20th anniversary blood drive

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Cottage Lake Cluster of Churches was formed in 1994. Scott Kimball from Wooden Cross Lutheran Church met with the new church cluster and proposed that they embark on a community service project of blood drives to be hosted at the various community churches.

The first Cottage Lake Community Blood Drive was held on June 9, 1995 at Wooden Cross Lutheran Church. Participating congregations now include Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery, Bear Creek United Methodist Church, Blessed Teresa Catholic Church, Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, Kol Ami Jewish Congregation, LDS Cottage Lake, Northshore United Church of Christ, Wooden Cross Lutheran Church and Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church.
Over the past 20 years, the Interfaith Group has conducted a total of 113 drives with 6,879 registered donors. The Community Blood Drive will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, July 7 with a Blood Drive at Wooden Cross — the same location as the first drive in 1995. Come, be a blood donor and celebrate with us! The Blood Drive will be 1 - 7 p.m. at 17401 198th Avenue NE, Woodinville (the corner of 198th and Woodinville-Duvall Road.)

2015 Inaugural Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament

  • Written by by Greg Garat President, Woodinville & Bothell Firefighters Benevolent Fund

Your participation as a player or a sponsor will enable the Children’s Country Home to continue their work in caring for medically fragile and technology-dependent children. These children are often so medically complex that they require around-the-clock medical care. For some, it means providing compassionate and loving hospice care.

Your partnership will also allow the Woodinville and Bothell Firefighters Benevolent Funds to continue their work of supporting individuals and families who have immediate financial needs or suffered a catastrophic loss, and charities who are involved in disease prevention and treatment.

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5th annual Goatalympics – Celebrating the Year of the Goat

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

“Our family waits all year for the Goatalympics — we plan our whole summer around it!”
— Molly, mother of competitors Mady (7) and Finn (5)

The fifth annual Goatalympics is coming! What better way to celebrate the Year of the Goat than by spending the day watching adorable goats and their people compete in foot races, obstacle courses and more? Prepare to laugh and cheer as competitors young and old vie for victory, ribbons and bragging rights. Take your guess as to who will win Best Trick, Most Spots, Longest Beard and other exciting contests. Vote in the People’s Choice Awards for adult and youth costume contests. Every year attendance grows — Goatalympics 2014 drew 350 spectators and over 50 participants. Ages of contestants ranged from 4 to 64.

“We’ve been training for the Goatalympics for months — bring on the competition!”
— Shelly, adult competitor

The Goatalympics is not your grandmother’s county fair! It’s all about fun — not about breeding or conformation. And what could be more fun than watching middle-aged women try to convince their goats to negotiate an obstacle course? Musical chairs, with goats, is a whole new game. And last year, in the “Best Costume” category, a group of petite pirates and their goaty sailing vessel were a sight to see! In addition to goat contests, we hold a giant raffle and silent auction. There will also be at least six food trucks featuring vegetarian and vegan cuisine, including No Bones About It, Seattle Cookie Counter and The Luchador Taco Co.

And of course, there will be adorable, adoptable goats for people to meet. Several photographers will be on site as well, covering the fun from every angle, and photos will be available online after the event.

The Goatalympics is the largest fundraiser of the year for New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since 1999, New Moon Farm has taken in, rehabilitated and found loving homes for over 1,300 goats. As the only goat rescue in Snohomish County, NMF takes in animals from private individuals, as well as working regularly with Animal Control agencies from across the state. Animals have come to NMF from as far as California and Idaho. In addition to being a fun celebration of goats, the Goatalympics helps to raise money for the goat rescue and raise awareness of the New Moon Farm organization.

July 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe

FREE (donations always welcomed)

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Summertime sizzler: Be energy efficient as temperatures soar

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Puget Sound Energy is encouraging its more than 1.1 million electric customers to be even more energy conscious as temperatures jump into the 90s.

Across our service area, PSE’s electric infrastructure is performing well, and our generating facilities have the capacity to meet the needs of our customers. While excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid, our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave.

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Guided bike ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a bike ride on July 14 to explore one of the most iconic places in the Greenway: the Snoqualmie Tunnel. This guided bike ride will travel through the historic Snoqualmie railroad Tunnel and then along a 20-mile stretch of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, complete with sweeping views of the Cascades, as participants peddle back down to Rattlesnake Lake. Spots are still available; information and registration at

The “Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride” is a part of the 25th Anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.

The Greenway Trust provides guides, t-shirt, route map, snacks and shuttle service from cars to the start of the trip, since participants will park at the end destination and then bike back.

As momentum grows for making this a National Heritage Area, the bike ride is a unique opportunity to experience the heritage, scenery, and recreation that makes the Greenway nationally-acclaimed. The Greenway-led bike ride helps participants discover the Snoqualmie Tunnel, a remnant of the Milwaukee railroad line that connected Puget Sound with the rest of the country in the early 1900s.

Pre-registration required. Register at Cost is $25 per person.

Support for the hike is provided by Boeing, Carter Subaru, AAA Washington, Puget Sound Energy, REI, Green Trails Maps, Issaquah Alps Trails Club and YMCA.

About the 25th Anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hosting the 25th Anniversary Greenway Trek from July 11-19. Event participants will hike and bike across the Mountains to Sound Greenway — Ellensburg to Seattle — to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Greenway March, where the concept of a Greenway along Interstate 90 was born and citizens were inspired to thoughtfully shape our region’s growth.

Full Trek | July 11-19
Explore the full stretch of the Mountains to Sound Greenway, hiking and biking from Ellensburg to Seattle

Bike Section | July 11-14
Join the first half of the Trek as we bike along the John Wayne Trail from Ellensburg to Rattlesnake Lake

Hike Section | July 15-19
Hike with us through the forests of the Issaquah Alps from Rattlesnake Lake to Seattle, on the second half of the Trek

Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride | July 14
Single Day Trip: Join the Trek for one of the most iconic sections — the 2-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel — as we bike from Snoqualmie Pass to Rattlesnake Lake

Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain Hike | July 18
Single Day Trip: Explore new trails on the forested slopes of Cougar Mountain as we hike from Issaquah to Bellevue

Trek into Seattle Hike | July 19
Single Day Trip: Join the Trek for the final day as we hike from the shores of Lake Washington into Seattle and celebrate the end of the Trek