Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Swing Dance features The Moodswings

Join Edmonds Community College for a Holiday Swing Dance, featuring the Northwest’s all-female big band, The MoodSwings, 6 p.m., Wed., Dec. 5, in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Tickets $10 — proceeds benefit the Edmonds Community College Foundation — on sale now at 425.640.1448, online, or at the box office on campus in Mukilteo Hall.

Festivities kick-off with dance lessons at 6 p.m. Then, The MoodSwings will get your toes-a-tapping from 7-9 p.m. with the sweet sounds of big band legends like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Hoagy Carmichael.

The MoodSwings, a non-profit group of musically-minded women, are dedicated to enabling female musicians of all ages to develop skills in the jazz music genre. They are renowned throughout the Northwest for their versatile repertoire of jazz, Latin and swing tunes.

Plans for the evening also include a dance demonstration and other fun entertainment and holiday activities. A no-host bar will be available. Snacks and desserts can also be purchased throughout the night.

Proceeds benefit the Edmonds Community College Foundation. Established in 1982, Edmonds Community College Foundation supports access, success, and excellence for students, faculty, and staff at Edmonds Community College.

The MoodSwings

Monday, October 29, 2012

Horrific Zombie Film Fest, Oct. 30!

Tomorrow, Oct. 30,  2 p.m. and 4 p.m., attend the Horrific Zombie Film Fest in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College!

Showcasing finalists from the Bellingham film festival, Bleedingham, the Horrific Zombie Film Fest features short films that highlight the bloodcurdling creativity of Washington State filmmakers who specialize in the spooky. The films featured at the Black Box are the official selection from Bleedingham where Bloodies (trophies) are awarded by a panel of non-participating judges for Best Effects, Best Story, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Most Unique Film. In partnership with the Washington State Studio Network, these films from Bellingham and beyond are guaranteed to thrill and chill. Tickets are $5, available online and at the door.

Official Selections:

“Bath Spice” - With all the synthetic drugs coming out these days at the local head shops, one man wonders who the wizard behind the curtain is? Produced by Bleedingham productions.

“Blood Roulette,” Winner of Best Editing and Sound Design- A night shift nurse returns home to find her boyfriend acting strangely and dangerously. Produced by Blood Roulette.

“Her Her Him”- A rough, scoreless cut of a horror short.

“I am Fine,” Winner of Most Unique Film- A young man struggles with schizophrenia and his inability to admit that his over-reliance on medication and solitude are driving him deeper in psychosis. Produced by Tyler Downing Films.

“Repeater”- A young man wakes up in the middle of nowhere with no recollection of how he got there. He finds an old gravel road and follows it, not realizing the danger he faces ahead or the evil he will awaken.  Produced by Wasted Talent Films.

“Shadow Nights,” Winner of Best Effects and Cinematography- After years of battling deep depression, Kelly Rogers must finally face her greatest fear, solitude, when her ex-boyfriend comes back in town. The Bellingham Underground.

“Screamin Demon,” Winner of Best Directing - A sound designer finds out why people are literally dying of fright. *

“Squirrels from Hell”- 2D animation short. Produced by Flaming Abortion.*

“The Chicken Man”- A severely emotionally challenged boy receives 4 chickens for his birthday from his mother, just before she is murdered.  He later learns some tricks on how to make "special" food for his chickens. Produced by 13-year-old KKJ. *

“Tyro” Winner of Best Story- Woman copes with a less than idea relationship with her husband. Produced by Cobra Kai.

“Zombie at the Disco”- A group of young adults leave a house party and head to the local bar for a fun night when they run into unexpected friendships, stress and turmoil. Produced by Snuggle House Productions.

“Zombe’ DIEm”- What happens to the children left behind during a zombie apocalypse? Produced by the "How to Make a Zombie Movie" Class.

Zombin Ladin- Osama Bin Laden's corpse becomes a re-animated zombie, bent on infecting the world.*

Sponsors for this event are the Washington State Studio Network, Pickford Film Center , BleedinghamBlack Box Theatre, and the Arts Culture and Civic Engagement Initiative at Edmonds Community College.

(*)Rights are still being secured to show these films. As of now, they are on hold for screening.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween fun at Edmonds CC and safety tips from the City of Lynnwood

Halloween! Scare up some fun at Edmonds CC:
  • Student dance, 8-11 p.m., Fri., Oct. 26, Woodway Hall | $5 with student ID
  • Nevermore: Poe Unscripted, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct 27, Black Box Theatre | $10
  • Horrific Zombie Film Fest, 2 & 4 p.m., Tues., Oct. 30, Black Box Theatre | $5
  • Safe Halls, family fun for trick-or-treaters, 6-8 p.m., Rainier Place | Free.
  • Paranormal Studies 2, a continuing education class, starts Nov. 19 at uLearn.

And here are some safety tips from the City of Lynnwood Police and Fire Departments.

Don’t Be Spooked: Be Safe on Halloween 

While Halloween is supposed to be scary, parents shouldn’t be afraid to teach their children how to be safer. With Halloween being one of the most dangerous days of the year for child pedestrians —  it’s essential for parents to prepare their children properly to stay safe while trick or treating.
  • Go trick or treating with a grown-up. If kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they stick to a predetermined route with good lighting. 
  • Take advantage of one of your community’s preplanned indoor events. Some examples in Lynnwood on Wed., Oct 31 Halloween are:

    • 4 to 6 p.m. | Alderwood Mall and its businesses will be open to trick or treaters.
    • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd, will be having it’s Trunk N’ Treat open to the public. Free and fun for the whole family with carnival games, face painting, inflatables and more.
    • 6 to 8 p.m. | Rainier Place at Edmonds Community College, 19920 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, “Safe Halls,” free and open to the public with candy and fun family activities.
  •  Visit only people you know and those who have porch lights on. 
  •  Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly. You need to watch and listen for cars.
  •  Wear brightly colored clothing, use glow sticks and carry a flashlight so drivers can see you.
  •  Have an adult check all treats before eating them. If in doubt, throw it out. 
  •  Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street. 
  •  Walk on well-lit sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk in familiar areas with minimal street crossings.
  • Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. 
  •  Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours occur during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
  • Drive more slowly. Slow down and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic. 
  • Lights on. Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances. 
  • Use candle alternatives as much as possible.
  • Keep flammable decorations away from candles. Also, avoid using flammable materials in costumes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

College earns Vision 2040 Award; students' help improves salmon run

The City of Mukilteo, Paine Field Airport, and Edmonds Community College have won a 2012 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Improvement Project. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

Edmonds Community College partnered with the City of Mukilteo to help excavate a historical site at Japanese Gulch. The City of Mukilteo discovered historical and cultural artifacts at the site while working on a fish passage and stream restoration project at Japanese Gulch Creek.

Last summer archaeology students at Edmonds and Everett community colleges recovered artifacts of the Japanese community, emigrants working in the Mukilteo Lumber Mills, who lived in the area in the early 1900s. This fall, students in Archaeology Lab classes ANTH 271, 273 continue work documenting the artifacts.

Students in the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School (a series of Human Ecology, Anthropology classes) are also helping with fish and wildlife counts at Japanese Gulch.

Read more about the project "Salmon return with creek project’s end," in the Mukilteo Beacon.
Left to right: Bill Lewallen, deputy director Snohomish County Airport; Stephanie Wright, Snohomish County Council member and chair of PSRC Vision 2040 Awards Selection Committee; City of Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine; Patricia Love, City of Mukilteo, assistant director of community development; Dr. Jean Hernandez, Edmonds Community College President; and Dr. Thomas Murphy, Edmonds Community College anthropology instructor.

College hosts Nov. 15 event with artist Daniel DeSiga at Monroe Hall

Meet artist Daniel DeSiga the creator of a mural in Monroe Hall at a reception 3-5 p.m., Nov. 15 at Monroe Hall, Edmonds Community College. Get directions to campus. Free and open to the public.

DeSiga has created murals for government offices across Washington state including a piece at Edmonds Community College’s Monroe Hall. His artworks are informed by his Latino and Native American roots and contain colors and images of the Northwest and Southwest. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at University of Washington.

DeSiga’s works have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Wight Art Gallery at the University of California.

His experience includes art production, gallery management, and graphic design. He creates commissioned work out of his studio in Dayton, Wash.

Visit the college’s materials science lab.

Monroe Hall is home to the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education and the college’s materials science technology, advanced manufacturing, and composites labs.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Student in the news: Horticulture student awarded scholarship

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College Horticulture student Stacy Kinsell who received a  $750 scholarship from the Mukilteo Way Garden Club and was featured in the Mukilteo Beacon article, "Scholarship winner finds peace among the plants."

Stacy is earning an Ornamental Horticulture Certificate at Edmonds Community College.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Edmonds Community College celebrates Food Day Oct. 24

Edmonds Community College participates in Food Day — a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed., Oct 24 in Triton Student Center, Brier Hall.

Try free samples of roasted veggie bites prepared by Culinary Arts, salsa and relish from Saratoga Specialties, berry green smoothies by Infinitely You, garlic spread from WSU Growing Groceries, coffee from Blue Stilly Coffee Roasters, chocolate from Firebird Chocolate and Coffee, and Seckel pears from Mother Nature's Organics.

At 1 p.m. in the college cafeteria, Mike Smith of Firebird Chocolate, talks about scrumptious and sustainable chocolate.

At 1:30 p.m. in the college cafeteria, beekeeper Daniel Najera, who earned his Ph.D in Entomology at the University of Kansas, will talk about sustainability and the honeybee.

Honey collected from the college's new beehives will be available for sale at the event.

Buy Community Honey in 3 or 9 oz sizes ($3 and $7 respectively). A small selection of candles and lotion bars made using beeswax from the college hives will also be available. Proceeds from the sales will be used to buy supplies for the beehives.

Thanks to Ryan Neff, a graphic design student, who designed the Community Honey labels. Pretty!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Horrific Zombie Film Fest Oct. 30 at the college's Black Box Theatre

New this October 30, the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College presents the Horrific Zombie Film Fest.

Showcasing finalists from the Bellingham film festival, Bleedingham, the Horrific Zombie Film Fest features short films that highlight the bloodcurdling creativity of Washington State filmmakers who specialize in the spooky. The films featured at the Black Box are the official selection from Bleedingham where Bloodies (trophies) are awarded by a panel of non-participating judges for Best Effects, Best Story, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Most Unique Film.

In partnership with the Washington State Studio Network, these films from Bellingham and beyond are guaranteed to thrill and chill. Films are suitable for ages 13 and up.

Showtimes: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Tues., Oct 30 at the Black Box Theatre. Tickets: $5 online or at the door.

Two whooping cough clinics Oct. 23 at Edmonds Community College

Low-income, uninsured college students and other adults may roll up their sleeves for whooping cough shots Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., at Edmonds Community College.

A limited amount of no-cost flu vaccine will also be available for low-income, uninsured adults.
  • The daytime clinic will be held in Rooms 231/233, Brier Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Triton Student Center) 
  • The evening clinic will be held in Snoqualmie Hall lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. 
  • Get directions to campus and parking information at
Snohomish Health District and community partner Verdant Health Commission continue to encourage all adults – especially those who have contact with infants – to get vaccinated against this preventable disease.

People of all ages need booster shots to maintain their immunity, and most adults aren’t up to date on their shots.

A single shot known as “Tdap” prevents tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough. Contact your health care provider or pharmacy to make sure you and your child are fully immunized.

Children’s vaccines are free or low-cost. Vaccines for adults may be covered by private health insurance or Medicaid, or offered at reduced cost at the sites listed at

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is spread by adults and children and is particularly harmful to infants, who have no immunity. Children and adults become sick enough to miss school and work for several days and up to two weeks.

As of October 5, Snohomish Health District confirmed 526 reports of whooping cough in 2012, although most cases go unreported, especially in adults. Letters notifying parents that their child may have been exposed to the disease have gone out to elementary, middle and high schools, youth sports, weekend events, daycares and other activities.

These community clinics are part of the Snohomish Health District’s ongoing fight with an epidemic of whooping cough in Snohomish County. The Health District will provide about 800 adult doses of pertussis vaccine made available through the state Department of Health. Sixteen previous whooping cough clinics in the county this year vaccinated a total of 1,877 adults; pharmacies have given about 1,000 shots.

Compared to total whooping cough vaccinations in the first four months of 2011, Snohomish County residents have gotten about twice as many shots in the same period this year.

Download vaccine information sheets and consent forms in English and Spanish at the Snohomish Health District’s website,

This year the Verdant Health Commission joined forces with the Snohomish Health District and other community partners to educate and increase access to the whooping cough vaccine in an effort to protect the health of all community members. For nearly 50 years, Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County served the health needs of the community by governing and managing the local community hospital. As the hospital district’s new program, the Verdant Health Commission invests in community programs that empower South Snohomish County residents to make healthy decisions and choose a healthy lifestyle.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at

Lynnwood Police recruiting for the 2013 Citizens Police Academy

Officer Ross Adams, (right–center, wearing a gray polo shirt) teaches students
from the 2012 Lynnwood Police Citizens Academy how to lift fingerprints off a vehicle.
The Lynnwood Police Department is recruiting for its 2013 Citizens Police Academy. The academy gives citizens a better understanding of the mission and operations of the police department.

It meets 7-10 p.m., Thursdays beginning January 10 for 12-14 weeks at the Lynnwood Police Department, 19321 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

There is no charge for this class and light refreshments are served each evening. Space is limited. Enroll early! Get the Citizens Academy Application online.

Questions? Call 425.670.5635.

During the course, participants will be introduced to basic police procedures for situations including: patrol tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, DUI, use of force, communications, and domestic violence.

Highlights may include:
  • Investigate a mock homicide scene
  • Lift and examine fingerprints
  • Work with a crime scene tech to study blood spatter patterns, DNA, and weapon marks
  • Experience a jailhouse dinner and tour of the jail facility
  • Ride along with a patrol officer on an actual shift
  • See a SWAT demonstration and K-9 searches
  • Learn practical information on the use of force and personal safety
  •  Learn how you can volunteer with the police department 

Make a Difference Day! Volunteer Oct. 27 at Lynndale Park in Lynnwood

Join the City of Lynnwood's fall park clean-up and improvement day starting 9:30 a.m., Sat., Oct. 27, rain or shine, at Lynndale Park, 18927 72nd Ave West, Lynnwood.

Come with gloves and work boots (or tennis shoes) and be ready to get dirty!

Groups and individuals welcome. Help the city with invasive species removal, re-graveling park trails and putting wood chips around play equipment.

Refreshments will be provided by Starbucks, Ivar's and Jersey Mike's.

RSVP to Julie Moore, Community Outreach Specialist at 425.670.5023 or

Prepare to be creeped out! Nevermore: Poe Unscripted, Oct. 20 and 27

Prepare to be completely creeped out! Unexpected Productions and the Black Box Theatre present a night of improvised horror, fear, and suspense — Nevermore: Poe Unscripted — 8 p.m., Sat. Oct. 20 and 27. $10


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Printmaker Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks Exhibit at Lynnwood Library Gallery

Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks, a monotype printmaker, painter and fiber artist is the featured artist at the Lynnwood Library Gallery through November 15.

Smiley-Fairbanks is a Northwest native making monotype prints, acrylic canvases, and most anything that can pose an artistic challenge. She is inspired by Puget Sound, the rushing waters and the fragrant Douglas Firs, her work reflects patterns, colors and endangered species.

She is currently a staff teacher at the new ARTspot in Edmonds.

For more information, email Lynnwood Arts Commission at

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Politics of Civil Rights with Julian Bond Oct. 18 at Pierce College

Pierce College Puyallup will host Julian Bond for a presentation Race to the White House: The Politics of Civil Rights, 7 p.m, Oct. 18 at the Arts and Allied Health Theatre, 1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup, 98374.

Bond is lifetime champion of civil rights and former chairman of the NAACP. He has been on the forefront of social change since the 1960s, when he led voting drives and sit-ins, and was the first African-American nominated for U.S. vice president.

He continues this important work today. At Pierce College Puyallup, he will deliver a powerful speech on the struggles of Americans or equity, diversity, and civil rights

Students from local area colleges and high schools are also invited to meet with Julian Bond 4:30-5:30 p.m. before the event for a more intimate discussion. Sign-up for this special student session by purchasing a ticket in person or over the phone and indicating what school you are affiliated with and that you would like to attend the student session.

This session is included in the $10 ticket cost and is open to all current students who have purchased a ticket for the keynote event at 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased to attend. Present a valid student ID upon arrival. Space is limited so sign-up soon!

For tickets and student session sign-up, call 253.840.8416. $10 general admission.

Bond is the first speaker in Pierce College Puyallup’s 2012-13 Artists and Speakers Series, sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

Lynnwood Town Hall Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Tues., Oct. 30 at Edmonds CC

The City of Lynnwood holds a Town Hall Meeting on the 2013-2014 budget, 7-9 p.m., Tues., Oct 30 at Edmonds Community College, Snoqualmie Hall 113.

Join Finance Director Lorenzo Hines as he presents the city's current budget outlook, and participate in identifying the services and programs that you value. Your thoughts and ideas gathered at this meeting will be formally submitted to the Lynnwood City Council.

Hosted by the City of Lynnwood Advisory Boards: The Neighborhoods & Demographic Diversity Commission, the Parks & Recreation Board, and the Arts Commission.

 For more information, call 425.670.5023 or email

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Free Health Fair Nov. 10 at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett hosts its fourth free Hands-on Health Fair with nearly 45 booths, giveaways, interactive displays, and health food samples, 11 a.m.-3 p.m, Sat., Nov. 10, in the Providence Cymbaluk Medical Tower, 1st floor concourse and also at the Cancer Partnership.

There will be activities for all ages.
  • Get flu shots for $10 and T-Dap (whooping cough) vaccines for $25.
  • Learn about the City of Everett's pedestrian/bicycle safety program and helmet fittings.
  • Get assessed for osteoporosis, blood pressure, blood oxygen and other health risks.
  • Take the da Vinci Surgical Robot for a test drive.
  • See how a hyperbaric chamber works to heal wounds.

Art exhibit "Eight from Artech" opens at Lynnwood Convention Center

The Lynnwood Convention Center presents “Eight from Artech” an exhibition of works by Northwest artists that shows through Dec. 31.

A reception for the exhibit will be 7-9 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 11 at the convention center. It's free and open to the public. For more information, call 425.778.7155 or email

The artists are Robert Fitzgerald, Julia Greenway, Mike Hascall, Bojo Lawrence, Dave Proscia, Scott Travis, Kathryn Trigg, and Catherine Uehara.

Artists’ work shown, clockwise from top left: Fitzgerald, Greenway, Lawrence, Trigg, Hascall, Travis, Uehara, Proscia.
They all also work as art handling professionals at the famous Seattle company Artech. Founded in 1977 by a group of artists, Artech has become the region's premier art handling and collection management company. Artech regularly helps with the art installations at local museums, public spaces, and private collections.

Today, Artech still employs many artists, and in 2009, the well known Seattle art supporter and collector, Bagley Wright, honored the artists with an exhibit at his own gallery, The Wright Exhibition Center.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Seattle Times' Steve Kelley tells Edmonds CC Soccer Coach Brandon Mitalas' life story throughout war and beyond

Read in the Seattle Times about Edmonds CC Soccer Coach Brandon Mitalas' tremendous life journey and how he uses his experiences to teach others today including the lessons he teaches his players on the field.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Improv comedy starts this Saturday with 'Nevermore: Poe Unscripted'

Unexpected Productions, known for the wildly popular Theatresports, brings professional comedy north of Seattle with Nevermore: Poe Unscripted, every Saturday in October, 8:05 p.m., tickets $10 and are available at the door. Located in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036.

Join these masters of stylistic improv for a spooky evening of improv based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.  The wickedly funny performers will embrace the macabre and hilarity and leave your telltale heart screaming for Lenore! 

What’s so special about this show? You’ll never see the same one twice. Unexpected Productions combines comedy, theater, improv and sports into a very happy hour full of spontaneous fun. Audience participation is key as teams of improvisers create scenes based entirely on their suggestions.

**Comment on this blog below and you're automatically entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this Saturday's show!