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Nov. 15, 2017

Take a Night off From Cooking in Lake Stevens Homes at MOD Pizza

Eat at MOD Pizza near Lake Stevens homes.Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Christmas and the other winter holidays are coming soon. That means that families in Lake Stevens homes are getting ready to cook their most treasured recipes. All of that is lots of fun but also a lot of work. Sometimes it’s nice to take an evening off. One of the places you can go and feel good about what you’re eating is MOD Pizza. Located in Frontier Village, it’s an easy distance from most Lake Stevens homes. Not only does MOD focus on healthy, high-quality ingredients, they also work hard to get their pizzas into their customers’ hands as quickly as possible. Even if you arrive starving after a long shopping trip, you’ll be satisfying your hunger in no time at all.

MOD Pizza offers 30 toppings to choose from, from veggies to meat to cheeses. There are also several different sauces, from marinara or pesto to BBQ sauce or garlic rub. You can even choose a gluten-free crust if needed. The chefs at MOD also have some set combinations if you’d like a sure bet. The 11 inch pizza is the perfect size for most people, though if you’re very hungry you can also choose the mega, which is two 11 inch crusts stacked together. People who aren’t very hungry can opt for the six-inch mini size. Round out the meal with one of the salads. Again, there are both classic choices or you can make your own. Finish the meal with a side of garlic or cinnamon strips. For drinks, choose a soda, a hand-crafted milkshake, or order a beer or glass of wine.

Head over to MOD Pizza,Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit them online to see the full menu and learn about how MOD Pizza works to be a force for good in the community. 


Nov. 13, 2017

Live in Lake Stevens? Love German Food? Stop in at Brat from Deutschland!

Live in Lake Stevens and eat German food.There are many tasty restaurants available to those who live in Lake Stevens. Whenever you are craving delicious homemade German food, stop into Brat from Deutschland. The staff here goes out of their way to make all diners feel welcome and well taken care of. This family owned restaurant makes everything from scratch, and it really shows in the amazing flavors. Customers rave about the schnitzel, various wursts, kraut, potato salad, and pretzel buns. Patrons can even grab extra pretzel buns to take home. Sit back and relax in the friendly atmosphere with a cold beer on tap while indulging in the authentic cuisine.

Everyone can find something to order here, and the prices are very reasonable. Stop in for a quick pretzel while running errands around town, pop in for lunch, come for date night, or bring the whole family for dinner. Children can munch on such selections as buttered spätzel and corn dogs. The fried pickles are also a favorite. Finish off your meal with an apple dumpling or bienenstich. Try something new each time or come back for an old favorite. The owners really take pride in the dishes they send out to their guests.

Brat from Deutschland is located at 512 91st Ave. NE Suite B in Lake Stevens. The hours are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant is closed Monday through Wednesday. Call 425-320-8825 with any questions. Stop in to experience this small yet cozy restaurant that offers the tastiest German food outside of Leavenworth. Follow the Brat from Deutschland Facebook page. All who live in Lake Stevens are invited to stop in, give this place a try, leave a review, and tell your friends about the delicious homemade German food.


Nov. 8, 2017

Head to the Artisans Holiday Fair on Snohomish Property for Great Shopping

Go shopping on Snohomish property at the Artisans Holiday Fair.Get your Snohomish property ready for the holidays by attending the Artisans Holiday Fair. This event will take place on Saturday, November 11th at Thomas Family Farm from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This much anticipated event brings more than 75 local artists and artisans out to showcase their wares. What a great way to put your money back into the community and supporting local vendors. Find unique items to decorate your home or also get an early start on finding gifts for loved ones.

In addition to the artists and artisans, there will also be food, face painting by Emerald City Arts Face Painting, and much more. Come to find favorite vendors from year’s past or to discover new ones. Shop for wooden signs from Beckman Design. Support nearby lavender farms and shop for delightful smelling soaps and other crafty items. Another great smelling booth will be Spirited Ambiance candles. Come by to smell over 150 scents that are poured into old bottles. Not only would you be purchasing high quality candles, but also helping the planet by purchasing upcycled products. Find pieces of jewelry that meld the old and the new at Tawna Wilsey Designs. Search for all sorts of unique pieces that use glass, metal, and other materials to create jewelry. When your tummy starts rumbling, stop in to try the Northwest Biscotti Booth. Choose your favorite from more than 20 different flavor combinations. The long list of vendors also include cannabis infused skin products, clay art pieces, paintings, leather jewelry and accessories, jams and jellies, woodworking pieces, and so much more.

This is only one of many events that happen at Thomas Family Farm throughout the year. This active Snohomish property has all sorts of fun activities in the fall for families. It is also a beautiful venue to host a wedding or other special event. Find more information about Thomas Family Farm, and follow the Artisans Holiday Fair on Facebook. 


Nov. 6, 2017

Find Great Mongolian Cuisine on Monroe Real Estate at Hot Iron Mongolian Grill

Enjoy a bowl of Mongolian grill on Monroe real estate.Take a trip to Mongolia without leaving Monroe real estate. Head out to Hot Iron Mongolian Grill, located at 14650 N. Kelsey Street in Monroe. If you’ve never had Mongolian grilled meat and noodles, you’re in for a treat. First choose between yakisoba or rice noodles. Or have white or brown rice or pasta. Next, decide on your meat: beef, chicken, sausage, pork, shrimp, or calamari. Then throw in a few veggies from a long list that includes cabbage, mushrooms, zucchini, jalapeno, tofu, water chestnut, and much more. Finally, pick a sauce. Before your meal is cooked, sprinkle on some sesame oil, soy sauce, Mongolian sauce, coconut milk, or several others. Afterward, finish your bowl with Mongolian chili, mushroom sauce, coconut curry, or others.

Once you’ve made up your bowl, head to the unique 7-foot grill where the friendly cooks will grill your noodles, meat, and veggies to perfection at 600 degrees. Round out your meal with a bowl of miso soup, then finish up with a cone of frozen yogurt. You can also enjoy a bottle of beer, including Kirin Ichiban, Corona, Sapporo, Red Hook, and more. Or have a glass of wine.

There are two ways Monroe real estate owners can enjoy a Mongolian bowl. Eat as many bowls as you’d like at the restaurant for $10 at lunch or $14 at dinner. Just keep in mind that you can’t take any leftovers with you. For those who’d like to enjoy Mongolian cuisine at home, choose to have a bowl at the restaurant and take your leftovers with you. The prices are the same. Kids can enjoy lunch for $7 or dinner for $8. There’s also a to-go special at $9 for lunch or $13 for dinner.

Hot Iron Mongolian Grill is dedicated to creating a friendly and family atmosphere. The grill is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lunch specials are valid weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


Nov. 1, 2017

Find Out About Community Classes for Residents of Lake Stevens Homes this Fall

Take community classes near Lake Stevens homes and play volleyball.East of Everett in Snohomish County, Lake Stevens homes sit in picturesque beauty alongside the lake where the community provides residents with everything they need to thrive and grow, including a wealth of educational opportunities for the area. In partnership with the city, the Lake Stevens School District also offers Community Education opportunities for people living in town, with locations throughout the community. There is a wide variety of options available to residents, and there’s now a course for every level of interest and expertise with instructors who are are dedicated to their students.

This fall, the Pie Decorating and Design class with Terry Myer will teach attendees to use cutouts, braids, and crimping to personalize baking for the holiday season. The course’s $20 fee includes all the supplies for making these artistic touches, plus you get to take home a pie! Ages 10 and up are welcome to join until the class reaches 30 people. There are two different sessions to choose from - either November 4th or December 2nd - from noon to to 2:30 p.m. at the Lake Stevens Community Center. Another artistic outlet opportunity for those living in Lake Stevens homes is the Photography 101 class with Tim McLaughlin that is available November 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a class for people 14 years old and up who want to learn how to use their camera (no camera phones) to get professional quality in their final image. For a $20 fee students will learn how to use ISO, shutter speed, and aperture - the three elements that impact exposure.

For those interested in adult fitness options this Fall, the Community Education program offers a wide variety of options. For example, on Tuesdays from September 12th to December 19th all adults are welcome to join in a game of volleyball at the NLMS gym. All skill levels are encouraged to attend this Non-Competitive Co-ed Adult Volleyball class with Kristie Carl from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, for a $25 drop-in fee, or simply $5 a class. Teams are switched up every three games throughout the night to keep the fun going all evening long! For those who are looking for a fitness plan with less stress on their joints, the Lake Stevens High School Pool offers Water Aerobics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., and then again on Monday and Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. There’s even a Deep Water Aerobics class available on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. for those looking for a great way to kick off their weekend. Adults 18 and over pay $4 a class, while seniors over 55 only pay $2.50, and youth/disabled play $3.00. For more details, please call 425-335-1526.

There really is something for everyone, even dog obedience courses are available for the four-legged family members. Kim Daily offers both a Basic Dog Obedience course and an Advanced Canine Good Citizen Prep course where dogs and their handlers learn to work together as a team. For $75, Basic class attendees will learn the basic commands necessary for a well behaved puppy (at least four months old) or older dog, like sit, stay, down, and more. Act quickly to sign up for the newly added Monday session option from November 6th through December 11th at the LSMS Aux Gym from 6 to 7 p.m. The Advanced class is a fun way to prepare the dog and handler team to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test, covering everything from accepting a friendly stranger, to walking through a crowd, and supervised separation. There is also a $75 fee for a session of this class. For both courses the instructor reserves the right to dismiss any handler and dog team that she feels may not be ready to participate in the class, or that appears aggressive in any way. Safety for all the teams is very important, and all dogs must be up-to-date on their shots.

These are just a handful of the courses available this fall for families living in Lake Stevens homes. To learn more, or to see what other classes are in the area and pre-register, check out the Community Education website where registration for any course can be made right from the comfort of home. 


Oct. 25, 2017

Meet the Brewers Living in Snohomish and Discover Your New Favorite Beer at Brewfest

Beer lovers living in Snohomish go to Brewfest.With the coming of the crisp air of autumn, it’s time for the annual Snohomish Brewfest. Beer lovers living in Snohomish should plan to attend the event on either Friday, November 3rd or Saturday, November 4th. It will take place at Thomas Family Farms, at 9010 Marsh Road in Snohomish. This is the event of the year to try out the best of the local brews. Local breweries showcase their latest and greatest experiments. Brewers are also on hand, so you can chat about what goes into a brew and get all the details.

You’ll also find some great food offerings at the 2017 Brewfest. Fill up with chicken sliders from Java Haus or have a bratwurst and sauerkraut. Round things out with a brownie for dessert. Over great beer and food, beer lovers living in Snohomish and around the area will meet up and make friends. More than 30 breweries will be represented, including several that brew their beer right in Snohomish.

There are three different sessions to choose from. Relax after work at the Friday session from 6 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, choose either the noon to 4 p.m. session or the final session, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets to Brewfest are $30 if purchased in advance or $35 if purchased at the door. Designated drivers get in for $10. Each ticket includes a $5 food voucher.

The Brewfest aims to be a friendly environment, and so everyone in attendance is expected to drink responsibly. No one under 21 years old may attend. The event is a fundraiser for the Snohomish Senior Center and its many activities.

Learn more about Brewfest, including an updated list of breweries and their speciality beers. You’ll find information about volunteer opportunities and an application to be a participating brewery. Purchase tickets online to secure your spot at this awesome annual event. 


Oct. 23, 2017

Run the Sky Valley Classic to Support YMCA Classes for Everyone from Monroe Properties

Run the Sky Valley Classic near Monroe properties to support the YMCA.The Monroe Family YMCA offers many recreational opportunities to lose living in Monroe properties. One upcoming event that aims to support youth programs in the Monroe/Sky Valley area is the 9th Annual Sky Valley Classic. Runners can choose from a 10K, 5K, or 1 mile run through Monroe and Sky River Park on Saturday, October 28th 2017. Early bird registration has already ended but the regular pricing of $35 is still available. Kids ages 6-15 pay their age for the 5K and 10K, and the one mile run is $15 for all who participate.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the race site, located on the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Monroe. The 10K will begin at 10 a.m., the 5K will begin at 10:05 a.m., and the one mile will begin at 10:08 a.m. After the main event, children are also invited to take part in the Kiddie Dash. There will be chip timing, a costume contest, and awards for the top racers in each category. The races are wheelchair and stroller friendly. Even if running is not your thing, consider coming out to cheer on the runners and enjoy the day. Read more about the Sky Valley Classic and register.

While you’re on the website, be sure to check out other programs offered at the YMCA to those living in Monroe properties. Think about joining to use the workout facilities or sign up for classes. A wide variety of aquatics programs are offered here, which include private and group swim lessons, adaptive swim, swim team, open swim, water fitness classes, and many more. Seniors can find outings to a variety of interesting locations throughout the region, and moms can find friends and get in shape through the Mommy and Me Boot Camp. Hone your kayak skills, or send your kids to 7th Period @ the Y, a program where kids in grades 6th through 8th can stop in for supervised fun and homework help. Music lessons are available as well as many events for families throughout the year. Take a look at all of the offerings and stop in to see what the Monroe Family YMCA can offer you and your family.


Oct. 18, 2017

Lake Stevens Real Estate Owners Find Autumn Fun at Carleton Farms

Try the corn maze on Lake Stevens real estate at Carleton Farms.Hop on a hayride and head out to the pumpkin patch on Lake Stevens real estate. At Carleton Farms there’s plenty to choose from. All sizes, shapes and shades of orange adorn the field. Select the pumpkins and haul them back in the hay wagon. Fall festivities are in full swing on the weekends at the farm. Plan a day trip with the kids. Open at 11 a.m, delicious aromas are coming out of the Farm Kitchen. Pulled pork sandwiches are favorites for mom and dad. There are hot dogs for the kids, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes. No one can turn down a freshly baked piece of pumpkin pie for dessert. When hearty appetites ar filled it's time for play. 

The corn maze provides a challenge to Lake Stevens real estate owners. Team up and head for the exit. Lots of laughter fills the space as wrong turns are encountered and steps retraced. Friendly animals in the petting zoo wait to say hello. Farm animals are not only cute and cuddly but teach all about the aspects of farm life and the way things once were done. The critters love the crisp fall air and there is an extra spring in the bunny’s hop and flutter in the peacock’s tail.

Big screens blast the Seahawks game on the weekends, so sports enthusiasts can watch all the actions while the kids are busying playing out at the Kids Barn and Kids Korral. Just for youngsters, the Kids Barn is set up right. Simple pleasures include frolicking in the hay maze, swinging on the rope swing, and sliding down the tube slide right into a corn-crib. Times are spooky in the Kids Korral. Little feet stomp through the mini corn maze and then get in line to sail through the air on the zip line. The giant pumpkin jump pad has them bouncing with joy. The crooked playhouse is a bit creepy and many will avoid the spider web altogether.

Magical moments happen at Carleton Farms year round, but there is something special in the air during autumn. Bundle up and head on down. Memories made in one day will be cherished for a lifetime.


Oct. 16, 2017

Find Pumpkins for Snohomish Homes and Celebrate Autumn at Bob’s Farm

Find pumpkins near Snohomish homes at Bob's Corn and Farm.It’s that time of year again when plump pumpkins turn into scary jack o’lanterns in Snohomish homes. The search is on for that perfect orange globe, and the place to find one just right is at Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm. Four patches are filled with pumpkins of various sizes, shapes and colors. Sift through tiny white pumpkins sitting next to orange giant pumpkins. A handy hay ride transports seekers out to the patches to start their quest and returns them with their bounty.

Awesome autumn fun overflows on the farm. Weekends are fall fantastic with tons of activities. Day trips are traditional outings shared over the years by friends and neighbors living in Snohomish homes. Corn mazes provide a challenge especially for those not blessed with a good sense of direction. When night arrives the darkness adds a spooktacular bonus to the entertainment. Moments of merriment increase at the bonfires. Intermittently placed amongst the towering ears of corn groups can reserve large or small firepits. Bob’s staff will have supplies ready and the fire blazing as groups make their way through the maze.

Children a bit intimidated by the large maze find smaller daytime mazes perfect for them. Little ones also jump on a trike tractor becoming a mini farmer for a bit. On the Trike Track these rambunctious drivers maneuver through traffic and around bales of hay. Nearby a playground waits for energy to be expelled. On Saturdays and Sundays kids get into character by having their faces painted. Lew’s BBQ will also be in attendance on the weekends tempting one and all with their irresistible aroma wafting through the air. Those wanting just a snack indulge in pumpkin cider donuts or sweet smelling kettle corn. Hot spiced cider is excellent for chasing cold weather chills away.

In the County Store more good food is to be had. The historic building built in 1898 adds a quaint feeling of ambiance for shoppers. Inside a delightful inventory bursts forth in the aisles. Fresh vegetables ripe from the field are non-gmo and delicious. Fruits are juicy and locally sourced along with honey, nuts and gourmet cheeses.

Head on out to Bob’s Corn and Farm for some old fashioned amusement. Hop on the hayride, pick out a pumpkin, eat some corn and play with the kids. Memories made from simple times are the best remembered. Time on the farm is precious and unforgettable. 


Oct. 11, 2017

Book Lovers Living in Lake Stevens Enjoy Classes and Groups at the Library

Everyone living in Lake Stevens loves the library.The Lake Stevens Library has much to offer to people of all ages living in Lake Stevens. The middle of October is full of events for children, tweens, and adults. Toddlers ages 18 months through 3 years are invited with their caregiver for Storytime on Tuesday the 17th from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Toddlers will be engaged in wonderful stories and movements that help nurture their desire to read. All are invited to stick around for playtime or a craft. Babies have their turn for Storytime on the same day from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Caregivers and babies ages 0 through 18 months can hear rhymes, stories, and songs. Let everyone get their wiggles out by sticking around for playtime afterward. Preschoolers ages 3-5 have Storytime on Thursday, October 19th from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Children will get excited about reading with creative activities.

Tweens ages 9 through 13 (grades 4th through 8th) can consider registering for a STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) event on Friday, October 20th from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Teams will work together to build a unique part that will have to work with the parts of other teams participating in this event. The goal is to become a balloon block master and reach Mars. This is a great opportunity for tweens living in Lake Stevens to make new friends with others who have similar interests.

Another event that requires registration in advance is for adults and titled Business Pros: Successful Internet Marketing and Social Media Management. Taking place on Saturday October 21st from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., this workshop can provide valuable information and tools geared toward successful internet marketing. Learn about keyword strategies, some of the best ways to promote your business on social media, and many more tidbits about getting your business out there on the web. Whether new promoting a business in the web or a seasoned veteran, there will be valuable information for all. Find more information about all of these events as well as details about registration through the links at the Lake Stevens Library page