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Feb. 14, 2018

People Living in Monroe Get the Best Mexican Food at El Lago

People living in Monroe go to El Lago for Mexican food.Some might think that living in Monroe wouldn’t be a good place for finding great Mexican food. But that’s because they haven’t heard of El Lago Mexican Restaurant. Located in the Lake Tye Building, El Lago provides amazing, authentic Mexican cuisine along with lovely lakeside views.

El Lago is a great choice for either lunch or dinner. Lunch portions are a little smaller than dinner but still include favorites like enchiladas. Or try one of the famous chimichangas, which is a tortilla stuffed with your choice of ground or shredded beef, chicken, or pork, covered in cheese and fried, then served with guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans. Order pollo en mole to eat chicken as you never have before. A boneless chicken breast is served with mole, a uniquely tangy, sweet and spicy sauce, with salad, rice, and beans as well.

The fajitas at El Lago are one of their most popular dishes, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a plate of fajitas for every palate: steak, pork, chicken, shrimp, and even vegetarian. The sizzling plate is brought to the table, cooked with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and carrots, served with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, rice and beans. And then there are the Hawaiian fajitas, which might just be El Lago’s most famous dish. In addition to the sizzling, savory meats and the flavorful veggies, the Hawaiian fajitas also have bacon and melted cheese. This is truly heaven on a plate.

El Lago offers weekly specials to everyone living in Monroe. Come in on Mondays for specially mixed and priced margaritas, and be sure to try the house margarita. On Taco Tuesdays, snag two crispy tacos for the price of one. Get a group of friends together to share the different tacos around, and you’ll soon discover new favorites.

Visit El Lago to see the full menu, read about the restaurant’s history and culinary inspirations, and make reservations. 


Feb. 12, 2018

Borrow Books and Meet Friends on Lake Stevens Property at the Library

Go to the library on Lake Stevens property to find great books.The Lake Stevens Library offers a wide variety of programming to those living in a Lake Stevens property. Bring the little ones to the library for one of the Ready Readers programs. Toddlers ages 19 to 35 months and their caregivers are welcome to come hear stories and get moving on Tuesday, February 13th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Youngsters can stay for playtime or a craft following the program. Bring little ones aged 0-18 months in for Baby and Me Storytime also on Tuesday, February 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Babies can get an early jump on discovering a love for reading by being exposed to amusing stories and fun songs. Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can come for activities and interaction with other children during Preschool Storytime on Thursday, February 15th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Storytimes are available every week and patrons are invited to keep an eye on the calendar for other great events as well. Preschoolers can stick around after storytime for the Little Science Lab or come just for this event. Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to register for this chance to learn more about the natural world. A break from school means extra programming and early elementary students ages 5 through 9 can register for No School? Let’s Slime. Children will get their hands dirty and engage their brains by making and playing with slime from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, February 16th.

The Lake Stevens Library has plenty of opportunities for adults to come take part in programming as well. Adults aged 20 and over can visit the library for the STARS Training Series: Beyond Happy, Mad, and Sad - Building emotional literacy in young children on Saturday, February 17th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This workshop currently has a waiting list and will help adults better assist their children in understanding emotions. It is a useful skill for a child to be able to not only identify their own emotions, but to recognize them in others as well. Come in for one of these programs and grab a few books or DVD’s to take back to your Lake Stevens property on the way out. Check out the calendar and find links to more information about the library. 


Feb. 7, 2018

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Snohomish Real Estate at the Hungry Pelican

Celebrate Valentine's Day on Snohomish real estate.Della Terra brings fresh food directly from local farms to the tables in Snohomish real estate. In addition to providing catering, this company also plans special events, cooking classes, and pop-ups throughout the region. There are a few opportunities coming up to check out their delicious cuisine. Tickets are available for $89 each for A Sweet (And Savory) Valentine's Dinner at The Hungry Pelican. This event will take place on Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Bring your valentine for an amazing seven course meal that will consist of fresh ingredients from the local harvest of the season. Sip on local wines as you enjoy the meal. Chef Cody Castiglia will present a menu consisting of Rosemary and Cheese Popovers, Grape and Goat, Penn Cove Mussels, Truffle Toast, Smoked Salmon Ravioli, Surf and Turf, and a Selection of Mini Desserts. There will be gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options available. Also be aware that the menu could change slightly depending on what locally sourced items are available.

Those hoping to learn skills for cooking an amazing dinner in their own Snohomish real estate can sign up for Sweet (And Savory) Cooking for Valentine’s Day. This class will take place on Monday, February 12th, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. also at The Hungry Pelican. The class costs $59 and will be fun and engaging. Chef Cody Castiglia of Della Terra will be on site to walk participants through creating a delicious four course dinner that can easily be made at home. Impress your beloved by making Grape and Goat, Smoked Salmon Ravioli, Surf and Turf, and Chocolate and Cranberry Crème Brulee. View other upcoming Della Terra events, find more details, and purchase tickets. 


Feb. 5, 2018

Monroe Home Owners Attend the YMCA Senior Swing Dance

Go swing dancing near your Monroe home.The Monroe YMCA offers a variety of fun and engaging classes and events to people of all ages who call Monroe home. Seniors are invited to the facility on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 for Senior Swing Dance. Get up and moving and feel the beat as you laugh and have a great time with friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the YMCA Group Exercise Room 1. This event is the annual fundraiser for Senior Programming, and the tickets cost $15 each. Participants can get in a swing dancing lesson for the first hour from dance instructors Mike and Stephanie Smith and then put what they have learned into practice during the second hour of dancing. Take a little rest during the event and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with friends while thinking about which dessert to bid on. In addition to the dessert dash there will also be raffle items available. Support all of the programs that mean so much to seniors who live in a Monroe home.

Take a look at the main page for the Monroe/Sky Valley YMCA to see all that this facility has to offer. Follow links to view information about classes, membership, camps, jobs, events, child care, and so much more. There are many benefits of membership. Come in for free group exercise classes, use state of the art fitness equipment, take advantage of personalized workouts, swim in heated indoor pools and spend time in the sauna, make a plan with a certified Wellness Coach, and also get 12 guest passes so you can bring along friends or family members. Join with the Monroe/Sky Valley YMCA and enjoy access to all six YMCA facilities in Snohomish County. There are no contracts involved and there is also a 30-day money back guarantee. Memberships range from $20 a month for youth to $105 a month for families with two adults and children. Program memberships are available for a reduced cost, and day passes are available as well. Financial assistance is available, so do not let the monthly dues deter you from considering joining.


Jan. 30, 2018

Care for the Pets in Your Monroe Home at Sam’s Cats and Dogs

Get pet care products for the animals in your Monroe home at Sam's.Sam’s Cats and Dogs, Naturally is a one-stop-shop for everyone’s pet supply needs and it is proud to call Monroe home. Their goal is to provide top of the line pet products and information for everyone in the area, allowing pet guardians to form better relationships with their pets through the service and support that they provide. At Sam’s Cats and Dogs they make sure that everything they sell will keep pets healthy and strong, since it’s their mission to “make the bond between pet and guardian strong, vibrant, healthy, and happy as possible”.

The shop provides multiple services to its customers from ordering special items to aiding in the search for the perfect gift. Plus, their fully fenced dog park is open every day with plenty of agility toys and equipment as well as a minimum of mud issues - no matter the weather. Since the park is privately owned it is properly cared for and guardians can trust that their dog will be safe running in their “off-leash” area. Another well loved service of Sam’s at their Monroe location is their full service grooming option for cats and dogs. Nail trims can be done for $10 any day of the week, even on a walk in basis, and full grooming is available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Guardians who need to set up an appointment for their pets should call 360-217-8342 for scheduling. While an estimated quote can be given over the phone at the time of scheduling, the true price will be set when the pet is met in person so that Sam’s can offer the best price they can give.

Pet guardians who call Monroe home have a wealth of information at their fingertips at Sam’s Cats and Dogs, Naturally. This family owned and locally operated pet store is community focused and offers their area a place to gather for the latest information in pet nutrition and behavior, while keeping their customers needs met as quickly as possible by their helpful and friendly staff. Sam’s can help guardians find the perfect food for their pet depending on the needs of the animal and their price range, and since they offer only the finest food for pets made from premium human grade ingredients and the latest approaches to the manufacturing process, guardians can trust that their pets are getting the very best. There’s sure to be something for even the pickiest pet!

Visit Sam’s Cats and Dogs to learn more about everything the amazing shop offers, email, or call their Monroe location at 360-805-5060. Sam’s Cats and Dogs, Naturally loves to hear from their customers!


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Jan. 24, 2018

The Repp Provides an Excellent Spot for Dinner to Everyone Living in Snohomish

People livng in Snohomish go to The Repp for dinner.No matter how long you’ve been living in Snohomish, you owe it to yourself to visit The Repp to enjoy fine food and handcrafted cocktails. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, with a long bar and lots of tables lining the brick walls. It’s worth making The Repp a usual spot to meet friends or for date nights, as there are always delicious special entrees and cocktails.

Slide into the bar and start with a drink. There are lots of choices to tempt your palate. Try one of the delicious Washington wines, from whites to reds to sparkling varieties. If you can’t decide, order a flight of three wines. You can try two ounces of each of your choices for just $9. Go in on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. to get half price off your favorite bottle of wine. Just purchase an entree or two appetizers to enjoy the deal. The martini list is also worth working through, and there are cocktails on the rocks or warm drinks, perfect for a chilly night.

Dinner is served up at The Repp using only the finest locally-sourced ingredients. Start with an appetizer of crab cakes or beer-battered mushrooms served with lemon aioli. The entrees include everything from steak and chicken to seafood to pastas and risotto. There are also sandwiches, flatbreads, and burgers available.

If you come in early, don’t miss the Social Hour specials, served at the bar and lounge from 3 to 6 p.m. Get a double martini or Manhattan, a glass of microbrew on tap, or a glass of wine at special prices. There are several flatbreads, including the margherita with pesto, mozzarella, and tomato or the roasted veggie with vegetables, garlic cream, goat cheese, and pesto.

Follow The Repp’s Facebook page to keep up with special entrees and dinners. Couples living in Snohomish should consider going to the Valentine’s Day dinner, served on February 14th from 3 to 10 p.m. Be sure to make reservations soon! 


Jan. 22, 2018

Taste Locally Made Wines on Historic Snohomish Real Estate at Blanc & Rouge

Come to historic Snohomish real estate and try great wine.People who love good wine should check out Blanc & Rouge Wine. Located in historic downtown Snohomish real estate, in the Eagles’ Building, the shop was founded in 2012. The shop is airy and full of light, with beautiful high ceilings and antique fans. You can find wines from all over the world, and there’s a great selection of wines from the Pacific Northwest. Blanc & Rouge is a great place for a snack after an afternoon of antique shopping. Order a glass of wine and one of the delicious small plates that will complement the layers of flavors. The charcuterie offers a selection of cured meats with mustard and crackers, while the fromagerie offers delicious cheeses with preserves and nuts. Wine Country Antipasti is a selection of meats and cheeses, along with crackers, chutney, and pickles.

Don’t forget dessert! Blanc & Rouge offers a staggering array of sweet treats, and many come from local bakeries. All of the menu offerings can be eaten in the store or taken home to make a gathering a truly special event.

In addition to the goodies available anytime, Blanc & Rouge also offers classes for Snohomish real estate owners. On Wednesday, February 21st, come in for the Wonderful Washington class. Participants will be guided by an official from the Washington Wine Commission through five different wines made right in the state. Tickets are $20 for wine club members or $30 for non-members and include five wine samples as well as appetizers.

Wine lovers who want to broaden their palettes should join the Wine Club. Members receive six bottles of wine each quarter and can choose all reds, all whites, or three of each. Four different price points are available as well. Members also receive 15% off any purchase of a case of wine, as well as early or exclusive access to parties, tastings, and classes.

Visit Blanc & Rouge to find out more about upcoming events and sign up for the Wine Club.


Jan. 17, 2018

Monroe Property Owners Compete to Make the Best Bowl of Chili

Monroe property owners enter the ChiliBowl.All who reside in a Monroe property are invited to the 2nd Annual ChiliBowl. Enter your famous chili recipe, or be a taster at this fun event that brings the whole community together. Come on out to the Monroe Community Senior Center located at 276 Sky River Parkway on Tuesday, January 30th from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to taste some amazing chili. Admission to the event and tasting is free, but each vote costs $1 or a can of food. In addition to tasters voting for their favorite chili, there will also be judged categories. These include Most Original, Hottest and Best Meatless. The three teams that get the highest number of votes will get a gold, silver, and bronze spoon respectively. The trophies are always a fun sight to see, check out this year’s designs at the ChiliBowl. Also bring along some extra money for the margarita, beer, and wine garden, which will be open during the entire event.

Registration is not required to attend the event, but it is required to enter the contest. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be seen in the community and for Monroe property owners to make personal and business connections. All competitors need to make a minimum of one large crockpot of chili and should arrive at the senior center between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get all set up. Teams can bring in the votes by not only making the tastiest chili, but also by coming up with a creative theme and decorations for their table.

So far, contestants include Kathleen’s Day Spa, Kiwanis of Monroe WA, Mr. Dizzy Motorsports, Pharm A Save Monroe, Re/Max Legacy, and Sam’s Cats and Dogs Naturally. Anyone else who is interested in participating can find more information online as well as a link to register. The cost is $25 for chamber members and $50 for non chamber members. Event partners include Monroe Community Senior Center, Monroe Boys and Girls Club, and Sky Valley Food Bank. Come have a great time and support these worthy organizations.


Jan. 15, 2018

Arts Lovers Living in Snohomish Meet at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater

People living in Shohomish go to Thumbnail Theater for live music.People living in Snohomish who love the arts go to Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater for live music, improv comedy, and community classes. There are several regular events. On Friday nights, there’s a family-friendly open mic. Performers sign up from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., then the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $5 or $3 for performers. This is a great way to meet local musicians, poets, and storytellers, as each performer gets eight minutes (or two songs) each. On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Seattle Classical Guitar Society hosts an open mic at 4 p.m.

Throughout the year, Thumbnail Theater also hosts classes for kids and adults living in Snohomish. The winter session runs from January 12th through March 16th. Kids ages six to 12 learn basic music theory, voice and ear training, performance techniques, and choreography. The class focuses on communicating through performance, but it’s not an acting class. Kids build their confidence and make new friends. There are still a few spots left in the 2 to 3:30 p.m. session. Call 360.558.9412 to register.

The performance calendar at Thumbnail Theater is packed with talented local performers. The Neil Youngs & the Harvest Moon Band, the top Neil Young tribute band in the Pacific Northwest, will be performing on January 27th. Tickets to the show are only $15. The Crackpot Comedy Cavalcade has performances once a month through April. The hilarious, interactive show is designed to appeal to all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, February 4th, the Debutones will perform at 4 p.m. The band plays a fabulous mix of bluegrass, country, and folk music. Founding members Debby Nagusky and Don Share have been singing together since the 1990s.

Find out more about upcoming events at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater and get involved in the Snohomish arts community. 


Jan. 10, 2018

Take Swimming Lessons in February and March Close to Lake Stevens Homes

Take swimming lessons near Lake Stevens homes.This winter, the Lake Stevens School District’s Community Education classes are offering families who live in Lake Stevens homes a wide variety of swimming lesson options at the Lake Stevens High School Pool. Two more sessions for group lessons will be available with registration for each beginning on February 2nd and March 2nd. Sign up for every session will be completed on a first come,first served basis with payment due at the time. Students who have completed one session and wish to sign up for another may do so on the last day of their current session during a pre-registration period available only to current students and their siblings.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the 25 minute long group lessons will begin at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The upcoming session will last from the 5th of February until the 28th with no class on the 19th, which also allows for seven classes for $35. The last session of the winter will last from the 5th of March until the 28th with eight classes for $40.

The Tuesday and Thursday lessons offer students in each session eight classes for $40, and have three different time options for busy families, at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The next session will run from the 6th of February until the 1st of March. The last session will last from the 5th of March through the 29th. Families who choose these days should remember that the lessons could begin a little late on the days when Lake Stevens High School hosts swim meets.

On Saturdays, families have 4 different time slots available to choose from at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. These sessions will give students four classes for $20.

Group lessons for teens and adults will also be made available on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. as well. Each class will last 45 minutes. The next session will run from the 5th of February through the 28th, with no class on the 19th. It costs $52.50. From March 5th until the 28th, the third session will offer eight classes for $60.

Private lessons are also available and paid by the half hour, with one on one instruction for $20, and semi-private for two students at the same level for $30. These lessons must be scheduled at least 3 days in advance, and may be canceled or rescheduled with at least three hours prior notice. People who live in Lake Stevens homes are encouraged to contact the pool to check on its availability for private lessons. This winter they will also be offering a Lifeguard Training Course, as well as a Lifeguard Instructor Course for those who are interested and qualify.

To learn more about all the Pool offers the community like its Deep Water Aerobics, Moonlight Open Swim, or how to rent the facilities call 425-335-1526. Find out more about Community Education options in Lake Stevens.