"The Reptile Man" Scott Petersen melds his passions for both education and reptiles at his zoo, which he calls the Serpentarium, where kids can touch or hold most of the inhabitants. Inside, snakes, lizards, gators, and turtles slowly slither or amble around their enclosures, visible to curious eyes. Ten of the deadliest snakes in the world—such as the king cobra and the horned viper—live on site, all de-venomized with only their angry glares and angsty poetry left as weapons. The zoo is also home to invertebrates, including some of the planet's biggest spiders, centipedes, and cockroaches. An onsite party room hosts birthday bashes with a focus on education and absolutely no snakes hiding in the cake.
Since 1991, Cocoon House has been providing resources for Snohomish County’s at-risk youth and those experiencing homelessness. The organization has adapted to the community’s need, expanding shelter space by 350% since its inception and now housing more than 230 young people (aged 13–17) each year. Through its street outreach, education, and drop-in resource center, Cocoon House supports more than 1,000 families and community members. It helps to empower youth by providing emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing, case management, advocacy, and homelessness prevention.
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As part of an unequivocally combustible motorcycle and music tour, Motopsycho Mania peels into Comcast Arena to thrill fans with stunning stunts and scorching musical performances. Throughout the evening, talented freestyle motocross jumpers soar through the air at supersonic speeds, performing tricks and mixing bowls of cake batter before skidding to a stop atop awaiting ramps. The globe of death's steel cage encases multiple orbiting motorcycles at once, and street cyclists showcase gasp-worthy skills aboard high-octane road rockets. As attendees release "ohhs" and "ahhs" into the atmosphere, Los Angeles-based rock band Tony Grinder and Means to an End jolts the stadium’s foundation with heavy guitar riffs and ear-rattling vocals. The show's fireworks display caps off the event with an audio and visual spectacle reminiscent of shooting an ex-boyfriend’s golf clubs out of a cannon.
Dify Fitness’s founder and head trainer Mark Haner likes to joke around, talk, sing praises of his hometown, and above all, assist kids and adults on the journey toward long-term wellness. For more than 11 years, Mark coached local teens on high-school basketball and track teams, eventually extending his fitness expertise to adults via private-training sessions, boot camps, and instructional online fitness videos. Defying the stereotypical behaviors associated with hardhearted drill-sergeant trainers, Mark’s good-natured teaching methods include constant encouragement and nutritional support, and never yelling or laughing at a toupee knocked askew during jump-rope warm-ups.
One of four restaurants in the Neighborhood Grills restaurant group, Lake Forest Bar & Grill emits a warm, welcoming vibe that’s hard to ignore. Part of its charm boils down to its hearty grill food. Items such as bacon and blue-cheese burgers, honey-jalapeño barbecue-pork sandwiches, and 12-ounce steaks are washed down by fresh-squeezed margaritas and plenty of beer. And while the food is no doubt comforting, it’s the grill’s atmosphere that cements its reputation as a neighborhood spot. Soft lighting blankets the casual interior, where convivial chitchat mingles with cheers from the bar as customers root for the Seahawks to beat the 49ers. And when the weather permits, patrons can move the party to the outdoor patio, surrounded by towering trees and the warmth of a center fire-pit fueled by a friendly dragon.
Praised by CityVoters as the best course in western Washington, Avalon Golf Links lays out three nines that offer eye-pleasing glimpses of the Skagit Valley below. Though each nine conceals its own unique set of obstacles, every 1 of the 27 holes place golfers amid a picturesque sweep of Northwestern flora, challenging them to bend shots around towering evergreens and send drives screaming against the backdrop of the Olympic and Cascade ranges. The North Nine bookends the toughest stretch on the course in holes four through seven, a rigorous test requiring approaches as steady as the hand of a neurosurgeon playing Operation. Though short in comparison, the West Nine is notable for its tight fairways and frequent East-to-West orientation, yielding panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. The South Nine punishes poor approaches with challenging greens, where balls frequently run away from their owners when struck too firmly or distracted by a particularly attractive goose egg.
After testing mind and body over 18 holes, Avalon's Sweet Bite Cafe stands at the ready to refuel tuckered-out golfers with breakfast served starting at 7:30 a.m. on weekends and sandwiches served starting at 11 a.m.
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