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Older men and women make up a disproportionate number of the homeless population

  • Written by Dan Aznoff

David Johns Bowling, deputy executive director of Congregations for the Homeless in Bellevue, said men over 55 are “the most noticeable” group of newly homeless individuals served by the non-profit organization.

Bowling explained, “A disproportionate number of elderly gentlemen have come through our doors for help because they have gone through divorce or the death of their spouse.”
Some men, he said, come to the shelter after the death of their own parent. Medicare can take care of the majority of medical bills for seniors, but a growing number of older men are being abandoned onto the streets by their own grown children.

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Woodinville Garden Club presents a garden for the entire family

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Summer has been with us for weeks now, and we are all ready for a cool break. The Woodinville Garden Club’s 16th annual Tour of Gardens is a great excuse to postpone your hand watering and enjoy the efforts of five gardeners who have opened their properties to benefit our scholarship and civic beautification projects. Take a break and join us this Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a reception at Molbak’s in downtown Woodinville. Tickets are $20, available at Molbak’s, Boxhill Farm, Wells Medina, and online at www.woodinvillegardenclub.org

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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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