Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: May 16-19

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown performs at Edmonds Community College May 16-19, 2013, in the Black Box Theatre on campus —20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Spend an evening with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally, and, of course Snoopy.  These lovable Peanuts characters, created by Charles Schulz, will come to life in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, the delightful Tony award-winning Broadway musical revival —with book, music, and lyrics by Clark Gesner (and additional dialogue, music and lyrics by Michael Mayer and Andrew Lippa). 

This musical is full of witty and charming cartoon-like moments.  Remember Schroeder and Lucy at the piano, Charlie Brown and his nefariously evil kite and Linus with his blanket?  It also features memorable songs such as “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “My New Philosophy,” and “Happiness”.

 “The Peanuts comic strip is full of discovery, imagination, optimism and hope," said director Jennifer Matthews.  "Who better to champion hope in today’s uncertain world than the optimist Charlie Brown? This play takes us on a journey and shows us that despite his failure and misgivings Charlie Brown always rises above his calamity.  He is not just a boy in a yellow shirt; Charlie Brown represents the enduring human spirit in us all.”

This production, which is suitable for all ages, includes a cast of Edmonds CC students, staff, faculty, and local professionals.


May 16-19, 2013
Thur., Fri., Sat.: 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sun.: 2:00 p.m.


$15 General Admission
$10 Students, Youth (17 and under) and Seniors (65+)
For questions or to purchase tickets over the phone, call the Box Office (425) 640-1448

*Advance reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited and some shows will sell out. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Watch the Big Game at the Black Box

Watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers starting at 3 p.m., Sunday Feb. 3, in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds CC. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m., please feel free to RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

With a screen size over 20 feet tall and incredible sound, you see and feel the big event like you have never experienced before.

Admission is free, and so is the Starbucks Coffee. But you will want to bring a little cash to quench your thirst and enjoy premium snacks. Or, simply enjoy some of our complimentary house snacks during the game!

For questions call or text 425-835-2267.

Community colleges are proven assets and strengthen the community

Read Edmonds CC President Jean Hernandez's guest editorial in The Herald on Sun., Jan. 27, Community colleges are proven assets, outlining why community colleges are a good investment for the state.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Faculty Music Recital Jan. 27

The Edmonds CC Music Department presents the first Faculty Music Recital of the quarter at 2:00 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, in the Black Box Theatre on the Edmonds CC campus. $7 suggested donation, open to the public.

Bass instructor, Jon Hamar presents a collection of mostly classical music performed by himself on double bass and accompanied by Debbie DeMiero on piano.  

Composers include Bach, Egilsson, Mariano, Mompou, Kodaly, Koussevitzky and original works by Hamar.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

St. Patty’s Day Swing Dance March 13 features The MoodSwings

The Holiday Swing Dance was so popular this past December, the Black Box Theatre is bringing the band back!

Join Edmonds Community College for a St. Patty’s Day Swing Dance and Concert, featuring the Northwest’s all-female big band, The MoodSwings, 6 p.m., March 13, in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds CC, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Tickets $15 — proceeds benefit the Edmonds Community College Foundation — on sale now at 425.640.1139, 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 entertaining activities. Snacks and desserts can 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.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Social justive activist Angela Davis speaks to campus and community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Read about Angela Davis' lecture to a standing-room-only audience on campus yesterday afternoon in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Herald's article this morning, "At EdCC, Angela Davis talks of nation's progress after King." 

In addition to her lecture on campus, she spoke to the local community last night at the Lynnwood Convention Center as part of the City of Lynnwood's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Edmonds CC Music Department presents a series of winter concerts

This winter quarter, check out some of the amazing talent here on the Edmonds CC campus with a variety of music recitals in the Black Box Theatre:

Music Faculty Recital: John Hamar accompanied by Debra DeMiero
Sun., Jan. 27 | 2 p.m. | Free

Music Faculty Recital: pianist singer, composer John Proulx
Thur., Feb. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Free

Edmonds CC Jazz Band Presents a Valentine’s Day Special
Thur., Feb. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | $7 General Admission. Free for Edmonds CC Students

Edmonds CC Jazz Student Showcase 
Wed., Feb. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | $7 suggested donation

Edmonds CC Concert Band
Mon., March 4 | 7:30 p.m. | $7 suggested donation

Edmonds CC Student Recital 
Wed., March 6 | 7:30 p.m. | $7 suggested donation

Music Faculty Recital: Flute showcase featuring Torrey Kaminski 
Sun., March 10 | 2 p.m. | $7 suggested donation

Edmonds CC Student Vocal Recital
Sun., March 17 | 2 & 4:00 p.m. | $7 Suggested donation

The Music Department at Edmonds CC provides students a wide range of opportunities to learn music and grow as a performer. The instructors bring diverse skills and approaches to teaching. This spring, the Music Department and the Black Box Theatre work together to produce the musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, May 16-19! Stay-tuned for more information.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Student leaders meet with Congressman Rick Larsen on campus

Congressman Rick Larsen, WA-02, met with Edmonds Community College student leaders (left to right) Winnie Wong, Jennifer Delia, Guillermo Zapata, and Joshua Armstrong Jan. 9 on campus.

They talked about potential budget cuts to higher education (including some of the federal grants that Edmonds CC receives) and the importance of continued funding of federal financial aid including Pell Grants.

Students, these are some of your Associated Student leaders:
  • Winnie Wong , Executive Officer for Community Relations
  • Jennifer Delia  Executive Officer for Diversity
  • Guillermo Zapata , Executive Officer for Administrative Liaison
  • Joshua Armstrong, Executive Officer for Student Relations
Representative Larsen, thank you for visiting our campus! Our students appreciated the opportunity to talk with you.

Inside Edmonds Community College features Horticulture program

Check out this "Inside Edmonds Community College" program about our outstanding Horticulture program featuring instructors Tim Hohn and Jason Niebler.

There's still time to take a Horticulture class this winter. Look for our late-starting classes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

An Evening with Between the Lines

Edmonds Community College presents An Evening with Between the Lines featuring student readings, local author Judith Works and performance artist Mimi Allin at 7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 24, in the Black Box Theatre on campus—20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood. Free and open to the public.
Between the Lines is a student-edited magazine, published annually to showcase literature and artwork from students as well as local artists and writers in our community—An Evening with Between the Lines highlights these accomplishments.

The event starts with a reading by recent graduate Chris Moses, followed by two other students from Edmonds CC. Author, Judith Works, will also present a short reading. Works, an Edmonds resident, is the author of a memoir, Coins in the Fountain, and a travel writer. Closing out the night is a performance by multi-media artist, Mimi Allin. Allin’s transformational work combines writing, performance and ritual. Her current project, The Burden of Purpose is a 49-day, 2-person study with 2-cycles performed with Haruko Nishimura at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

When asked about her work, Allin said “I invite my audience to transform by transforming myself.”

Between the Lines now welcomes submissions for the 2013. Writers and artists may email up to three pieces of writing or visual artwork  by Jan. 31, 2013 for consideration. Find out more here.

A free copy of the Between the Lines will be available to students, $10 for public.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Influenza claims three lives in Snohomish County: Vaccination is the best protection against this severe flu; plenty of vaccine in the county

News via the Snohomish Health District 

The Snohomish Health District reports three residents of Snohomish County died in recent days from the severe flu that is circulating throughout Western Washington. A Bothell woman in her 40s, an Everett woman in her 80s, and an Edmonds woman in her 80s died in late December in Snohomish County hospitals. All had underlying medical conditions

:We may be facing the most severe flu season since 2009,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum. “I urge everyone over 6 months of age to get an annual flu shot. It’s still the best weapon we have to fight the flu strains that are circulating this year. Wash your hands often, stay home if you are sick, and cover your cough!”

Snohomish County is well supplied with flu vaccine in providers’ offices as well as community clinics, pharmacies, and the Snohomish Health District clinics. The Health District stocks about 1,000 doses of adult vaccine, and 300 doses of children’s vaccine. More is available as needed.

Dr. Goldbaum noted that this year’s vaccines appear to be well matched for the two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B that are circulating this year. The three strains are H1N1A, H3N2A, and B/Wisconsin. The dominant strain is H3N2, which can cause more serious illness. As of Jan. 2, a surveillance report from two area hospitals shows 52 people have been hospitalized with flu symptoms since Nov. 1 in Snohomish County.

During the 2010-2011 influenza season, we received reports of 16 persons hospitalized with influenza; there was one death reported due to influenza. During the 2011-2012 season, 39 were hospitalized and there were two deaths. Thus, in Snohomish County this season to date compared with each of the past two entire seasons, more people have been hospitalized for or died from influenza.

The Washington State Department of Health reported three deaths in December in King and Pierce counties. Lab-confirmed deaths are reportable although many flu-related deaths may go unreported because they are not lab-confirmed or tested for influenza. The CDC estimates that up to 49,000 people could die from the flu this season.

 Flu shots are especially important for people at high risk for complications from the flu, including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and women who recently gave birth, and people with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and neurologic conditions. You need a fresh flu vaccine every year; last year’s vaccine won’t work on the current circulating strains.

Visit CDC for more information about the 2012-2013 flu season. To find flu vaccine in your ZIP code, go to the Flu Vaccine Finder page. You also can find good health tips and background about the flu at the Department of Health website.

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 Board and the Health District at

Celebration of Food Festival: Call for Vendors

Food Revolution Snohomish County, a movement aimed at encouraging growing, cooking, preserving, and eating real healthy food, brings a unique community event to Snohomish County.

The Celebration of Food Festival will be a free, family event where participants can taste, explore, and experience real food from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., May 19, at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

“This event brings together people who are passionate about delicious, local, wholesome food,” said organizer Chris Hudyma. “Farmers, growers, culinary professionals, youth, students, and business owners offer activities to inspire the enjoyment of real food.”

The Celebration of Food Festival is sponsored by Central Market, City of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College, PCC Natural Market, Sno-Isle Food Co-op, Swedish Edmonds, and Whole Foods Market Lynnwood. Thank you!

This event showcases: how to grow, where to purchase or how to prepare/preserve real food. We are once again looking for 50 + vendors representing: farming, edible plant production, food preparation, and farmers markets.

Food vendors’ products have to meet one or more of the following categories: sustainable, local, organic, and/or wholesome.

For a vendor application, contact Festival Coordinator, Chris Hudyma at

Edmonds CC Community Read welcomes author Jamie Ford on Feb. 27

Author Jamie Ford speaks at 12:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 27, in the Black Box Theatre  as part of this year’s 2012-13 Edmonds CC Community Read, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2009). This event is free and open to the public.

An award-winning short-story writer and New York Times bestselling author, Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Ford grew up near Seattle’s Chinatown. He is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who immigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford.” The 2012-13 Community Read, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, begins in 1986 outside the Panama Hotel in Seattle where the belongings of Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II have been discovered. The novel tells the story of first generation Chinese American Henry Lee and Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student who forge an unlikely friendship amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids of the 1940s.

A classroom discussion with Jamie Ford and Steve Sumida, a professor of Asian American literature at the University of Washington, follows the lecture at 3:45 p.m. in Snoqualmie Hall 201 on the topic of "Microaggressions, Multiculturalism, and Modern Day Racism in our Communities".

For Edmonds Community College students, the community read is also a scholarship opportunity. Students who read the book and submit a project inspired by it can apply for a scholarship that covers spring quarter tuition.

The Edmonds Community College Foundation funds three Edmonds CC Community Read scholarships. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Wed., Jan. 16. More information on the scholarships go to, The three scholarship recipients will be acknowledged at the lecture. This is the sixth year of the Edmonds CC Community Read.

Books have included: The Big Burn (2009) by Timothy Egan, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2009) by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World (2007) by Dan Koeppel; Middle Passage (1998) by Charles Johnson; and Zaatar Days, Henna Nights, Adventures, Dreams and Destinations Across the Middle East (2007) by Maliha Masood.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Student writes beauty column for My Edmonds News

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College student Aygin Ghorbani who has been writing a regular beauty column for My Edmonds News.

Her latest column is "Edmonds Beauty: Tips for looking and feeling better in the new year."

Aygin is a graduate of Meadowdale High School attending Edmonds CC on her way to the University of Washington.

Nice work, Aygin!

Four upcoming lectures at Edmonds CC Black Box Theatre

Edmonds Community College brings activist Angela Davis (Jan. 17), a panel of experts on the issue of human trafficking (Jan. 31), Seattle NAACP vice president Gerald Hankerson (Feb. 6), and author Jamie Ford (Feb. 27), to campus as part of its lecture series. All events take place in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave.W, Lynnwood.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 425.640.1139 or go to

Edmonds Community College's lunchtime lecture series brings thought-provoking and inspirational speakers to campus. Each quarter, a committee of students, faculty, and staff invite scholars, artists, activists, and community leaders to campus to spark discussion and reflection in our community. This quarter's lectures feature:

Angela Davis: In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day — 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 17, Black Box Theatre and 6:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street Southwest, Lynnwood

Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public sphere—has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Davis has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.

Human Trafficking: Human Trafficking Awareness Month — 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 31

Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Human trafficking can occur in any industry, including agriculture, construction, domestic service (housekeeper, nanny), restaurants, salons, commercial sex work, massage parlors, and small businesses. Representatives from the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network and the Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse will provide an overview of human trafficking from a local, national and global perspective.

Gerald Hankerson: In Honor of Black History Month — 12:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 6

At age 18, Gerald Hankerson was tried and convicted of accessory to a crime that resulted in a life sentence without parole. Hankerson was the alleged accomplice in a murder where others falsely implicated him, which resulted in his conviction and de facto death sentence. Hankerson was denied clemency in 2006, which caused many community and political leaders and grass-root organizations to form the “Coalition to Free Hankerson.” On April 9, 2009 at the age of 40, Gerald Hankerson was granted clemency and released from prison after serving 23 years. Currently he serves as VP of the NAACP in Seattle/King County, as well as an Executive Board Member of The Defender’s Association. Hankerson travels around the state and country discussing issues of the criminal justice system, as well as speaking at local schools and juvenile centers mentoring at-risk youth.

Jamie Ford: Edmonds CC Community Read Author — 12:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 27

Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was an IndieBound Next List selection, and a Borders Original Voices pick. Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who immigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name "Ford.” Ford is an award-winning short-story writer and an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. Edmonds CC Community Read scholarship winners will also be acknowledged at this event.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Unexpected Productions presents High Speed Improv

For 30 years, Unexpected Productions has been dedicated to teaching  and performing.  That dedication is getting ready to be amped up in a hilarious way...

Every Saturday night, 8:05 p.m., Unexpected Productions presents "High Speed Improv" in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College. Tickets $10, available here.

Working from nothing but audience suggestions and imagination, Unexpected Productions' professional comedy improvisers create a never-before-seen production right in front of your eyes. In this unique show, the sparks will fly, and so will the laughs. And, you will be there deciding the night's events and stories.

About Unexpected Productions: Unexpected Productions is Seattle's first and highly professional company dedicated to the art of improvisation, founded in 1983. UP  offers improv classes, personalized shows, and team building workshops as well as several different types of performances each week. They have performed all over the world.

Tickets: $10, available here.

LEAF School students' work makes the year in review

Edmonds and Everett community college students involved in the archaeology dig at Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo through the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School (LEAF, a series of anthropology classes at Edmonds CC) made the Mukilteo Beacon's 2012 Year in Review.

Their work cataloging artifacts and sharing findings is mentioned in the section, "Found artifacts tell story of lost community."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Auditions 'You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’

This Spring be a part of one of the best musicals around, ’You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’.

Peanuts tells the story of an average day in the ordinary life of a regular boy: Charlie Brown. But is Charlie Brown just a boy in a yellow shirt or is he everyman exploring the existential existence of life?  We'll leave that up for you to decide! Performances are May 15-19, 2013.

Sign-up for an audition starting January 2 via email, the Music Department or call 425-640-1357.  Auditions take place Jan. 7 & 8. For the audition, prepare a song from the Broadway or Jazz repertoire and a one-minute comedic monolog. Rehearsal pianists provided, no recorded music and please bring sheet music with you. Call backs are January 9 by invitation only. Non-traditional casting is being considered and auditions are open to all students, staff, faculty and community.

For more information call 425-640-1357.