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73-year-old Woodinville man excels at figure skating

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Looking dapper in a top hat and cane, David Mangels glides across the ice to the sound of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by the Mills Brothers.

At age 73, the Woodinville man is the oldest student his teacher, Charlene Hasha, has ever taught. Mangels has been taking figure skating lessons twice a week for 10 years.

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Pacific Distillery makes traditional absinthe

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

“Once you know the science, that’s where the art comes in,” explains Marc Bernhard, owner and master distiller at Pacific Distillery in Woodinville.

Bernhard produces absinthe and gin in small batches, and seven years after absinthe became legal in this country, Pacific Distillery is one of the largest and oldest absinthe producers in the U.S.
“It was never very popular in the U.S., even when it was legal” — which was about a century ago, Bernhard said. “Americans, for the most part, don’t have a taste for anise seed and fennel.”

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Live music and Christmas magic: Northshore’s Nutcracker delights close to home

  • Written by Emily Hamann

There are few songs more instantly associated with Christmas than the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. For more than a hundred years, The Nutcracker has delighted audiences and signaled the beginning of the Christmas season.

Northshore’s own performance of The Nutcracker opens on Dec. 6, and runs for two weekends. The show is at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell, and is put on by Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue.

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The hunt for the perfect tree: A guide to cut your own Christmas tree

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Maybe in your family, it’s a tradition to get bundled up, pile into the car and stomp through the woods or a tree farm, looking for the perfect tree to cut down and carry back to the car. Or maybe your family usually goes to the nearest pop-up tree lot to pick out your tree, or assembles the plastic tree from the cardboard box in the attic.

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