Friday, August 24, 2012

Networking event Sept. 13: STEM Education: Preparing Our Children for the 21st Century Economy

Edmonds Community College is sponsoring an event "STEM Education: Preparing Our Children for the 21st Century Economy" with the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County and the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.

The informational meeting and networking opportunity will be 7:30-9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 in Woodway Hall at Edmonds Community College. The cost of the event is $35 or $25 for EASC members.

Hear from a panel of experts from across the state and learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Snohomish County school districts and about the demand for a higher STEM aptitude for students. 

Register online. For more information, call Kellie Schwacha at 425.248.4227 or email

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Apply now for Mukilteo Way Garden Club Horticulture Scholarship

The Mukilteo Way Garden Club offers a $750 horticulture scholarship for horticulture classes at Edmonds Community College.

Apply by Sept. 1.

The funds are raised from the Mukilteo Garden and Quilt Tour and other Garden Club activities.

The scholarship is for anyone currently working in the horticulture/landscape/landscape design field or for those interested in beginning a new path into these fields. Graduating high school seniors are welcome to apply.

Fall classes at Edmonds Community College start Sept. 24. 

Horticulture classes include: Fall Herbaceous Plants, HORT 213;  Plant Propagation, HORT 229; and Fruits and Nuts, HORT 247.

Evening classes include: Intro to Aboriculture, HORT  242; Restoration Horticulture, HORT 251; and Horticulture Business, HORT 269.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Music students, save the date Sept. 27 for the City of Music Career Day

Music students, check out this upcoming event:

The City of Music Career Day will be 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 27 at the Seattle Center.

Career Day is a one-day educational program that provides students and aspiring professionals age 16-24 direct access to music industry professionals through experiential learning, engaging workshops, performance, and networking.

Panelists, moderators, and speakers include artists and professionals from Seattle Office of Film + Music, Sub Pop Records, KEXP, One Reel, City Arts Magazine, and more!

Throughout the day, student participants will explore a wide range of career opportunities in music including performance, concert production, journalism, record label operations, broadcasting, and more.

There's no cost to attend. Space is limited so register early!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Office of Diversity Affairs: Mark Your Calendar

Edmonds Community College's Office of Diversity Affairs notes the following upcoming events in our community:

Friday, August 17, 2012

J Smithers and Jazz Pearls

Last night, the ArtsNow gallery presented a lively evening of jazz music and photography as a part of the third Thursday ArtWalk in downtown Edmonds. This event was hosted at the Edmonds Conference Center and sponsored by Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement at Edmonds Community College.

On display, the orginal photographs and frames created by Jacob Smithers. His stunning images featured a colorful subdued conflict between nature and man-made structures. These, almost abstract, close up images exposed incredible detail: small plants defiantly growing on the side of a fence, fiery orange fungi invading a wooden post, or the advancing rust blanketing an iron pipe. The colors are striking and the viewer ends up cheering nature on. The frames are repurposed window frames, mirrors, and various modified structures that are weathered and softened. 

Smithers, Jacob; Phinney Fence
As guests sipped their tea, gloried in the air conditioning, and prerused the art, The Jazz Pearls, led by Edmonds Community College alumnus, Ashley Webster, cooled the evening heat even further with their improvised Jazz stylings, as well as standards like "What a Wonderful World" and "When You Wish Upon a Star".

This was an nice low-key way to say goodbye to the summer sun and enjoy the evening air.

Smither, Jacob; Shutter Slats
The photographs will be on display in the ArtsNow gallery until Sept. 7. ArtWalk is a FREE monthly event. If you would like to recieve an email for the next ArtWalk presentation, email ArtsNow/uLearn or call 425-640-1243. The Edmonds Conference Center is located on the corner of 4th and Bell in downtown Edmonds.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Here's what archaeology students did this summer...

Archaeology students from Edmonds and Everett community colleges spent the summer sifting and digging at Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo. They are now processing the historical and cultural artifacts they unearthed. The students worked with anthropology instructors Thomas Murphy and Cynthia Clarke and archaeologists from AMEC in partnership with the City of Mukilteo.

The archaeology field training was made possible by Connect 2 Complete, a Campus Compact Program which provides peer advocacy and service-learning to support low-income students in developmental education courses, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and support from the Retention Project at Washington Campus Compact.

To participate this fall, enroll in Archaeology Lab Methods, ANTH 271 — process actual Japanese American artifacts from a pre-WWII site in Mukilteo (excavated by students this summer) while reading the Edmonds CC Community Read book, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," by Jamie Ford. Central to this historical novel is the discovery of artifacts at the Panama Hotel in Seattle left by families interned during World War II.

ANTH 271 meets 8:30-11:20 a.m., Wed. Fall Quarter. 2 credits

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Call for artists: Lynnwood Library Gallery, apply by Sept. 23

The Lynnwood Arts Commission is seeking exhibits for the Lynnwood Library gallery. Open to all visual artists in Washington. The commission will select artists for month long exhibitions for 2013.

Apply by September 23.

Original small two dimensional work up to 36” x 36” that is matted and framed or gallery wrapped and ready to hang and three dimensional work up to 12” x 12” x12”.

Questions? Email Kay Wood, Art Commissioner at

Art reception Aug. 16 at the Edmonds ArtWalk features photography by Jacob Smithers and live music by The Jazz Pearls

Photographer Jacob Smithers’ work “Environmental Still Life” is on display through Sept. 7 at the ArtsNow gallery at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Avenue North, Edmonds.

 An artist reception will be 5-8 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 16 at the conference center during the City of Edmonds’ Third Thursday Art Walk.

The reception features live music by The Jazz Pearls, a swinging jazz combo, with musicians Ashley Webster, Morgan Gilkeson, and Lauren Hendrix. Refreshments will be available at the reception. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 425.640.1243, email, or go to

Jacob was born in the Seattle area, majored in Environmental Science at Seattle University, and studied under Photographic Center Northwest and Seattle University’s Claire Garoutte. He continues to work with several nonprofit organizations, harmonizing his love for photography and community.

Ashley, of The Jazz Pearls, is an Edmonds Community College alum. She graduated from Shorewood High School in 2005 and earned her Associate of Arts degree in 2008 at Edmonds CC.

She has studied and played jazz since 2002, performing in various jazz bands, choirs, combos, trios, duos, and solo piano.

Her most recent performances have been with the Market Street Dixieland Jass Band, La Klave 11 (salsa band), and her brand-new all-women's swingin' jazz combo, The Jazz Pearls. She plays regularly at North City Bistro in Shoreline, Lucid Jazz Lounge in Seattle, the Edmonds ArtWalk, senior homes, and is available for hire for private parties and special events.

Congrats, Ashley! Come support an alum and hear some great music at the August ArtWalk!