Snoqualmie Valley walk/run in Duvall will benefit women’s shelters

  • Written by Barb Olsen
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Volunteers ready the course for the benefit walk/run Oct. 15 on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Courtesy photo.
As autumn begins to show its cooler colors, walkers and runners around the area are getting ready to lace up their tennis shoes and participate in Duvall’s third Snoqualmie Valley Walk/Run 4 Women, on October 15.

It’s an event for those who’d like to walk or run just a short distance as well as those who want to do the full half-marathon of 13.1 miles.

Whatever the distance, participants will be helping to raise funds for women at a Duvall shelter as well as at Eastside Domestic Violence safe houses.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will be used to help these women and their families, at a time when there is a large increase in urgent requests in this area for life-saving services, shelter, and basic necessities.

The event is sponsored by the Duvall Civic Club.

The walk/run begins and ends at the McCormick Park Depot at 26200 NE Stephens Street in Duvall, with participants walking or running along the scenic river trail, which is primarily flat. Registration starts at 9:15 a.m., and walkers and runners will set out at 10:00 a.m.

Registration for an individual is $30 the day of the event, and online pre-registration is at the discounted rate of $25. Children 12 and under who are with adults are free.

To pre-register or find out more, see the Duvall Civic Club’s Facebook page or go to (online pre-registration is at

“This is an event for everyone,” event organizer Maura Van Ness said. “We welcome all ages and genders as well as walkers and runners of every capability.”

“The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a lovely place to walk or run,” Duvall Civic Club Co-President Kate Brougham said. “And we in the Civic Club are proud to sponsor this fundraising event for the benefit of these women who are working to improve life for themselves and their families.”

“The Walk/Run offers a wonderful way to not only help women and their families,” Duvall Civic Club Co-President Judi Chapman added, “but it’s also a chance for participants to meet other people in the area and enjoy the autumn here in the Snoqualmie Valley.”

Call (425) 788-5769 with any questions. Registrations by mail or donations can be sent to the Duvall Civic Club, P.O. Box 315, Duvall, WA 98019.

Checks should be made out to “Duvall Civic Club Walk 4 Women.”

A day in the country

  • Written by Lisa Allen
This young visitor from Tacoma stopped by Oxbow Farm near Duvall with her mother and younger sister during the Sept. 24 Fall Harvest Farm Tours.
The weather couldn’t have been better for this year’s annual fall triple play in the Snoqualmie Valley – the Sept. 24th Fall Harvest Farm Tours and Duvall’s outdoor quilt show and Heritage Festival.

Duvall Historical Society member Tove Burhen reported outstanding attendance all day long at the Heritage Festival, held at the historic Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road.

Those who visited the Festival were able to tour the restored Dougherty home and farmstead, watch a blacksmith at work, shell corn, churn butter, watch yarn spinning and listen to live music.

The 10th annual “A Festival of Colors” outdoor quilt show attracted its usual abundance of visitors and quilt-lovers who voted for their favorites. The People’s Choice award was a tie between entrants Susan Giacomi and Ruth Ann Hoar. The first runner-up was Susan Hill; 2nd went to Danielle and Tamella Davies; 3rd was Lin Thoennes. The winners of the children’s division were Sarah Hegewald and Chloe Grennon.

Numerous Valley farms participated in the Farm Tours. They offered visitors a chance to see where their food comes from and learn about the practices of sustainable farming and environmental stewardship.

Photos by Lisa Allen

“Birds and Animals of Australia,” on display at the quilt show, was made by Elizabeth Ligeh for her grandson Von when he was 5 years old. The quilt was shown by Helen Bell.

At the Heritage Festival, Duvall resident and master recycler Wendy Shimada shows some young visitors what exciting things they can create with old stuff just lying around the house. Here, she holds a decorative flower pot made from an old vinyl record.
Bert Eggstrom (r) and his brother Ron built this scale model of Duvall’s swing bridge that they display every year at the Heritage Festival held at the historic Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road.

The Duvall Historical Society had their 2011 Christmas ornament (the Duvall Train Depot) available for sale at the Heritage Festival.

Apple Harvest Festival Oct. 22

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Cider, horse-drawn wagon rides, Jerry Mader book signing

Dog Mountain Farm (7026 Tolt Highlands Rd NE, Carnation) is hosting an Apple Harvest Festival Oct. 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The heritage variety apple trees are loaded with fruit and they welcome you to come join in pressing cider and making apple butter. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available, weather permitting.  On the farm tour you’ll meet heritage breed turkeys, goats, draft horses, chickens, sheep and Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs. Cost: $5/person (free for children under 12).

Local author Jerry Mader will be selling and signing his book, “Saving the Soil—the New American Farmer,” which documents the activities of nine organic farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. Call (425) 333-0833 for more information.

DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day

  • Written by Valley View Staff

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Duvall Police station, 26225 NE Stephens St., to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. No questions, no reports, no names, no fee.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Duvall PD will have an officer in the front lobby, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., who will provide a receptacle to safely dispose legal, illegal and OTC drugs.

The program is anonymous.  Labels should be removed.  If not possible, then a permanent marker will be made available to black out R/X labels.

Liquid products will be taken in their original containers. Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes or medical waste WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Where rubbish is smashing!

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Smashing Rubbish Studio & Vintage General Store opened in Duvall in July.
Smashing Rubbish Studio & Vintage General Store, located in Duvall, was opened in July by Jennette Nielsen (photo on page 8).

A long-time collector of all things vintage and maker of handmade and sewn accessories, Jennette jumped at the opportunity to start her own brick and mortar in the charming town of Duvall, after having been a vendor in a local antique mall for four years, and to fulfill a life-long dream.

Smashing Rubbish is Jennette’s art studio as well as her shop, where Boho-Naturalist Styling, Decoration and Design are merged with vintage, restyled and upcycled treasures to create a one of a kind retail storefront. Store news, hours and location can be found at