Tag: Activities

Summer Approaches

School breaks close upon me, causing me to wonder: what shall we do with this gift? Trails to bike and hike, beaches to gaze out from, museums, festivals…so very much to consider.

This year I plan to, well, plan better. Instead of, in September, wondering about all the stuff undone. I’m starting a list, but am not sure what shall end up on it just yet. Here’s where my brain is now:

The Hibulb Cultural Center on the Tulalip reservation. Nearby, yet I’ve never visited there.

Seattle Center cultural events. Always something interesting going on.

More hikes! Just some day hikes. More fleshing out needs to be done.

Mountain bike trails. More research needed, but I’d like to include Steven’s Pass’ Bike Park and the Burlington indoor park.

The basics of a start. We’ll have fun enriching this list. Let me know your ideas.

Continuing the Exploration

My life orbits South Snohomish County, especially Lynnwood. This is where we settled at 10, where I graduated high-school, and now where I raise my son. Several decades of my life right here. I get out, we do “things”, and yet there always remains some place new. So many places, nearby, where my feet have not ventured. For instance, I’ve yet to do more than sail through the San Juans. I’ve never been off the ferry. Never! Perplexes many friends.

With so many opportunities in my proverbial backyard, my interest and fascination with this area grows. Thus, I continue my explorations. And with a new addition. I want to experience some place new, some place I’ve never been before. Whether a new town, new site, new restaurant, new park; I want to make a deliberate choice to seek out new stuff and do new things. Not to discount the stuff I already love, but to add a deeper richness to my knowledge of the area.

Some random ideas: a day trip to the San Juans (actually getting off the ferry), the parks on Whidbey, hikes in the Cascades, and (my favorite) and tour of local burger places (like Dicks, Win’s in Bellingham, Ray’s in Everett, Burger Mill in Marysville, etc…).

Fundraiser for Old Dog Haven this Saturday in Lake Stevens

Old Dog Haven is a great local group that, well, supports homeless senior dogs (check out the website…I’m very fond of their work). Sammeke is the dog/owner of my good friend, Scott Watkins. For more details about the event (though it looks like all the gory details are in the jpeg below), head over to https://www.facebook.com/Sammeke10thBirthdayBash.

Sammeke's 10th Birthday Bash
Sammeke’s 10th Birthday Bash – fundraiser for Old Dog Haven

Mmmmm…Garlic Festival! : Sept. 26 -> Oct. 13th

Yummy, yummy garlic! I’m bummed I’ve already missed a weekend of this.

Lombardi’s at the Everett Marina
1620 W. Marine View Dr., Everett, WA 98201  –  P: (425) 252-1886
corporate@lombardisitalian.com  –  http://www.lombardisitalian.com

Back by Popular Demand!
Garlic Festival 2013, Sept. 26th – Oct. 13th.

The crisp air of fall returns and so does Lombardi’s Garlic Fest!  After a 5 year hiatus, Lombardi’s Garlic Festival is back, from September 26th to October 13th!

We’ve created a special menu featuring the “Stinking Rose,” in appetizers, entrees, and desserts; crafted garlic infused cocktails, and cooked up a host of special events to celebrate “the love of the bulb.”  And of course it wouldn’t be Garlic Fest without the “Guess how many garlics” contest.

Favorites from our Garlic Festival menu include; Baked Gilroy Garlic with crispy Italian bread, 40 Clove Roasted Chicken, Pasta Nera, with garlic tiger prawns & black linguine, and our ever popular Cappuccino Brownie. Absolutely Heavenly!

Garlic Fest Menu

Special Events Schedule:

Everett Marina
Thursday, October 10th, Garlic Cocktail Class, 4:00-7:00pm. Drop in for a garlic infused cocktail crafting demo, tantalizing tastings, and nibbling with Blue water Vodka owner, John Lundin and Lombardi’s GM, Josh Pedersen. $20.00, includes light appetizers, cocktail samples & sales tax.  425.252.1886

Upcoming Wine Paring Dinners
Mark your calendar for our next series of wine pairing dinners, featuring the fabulous wines of Piedmont.
Wednesday, November 6th, at the Everett Marina.
Thursday, November 7th, in Mill Creek

More details to follow….

The Perfect Pairing, Lombardi’s and Village Theatre
Dinner and a Show doesn’t get any better than Lombardi’s and Village Theatre.  Whether you’re dining at Lombardi’s at the Everett Marina, or Lombardi’s in Mill Creek, the discount offer on the back of your show ticket is valid at either location.  The next Village Theatre blockbuster, Xanadu, opens on October 25th. Purchase Xanadu Tickets or subscribe to the complete season.

Reservations    Your Website 

Mill Creek
Saturday, September 28th, Cooking Class, 10am to noon.  Presented by Executive Chef, Matt Romeo and Lombardi’s founder, Diane Symms. Learn how to roast the perfect head of garlic and make pizza in our Woodstone oven. $18.00, Lunch included. RSVP, 425.892.2931

Thursday, October 3rd, Casual Wine tasting in the main dining room, 5:30-8pm; featuring the great wines of Piedmont, IT, home of Barolo. Table side discussions with Diane Symms. These wines pair beautifully with the cheeses, meat dishes, and wild mushrooms in our Garlic Fest menu. Piedmont wines available by the glass to enjoy with your appetizer or entree.

Take home your favorite bottle of Piedmont wine with special “retail” pricing.  Better than at the winery! Make a regular reservation in the dining room. 425.892.2931

Everett’s Schack Art Center’s Upcoming Events

The ever cool Schack Art Center has some fun offerings  this coming week, and through the weekend. Engaging and fun activities for kids and adults. Check them out!

September 26 – 29, 2013

This harvest-themed weekend at the Schack Art Center features a glass pumpkin patch, glassblowing demonstrations, pumpkin carving demonstrations, activities for kids, “Make It Now” pumpkin classes in the hot shop, and beer tasting for those 21+.

View Daily Schedule of Activities Below:

Thursday September 26
9-10am: SCHACK MEMBERS ONLYexclusive early access to the pumpkin patch!

Pick (and purchase) your favorite glass pumpkin from more than 300 colorful and unique pumpkins handcrafted in the Schack glassblowing studio. Also: Harvest themed paintings, pottery, and gifts local artists.  Enter to win a glass pumpkin!

Friday September 27

5-9pm: BEER & BRAT NIGHT – Ages 21+ ONLY
Tickets: $25 Schack Members/$30 Non-Members
        This is a SELL-OUT event. Get your tickets today!
Let local breweries wet your whistle, savor a gourmet brat with all the fixins’, and enjoy live music while watching Jesse Kelly and his team create “The Great Glass Pumpkin” in the Schack hot shop.10% discount on glass pumpkins during Beer & Brat Night!

Saturday September 28

“MAKE IT NOW” GLASS PUMPKINS, Age 8+ (with an adult). Fees: $45 Schack Members/$50 Non-Members. Advanced reservations recommended.

Sunday September 29

“MAKE IT NOW” GLASS PUMPKINS, Age 8+ (with an adult). Fees: $45 Schack Members/$50 Non-Members. Advanced reservations recommended.

SCHACK art center
2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett, WA 98201 – 425.259.5050 – schack.org
LOOK/exhibits – LEARN/classes – CREATE/studios  –  Always Admission Free
M-F 10am – 6pm, Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. Noon – 5pm

An Area Must Do : Darrington Bluegrass Festival

This festival is one that I’ve yet to be able to make it to, but have long wanted to hit. I love the music. Sadly, every year, just like this one, I’m booked back-to-back all weekend. Several key birthdays fall right now.

However, that doesn’t mean YOU can’t go. And enjoy it. And make me jealous.

So, make your way to Darrington this weekend and have yourself a blast. Bluegrass blast?

click on the picture for details

Edit: Figured I should add the dates: July 19-21, 2013. However, the link has the full scoop. I’d never be able to get it all here…

Event this weekend @ Lynnwood Convention Center : Celebration of Food

Just read over at My Edmonds News about this weekend’s “Celebration of Food” festival.

Sadly, I’ve yet to step foot inside the Lynnwood Convention Center. I guess I need to check out their calendar of events more often (read: >0 times).

Anyway, combine the local nature of this with a celebration of food, and this is one I really shouldn’t miss. I’ll plan to head over.

More details about the event at Edmonds Community College and at the Food Revolution Snohomish County’s Facebook page.

And, lastly, a video with some additional background.

Hope to see you there!

Added To My Must See List: Living Computer Museum

Just stumbled across this via the Billings Gazette, of all things. They have a great overview of the place so no need for me to recreate their work. Give them a peek.

This, definitely, must be on my 2013 tour list. I guess the biggest question is whether I’ll force my family to come along. Since it’s really not geek centric, perhaps they’ll enjoy it, too.


More details are on their site: www.livingcomputermuseum.org/