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Jan. 7, 2019

Snohomish Real Estate Owners Learn About Local Birds at the Library

Learn about bald eagles on Snohomish real estate.A wide variety of birds fly over Snohomish real estate, with some of the most majestic being bald eagles. Most people across the country do not have the opportunity to see these beautiful birds as often as residents of the Pacific Northwest. Come to learn more about these amazing creatures at Year of the Eagle: A Year in the Lives of Pacific NW Bald Eagles. This event will take place on Saturday, January 19th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Snohomish Library.

Join nature photographer and author Kevin Ebi to hear some amazing stories of a group of resident bald eagles. This is a rare group that stays in the same area of the Pacific Northwest year round. This gives people like Kevin a very unique opportunity to study how these birds develop, learn to fly and hunt, and start their own families. Kevin spent three years at one nesting site doing his best to document the story of these bald eagles in their home environment. He used his extensive photography experience to document everything he could and residents of Snohomish real estate have the awesome chance to hear about his time at the site through his pictures and stories. Kevin’s images have been featured by such publishers as National Geographic, BBC Earth, Smithsonian, and Outdoor Photographer. One of his pictures even appeared on a U.S. postage stamp.

If this event spurs your interest in local birds, head out for the next event of Snohomish Winter Birding, a guided winter birding expedition, on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event starts at the Snohomish Wildlife Refuge and will continue at a few other sites, to which participants can follow in their own vehicle. The Snohomish Valley is home to more than 80 “wintering” bird species. Expect to see swans, geese, ducks, song birds, and even raptors. Be sure to dress warm and be prepared for muddy conditions. Read more about both of these events and keep an eye out for others at Snohomish Winter Birding.


Jan. 2, 2019

Lake Stevens Home Owners Take Charge of Their Budgets with Community Classes

Take community classes near your Lake Stevens homeAll who call Lake Stevens home are invited to consider signing up for Community Education Classes through the Lake Stevens School District. The winter schedule is out now, and it features many returning favorite classes as well as several new ones. The new classes include Decorating Basics and Accessorizing Your Home with Patty Goodman, Becoming a Budget Expert with Alicia Sheppard and Wells Fargo Bank, and The Five Components of Life Balance with Monika Kristofferson.

Learn about some practical ways to find a healthy work/life balance in The Five Components of Life Balance. This is an area many of us struggle with and all who come to the class will leave with a solid plan to move forward feeling more balanced. The class will take place on Thursday, January 24th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in ESC Conference Room B and the cost is $20.

Delve into your own decorating style by signing up for Decorating Basics, which will take place on Thursday, January 31st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in ESC Conference Room A. The class fee is $20 and participants are invited to bring pictures of rooms in their Lake Stevens home they would like a little help in decorating to discuss with the instructor and other participants.

Keep with the decorating theme and come to Accessorizing Your Home on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in ESC Conference Room A. Learn how to give your home personality by using accessories. The class fee is $20 and all will walk away with some great ideas.

The last new class offering, Becoming a Budget Expert, is free of charge and will provide tools and resources to become a pro at saving and budgeting. Walk away with the ability to build a personalized plan for your finances. Choose from a session on Tuesday, January 29th or Thursday, March 21st from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in ESC Conference Room B. Call 425.335.1500 to be added to the roster.

Read more about all of these classes as well as other offerings and register for Lake Stevens Community Education.


Dec. 26, 2018

Crafters Living in Snohomish Go to Country Yarns for Supplies and Classes

Crafters living in Snohomish go to Country Yarns.Christmas is over, and many crafters living in Snohomish got cash gifts for new supplies. Other knitters and crocheters are finally done with creating gifts for others and have plans for new projects for themselves. And then there are the people who want to try a new craft. Every crafter is welcome at Country Yarns. The shop is on holiday break until Thursday, the 27th, when it will be open for regular hours again. On Thursdays, the shop is open from 1 to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday it’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Country Yarns has a regular schedule of classes and gatherings. Come in on Thursdays at 6 p.m. for the Yarn Divas! Group. Bring your latest project and meet up with friends while everyone works on their knitting or crocheting. You can also purchase supplies in the shop. On Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., the Knotty Knitters Group meets. It’s open to both knitters and crocheters. The cost to participate is $5 and includes help with your project from shop employees. To reserve your spot for any class, call 360.568.7611 or email

Country Yarns has everything that fiber artists living in Snohomish might need. The owner, Teresa Wilson, developed her own line of richly colored yarns, made from blends of wool, silk, and Tencel. The line is called Artistry, and it’s exclusively available at Country Yarns. The shop also carries a variety of other beautiful yarns, including Brown Sheep, Fiesta, and Wonderland Yarns. There’s also a great variety of quality tools, including yarn bowls and bags to organize hooks and needles. Find a delightful selection of books, with techniques and patterns. There are also many lovely hand-crafted buttons, including those of DragonHouse Designs.

Plan your visit to Country Yarns today!


Dec. 24, 2018

Lake Stevens Property Owners Love Francisco’s Kitchen and Cantina

Lake Stevens property owners love Francisco's.Enjoy dinner away from your Lake Stevens property at Francisco’s Kitchen and Cantina. Bring the whole family, meet a friend, or relish in a date night in this upscale casual restaurant that opened up in the late summer of 2018. Located in downtown Lake Stevens at 1915 Hartford Drive, Francisco’s offers Mexican-style northwest food. Start out with guacamole, potato tacos, bacon wrapped scallops, wings, shrimp cocktail, fresh shrimp ceviche, a soup, or salad. Next, order tacos, chicken, seafood, or steak. Three tacos on local corn tortillas are served with rice and beans. Choose from skirt steak, rib-eye, carnitas, al pastor, fish, or rajas. Chicken and seafood selections include chicken limon, chicken en rajas, grilled shrimp skewers, and lemon butter salmon. Steaks are served with a choice of potato and seasonal vegetables. Select from a choice of carne asada, New York, rib-eye, or filet mignon. Add a steak topper such as sauteed mushrooms, chimichurri sauce, peppercorn sauce, mushroom sauce, or the signature seafood topper.

Operating hours for the restaurant are Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call (425) 512-8587 with any questions or to phone in an order to grab on the way home to your Lake Stevens property. Francisco’s Kitchen and Cantina is very well reviewed. Guests have been raving about the stylish interior and calming atmosphere. The service is speedy and friendly and the food is fresh and tasty. People have been enjoying the upscale and unique take on Mexican cuisine in this prime downtown location. Stop in for happy hour for a drink and a great deal on food or for a nice dinner. Follow the restaurant on Facebook or take a look at the full menu and more details about Francisco’s Kitchen and Cantina.  


Dec. 19, 2018

Get a Taste of Texas on Monroe Real Estate at the Amarillo Restaurant and Tavern

Eat Texas barbecue on Monroe property.Take a break from cooking at your Monroe real estate and grab lunch or dinner at the Amarillo Restaurant and Tavern. Feel like you are deep in Texas without leaving Monroe. This new restaurant, open since September of this year, serves only the finest cuts of meat. All beef is Certified Angus Beef, the chicken is hormone free, and the pork baby back ribs are from Farmland. This restaurant follows the traditional Texas methods. The meats are seasoned with dry rubs and smoked over hickory hardwood. No electricity is used in the cooking process of the barbecue meats.

Be sure to come hungry. The menu is extensive and full of tasty offerings. Start out with fried bread-n- butter pickles, wings, sliders, a salad, soup, or cowboy caviar. Next, dig into the barbecue. Munch on beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork, corned beef, sausage, baby back ribs, or a combo. In addition to the barbecue, there are also burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and meat alternatives. Side dishes include coleslaw, campfire beans, potato salad, fries, veggies, and baked potatoes.

Located in downtown Monroe on East Main Street, the Amarillo has found its place in the 115 year old Paradise Tavern. Owners waited to find the right location for their restaurant and took the time to renovate the structure and remodel the interior. It was definitely worth the effort. Future plans are to renovate the back patio to offer outdoor seating. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Dine in or consider calling in a to-go order to grab on your way home to your Monroe real estate. Visit the Amarillo’s website to read more about the restaurant, make a reservation if dining with a large party, find an events calendar, and look at the full menu.


Dec. 17, 2018

Snohomish Home Owners Solve a Holiday Murder Mystery

Help solve a mystery near your Snohomish home.All who call Snohomish home are invited to celebrate the holidays in a unique way. Come out with friends or loved ones for a night of food, fun, and the opportunity to solve a crime with the Murder Mystery Company. The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year will be presented in Snohomish on Saturday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 29th at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $60 each and the event takes place at French Creek Manor, located at 9931 167th Ave. SE in Snohomish. Dinner is included and guests will start out with a crisp garden salad and then enjoy a a choice of chicken marsala, beef tips with beef burgundy, or pasta primavera. Alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase during the show. A third course will be presented as well. The venue is wheelchair accessible and anyone with food allergies can call ahead to make arrangements.

Wear your most festive holiday attire to the show that will last between two and two and a half hours. Arrive about 30 minutes before the show begins to get your picture taken, chat with the mystery experts, get drinks, and get settled into your table. Enjoy your food while the comedic actors work through the holiday themed plot that includes a murder. The audience gets to participate by gathering clues and trying their best to solve the crime.

The themes of the shows change regularly and are all great fun. Enjoy an evening full of of food, fun, and murder away from your Snohomish home every time there is a new theme. Take a trip back to the 80’s, to a prom night, to a wedding, to a magic show, to the time of gangsters, or to a masquerade. Read more about upcoming themes, find a menu, and a list of frequently asked questions about the Murder Mystery Company


Dec. 12, 2018

Delicious Thai Flavors await Monroe Home Owners at Thai on Main Street

Enjoy Thai food near your Monroe home.Experience the rich flavors of Thai cuisine near your Monroe home at Thai on Main Street. From spicy curries to warming soups, you can’t go wrong with any of the menu offerings. Locals recommend the crab rangoon. These are wontons stuffed with cream cheese and imitation crab, then deep fried to crispy perfection. The smooth cream cheese and tangy crab create a delicious combination of tastes and textures. Other yummy choices include barbecue pork tenderloin, served with a sweet BBQ sauce. On the lighter side, try the summer rolls. Veggies, shrimp, and noodles are wrapped up in rice paper and served with a peanut sauce. On a cold day, any one of the soups will help you to take the chill off. Tom kah soup is a traditional Thai choice, made with lemongrass, mushrooms, galangal root (which has a citrus taste), and your choice of meat, all cooked in coconut milk.

For main courses, both vegetarians and meat eaters can find delicious choices. Protein choices include tofu, chicken, pork, shrimp, beef, calamari, or a seafood combination. The street noodles are another local favorite. These wide noodles are served with the house brown sauce, egg, green onion, and a sprinkling of cilantro on top. Phad thai noodles are another highly recommended option. Thin rice noodles are served with egg, ground peanuts, and a signature tamarind phad-thai sauce. In addition to the noodle dishes, you can choose from a variety of curries and vegetable dishes. Kids are more than welcome at Thai on Main Street. They even have their own menu choices, including fried rice and noodles.

If you want Thai food in the comfort of your own house, order delivery. This option is available after 4:30 p.m. to those with a Monroe home within five miles of the restaurant’s location at 115 West Main Street.

Visit Thai on Main Street to see the full menu and plan your meal out! 


Dec. 10, 2018

Kids from Every Lake Stevens Home Can Enjoy Library Events this Month

Take the kids from your Lake Stevens home for library fun.Provide enrichment for your children outside of you Lake Stevens home over winter break by attending an event at the Lake Stevens Library. There will be several opportunities to get out and have fun with other children while taking a break from school. Come a little early or stay a little late to grab some books and movies to take back to your Lake Stevens home. Keep your kids reading and engaged while home for the holidays.

Little Science Lab will take place on Thursday, December 27th from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This event occurs through a partnership with the Imagine Children’s Museum and is for preschoolers and their caregivers. This program takes place every week and requires advance registration. Watch your child’s eyes light up as they learn new things about the big world around them through science, engineering, technology, and math.

Minecraft Build Challenge will also take place on Thursday, December 27th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program is for children in grades 5 through 12. Children can meet their friends from school or make new ones while building a Minecraft structure. Keep their minds active and engaged while having a break from school. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Fiddler in the Forest by Idea Hatch will take place on Saturday, December 29th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This very special performance will include live music and feature forest animals that join a dreaming fiddler in a beautiful and magical forest. This event is meant for school children in grades K-2. Please register in advance so the library can know how many people to expect.

Check the calendar to find more details about all of these events, see what is coming up in the future, and register. There is always something going on at the Lake Stevens Library.


Dec. 5, 2018

Snohomish Property Owners Celebrate the Season at the Winter Aglow! Concert

Snohomish property owners hear a holiday concert.The holidays and the winter season bring something special to each and every Snohomish property. The crispness in the air, the possibility of snow, and the beautiful natural glow of the season is truly mesmerizing. Come celebrate nature’s light at Winter Aglow! This concert is presented by the Cantabile Chamber Choir with Dustin Willettes as Artistic Director. The talented singers have been traveling throughout the area bringing the music of Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Esenvalds, Whitacre, and many more to several venues throughout the region. They reach Christ the King Lutheran Church in Snohomish on Sunday, December 9th at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets and cost $14 for general admission, $8 for students, or $43 for families. At the door, prices will increase to $16 for general admission, $10 for students, or $45 for families.

The subject matter of the pieces will include many wonders of the season and send everyone back to their Snohomish property feeling ready for winter. Envision the beautiful and shimmering Northern Lights. Think on the mystery of moonlight and the special qualities of starlight. Experience winter solstice festivals, Chanukah, and Christmas all through music and songs. All audience members are invited to fill out a survey for a chance to win a night at the La Conner Channel Lodge. The drawing will take place on December 9th.

Watch for other performances throughout the year put on by the Cantabile Chamber Choir. This 28 member auditioned ensemble is based in La Conner and is dedicated to making beautiful music. The choir travels throughout the region performing and also is very invested in mentoring young singers. Read more about this choir, learn how to be a donor, find information about upcoming concerts and tickets, and find out how to audition for the Cantabile Chamber Choir


Dec. 3, 2018

Everyone Living in Monroe Can Enjoy Holiday Performances with the Arts Council

Everyone living in Monroe loves holiday performances.There are many opportunities to enjoy the arts while living in Monroe. This is especially true during the holiday season. Come out to enjoy concerts, plays, live comedy, discussions and much more.

Sky Performing Arts is proud to present A Christmas Story. Laugh along with Ralphie as he tries to convince everyone that a Red Rider BB gun is the perfect gift. Tickets are available now for the remaining showtimes on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8th at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., or Sunday, December 9th at 2 p.m.

The Lights of Christmas Festival provides another opportunity to celebrate the season on Saturday December 8th. The Monroe Concert Band will perform at 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood.

Holiday music will be once again performed by the Monroe Concert Band on Friday, December 14th at 7 p.m. at the Wagner Performing Arts Center. Admission is free to the MCB Concert: A Joyful Christmas, however donations are gladly accepted, which will in part go to Housing Hope. Everyone who comes will receive a free ticket for a chance to win prizes that include gift certificates for dining, movie passes, and many other great items.

Cascade Community Theater has been working hard on their production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. Be taken to a magical place of chocolate and sweets. This is the perfect show to enjoy time with friends. Tickets are on sale now for shows on Saturday, December 15th at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m., Sunday, December 16th at 2 p.m., Friday, December 21st at 7 p.m., or Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. All performances will take place at the Wagner Performing Arts Center.

All who live in Monroe are also invited to Socrates Cafe monthly discussion group at the Monroe Public Library. Discuss all that you have experienced in regards to the arts over the past month. This group meets the third Saturday of each month. This month, it will take place on Saturday, December 15th at 1 p.m. Keep an eye on all available opportunities to enjoy the arts and find links to purchase tickets at the Monroe Arts Council