Tag: Events

The 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Is In Full Bloom

The 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Is In Full Bloom

The festival started back in March, but there are events going all through April. This is an iconic event in the greater Seattle area. As such, traffic can be a bit of a monster. Just plan to be stuck in traffic, and your life will be better. If you want to avoid crowds go mid-week. It helps a lot. However, for the next few weeks, many school districts will be on spring break, so it won’t be perfect. But far fewer cars.

I’ve biked the fields before, which is great especially when the weather’s nice (don’t bank on that during spring in Seattle). A great bit of advice is to park at a park-and-ride and bike from there. I’ve parked at Washington Elementary School, but I don’t know if that’s sanctioned, so I risked tickets or towing.

Getting hungry? In Mount Vernon one of my favorite places to eat is the Calico Cupboard. It’s a favorite for most everyone who knows anything about the region. So, budget plenty of time. At last check, they didn’t take reservations. It’s first come, first serve. It’s worth the wait, but, especially if you have younger kids, you’ll want to strategize that. Or you could head to the one in La Conner, which isn’t that far.

If you’re thinking of a treat, and you’re not too frozen from the tulip fields, check out the Big Scoop Ice Cream shop. A regional classic place and just a lot of fun.

If you want something warm and caffeinated, Mount Vernon does have it’s share of Starbucks, but you should check out Woods Coffee, though it’s pretty small. There’s also Ristretto Coffee Lounge which has been on my list of places to try.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has pulled together some great tips. Definitely take a few minutes and review these. It’ll eliminate a ton of aggravation. And don’t forget to check out the interactive map before you go. It’s quite well done.

May your tulip excursion be delightful!


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

4th Annual Livable Snohomish County Summit and County Council Candidate Forum

A great opportunity to get involved, meet the candidates and stay informed.


4th Annual Livable Snohomish County Summit and
County Council Candidate Forum
Saturday, October 12, 2013  –  9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
PUD Building
2320 California Street, Everett

This event is FREE to everyone and will include a free lunch (with gluten and lactose free options). Because we are preparing lunch, we do need an RSVP so we can plan for food.
Please RSVP before October 8th to kristin@futurewise.org.

What does it take to build livable, sustainable communities?  How can we be a part of planning our neighborhoods? What do you want your community to look like in 20 years?

Snohomish County is making decisions now – about how and where it will put new homes and jobs – that will shape our future through 2035.  Every step of the County’s process there will be opportunities for you to weigh in and make sure the council adopts policies to make that growth create more livable, sustainable communities.

This is why you should join WEC on Saturday, October 12th at the 4th Annual Livable Snohomish County Summit and County Council Candidate Forum.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Andrew J. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UW School of Public Health and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning in the UW College of Built Environments; and Sara Schott Nikolic, Principal Planner with Puget Sound Regional Council.

The summit will include 12 breakout sessions covering a wide variety of ways we can build livable communities, films, informational tables and exhibits. There will also be a County Council Candidate Forum for the three council seats up for election in November.  This is a fabulous networking opportunity as well!

The event is hosted by Pilchuck Audubon Society and Growing Transit Communities and co-sponsored by Futurewise, League of Women Voters of Snohomish County, Snohomish Group of Sierra Club, and Transition Port Gardner.

Please RSVP before October 8th to kristin@futurewise.org.

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

Festa Italiana : This Weekend September 27-29

I’ve lived the vast majority of my life in this region, yet I still find long-standing, recurring events that I’ve never heard of. Here’s one: Festa Italiana. Part of the Seattle Center’s grand array of cultural events, celebrating the multitude of cultures converging in Seattle.

Starting on Friday the 27th with the Taste of Italy, followed by the actual Annual Italian Festival on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th. The website has all the details.

My favorite part: starting at 3;30 pm on Sunday, the Spectrum Chamber Players will present a selection of classical Italian pieces. That is worth your time all on its own. Add the grape-stomping, book-signings, wine-tastings…quite a comprehensive list of things to experience.

Bellingham’s Fairhaven Sidewalk Sale : September 21

I’ve long loved the Fairhaven district of Bellingham. It’s quaint (overused, but just too perfect in this case), Victorian charm delights me. My two favorite shops: Village Books and Tony’s Coffee.

With that, this year’s Annual Fairhaven Sidewalk Sale (this Saturday) would be grand fun. I probably can’t make it up. But if you can, go. I expect it to be a lovely time.

US Small Business Administration Small Business Fair : Sept. 28 in Renton

Just got this from the US Small Business Administration. Looks like a great opportunity to expand your small business skill-set. And it’s free! I love seeing these opportunities.

If you are looking for one day and one place to learn what you need to start or grow your business, plan on attending this year’s free Washington Small Business Fair Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p..m, at Renton Technical College.

Attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership. Savvy business experts share their knowledge and real-life experiences with you. Save valuable time and visit the Exhibitor Resource Center to get the information and help you need from federal, state and local government agencies, and business and trade associations.

The event is free and there is no advance registration, just show up, and spend the day or just a few hours – it’s well worth your time!

For more information, email info@bizfair.org or visit the website at www.bizfair.org.

The City of Everett will be Rockin’ on September 21st!

September 21st will be a “Festival like no other” in Everett
Five great events’ collaboration with Experience Everett and the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
Bubble RunTM, Sept 21 – 9:00 AM
Comcast’s 10th Anniversary Block Party, Sept 21 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Everett Silvertips Home Opening Game of the 2013-14 Season, Sept 21
20th Anniversary Everett Coho Derby, Saturday/Sunday, Sept 21-22
Imagine Children’s Museum’s (ICM) Derby Days, Sept 21-22

Bubble RunTM to bring 5k run to Comcast Arena at Everett’s
10th anniversary celebration Block Party.

Bubble Run 5k fun run and Comcast Arena at Everett Block Party
at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Downtown Everett, WA
To register for Bubble Run go to http://www.bubblerun.com/events/seattle/.

Bubble Run is excited to announce that it will be a part of Comcast Arena at Everett’s 10th anniversary celebration on September 21st.  Bubble Run is a family friendly 5k fun run, during which participants pass through walls of colored foam at each kilometer along the course.  Averaging about 3,000 participants, the event is open to all ages and abilities and is a unique way to encourage healthy physical activity.

“So much fun! I’m so glad that I picked this one as my first 5k; it got me hooked!” said one runner in Irvine, California.  Bubble Run is focused more on fun and accessibility rather than finish times.  “We wanted to create an event that was like nothing anyone had seen before, as well as an atmosphere that feels welcoming rather than exclusive,” said Bubble Run’s owner, Brogg Sterrett.

The Everett Bubble Run will also benefit the Providence Children’s Center through a limited partnership with the Providence General Foundation.  Everett’s Providence Children’s Center is one of the largest neurodevelopmental centers in the state of Washington, serving more than 350 children and families every week.

AND, the Comcast Arena is turning ten! 

To celebrate this milestone, Global Spectrum, management for the Comcast Arena at Everett, is throwing a 10th Anniversary Block Party and everyone is invited!

For just the third time in the building’s history, Hewitt Avenue will be closed off to accommodate the day’s festivities.  The celebration begins with the Bubble Run 5K at 9 am with an anticipated attendance of 4,000 participants. After the race, the party begins!

From 11 am to 5 pm, guests can expect great music from local bands, delicious food and beverages from food truck vendors, and interactive games the whole family can enjoy. The night continues when the Everett Silvertips take to the ice at 7 pm for their season opener vs. Prince George.

The Block Party is one of the first events slated for the upcoming year that will celebrate the building’s 10th Anniversary.

Interested vendors should call 425.322.2626 for further information.

The activities are the result of an exciting collaboration with Experience Everett and the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, both of which are encouraging out-of-town attendees to stay the night to fully enjoy the celebration, as well as the city’s many attractions.