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Woodinville horse show for charity to benefit horse-assisted therapy

  • Written by Emily Hamann

For people with disabilities, riding a horse can have a major impact on their quality of life.

“I think that a lot of people would agree that the bond between humans and animals is very special,” said Jenny Metz, the events manager at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit in Redmond that offers horse-assisted therapy.
Riding horses builds confidence as well as muscle strength. Some patients at Little Bit even learn to walk by riding horses.

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Beat the heat on the water

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Summer is just getting started, and it’s already hot out there. Fortunately, we’re surrounded by lakes and rivers, so grab your life jacket and a swim suit, because a refreshing trip to the water is never very far away.

Swimming is always a popular choice, but there are other options. Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding not only provide a good workout, but are quick, easy and fun ways to get out on the water. While just a few years ago stand up paddle boarding was relatively unknown, there’s been a recent explosion in popularity.

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YMCA summer camps are a beacon for summer fun

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Andy Sharpe has fond memories of YMCA camps in his youth. Now 32 years old, the associate executive director of the Northshore YMCA loves seeing that same excitement in the faces of today’s kids.

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