“It’s nice to be able to plant something in the ground that will explode into life rather than into destruction,” a veteran told Chris Brown.
Brown, a native of Woodinville, is the founder of Growing Veterans, an organization that helps military veterans readjust to civilian life and promotes sustainable agriculture. Growing Veterans is based in Whatcom County, but began partnering with Woodinville’s 21 Acres this spring.
Two teams of ninth grade students in Josh Caldwell’s computer science class at Timbercrest Junior High won recognition for the mobile apps they developed and entered in the inaugural Technology Alliance Youth Apps Challenge.
The event for Western Washington schools was held June 4 at the University of Washington Paul Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. Open to middle and high school students, a team of software developers from the Ada Developers Academy judged entries, with finalists making a one-minute elevator pitch presentation in front of guests, UW CSE staff, industry professionals and other students.
River, Sand and Soul is this year’s theme for the annual Duvall SandBlast Festival of the Arts, presented by Duvall Foundation for the Arts. Over the weekend of July 19 and 20 you will find the fine arts, music and sand sculpting event along the shores of the historic and beautiful Snoqualmie River at McCormick Park in Duvall.
Sno-Valley Tilth is hosting a trio of on-the-farm dinners, three evenings of food and community, in Carnation. Sno-Valley Tilth actively supports organic and sustainable food production practices throughout the Snoqualmie and Snohomish watersheds via advocacy, education and the Carnation Farmers Market. What better way to support those initiatives than to eat dinner right on the farm, where most of the meal ingredients will be grown mere feet away from the table! Tickets for each dinner are $95/person and available at brownpapertickets.com or www.snovalleytilth.org.
A family-oriented Summer Horse Faire to benefit the NWNHC Family Fund Warrior Family Retreats and scholarship fund will be held on June 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fall City Arena in Fall City. This family play day is open to horse owners and horse lovers who want to have fun together. There will be equestrian games for horse owners and country games and activities for the whole family.
The NWNHC Family Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps families in need experience the healing power of the horse without worrying about the costs. Through the Fund’s Warrior Family Retreats, families of service personnel can get away for a weekend retreat and family healing time with horses.
Equine-assisted therapy for the veterans and spouses and fun activities for the children allow families to share their experiences with others who are experiencing the same life-altering challenges.
Registration for the Summer Horse Faire begins at 8 a.m. for those bringing their horses. Games and entertainment for the whole family start at 9 a.m. Horse owners can participate in up to 15 equestrian contests.
Kids and families will participate in old-fashioned country games such as an egg race, wheel barrow race, watermelon spitting contest and more. There will be prizes for every game and event. Anyone who loves horses and fun is invited. Play Day festivities are open to the public. Entry fees are $2 per family game, $5 per horse game or $25 for the day (horse games only). The Fall City Arena is located at Neal Road SE and Highway 203 in Fall City, Wash. For more information, go to: http://nwnhcfamilyfund.org.