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Norma Vasquez makes a splash in the Reiter Foothills Forest on a tour by Index-based Chinook ATV’s Expeditions. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

The stories we told: A look back at The Herald’s features of 2020

Twelve stories — one for each month — about the people, places and things that made for a memorable year.

Norma Vasquez makes a splash in the Reiter Foothills Forest on a tour by Index-based Chinook ATV’s Expeditions. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

As we look forward to the new year, it’s time for reflection

Before considering your hopes for 2021, it’s important to ask yourself, “What have I learned this year?”

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.

  • Dec 27, 2020
Book-related events in Snohomish County.
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)

Traveler still waiting for refund after COVID cancellation

The traveler was a prompt refund. But 100 days later, there’s no sign of the $12,959.

  • Dec 27, 2020
Hitting a major milestone in the middle of a pandemic is still cause for celebration. Twenty years of marriage brings joy and reflection. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Twenty tips for a happy marriage — especially during a pandemic

Two decades of as husband and wife brings joy and reflection. Here are 20 life lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Hitting a major milestone in the middle of a pandemic is still cause for celebration. Twenty years of marriage brings joy and reflection. (Jennifer Bardsley)
The 44-inch-tall antique wicker carriage has an adjustable hood. It auctioned for just $61.50 at a Conestoga Auction Co. sale. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

19th-century baby buggy a nice gift for this year’s first born

The 44-inch-tall antique wicker carriage has an adjustable hood. It auctioned for just $61.50.

The 44-inch-tall antique wicker carriage has an adjustable hood. It auctioned for just $61.50 at a Conestoga Auction Co. sale. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)
Man hugging the tree in the park

Feeling lonely? Go hug a tree. It might make you feel better

An Icelandic forest ranger shares the benefits of tree hugging since we can’t hug each other right now.

Man hugging the tree in the park
With its stately form and upright needles, the Bosnian pine adds an aristocratic air to the garden. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Pinus heldreichii aka Bosnian pine

With its stately form and upright needles, this conifer adds an aristocratic air to the garden.

With its stately form and upright needles, the Bosnian pine adds an aristocratic air to the garden. (Richie Steffen)
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)
Owning a single-family home on a tree-lined street, like this one in Everett, has been called the American dream. In her book “Brave New Home,” author Diana Lind writes why a single-family house isn’t the best option for everyone. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

It’s time to rethink the single-family home as the American dream, author says

Diana Lind, who wrote “Brave New Home,” points out that housing today looks the same as it did in the 1950s.

  • Dec 25, 2020
Owning a single-family home on a tree-lined street, like this one in Everett, has been called the American dream. In her book “Brave New Home,” author Diana Lind writes why a single-family house isn’t the best option for everyone. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Langley author Barb DeMartino’s Christmas-themed children’s book was recently published, just in time for the holidays. “Tooth Fairy’s Jolly Adventure” was inspired by DeMartino’s six-year-old grandson, who lost a tooth on Christmas Eve last year. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

Tooth Fairy meets Santa Claus in Langley author’s children’s book

A retired school teacher, Barb DeMartino published “Tooth Fairy’s Jolly Adventure” just in time for Christmas.

Langley author Barb DeMartino’s Christmas-themed children’s book was recently published, just in time for the holidays. “Tooth Fairy’s Jolly Adventure” was inspired by DeMartino’s six-year-old grandson, who lost a tooth on Christmas Eve last year. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
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)
Find Krystal Munday’s dendritic agate jewelry and more at the “Gifts of the Season” exhibit featuring one-of-a-kind gifts at Gallery North in Edmonds.

Art events, galleries and exhibits around Snohomish County

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

Find Krystal Munday’s dendritic agate jewelry and more at the “Gifts of the Season” exhibit featuring one-of-a-kind gifts at Gallery North in Edmonds.
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)
Kaeli Pierce, a student at Olympic Ballet School, plays Young Clara and Frank Borg is Herr Drosselmeyer in last year's "The Nutcracker" (Alante Photography)

Go online to get your Olympic Ballet Theatre ‘Nutcracker’ fix

The theater had to cancel this year’s production due to COVID, but you can watch the 2019 performances at home.

Kaeli Pierce, a student at Olympic Ballet School, plays Young Clara and Frank Borg is Herr Drosselmeyer in last year's "The Nutcracker" (Alante 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 -- with vocals by China Forbes -- will perform Nov. 12 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (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 -- with vocals by China Forbes -- will perform Nov. 12 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Pink Martini)