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Feb. 19, 2020

Monroe Property Owners Try Original Pilot House Coffee for Great Coffee

Find great coffee on Monroe property.There is no shortage of amazing coffee near any Monroe property. If you are a coffee aficionado, be sure to try Original Pilot House Coffee. The retail outlet and cafe is located at Christian Armory Bookstore at 408 W. Main St. in Monroe. Stop in for some coffee, a cinnamon roll, an Off The Farm Bar, or other snack. Cinnamon rolls can even be purchased for holidays or special occasions. Also check out the really cool woodwork. Sometimes projects are available for sale.

Original Pilot House Coffee only purchases beans that are Certified Fair Trade. This takes research and diligence and it is a priority of this company to only serve organically grown and fair trade coffee. A cup of coffee can be purchased at the cafe, also stop in for some coffee to make at your home. Businesses, espresso cafes, and restaurants are also invited to come try the coffee and consider serving it. If you are interested in having a custom blend made for your needs, come in and chat with the owners, Jeff “Pilot” and Heather Rousey. They would be happy to create something unique. Delivery is available.

Purchase coffee in a 4 ounce, 16 ounce, or 80 ounce package. Gift baskets are also available for holidays. These include a variety of items such as coffee, cookies, chocolate espresso beans, a candle, and a dish towel. One of the more interesting products available is Pilot’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee. This creation brings the worlds of whiskey and coffee together with freshly roasted beans being combined and aged in a barrel from a distiller. Enjoy these beans yourself or keep it in mind for a holiday gift.

Stop in and meet Jeff, he has an amazing story and all of the staff are joyful and will do everything they can to make sure you have a great experience. Meet friends, bring a book, or just stop and grab coffee to enjoy at your Monroe property. Learn more about Original Pilot House Coffee and shop online for coffee, too. Follow them on Facebook to get the latest news.  


Feb. 17, 2020

Lake Stevens Home Owners Love Rice Up Thai Cuisine

Eat Thai food near your Lake Stevens home.Get a taste of Thai cuisine close to your Lake Stevens home at Rice Up Thai Cuisine. They’re serving up all your favorite Thai dishes, as well as a few you might not have tasted before. The restaurant has a fun, lively energy, with a big exhibition kitchen as the main attraction. See just how the chefs create the delicate flavors Thai cuisine is famous for. The staff at Rice Up are friendly and courteous and will help you get the best meal possible.

Head in for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and take advantage of special pricing on lunch entrees. Each one is served with pad thai noodles and rice. Choose one of the curries. There’s red, yellow, green, panang, and massamun. If you love noodles, go for the phad basil, ginger, or garlic.

Rice Up reopens for dinner Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m. and serves until 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday it’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. without closing for lunch. Start with one of the tasty appetizers. Tod Mun is white fish marinated in curry, green beans, and lime leaf. It’s served with cucumber salad. The sampler plate is a good choice to split if you go with friends. It includes crab delight, fried spring rolls, prawn (shrimp) roll, fried tofu, and calamari.

Try one of the salads for a main course. Larb is a platter of ground meat, roasted rice, and cabbage, garnished with green onion, cilantro, red onion, and mint and served with the house special lime sauce. The soups are delicious, too. Have a cup or bowl of tom yum, which is a hot and flavorful combination of lemon grass, lime leaf, galangal, onions, mushrooms, green onions, cilantro and tomatoes. For the main course, the choices are many. The signature menu includes specialties like lemongrass chicken, scallop cashew nut, and roast duck curry.

Visit Rice Up Thai Cuisine to see the full menu and order online. Eat in or pick up for a fun night at your Lake Stevens home.


Feb. 12, 2020

Craft Beer Lovers Living in Snohomish Travel the Ale Trail

Have fun living in Snohomish and traveling the Ale Trail.Beer enthusiasts living in Snohomish are invited to take a journey on the Snohomish Ale Trail. This self-guided beer tasting adventure will allow those who love craft beer the chance to sample the finest beer in Snohomish. Here is how it works. Stop into any participating brewery and pick up a map. Participating breweries include Sound to Summit Brewing, Lost Canoe Brewing Company, Spada Farmhouse Brewery, SnoTown Brewery, Haywire Brewing Company, and Scrappy Punk. Collect two stamps from each brewery and receive a free pint glass. There is a limit of one map per person.

Each establishment has something special to offer. Many serve food, others have live music, and all have an unmatched atmosphere. Try the Kolsch at Sound to Summit and a Peanut Butter Porter at Lost Canoe. Be ready for an upscale and sophisticated experience at Spada Farmhouse and watch for live music at SnoTown. The Coconut Blonde Ale is off the hook at Scrappy Punk, and the rye IPA brewed in an old hay barn at Haywire is really tasty.

The tour can be completed in any order you want. Pretty please, do not attempt to complete the entire tour in one day. It is meant to be done over multiple days. Always be sure to drink responsibly and find a safe way back home. If you are new to living in Snohomish, this is a great way to check out some new places and try some new beer. All of the participating breweries are within 5.5 miles of each other. In fact, you could easily walk from Spada Farmhouse Brewery to SnoTown Brewery to Scrappy Punk Brewing as these are all within a mile of each other. Grab some of your friends and have a beer-tastic adventure. Find more details about the Snohomish Ale Trail as well as addresses for all participating establishments online. 


Feb. 10, 2020

Find Great Classes This Month on Lake Stevens Property

Lake Stevens property owners take community classes.The Lake Stevens Community Education program is offering many great classes in February to those living in a Lake Stevens property or in nearby areas. The Winter 2020 class guide is out and packed with stuff to do as you await spring. Some classes and programs are already in full swing, some will be starting in February, and some will be starting in the coming months. Be sure to register soon to get a spot if something catches your eye.

Create beautiful chalkboard art with local artist Jessica Mohy of Happy Heart Design Co. Everyone will get tips and tricks for creating some really cool art and also get to take their chalkboard home. The class will take place on Thursday, February 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in ESC Conference Room A. The class can only accommodate 15 people and there is a class fee of $25 and a supply fee of $10 required to participate.

There are also sessions of many kids activities starting up. Strategic Chess for Grades 1-5 will have sessions starting on 2/18, 2/19, 2/20, and 2/21. LEGOⓇ Ninjas: The World of NinjagoⓇ for grades 1-5 will have sessions starting on the same dates as chess, and Strategic Origami: Airplanes and Aerodynamics for Grades 1-5 will have sessions starting on 2/18, 2/19, and 2/20. These are nice enrichment activities for kids after school before returning home to their Lake Stevens property.

In addition to these, there are also youth dance classes with sessions starting in February. Beginning Ballet and Teen Hip-Hop will have a session from 2/24 to 3/23. Read descriptions for all of these classes as well as others coming up in March and April in the Community Education web page. You’ll also find a downloadable PDF registration form and information about policies and procedures. 


Feb. 5, 2020

Monroe Real Estate Owners Explore the Local Library

Go to the library on Monroe real estate.All who live in Monroe real estate are invited to take a look at all that the Monroe Library has to offer during the month of February. Many great events are available on a weekly or monthly basis and there are also some one-time events. While at the library, grab some books and movies to take back to your Monroe real estate to enjoy with your family.

There are many events that occur on a weekly basis for kids. Little Science Lab takes place on Mondays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Baby Storytime takes place on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Toddler Storytime takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and Preschool Storytime takes place on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Discovery Storytime is an additional event for preschoolers that incorporates STEAM topics. This takes place on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Adults can take advantage of regular Spanish classes and an English Language Acquisition Talk Time.

Here is a look at a few other great events going on in February. A STARS Training Series: Best New Picture Books will take place for adults on Monday, February 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ick-tivity Club invites elementary through teen students to learn about climate change the afternoon of Tuesday, February 11th. An estate planning class will take place on Thursday, February 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Minecraft Build Challenge, Introduction to Microsoft Word, Reading with Rover, and Therapy Horse Story Time will take place the week of February 16th, and a class about how to digitize your memories will take place on Monday, February 24th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more about all of these great events and register if required on the library website


Feb. 3, 2020

Chocolate-Loving Snohomish Home Owners Go on the Chocolate Walk

Eat chocolate near your Snohomish home.Chocolate lovers who call Snohomish home are invited to unite at 2020 Chocolate Dipped Snohomish. This event will take place on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. Participants are invited to explore downtown Snohomish and shop at local stores while taking breaks to sample chocolatey creations. Local participating eateries include Andy’s Fish House, Double Barrel Wine Bar, Grilla Bites, Looking Glass Coffee, Proper Joe Coffeehouse, Snohomish Bakery, and Uptown Wine Bar. Sample tasty creations from chocolatiers and bakeries and also find some interesting spins on classic recipes. Chocolate sponsors of this event include Z’s Lil Sweets and Deviant Chocolate.

Tickets are on sale now and proceeds will go to aid the efforts of the Historic Downtown Snohomish Association. The downtown area is a true gem and utilized by all who call Snohomish home. The Historic Downtown Snohomish Association works hard to continually improve the downtown area and preserve it. Watch for other special events coming up. Leprechaun Quest will be taking place Saturday, March 7th through Tuesday, March 12th, A Charming Day in Snohomish Charm Walk will take place on Saturday, May 9th, and Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walks will take place on Saturday, June 13th, Saturday, July 11th, Saturday, August 8th, and Saturday, September 12th.

When downtown, also consider taking a walk along the Snohomish River while downtown and enjoying the lovely views or having lunch or dinner at a local restaurant. There are many tasty choices and opportunities to keep your money local. Read more about Chocolate Dipped Snohomish and purchase tickets online. While at the Historic Downtown Snohomish website, also check out other upcoming events, find a list of restaurants and shops, as well as details about how to volunteer and help this worthy organization. Be sure to follow the discussion on the event Facebook page.


Jan. 27, 2020

Everyone Living in Lake Stevens Is Ready to Do the C-Trail Run

Runners living in Lake Stevens do the C-Trail Run.Runners living in Lake Stevens and the surrounding area are invited to participate in the 8th Annual 2020 C-Trail Run. This run will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be four different options for running. These include a 1K Kids Fun Run, a traditional 5K, a traditional 10K, and a traditional half marathon. Each run will start at the Hartford Trailhead of the Centennial Trail, which is located at 13205 20th St. NE in Lake Stevens. This course is certified and even has a certified race director.

Even if you are not a runner, everyone living in Lake Stevens is invited to come down to cheer on the racers. There will also be music, vendors, and a photo station. Medals and placement prizes will be handed out as well. Park in the lot at the trailhead if you get there early enough, but if that is full, there is parking on the street or at the nearby school. Registration and packet pick-up will be available on Friday or from 6:45 a.m. to 7:55 a.m on race day. The half marathon starts at 7 a.m., the kids fun run starts at 7:55 a.m., the 10K starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 5 K starts at 8:20 a.m. The course will close at 11 a.m.

February 27th is the last day to get early bird pricing. These rates are $35 for the 5K, $40 for the 10K, $50 for the half marathon, and $15 for the kids run. Prices will go up after this date. This race is presented by the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Russell and Hill Attorneys at Law, Galloway Law Group, LUND Orthodontics, Milestone Kids Dentistry, and An Interior Matter. Find more details about the C-Trail Run as well as a link to register. 


Jan. 22, 2020

Enjoy the Wine Fest on Snohomish Property at Thomas Family Farm

Snohomish property owners go to the wine fest.Thomas Family Farm, a gorgeous Snohomish property, will host the Snohomish Wine Festival on March 7, 2020. The event will take place from noon to 8 p.m. and is open to anyone aged 21 and over. There will be two sessions, one from noon to 3 p.m. and one from 5 to 8 p.m. A photo ID will be checked for each guest. The presenting sponsor is Peoples Bank and many wineries will be featured at this event. Try wine from a variety of wineries including Airfield Winery, Furion Cellars, Gregarious Cellars, Long Cellars, 425Cellars, Randolph Cellars, Shackelford Vintners, Three of Cups Winery, and Van Camp Cellars. There will also be food available and J & L BBQ and Catering will be on site.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are on sale now. Purchase them online for a special price. General admission tickets are on sale for $30. They will go up to $35 on the day of the event. This ticket includes access to either tasting session, seven tasting tickets, a commemorative wine tasting glass, $1 off a glass of wine at the wine bar, and 10% off on a purchase of six bottles or more at the wine shop. If you are coming with a large group, purchase a package of six general admission tickets for $150.

VIP tickets are $50 each. This ticket includes access to the second session from 4 to 8 p.m. Ten tasting tickets are included along with all of the perks of the general admission ticket plus a $5 food voucher. Bring along a designated driver to ensure a safe return to your Snohomish property. Designated driver tickets can be purchased for $10 and include a $5 food voucher. Purchase tickets and find more details for the Snohomish Wine Festival


Jan. 20, 2020

Monroe Home Owners Go to the Northwest Model Hobby Expo

Enjoy the hobby expo near your Monroe home.Enjoy a day away from your Monroe home attending the 2020 Northwest Model Hobby Expo. This event will take place on Saturday, January 25th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 26th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come on out to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds for interactive activities, conversations with other hobby enthusiasts, raffles, swap tables, and much more.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics will be at the event this year. They will have a booth and be ready to chat with those in attendance from 1:30 to 3 p.m. There will be many other vendors at the event ready to show off their wares and chat about hobbies. Bring the kids along! This will be a great way to instill interest in being creative, using their hands, and the thrill of racing.

Participate in or watch drone racing and indoor carpet racing. Also watch battle robots, drifter car racing, RC boats and trains, and crawlers. There will also be a scale model competition. RC University will have 30 to 45 minute sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days of the event. Those in attendance can enter raffles and win prizes such as high quality radio control items and services.

Meet others who enjoy model hobbies and bring back some new models to your Monroe home. Event organizers hope that this annual event will bring people together from all over Washington and Canada as this event has grown every year. Purchase your tickets in advance or get them at the door. Children 10 and under are free, a one day pass is $10, a two day pass is $15, and those with a military ID can get in for $5. Read more about this event, find a schedule of demonstrations and events, and purchase tickets for the Northwest Model Hobby Expo


Jan. 15, 2020

Get Great Sandwiches Near Your Snohomish Home at Christa’s Sandwhichborad

Get a sandwich near your Snohomish home.Enjoy a meal away from your Snohomish home or pick up a sandwich, salad, or soup to go from Christa’s Sandwichboard. The sandwiches are stacked high with yummy meats, cheeses, veggies, and sauces. Everything is made fresh and the staff strives to provide friendly and prompt service. Christa’s Sandwichboard is located at 1206 First Street in Snohomish. It is a nice location right in historic downtown Snohomish. Walk around and check out the shops before or after eating and also consider going for a walk on the Snohomish River Trail, which is located nearby.

Christa’s Sandwichboard uses the finest local ingredients for their soups, salads, and sandwiches. All on site baked goods are made daily and the shop also offers beer and wine as well as Charcuterie from their cheese shop. The inside of the restaurant is spacious and comfortable with tasteful decorating.

The menu offers a variety of selections. These include cold specialties, which are served on a choice of squaw, sourdough, whole wheat, white, rye, or a French roll. Gluten free bread is also available for an up charge. Sandwiches come with a choice of fresh coleslaw or potato, macaroni, or pasta salad. Cold sandwich options include the turcado, the veggie, Christacado, BLTA, and the Italian stallion. Hot sandwiches include a turkey melt, el supremo olé, the reuben ala sandwichboard, pulled pork, French dip, and Philly cheese steak. Available salads include a traditional caesar salad, Chinese chicken salad, fresh green salad, and a protein packed salad.

Charcuterie and cheese plates are also available. Enjoy one at the restaurant with friends and a glass of wine, or take one back to your Snohomish home to share with your family. These plates are also great for parties. Sip and Paint classes are also often held at Christa’s Sandwichboard. Send them a message or give them a call for more details.