Stocking a garage freezer with comfort food brings a busy family bliss. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Freezer-to-table meals a dream come true for this busy family

The pandemic has made chest freezers hot commodities right up there with Lysol wipes and toilet paper.

Stocking a garage freezer with comfort food brings a busy family bliss. (Jennifer Bardsley)
The Sauk River rushes by near a popular boat launch area close to White Chuck Mountain off the Mountain Loop Highway, just outside of Darrington. (Daniella Beccaria / Herald file)

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

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

The Sauk River rushes by near a popular boat launch area close to White Chuck Mountain off the Mountain Loop Highway, just outside of Darrington. (Daniella Beccaria / Herald file)
Michael O’Donnell, 82. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Sunrise resident, 82, happily on house arrest, COVID-style

Quarantine began after he went on a fishing trip. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

Michael O’Donnell, 82. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Celebrate Public Power Week with Snohomish County PUD

The PUD is national leader in clean energy, with more than 95% of its energy coming from clean resources.

  • Oct 2, 2020
The smoke tree is known for its spectacular color — smoldering yellow-oranges, flaming reds and smoky red-purples. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Cotinus obovatus, American smoke tree

This smokebush is known for its spectacular color — smoldering yellow-oranges, flaming reds and smoky red-purples.

The smoke tree is known for its spectacular color — smoldering yellow-oranges, flaming reds and smoky red-purples. (Richie Steffen)
The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting webinar on lawn alternatives Oct. 14 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting webinar on lawn alternatives Oct. 14 via Zoom. (Getty Images)
A variety of spring-blooming bulbs add up to a symphony of color in a roadside bed at Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. (Nicole Phillips)

Plant bulbs in the fall to have flowers pop up in the spring

Now is the perfect time to add tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and alliums to your garden.

A variety of spring-blooming bulbs add up to a symphony of color in a roadside bed at Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. (Nicole Phillips)
No, this is not a table. It is four tables made to fit together until they are needed. The clever set sold for about $1,400 at a recent Cottone auction. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

This strange table is one of modernist Italian designer’s works

It’s actually a nest of four tables, designed by Gianfranco Frattini in the 1960s.

No, this is not a table. It is four tables made to fit together until they are needed. The clever set sold for about $1,400 at a recent Cottone auction. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)
Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)

COVID-19 updates for employees and employers

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)
From left, Jim Parsons, Robin De Jesus, Michael Benjamin Washington and Andrew Rannells in “The Boys in the Band.” (Netflix)

‘Boys in the Band’ remakes a pioneering play about gay men

It’s a period piece and antiquated at times, but the film is a (mostly) well-acted look at how things once were.

  • Oct 1, 2020
From left, Jim Parsons, Robin De Jesus, Michael Benjamin Washington and Andrew Rannells in “The Boys in the Band.” (Netflix)
Lorraine Toussaint plays Flo Kennedy (left), and Julianne Moore is one of the four actors who play Gloria Steinem in “The Glorias.”

‘The Glorias’ takes an offbeat look at a feminist icon

Four different actors play Gloria Steinem; too bad they didn’t just stick with the best of them, Julianne Moore.

  • Oct 1, 2020
Lorraine Toussaint plays Flo Kennedy (left), and Julianne Moore is one of the four actors who play Gloria Steinem in “The Glorias.”
Pink Martini — with vocals by China Forbes — will perform Nov. 12 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Pink Martini)

All about music: Schedule of concerts around Snohomish County

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

Pink Martini — with vocals by China Forbes — will perform Nov. 12 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Pink Martini)
The October show “Melodies Held in Silence” features paintings by Irina Kirienko Milton at Gallery North in Edmonds. Shown is Milton’s “Christmas is Over.”

Art events, galleries and exhibits around Snohomish County

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

The October show “Melodies Held in Silence” features paintings by Irina Kirienko Milton at Gallery North in Edmonds. Shown is Milton’s “Christmas is Over.”
“Minecraft: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle reopens Sept. 18. (MoPop)

Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

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

“Minecraft: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle reopens Sept. 18. (MoPop)
KingDow will perform a live-stream show Oct. 1 at the Black Lab Gallery in Everett. (Zach Purnell)

Music returns to downtown Everett’s Black Lab Gallery

The venue hosts live-streaming shows and LP listening parties by up-and-coming local musicians.

KingDow will perform a live-stream show Oct. 1 at the Black Lab Gallery in Everett. (Zach Purnell)
In filmmakers Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif’s “Lady Parts,” a struggling actor finally gets her big break, only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens. Watch the short film during the Zonta Club’s Lunafest on Oct. 15. (Lady Parts)

Schedule of special film screenings around Snohomish County

The listings include documentaries showing at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

In filmmakers Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif’s “Lady Parts,” a struggling actor finally gets her big break, only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens. Watch the short film during the Zonta Club’s Lunafest on Oct. 15. (Lady Parts)
Mitch Burrow (left) and Tyler Smith smoke marijuana before performing in “The Dope Show.” The next one is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (Gabriel Michael)

Theater, dance and comedy shows around Snohomish County

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

Mitch Burrow (left) and Tyler Smith smoke marijuana before performing in “The Dope Show.” The next one is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (Gabriel Michael)
Bart Millard and the group MercyMe are scheduled to perform Feb. 21, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Associated Press)

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.

Bart Millard and the group MercyMe are scheduled to perform Feb. 21, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Associated Press)
Travis Gilbert hugs his 15-year-old dog Abe on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Abe, deaf, nearly blind and old, went  missing and was found barely alive 12 days later at the bottom of a deep hole in the woods by PUD linemen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The tale of old Abe, 15, a blind, deaf dog missing 12 days

The dog’s odyssey landed him at the bottom of a “Silence of The Lambs” pit. A PUD crew saves the day.

Travis Gilbert hugs his 15-year-old dog Abe on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Abe, deaf, nearly blind and old, went  missing and was found barely alive 12 days later at the bottom of a deep hole in the woods by PUD linemen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Microwaving the sweet potatoes speeds up this version of vegetable tagine. (Linda Gassenheimer)

Fragrant dish captures the flavors of Moroccan tagine

Unlike traditional tagine, this version doesn’t require hours of cooking 0n the stovetop.

  • Sep 29, 2020
Microwaving the sweet potatoes speeds up this version of vegetable tagine. (Linda Gassenheimer)