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Dec. 4, 2019

Go to the Holiday Fair on Monroe Real Estate and Find Artisan Goods

Monroe real estate owners go to the Artisans Holiday Fair.Find some festive holiday decorations for your Monroe real estate and also get a jump on holiday shopping for friends and family at the 2019 Artisans Holiday Fair. This event will feature 150 local artists, crafters, and artisans, along with live entertainment, food and drink, and photos with Santa. Come on out to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day to search for treasures.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of opportunities to save money. Consider purchasing a savings passport for only $5 to save 10% at over 50 vendors. Sponsorships are also available for any local businesses that would like to get the word out about their company. Sponsors will be featured on signage and flyers as well as on social media and in SnoCo Life’s monthly magazine.

Entertainment at the event will be provided by Michelle Bernath. Food vendors will include Mama Shoshana’s Food Truck, Grain Artisan Bakery, Cakes by Casey, and Flying Mug Coffee. Participating vendors include Woodstock Home Creations, Mountain Ridge Pottery, Friduchis Mexican Clothing, Simply Creative Treasures, Adoeete Northwest Wood Artistry, Happy Camper Dips, Rain City Apothecary, Jewelry by Robin, Kambalamba Slimes, Sage on the Mountain, Shanna’s Salted Caramel and Fudge, and many more. Pictures with Santa will be taken by De Lappe Photography.

All who live in Monroe real estate are invited to read more about this event, find a full list of participating vendors, and find a link to purchase a savings passport for the Artisans Holiday Fair. Bring along the whole family to this event. Get your kids interested in handmade crafts and shopping locally. Create lasting memories, make new traditions, and help keep money in the pockets of those who live in the community and in the surrounding areas.


Dec. 2, 2019

Save Christmas from Snohomish Homes and Chase the Grinch Out of Town

Chase the Grinch out of Snohomish homes.The Grinch is once again threatening to spoil the holiday spirit of those living in Snohomish homes. Help to chase him out of town by participating in the Chase the Grinch Outta Snohomish 5K and 10K Fun Run. Wear your fun and festive attire to take part in this annual event on Sunday, December 8th, 2019. The races all start and finish at Cheermeister Village, located at 405 Third Street in Snohomish. Run along the beautiful and mostly flat Centennial Trail. Stop along the trail to visit the Grinch and some of his friends on Mount Crumpit. Photo opportunities will be in abundance and racers will be greeted with hot chocolate and snacks upon finishing the race.

Strollers are allowed on the course and there is also an opportunity for kids to get involved. Children ages 13 and under can run in the ½ mile Kids Dash. They will follow the Christmas Gnome out and back. Parents can go along with their kids and all will be greeted with cider, hot chocolate, and cookies upon finishing.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the revitalization of Historic Downtown Snohomish. Participants and spectators are also asked to bring along a new unopened toy to benefit the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club if able to do so. Check-in on race day starts at 7:30 a.m., the Kids Dash starts at 8:15 a.m., and the 5K and 10K start at 9 a.m. Online registration ends on Wednesday, December 4th at 9 p.m. Registration fees are $40 for the 5K, $55 for the 10K, and $10 for the Kids Dash if paid by December 4th. Fees go up to $45 for the 5K, and $60 for the $10K if registering on the day of the event. Everyone living in Snohomish homes is invited to come take part in the festivities whether racing or not. Visit Historic Downtown Snohomish to read more about this event and to register. 


Nov. 27, 2019

Snohomish Home Owners Shop at the Holly Jolly Holiday Market

Snohomish home owners go to the holiday market at Thomas Family Farm.Get a jump on holiday shopping or find some great pieces for your Snohomish home at the Holly Jolly Holiday Market. This event is put on by Pacific Northwest Queen Bee Events and will take place November 29th and November 30th, 2019 at Thomas Family Farm. Come out anytime each day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ditch the national chain stores and keep your money local on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. The money will mean so much more to local vendors and artisans and it will stay right in the community.

There will be more than 125 vendors, local businesses, and food trucks at this event. Many vendors will be having some amazing sales to stretch your money even further. Also watch for special giveaways and promotions on the Facebook page before the event and at the event itself. Find soaps, handmade jewelry, and coin purses. Check out hand painted glasses, clothing, bracelets, whole bean coffee, baby bibs, ceramics, home decor, holiday decorations, and much more. Keep warm with coffee from one of the espresso trucks and grab lunch or a prepared food item to give as a gift. Bring the kids along on Saturday to visit with Santa. 

Thomas Family Farm is located at 9010 Marsh Road in Snohomish. There is plenty of free parking available in a gravel lot. There could be mud and puddles, so wear appropriate footwear. Thomas Family farm hosts many events throughout the year. There are festivals brew fests, barn dances, and much more. It is a great place to come take part in the fall festival and grab a pumpkin or to choose for a wedding or large gathering. All who call Snohomish home are invited to read more about the farm and view upcoming events at the farm. 


Nov. 25, 2019

Folks Living in Lake Stevens Get Great Chinese at Chopsticks House

Everyone living in Lake Stevens eats at Chopsticks House.Chopsticks House Chinese Cuisine offers tasty food to those living in Lake Stevens. This restaurant is located at 414 91st Ave. NE in Lake Stevens. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Dine in or take out is available. Those living in Lake Stevens can also consider ordering online through DoorDash.

The menu has all of the traditional Chinese favorites with lunch specials, appetizers, soup, chef’s specialties, poultry, beef, pork, seafood, egg foo young, moo shu, vegetable dishes, chow mein, fried rice, and kids meals. Family dinners and combination dinners are also available. These are a great way to get a variety of food for everyone to share.

Consider meeting at Chopsticks House Chinese Cuisine for a birthday or anniversary party. The staff is very accommodating and will have everything all set up. It is also not a problem to request separate checks. If you are a fan of spice, try the hot mustard. The house special fried rice has lots of good stuff in it and the salt and pepper squid is crunchy and spicy. Other favorite dishes include Mongolian beef and kung pao chicken.

Lunch specials are served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a great place to come with coworkers during the lunch hour. The prices are very reasonable and dishes come with a choice of soup and a choice of rice. This is also a great place to stop at on the way home from work for a bite to eat or to meet friends at the bar. Find more details and a full menu for Chopsticks House


Nov. 20, 2019

Wood-Fired Pizza on Lake Stevens Real Estate Is at Bruno’s

Lake Stevens real estate owners eat at Bruno's.There’s nothing like fresh, hot pizza to warm up on a cold day. Lake Stevens real estate owners are lucky to be able to go to Bruno’s Pizzeria to get authentic wood-fired pizza, as well as other Italian favorites. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can order from the regular menu or opt for one of the specials. Pick your three favorite toppings for a six-inch pizza, with either a cup of soup or a house or Caesar salad on the side. For something a little lighter, go for the soup, salad, and garlic bread combo. Come for happy hour any day of the week for special pricing on drinks and appetizers, then stay for dinner. For a delicious, budget-friendly date night, come to Bruno’s on Monday or Tuesday and choose two of the dinner entree specials for just $25. These include spicy Italian sausage penne, manicotti, and several others. You can also choose between the bruschetta appetizer or a dessert of creme brulee.

The star of the show at Bruno’s is the apple wood-fired pizza. The 12-inch pizzas come with a variety of toppings and sauces. If you love tomato sauce, try the Bruno’s combo, with pepperoni, sausage, ham, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. The Viking pizza starts with garlic sauce, then piles on chicken, bacon, Gorgonzola, tomatoes, green onions, and mozzarella cheese. For people who love basil, the pesto pizzas won’t disappoint. The Greek pesto has salami, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, feta and mozzarella cheeses. Feeling adventurous? Try a barbecue pizza! The Hawaiian veggie comes with pineapple, red onion, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, garlic, spinach, and mozzarella cheese.

Visit Bruno’s Pizzeria online to see the full menu, with its tasty appetizers, filling skillets, and more. They’re located a short drive from any Lake Stevens real estate location at 430 91st Avenue NE. Feel like Italian but want to stay in? Order Bruno’s and have DoorDash or GrubHub deliver! 


Nov. 18, 2019

Jazz and Blues Loving Monroe Real Estate Owners Support the F Street Project

Go to a jazz concert on Monroe real estate.Some amazing music that supports a worthy cause is coming to the area near Monroe real estate. The F Street Project: A Jazz/Blues/Rock Benefit Concert will take place on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. The performance will occur at Wagner Performing Arts Center, which is located at 639 West Main Street in Monroe. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available online or at the door.

The F Street Project is a lively group based out of Snohomish, WA. This group has been around since the 90’s and was founded by keyboardist Richard Lowell. Other featured musicians include Terry Kingen, Corey Fish, Terry Klingen, Bruce Gallagher, and Dawn Madsen. The group plays a wide variety of music, including pop, R&B, rock, jazz, country, blues, latin, and dance, basically anything you can think of. The evening will be upbeat and fun and everyone who attends is sure to return to their Monroe real estate tapping their toes.

Proceeds from the evening will go to support renovations at the historic Wagner Performing Arts Center. The Monroe Arts Council has been working hard to restore this auditorium, which was built in 1939. Mr. Frank Wagner donated $30,000 to help with the construction of the building in honor of his late father, George Wagner. The auditorium was originally part of a school and very fine for its day. Over the years,the building served as a center for school and community events, it was cherished by all who lived in Monroe real estate. Unfortunately, over time the building fell into disarray. In 2012, the Monroe Arts Council, in conjunction with the Monroe School District, has undertaken the renovation efforts for this cherished piece of Monroe history. Purchase tickets for this fundraiser and find more details about the F Street Project online


Nov. 13, 2019

Vintage Lovers who Live in Monroe Go to Pickin’ at the Barn Cozy Christmas

Live in Monroe and go to Pickin at the Barn Cozy Christmas.If you live in Monroe and love all things vintage, thrifted, and upcycled, you’ve probably heard of Pickin’ at the Barn. The Barn has sales several times a year, featuring local vendors selling a huge variety of goods. If you want to find some unique and charming holiday decorations for your home, mark your calendar for Pickin’ at the Barn Cozy Christmas. It will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Entry is free.

Inside the two-story barn will be a wonderland of over 20 local vendors. Find fun home decor items at Tessa’s Treasure Trove. If you have a guy in your life who loves flannels, check out the offerings at Bugalou Creations. You will also discover amazing vintage items that have been upcycled into works of art. The Vintage Nest has an eclectic collection of vintage goods, both furniture and decorations. If you love decorating with fresh greenery, be sure to visit Wreaths by Tracy. She cuts the greenery in her wreaths just before the event begins and offers lots of ways to customize the look.

Families and friends who live in Monroe can sign up for professional photography. Teresa Allen-Martin Photography is offering mini sessions on Saturday, November 23rd. Large groups, pets, and individuals are all welcome. There are still a few slots open. The sessions are quick and only cost $75. You’ll get five professionally edited digital images to use for holiday cards or whatever you’d like.

If you want to rest in the midst of shopping, head to the lounge area. You can also stop by the cocoa and cider bar for a warming beverage. Cozy up to one of the warming fires. Enter one of the many giveaways. The whole event will be full of fun and a cheery Christmas spirit.

Follow Pickin’ at the Barn Cozy Christmas to find out more, keep up with updates, and find a link to sign up for a mini photo shoot. 


Nov. 11, 2019

Learn New Skills and Make Friends Near Your Lake Stevens Home

See the Persinger Group to find a Lake Stevens home. Take fun community classes to learn new skills and make friends.Winter is a great time for those living in a Lake Stevens home to take part in community education classes. Children and adults can get out of the house and make new friends while learning new skills, attending events, and participating in sports and other activities. There are many options to choose from in November and December. Here are just a few.

Creative Movement for Ages 3-5 with Beyond Boundaries Dance will have a session on Thursdays December 5th to December 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Young children will be able to use their imaginations and work on coordination, balance, and listening skills. The class fee is $60 and it will take place in the ELC Cafeteria.

Strategic Origami: Paper Airplanes and Aerodynamics for Grades 1-5 will have several sessions available December through February. Choose from Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Participants will learn about the physics of flight concepts and create paper airplanes, boomerangs, gliders, and other projects. The class will take place at the HLC Cafeteria and the fee is $117.

LEGO® Architecture: Master Builders for Grades 1-5 will also have several sessions available on each weekday starting at the end of November and in December. Participants will learn about architectural concepts and build a city complete with skyscrapers, piers, arches, and more. The class will take place in the STC Cafeteria and the class fee is $112.

The Lake Stevens School District will also host The Dickens Fair on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CMHS. Come celebrate the holiday season by supporting local crafters. Shop for gifts, look for some great pieces to adorn your Lake Stevens home, and watch for performances from local school children.

Read more about these classes and events and also take a look at sports, dog obedience, lifestyle classes and by downloading the PDF brochure


Nov. 6, 2019

Snohomish Real Estate Owners Go to Thumbnail Theater for Live Performances

Snohomish real estate owners go to the theater.Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater provides many theater experiences to those who live in Snohomish real estate. Programs, performances, and classes are available here to bring enriching arts experiences to those living in the area. Fridays and Saturdays are busy at the theater all through November. Every Friday features Friday Night Open Mic. This fun evening is open to all ages and family friendly. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performers can sign up from this time until 7:15 p.m. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m and the event ends at 9:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 for audience members and $3 for performers. Each act is allotted two songs or eight minutes. Poets, singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, storytellers, and similar acts are welcome.

Saturdays in November include a variety of shows:

November 9th will feature Corkie’s Uncorked Again! - Thumbnail Theater Fundraiser Concert. This event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature Corkie Cordisco, Jim McAfee, and a Pro Band performing a variety of hits from several genres and artists.

November 16th will feature the Saturday Night Acoustic Showcase. This event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and feature three different acoustic ensembles.

November 23rd will feature the Tim Noah “Thankful” Show. This will be a 90 minute family friendly show that will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are invited to celebrate the Thanksgiving season with songs and stories of caring, sharing, and gratitude.

November 30th will feature the Tingstad and Rumbel Holiday Concert. Get in the holiday spirit by attending this event from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All who live in Snohomish real estate are invited to read more about all of these shows and purchase tickets at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater


Nov. 4, 2019

Benefit Children’s Charities near Monroe Homes at the Blacklight Run

Go to the Blacklight Run near Monroe homes.A glowing good time is coming to the area near Monroe homes. The Blacklight Run is heading to Evergreen Speedway. This is not your average race with an emphasis on the fastest times, but a chance for runners of any speed and skill level to get out, have a great time, and get some exercise. Not only that, but all Blacklight Runs benefit local children’s charities.

The race will take place on Saturday, November 9th. Check in starts at 2 p.m. and the race begins at 5 p.m. Early registration has ended, but regular price admission is still available for $40. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, finisher medal, temporary tattoo, race bib, a charity donation, and admission to the after party. Packet pick-up will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 8th at Road Runner Sports in Bellevue. There will be an additional fee if runners cannot pick up their packet at this time.

Parking will be available at the event for a $20 fee. Try to carpool to save some cash. After you check in at the event, get your groove on at the pre party. There will be a chance to dance and get warmed up an hour and a half before the race. Once the race begins, participants will be released in waves. Runners are invited to stop into the Blacklight Run™ Glow Zones. Dance all you want while getting blasted with glow powder and then continue the race.

When the race is over, there will be even more dancing. Participants can head to the main stage where the DJ will be rocking. Catch free merchandise and glow gear as it’s tossed off the stage. It is going to be an unforgettable time and everyone will return to their Monroe homes tuckered out and ready for a good night’s sleep. Read more about this event and register for the Blacklight Run