Writer Amanda Johnson at the The Park at Bothell Landing  on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 in Bothell, Washington.  Johnson has just published her first book, "East of Manhattan" .(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A river runs through her novel about a marriage under water

Some of it really happened to author Amanda Johnson of Mountlake Terrace. But her story is a happier one.

Writer Amanda Johnson at the The Park at Bothell Landing  on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 in Bothell, Washington.  Johnson has just published her first book, "East of Manhattan" .(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
This delicious--and labor intensive--strawberry salad with Dungeness crab was worth the drive to The Loft, in Poulsbo. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Are you vaccinated and ready to dine out? Not so fast

Here are six things to consider — all due to labor shortages — before you visit your favorite restaurant.

This delicious--and labor intensive--strawberry salad with Dungeness crab was worth the drive to The Loft, in Poulsbo. (Jennifer Bardsley)
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.

  • Sep 12, 2021
Book-related events in Snohomish County.

How to cultivate a ‘big mind’ to deal with everyday stresses

Meditation, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, prayer and breathing practices can help you find inner peace.

This beautiful group of chanterelles was found growing in the rainforest on the Olympic Penninsula in Washington State, Chanterelles are a highly sought after, delicious wild mushroom and I'm not telling you exactly where I found them.

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

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

This beautiful group of chanterelles was found growing in the rainforest on the Olympic Penninsula in Washington State, Chanterelles are a highly sought after, delicious wild mushroom and I'm not telling you exactly where I found them.
The passeggiata, Italy’s ritual evening promenade.

Rick Steves: In Italy, hand gestures can say as much as words

One of the best ways to observe Italians communicating — and to communicate with them — is to participate in the passeggiata.

The passeggiata, Italy’s ritual evening promenade.

Where’s the refund for my canceled Alaska cruise?

When his Alaska cruise gets canceled during the pandemic, UnCruise Adventures promises a refund. But it never shows up. What can he do?

  • Sep 12, 2021
Sylvi performs at the Schack Art Center during the first night of Fisherman's Village Music Festival on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett music fest draws hometown and visiting artists

The Fisherman’s Village Music Festival is underway with about 50 bands and artists performing at six venues.

Sylvi performs at the Schack Art Center during the first night of Fisherman's Village Music Festival on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Purple heather detail on the scottish coast

Are they heaths or are they heathers? Most gardeners say ‘whatever’

Don’t get too hung up on their proper names — as far as this nursery owner is concerned, they’re all heathers.

Purple heather detail on the scottish coast
Oregon stonecrop sports year-round nubbly succulent leaves with yellow flowers in the summertime. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Sedum oreganum aka Oregon stonecrop

This evergreen sports year-round nubbly succulent leaves with yellow flowers in the summertime.

Oregon stonecrop sports year-round nubbly succulent leaves with yellow flowers in the summertime. (Richie Steffen)
Puget Sound Bird Fest, set for Sept. 11-12, includes speakers, exhibits, field trips and activities all about birding at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds. (Mike Benbow)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Puget Sound Bird Fest, set for Sept. 11-12, includes speakers, exhibits, field trips and activities all about birding at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds. (Mike Benbow)
Owners Wendy and Matt Poischbeg sit in the living room of their Mid-Century Modern home, that might have been on the 2020 Historic Everett Home Tour if not for the pandemic, on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Mid-century modern marvel featured on Everett home tour

This 1950 house in Everett’s South Forest Park neighborhood is the work of Harold W. Hall.

Owners Wendy and Matt Poischbeg sit in the living room of their Mid-Century Modern home, that might have been on the 2020 Historic Everett Home Tour if not for the pandemic, on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
This Centennial Exhibition handkerchief with portraits of Washington and Grant and pictures of exhibition buildings is 22 inches by 28 inches and sold at Conestoga Auction Co. for $70. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

This bandanna was made in celebration of US’s 100th birthday

It’s just one of the many souvenirs from the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

This Centennial Exhibition handkerchief with portraits of Washington and Grant and pictures of exhibition buildings is 22 inches by 28 inches and sold at Conestoga Auction Co. for $70. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)
The Everett folk-rock band Anthony Brock Group will perform at the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival on Saturday. (Stephen Sexton)

Fisherman’s Village Music Festival lineup just keeps growing

Fourteen more acts have been added to the event, scheduled for Sept. 9-11 in downtown Everett. Nearly 50 bands will play music that spans many genres.

The Everett folk-rock band Anthony Brock Group will perform at the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival on Saturday. (Stephen Sexton)
Bruce Watson, left, and Mick Jones of the band Foreigner perform in concert during their "40th Anniversary Tour" at the BB&T Pavilion on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Camden, N.J. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Classic rock mainstays Foreigner to perform in Everett

The band was a monster hitmaker in the late 1970s and early ’80s with songs like “Cold As Ice” and “Waiting For a Girl Like You.”

Bruce Watson, left, and Mick Jones of the band Foreigner perform in concert during their "40th Anniversary Tour" at the BB&T Pavilion on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Camden, N.J. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Blues artist Ana Popovic, praised by many for her guitar work, is scheduled to perform Sept. 10 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (Marco Van Rooijen)

All about music: Schedule of concerts around Snohomish County

The listings include Sir Mix-a-Lot, ZZ Top and Bands, Brews and Bowling at Evergreen Lanes in Everett.

Blues artist Ana Popovic, praised by many for her guitar work, is scheduled to perform Sept. 10 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (Marco Van Rooijen)
See sketches and paintings by Bob Giadrosich featured in his forthcoming novel “Legends of Xianbala” at the Arts of Snohomish through September.

Art events, galleries and exhibits around Snohomish County

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

See sketches and paintings by Bob Giadrosich featured in his forthcoming novel “Legends of Xianbala” at the Arts of Snohomish through September.
Alina Oeung walks the grounds shouting 'free samples' for the salmon bake Friday afternoon during the annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival on September 6, 2019 in Mukilteo. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

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

Alina Oeung walks the grounds shouting 'free samples' for the salmon bake Friday afternoon during the annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival on September 6, 2019 in Mukilteo. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Filmmaker Daniel A. Cardenas, of Everett, in a hop field in the Yakima Valley in 2014. (Bakerbuilt Works)

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.

Filmmaker Daniel A. Cardenas, of Everett, in a hop field in the Yakima Valley in 2014. (Bakerbuilt Works)
Kermet Apio will perform stand-up at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on Sept. 9. (YouTube)

Theater, dance and comedy shows around Snohomish County

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

Kermet Apio will perform stand-up at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on Sept. 9. (YouTube)