar name is a tropical IPA that riffs off its Outlook Hazy recipe.

Chris Pratt Twitter Q&A leads to ‘Jurassic World’ trailer

The actor, who grew up in Lake Stevens, answered fan questions about his life and theirs, and more.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Evening of Seattle Brewing: Pike Place Market is hosting the American Brewing History Initiative for an evening of discussion on the history of Seattle Brewing… Continue reading

Raise a glass to these top white and rose bargain wines

Next year Northwest winemakers will be bottling their non-red varieties, including these six.

Shame mingles with self-congratulation in Oscar season

The ongoing sexual harassment scandals have colored every phase of awards season.

  • Dec 8, 2017

2018 Chevy Equinox is smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient

Complete redesign of the five-passenger Equinox SUV makes parking, cruising easier.