(Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 04:17PM by Danielle Smyth)
Thirty miles southeast of Seattle there’s a little town made famous by David Lynch and Nintendo. While it may take you an hour to get there if traffic’s bad the evening of Saturday, April 20, you can make the trip to North Bend in comfort in a 2018 Ford Focus SE. And once you get there, all manner of jazz awaits.
The North Bend Jazz Walk features jazz for everyone: duets, trios, quartets, all-saxophone bands, torch singers, bebop, and big band jazz, as well as performances by some of the best up-and-coming young musicians in the high school ensemble series. You can purchase tickets in advance for $25 or pay $30 at the door. A single ticket lets you stroll through 14 different venues in a six-block area.
Here are some of the musicians who’ll be there: Kelly Johnson Trio, Dan Marcus & Trombonosaurus Wrecks, Dmitri Matheny Quartet, Danny Kolke Trio + Chris Fagan, Steve Treseler + Student Allstars, Elevation Gain, Milo Petersen with Steve Griggs, Drew Baddeley, Diana Page Duo, Thomas Marriott Quintet, Jennifer Kienzle & Cole Schuster, Bernie Jacobs Quartet, CWU Green Combo, Paul Green Quintet, Johnaye Kendrick Trio, Boxley ProAm Big Band, Jay Thomas, and the Intergalactic Four Tenor Sax Band.
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(Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 07:51AM by Danielle Smyth)
Let someone else organize the annual Easter egg hunt and take a cruise to Blake Island on Sunday, April 21, for Easter Brunch. Bring baskets for the kids. There are two planned egg hunts, one for children 5 and under, the other for ages 6 and up.
There’s something for everyone on the brunch menu, and when you’ve eaten, participate in one of the cultural activities and learn about the Coast Salish people. There’s a Mask Storytelling Dance, a Roasted Fish Demonstration, a Totem Pole Tour, and a Mask Presentation where dancers will talk about the symbolic meanings of the carvings and the spirit creatures, animals and myths of the region’s first inhabitants at the Tillicum Longhouse.
You’ll be visiting the birthplace of Chief Seattle at a camping ground used by the Suquamish tribe, now a 475-acre marine state park. Plan to spend the better part of the day (it’s a four-hour excursion). Ferries leave from Pier 55 in Seattle. Remember to leave the dogs and bicycles at home as the tour operators can’t accommodate either.
Wear your walking shoes so you can explore the beaches and trails while celebrating spring. And chocolate.
Head there in a brand new 2019 Ford F-150 XL. Sound Ford has several on the lot for you to test drive, so hurry in to our Renton, Washington, showroom today!
(Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 06:08AM by Danielle Smyth)
Leave the dog at home, but as the weather gets nicer, consider taking a trip to the Cougar Mountain Zoological Park just east of Seattle at 19525 SE 54th Street in Issaquah. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30AM to 5PM, general admission is $13.50. For the price of admission you’ll be able to meet endangered species like the blue throated macaw, which was once thought to be extinct. After a small population was found in Bolivia, captive breeding programs like the ones at Cougar Mountain have moved the macaw off the extinct list (it’s now merely critically endangered). There are also emu and crane habitats.
If you prefer mammals to birds, the zoo provides a home to Bengal tigers, gray wolves, reindeer, wallabies, and lemurs. The Bengal tiger is considered critically endangered, and breeding programs like the one at Cougar Mountain are essential to their survival. Lectures, animal walks, and demonstrations are all on offer at Cougar Mountain.
You can also pick up some Zoo Doo to use as a natural fertilizer or a few pounds of Carnivore Delight courtesy of the zoo’s predators, which will keep moose and deer out of your garden. Call ahead to pre-order.
But before you head to Issaquah, stop by Sound Ford to make sure you’re traveling in comfort and style. We have plenty of amazing vehicles in stock, including the 2019 Ford Fiesta SE. It’s a great family car, filled to the brim with safety features. Test drive one today!
(Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 04:28AM by Danielle Smyth)
If you’ve never been to America’s Car Museum in Tacoma (2702 East D Street), Spring Break is a great time to visit. From April 1 to 19, youth 12 and under are admitted free and students 13 to 18 can attend for half price when accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission is $18.
With more than 250 cars representing 100 years of automotive history, the ACM also has an additional 100 vehicles on loan from private collections. Celebrating “America’s love affair with the automobile,” the permanent collection includes a 1925 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup Truck and a snazzy red 1928 Ford Model A Cabriolet, as well as a 1994 “Flintmobile.”
The museum is open from 10AM to 5PM seven days a week. Stop by the store to pick up some neat Ford memorabilia, including a 1965 Mustang model or a 1908 Model T laser kit.
You can also visit the museum on one of its “Take A Spin Days” and go for a ride in an antique, pre-war classic, or “Fabulous Fifties” car.
It’ll be a lot easier to get there in a newer vehicle though, so check out Sound Ford’s new and pre-owned vehicles in Renton on the way. May we suggest a state-of-the-art 2019 Mustang GT? You're sure to love its power and beauty.
The events and attractions cover a 15-mile triangle bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River, and the Swinomish River Channel. Initially created in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce as a three-day festival, it’s grown and grown and for the last five years it’s been a month-long event. By 2016 the festival was hosting visitors from all 50 states and 93 foreign countries and included a million or more tulips and 150 different varieties.
It’s not just about the flowers though. Over the month of April, you can catch the Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair or the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, participate in a run or a series of bike rides, tour shellfish or cheese operations, or go to an art show or a concert. There’s also a youth basketball tournament. And there’s also an official Tulip Festival Wine.
If you’re looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle so you can get out of town more often, Sound Ford’s the place to start. Stop by our Renton, Washington, showroom for a test drive!
(Posted on Apr 5, 2019 at 09:50AM by Danielle Smyth)
You don’t have to own a monster truck to appreciate Motorsport Mayhem. Why not hop in a new Outrageous Outrageous Green (for spring) 2019 Ford Fiesta SE, available at Sound Ford in Renton, and take a trip to Puyallup’s Washington State Spring Fair April 11-14?
There’s a Monster Truck Show and rides, two demolition derbys, and pit parties. But if your idea of a ride is the Wild Cat, Extreme Scream, or the Rainier Rush, you can do that too.
While you’re there, check out the animal exhibits—the fair has almost everything, from goat yoga to Alaskan racing pigs and reptiles to rabbits.
There’s also free music and entertainment with admission to the fair, with Friday night’s feature a Battle of the Bands, with three bands playing original songs to compete for a $1,000 prize. Brewers Grade and Good Co will also be performing. Or you attend Fiesta Mexicana and drop in on the Professor Smart Science Show.
Regular admission is $12 ($10 for children 6-12 and free for kids under 5). The fair opens at 2PM on Thursday, April 11 and runs from 10AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday and 10AM to 8PM Sunday. But stop by Sound Ford just outside Seattle before you go, so you can make sure you arrive in style.
(Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 04:35AM by Danielle Smyth)
Whether you’re a foodie or a wine lover, Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine have partnered to create another “food and wine lovers’ wonderland.” From March 28-31, Taste Washington showcases more than 200 local winery samples, food from 65 restaurants, and features some very talented chefs.
This year’s lineup includes a Red & White Party, two farm-to-table field trips (Taste Washington on the Farm), seminars, wine tastings, and a Sunday Brunch.
Paid valet parking is available at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle or at nearby lots if you’re attending the seminars, and you can either drive or take a shuttle to the farm events. Aerlume Executive Chef Maggie Trujillo’s “The Art of Sourcing Local” at Fall City Farms is already sold out, but you can still make it to “Food, Farming & Cultivating Roots” at the Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, WA, where Chef Melissa Miranda will serve you a gourmet lunch augmented with sensational vintages from various Washington wineries. For dessert, try a sustainable, plant-based ice cream from Seattle’s Frankie & Jo’s. Complimentary transportation to the farm leaves from Filson, where you can park for the day for free in the lot across from from the store.
Drive responsibly if you are attending the event. You’ll appreciate a shiny new set of wheels to take you there. How about the beautiful 2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost? Spend some time admiring it and hanging out at the winery before you head home, however. It’s very important to never drink and drive. Best of all, this vehicle is earth-friendly, making it a great choice to pair with your sustainable, plant-based ice cream!
Stop by Sound Ford near Renton, Washington, today and take a test drive!
(Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 04:25AM by Danielle Smyth)
During her 63-year reign, Queen Victoria undoubtedly had many occasions to tell her subjects, “We are not amused.” But a trip to Port Townsend’s Victorian Heritage Festival is a chance to step into another era and see how they lived. Whether you choose to go to the opening reception, the art exhibit, one of several high teas, the garden party, the Victorian fashion show or the ball, you can learn about not just English but Washington State history in an informal and engaging way. Organized by Swashbuckle Industries, there are also several historic building tours of the Port Townsend Historic District, which was designed a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The town of less than 10,000 is known for its spectacular harbor and its Victorian architecture and calls itself a “Victorian Seaport and Arts Community.”
Visit the festival in a preowned Ford Taurus for the ultimate in reliability. It has only 55 miles to its name, making it a truly fabulous investment. There’s a lot to love, including an auto-dimming rearview mirror, SYNC infotainment system, and keypad entry.
If you miss this event, check out one of Port Townsend’s many other festivals, including those that celebrate wooden boats, kinetic sculptures, rhododendrons, and an annual jazz and blues fest.
Getting there: take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and continue north on WA-305. Allow at least two hours to get there.
(Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 05:46PM by Danielle Smyth)
With the news in February that Honda was going to close its Swindon, UK, manufacturing plant, rumors continue to swirl about where, exactly, the redesigned Civic Hatchback will be produced after 2021. The Civic Type R engine is assembled in Ohio, and Honda operates plants in Alliston, ON and Greensburg, IN to build its sedan models. Two Mexican Honda plants generate the Fit, HR-V and CR-V.
Honda’s CEO Takahiro Hachigo recently said, “Given our efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America.” And Honda spokesperson Jessica Pawl confirmed that, “the production location of the next-gen Civic” will “support our efforts to make optimal use of our global production network to meet the needs of our customers.”
The UK plant employs 3,500 workers and produces 150,000 cars a year. Of those hatchbacks and Civic Type Rs, 20 percent of Civics sold in the U.S. are hatchbacks. Of the 65 percent of Swindon-produced Civics in 2018, 55 percent went to the U.S.
Swindon Honda used to manufacture the Accord, the Jazz, and the CR-V SUV. The plant produced 160,000 cars were produced at the factory in 2018. That represents 10 percent of the U.K.’s overall vehicle production.
(Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 05:31PM by Danielle Smyth)
Despite a 74 percent increase of electrics sales, Ford managed to hang on to its ranking as third in global sales in 2018. Although Ford sales in Russia, Thailand and Brazil were good, the economic downtown in China meant Chinese sales were down. ”Ford sales in China fell 36.9% year on year to 752,243 in 2018, reflecting the overall market plunge,” said Dave Leggett, Managing Editor of just-auto.com.
But to put that in perspective, “Sales of new passenger vehicles in China plunged 19.3% year on year to 2.22m units in December 2018, the seventh consecutive month of decline, according to retail data released by the China Passenger Car Association.”
Ford partners with Changan Auto to manufacture cars in China. Hopefully more of those will be electric vehicles, since, “EV volume rose 74 percent to 1,261,000 vehicles, or about 1.5 percent of all new vehicle sales. Just two years earlier, the world saw only 391,000 EV sales.” The company plans to introduce 16 new models to the Chinese market. Sixty percent of its lineup will be new or refreshed by 2019.
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