Sammamish Valley celebrates spring on Mother’s Day

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Come to the Sammamish Valley to celebrate spring on Mother’s Day weekend, May 10 and 11. Enjoy the beautiful Sammamish Valley in springtime, the start of the growing season. Fill your spring garden with local plant starts, including tomatoes and other vegetables, herbs and lavenders all chosen by local farmers to succeed in our area. Visit Washington state’s original CSA farm and learn how you can be a member. Tour the farms and talk with farmers about growing successfully in your garden. Attend a class or watch a demonstration. Check out local artists. There will be something for everyone, moms included.

The participating farms and businesses are Apple Farm Village, Dr. Maze’s Farm, Minea Farm, Root Connection Farm and Woodinville Lavender. Each farm will have its own schedule of events during the valley celebration. Visit for more information on the events at each valley stop.

Sammamish Valley Grange revamps to focus on agriculture

  • Written by Shannon Michael

Since 1867, rural American farmers have had the National Grange helping to promote the interests and needs of farmers nationwide. The Sammamish Valley Grange, located at 14654 148th Avenue NE, south of downtown Woodinville and just a few doors north of the Hollywood Schoolhouse, was established in 1909 to do just that for local farmers.

Through the years, the Sammamish Valley Grange’s focus has fluctuated to meet the demands of its members, but recently the grange’s 60 members made a commitment to return the grange’s focus to local farmers and agriculture.
Eric Clark, Grange master for Sammamish Valley Grange, likens the new focus and purpose of the grange to an agricultural club.

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TeenTix developing next generation of patrons of the arts

  • Written by Shannon Michael

If you have teenagers who love the arts, chances are they already know about TeenTix, the popular program founded in 2004 by Seattle Center to generate increased teen attendance to the 10 arts venues located at Seattle Center.

Since its inception, the program has grown to 53 arts venues throughout the Puget Sound region. To date, TeenTix has facilitated over 40,000 ticket sales to arts events at such venues as Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, EMP Museum, 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre.

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Woodinville woman funds education for Tibetan students

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Education at Elevation2Wendy Wong of Woodinville founded a nonprofit to provide books, teacher salaries, food and clothing for students at a school in rural Tibet. The organization, Education at Elevation, is now raising money to build a better water system. (Courtesy photo)

Last October, a boy in a remote village in rural Tibet, who didn’t know how to write his name six years earlier, graduated from school and went on to study computer science.

A world away, in Woodinville, is the woman who’s helping fund experiences like that. In 2007, Wendy Wong founded Education at Elevation, a nonprofit that raises money for education, food and clothes for students in a rural village in Tibet.

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Woodinville Garden Club: growing plants & friendships for 30 years

  • Written by Shannon Michael

When the Woodinville Garden Club opens its annual plant sale at 9 a.m. at Chateau Ste. Michelle on May 10, the club will bring 30 years of experience with them.

The WGC’s 50 members started working in February growing about 16,000 plants for its annual sale. On a cool spring day last week, the founder of the club, Vi Kono, along with four of the earliest members – Susan Latter, Donna Wolthuis, Ann Neel, and Carol Ager – met up at the greenhouse being used for the plant sale to talk about the club’s accomplishments.
When Kono moved to the Woodinville area in 1984, she wanted to join a garden club active in the community. She wrote up an advertisement for the Woodinville Weekly and posted a flyer on the bulletin board at Molbak’s seeking like-minded gardeners to form a new garden club. That was in June 1984, and seven soon joined to form a club.

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