Hearing the drums outside our house is like hearing the ice cream truck. This means most of us are going to run out of the house to the end of the street where, at least once a non-COVID drop, we see a battery from what we assume is a local high school. Our next door neighbors were already on the porch by the time we put on our shoes, and for an anonymous family member, add pants. Then on the day of the walk, which fell on a Saturday this weekend, we walked alongside the children and their families participating in Sno-King Soccer at the Frances Anderson Field. It was familiar to see the area busy with games, little parking available, and adults rushing to make games on time.
Little bits of familiarity brought comfort to what I saw so much as a very long week. Obviously, the activity of the group and Sno-King is a little different from before, but I still recognized the look on the upper half of the parent’s face that I saw hurrying to get to the field on time while holding all the necessary items to make it through the game. I also recognized the little jump in the stage of a toddler heading to a fun event wearing the cutest matching gear.
While some are familiar and others brand new, there are options for indoor, outdoor, toddler, high school and family activities locally to do together.
Sno-Isle Libraries offers a 1,000-book reading challenge for the baby, toddler or preschooler in your life. When you register at sno-isle.beanstack.org, you can register the books you read together – Sno-Isle says “Brown bear, brown bear counts 20 times!” – complete “eight easy activities” that include cooking and signing while earning digital badges and keeping track of your favorite books to share together. For more information on Sno-Isle activity and all resources and events, you can visit Sno-Isle.org.
Edmonds Lacrosse, which offers lacrosse to girls in grades 3 through 12 in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Martha Lake and Mountlake Terrace, has two free fall clinics this month. The first is Sunday, October 3 at 1 p.m. at Old Woodway High School. These clinics are a great opportunity to try out a pressure-free sport and the clinic is “designed to teach girls basic lacrosse skills” and participants will review the “basics of throwing, landing, cradling, shooting and more ”. It is advisable to bring any equipment you may have, but there will be equipment available for those who do not. For more information or if you would like to attend this fall clinic, or the next one on Sunday October 24, you can register at EdmondsLacrosse.com.
The annual Orca Recovery Day Family Nature Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center in Ballinger Park. With a focus on saving Southern Resident Killer Whales, “participants will learn about local native and invasive plants, how to create habitat for birds, and why this type of conservation work benefits Puget Sound and can help local populations. ‘orcas’ – do you know how some things feel tailor-made for you? This event looks like that to me and I can’t wait! The first 60 households can register for a native plant to take home, and those with children in grades 3 and 4 can book a salmon lesson kit to take home. Organizers suggest bringing binoculars and dressing for the weather, they have also said “orca swag” will be available. When registering, you can choose from different native plant options, including Coastal Strawberry! You can find more information and register at https://bit.ly/3CJD2no.
he Edmonds School District is calling on all high school leaders to join the Student Superintendent Advisory Committee for the 2021-2022 school year. The district is looking for a “diverse group of students, including students who identify as Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC), LGQBTIA +, English Learners, Undocumented, Undocumented shelter / homeless, foster family and students with disabilities “to work alongside Superintendent Dr. Balderas and other district leaders. The committee, which meets with Dr. Balderas once a month and participates in a professional development meeting focusing on equity issues once a month, will help students in grades 9-12 to “develop leadership skills, policy development and collaboration ”alongside students in each of our districts. four high schools. If your student wishes to apply, they must do so before October 15th. More information, including several options for applying, can be found at bit.ly/StudentAdvCommittee.
– By Jennifer Marx
Jen Marx, a mother of two boys in Edmonds, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that tires them enough to get to bed on time.