Edmonds Kind of Play: Info on Running Start, Mountain Bike Team, Hip-Hop Live Stream – and Library Events

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Just this week I was sent a video of a friend’s kid finding out she had been accepted to a college she applied to I saw a post about another friend’s teen in car to practice and I received a text in a group chat that included information about running Start from Edmonds College. If you are interested or even curious about Running Start, Edmonds College is hosting two upcoming information nights about the program. These Running Start family nights will take place on Zoom and you will be able to find out where to start and ask a Running Start representative all your questions. Tuesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. is Running Start Family Night and Wednesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. is Running Start Family Night: STEM Focus. Edmonds.edu explains that Running Start is “a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college-level courses without paying tuition,” providing them with both high school credit and college for these courses. All juniors and seniors are welcome regardless of “your English placement or GPA” and the info page goes on to say “we don’t turn anyone away”. For more information and to register for any of the family home evenings, you can visit Edmonds.edu.

The Edmonds Mountain Bike Team Courtesy of Team Facebook Page

Much of what I find comes from other families sharing or posting events they are involved in. Recently, a mom I met in lacrosse just messaged me to tell me about the sport she switched from lacrosse to playing – mountain biking! The Edmonds MTB teams are starting a new season. Middle school riders, which covers grades 6-8, and high schoolers will train in small groups with “similar riding experience and skill level.” Practices run from February to April, with locations within an hour’s drive. The races, which begin in late April, are held in Gig Harbor, Roslyn, Winthrop and Spokane, and the club recommends making all travel arrangements as soon as possible. You can find more information at Facebook.com/EdmondsMTB and if you are interested in registering, you can email EdmondsMTB@gmail.com to get the link and password.

This week, the Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Culture Department posted information on their mailing list, asking “Would you like to be the first to know when registration begins for Spring and Summer programs ?” Uh, yes, I know that. It’s so overwhelming to keep track of all the camp options and the good ones fill up so fast! All I had to do was follow the link, Google auto-filled the information, then I promised I was not a robot. The page also has the latest information on open facilities with contact numbers for parks and recreation and other city options like Discovery Programs and Meadowdale Preschool. I could go on and on about the great programs offered for children through Edmonds and our surrounding towns as well, and honestly, sometimes I do. For more information and to get on the list, you can visit EdmondsWA.gov.

Courtesy of Edmonds Center for the Arts

This next event is from a mailing list I’m already on! The email from the Edmonds Center for the Arts announced one of my favorite concerts, the Indigo Girls in early 2017. The latest email states that the Edmonds Center for the Arts presents a hip-hop orchestra experience Together Mik Nawooj on February 10 in a free educational livestream at 10 a.m. and concert at 7:30 p.m. “Hip-Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates Metamusic by sampling the principles of hip-hop and classical.” The music is described as “rigorous, nuanced, accessible and free from the dogmas of the Western European concert music aesthetic”. This one-hour event will include an interactive Q&A session with the artists. The livestream is available to local schools, home schools and families whose students are currently learning remotely” and will be available for on-demand playback until February 17. For more information and to buy tickets, you can visit ec4arts.org.

I find out about library programs in a variety of ways, during one of the too many hours on social media I spend each day and there is also a storefront outside the front doors of Edmonds Library which displays flyers about upcoming Sno-Isle events. This week I saw one that covers three online events in February, one for PreK through 5th, one for teens, and one for the whole family. Children can “move and shake while studying the effects of exercise on the human body.” Activities include learning how to take your pulse and raise your heart rate while learning about fitness, biology, and health.

On Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 6:30 p.m., Sno-Isle welcomes Valentine Vampires! for teenagers. Dr. Kaitlyn Casimo – “a science communicator, neuroscientist and theater nerd” – will lead an introduction to the human circulatory and cerebrovascular system.

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Edmonds Library Lunar New Year Wishing Tree

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate Lunar New Year after a successful inaugural Edmonds Lunar New Year celebration, families can continue celebrating Lunar New Year on Tuesday, February 15 at 4 p.m. Participants “will sing a song in Chinese, listen to different traditions and find out what animal the coming year will be. Aries Wang, who the library says “develops high-quality online and offline courses and educational content for Mandarin and English learners of all ages,” will lead the event. Edmonds Library also has a wishing tree atop its display of holiday books. Library visitors can add their wish while checking their books.

You can find more information and registration for each of these events at Sno-Isle.org.

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, a mother of two boys in Edmonds, is always on the lookout for a fun place to take the kids that tires them out enough to go to bed on time.

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