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Woodinville man invents unique ukulele

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Monty Ross started playing the ukulele just four years ago. It was the first instrument he ever learned. Unless, of course, you count fourth grade band class.

“I played the clarinet, rather poorly,” he said. Many years later, the Woodinville resident would pick up the ukulele, a soprano size  —  that’s the smallest one, and usually the easiest kind to find. As his skills progressed, he felt it was time to upgrade. But instead of buying a new ukulele, he made his own.

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Leota Junior High students model the spread of flu through simulation

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Leota Junior High’s seventh grade Advanced Academic Placement class created a school-wide pandemic simulation last October in order to remind the school just how easily and rapidly colds and the flu can be spread. Jane Vincent’s class of AAP seventh graders staged the simulation by arriving to school early that day and covering just their hands in Glogerm powder (a non-toxic UV-sensitive substance designed specifically for this purpose.) The students went about their day as nonchalantly as possible spreading the powder wherever they went.

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Eddie Bauer and the Northwest: Adventure-driven innovation

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Photo Eddie Bauer Collection

Saturday, Feb. 14
10:30 a.m. – noon (Doors open at 10)
Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
$5 suggested donation for non-members
Speakers subject to change. For details: www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org.

Eddie Bauer clothing and gear are internationally known, but did you know that the man behind the brand was rooted in the Seattle area – including the Eastside? With a combination of vintage photographs and physical artifacts, company historian Colin Berg will share the story of the man, his innovations and his company.

Seattle’s theatrical royalty takes the stage in “Carousel,” a beloved tale of love, tragedy and redemption

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre presents a fresh and exciting new take on the tempestuous romance, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. In its fourth major collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theater, The 5th is thrilled to welcome Tony Award®-nominated choreographer Donald Byrd to the creative table, and a host of Seattle’s theatrical royalty to its stage. This exciting new staging stars the radiant Laura Griffith as Julie and 5th Avenue favorite Brandon O’Neill as Billy in his first Seattle production following his Broadway debut in Disney’s Aladdin. The cast also includes local luminaries Anne Allgood, Eric Ankrim, Allen Fitzpatrick, Séan G. Griffin, Cynthia Jones and Billie Wildrick, and marks The 5th Avenue debut of rising talent Joshua Downs.

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Local man guides trips around the world

  • Written by Emily Hamann

How many people daydream about quitting their desk jobs and traveling the world? One Woodinville man took that fantasy a step farther  — he actually did it.

Last year Sandeep Nain quit his job as a software development manager at Expedia and started a business taking people on hiking and mountaineering tours.

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