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kender AR.TS & sb' FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF NORTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY .t- THE MARYSVILLE GLOBE. tmlgt m Small-town girls brave the cosmopolitan Vancouver B.C. by Sarah Arney The Weekender t was a delightful weekend in Vancouver, even though we were mourning. To appease the pain of Nevonne McDaniels' impending depar- ture from The Arlington Times this summer, she and Kay Brooks and I decided to take a trip to Vancouver B.C. on Canada's Day of Mourning. What a cosmopolitan place it is! On this two-night excursion to our neighbor city to the north, we tasted Greek calimari, Japanese sushi, Indian samosas, "fusion* cuisIne and Dragon's Breath. We saw Emily Carr's paintings at the Vancouver Art Museum and walked up and down the crowded Robson street several times. We enjoyed the kind hospitality of two nice hotels right in the center of downtown Vancouver, coordinated by Vancou- ver Tourism. The Sheraton Le Solefl is a "European-style" hotel, decorated richly In all red and crimson, with suns smiling at you every where you look-- a manifestation of the "Le 8olell" theme. A cute h~faeesurr deatgn adorns every door, sta- tionary, towels, sham- poo bottles and pillows. Our 11th-floor room faced northwest toward Coal Harbor over a con- strnction project which entertained us by work- ing on Saturday morn- ing. We watched the crane swing as we basked in the luxury of our pretty business suite, special for women. The suite fea- tured a tiny living room with a couch, two wing- back chairs patterned with big black flies woven in the tapestry. The small bedroom was filled to the brim with a queen-sized bed and a large wooden armoire full of amenities like thick terry cloth robes (with sun design) and an umbrella, also with sun design. "This umbrella is offered as a service for guests of our hotel.., if you wish to purchase one, please see the concierge in the lobby," declared a sign on the wall. It was very nice courtesy, considering the unpre- dictable weather of Vancouver. On this late April weekend, we met with several showers. We got drenched on return from dinner Friday night, because we failed to take the umbrellawith us. Sunday morn- ing, we never stepped out of Hotel Vancouver until It was time to leave because of dismal downpour ours/de. We mourning women left the office early Friday to make full use of our first night on the town. The two- hour drive Into Vancouver tookthree hours after we met with the southbound commuter lanes near the George Massey Tunnel under the Frazer River on Route 99, Other routes into town may be less congested on a Friday afternoon.., but I can't say for sure, since we were stuck on Route 99. Friday night we were accompanied by Kate CoUey of Vancouver Tourism for dinner at ZIN restaurant and bar, courtesy of the restaurant. We learned all about "fusion* at Zin. The dark, upscale bar/restaurant is located in the lobby of the Pacific Palisades Hotel amidst the frantic activity of Robson Street. With names on the menu like "global soup" and spaghetti quatro pomodori, the naan with tomato mint chutney ($ 7) and Asian fry bread with spicy eggplant ($7) appetizers were definitely a taste trip across the planet. The mussels steamed in a garlic broth were very creatively topped with potatoes frites (fries) and topped with garlic aioli ($10) -- that's a Greek version of tarter sauce. Our party ordered two vegetable pako- ras ($14), the special halibut on rice with cabbage and "yeller* sauce (a lemony aioli) and sake-cured salmon with a soba noodle pancake and ponzu ($18). We started the meal with an assortment of exotical- ly-named martinis and ended it with two desserts and coffee drinks to wake us up for dancing. ~, "- After our dinner at ZIN, Kate suggested we go to Granville Street to fInd a club with live music. We found Babalu's and several other places with a line of 20- and 30-somethings waiting to get in. Then we paid $5 cover at Fred's to have a~g~rink In what turned out to be a sports bar. Not fInding a dance floor to suit our fancy, we retreated to the luxu- ry of our sunshine Shera- ton for the rest of the evening and stayed there until check out the next morning. The elegant luxury hotel has no pool or spa, but guests can go across the street to the full-service YWCA includ- ing an ozonated swim- ming pool, steam room and "extensive fitness facilities.* ~Nm~'/Oewee~x~ We didn't venture over there. We did, however, scout around the hotel a bit on our way to a com- plimentary breakfast buffet at Oritalia's Fine Dining Restaurant in the hotel: Fruit and yogurt and pastries and coffee. A nice-enough woman with a French accent, the waitress gave us decent service -- filling our coffee cups when needed -- and made it clear that "grats" were not included in the complimentary buffet break- fast. Even though the breakfast was free for us, we were surprised to see the bill for $58. Albeit Canadian dollars (.62 U.S.) and a very luxurious place, it still seemed a bit steep for a cold breakfast. Located on Hornby Street In the financial district of Vancouver, the Sheraton Le Solell is two blocks south of the water of Burrard Inlet and Coal Harbor, not far from Vancouver's cruise ship terminal, and Just four blocks away from the hopping Robson Street. The hotel boasts a special program for the female business traveler, "Elle Suites," with office supplies in the room, including a fax and copier, a list of events that might appeal to women, a discount coupon book, nylons and low-fat snacks in the mlnlbar. Be cautious, however -- many of the mlnlbar selec- tions have a price tag. A portion of the hotel's proceeds Art enthusiasts bask in the early spri~ sun at the Vancouver Art Galtety in Vancouver B.C. The art museum is right across the street from Hotel Vancouver, where thr~f~D spend the weekend mourning an impending loss. VANCOUVER, see page C2 Garden club recognizes city gardeners by Sarah Arney The Weekender ~lTe Arlington is hosting its annual Garden Club cheon seminar and plant sale Saturday, May At the luncheon the club will announce the winners of a new award which will be presented annually to an Individual, group of individuals, business or club that substantially contributes to maintaining or expanding the green space of Arlington. The first award, this year, goes to Terri Littlejohn and Sarah Hegge, the City of Arlington's parks supervisor and senior parks maintenance worker. "Terri and Sarah are the people who make our city bloom all sum- mer,"said John Pederson, gen- eral services maintenance department operations man- ager. Little, john and Hegge are also responsible for the seasonal decorations that pop up around town on holl., from north Seat- lrm,H LlttleJohn ~helds az~ tie, LittleJohn leas at the rookery or3 the DM$1Qn st~ted working S~ee~ ed~ance t.downtqwo: !he ..... for the dr,/.,. dtfs po'~ su~visor. Uttlejohn ar~ her assistant Sarah Hegge will ~,cetve an award Saturday from the Arlington Garden Club for maintaining green space for the community. parks depart- ~ on apart- time basis In 1983 and became a full- time employee in 1988. Little- john is certified In ballfield maintenance, playground safety and she is a creative landscape designer. She is skilled at greenhouse operations, turf care, carpentry, plumbing and electrical maintenance. "Terri cares about the work she and her crew do to improve the quality of life of our city's residents," Pederson added. An ArlIngton native, Sarah Hegge started working for the parks department as a summer employee In 1989 and became a full-time employee in 1991. "She is a talented artist and landscape designer," Peder- son said. And she, too is certified In ball field maintenance and playground safety. Her expertise ranges from greem house operations and plant ~opagation to building mainte- nance, turf care and irrigation design, Installation and main- tenance. "There's just nothing this young lady can't do," he added. One of Hegge's latest accomplishments is the landscap- ing design for the city's new cemetery maintenance build- trig. Planting around the building will begin soon, and should be largely in place in time for Memorial Day. In response to the award, Littlejohn said, "It's nice to know that some people notice what we do." The garden dub luncheon and plant sale also features a talk by Scott Conner, host of Scott Conner's Gardening in the Northwest radio show at 7 am. every Saturday and Sun- day on KOMO Radio. He will discuss the use of native plants and the benefits of encotmqling friendly bugs into your garden, said club member Vii'8/nia Hatch. ~ckets to the luncheon are $ I0 and are available at The Arlington Times office. The event is at the Immaculate Con. ceptton Church, 1200 East Fifth. The plant sale begins at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. For information call 360- 403-1011 X-TP, EME BULLS challenge cowboys The Weekender stuff TACOMA -- Watch out Puget Sound, 36 of the meanest, rankest northwest bulls and .the most experienced bull riders in the country will be up against each other at X- Treme Bull Riding at the Tacoma Dome May 19, 7 p.m., sponsored in part by McCabes ,American Music Cafe. In a sport where the bull and the bull rider split the score based on performance, the best bulls and the best riders In combi- natlon make for a great show. Professional Bull Riders stock contractor Corey and Horst Rodeo Company will be supplying the bulls for this year's event. Their bulls will be featured on six nationally televised Bud Light PBR events this season Including the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, NV. Some of the top butl riding talent from across the country including Bull Riders Only World Championship Riders Rex Phillips, Bryan Barker and Lee Green Jr., along with 14 time PRCA Columbia Circuit FInals bull rider Richard Stapleman will he at the Tacoma Dome to show their talents with hopes of winning a piece of over $11,000 hn prize money. As an invitational, all athletes appearing BULLS, see page C8 DullJn . spurs his way out the chute during me 2000 Bull Riding Washington State Finals in Darrington.