Molbak’s to present free garden seminars

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Molbak's garden design
The best gardens are designed to complement your family’s lifestyle. Photo courtesy of Molbak's
Learn how to design your own beautiful, dynamic garden that truly reflects you and your style with EagleSong, Willow’s Lodge’s director of beauty, at a free seminar at Molbak’s on Saturday, April 21, 10– 11 a.m.


EagleSong will show you how your garden can reflect authenticity and a deep sense of place by understanding and employing five easy-to-grasp design principals.

Learn how function translates into fun and beauty, why indigenous materials feel right, how to marry the inside to the outside and what it means to be a guest in your own garden.

For more information, visit

Designing with

native plants

Discover the big trend toward using native plants with Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, at a free seminar at Molbak’s on Saturday, April 21, noon – 1 p.m.

Egan will show how to take full advantage of these low-maintenance beauties to enhance your garden with her favorite native shrubs, perennials, ferns and groundcovers with a special emphasis on those that make wonderful companions to our native rhododendrons.

For additional information, visit

Other events

on April 21

Master Gardener Plant Clinic: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring your gardening questions – and plant samples –  to the clinic and get answers from trained, WSU Master Gardeners.

Ask about plant selection; diseases and treatments, pest controls and prevention and more.

King County Iris Society members: 1-2:30 p.m.

Bring your questions and walk away with great advice.

For additional information, call (425) 483-5000, 1-866-466-5225, or visit the Events page at

Molbak’s is located at 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA  98072.

Parent & Community Awareness

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

DUVALL — The 2012 Parent and Community Awareness event,sponsored by the Riverview PTSA Council, will be held Thursday, May 3, at the Cedarcrest High School  library from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will be an informative and enlightening community presentation regarding the health, safety and welfare of our children.

Presenters for this event will be:

• Stephanie Thomas - Jones, Seattle P.D. – Crimes Against Children Unit

Stephanie will help us to understand the current trends and dangers regarding texting and Internet use by our children.

• Sergeant Margo Guzman, Duvall/Carnation P.D.

Sergeant Guzman will share of the current substance abuse environment of  teens and young adults in our valley, and what we, as parents and community members, can do to help.

Student members from the Riverview Youth Council will also be in attendance to answer questions regarding“Growing up Substance Free in the Valley.”

For information: (360) 794-1681 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Battle of the Bands — back again at Cedarcrest High School

  • Written by Deborah Wilk, Special to the Weekly

The Paramounts, an instrumental progressive rock band from Cedarcrest
Spring has definitely sprung in the Snoqualmie Valley, and for young musicians and their fans that means it’s time for the annual Cedarcrest High School Battle of the Bands, coming up soon on Saturday, April 21st. Every spring, a dedicated group of students and parents volunteer their time and efforts to organize this event, the year’s biggest fundraiser for RHYTHM (Riverview Helping Youth To Have Music). All funds raised will go toward scholarships, equipment purchases, concert expenses and to otherwise help maximize the musical opportunities for all students in the Riverview School District.


This year’s Battle of the Bands is bringing seven diverse bands from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Skyline High School in Sammamish, Bellevue, Seattle and of course Cedarcrest in Duvall! This will be a true professional rock show, with stage, sound and lighting rivaling local clubs. Valley favorites Felonious Monk, who came in 2nd place at last year’s Battle, blend funk, new wave jazz, and bossa nova. You have probably heard them around the Valley throughout the year, as they have been gaining a wide fan base with appearances at Carnation’s 4th of July concert, Sandblast and Carnation’s December Tree Lighting event.

A band with members from Bellevue and Seattle, Elch, describes their music as “ranging from fast, harsh, atonal riffs with sudden changes and fleeting musical ideas, to crushing crescendo-based down-tempo pieces that are dissonant and uncomfortable.”

Ithaca is a four piece band from Snoqualmie, with two self-made records. Their music has been described as everything from Indie to hard rock, to everything else in-between.

Two bands hail from the Issaquah/Sammamish area. Max Wang, a singer-songwriter who has performed as a finalist at Benaroya Hall’s Seattle International Piano Festival, will bring his talented band from Skyline High School. He describes their music as “Gavin DeGraw meets Howie Day with classical influences.”

Felonious Monk
Felonious Monk, last year’s 2nd place winner, is back this year competing for the grand prize. Courtesy photo.
Smote, a band with diverse musical and orchestral training, will bring their rock sound with unique vocal harmonies from Issaquah to the Valley.  Cedarcrest band That’s Cashed are “valley kids with the urge to blow peoples minds with our musical fusion. Our music is a jazzy take on reggae twisted with all the best parts of the grunge scene.”


Also from Cedarcrest is The Paramounts, a progressive instrumental rock band influenced by the early 70s sounds of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

All of this music is available for the amazing price of $7, which all goes towards supporting music in the entire Riverview School District. None of this would be possible without the support of numerous businesses in our community which are contributing band prizes, food for the judges’ dinner, and grants to help cover operational costs.

We would like to thank these sponsors for their early show of support: Bailey’s CC Espresso, Blake’s Pizzeria, Donn Bennett Drums, Ground Zero, Lazy K’s, Pickle Time, Starbucks, Top of the Hill Music Studio, and Valley Mail and Lock for their discount printing. We would especially like to give a huge THANKS to the Duvall Civic Club and The City of Duvall/Duvall Cultural Commission which donated very generously to cover the cost of security and other operational expenses for the event.

For more information, go to Doors open at 5:30, music from 6-11 p.m.

Family fun and finger-lickin’ good music at the Maltby Bluegrass Concert, Auction and Jam

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The 18th annual Maltby Bluegrass Concert, Auction and Jam will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Maltby Community Club.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for open jamming for concert volunteers and those with tickets to the concert. The concert starts at 7 p.m., with silent and live auctions taking place during the intermissions.

Treat yourself and your family to this great family event with an old-fashioned auction and foot stompin’ music! You’ll have a great time and will be dazzled by the level of musicianship!

The concert is the main fundraiser for the Maltby Community Club, a small non-profit community organization that was founded in the 1930s.

Three hot bands will headline the concert, including:

• A very popular band, Runaway Train (from south Puget Sound) plays hard-driving traditional bluegrass music and features a 17-year-old banjo player who won the Rockygrass banjo contest in Colorado when he was only 14.

• Seattle-based The Howdy Boys has built a large fan base with their high energy brand of music, a combination of bluegrass, honky-tonk and old time country. Band members are seasoned professionals who have performed with the top bands in the region. Fiddler Doug Bright is one of the top fiddlers in the area.

• Roundhouse from Salem, Ore., performs an eclectic collection of music from various genres. They’ll take you on a wonderful musical journey through bluegrass, folk, southern and classic rock and gospel music. Lead vocalist and bass player, Kim Jones Leavitt, is a graduate of Snohomish High School and is thrilled to return home.

The silent and live auctions are a down-home, grassroots experience, spiced with a professional auctioneer enticing everyone to bid on a wide array of items. Auction items are always a last minute surprise. You won’t know until the day of the auction what items are available, but past auction items have included tickets to festivals and other events, software, top soil, gift baskets, plants, autographed CDs, art, jewelry, antiques, tools, crafts, instruments, restaurant dinners, music accessories and clothes.

The club will be open to those with concert tickets to participate in informal music jamming before and after the concert.

Note: Purchase your tickets in advance because the concert sells out every year.

Maltby Community Club is located at  8711 – 206th Avenue SE (corner of 87th Avenue S.E. and 206th Avenue S.E., one block north of Hwy. 524 and the Maltby Café), Snohomish (Maltby).

Tickets are  $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 years old and older, $10 for youth 12 – 18 years old, and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult with a concert ticket.

For information, directions or tickets, call (360) 568-3685.

WSDOT begins new toll enforcement program

  • Written by from Washington State Dept. of Transportation

First penalty notices for unpaid tolls already in mailboxes

SEATTLE – Registered vehicle owners who haven’t paid their tolls within 80 days or more were mailed civil penalty notices beginning last week.

The notices are part of the state’s new enforcement process to help collect overdue toll bills accrued after crossing the Tacoma Narrows and State Route 520 bridges.

“This new enforcement program is designed for the unique nature of our photo tolling system,” said Toll Division Director Craig Stone of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

“The new process strengthens one of the main reasons we’re tolling these bridges – to pay for them. This effort allows us to put collected tolls, fees and penalties back into each bridge program.”

WSDOT, which manages the state’s two tolled bridges – SR 520 across Lake Washington and the Tacoma Narrows – will mail the first civil penalty notices to registered owners of vehicles that crossed either bridge more than 80 days ago but have not paid the toll. The notices will include an initial toll amount, a $5 reprocessing fee for each reminder bill plus an added $40 civil penalty for each unpaid toll transaction. Those registered vehicle owners will have up  to 20 days to respond to WSDOT with payment or to dispute the civil penalty.

“Don’t wait if you receive a notice of civil penalty—you need to act,” Stone said. “You have two

options: pay the civil pnalty or, if you think you are not responsible for it, dispute the civil penalty in writing or request a hearing.”

The penalty notice includes a photo of the license plate for each unpaid toll and lists the date, time and location of each bridge crossing. Vehicle owners who receive a notice should carefully follow instructions to pay or dispute the toll. Vehicle owners may request a hearing with a state administrative law judge who presides over WSDOT’s toll enforcement hearings.

“This new toll enforcement process helps ensure tolls get paid, that the system is fair and that the money collected goes back to the bridge programs,” Stone said. “The civil penalty process also gives vehicle owners one last chance to dispute a toll if they believe they aren’t responsible for it.”

Hearings will take place at a public court in Fife or at the Good To Go! Customer Service Center off I-5 in north Seattle. Unlike traffic court, this process does not allow toll enforcement judges to reduce penalty amounts or unpaid toll amounts owed – they make a judgment on whether the vehicle crossed the bridge and that the penalty notice names the vehicle’s legal owner.

Registered vehicle owners found liable then have 10 days to pay the tolls and all accrued fees and penalties. If the tolls, fees and penalties remain unpaid after this time, a hold will be placed on the vehicle’s license renewal and the debt is sent to collections.

More detailed information can be found on the Web, including a video about the new legal process and answers to common questions.

For additional information:

• Customer service center contact information:

• Notice of Civil Penalty common questions:

• Adjudication video: