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June 20, 2018

Experience Great Music on Snohomish Property and Support Horses

Support horses on Snohomish property at Hoofstock.All Snohomish property owners are invited to experience and support the Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (NWESC). This non-profit organization works hard with local equine rescue organizations to rehabilitate rescue horses. This center does not take in and adopt out the horses directly, but simply provides high quality care to horses in need that are part of other programs and organizations. This means that NWESC can focus on caring for the horses and also provide educational and therapeutic opportunities for people. The NWESC provides veterinary, hoof care, and training to horses. The community is also often invited to come out for clinics and special events.

Participating in programs through the NWESC allows Snohomish property owners to make a difference in the lives of neglected and abused horses. Equine professionals are invited to volunteer their time and vet and vet tech students are invited to come get hands on experience. The public is invited to attend a variety of educational series’, participate in the Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning Program, and attend Gelding Clinics.

There are also many ways to support the facility financially. Simply make a donation or also watch for special events that benefit this organization. The next event is Hoofstock! A Summer Solstice Benefit Music Fest. This will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cedarbrook Farms in Snohomish. This music festival is family friendly and will feature Bluegrass, Americana, Ska, and Rock ’n’ Roll music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event and tickets are $15 for individuals, $25 for couples, and $40 for a family when bought in advance. Prices go up at the door, so purchase your tickets early. Find more information about the NWESC, view all upcoming events, and find a link to buy tickets for the music fest. 


June 18, 2018

Eat Well Near Your Monroe Home at Bistro 212

Get great food near your Monroe home at Bistro 212.Get breakfast and lunch on the go near your Monroe home at Bistro 212. And if you ride your motorcycle over, you’ll enjoy a 15% discount on your meal. Even if you’re not a biker, you can rest assured that your meal with be not only delicious but affordable. The items from the Bountiful Breakfasts section of the menu are just $9.95. Get a quesadilla, po’boy, or burrito. You can also fill up on avocado toast or real Southern-style grits. Try their baked goods, including muffins, brownies, cookies, and more. Wake up with a cup of Community Coffee, a proud family-owned company based in Louisiana. They’ve been in business since 1919, so you know you’re going to get a fantastic brew.

Breakfast is served all day at Bistro 212, and lunch items are available starting at 11 a.m. If you’re hungry, check out the sandwiches on the Hot “Fork and Knifers” list. Each on is $9.95 and is served with Heavenly Potato Salad. The Ricarte is a 12-inch long Cubano sandwich, complete with pulled pork, pickles, and Swiss cheese. Or go for a classic turkey and bacon melt. All sandwiches can be made on sourdough, wheat, marble rye, or Creme Ale Brewery buns.

The deli specials are also just $9.95 and come with Heavenly Potato Salad. Fill up with a meatloaf sandwich or try the 212 Club. Choose from sourdough, wheat, or marble rye toasted, then slathered with bacon cream cheese and topped with turkey, ham, lettuce and tomato. The soups are delicious, too, and only cost $5. Soup lovers will want to pick up a loyalty card. Buy nine bowls of soup and get the 10th free. Get Grandma K’s tomato soup or the soup of the day.

If you’re in a hurry, call 360.863.6445 to place an order that will be ready to go as soon as you arrive. Delivery to your Monroe home or business is also available on select items. However, the atmosphere at Bistro 212 is so friendly and inviting that you’ll want to make time to visit in person soon. 


June 13, 2018

Everyone Living in Snohomish Can Find Relaxation at Mariposa Day Spa

Everyon living in Snohomish goes to Mariposa Day Spa.Mariposa Day Spa welcomes everyone living in Snohomish to a relaxing atmosphere with professional aestheticians who can help you let go of the worries of life and feel rejuvenated. Choose from several different kinds of facials, types of massage, and day spa packages. The aestheticians and massage therapists use Naturopathica products, which is an organic line of skin care that is also eco-certified.

For facials, plan to spend anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes having your face pampered. Teens can get help with solving any facial problems, and the therapist will recommend a home skin care regimen. People of all ages can benefit from the Mariposa Signature Facial. The 75 minute treatment begins with an aromatherapy foot bath and exfoliation. Then you get a facial tailored to your skin type and age. You also get a warm stone massage of your neck, arms, and hands. Finish with a scalp massage.

There are several different options when it comes to massage. Come alone or with a friend or partner. To really relieve stress in your muscles, schedule a Sweet Birch Sensation Massage, which also includes a foot soak in Sweet Birch and magnesium flakes. For the massage, Sweet Birch Muscle Rub will be used. Birch is known for its ability to increase circulation and remove toxins. Expecting mothers can relax with a massage designed just for them. It includes gentle Swedish massage and calming aromatherapy scents.

Get a fantastic day spa experience by booking a spa package. These include both a facial and massage. Any of the services at the spa can be purchased as gift certificates to surprise someone special in your life.

Be sure to visit Mariposa Day Spa soon. Read all about the different treatments and special available. The spa is a great place for anyone living in Snohomish to celebrate as a group of girlfriends, a mother to be, or a bride. You can book online or by calling 360.568.1378. 


June 11, 2018

Music Loving Monroe Property Owners Love the Monroe Concert Band

Monroe property owners go to the Pops for Pop concert.Celebrate dad with an evening away from your Monroe property attending Pops For Pops. The Monroe Concert Band is putting on a special performance filled with popular music. Take dad back to the days of his youth by hearing hits from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and others. This event will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center. The address is 17001 Tester Road in Monroe. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. An extra perk of attending this event is that everyone in the audience will get one free ticket for a raffle. Many businesses in the Monroe community have donated prizes for this event. Have the chance to win a gift certificate to a coffee shop, grocery store, or home improvement store. Another lucky person in attendance will walk away with a free gym membership.

The Monroe Concert Band is a wonderful asset to Snohomish County. Established in 2004, the band started with only 12 members. It now consists of about 50 members and includes musicians from Monroe, Stanwood, Sultan, Woodinville, Marysville, Granite Falls, and everywhere in between. Anyone interested in more information about joining the band can send an email to Include information about your musical background and skill level. Rehearsals take place about once a week, depending on the time of year and upcoming performances. These take place at the Wagner Performing Arts Center in Monroe. The group puts on many performances throughout the year. Check out the calendar to see where they will be next. Watch for them at the Evergreen State Fair in September. The Fair is always much anticipated amongst Monroe property owners. Learn more about the Monroe Concert Band, find details about joining, and view the calendar of performances. 


June 10, 2018

Edmonds Rambler - Home For Sale

If you're looking to buy a single story, ranch style rambler in Edmonds, then you'll want to check out this Edmonds Rambler home for sale.

Rambler homes, or single story homes are always a popular choice but they seem to be even more in demand right now. Especially in the area of Edmonds real estate. 

Currently Listed For Sale By Persinger Group: Edmonds Rambler

Edmonds rambler for sale, looking for Edmonds single story real estate, talk with Persinger Group Real Estate brokers

This Edmonds Rambler has no stairs. 

The perfect Edmonds rambler with NO stairs ideally located just outside the Edmonds Bowl, yet commuter friendly with easy access to 99 and I-5.

This Edmonds single story home is lovingly maintained and available for the first time in 25 years! Cute from the outside but lives large inside.

Fresh paint, remodeled bathrooms. In kitchen, granite countertops, new flooring and brand new stainless steel appliances.

New furnace and garage door.

Yard is flat, private, and fenced! If you're looking for a home in Edmonds, upgrade to the Edmonds lifestyle, just in time for summer.

More info on this specific home at:

Watch The Edmonds Rambler Home For Sale Video Tour

Rambler Style Real Estate Search

Rambler style homes are single story homes, known as Ranch style homes in many parts of the county. This style of architecture is also known as California ranch, rancher, one story or American ranch. 

History of the ranch house

West Coast architects, particularly Cliff May, designed and built the first ranch style homes in the early 1930s. The ranch style began to spread across the U.S. after World War II. Because this style of home had simple designs, it was easy to build, keeping the cost of construction low.

The raised ranch

A raised ranch is a two-story house with a finished basement. The home style is not a raised ranch just because it has two stories however.  To be considered a true raised ranch the main living area is set above a flight of stairs. If the design isn't setup this way, it's split-level house.

Edmonds Area Ranches and Ramblers 

Living In Edmonds, WA Community Info

Traveling to and from Edmonds is easy. Just 15 minutes north of Seattle, in Snohomish County Edmonds can be reached by state ferry, Amtrak, Sounder Rail, bus service, boat, and is just off I-5.

Edmonds, Washington Real Estate Facts

Based on per capita income, Edmonds ranks 20th of 281 areas in the state of Washington. This makes real estate in Edmonds a bit more expensive than other nearby areas, but still more affordable than Seattle real estate.  Edmonds has a variety of parks, a skate park, a dog park on the water, including the Edmonds Underwater Park. Also, Edmonds has one of the largest marinas in Snohomish County, the Port of Edmonds. Is making Edmonds home right for you? Start by reviewing Edmonds real estate and finding a rambler style home  or mid-century modern home that meets your budget and needs.


Darin Persinger & Katherine Persinger



phone: 425-773-2560

June 6, 2018

Go to the Health and Safety Fair on Lake Stevens Real Estate

Get healthy on Lake Stevens real estate.Feel safer in your Lake Stevens real estate after attending the Health and Safety Fair hosted by Lake Stevens Fire and Lake Stevens Police. There will be over 40 booths to visit on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will take place at the Saar’s Super Saver Foods parking lot located at 303 91st Ave NE in Lake Stevens. The fair grows bigger every year thanks to its popularity and the hard work of the fire and police departments. Admission is free and the goal is to help the community learn some very practical health and safety tips that they can use every day. 

Be rewarded by visiting as many of the booths as you can. There will be a raffle that attendees can enter after getting a majority of the booths to initial their card. Who knows what great prizes you may walk away with. The topics of the booths vary widely, but most should apply to everyone. Learn more about fire safety in your Lake Stevens real estate. Find out details about sun protection, boating safety, and swimming safety. These are very pertinent topics as we move into the summer months. Also get some tips about keeping pets safe in hot weather, oral hygiene, fall prevention, CPR, eating healthy, cancer prevention, and how to be prepared for natural disasters. Gather information about community resources, feel better equipped to handle an emergency, and also prevent them.

In addition to visiting the informative booths, get a health screening done at the Mobile Health Screening Unit thanks to the Lake Stevens Lions Club, enjoy a Lake Stevens Police boat tour, and also climb aboard a Lake Stevens fire truck. The kids will certainly love checking out the emergency vehicles as well as listening to music, jumping in the bouncy house, and participating in a wide variety of other activities. Put the date on your calendar and feel free to call Lake Stevens Fire at 425.334.3034 of Lake Stevens Police at 425.334.9537 with any questions.


June 4, 2018

Lake Stevens Home Owners Make the Most of Summer at the Library

Enjoy library events near your Lake Stevens home.Grab some books, music, and movies to take back to your Lake Stevens home while attending one of the many programs available at the Lake Stevens Library during the month of June. There is something for every age and this is the month is also the kick off for the summer reading program. Get your children excited for the upcoming summer program by attending one of the events earlier in June. Preschoolers are invited to the library every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Little Science Lab. Youngsters can learn about math, science, technology, and engineering in partnership with Imagine Children’s Museum. Caregivers are required to stay and be sure to register early to ensure a spot. Elementary aged students can participate in Reading with Rover on Saturday, June 9th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids love reading to loving dogs. It can really boost their confidence.

Explore Summer, the summer reading program, kicks off on Monday, June 18th from 1 to 2 p.m. with the Matt Baker Comedy and Stunt Show. This event will take place at the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club located at 1609 East Lakeshore Drive in Lake Stevens. Everyone will have a great time laughing and being amazed by the stunts. Another installment of Explore Summer will take place on Thursday, June 28th with the African Beats Workshop. Come to the library from 10 to 11 a.m. to learn West African rhythms on drums, bells, and shakers. Artists from Gansango African Music and Dance will be on site to instruct the children.

Adults who call Lake Stevens home have plenty of chances to get involved and attend events at the Lake Stevens Library as well. A Friends of the Library Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 5th from noon to 1 p.m. Come discuss ways to support the library and connect with others who also appreciate its value. Another event for adults is an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association of Washington will be at the Lake Stevens Educational Service Center on Thursday, June 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to give the community more information about Alzheimer’s and answer questions. Find more information about the Lake Stevens Library as well as a calendar of all upcoming events. 


May 28, 2018

Anyone Living in Monroe Will Find Treasures at Oddmall

Treasure hunters living in Monroe love Oddmall.Everyone living in Monroe are invited to come search for interesting treasures at Oddmall Emporium of the Weird. This very unique market features more than 100 vendors, crafters, illustrators, and authors who sell unusual items. Come take a look around and see what gifts or items for yourself you may find. Step into a world of imagination and wonder. Many of the vendors will even hold demonstrations or small workshops for interesting hands on opportunities. Little ones will find plenty to keep them busy at Fairy Hollow. They will be able to get their faces painted, hair fixed like a fairy, go on treasure hunts, watch jugglers, and get a caricature or a balloon creature made.

This market will take place on June 2nd and June 3rd, 2018 in the Commercial Building at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. The hours for Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy free parking and get onto the grounds at the West Entrance. Admission is free and several food trucks will also be on site offering tasty selections for lunch or dinner. Munch on a hot dog from Big Dog’s or a taco from Tacos Monte Alban. Support local merchants and have a great time doing so inside the emporium and out at the food trucks.

Oddmall is always looking for vendors for their events. If you are a peddler of unique and weird items living in Monroe, consider signing up for a booth. Oddmall offers great deals for vendors when you sign up well in advance such as buy a booth for one show, get another one for half price. There are shows all around the Puget Sound region. Two more that will be coming up before the end of the year are June 9th at the Georgetown Carnival and November 10th and 11th back at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Put the November date on your calendar now to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Find all of the details about Oddmall, information about becoming a vendor, and a list of future shows. 


May 23, 2018

Monroe Property Owners Compete in the Pinewood Derby

Monroe property owners go to the pinewood derby.A new tradition will come racing into town near your Monroe property this June. The 1st Annual Pinewood Derby Day Car Races will take place on Saturday, June 2nd 2018. Come on out to the Monroe Community Senior Center located at 276 Sky River Pkwy to take part in the races or just to watch. Check in is at 11 a.m. and the races begin at 12 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10 per racer. Anyone who wishes to watch and cheer on the participants can do so for free. Enjoy lunch at the races. Get a hot dog, chips, and a drink for only $5. This event has been put together by the Lions Club of Monroe Washington, Monroe Community Senior Center, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, and Monroe Boys & Girls Club. The Lions Club of Monroe has been hard at work building the track and they will be in charge of managing the racing. Another added bonus to this fun day is that people from the Evergreen Speedway will be in attendance with their lead race car.

Anyone who wishes to take part in the race can purchase a kit from Ben Franklin or Amazon. Put the car together and decorate it at your Monroe property before coming to the races. Find all of the details about the pinewood derby, a link to register, plus a link to the official rules. Every participant will want to look over the official rules carefully to make sure they do not do anything that would disqualify their car. All cars will be inspected before the race begins. This is really going to be a fun day and a wonderful way for children to create memories. Adults will likely be taken down memory lane thinking of their own pinewood derbies from their youth.


May 21, 2018

Kids Living on Lake Stevens Real Estate Sign up for Sports Camps

Lake Stevens real estate kids sign up for sports camps.Summer is a great time for kids living on Lake Stevens real estate. The community education department of the Lake Stevens school district has many sports camps and art camps planned for the late spring and summer. Girls entering grades 9 through 12 in fall 2018 can hone their basketball skills. The camp will run from Tuesday, May 29th to Thursday, May 31st, from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $40.

Boys who will enter or continue in high school in the fall can choose from two sessions of basketball camp. The first is Tuesday, May 29th to Thursday, May 31st, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The second session will run Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost for either session is $50.

Volleyball camp for girls entering grades 9 to 12 will run from Monday, June 4th through Wednesday, June 6th. Drills and games will take place from 2:45 to 5 p.m. The cost is $45.

Kids who will be in grades 7 to 9 in fall 2018 can do golf camp. This new camp will run in July. The first will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 9, 11, and 16 from noon to 2 p.m. and July 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Because space is limited, registration will be open only to the first 10 boys and first 10 girls who sign up. The fee for golf camp is $60.

Young artists in Lake Stevens can sign up for art camp. The camp runs from Monday, July 30th through Thursday, August 2nd. Kids who will be in grades 1 to 3 in the fall come from 9 a.m. to noon, while those who will start 4th through 6th grade come from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids will get to work in both classic and newer methods and techniques.

There are lots more classes open to Lake Stevens real estate owners and their kids. Visit community education online to download a full schedule and sign up!