Amber Smith releases new book

  • Written by Valley View Staff

On July 20th, Amber Smith (aka Ancient Amber, author of “The Sunchildren”) of Duvall, released her second picture book “The Ancient Amber. Beads: preserving Mother Earth’s stories, lessons & wisdom.”
This book is available on Amazon.  

Amber has lived in Duvall for the past five years with her two children, 2nd and 1st grade. She has instilled a great love for the earth and the natural world in her children. She has used stories to help instill this love. She began searching for stories with more specific messages only to turn up empty-handed so she began writing her own.

Amber and her children enjoy being outdoors. They participate in a local community garden, build fairy homes and had plans to make their first camping trip this summer. They also enjoy participating in the local farmers markets and this is where Amber feels she has received the most encouragement and support. She is grateful to be a part of such an empowering community.

A trip to the past at the Duvall Heritage Festival Sept. 27

  • Written by Valley View Staff

What was life like in the early days of the Snoqualmie Valley?

The Heritage Festival at Duvall’s historical Dougherty Farmstead will be a day of activities, demonstrations and music from the early 1900’s on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be fun for all ages with butter churning, hand-crank laundry tub, antique tractors, blacksmithing and more!
The historical farmhouse, bunkhouse and milk house will all be open. A quilt turning will feature needlework from the era.
The event is free for all ages and presented by the Duvall Historical Society and the Duvall Cultural Commission. The historic Dougherty Farmstead is located at 15426 NE Cherry Valley Road in Duvall.

Complimentary parking is available at Holy Innocents Catholic Church next door. A drop-off area is located on site for those who need it. For more information, visit .

From dirt to plate: Farm tours show where food comes from

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

Maybe you see the little “locally grown” tag next to certain items at the grocery store, or next to menu items at neighborhood restaurants. At the Farm Faire and farm tours put on by the Sno-Valley Tilth, you can get your hands dirty, and see that locally grown isn’t just a trendy catchphrase, it’s a way of life for farmers in the Snoqualmie Valley.
On Sept. 13, nine Sno-Valley Tilth member farms will open their gates to the public and offer farm tours. The purpose is to connect people with the food they eat, and raise awareness about local farmers.


New children’s dog book teaches non-bullying

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Book signing Sept. 13 at Best Buddy Dog Wash

The BooneDoggies LLC recently launched their eCommerce website featuring “A Different Kind of Dog”, a 28-page hardcover children’s book released on August 19, where Boone, the Dachshund, shares that being different is what makes us special.

Husband and wife entrepreneurs Frank & Linda Sebenius are the pack leaders of The BooneDoggies, LLC, formed in February 2014.


A perfect ‘Night Out’

  • Written by Valley View Staff

vvjessicalynnSinger Jessica Lynne and her crew rocked McCormick Park Aug. 5 to celebrate Duvall’s first National Night Out. (Photos by Lisa Allen)  vvgiraffeWhat’s a celebration without Duvall’s unofficial “mascot?”

vvdog high fiveThis couple brought all they needed to enjoy a wonderful evening of music in the park, including their best friend.

A warm summer evening, coupled with the Duvall Police Department’s first annual National Night Out, brought scores of local residents to McCormick Park August 5th to enjoy live country music by Jessica Lynne, laser tag, free hot dogs provided by the fire department, bike safety checks, bouncy houses galore, a giant slide and face painting. Police, fire and public works vehicles, along with plenty of educational materials from the Duvall Public Works Department, were available for the public to check out up at the parking lot.