The A.C.T Now Workshops Present Series 1

  • Written by Author, Radio Host & Radio Network Owner, Healing Practitioner & Awareness/Clarity Coach, Sue Lundquist

Did you know that 8o% of success is simply showing up!

What’s in it for you? By the end of our short time together you will have the tools to foster feelings that  ”I am engaged in my child’s life”.

3. Some day syndrome

2. Super Mom syndrome

And the #1 is I am not enough syndrome

Take part in an innovative, co-creative half-day workshop that gives you simple tools to develop deeper connections with others and heighten your personal clarity and awareness. In a fun, safe, confidential environment, you’ll learn how to empower yourself through A (Awareness), C (Clarity), and T (Transformation). You’ll discover simple, repeatable tools to make positive changes in your personal and professional life.

Presented by Sue Lundquist, “I’m Thankful” Author/Radio Host

“A.C.T.” Now and give yourself the gift of Self-care in just a few hours and see how simple creating change can be.

DATE: January 12th, 2014
TIME: 10:00am-2:00pm pst
WHERE: Third floor of the Varity Credit Union Bldg.
11027 Meridian Ave N #102, Seattle, WA 98133(little hidden gem!). Northgate area.
Early Bird Rate Register NOW for $80! ($197 after December 22nd)


Holiday entertaining classes teach gourmet tips and tricks

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Bobby MoorePhoto by Briana Gerdeman. Bobby Moore, executive chef of Barking Frog, teaches the audience to make agro dolce, a chutney-like condiment, at a Holiday Boot Camp entertaining class at Willows Lodge. Are you intimidated by the thought of making roux, sweating and deglazing vegetables or chopping ingredients in a Robot Coupe?

Barking Frog executive chef Bobby Moore explained all that and more at last week’s Holiday Boot Camp, the first of three free entertaining classes at Willows Lodge hotel this December.

The series of classes, now in its fifth year, are a tradition for many people. Kirsten Andresen, a representative for Willows Lodge, said they’re designed to help people who are hosting a holiday party or family event for the first time.

"If you’ve never done the holidays before, what do you do? Where do you start?" Andresen explained.

The first class focused on appetizers — braised lamb shank with agro dolce, cauliflower tempura with white cheddar fondue and crab and shrimp fritters.

"I try to think of items that are easy to make for the home cook but also high end — and things you can eat in one bite," Moore said.

The cauliflower, for example, is a plated appetizer at the Barking Frog, but for Holiday Boot Camp, Moore made it into a bite-sized treat.

He peppered his demonstration with tricks of the trade — such as the best order in which to cook the three appetizers and possible substitutions — and made elegant recipes easy to understand by comparing them to comfort foods.

"It’s not much different, really, than making a mac and cheese sauce," he said of the white cheddar fondue that accompanies the cauliflower. Blending halibut, crab and shrimp for the fritters is just like making meatballs, he said.

And his enthusiasm showed when he talked about the ingredients and techniques he uses.

"I’m using some really fun cheese tonight," he said — a goat’s milk cheese called Grand Ewe. He added later, "This is the cheese of the moment for me. I’m really loving this cheese."

Aspiring cooks have two more chances to learn the recipes of Willows Lodge. This week, pastry chef Matt Kelley will teach a holiday desserts class that covers spiced hot chocolate with candy cane macaroons and eggnog cake with rum-whipped ganache. Next week, Wine Director Matt Davis will share recipes for holiday cocktails. All classes are held on Wednesdays at 5:30 in the Fireside lounge.

Holiday Boot Camp also gives guests a chance to do some holiday shopping. Products from Woodinville Lavender and SaltWorks are for sale, as well as Road Toad Seasoning, a blend that Moore has been using at Barking Frog for years.

Woodinville librarians offer holiday gift book suggestions

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

Do you have an avid reader on your holiday shopping list but need ideas for what to buy? You’re in luck, as librarians Bigelane Unger, Jennifer Carter, Pamela Hunter, and Kathleen O’Keeffe at Woodinville Library have narrowed down the wide variety of choices to create suggestions for the children, teens and adults on your gift list.


Picture Books

"Tap the Magic Tree," by Christie Matheson, 2013.

There is magic in every tree and this story is a charming way for a young child to discover that magic. Simple text and colorful tissue paper illustrations ask the reader to tap, jiggle, clap, count, and more. Each activity is rewarded with a change in picture and change in season for the tree. Wonderful fun!

Mr. Wuffles!

, by David Wiesner, 2013.

Mr. Wuffles, the cat, has a new toy ... but wait! It’s not a toy at all! Mr. Wuffles has found a real life miniature spaceship with little green aliens inside! The cat wants to play, but his roughhousing damages the craft and frightens the occupants. When the aliens retreat under the radiator, they find insect allies who help them escape the claws of the cat. This nearly wordless picture book from Caldecott winner, David Wiesner, is a delightful fantasy adventure for all!


Chapter Books

"Fortunately, the Milk,"

by Neil Gaiman, 2013, grades 3 and up.

Neil Gaiman delivers an adventure packed book that is sure to delight families everywhere. When Mom is away and the family runs out of milk, Dad must brave aliens, talking dinosaurs, "wumpires," pirates, dancing dwarfs and the space-time continuum in order to save breakfast and bring home the milk. Kirkus Reviews says, "If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice." In other words, read this book!

"One Came Home,"

  by Amy Timberlake, 2012, Grades 4 and up.

When Wild West, sharp shooting, 13-year-old Georgie Burkhardt is asked to "identify" the remains of her older sister, she refuses to believe that her sister Agatha is laid out in that coffin. Georgie sets out on a journey through the western frontier to find her sister and bring her home. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence about the murder but can she prove her sister is still alive?  This book is a 2014 "You Choose the Next Newbery" nominee. To vote, visit:

"Dead Boys,"

by Royce Buckingham, 2010, grades 5 and up.

Bellingham resident and Richland, Wash., native, author Royce Buckingham, tells a tale of horror set on the site of the Hanford Nuclear Facility.  When Teddy moves to Richland, Wash., his mom encourages him to make friends. Little does Teddy know that his friends are dead. Can he avoid the fate these boys have endured? A 2014 Sasquatch Award nominee.

Teen Fiction


"The Fifth Wave,"

by Rick Yancey, 2013, grades 9 and up.

One of the big hits in teen fiction this year has been The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey. Part of its appeal, no doubt, has to do with the way it hits the ground running, given that this story of the "fifth wave" of alien invaders picks up after four other catastrophes have left Earth, and the humans remaining, reeling. The much anticipated Fifth Wave #2 (The Infinite Sea) is due to come out in May of 2014, so this holiday season would be an excellent time to give your favorite teen reader a copy of this first book.

"Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire,"

by Elizabeth Wein, 2012-2013, grades 9 and up.

Another book, which has been well received by teens and adults alike, is Code Name Verity. It came out in 2012, followed up this year with Rose Under Fire. Set in World War II, these books create fascinating and gripping stories of women spies and pilots from England, and how they become entangled in the war. They would make an excellent set of books for the historical fiction fan in your life.


by Veronica Roth, 2013, grades 9 and up. This is the final book in the Divergent trilogy, following 2011’s Divergent, and 2012’s Insurgent. The final installment finishes the story of Tris, a young woman struggling to survive in a faction-based dystopian world. Currently one of the most popular series in teen fiction, the whole trilogy will undoubtedly be even more popular soon, given that the film Divergent is set to come out in March 2014, starring Shailene Woodley, as Tris.


by Brandon Sanderson, 2013, grades 6 and up.

Steelheart is another wildly popular teen novel set in a dystopian world. It tells the story of David, who as an 8-year-old witnessed the death of his father. Now 18, David vows to seek revenge. Firefight, the sequel to Steelheart, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.


by Rainbow Rowell, 2013, Grades 8 and up. For a change of pace, it’s kind of nice to read about a character set in the real world, or at least as close as the world of college can offer. For Cath, it’s the world of her freshman year. To get through it she had counted on the comfortable companionship of her twin sister, and the even more comforting fantasy world she reads and writes about, as an author of fan fiction. What she gets, however, is a world that offers complex relationships and the opportunity to grow in ways she never expected.

Adult Fiction

"The Cuckoo’s Calling,"

by Peter Galbraith (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym), 2013.

Meet Cormoran Strike, an intriguing new private investigator in the mystery genre. Strike hangs up his shingle in London after losing a leg to a land mine in Afghanistan. He is not exactly successful in his career or private life, but things start to look up when John Bristow hires him to investigate the apparent suicide of his sister, a famous model named Lula Landry.  This is the stuff of tabloids, and Strike immerses himself in that world to find the truth. Cormoran Strike is the latest creation of J. K. Rowling.  Expect to see more of his adventures in the future.


by Jo Baker, 2013.

Pride and Prejudice fans are sure to enjoy this fresh take on the Bennet household of Longbourn, told from the servants’ perspectives. An engaging plot, interesting characters, and rich historical detail will please the Janeites on your list.

"The Rosie Project: A Novel," by Graeme Simsion, 2013. This unconventional romantic comedy brings together Don Tillman, a genetics professor who chalks up his extreme social awkwardness to Asperger’s, and Rosie Jarman, a high-spirited student who works as a bartender on the side.  When Don decides it’s time to get married, he begins his Wife Project with a multi-page survey designed to identify his perfect mate. Rosie absolutely does not qualify.  Or does she?

Adult Nonfiction

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks,

by Amy Stewart, 2013.

Part botany, part history, part mixology, this book is informative and entertaining, with attractive woodcut-style illustrations.  A good choice for amateur brewmeisters, wine enthusiasts, and armchair botanists. Cheers!

Elwha: A River Reborn,

by Lynda Mapes, photography by Steve Ringman, 2013.

Several dams were built on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River a century ago, promising power for local industry but severely damaging the local ecosystem.

In 2011, work began on removing the dams and restoring the ecology of the watershed – the largest reclamation project of its kind in the world.

This book covers the history of the dams, including the impact on the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, the years of activism that led up to the removal of the dams, and the remarkable comeback of the area as prime spawning ground for Chinook salmon and other wildlife. With color photographs and historic images, this is a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts.

Feeding the world’s poorest children

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

Maltby MealsCourtesy Photo. Volunteers for Children of the Nations celebrated last year in Maltby after assembling 32,000 meals in less than two hours for donation to orphaned and destitute children in some of the world’s poorest countries. The group is seeking $10,000 in donations this year so they can provide 40,000 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents.Raising children who transform nations — that is the vision of Silverdale-based Children of the Nations (COTN), a nonprofit whose goal is to help orphaned and destitute children.

Last year, with $8,000 in donations to COTN, the nonprofit was able set up a group of volunteers in Maltby with enough food to package  32,000 meals for children in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone and Malawi. Each meal costs 25 cents.

This year, the group wants to try to assemble 40,000 meals, but to do so it needs to receive $10,000 in donations. "One hundred percent of the donations goes to getting the supplies, packaging the meals and shipping them to the children," wrote Amy Hebert, the event coordinator for this year’s effort in Maltby, in an email.

The Maltby Meal Marathon will be on December 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maltby Christian Assembly, 9322 Paradise Lake Rd., Snohomish.

The church has generously donated space for assembling the meals. Last year, over 100 volunteers were able to assemble the 32,000 meals in about 1.5 hours, according to Hebert. 

To make a donation for the Maltby event, visit Enter "MMM" for the Event Code and "Maltby" for the Event Location. Donations can also be mailed to Children of the Nations, P.O. Box 3970, Silverdale, WA 98383.

For information on volunteering for the Maltby Meal Marathon, contact Amy Hebert: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All donations are tax deductible. Donation deadline is December 15, 2013.

Woodinville couple serves community as missionaries in Nicaragua

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, Staff Writer

MissionariesCourtesy Photo. Kathy and Halle August pose at a sports center they started in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua. The Augusts say that forming friendships with Nicaraguan people through fun activities gives them opportunities to share their Christian faith. When Halle and Kathy August tell about their bold decision to move their family from Woodinville to Nicaragua to teach and evangelize, Halle describes it in familiar terms.

"We tell people that our boss moved us here," he said. "We say that as Christians, our boss, really, is God. We’re not your typical missionaries at all, but we do love our Lord with all our heart and soul and mind and strength."

Kathy and Halle first visited Nicaragua in 2000 with their three sons on a group mission trip.

By the end of the first week, even their sons, who had been reluctant to go, wanted to stay.

The family moved there permanently a few years later.

Rick Vinther, the pastor at Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, went on that mission trip with the Augusts and saw the transformation they experienced.

"That’s when they really got the call and the inspiration that that’s what they were supposed to do," he remembers. Vinther has returned to Nicaragua, and said, "It’s like a field of dreams down there now."

He’s talking about El Salero, a sports center the Augusts have created. When they bought the land with the money from selling their house in Woodinville, it was mostly empty except for a baseball stadium that had fallen into disrepair.

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