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Woodinville Garden Club celebrates its 35th Year

  • Written by Hazel Beatty


This garden sits in front of Leota Middle School. Principal Audee Gregor/courtesy photo


WOODINVILLE — With the onset of fall, we all look back on the past year and plan for the one to come.

The Woodinville Garden Club began the 2019-2020 year just this way. As the Woodinville Garden Club members mark the beginning of their 35th year, they reflect on the one past. 

The club’s many committees worked tirelessly to support the club’s mission to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participate in civic beautification and enjoy friendship while in pursuit of these activities.

The Garden Club’s profits from its fundraising projects are donated in many directions. These include scholarships, the environment, World Gardening, Youth Gardening, and Garden Therapy.
The Woodinville Garden Club awarded one scholarship in 2019 to June Landenburger, a Tacoma High School graduate studying Landscape Design at the University of Texas. She became interested in this career after working in a landscape position as an undergraduate student at the University of Washington where she earned her degree in Environmental Science.

The Pollinator Project sponsored by 21 Acres, the Sammamish Grange, and other community partners received a donation from the club’s Environment Committee. The bee population is an important concern for Woodinville and worldwide.

The World Gardening committee donated funds to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. The donation was designated for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Eight Penny Pines Plantations will be planted with the donation, equivalent to approximately 1,600 saplings. 

The Youth Gardening committee and funds from the club’s Reserve Fund were honored to help facilitate and urban/school “farming” project called “Leota Grows” at Leota Middle School. The project allowed students to participate in the construction, soil building, planting, watering, maintenance and harvesting of new, wheelchair-accessible garden beds.

The Garden Therapy committee supports the Northshore Health and Wellness Center in Bothell. Club members rejuvenated the flowerpots and a garden bed with new soil, compost and fertilizer and then planted flowers and vegetables in them.

Many of the plants used were grown from seed by the club. The drip irrigation to the flowerpots was updated, chairs were purchased for garden enjoyment and new hoses were purchased for the Center to make watering easier.

The Reserve Committee conducts careful research for major donations and proposes ideas to the membership for consideration.

n 2017, the club donated the DeYoung Park fountain. A few of the recipients of past donations include the Bellevue Botanical Garden, Woodinville Fields, the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden.

The Woodinville Garden Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary during the upcoming year. Our popular Plant Sale in May and the exceptional Tour of Gardens in July will once again be held.

Please see the website, for details. The club is looking forward to another year of gardening and giving.

Community Calendar


Rotary Club 28th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction
Saturday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bear Creek Country Club.
The 28th Annual event benefits community-based Peace Projects or more information visit

Live Music Saturdays
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Saturday, Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Visit Lauren Ashton Cellars EVERY Saturday for free live music and wines by the glass or bottle. For more information or to check out the lineup of musicians visit

Special City Council meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 to 7 p.m. at Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave.
Following the Special Meeting, the City Council will meet for their regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. Preliminary agendas are posted at City Hall, the post office and in the Meeting Portal. Meetings are held on the first, second and third Tuesdays of the month and are webcast and broadcast on Woodinville channel 21 (Comcast) and channel 41 (Frontier). For more information visit

Planning Commission
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. NE.
Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month.

Justin Young’s 1st Annual Cabin Fever Jazz Concert
Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Woodinville Sports Club, 15327 140th Pl NE.
Bring your lawn chair. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets available at

Woodinville High School Hispanic Heritage Festival
Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WHS, 19819 136th Ave.

Public Spaces Commission
Thursday, Oct. 24
6:30 p.m. at Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. NE.
Meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Woodinville High School Fall Play
Saturday, Oct. 26
7 to 10 p.m. at the WHS Theatre, 19819 136th Ave. NE.

Join us for a fun evening of Art & Drafts! Enjoy small works by our local artists for sale as well as $5 RoadTrip Detour IPA pint special. If you’re interested in participating in our Open Mic Night, please contact Nicole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Calling all poets, musicians and comedians! Free and family-friendly.

Woodinville High School College, Career and Job Fair
Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The WHS College and Career Counselor department are hosting a College, Career and Job Fair at Woodinville High School. WHS is looking for companies that offer tuition assistance, apprenticeship programs and are in need of Christmas season help. For more information contact Ruth Krochmalny at 425-408-7428.

Emmanuel Farm Fall Fest
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19540 104th Ave NE. Live music, games, cider press, crafts, pumpkins, and soup.

Underground Bothell Beer Festival
Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, Oct. 19, Noon to 6 p.m., at the Bothell City Hall Garage.
Over 50+ craft beers and ciders, food, and live music. Must be 21. Get tickets at

Safe Halloween
Thursday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. along Main Street, Bothell. The event is free. Free parking is available in the City Hall parking garage. For more information visit or call 425-806-6760.

Sno-Valley Senior Center
Annual Gala & Auction
Prom Night
Saturday, Oct. 19
Doors open at 5 p.m. at the McMenamins Anderson School
Tickets available at

Fall is Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center’s most bountiful and beautiful season! Celebrate with us at our month-long October Fall Festival featuring live music, food trucks, hayrides, fall activities, and laid-back farm fun for all ages! Take a shot with our fun pumpkin slingshot. Parking is free. Some festival activities require magic beans; see the Oxbow website for full activity details.
Hours: Oxbow's Pumpkin Patch and Farm Stand are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Festival activities, like arts & crafts, hayrides, music, and food vendors, are held on weekends only.
Live music lineup:
October 12th and 13th | 1-4 p.m.: Baby Gramps
October 19th and 20th | Noon-4 p.m.: The Tallboys
October 27th | Noon-4 p.m.: Mr. and Mrs. Something




Jaeden Luke brings his fresh acoustic pop to Woodinville

  • Written by David B. Clark
Jaeden learned to play the guitar at the age of 9. Jaeden Luke/courtesy photo


Woodinville — With an easy air of confidence and swagger, it is wildly apparent how Jaeden Luke — who’s not yet 20 years old — has brought his acoustic pop to Seattle staples like The Triple Door.

Outdoing himself before he reaches his 21st birthday Jaeden most recently had the opportunity to open for Chis Isaak at Woodinville’s Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.

It turns out, wineries are offering the perfect backdrop to compliment his sweet, emotional music.

Jaeden's summer has been absolutely stocked. His debut album, Free of Me, dropped on July 19. Luke wrote and produced the entire full-length album himself.

Drawing comparisons to the likes of Ed Sheeran, the young singer knows how to swoon a room. Jaeden has been in Bothell his whole life and has a tremendous tie to his family. His inspiration through The Beatles began when was 9 years old and he immediately started playing music. He was given a guitar and lessons and took off from there.

“How much can a 9-year-old really know about life and love?” asked Jaeden, laughing, “Yeah, well I tried.” He wrote his first song when he was 10 and then progressed to teach himself piano and drums. He got his singing start from the choir at his family’s church.

Jaeden becomes most animated when he’s talking about his music and his experiences. He laughs a lot when he talks, bringing one of his hands to his mouth and looking away from a little.

He uses his sly sincerity as if his acting sentimental was something he needed to sneak into conversations or, furthermore, his music. His lyrics resound off the familiar emotions of love and loss. Where some artists might sound trite, Jaeden's vocal range lends itself allowing the listener to feel the delicate, but deliberate, tugs on their heartstrings.

Many of the songs on Free of Me possess the duality that makes them seem to be directly sung to their listener while commanding the attention of a packed room. This is where his music finds its cozy home; nuzzled in the nest behind the breastbone.

Jaeden sings, on Swing Away, “Sit by myself and no one else to fantasize with. Pretend I swing so high my problems seem to vanish / Just swing away from love.”

The words act as the advice we give ourselves that seems at once relatable and, yet, unique. His sincerity is evident. Rather than playing massive stages for thousands of people, Jaeden gets the most satisfaction by playing smaller, more intimate shows.

“I was playing Willows Lodge in Woodinville just recently and this lady came up to me and explained how her husband had just passed away and that I had played all of his favorite songs that evening," Jaeden said. "She told me how much happiness and joy I brought her and her family. Striking those emotions in people and being able to give some of myself to people through my songs is the most rewarding part. It’s just the coolest thing in the world.”

Jaeden's success wasn’t instantaneous. He attributes where he is now to his determination.

“When I first started gigging, I probably emailed 100 people and maybe got 10 replies. Maybe four of those even told me to come play. But you have to start somewhere and keep building.”

The beginning of his building really began with his family. His father, mother, and sister have all been incredibly supportive of him as a musician and artist.

“I’m terribly blessed. My dad’s at every one of my gigs… we call him the roadie because he’s always there for me. He doesn’t get paid well… well, he doesn’t get paid at all… he’s just always there supporting me,” Jaeden said with a bit of light-hearted laughter.

Even suspecting the answer I was going to get, I still offered the question of where his inspiration lies and what gives his music its particular emotional rhythm.

Smiling and looking slightly way, Jaeden said, "Probably getting dumped so many times. You can’t do much about it but you can write songs about it.

"It’s taking something negative… and then turning it into something cool that people can enjoy. I turn that experience into something positive… it’s too easy to get down on life. I’m always looking for a way to stay positive.”

You can find Jaeden’s new album on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Amazon.

Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram @JaedenLukeMusic

Jaeden will be playing at Willows Lodge Oct. 11 and 31; at Castillo De Feliciana Winery on Oct. 25, and at the Goose Ridge Winery Oct 27.

Public food composting available in downtown Kirkland

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick


Pictured from left are Maxwell Feldman, Neha Gupta, Surbhi Jain, and Tallie Voss. Kellie Stickney/courtesy photo


KIRKLAND — The city of Kirkland is instituting a public food composting program.

The Tomorrow Project, which focuses on keeping food waste out of landfills, is the brainchild of four students who attended or graduated from Kirkland’s Eastside Preparatory School.

The pilot program will be co-managed by the city of Kirkland.

“We believe this food waste pilot program will help foster sustainable habits through the normalization of composting food waste," said Maxwell Feldman, member of The Tomorrow Project. "If this project is successful, the city of Kirkland will be setting a positive example for its citizens, as well as other cities in the greater Seattle area,”

Over the next several weeks, the students will be monitoring a compost cart placed on Park Lane to evaluate usage and identify whether the correct items are being placed in it. The cart is designated food-only to minimize plastic being placed in the cart.

City Communications Program Manager Kellie Stickney said some restaurants in downtown Kirkland provide compostable food packaging and beverage cups, while others use recyclable or disposable products, which can be challenging for consumers to distinguish between them.

Plastic and glass present a major challenge for composting, she said, because it cannot be removed and reduces the quality of the final compost. “Even a single glass bottle can cause significant harm because it breaks into tiny pieces that spread through many yards of compost.”

The city of Kirkland offers downtown public recycling receptacles and at neighborhood parks, but has not previously provided public compost containers.

“Composting food instead of throwing it away is environmentally beneficial as it returns nutrients to the soil in home gardens and agriculture, sequesters carbon and helps filter pollutants in stormwater projects,” Stickney said. “In comparison, food that is thrown away sits in the landfill and produces the greenhouse gas methane as it slowly decomposes over the course of many years.”

More information about the city’s recycling and composting programs will be available at the Sustainability Fair at City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Call (425) 587-3812 to voice questions or concerns about the compost program, or email them to Kirkland’s Recycling Hotline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chamber names its Student of the Month

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Pictured from left are Kimberly Ellertson-Interim Executive Director of Woodinville Chamber; Matt Wallace-Assistant Principal of Woodinville High School; Robert Taniguchi; Kirsten Taniguchi, Matt Taniguchi-Student of the Month Award Recipient; Andrew “Max”-Health Moves and Student of the Month Sponsor; Dr. Michelle Reid, Superintendent Northshore School District. Courtesy photo/ Woodinville Chamber of Commerce.


WOODINVILLE — Matt Taniguchi, a senior at Woodinville High School is the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for September.

“We are pleased to honor Matt. He is an outstanding scholar, and is currently enrolled in five Advanced Placement (AP) classes,” said Kimberly Ellertson-Interim Executive Director of Woodinville Chamber. “Matt recently spent the summer attending a German high school and living with a host family as part of the Woodinville High School German Exchange Program.”

His teacher Mr. Antelly said Matt not only exceeded his expectations linguistically but socially as well.

“Every day at Woodinville High School, Matt interacts with his peers in a fun and open manner I’ve rarely seen in my career. He’s always ready to learn, help and has a mature great attitude to boot.

“Whether he’s enjoying rock climbing (his hobby) or just hanging out with his friends, Matt represents himself, his school and his community in a fantastic manner. He’s an incredible representative of the class of 2020.”