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Sept. 18, 2019

Snohomish Property Owners Come Together for the Friendship Festival

Snohomish property owners go to the Friendship Festival.The Down Syndrome Association of Snohomish County (DSASC) is hosting its annual Friendship Festival this Saturday, September 21st. This is a chance for people living with Down Syndrome, their families, and friends to all come together to support each other and raise awareness. The main event of the festival is the walk on Snohomish property at Harvey Airfield. You can form your own team for the walk or join one that already exists. The top fundraising team will win a vacation to Northshore Lodge at Lake Wenatchee. If you can’t come to the walk, you can still donate so DSASC can continue its work of advocacy, education, and events for people with Down Syndrome.

Saturday is going to be a lot of fun. The festival gets going at noon and runs until 4 p.m. Come at noon to register and get involved in the activities. Come hungry and have lunch at one of the food vendors. Enjoy live music and entertainment and play games. At 2 p.m., the top fundraising team will be announced and event sponsors recognized. There will also be speeches from teen self-advocates. The walk itself begins at 2:30. When the walk is over, activities start up again. The last item on the schedule is the raffle and silent auction at 3:30. The whole event is a wonderful way to meet other families, make new friends, and have a fun afternoon.

All Snohomish property owners are invited to visit the DSASC website. You’ll find more details about the Friendship Festival, including a page to register a team or donate. There are also lots of resources, including families sharing about their experience with Down Syndrome. Discover a host of resources for assistance and advocacy, both locally and nationally. There are also links to social groups, classes, and opportunities for recreation. 


Sept. 16, 2019

Monroe Real Estate Owners Go to the Library for Events, Classes, and Books

Monroe real estate owners love their local library for books, storytime, and classes. Contact the Persinger Group to check out homes in Monroe.Stop into the Monroe Library to grab some books, movies, and CDs for your Monroe real estate. Also keep an eye on the calendar for some fun and engaging classes and events for all ages. There are several weekly storytimes to get young minds excited about reading. Baby and Me Storytime takes place on Tuesdays from 10:30to 11:15 a.m. Toddler Storytime takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Preschool Storytime takes place on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

There are also several special events coming up at the end of September. Veterans’ Services Outreach - Snohomish County Veterans Assistance Program will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th to offer assistance to veterans living in Monroe real estate. An Intro to Email class will take place the same day from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn how to keep in touch with friends, family, and potential employers at this informative class. Employment Navigators from the Carnegie Resource Center will be at the library on Tuesday, September 24th from 1 to 4:30 p.m. to help those affected by the opioid crisis find work and keep a steady job.

Parents are invited to come for a class offered at the library by Cocoon House. A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression will take place on Thursday, September 26th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The same class will be offered in Spanish on Wednesday, September 25th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents can learn more about depression and when it becomes a clinical diagnosis rather than an emotion. Get information about behavioral signs to watch for, treatment options, and myths vs. facts of depression. Read more about all of these classes and events and also look at other upcoming offerings Monroe Library


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Sept. 11, 2019

Motorcyclists Living in Snohomish Go to Parks & Ride

Motorcyclists living in Snohomish go to Parks and Ride.Snohomish Motorcycle Club is proud to be hosting the first ever Parks & Ride event. Get ready now, as the event will be this Saturday, September 14th. Registration is still open and costs $20. This is a great way for motorcycle riders living in Snohomish to get to know a few of the county’s 100+ parks. Each rider will get a passport that will be stamped with a unique design at each park. Every stamp is another chance to win at the evening raffle at Tucker Willis Park in Snohomish.

There are a couple of ways to participate. Start at the main meeting point at the Evergreen Fairgrounds at 14400 179th Street in Monroe. Meet at 9:30 a.m. for instructions, then set off at 10. Those who register after September 6th will pick up their passport at the fairgrounds before 10 a.m. Riders living in Snohomish might want to start at Buzz Inn at Harvey’s Airfield. Buzz Inn is serving up breakfast for a limited seating of 50 people. The meal costs just $10. Other restaurants along the way will be offering specials and discounts. Or you can design your own route. Whatever you decide, be sure to end up at Tucker Willis Park in Snohomish between 2 and 3 p.m. Food trucks will roll up at 3 p.m. Fuel up after our ride and enjoy a good time with friends. The drawings will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Riders will receive some great swag after the raffle stamps have been counted.

The last event of the evening will be a concert by Whiskey River, the country’s top Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Rock to the sounds of your favorite hits, like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Saturday Night Special”.

Check out the Parks & Ride event on the Snohomish Motorcycle Club website to get more information and purchase tickets. 


Sept. 9, 2019

Teams from Monroe Properties Compete at Elite Training Academy

Everyone from Monroe properties gets fit at Elite Training Academy.Elite Training Academy (ETA) is a respected training facility that offers services to those living in Monroe properties and in the surrounding area. Check out their offerings for athletic training, fitness, nutrition, and leadership instruction. This is a family oriented facility with programs for youth and adults. It is a great way to meet like minded people and have a support system for gaining health and self esteem.

Professional trainers are ready and standing by to offer a free 20 minute athletic evaluation. They are ready to hear your goals and to come up with a customized training plan that will produce results. Get in shape and work to become the athlete you have always wanted to be. Also check out the Women’s Boot Camp, Speed and Agility training for ages seven and up, ETA Select Baseball, and ETA 7 v 7.

Registration is open now for 7 v 7 football. The tryouts happened recently and those who have been offered a spot are invited to accept and register. If your player missed tryouts, be sure to watch for another round. There is a developmental team, and teams for 5th/6th grade, 7th/8th grade, freshman, and two high school teams. This is a great way for your student to make friends, get in shape, and work on football skills.

Tryouts are also coming up soon for ETA Baseball Club Be sure to sign your player up if they are interested in trying out for a spot. This program will help youth living in Monroe properties develop baseball skills, get in shape, and become positive members of the community. Read more about all of the programs offered through Elite Training Academy. There are opportunities for anyone interested in becoming a better athlete or to simply get in better shape. 


Sept. 4, 2019

Lake Stevens Real Estate Owners Learn New Skills This Fall

Lake Stevens real estate owners take community courses.The Community Education program brings many opportunities to those who live in Lake Stevens real estate to learn, grow, stay active, and meet other residents. There are many classes available throughout the year and there are some great ones available for September 2019. There are options for all ages and interests with affordable fees. Here is a quick snapshot of what is being offered.

Paper Control and Time Management for Busy Families with Monika Kristofferson will take place on Thursday, September 12th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the ESC Conference Room B. Participants will learn how to take control of the constant flow of papers that enter the home. Learn how to start a filing system, go paperless, and much more. The class fee is $20.

Hand-Lettering 101 with Jessica Mohr of Happy Heart Design Co. will take place on Thursday, September 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class fee is $25 and the supply fee is $20, which includes a sketchbook and two brush pens, and is due to the instructor at class. Participants will learn about the strokes used to create gorgeous lettering and what supplies work best. The class will take place in the ESC Conference Room A.

There are also many classes available to those living in Lake Stevens real estate that start in September and continue over many weeks. Sport offerings include Over 40 Baseketball, Over 18 Co-ed Adult Basketball, and Non-Competitive Co-ed Adult Volleyball. Puppy Obedience, Basic Dog Obedience, and Advanced Canine Good Citizen Prep also have sessions starting in September. Youth classes with September start dates include Engineering with LEGO, Strategic Origami: Intro to Origami, and Strategic Chess.

Download a PDF of the complete schedule and see the other classes offered. 


Sept. 2, 2019

The Best Thai Cuisine near Monroe Homes Is at Benjarong

Get great Thai food near Monroe homes.There’s really nothing like a good Thai curry or a plate of pad thai noodles. Or a bowl of tom yum soup. We could all probably go on and on about fabulous Thai dishes. And people who live in Monroe homes get to try all the favorites and discover new ones at Benjarong. The restaurant takes its name from the elegant porcelain technique, which involves delicately painted intricate designs in rich hues. Though the technique was imported from China in the Ming dynasty, it’s transformed and evolved to become distinctively Thai. The intricacy and vibrance of benjarong porcelain is just what the restaurant strives for in its cuisine.

Benjarong is open for both lunch and dinner. Almost all of the lunch combinations are just $10.49. Each one includes a side of phad thai noodles and either jasmine or brown rice. Try golden chicken or tofu, red or yellow curry with chicken or tofu, or spicy beef or tofu. You can also choose one of the noodle dishes, like phad thai, phad see-ew, or golden noodles, among many other options. Each one can be served with tofu, chicken, beef, or pork. You can have prawns or seafood for a small extra charge. Lunch entrees are served with jasmine or brown rice. Choices include holy basil, broccoli flower, or Benjarong orange sauce, and each is served with tofu, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, or prawns. The dinner menu is more extensive and includes entree salads, soups, and appetizers. There’s also a kids menu, because everyone from Monroe homes is welcome. Plan to indulge with a Thai iced coffee or Thai iced tea. Or round out your meal with dessert, like mango ice cream, black sticky rice, or sweet mango and sweetened sticky rice.

Visit Benjarong to see the full menu and a gallery of photos of the relaxing and beautiful interior of the restaurant. You can also find information for placing an online order for pickup or delivery. 


Posted in monroe, Snoho Life
Aug. 28, 2019

Get Huge, Delicious Hot Dogs Close to Your Monroe Home at Big Dog’s Food Truck

Get giant hot dogs near your Monroe home.What’s better than an award-winning food truck serving up hotdogs? An award-winning food truck serving up foot-long hotdogs near your Monroe home! If this sounds like something you need in your life, get to know Big Dog’s Food Truck. Jerry, the friendly veteran who runs Big Dog’s, is pretty much exactly what you hope for in your favorite uncle. He’s on the lookout for the very freshest local produce to make his fabulous hotdog concoctions.

Each massive dog is made with 100% beef and served up on a quarter pound stadium bun that’s been steamed to perfection. Jerry has come up with several combinations you’re sure to love. Go for a Wilson--the hotdog is slathered with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, then topped with chopped onions and crumbled bacon. If you love spice, choose the Safety, a combination of cream cheese, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, and jalapenos. Then there’s the Petey, piled high with sauerkraut, chopped onions, and dijon mustard. Have an idea of the perfect combination of your own? The Audible is what you’re looking for. Choose any three toppings from a list that includes everything mentioned so far, as well as french fried onions, crushed potato chips, sweet relish, candied jalapeno relish, garlic and chili aioli, and sriracha. Whew! Finish off your hotdog with a soda, bag of chips, and Skittles.

Jerry and Big Dog’s know how to bring the party, and if you’re planning one at your Monroe home, be sure to give him a call. In addition to the regular menu, the catering menu includes potato salad, baked beans, and cookies or other baked goods.

Right now, Big Dog’s is serving up their gigantic hot dogs at the Evergreen State Fair. Be sure to find the big green and blue truck when ever you go!


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Aug. 26, 2019

Everyone Living in Lake Stevens Can Get in Shape at The Loop Fitness

Anyone living in Lake Stevens can get fit at The Loop Fitness.Joining a gym can feel a bit intimidating if you haven’t been in a while. However, people living in Lake Stevens who want to improve their fitness have a super cool and supportive place where they can meet their fitness and nutritional goals. That’s at The Loop Fitness. The gym was opened in 2013 by Coach Mitch Roehl. Since then, it’s become the go-to place for people who want to make friends and join a community of people to help them achieve health and wellness. At The Loop, you can take group CrossFit classes, come to SWEAT to work your core and burn calories, and do power yoga to build strength and flexibility. There’s even a once a month CrossFit Kids session!

At The Loop Fitness, it’s not just about working yourself to a puddle of sweat. The coaches are dedicated to creating a personalized fitness program, taking into account your current level of fitness and goals. And to make sure that The Loop is the place for you, they have several introductory specials. If you’re totally new to fitness, and especially CrossFit, schedule a free consultation to meet the coaches and discuss your goals and create a tailored plan for you. Most people start off with a few personal training sessions to get the basics down and get up to speed to be ready for a full CrossFit group class. Another way to try out The Loop Fitness is to sign up for the 10 days for $10 deal. You’ll be able to take the SWEAT class with this pass and see if it’s right for you.

Not only is The Loop Fitness all about helping you get fit and strong, they have a nutrition counseling program for busy people living in Lake Stevens. Again, there’s a free introductory consultation offered, so you can see if it’s a good fit for you. If you decide to sign up, you’ll make a three-month commitment and receive help with meal planning, regular check in calls, follow up visits, and access to a group chat and messaging board with other nutrition clients.

Visit The Loop Fitness to learn more about membership levels, see the schedule of classes, and introductory offers. 


Aug. 21, 2019

Monster Trucks Are Coming for Monroe Real Estate Owners!

Come see the monster trucks on Monroe real estate.Monroe real estate owners are eagerly looking forward to the opening of the Evergreen State Fair tomorrow, Thursday, August 22nd. There will be tons of fun livestock events, live music, a carnival, and much more. One of the “much more” events are the monster trucks, which will be happening Friday, August 23rd through Sunday August 25th. Each day will include displays of different types of monster trucks and competitions. Best of all, admission to the monster trucks includes fair admission in the ticket price!

The fun begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, the 23rd, when the gates open for Monster Trucks, presented by 98.9 The Bull. FanFest starts at 5:40 p.m. If you’ve ever dreamed of riding in a monster truck, you’ll get your wish, since some of the drivers will be offering rides in their rigs. There will also be Jr. Hornets, mini bump to pass, and buses. The event ends with fireworks.

On Saturday, the 24th, Monster Trucks and Racing, presented by CW11 kicks off with FanFest at 4:50 p.m. Come see vintage modifieds and get a ride in a monster truck. There will be Pro 4 Trucks, Hornets, and Dwarfs. Don’t miss the JT Survivor Race!

The monster truck weekend finishes up on Sunday, the 25th. Doors open at noon, and FanFest begins at 1:50 p.m. There will be a last chance to ride in a monster truck! See the exciting races, with V8 Extremes, Dwarfs, Jr Hornets, Chain & Go Demo and Buses.

Tickets for each event are $30 for Monroe real estate owners between the ages of 13 and 61; $20 for seniors and youth; and $5 for children ages two to five. Younger kids can sit on a parent or guardian’s lap and get in free. Tickets include admission to the fair, so check out the Evergreen State Fair to see which day sounds like the most fun. 

Find more details about the monster truck events and the full schedule of events at Evergreen Speedway


Aug. 19, 2019

Meet Local Artists and Bring a Piece Back to Your Snohomish Home

Meet artists working near your Snohomish home.Check out some great art, meet local artists, and even snag some amazing pieces for your Snohomish home at the Art Walk Snohomish. Art is on display the entire month of August in businesses located in downtown Snohomish and there is a very special event happening on Saturday, August 24th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check in at Arts of Snohomish, located at 1024 1st Street #104. From there, visit 16 businesses and experience 50 local artists. There will also be art in Kla Ha Ya Park. Watch nine painters working live during this event. Enjoy chatting with the artists and find out more about their art and talents.

A few of the featured artists include Artistry for the Brave, Sonya Lang, Billy Barkley, Claire Ridlon, Tammy Lynn Pool, Bill Dewey, Bob Giadrosich, the Original Killer Pain Inc., Angel Arms Works Studio,and Susan Dawson. Participating businesses include Artisans Mercantile, Traumhaus Gallery, Maple + Moss Boutique, Looking Glass Coffee, Sprig Flower Company, Arts of Snohomish Gallery, Once Upon a Time Antiques and Oddities, Proper Joe Coffeehouse, Bruning Pottery, Snohomish Bakery at First and Union, The Chic Boatique, and Double Barrel Wine Bar and Lounge.

Make an evening of it and grab dinner while downtown and enjoy a walk along the beautiful Snohomish River. Stop in to Spada Farmhouse Brewery, Roger’s Riverview Bistro, Todo Mexico, Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, or Cathouse Pizza for dinner. Enjoy dessert at Snohomish Pie Company, or pick up a slice to eat later at your Snohomish home. There is always something going on in downtown Snohomish. Keep an eye on the calendar to see what is coming up next. Read more about this event on the Facebook page. Also find links to learn more about the participating artists and businesses.