Though it’s only January, a neighbor’s candytuft is already in bloom. Spring will be here before we know it. (Getty Images)

Start the new year off right with a visit to the nursery

The gardening season starts in January in the Northwest. Daffodils and candytuft are already blooming.

Though it’s only January, a neighbor’s candytuft is already in bloom. Spring will be here before we know it. (Getty Images)
The hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj will perform Feb. 11 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Ensemble Mik Nawooj)

All about music: Schedule of concerts around Snohomish County

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

The hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj will perform Feb. 11 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Ensemble Mik Nawooj)
Photographer Sonya Lang is one of two featured artists at Arts of Snohomish through January.

Art events, galleries and exhibits around Snohomish County

The listings include museum exhibitions, gallery shows, fairs and festivals and calls for artists.

Photographer Sonya Lang is one of two featured artists at Arts of Snohomish through January.
"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)
The Edmonds Center for the Arts presents the free show “Kidstock! @ Home with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons” Jan. 2 via Livestream. (YouTube)

Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

The listings include zoos, aquariums, museums, ice-skating rinks, shows and special walks.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts presents the free show “Kidstock! @ Home with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons” Jan. 2 via Livestream. (YouTube)
The documentary, "Amazing Grace," presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, is screening Jan. 21 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Neon)

Schedule of special film screenings around Snohomish County

The listings include Edmonds Center for the Arts, Historic Everett Theatre and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts showings.

The documentary, "Amazing Grace," presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, is screening Jan. 21 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Neon)
Local comedian Drew Barth will headline Everett Comedy Night via Zoom on Jan. 10. (Serni Solidarios)

Theater, dance and comedy shows around Snohomish County

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

Local comedian Drew Barth will headline Everett Comedy Night via Zoom on Jan. 10. (Serni Solidarios)
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Tickets for sale in Snohomish County and around the region

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

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Roasted Swedish meatballs are served in a rich, roux-based gravy made with beef broth, heavy cream and sour cream. Cranberry sauce adds a bright and tangy garnish. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Add Swedish meatballs in cream sauce to your winter menu

Instead of a trip to IKEA for its iconic lingonberry jam, serve them with jellied cranberry sauce.

  • Jan 5, 2021
Roasted Swedish meatballs are served in a rich, roux-based gravy made with beef broth, heavy cream and sour cream. Cranberry sauce adds a bright and tangy garnish. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)
Head Brewer Hollis Wood at Skkokum Brewery, with beer barrel aged beers, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Barrel aging turns ordinary brews into something extraordinary

Barrel-aged beer is a prestige product that can burnish brewers’ reputations and bottom lines. But it’s difficult and costly to make.

Head Brewer Hollis Wood at Skkokum Brewery, with beer barrel aged beers, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Annabelle Richardson pours a latte at Langley Kitchen. (Kira Erickson / Whidbey News-Times)

New cafe on Whidbey Island is adapted to the COVID era

Langley Kitchen has a long list of to-go options, a pickup window and an outdoor patio.

Annabelle Richardson pours a latte at Langley Kitchen. (Kira Erickson / Whidbey News-Times)
Main Street in Edmonds closes to vehicle traffic from Third to Sixth avenues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday for seating for restaurants and cafés, allowing for safer outdoor dining. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The words that shaped the way we ate in 2020

Here are some terms that defined the way we dined when 6 feet became the measurement that mattered.

  • Jan 5, 2021
Main Street in Edmonds closes to vehicle traffic from Third to Sixth avenues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday for seating for restaurants and cafés, allowing for safer outdoor dining. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Genesis brand’s “athletic elegance” design language is applied to an SUV for the first time in the 2021 GV80. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Genesis GV80 is the brand’s first sport utility vehicle

Great design, comfort, and serenity take center stage in this completely new luxury midsize SUV.

The Genesis brand’s “athletic elegance” design language is applied to an SUV for the first time in the 2021 GV80. (Manufacturer photo)
Salema's fishermen share their beach with travelers.

Rick Steves on Portugal’s sunny mecca for tourists and locals

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one… Continue reading

Salema's fishermen share their beach with travelers.
William McClain, author of "The Risk in Crossing Borders", at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lynnwood man’s book about ‘Crossing Borders’ to the unexpected

William McClain’s novel — set in Seattle, Syria, Beirut and France — explores what happens when we open our eyes to “the other.”

William McClain, author of "The Risk in Crossing Borders", at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Book-related events in Snohomish County.

Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

The listings include Third Place Books, Everett Public Library and Neverending Bookshop events.

  • Jan 3, 2021
Book-related events in Snohomish County.

Can she get a refund, not just credit, for canceled flights?

When Hawaiian Airlines cancels Jacquelin Heinen’s flight, she asks for a refund. But the airline will only offer a credit. Is that correct?

  • Jan 3, 2021

Dr. Paul on how to cope with the winter of our discontent

With the cold setting in and infection rates surging, many of us are experiencing more anxiety and discomfort.

In Edmonds, playgrounds remain closed due to the pandemic. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Mom: Pandemic safety restrictions are hitting children hard

Kids can play on playgrounds in Everett, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Arlington — so why not Edmonds?

In Edmonds, playgrounds remain closed due to the pandemic. (Jennifer Bardsley)