Now that spring is here it’s time to get those kids out to enjoy the great outdoors. Opening day of trout fishing across Washington started on April 27. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife stocked more than 17 million trout and Kokanee in hundreds of lakes on both sides of the Cascades so everyone has an excellent chance of catching some nice fish.
You and your family can enjoy fishing for trout, bass, blue gill and other species right here locally on Cottage Lake. I visited Cottage Lake Park last Sunday morning and was glad to see many families fishing from the dock, as well as from small boats. It’s a great way to spend a day as a family enjoying the outdoors making everlasting memories you and your children will remember for a long time to come. I remember fishing Cottage Lake with my family when it was Norm’s Resort back in the late 1970s! It seemed just like yesterday when we were reeling in those trout left and right.
Gearing up for a day of fishing is easy. Head to your local hardware store or Three Rivers Marine in Woodinville and you can pick up an inexpensive rod and reel along with some trout bait, night crawlers and you are ready! A freshwater fishing license costs $29.50 for resident adults 16 to 69 years old. Fifteen-year-olds can buy a license for $10.25, and seniors 70 and older can buy an annual freshwater fishing license for $7.50. Children 14 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license. Purchase a license online or find a vendor near you at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/.
Learn more about where and how to get in on the fun of fishing again at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/.
WHS student playwrights Alissa McAlpine, Amelia Marshall, Payton Schenck and Sallie Bieterman and their advanced drama classmates embodied their characters on Woodinville High School’s new stage under the direction of Seattle Repertory directors who gave them the theme of “secret identities” as a prompt.Woodinville is one of only three select high schools with whom Seattle Rep partners to shepherd aspiring young talent as part of their Yes Project, which is thoroughly funded by community donations. For more information, visit http://blog.seattlerep.org/the-write-stuff/.
Ron Koh, Seattle Repertory School Programs Manager, explains: “All four of these young women responded with great enthusiasm and skill. It takes a lot of grace, maturity, and multi-tasking.”
Koh notes as example a recasting scramble forced onto Bieterman’s play, Daddy’s Girl, on top of the fast and furious schedule the department had preparing for the Thespian State Festival while rehearsing Woodinville High School’s upcoming spring musical, Into the Woods.
Sallie Bieterman adds, “I’ve had a really kickin’ time writing a lot of Awkward and having it come to life.” It’s been a workaday pulling together-hit-the-ground-running real world theatre experience for all.
Of her piece, Composition, Payton Schenck says: “I’ve enjoyed writing a piece entirely on my own and am excited to see it!”
Alissa McAlpine says of The Cocktail Party Effect: “I’m really proud of my cast for the way they have enhanced my words.”
Amelia Marshall sums it up with the title of her piece, One Little Push: “It has been so unique and wonderful to work on this piece with Seattle Rep. I really appreciate all that they’ve done.”
Don’t forget to check out these students’ next collaboration, Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine,at WHS Theatre April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of 21 Acres Students concentrate on their knife skills at a 21 Acres culinary class.
You always think fresh and plan for the season when you visit the market.
Then, you think about the additional ingredients you’ll need for dinner and the steps required to prepare.
Then, you think, nope too much hassle, I’m going to grab take-out. WAIT, don’t think of cooking as just another chore, it is not a daunting task.
If you just need a little nudge, some guidance or reassurance to try a new recipe or learn a new skill, you can do it in your community, in an intimate setting, with a professional chef instructor, at an affordable rate. Check out the culinary classes coming up at 21 Acres:
• Veggie Chop– Knife Skills
Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.
Make soup, salad and stir-fry while honing knife skills to slice and dice your way through a range of farm fresh local produce. Learn how to mince, dice and cut vegetables into cubes, batons, julienne and chiffonade.
• Spring Brunch
Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.
A leisurely brunch with this make-ahead menu inspired by the bounty of the farmers’ market. Tips will be provided for what can be prepared in advance and suggestions for recipe variations.
Menu: salmon and asparagus pilaf, frittata with spinach, new potatoes and leeks, fresh green salad with herbs and honey-glazed hazelnuts, rhubarb coffee cake.
• Make Your Own Ricotta, Mozzarella and Butter
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.
Turn milk from local cows into delicious fresh cheeses and butter.
While cheeses are setting, learn how to make light-as-a-feather ricotta gnocchi with your home-made ricotta.
Classes are hands-on and the small class sizes allow direct interaction with the chef instructors.
The majority of ingredients for the featured menus are certified organic or pesticide-free and are sourced through the 21 Acres Market and additional local farm connections.
Register early, seating is limited.
Membership discounts apply. New classes are continuously being scheduled, visit 21acres.org/school for additions to the School Catalog.
21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is a comprehensive campus with a farm, school, commercial kitchen, market and green-built facility at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, WA 98072.
All the programming and services offered through 21 Acres focus on the areas of Growing, Eating and Living. Click or call for more information; 21acres.org, (425) 481-1500.
It’s a dream come true for a young dancer when he/she has the opportunity to perform on stage with a professional company.
Nine-year-old Ashleigh Steedman experienced this magical moment when she was chosen to be in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “Nutcracker” last winter.
Now, she will get another chance to revel in this honor when she appears in the company’s upcoming production of “Swan Lake.”
This time around, the Woodinville girl didn’t have to go through an audition process as was required with “Nutcracker.”
PNB’s artistic staff handpicked her after observing her during a ballet class.
“I was so excited when I heard I was chosen,” says Ashleigh. “Doing ‘Nutcracker’ was really fun and now I get to go on the big stage again.”
A fourth grader at Bellevue Christian School, Ashleigh has been taking ballet at PNB’s school in Bellevue since she was 4 years old.
Currently, she is in level II D.
“We’re working on pointing our feet correctly and doing the different positions,” she explains. “We’re also putting steps together into combinations. Next year, I think we’ll be starting pirouettes. That will be fun!”
In the upcoming “Swan Lake,” the local girl will perform the role of Persian Attendant, a part that requires her to hold a fan and dance in a small group, as well as with a partner.
There are a total of eight Persian Attendants for the two casts.
Ashleigh will appear in six performances of the show.
Although she has never seen the ballet, she knows a bit about it, explaining that the story is one of good versus evil, adding, “And there’s a prince in it that gets tricked by a sorcerer to marry the wrong person.”
The young girl bubbles over when she talks about dance and she makes it clear that it is her passion.
“I love it,” she comments. “I love the postures, the movements, being with my friends, performing on stage and the costumes. I want to keep doing it and become a professional dancer when I’m older. If I practice all I can, I know I can do it.”
Despite her excitement about performing in front of an audience, Ashleigh acknowledges that she gets nervous before going on stage.
“I get butterflies in my stomach,” she says, “but then I just smile big and they go away.”
When the local girl isn’t taking dance classes or in rehearsal, she enjoys riding her horse Apollo, playing the piano or engaging in some type of art activity, such as creating necklaces out of clay. She notes that the key to handling her busy schedule is time management, adding, “I use my time very well. I focus on what I have to do and then do it.”
PNB’s production of “Swan Lake” runs April 12–21 at McCaw Hall in Seattle.
For ticket information: (206) 441-2424 or www.pnb.org.
Local saltwater fishing in Puget Sound is still seeing some nice hatchery origin winter black mouth being caught.
The Puget Sound Anglers Association had their yearly derby last weekend and the winning salmon was just over nine pounds, caught near Hat Island. The “go to” gear was a Q cove red racer flasher with white lightning waggle tail Coho killer spoon fished right near the bottom in 90-130ft of water.
Columbia River spring Chinook fishing remains slow, however fishing should pick up as water temperatures warm with the beautiful weather we are having.
Usually the last week in March, anglers will see a good push of fresh spring Chinook headed up river and fishing is best near the Port of Kalama downstream. The best method to catch the best eating salmon in the Pacific Northwest is a slow troll downstream with the outgoing tide with a green label plug cut herring.
Upcoming local fisheries
The WDFW, DFO Canada and The PFMC (Pacific Fisheries Management Council) work very hard to get their Chinook and Coho abundance estimates out in a timely manner. Remember they are truly estimates based on smolt survival, hatchery plants and wild stock estimates, but never the less the numbers are fantastic!
After the “North of Falcon” meeting Washington Department Fish & Wildlife recently released our local Puget Sound and Snohomish River pre-season adult salmon returns for 2013. There will be great opportunity for fishing in our own “backyard” to catch summer Chinook, steelhead and Coho salmon and of course pink salmon which is a fantastic opportunity for families to spend time together in the beautiful outdoors.
For the Snohomish River System, WDFW has forecasted just over 6,000 adult hatchery Chinook and 3,000-plus wild. For the silver salmon fishery on the Snohomish River the pre- season forecast is around 175,000! To top it off a good number of the forecasted six million pink salmon to return to Puget Sound this summer will enter the Snohomish River system providing incredible fishing. With these pre-season salmon forecasts, Washington Fish and Wildlife will now work very hard to set the fishing seasons in our local waters and across Washington state.
Be sure to check regulations before heading out to go fishing to make sure you know the fish limits and any restrictions.
More forecast information can be viewed on WDFW’s website wdfw.wa.gov/. It’s going to be a great summer and fall fishing locally in Puget Sound and on our local rivers like the Snohomish River and the beautiful Skykomish River. So make sure to plan a few days getting your family out on our local waters and making memories for your family this summer!