Floral design at Carl Gipson Sr. Ctr

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This Spring, explore Ikebana Floral Design with a free class presented by the floral designers at Solie Funeral Home. Come join us, have a snack, chat with friends and create a work of art! Spring is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. Come join us to create your own floral design in the Japanese “Ikebana” style. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. Spring is a time when we feel close to nature, which provides relaxation for the mind, body and soul. Join us and explore your inner floral designer. Celebrate the beauty of spring. Wednesday, April 12th from 10 to 11 am. Carl Gipson Senior Center 3025 Lombard Avenue, Everett Wa.

 

 

Everett’s Historic Rucker Mansion

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Hidden deep on the outskirts of Everett, overlooking the Port Gardner Bay, lies the Rucker Hill historic district, while filled with beautiful homes, this neighborhood holds Everett’s crown jewel, the Rucker house, better known as Rucker Mansion.

Built in 1905 the Rucker Mansion was first home to Jane Morris Rucker her two sons and one daughter in law. The Rucker’s were most noted for establishing the Everett Land Company which transformed the city of Everett into what the city has become today. The home is currently privately owned, and became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Aside from the beautiful sight of Rucker Mansion, along the lengthy winding road that leads there,  a surprise awaits in the form of Rucker Hill Park, I would strongly encourage anyone who loves to watch sunrises or sunsets to check out the beautiful view. 

A Place to remember….Holyrood Cemetery

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Holyrood cemetery is located slightly off the freeway in Shoreline. It overlooks Lake Ballinger, providing it’s visitors with a magnificent view. Holyrood Cemetery dedicated on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 1953.  It officially opened its gates on January 2, 1954. Holy Rood is a Catholic cemetery with section names like, “God’s Acre”, “Nazareth” and “City of God” The grounds are filled with beautiful statues representing Catholic icons. Holyrood is also scattered with trees of many varieties, which offer a quiet place for reflection. Holyrood is immaculately maintained by its helpful and friendly staff. It boasts not only beautiful stone monuments, but also impressive columbarium walls and a stately chapel mausoleum where mass is held in both English and Spanish. For more information about Holyrood and the service they offer, or to plan a visit to the cemetery call (206)363-8404 

Holyrood Cemetery
205 NE 205th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155 

Mass Schedule:http://www.acc-seattle.com/docs/mass%20schedule%202016.pdf

Green Burial in Snohomish County

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Woodlawn Cemetery is one of only four cemeteries in the state of Washington that has green burial options available. The green burial section of the cemetery was designated in 2009 and is endorsed by the Green Burial Council. This section of the cemetery is located just North of the office on the side of the grounds. Some of the graves are adorned with simple markers, others are more formal and some have opted to plant flowers in lieu of traditional monuments. In order to be buried in the Green section of the cemetery decedents must either be in a biodegradable casket or placed in a shroud. The cemetery does also offer biodegradable grave liners to accommodate this burial choice. With every loved one that is placed in this section, the cemetery will also plant a tree in their memory as a way of giving back to the environment. As a result, the area is scattered with youngling trees that will continue to grow with the cemetery.
For more information about the Green Burial options available at Woodlawn call (360) 568-5560.

 

 

Our local Veteran’s Center-Here to serve

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The Everett Veterans Center 3311 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201

The Everett Veterans Center is an organization that is committed not only to helping veterans, but also those they leave behind. Depending on eligibility, surviving spouses or dependent children can apply to receive a Survivor’s Pension. This amount, and the eligibility to apply for it, are largely dependent on the survivor’s income and it factors in the burden of medical expenses related to the death. The Veterans Center can also help surviving families apply for Burial Benefits, which help to cover the cost of funeral expenses. These are awarded depending on the circumstances at the time of death. The officers at the Veterans Center are also able to help facilitate the acquisition of a headstone or marker, honorary flag and Presidential Memorial Certificate to which all honorably discharged veterans are entitled. Another service they provide is organizing an Honor Guard to be present at the funeral service of a veteran.  In addition to these services for officers, The Veterans Center helps by providing bereavement counseling for the families of their clients, as well as those who have lost loved ones serving in active duty. Losing a loved one is never easy and the Veterans Center strives to help families of those who served our country to navigate through a confusing time and receive the assistance they deserve.
Everett Veterans Center
3311 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201 (425) 252-9701
http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/

Photos and summary by
Natalie Vause

Both Artist and Mortician-Steve Jensen

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Solie blog update-August 21st, 2016-Director Holly Mattie visits the Museum of Northwest Art 121 South 1st St. LaConner, WA

Today started out cool and cloudy with the soft smell of lavender.  The perfect type of day to connect with the rich art of northwest locals. The Museum of Northwest Art sounded perfect.  Once I arrived, my friend and I were pleasantly surprised that there were no admission fees today and happily donated.  Upon circling the ground floor collections I discovered my favorite artist of the weekend. A one Mr. Steve Jensen has art on display at M.O.N.A. It is earthy and solid, yet sparkles in the light.  Some pieces even hang like ornaments from above. He has a story that covers the full rainbow of life and his art often honors a loved ones journey to the end.  I look forward to reading more on his beautiful yet, bold works.

Photos and summary by:
Holly Mattie

voyagerSteve Jensen-The Voyager Series

http://www.monamuseum.org/

http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/cw/currents/the_art_of_transition

My best friend Sylvain did a drawing of a boat. When he gave it to me, he asked if I would make a carved boat for his ashes when he passed. He died a month later and I carved a boat as close to Sylvain’s drawing as possible. My mother came to Sylvain’s funeral and was so moved by the boat I had made for Sylvain that she wanted my father’s remains placed in a similar vessel when he passed. Since he was a Norwegian fisherman and boat builder we buried the boat at sea, like a Viking funeral. Two years later when she passed, I created a boat for her and buried it at sea with my father. The day before John, my partner of twenty two years, passed, he asked me to make a boat for his ashes. His wish was to be buried at sea with my parents. In the course of eight years I had tragically lost and buried everyone close to me.

Since that time I have created funeral boats for friends, family, and pets. Art school never prepared me to work with human or animal ashes, but I feel honored to be asked and to have this opportunity. When I work with them, I feel transformed to another time or another place, an artist who has been asked to be both a craftsman and mortician.  I began the Voyager Series to help me deal with my own grief and loss, and with hope to provide relief for others dealing with their own sorrow.  I made this work as personal as possible because death is such a sensitive subject for many people.  I felt that by exposing myself and my family, the viewers of this work might feel more at ease.  Hopefully, for those who may be dealing with their own personal grief and loss, perhaps solace and insight can be found in this series.

I created the boats in this series approximately the same size as the actual boats used for burial. Carved in wood, painted or sculpted, this work is a direct result of these experiences. Death is the one final thing we all have in common. The universal image of a boat in many cultures and civilizations symbolizes a voyage, perhaps the voyage to the “other side”, or the journey into the unknown.

-Steve Jensen

 

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