Come and kick up your heels at the Sno-Valley Senior Center’s new country line dancing class, every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Hall. No experience necessary. Class is taught by a spunky gal out of Fall City, Cindy Taylor, who puts the emphasis on fun. Bring boots or hard-soled shoes and a good sense of humor. Cowboy hats and fancy jeans are welcome but certainly not necessary. Drop-ins are okay or hold your spot by signing up at the front desk. $5 for members, $7 for non-members.
Well, at Re-in-Carnation, we’ve found more time for you to shop and take advantage of our 1/2 OFF ALL WINTER CLOTHING SALE through February, by opening our doors on Mondays!
The fabulous thrift store, located at 31845 W. Commercial Street in downtown Carnation, is now open Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oh, and one more cool deal: seniors now get an extra special discount on 10 percent Tuesdays!
Kristy Trione is moving to Costa Rica. Courtesy photo.
Kristy Trione, who just finished her last month as executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, will be starting a new adventure in her life as she and her husband will be practicing organic farming on 30 acres in southern Costa Rica.
Kristy left the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network at the end of January. She is excited to have the opportunity for all things new: a new language, a new culture and an exciting new work experience!
Kristy was hired as the staff director of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network in December of 2001, after having served the network as a board member. Her passion for the mission and vital work of the Network increased with every passing year, as did her dedication to the health and welfare of families throughout our communities. She has been the public face of the Network for 10 years; visiting with legislators to give voice to youth and families and working with various partners in the community to ensure youth and families are a priority in planning prevention education and events.
The board of directors recognized Kristy for her commitment to strengthen the community, her integrity and her dedication to the youth of Snoqualmie Valley.
As executive director, Kristy was instrumental to increasing the Network’s capacity to create a more connected and healthier community in both the upper and lower Snoqualmie Valley. She shared, “I am so very impressed with the high level of functioning in the board and staff of the Network ... each individual is a strong leader serving with heart and integrity. I have always appreciated the sense of community and commitment from our board and staff, and I know that the Network will continue to grow and flourish following my departure. The work matters and it makes a difference.”
When asked about his work with the Network and Kristy over the years, Riverview School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Anthony Smith stated, “I have known Kristy since 1994 when we worked together on designing the Cedarcrest High School Advisory Period Curriculum. As with that effort, her work with Snoqualmie Valley Community Network has been characterized by making a real difference in our children’s lives. I appreciate all of her hard work aimed at improving the safety and wellness of all of our citizens.”
Snoqualmie Valley School Superintendent Joel Aune said, “I have always appreciated Kristy’s efforts with the Snoqualmie Network to partner with the school district in support of our students and their well-being. As a result of her experience as a parent and school board member, she brought to her work with the Network a unique and comprehensive view that enabled us to work together in harmony – to serve the young people of this community. She was, and is very passionate about this work, which made her an excellent school board member.
“There is no doubt that those attributes and characteristics enabled Kristy to be exceptional in her role as executive director of the Network, as well. Like many others, I will miss Kristy because of all that she has given to this community. And like many others, I consider her to be a good friend. I wish her the very best of luck in the next stage of her life.”
Past Network Board Member Paige Denison added, “Kristy is such an extraordinary human being – she has led the Network by selflessly serving, drilled deep to find resources where seemingly there were none and always brought an unparalleled optimism to the table – what a gift to have worked alongside her!”
The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network honored Kristy on Feb. 1st, during which they celebrated her many accomplishments and wished her well in her new adventure.
Tolt student Alex Kero with AmeriCorps volunteer Kimberly Young. Photo by Jeannine Luce
Since mid-November, volunteers from AmeriCorps have been tirelessly working on various environmental sustainability projects, including the planting of trees here in our local Snoqualmie Valley.
These energetic, compassionate young adults ranging in age from 18 to 24, have shared their time and talents helping at facilities such as Camp Korey and Seattle soup kitchens. They also are making an inspiring impact mentoring students at Tolt Middle School.
During their time on campus at Tolt, volunteers have assisted students with math, language arts, PE, and also work with the ELL (English language learners) and special needs students.
The AmeriCorps program began in 1993 with a mission to not only make a difference for those in need, but to make a difference in the lives of those who volunteer. The program offers the chance for participants to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs all over the country. Over 540,000 Americans have served as volunteers in this amazing outreach program.
AmeriCorps offers over 75,000 opportunities for volunteers of all backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Their work focuses on efforts such as: helping to make communities safer, mentoring and giving children a second chance, improving health services, building affordable housing, teaching computer skills, cleaning parks and streams, and helping communities respond to disasters.
Tolt teacher Donna Harvold poses with three of the AmeriCorps volunteers. L to R: Andy Nellenback, Donna Harvold, Joey Fixler and Sarah Alpher. Photo by Leanne Christensen
Volunteers not only experience the tremendous satisfaction from helping others, but can also receive help paying for college, graduate school and financial assistance with their student loans.
AmeriCorps volunteer Andy Nellenbach worked for the Discovery Channel after graduating from community college. He says, “Although the money was great, the work was not reflective of my core values and morals... I realized that I wanted and needed to be a part of something in life that was bigger than myself.”
Andy has found that through his work with AmeriCorps he is able to truly “give back” and be a part of important and meaningful work. During his time in Carnation, he has especially enjoyed his time spent with the students at Tolt. Andy remembers his own experience in middle school as an awkward and difficult time/age, and he is genuinely enjoying the opportunity to teach, mentor and just “be” with this special age group of teens.
Most of the volunteers from this particular AmeriCorps group have signed on for a minimum 10 month commitment.
As a group they receive approximately $225.00 each week for all of their food needs. Upon hearing of this, many teachers at Tolt began bringing in treats and snacks for the young volunteers.
Teacher Jeannine Luce helped to organize a very special dinner for all of the volunteers sponsored by the Tolt Congregational Church. She shares, “The dinner was provided by Pastor Stephen Hadden, Bob and Shirley Patterson, myself and Carrie Cain. Some of the volunteers had been attending Sunday morning services at the church, and the pastor saw an opportunity to serve them by providing a substantial meal they could appreciate and enjoy.”
Tina Miller from King County Parks said, “King County Parks has provided housing to the AmeriCorps volunteers at Tolt-MacDonald Park in the on-site yurts. The bulk of the crew’s time is spent helping King County Parks natural lands program. They have helped plant over 7,500 native trees and shrubs in our restoration projects and led six volunteer events of community members. The crew members have loved helping out at Tolt Middle School as part of their efforts in King County.”
Tolt teacher Donna Harvold played an integral part in bringing these remarkable young volunteers to Carnation and into the classrooms. She partnered with both Tina Miller and Lori Clinton from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks to organize the appointment of AmeriCorps in Carnation.
Donna shared the following regarding her involvement with this amazing program and the impact it has had on everyone involved: “What a wonderful opportunity for the students and staff of Tolt Middle School! We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of the AmeriCorps volunteers. They have become part of the makeup of our school in five short weeks. We will miss them greatly when their time is up, and hope to continue this inspiring partnership with King County in the future.”
Duvall Fire will present an evening class on emergency preparedness for members of the community who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The class will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 19th at the Duvall Fire headquarters station, located at 15600 First Ave NE.
The program will be presented with real time captions and FM radio assistive listening equipment. Interested persons who rely on sign language translation are asked to contact either Battalion Chief Greg Bawden or Terre Jones at Duvall Fire prior to January 13th.
The program will include a discussion of how the local 911 system works, how to help police and fire responders locate your home in an emergency, how to prepare for adverse weather events and natural disasters, how smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life, as well as other related topics.
While it is not necessary to RSVP, interested participants are encouraged to do so, so that the department can properly prepare for all participants.