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My life is filled with plants. In my nursery I have thousands of them. In my garden probably hundreds. They range from trees to shrubs to ground covering perennials, bulbs and annuals. I love them all, some more than others, but they all bring me great joy at various times of the year. It is this late winter, early spring season that I get the greatest joy from my perennials. Here is why.
The city of Arlington will be joined by the Arlington Garden Club and local grower, Mark Lovejoy and the Downtown Arlington Business Association at the annual Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12 in Jensen Park, at 7801 Jensen Park Lane.
EVERETT — Founded in December 1994, the Washington, D.C.-based company, Step Afrika, is critically-acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.
Arlington Garden Club’s monthly meeting is from noon - 2 p.m., Monday, April 14 in the community room at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE, Arlington. Bea Randall is presenting the program. Along with the business meeting there is also a social and potluck lunch. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact garden club president Tina Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.arlingtongardenclub.org.
A Maryville artist, Fumiko Winder is showing a collection of her work, including acrylic and watercolor paintings, sumi-e paintings and floral bunkas, at the Espresso Americano cafe at the Everett Public Library through April 15.
Snohomish — The medium of pastels is gaining great favor these days, and the Arts of Snohomish is exhibiting some of the best, through April 30.
A former resident of Arlington who now lives in Eastern Washington, Lori Vonderhorst is a featured artist in the the Arts Council of Snohomish County’s Gallery Store.
Tickets for Arlington High School’s Swing into Spring Dessert Dance are available starting April 17 at Copy, Mail and More, in the Arlington Pharmacy, 526 N. West Ave., and Flowers by George, at 335 N. Olympic Ave. The dessert dance is set for May 9 and 10 at AHS Commons, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. in Arlington. Tickets are $14.
A wood-carving teacher at the Ken Baxter Community Center, Laura Fraser is the featured carver at the 23rd annual Artistry in Wood Carving Show presented by the Quilceda Carvers April 19 and 20.
A Lakewood-area artist, Shari Osti is curating a fun show, “Spring: Adventures in Abstract,” that will also include her own mono-print abstracts and paintings, with a group of fellow abstract artists from around the county, at Lowell Art Work studio in the historic Solo district of Everett. An opening reception is set from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, April 19.
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I don’t know about you but I am so sick and tired of this relentless cold and wet weather I could just spit. Every where I look it seems to appear that spring is here but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Days in the low to mid-40s and nights still in the 30s. The ground is so cold and wet that I have absolutely no desire to bend down and pull a weed or plant a new perennial. My vegetable garden soil in my raised beds is ready but every time I think I am going to plant some new transplants it is raining again. What’s a gardener to do? Go to the Home and Garden Show of course.
An exotic musical opportunity is coming to the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, when Batucada Yemanjá do Pacifico offers a concert starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 19. It’s a benefit concert for Haller Middle School Band’s instrument fund, according to Haller’s music teacher, Joe Horsak, who is a member of the band more commonly known as Batucada.
An employee of the city of Arlington, Brian Fritts and his band are joining several other bands in a benefit for a new First Amendment Scholarship.
The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation has announced four different meetings for landowners along four different Snohomish County streams to explore ways to improve salmon habitat and water quality.
Marysville volunteer opportunities
Free stream surveys
Two Marysville-Pilchuck High School students won prizes at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, a program that identifies and develops creative teenagers.
Okay everybody, let’s all chime in together in four-part harmony and sing the praises of our delightful spring weather. Hasn’t it been just glorious, the weeks after blessed weeks of non-stop precipitation and perpetual overcast? Just when I think it is finally going to warm up an be nice we get another cold front blowing in, the daytime temps drop down to the low 40s and the nights border on freezing. Let me tell you, while this is hard on the plants, it is murder on the gardeners.
A member of Arlington Boy Scout Troop No. 29, Zach Tankersley finished his Eagle Scout project just in time for Presidents Elementary School’s carnival.