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A New Way of Wine Tasting

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

I was invited to an event recently to check out a new product called the Savor Seattle Wine Passport.  Those who know me know I like wine, and I enjoy going to a tasting occasionally so it sounded like it was right up my alley.

The event was at the Woodhouse Wine Estate Venue right off of Woodinville-Redmond Road in Woodinville.  I must say that I really liked the place!   It’s essentially a warehouse that has been dolled up with elegant chandeliers that provide a bit of ambiance.  There is a long bar to collect your beverage (we particularly liked the Kennedy Shah Reserve Riesling) and the overall feel to the place is spacious and comfortable. Luckily, it was also a nice evening. The garage door was open to the parking lot/patio area complete with bistro tables where I met up with our event host.

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An Amazing True Story of a Chicken and the Adams Family

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton
At first glance you’d think Kristin Jarvis Adams was your typical Eastside mom with two kids, a lovely home with a proverbial white picket fence, and a side business.  That is what you may think but you’d be wrong.
 
Adams and her family survived one of the most gut wrenching and emotional ordeals over a 10-year period and luckily for all those who follow, she’s written a book to tell her story.
 
The book, “The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful”, is receiving rave reviews from parents and doctors alike.  After reading it myself, I can only join in the accolades.
 
Adams grew up on the Eastside and attended Woodinville High School in the 80’s.  She attended the University of Washington and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design.  She married her high school sweetheart, Jon Adams, in 1990 and they started their family.  Andrew was first then three years later Hannah joined the family.
 
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Eastside Academy Offering an Education and Hope for the Future

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton
I’m a firm believer that everyone deserves a chance to live a safe, healthy and happy life.  At times though that is not always easy and for some teens in the area they’ve never had the opportunity.  For students at Eastside Academy, the circumstances vary (abuse, homelessness, addiction, pregnancy, gang violence) but the bottom line is they want to turn things around and have a shot at a future filled with hope versus despair.

Amy Effinger, Investments and Partnerships Officer at Eastside Academy, explains, “Eastside offers a holistic approach to learning.  Students are provided with an education while being treated for the underlying issues that cause them to struggle in all areas of their lives.” 
 
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A Pilgrimage to the Mecca of Men’s Cologne

  • Written by Derek Johnson
Joey Diaz is a crass, blue-collar comic from New Jersey. He recently talked about men’s fragrances. “Let me tell you something,” Diaz said. “No man should ever wear cologne. The way you smell is the way you smell. Quit trying to be something you ain’t. Listen up guys, if you wear cologne, I oughta just put you down right now!”
 
I burst out laughing. Then I went into my bedroom and counted up my colognes and aftershaves. There were 47 bottles.   
 
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30 Days Living Life Zero Waste

  • Written by Skylar Rettig

Trash. The average American makes 4.4 pounds of it per day according to the Environmental Protection Agency. How would our lives change if we stopped making so much?

My name is Skylar Rettig, and I’m a student in Woodinville. This is an issue I explored through a 30-day project at my school, trash. 

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