Community Events

Birding is Not Just a Summer Activity

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Juanita Bay Park Hosts Winter Migrants
Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, WA, is home to a variety of winter migrants—birds who only come as far south as the Puget Sound over the winter months.   Bird migration is primarily associated with birds who travel from cold northern climates to tropical southern ones. However, there are many species that come no farther south than the temperate zones.
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Start the new year off right with a First Day Hike

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off with a First Day Hike on Monday, Jan. 1, at more than three dozen state parks across Washington.

“First Day Hikes  are  a  fitting way to cap off the holidays and discover the off-season appeal of Washington’s state parks,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “This year parks are offering something for every fitness level and interest, including guided hikes with rangers, snowshoe treks and fat bike rides.”

First Day Hikes will take place  in a diverse and dramatic range of landscapes and historic features, including coastal beaches, islands, waterfalls, lowland forests, lighthouses, geological points of interest and more.

More information about the program and hikes being offered all over the country is at:

Jan. 1 also is the first of 12 Washington State Parks “free days” taking place in 2018. Park visitors will not need to display the Discover Pass on vehicles to access state parks for the New Year’s Day activities or for other state park visits on that day.

Most participating parks will offer refreshments following the outings, thanks to funding from the Seattle RV and Puyallup RV shows and the Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).

More details about First Day Hikes are on Washington State Parks’ official blog, Adventure Awaits, at:

Wondering About Wildlife - Free All Ages Fun Day

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Join Seattle Public Utilities for a fun-filled day during winter break discovering wildlife in the Cedar River Watershed with hands-on activities, crafts, presentations, and nature walks.
Discover what kinds of wildlife live and thrive throughout Seattle’s largest protected watershed.
Thursday December 28, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
All day activities and presentations:
WDFW Karelian Bear dogs: Meet the dogs who keep wild animals in the wild
Watershed wildlife presentations
Family nature walks: Rattlesnake Lakeshore exploration
Wildlife craft activities, animal tracks, and more
Examine owl pellets and discover “what was for breakfast”
Explore the Center’s Water is Magic exhibits
Location:  Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road SE, North Bend WA, 98045
While free snacks & drinks are provided, we recommend you bring a lunch, as food concessions are not available. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information please visit: or call 206-733-9421.

Free natural yard care classes this winter at King County’s Brightwater Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Classes are free, and include giveaways.  Join us for one or all of the classes at Brightwater Center, which is located at 22505 State Route 9 in Woodinville.
Jan. 13 (10a.m. – noon) – Jumpstart Your Yard: Tips for designing a sustainable landscape
Thinking about transforming your yard this year? This introductory class will focus on effective yard design and give you examples of what not to do. Bring in photos or a map of your yard to get specific advice from the experts.
Feb. 3 (10a.m. – noon) – The Foundation of Your Yard: The dirt on soil, compost, and mulch
Join a soil scientist for a hands-on demonstration to learn the components of soil and how to make it work better for your landscape.  Have your soil tested prior to the class, or bring a soil sample with you to have it sent for analysis. If you bring test results, we will help you understand what they are saying about your soil.
February 17 (10a.m. – noon) - Plant Right for Your Site: Selecting plants for functionality, aesthetics and wildlife
This class will provide information on choosing the best plants for your needs, and techniques for planting, composting, and mulching that will help your landscape thrive.
March 3 (10a.m. – noon) – Watering Wisely: Tips on managing water to reduce water use and runoff
Yard care specialists will provide advice for getting the most out of every drop. You’ll learn about constructing rain gardens and installing rainwater catchment systems. To get you started, the Snohomish Conservation District will be selling rain barrels for $50.
For more information or to register for any of these seminars, please visit the Department of Natural Resources and Parks website:

Winterfest 5K Photos

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The inaugural Winterfest 5k took place on Saturday, December 2nd in DeYoung park. 

There were over 300 participants! 

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