Local artist makes functional glassware with self-taught technique

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A Woodinville artist has developed what he believes is a new technique for glassmaking, and he’s using that technique to make everything from light fixtures and sink bowls to Seahawks coasters.

Kevin Creekmore, owner of MoltenWorks, starts out with a clear sheet of glass and a stencil. He dusts powdered glass in a wide array of pastel colors over the clear glass. When the project is fired, the pastel colors become vibrant.

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Early literacy parties help parents teach kids to read in Spanish

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Woodinville parents of young children have a unique opportunity to help prepare their kids for kindergarten. Starting this January, the Woodinville Library will offer early literacy parties in Spanish for parents of kids ages 0 to 5.

The King County Library System hosts early literacy parties in Spanish four times per year, at a total of 16 libraries per year, but Woodinville hasn’t had the workshops, also known as the Fiestas program, since spring 2009.

The classes are conducted entirely in Spanish and cover five practices of early literacy: singing, talking, playing, reading and writing.

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New Year’s resolutions, and how to keep them

  • Written by Emily Hamann

The champagne is gone, the decorations are down, the countdown is over. It’s the new year. Did you make any resolutions this year? Or maybe you’re still bitter from failures at previous year’s resolutions. You’re not alone. Research from the University of Scranton suggests that as few as 8 percent of Americans actually succeed in their New Year’s goals.

It doesn’t have to be like that. It’s a new year, and a new chance to meet your goals. Here’s a guide to the most common resolutions people make and — more importantly — some tips to actually keep them.

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Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Are you interested in agricultural studies?

Would you like a hands-on experience working on a farm? Northwest Liberty School and 21 Acres will partner to offer an exciting new experiential, cross-curricular and project-based STEM class to area high school students beginning Jan. 24, 2015. Unlike other agricultural high school courses, this class follows a complete growing season from winter preparation and planting to August harvest.

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Northshore program helps special needs students intern at local employers

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

From a toy store and a candy store to a financial planner’s office and Kenmore City Hall, local employers are offering internships to students with special needs through the Northshore School District’s Adult Transition Program (ATP.)
Young adults in the program (ages 18-21), parents and employers alike say it’s a big success. The program started more than 10 years ago, said Danielle Jacobson, a special education teacher with the ATP.

“We love having the interns. It’s been great for the community, great for the other workers,” said Rob Pickering, owner of Snapdoodle Toys in Kenmore, which has hosted ATP interns for 5 to 6 years.

Jacobson explained, “The school district is required to provide transition services, so special education students can stay in the district until 21.”

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