Edmonds Kind of Play: Frances Anderson Center reopens, plus gardening for kids and drama camp

The Frances Anderson Center (FAC) celebrated its reopening this week after being closed to visitors due to COVID. FAC will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They invite you to check out the upgrades they made during the shutdown, including new flooring, paint, and a few new staff to meet too!” They also reminded us that registration for their summer camps and programs will begin on April 4th.

As we head outside between or during the rain we’re expecting in the spring, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Culture Departments have taken to social media to let us know it’s the Edmonds owl breeding season. The post said “breeding owls can be extremely protective of their nests and young and may attack walkers and runners who venture too close”. Those who live near or frequent Seaview Park tell stories about their local owl being known for such behavior. If you see an owl, the city recommends that you give it space and consider altering your course – and if you “get ‘dived'” by an owl, you are advised to leave the area immediately to avoid the wounds”. I’ve been walking around Yost Park at least once a week for years and I’ve seen lots of owls, and although I haven’t been ‘dipped’ yet, although I’ve heard it happens to others. However, I had a hummingbird in a straight line for my head as I stopped on the trail and you wouldn’t think it would be as loud or direct as that.

Edmonds Library exhibits on spring and gardening.

The Edmonds Floretum Garden Club has been busy. First, they have a new artwork installation on the fence outside the FCC. The club has received a grant from the city and a Mona Smiley Fairbanks ‘dahlia garden’ will be on display for the next six months. Floretum also donated and planted 6,000 daffodil bulbs around Edmonds, including outside the library. If you’re at Edmonds Library to see the daffodils, you can head inside to find a display with children’s books on spring and gardening! If you want to take a self-guided walk around the daffodils, you can visit EdmondsFloretumGardenClub.org for all information.

Children on the climbing wall at Kruckeberg Botanical Garden.

The club has also partnered with the Kruckeberg Botanical Garden for a free family event to celebrate spring. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, kids can “plant a fairy garden to take home, participate in a springtime scavenger hunt, and climb the Wood Wave climbing frame.” While supplies last, each child can get a kit to plant and take home. For more information on the Free Family Event or the Krukerberg Camps, you can visit Kruckeberg.org.

OK, before I mention a fun new camp by Alley Bell Music, I have two things to cover from the Edmonds School District. First, volunteers will be welcomed back into local schools starting the week of April 11, just after spring break. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit the volunteer page on Edmonds.Wednet.Edu for the information and documents needed to participate. In addition to the required background check, “all volunteers are required to verify COVID-19 vaccination status or receive an approved waiver.”

Then… Being a little too nostalgic, I frequently consult my Facebook memories. A post from when my eldest was in third grade explains how a local library, I believe Lynnwood, showed us how to get a lot of good information for the required cultural project that we really needed at the time. The “Culture Grams”, which include the kind of information he needed for his project, can be found HERE. This week, registration for a new camp offering from Alley Bell Music has opened. Luckily, I have Sarah Richárd, manager of Alley Bell Music, as a contact in my phone, but mostly for video games arranged online between her oldest and my youngest. It was helpful to ask Richárd about their summer musical theater camps. There will be a Kids Camp for 8-10 year olds and a Tweens and Teens Camp for 11-14 year olds. Campers can “come and learn what it takes to be a ‘triple threat’ in the acting world” with instructions on choreographed acts. and several audition “cuts” (I learned that meant about a minute of music and a monologue) to hone their theatrical skills. Campers will prepare a final number to be performed at Centennial Plaza in front of their adoring fans. Each group will be limited to 10 campers, and registration can be found for this and other Alley Bell Music offerings at AlleyBellMusic.com.

— 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.