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Cheers! How a local nonprofit is raising a glass to support animal rescue groups

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

A new local nonprofit called Grapes, Paws & Hops Foundation is providing full service pro bono event planning and fundraising to area animal shelters and rescue groups.

Tanya Winfrey, the organization’s founder, has always had a deep love of animals. “I grew up with all the women in my family bringing in the stray animals I would find,” she said.

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High school students design basketball-playing robots, build community

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

Sonja Marcus, Daniel Shorr, Hank Melse and Sig Johnson are local high school students with an unusual hobby. They design, program and engineer robots for fun.

Through a Woodinville-based organization called Swerve Robotics, students from Woodinville, Bothell, Inglemoor and some home school groups compete in robotics competitions put on by FIRST, a nationwide program dedicated to engaging young people in science, math and technology.

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Woodinville resident will be instructing “Discovering Paths to Songwriting”

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville resident Steven Franz will be instructing “Discovering Paths to Songwriting” at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue March 18 and 25.

The two-weekend workshop is open to all musical levels and recommended for teens to adults. At the end of the workshop, local songwriters will present an intimate “Songwriters in the Round” sharing insights into their songwriting process.

Franz grew up in a musical family in Miami, Florida learning to sing and play piano at an early age. He graduated from New World High School of the Arts and attended Berklee College of Music. In 2003 and 2007 Franz self-produced two albums, which received independent music award nominations, as well as a John Lennon Songwriting Honorable Mention for his song “Out Into the Distance.” He has also sung with the Seattle Symphony Chorale since 2006.

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The show must go on: how the Youth Enrichment Project is helping keep art in schools

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

Barbara Afanador knows the value of live art. As a member of the board of directors of the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation, she’s seen firsthand the impact theater can have on young students.

“I know that my son started acting in second grade and it was because he had seen live performances,” she said. “Sometimes it sparks a student.”

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