What makes a building green?

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

What does it really mean to build green today?

21AbuildingnorthfaceGet the insiders’ perspectives on the challenges and benefits associated with creating a building designed to meet ambitious environmental and energy targets.

21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living sets a purpose-driven standard in sustainable design by communicating the goals of local food production and thriving communities.

Attend the forum, “What Makes a Building Green?” on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, and hear from the architectural, structural, and site environmental consultants, as well as the green roof and solar photovoltaic installers, as we co-construct an understanding of what it means to achieve green-built status.

The Center will serve as the “laboratory” for the forum and be the subject of discussions about the site and structural design, the building’s energy and water systems integration, and how energy and material conservation can provide a building with lasting value.

The 21 Acres green building team and forum participants include: Allen Wycoff, Terracon; Bart Balko, Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Inc.; Brian Heather, Solterra; Howard Lamb, Sunergy; Michael Nouwens, Michael Nouwens Structural Consultants; Nancy Henderson, ArchEcology, LLC; and coordinated by Michelle Rosenberger, ArchEcology, LLC.

Prior to the forum, a tour of the Center begins at 9 a.m. for pre-registered guests only. Please register for the tour, the forum, or both, as space is limited. Tickets are free with advance registration or available for $10 at the door. Register at

21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is a comprehensive campus with a farm and green-built facility containing a school, commercial kitchen and market located at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, WA 98072. Limited free parking is available but please consider biking, carpooling and public transportation. Call for more information: (425) 481-1500. Or, on the web at

21 Acres Green Building Forum set for March 23

Indulge your visual appetite at a presentation on food in art

  • Written by Deborah Stone
Andy Warhol
Courtesy Photo. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can 1968
Food has been a popular subject with artists since early times.

It has been depicted within paintings, sculptures and other works in realistic forms, abstract representations and symbolic images, dating as far back as the Greco-Roman period.

An upcoming unique program at Woodinville Library invites participants to indulge their visual appetites with a survey on the theme of food in art, covering a myriad of images of cuisine through the centuries.

It’s a brand new presentation, which ties into King County Library System’s spring program focus on food.

In addition to Woodinville, the lecture will also be given at 15 other libraries in the system.

Susan Olds, a Seattle area artist, teacher, art historian and curator, is the presenter.

Olds served as the exhibitions curator for Cornish College of the Arts, Head of School at Bellevue Arts Museum and Education Director at Pratt Fine Arts Center, as well as Director of Healing Arts for Cancer Lifeline in Bellevue.

She is a frequent lecturer on art and art history at such venues as the Seattle Art Museum, Eastside Fine Artists’ Association, King County Library System, the Stroum Jewish Community Center, Tacoma Art Museum, Museo Art Academy and others.

Olds teaches several arts workshops for community organizations including artEAST, the King County Libraries, Featherstone and Cancer Lifeline at Valley Medical Center and Evergreen Hospital.

renoir after the luncheon
Courtesy Photo Renoir’s “After the Luncheon”
She is a mixed media artist who works in paper and fabric collage and her work has been exhibited at the Up Front Gallery, the East Shore Gallery, Providence Marionwood, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum and Cancer Lifeline in Seattle.

With over 30 years in the arts arena, the local woman found it relatively easy to put together the information necessary for the class.

“I had many images in mind,” she says, “and most of the art was already familiar to me. I gathered images from favorite websites and took digital pictures from books to combine into a power point format.”

She adds, “The lecture will cover paintings and sculpture with food as the theme, as well as art made out of food.”

Included are sections that explore Adam and Eve and the apple, early Greco-Roman wall paintings, the rituals of collecting and preparing food, as well as setting the table, elaborate and humble feasts, still life painting, people and food, surreal food, food in pop culture and new creations.

“The artists will range over 3,000 years from Pompeii artists to El Greco, Arcimboldo, Jacob Jordaens, Rachel Ruysch, Caravaggio, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and Andy Warhol,” says Olds.

An introduction to famous food writers such as MFK Fisher, Ruth Reichel and Julia Child will conclude the program.

Olds notes that the role of food in art has been prominent with numerous artists over the years.

“Food is something we all need to survive,” she comments. “It’s also a celebration of life and a common ritual associated with marriages, birthdays, religious celebrations, funerals, etc.”

Librarian Linda Safarli is responsible for bringing the program to Woodinville Library.

She says, “I thought it would be a good match for the patrons of the library because I think everyone is interested in food. I thought patrons would enjoy the artwork that is part of the presentation. Also, we are going to have tasty refreshments!”

Abused and neglected animals live in peace at local sanctuary

  • Written by Deborah Stone
Courtesy Photo Devoted volunteers spend time with the animals at Pasado’s Safe Haven —“brushing them, interacting and showing them that they are loved." At the entrance is a sign that reads, “Sweet creatures who pass this way, once scared and alone, welcome to peace, for now you are home.”
There are a number of organizations in the area dedicated to helping our furry friends.

Without their services, many animals in need of aid would be left to their own devices and most likely perish.

In nearby Sultan, Pasado’s Safe Haven has been a voice for animals since 1998 when it was officially founded by Susan Michaels and Mark Steinway. The impetus to start the organization stemmed from the death of Pasado, a sweet, beloved donkey who lived at Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue. Twenty years ago, three teens broke into the farm and attempted to ride Pasado.

When he refused, they beat him; a beating so severe that it ultimately led to his death.

The community was outraged and work began the very next day to form an organization committed to the mission of animal rescue, rehabilitation and adoption.

At the time, there were no laws to protect Pasado and the only charge that could be filed against Pasado’s killers was trespassing.

It was obvious to many that someone needed to be an advocate for the animals and to fight for legislation to protect them.

“We catch the animals who fall through the cracks and cannot be serviced by other organizations,” explains Amber Chenoweth, media manager for Pasado’s Safe Haven. “We also take the animals who will not have a second chance — the old, broken and forgotten. We fondly call these animals our, ‘Imperfectly Perfect.’ They are the seniors, the blind, the deaf the incontinent, etc.” She adds, “Often times, an animal is in need of medical care or surgery and that has prevented them from being adoptable. We provide the necessary care to mend them, give them lots of TLC and then find them loving forever homes. Sometimes, their wounds are emotional because they have been abused or neglected. In this case, we also provide them with as much love, care and interaction needed until they are ready to move into a loving home.”

Currently, there are over 200 assorted dogs, cats, horses, cows, llamas, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, turkeys and sheep at the sanctuary.

All are available for adoption unless they are part of a pending court case or otherwise noted as such by the facility veterinarian.

Chenoweth explains that the organization often assists law enforcement with cruelty cases and if an abused animal is at the sanctuary during a court case, that animal is considered as evidence in the case.

She says, “We cannot adopt them out until they are turned over by law enforcement.” The sanctuary is one of the few rescues that require an extensive screening process and home check before adopting out one of its animals.

Typically, over 100 animals are adopted out annually. A staff of 28 mans the place, including several anticruelty investigators who are available 24/7 to partner with communities, animal control and law enforcement in placing animals that are victims of cruelty and neglect.

These efforts are supported by a mobile spay/neuter program which services hundreds of animals each year, as well as awareness campaigns to educate the public, helping to identify and prosecute those who commit animal cruelty.

A cadre of 70 devoted volunteers is also involved in the sanctuary’s operations. “Our animals love it when people volunteer to just spend time with them —brushing them, interacting and showing them that they are loved,’ adds Chenoweth.

The organization solely relies on public donations to continue its life-saving efforts, as it receives no government funding or support.

Free group tours of the sanctuary are offered quarterly in order to increase public awareness of the organization’s work and its mission.

“People often see Pasado’s Safe Haven on the news fighting animal cruelty and they come on a tour because they are interested in wanting to learn more,” comments Chenoweth. “They want to meet the animals up close and be able to touch and interact with them.”

She notes that visitors are often most amazed by the farm animals because they don’t realize that a pig, for example, has a unique personality much like someone’s pet cat or dog at home.

Some of the favorite creatures that people meet on the tour include Lady Baa Baa, who came to Pasado’s as a distraught lamb after her mother was sent to slaughter, and Babs, the donkey, who was used as rodeo practice and was terrified of people when she first came to the sanctuary.

Chenoweth comments that when people meet these animals and are able to touch and feed them while hearing their stories, they form a real connection with them and realize that their lives have incredible value.

She adds, “They see that they are wonderful beings who should not be treated poorly and they make the connection that farm animals can feel happiness and pain and other emotions just like other animals.”

The sanctuary’s beauty also amazes visitors. It’s a picturesque place amid the foothills of the Cascades, providing a pastoral setting that is soothing to both humans and animals.

At the entrance is a sign that reads, “Sweet creatures who pass this way, once scared and alone, welcome to peace, for now you are home.”

Chenoweth explains that these words sum up what people see and experience at Pasado’s when they come on a tour.

She says, “You can truly see and feel the relief of the animals who once suffered, but now understand they are safe and loved. We want people to understand that animal cruelty is a crime and that it does not have to be tolerated. Speaking up and reporting animal cruelty not only helps the animal involved, but it helps humans, too.”

She notes that people who hurt animals are five times more likely to hurt a human being as well and adds, “By working together to keep animals safe, we can also keep our communities safe. We want people to know that animals’ lives often depend on a human to speak up and report animal cruelty so that they can be removed from the abusive situation.”

The sanctuary leaves a lasting impression on many visitors, while making them aware of the resources the organization has to offer. Some are even empowered to take action after touring the facility.

Chenoweth emphasizes that Pasado’s Safe Haven cannot fight the battle against animal cruelty alone. Increasing awareness of the issue is essential and the tours are one way to accomplish this goal.She adds, “We wish we could have saved Pasado. It breaks our hearts to think of how greatly he suffered in the end. That is our driving force every day – to make sure we do our best work for our namesake, in his honor, to ensure that other animals do not suffer like he did.”

Get ahead of the game by saving for college

  • Written by GET Program

As we enter the thick of tax season, many of us have money on the mind. It’s a time to evaluate last year and set our financial course for this year and beyond. Something that may not always be top of mind for parents of young children is working college savings into that financial planning. In fact, many of us don’t start thinking about how to pay for college until the kids are already in middle school or even high school. By then, the prime saving years have already passed and we’re in catch-up mode.

The key to saving for college is to start early - some parents get started even before their child is born. Every dollar you put away today will offset future expenses and potential student loan debt.  Projections show that by 2030 (about the time a newborn today will be entering college) the cost of four years of tuition at an in-state university could be over $160,000. Further, if the student uses loans to cover the bulk of the cost, the additional interest paid could push that number as high as $220,000!

But what’s the best way to save? What may first come to mind are traditional methods such as mutual funds, bonds and savings accounts. However, these options have limitations – standard mutual funds and savings accounts (and some bonds) incur taxes on the earnings, and bonds and savings accounts yield relatively small returns. The good news is that there are great investment vehicles specifically designed for college savings. They’ll help you put money away as you’re able, provide tax-advantages, and maximize your return on investment. Perhaps the most well-known of these are 529 plans.

A 529 plan is a college savings account featuring tax-free earnings and withdrawals when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. These plans can be used at nearly any public or private university, community college or technical school in the country and even in some foreign countries. Most 529 plans have the potential to yield substantially higher returns than either bonds or standard savings accounts.

The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program is Washington’s 529 plan. It’s a prepaid tuition plan that is guaranteed by Washington state law to keep pace with rising tuition costs. The primary difference between GET and a traditional 529 savings plan is that a GET account yields steady growth. On the other hand, 529 savings plans work more like a mutual fund and are subject to the volatility of the stock market. GET is one of four state-sponsored prepaid tuition plans in the country that carry a full-faith guarantee. In our state, that means 100 units purchased today will pay for one year of resident, undergraduate tuition and fees at Washington’s highest-priced university, no matter how much future tuition increases.

An additional option you may have heard of is a Coverdell Educational Savings Account (ESA). Like GET, distributions from ESAs are tax-free when used for qualified educational expenses. However, contributions to a Coverdell account are limited to $2000 annually, and the payout value fluctuates like a 529 savings plan. Custodial accounts (i.e. UGMA or UTMA) are another option, but the money transfers to the student upon reaching the age of majority, and may negatively affect financial aid as a student asset.

GET accounts are generally considered an asset of the parent, and the account owner always retains control.

No matter your preferred savings method, the message remains the same: start early, put away what you can, and let your child know that you’re saving for their future. Children who have a college savings account in their name and know it are 6 times more likely to go to college than those who don’t!

GET is open to new enrollments through May 31. To take advantage of this year’s unit price, sign-up by May 31. Once enrolled, you can continue to purchase units at this year’s price through July 1. Enrolling is easy to do online at To stay current on the latest discussions, follow GET on Twitter and Facebook and check out the NEWS box on the lower right hand corner of the GET home page.

For details on how GET works visit

Woodinville students bring NY to the Eastside with ‘FAME Jr.’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Fame Jr - Students Rehearsing - CORE Theatrics
From the back left are: Shailey Harris, Woodinville; Chelsey Sanford, Sammamish; Ethan Yee, Woodinville; Stevie Cairns, Lake City; Rebekah Kamer, Woodinville; Chloe Hoegger, Duvall; Sara Anderson, Kirkland; Krista Geiger, Redmond; Nathan Reichlin, Bothell
CORE Theatrics proudly presents “FAME Jr.” featuring Woodinville students Ethan Yee, Kenzie Kovacs-Szabo, Lizzy Strande, and Shailey Harris.

Lizzy Strande says: “This is my third show with CORE Theatrics. Last summer, CORE produced ‘Aladdin Jr.’ where I was Abu the Monkey – and that was so much fun!  The staff at CORE works with each kid individually.  They bring out the best in us then integrate all of the unique talents into one amazing show.  Make sure you come see ‘Fame Jr.’  It’s going to be fantastic!”

FAME Jr. is set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984).

“FAME Jr.”  is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work.

With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today.

With its topical subject manner, singers, dancers and instrumentalists and high-energy, contemporary pop score (which includes the hit title song), “FAME Jr.” is an ideal musical for young performers.

“FAME Jr.” is a PG show recommended for ages 8 and up. It is directed by Leslie Connor, musically directed by Blake Saunders, and choreographed by Sheri Lewis.

Show dates and times:  Thursday Feb 28, Friday March 1, Saturday March 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday March 3 at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at   Ticket prices are $14 Student and Senior and $16 for adults.

Group rates available for groups of 10 or more at $10 per ticket, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for group tickets.

“FAME Jr.” performances are at the Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center, 12033 N.E. 80th St., Kirkland, WA 98033