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A little history: how a local artist curates one of the tiniest museums in existence

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

Inside the lobby of the Duvall Post Office in a three-foot by three-foot frame is what’s known as the Little Postal Museum, started by Thomas Matthiesen in 1990.
“It’s the smallest museum in the state of Washington that I know of,” said Matthiesen, the museum’s sole curator.

Matthiesen is a local visual artist who spent the 1960s working as a magazine photographer in New York. He moved to the Duvall area in 1972. Through his work as an artist and as a philatelist (a stamp collector), he has made connections to a worldwide group of collectors who lend him material for use in the museum.

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From dairy to dahlias: turning 90 won’t stop this local farmer

  • Written by Lisa Allen, Editor

Ruth Bellamy always loved her life on the farm.

“It has been a great place to raise children and be a part of the community,” she reminisced recently. “And I’m still here, in the house I’ve lived in since 1950.”

Ruth, who just turned 90, has seen a lot of changes in the Valley, including on the farm itself. At its heyday, the 165-cow dairy on Cherry Valley Road was a bustling place. Ruth did her part by feeding calves, keeping the records and driving truck during silage season, along with raising her four children – Ruth Ann, Neal, Margie and John, all of whom still live in the area.

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A bench-mark in time …

  • Written by by Boone with Frank Sebenius

There is a time in every living being’s life that they must deal with reality. Sometimes there is time to say things that need to be said. And sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes events occur that are so far out of your world, you don’t really know how to process them. This was the case with my People Brother Evan, almost two and a half years ago.

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Sno-Valley Senior Center events

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Sno-Valley Senior Center Community Health and Wellness Fair
Thursday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for presentations, booths and giveaways at our annual Health and Wellness Fair! Providers include Donna Morton with free chair massages, CHOICE Advisory Services, Duvall Physical Therapy, Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors and more! 10 a.m. presentation on End of Life Planning, 1 p.m. presentation on seniors and marijuana.
Thank you to our sponsors Thrivent Financial and Shape-Up!

Mobile Mammogram Coach
Thursday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Get your annual mammogram during our Health Fair! Call 425-899-2831 to schedule your appointment!
Order your sun and shade hanging baskets
It’s only March but we’re already thinking about our annual plant sale in May! You can order your beautiful hanging sun and shade baskets today at www.snovalleysenior.org! Deadline is Friday, April 28.

Building healthier community ties with Carnation Farms

  • Written by Valley View Staff

CARNATION – The historic 100-year-old dairy farm, Carnation Farms, is launching into a new phase of development in the Snoqualmie Valley as a nonprofit leading the way into a healthier future.

Founded by the descendants of E.A. Stuart, founder of Carnation Milk, the current generation is transforming the 818-acre historic farm into an outdoor classroom, where kids and families gather to deep-dive into hands-on learning about healthy lifestyles and choices.

Through carefully crafted farm-based educational activities and experiential learning opportunities, Carnation Farms will lead the way in skill-building to promote life-long health and wellness, and help battle chronic conditions often associated with poor food choices.

“Each visit to the farm will grow a better understanding of your body, the food you eat, and the community you live in. Our holistic approach to healthy living seeks to empower individuals to break bad food habits, engage in the outdoors and learn the value of making healthy choices – all of which lead to healthier lives for themselves, their families, and their communities,” explains Lane Youngblood, interim CEO.

Starting this April, Carnation Farms is rolling out the start of its pilot programming. Using a multi-tiered approach, the Farm will provide a variety of pathways for individuals to visit the Farm.

Throughout the year workshops will be available for all ages, providing learning opportunities for the mind and body through farm-based and outdoor activities.
Monthly historic tours of the Farm will bring visitors out for a chance to learn more about the rich history of innovation at the Farm, in addition to how Carnation Farms continues to shape the community.

Day and resident summer camp from June – August at the Farm, for ages 7-14, offers fun, hands-on, place-based activities to connect kids with the Farm, the food system, and the outdoors.

The Farm-Based Education Field Trip program for grades 5-12 aims to increase youth access, especially those at-risk, to outdoor spaces by developing engaging outdoor programming. Seasonal community honors the Farms’ historic legacy as a place to connect and celebrate together as a community.

The full listing of opportunities and offerings are available at the Farms’ website carnationfarms.org, where you can also sign up for their mailing list, and a $5 donation will be made in your honor thanks to an anonymous donor. Workshops and summer camp are currently accepting applications, so visit carnationfarms.org today.

What’s coming up at the Farm

Spring Social, Saturday, April 15
Join us as we welcome the spring season on Saturday, April 15 (11 a.m.). This family-friendly event will include an egg scavenger hunt, farm crafts, a farm-to-fork brunch, and more. Hosted in our historic Hippodrome, guests will learn more about our programs and meet our staff while exploring the farm.

$15 per adult, $7 per child (ages 2-12) if purchased in advance
$20 per adult, $10 per child if purchased at the door

Leveraging its historic, certified organic farm, Carnation Farms inspires individuals, families and communities to make informed choices about food and lifestyles through farm-based education and experiential learning.
Founded in 2016, Carnation Farms is piloting a variety of programs that connect youth and families and lead to a healthier tomorrow.