Sign up for a snowshoe tour with REI through the Mount Baker Lowlands — a mountainous winter wonderland that averages over 600 inches of snow annually. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

The listings include Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest updates and REI Lynnwood workshops.

Sign up for a snowshoe tour with REI through the Mount Baker Lowlands — a mountainous winter wonderland that averages over 600 inches of snow annually. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)
Rex Caldwell at his home workshop where he makes the majority of his donation pieces on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Brier, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Why the former Mukilteo police chief loves Snohomish County

Why I Love It Here is an occasional series in The Herald. Today’s essay is written by Rex Caldwell.

Rex Caldwell at his home workshop where he makes the majority of his donation pieces on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Brier, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County PUD’s water utility marks 75th anniversary

The first service the PUD provided was actually water service — for the Lake Stevens Water System.

  • Jan 1, 2021
This dwarf Japanese cedar's evergreen foliage can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu,’ dwarf Japanese cedar

This compact conifer’s evergreen foliage can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun.

This dwarf Japanese cedar's evergreen foliage can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun. (Richie Steffen)
The Paris porcelain vase pictured is 13 inches high and 7 inches in diameter, large enough to hold a bouquet of flowers or a potted plant. The decoration is very formal and realistic. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

Vintage Paris porcelain can be a mystery to some collectors

It’s mysterious because most pieces aren’t marked and sometimes they’re sold as Vieux Paris or Old Paris.

The Paris porcelain vase pictured is 13 inches high and 7 inches in diameter, large enough to hold a bouquet of flowers or a potted plant. The decoration is very formal and realistic. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)
Next year’s Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series includes a “Hummingbird Madness” class with the one and only Ciscoe Morris. (Anna Medwenitsch)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Next year’s Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series includes a “Hummingbird Madness” class with the one and only Ciscoe Morris. (Anna Medwenitsch)
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
Wearing a mask and face shield, Honeycomb Salon owner Julia Barbee, styles Gail Linnick's hair in her studio at Sola Studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘No more pretty hair or feet’: Your top 2020 What’s Up? stories

Hoarding, Grouchy Chef, HGTV, TP and Starbucks cups also are among our readers’ favorites.

Wearing a mask and face shield, Honeycomb Salon owner Julia Barbee, styles Gail Linnick's hair in her studio at Sola Studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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)
“Draft Horses” by Sonya Lang is featured in the Artists Group Show at Arts of Snohomish through Dec. 31.

Art events, galleries and exhibits around Snohomish County

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

“Draft Horses” by Sonya Lang is featured in the Artists Group Show at Arts of Snohomish through Dec. 31.
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)
Denise Perkins makes coasters out of Scrabble letters, as well as beeswax candles and crystal sun catchers. (Farage Photography)

New Clinton store serves as a collective for island’s creatives

The Whidbey Artists Collective showcases artists and artisans’ wares from all over the island.

Denise Perkins makes coasters out of Scrabble letters, as well as beeswax candles and crystal sun catchers. (Farage Photography)
Chyler White, a senior at South Whidbey High School, plays Clara in Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s filmed production of “The Nutcracker.” (Whidbey Island Dance Theatre)

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.

Chyler White, a senior at South Whidbey High School, plays Clara in Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s filmed production of “The Nutcracker.” (Whidbey Island Dance Theatre)
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)
Pink Martini’s “Good Riddance 2020!” show is scheduled to be presented by Edmonds Center for the Arts on Dec. 31. (Pink Martini)

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.

Pink Martini’s “Good Riddance 2020!” show is scheduled to be presented by Edmonds Center for the Arts on Dec. 31. (Pink Martini)
Winter is the time to try warming cocktails like this sweet Peppermint Pattie. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

6 cocktail recipes to snuggle up with this winter

When you can see a frosty landscape out the window, you’ll want a drink with the flavors of winter.

Winter is the time to try warming cocktails like this sweet Peppermint Pattie. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
Crepe-like phyllo rolls are stuffed with a mixture of apples, shredded cheese, spinach, and ham, then topped with beaten eggs. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Enchilada-style egg and sausage phyllo bake an easy dinner

This phyllo bake combines apple, cheese, baby spinach and sausage with ricotta cheese and beaten eggs.

  • Dec 29, 2020
Crepe-like phyllo rolls are stuffed with a mixture of apples, shredded cheese, spinach, and ham, then topped with beaten eggs. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)
Rob Mercer, the Honorary Grower for the 2020 Auction of Washington Wines, capped the year with news that the Mercer Bros. 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon made Wine Spectator magazine’s Top 100 Wines for 2020. (Auction of Washington Wines)

Oregon and Washington combine for 10 on Spectator’s Top 100

The Northwest is responsible for 10% of the list. A year ago, the region placed a total of seven wines.

Rob Mercer, the Honorary Grower for the 2020 Auction of Washington Wines, capped the year with news that the Mercer Bros. 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon made Wine Spectator magazine’s Top 100 Wines for 2020. (Auction of Washington Wines)
The port town of Hydra.

Rick Steves on the sounds of cockcrow on sleepy Hydra

The end of night is marked by a dissonant chorus of cat fights, burro honks and what sounds like roll call at an asylum for crazed roosters.

The port town of Hydra.
An expansive hood, tapered roofline, and sharp angles are focal points of the 2021 Acura TLX. The A-Spec version is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Acura TLX premium midsize sports sedan is a beauty

The luxury brand’s top seller is completely redesigned and has a new, more powerful turbo engine.

An expansive hood, tapered roofline, and sharp angles are focal points of the 2021 Acura TLX. The A-Spec version is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)