New early learning group begins Sept. 12

  • Written by Valley View Staff
Cottage Lake Early Learning Group (CLELG) is a new opportunity for 3-and 4-year olds and their parent(s)/caregiver(s) that will begin September 12th.

Each Wednesday when CLELG meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m., children and their parent(s)/caregiver(s) will engage in learning activities in these developmental areas: feeling and connecting, sensing and moving, listening and talking, and thinking and remembering. CLELG is currently enrolling children who are 3 or 4 by August 31st.

Although the program will be geared to the 3-and 4-year olds, younger siblings are also welcome to attend. CLELG will be led by three early childhood professionals, each with over 20 years experience. Cost to register is $50 and tuition is $25 per month.

CLELG will meet at Wooden Cross Lutheran Church, 17401 198th Ave. NE, Woodinville. Call (425) 788-3626 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get an informational brochure and application.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group meets at Sno-Valley Senior Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Caring for someone with memory loss?

Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. A free information and support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss is held in Carnation on the second Thursday of every month from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Avenue, Carnation, WA 98014.

For more information, contact group facilitator Karen Huntsinger at (425) 761-2946.

Alzheimer’s disease remains one of the fastest growing concerns in the United States. Currently, 1 in 8 people ages 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers predict 150,000 people within Washington state will be living with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 – an 81 percent increase from the year 2000. Between 2000 and 2008, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased by 66 percent. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s disease research and support, and we continually strive to progress and make a difference in the fight against this disease. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit

Trial continued in Carnation murders

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The trial date for murder defendants Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe has been rescheduled yet again to January 7, 2013.

Trial had been scheduled to begin May 4, then reset for September 7.

The defendants are accused of fatally shooting six members of Anderson’s family on Christmas Eve in Carnation in 2007. McEnroe and Anderson are each charged with six counts of aggravated first degree murder.

A June 2 Seattle Times report stated that the cost of preparing for the trials has reached $4.9 million – the most expensive since the investigation and later prosecution of Gary Ridgway in the case of the Green River killings.

The Times report stated that, according to the King County Office of Public Defense, more than $2.2 million has been spent on the defense of  Anderson and over $2 million on the defense of McEnroe.

One of the reasons for the high costs, say the King County Prosecutor’s Office, is the fact the two defendants will be tried separately. A death penalty case also adds to the expense.

Prosecutors allege that Anderson and McEnroe, her former boyfriend, gunned down both her parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson; her brother and his wife, Scott and Erica Anderson; and the couple’s two children, Olivia, 5, and Nathan, 3.

Anderson and McEnroe had lived in a separate house on the property. The bodies were not discovered until the day after Christmas when one of Judy’s co-workers went to look for her when she didn’t show up for her job at the Carnation Post Office.

Anderson and McEnroe had fled, but returned to the scene that day where they were arrested.

By the time the trial begins it will be over five years since the murders took place.

Riverview Schools partner with the King County Green Schools program

  • Written by Valley View Staff

by Leanne Christensen, RSD

Congratulations to the Riverview Learning Center, Carnation Elementary and Stillwater Elementary on their acceptance into the Green Schools program.

This unique environmental program is sponsored by the King County Department of  Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division, and has a mission to support King County schools as they initiate and expand waste reduction, recycling practices and other conservation actions, involve the whole school community in environmental stewardship and operate environmentally efficient and responsible facilities within their communities.

Stillwater Elementary PTSA volunteer, Pamela Parks, shared the following regarding the program highlights at Stillwater: “We are very excited to be tapping into the King County Green Schools program. This program will help us set up a lunch time recycling program, which will do three things for Stillwater.... One, it will reduce our cost for trash pick-up, saving the school money. (In a recent scientific experiment, the Gardening Club, led by Stacy Walker, discovered that students throw away 45 pounds of food per day! We aim to reduce that considerably). Two, the Gardening Club will then get beautiful compost, and three, the Science Docent program will have material and data for bonus soil and composting lessons, and we can even study the life cycle of red worms.”

She continued, “I think it is fabulous that while students get involved in conservation and recycling efforts, they will develop leadership skills as they take action. We are very close to being accredited at level 1 of this program, thanks to the hard work of Mike Nelson and Rick Bouloumpas, our dedicated custodians, as well as the push at the end of last year by the ASB to conserve water, and the continued help of Extended Day students to collect the recycling on Wednesday mornings. Parent volunteers are very eager to help set up the program, especially the new worm bin for the garden that King County will be delivering any day now. It is truly a team effort at Stillwater.”

The U.S. Department of Education stated the following in recognition of the Green Schools program: “Green schools are critical to schools’ fiscal health and our nation’s economy. Improvements to K-12 school facilities save schools money, strengthen the nation’s energy security and conserve natural resources. Healthy behaviors, environmental education and green facilities are as vital to individual students as they are to the nation. High standards for facilities, nutrition and fitness improve student and staff health, attendance and achievement. Finally, environmental and sustainability education prepares students to be good citizens and enhances achievement and engagement in all subjects, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Sixty-four schools in 15 school districts across King County have earned recognition for their successful conservation practices from the county’s Green Schools program. These schools are to be commended for their time, dedication and efforts with regard to improving their conservations practices, reaching out and involving students, staff and parents in their inspiring and innovative “green” practices.

TJ Dance offers free sample classes

  • Written by Valley View Staff

DUVALL–Discover the dancer in you at TJ Dance sample class events on Thursday, August 23, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Try out free 30-minute mini-classes in a variety of dance styles for children, teens, and adults.  Meet the TJ Dance faculty, enjoy light refreshments, and receive a $5 discount off the $20 registration fee when you sign up for fall classes at these events.

TJ Dance is a community dance school rooted in the belief that everyone can dance. Owners Jayne Hancock and Peg Burnside each have over 25 years of experience sharing their love of dance with students in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley. From toddlers to seniors, there’s something for everyone at TJDance.

Regular fall classes begin on Monday, September 10.  Choose from tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, belly dance, creative movement and Zumba classes. Visit   to see the full schedule of fall classes.  TJ Dance is located at 14701 Main St. NE #C-1 & C-2 in the Duvall Tech Center.  For more information, call (425) 844-9086.

Open House sample classes on August 23

4:00 Hip Hop, Ages 5-8 with Jamie

4:00 Creative Movement, Ages 3-4 with Peg

4:30 Tap/Jazz, Ages 4-6 with Jayne

4:30 Hip Hop, Ages 9-13 with Jamie

5:00 Tap Troupe Demo

5:00 Ballet, Ages 5-7 with Peg

5:30 Tap/Jazz, Ages 5-7 with Jayne

5:30 Jazz/Funk, Middle School with Ileah

6:00 Tap/Ballet, Ages 8-11 with Jamie

6:00 Ballet/Lyrical, Middle School/High School with Peg

6:30 Beginning Tap, Middle School, High School/Adult with Jayne

6:30 Jazz/Funk, 9-11 with Ileah

7:00 Belly Dance, 10-14 with Nyree

7:00 Jazz, Adult with Jamie

7:30 Belly Dance, High School/Adult with Nyree

Zumba & Hip Hop sample classes on September 8

10:30 Zumba with Kara

11:00 Hip Hop, Middle School with Katie

11:30 Hip Hop, High School/Adult with Katie