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Attracting butterflies to your garden

Part of the joy of gardening, for me, is in watching feathered friends visit my yard and flit about the shrubs, flowers, feeders and water features. As much as I love my plants, these little creatures are an "extra treat" that makes all my hard work...

 

Board selects Dr. Beatty as Health Officer

Following a lengthy recruitment process, the Board of Health unanimously approved an employment agreement with Dr. Mark Beatty to serve as the Snohomish Health District's next health officer. The selection of Dr. Beatty came after interviews with...

 

Creating your natural first-aid kit

With summer in full swing and the sun out you might be noticing a few different ailments we don't see in other times of the year like bug bites, dehydration and sun burns. We also tend to get more active in the summer which can lead to sore muscles,...

 

STD rates increase in Snohomish County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently estimated that there are nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections every year in this country. Given these large numbers-and increased cases being reported locally-the...

 

Sno-Isle provides prep for upcoming eclipse

In preparation of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse the Sno-Isle Libraries is offering astronomy and eclipse classes for children in both the Arlington and Marysville libraries. Marysville's class is coming on July 29 and Arlington's is on Aug. 11. The Aug....

 

Landscaping in layers gives garden style

Before I purchased the Sunnyside Nursery back in 1989, I owned a landscape contracting business in California where we designed, installed, and maintained residential, commercial, and municipal landscapes. The bread and butter of the business was...

 

Dogs have their day at Poochapalooza

Puget Sound dog lovers could find a day just for them and their dog at Marysville's 11th annual Poochapalooza on July 8. The event is put on by the Marysville Dog Owner's Group (M-DOG) and is meant to bring together a number of dog organizations and...

 

Arlington Street Fair fills Olympic Avenue

Almost 200 vendors came to Olympic Avenue in Arlington last weekend as part of this year's Arlington Street Fair. The annual Street Fair is put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) and brought a wide variety of vendors and...

 

Treasures abound at Junk in the Trunk

The city of Marysville held their annual flea market, called Junk in the Trunk, on July 8 this year brining many people to look for deals and treasures. The Junk in the Trunk event brings people the city's Municipal Court parking lot with cars full...

 

Mother Nature's hummingbird magnet

There are lots (and I mean lots) of choices for summer blooming perennials that will attract hummers into our gardens, but one genus really stands out in my mind as a "can't lose" choice: Salvia. Known as sages in common language, salvias come in man...

 

Give dogs a day out at Poochapalooza on July 8

Poochapalooza will be at Marysville’s Asbery Field on July 8, bringing hundreds of dogs and dog lovers to the local field. This the 11th year for the event for canine enthusiasts, which brings together numerous vendors, contests, presentations and goodies for dog lovers. The Marysville Dog Owners...

 

Volunteers needed to help homeless

More than 1,000 individuals of all ages and families experiencing homelessness are expected to attend this year’s Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, in Everett. This event wouldn’t be possible...

 

Marysville, Arlington offer free concerts, movies

Marysville and Arlington both host free summer concert and movie series for families which are set to kick off this week. Arlington Series Arlington hosts their movie series in July and their concert series in August, largely at the downtown Terrace Park. “I think people like it because it is in...

 

Things to do for a fabulous July garden

According to my weather guru Rufus La Lone of the Weather Café, July is shaping up to be a very pleasant month for gardening. Here are 4 things to do to make our gardens look absolutely fabulous. PLANTING: Garden centers are stuffed with summer...

 

Arlington Fly-In returns July 7-9

The Arlington Fly-In, one of the largest collections of planes and military vehicles in the U.S., will return next month from July 7 to July 9. The annual event brings about 800 to 1,200 planes to the Arlington Airport, along with airshows and other...

 

Local farmers markets open for the summer

With the arrival of summer, local farmers markets are opening up for the season, including the Marysville Farmers Market and the Arlington Farmers Market. Marysville Farmers Market This is the third year for the Marysville Farmers Market which...

 

Junk in the Trunk returns July 8

Locals will bring out their antiques, toys, clothes and other no-longer-used goods for the city of Marysville's annual Junk in the Trunk flea market on July 8. The annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year at the parking lot of the...

 

Sweet and Spicy Blueberry Grilled Pork Loin

Gluten-free, prep time is about 1 hour Serves 4 4 cups fresh blueberries ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon cardamom 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger 1 teaspoon butter 1 box of 1.75 oz pectin 4 cups white sugar 1...

 

Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Roughly 10 or so years ago, the U.S. Senate made a unanimous decision (can anyone remember the last time the Senate made any kind of unanimous decision?) to establish a pollinator awareness week in response to the worldwide concern over the decline...

 

Talent on display at annual Festival show

Roman Soriano-Sanchez had a personal reason for singing "Hallelujah" – the somber and poignant ballad popularized by Leonard Cohen. "This is for my grandma up in Heaven," the 11-year-old student said during the Strawberry Festival Talent Show held...

 

County confirms 2 cases of rabies in bats

Most bats are harmless, but a few carry rabies, a deadly disease which bats can pass on to humans through small bites and scratches. Five rabid bats have been found in Washington so far this year, and two of them came from Snohomish County. Bats...

 

M'ville Parks & Rec. offers mini-camps

Mini Camp is design especially for youth ages 4-6 so they can get the summer camp experience at an age-appropriate level. Whether your camper likes sports, arts or playing outdoors, we have a week that they are sure to love! Aloha Friends – June 26, 28 and 30 Fabulously Funny Fairytales – July...

 

It's time to get serious about watering

Last week I gave you several tips on how to become a better gardener. As promised, this week I will enlighten you on how to water properly. Good gardeners seem to have a sixth sense about when and how much water to apply to their gardens. This...

 

How to become a green thumb gardener

I have often thought about what it is about some people that makes them good gardeners and what it is about others that makes them just the opposite. Like child prodigies, some individuals are just gifted with the talents required to allow them to...

 

A Day in the Life, Part Two

Last month we took a peak into a day in the life of a health coach. This month we will dig deeper into meals and snacks on the go, handling stress, and other healthy habits and tricks to help on your wellness journey. With a few small changes, you ca...

 

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