Carnation centennial calendar of events

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Carnation is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. To honor the anniversary, several events will be held in the next few months.

The Pioneer Potluck Picnic and community protrait will be held Sunday, August 5th, from 1- 6 p.m. at  Tolt MacDonald Park. The photo will take place at 4 p.m.

Then on Sunday, September 30th, from 5-8 p.m., a old-fashioned barn dance with wine and dessert is scheduled to take place at the Hippodrome at historic Carnation Farms.

This event is for adults only, potluck dessert. There will be an opportunity for tours of the Tolt Historical Museum.

On Saturday, October 13th, from 6 - 9 p.m., the Carnation Tree Farm Barn will host Tolt Centennial at Soundfalls. The evening will offer an evening of music and storytelling in the heritage barn.

And the grand finale – the big birthday party with fireworks – will be on December 31st from 6-9 p.m. in  downtown Carnation.

The centennial community cookbook is expected to come out sometime in November, and will feature residents’ favorite recipes, along with a story about the recipe. Up to three of these per resident can be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also included in the anniversary are the sale of brick pavers and a special ornament.

The brick pavers will be placed on the pathway in the Tolt Commons.  Those interested need to add their family’s  name and the year they arrived in Carnation. These must be pre-ordered. $70 ($65 contribution, $5 future upkeep). Call the message center at (425) 333-5556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The centennial ornaments support  the Tolt Historical Society and are for sale at Carnation Corners, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, Miller’s Mercantile and Sliders Cafe for $10.

Upcoming annual events include the Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show August 8 –August 12  and the Carnation garage sale August 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

District welcomes new Carnation Elementary Principal Dr. Randy Stocker

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

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Dr. Randy Stocker has been named the new principal at Carnation Elementary. Photo by Leanne Christensen
The Riverview School District is pleased to welcome Dr. Randy Stocker. Dr. Stocker is the newly appointed principal at Carnation Elementary School.

Dr. Stocker was a principal for nine years at Black Diamond Elementary, then became finance director  in Enumclaw, and executive director of Exemplary Programs and School Support in the Bellevue School District.

He has also had the opportunity to work in Riverview as the interim principal for the Riverview Learning Center since January of 2012.

Dr. Stocker brings a wealth of knowledge and an understanding for all levels of the educational process to our district.

His experience and studies have allowed him the opportunity in areas of principal mentorship, teaching seminars for principal interns, a facilitator for school and district teams to help identify achievement gaps reflected in school and district data.

He has  attained degrees of education in areas such as M.Ed. in educational leadership and policy studies, Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies leadership for learning/superintendent certification program with his dissertation on the topic of “Professional Development for the Underserved Educator; Developing the Para educator as an Instructional Resource.”

When asked about his favorite aspect of education, Randy explained, “Working with staff members in classrooms to help students learn and seeing the ‘aha’ moment in a child’s eyes and actions is perhaps the greatest thrill in this work, and the ability to encourage and nurture the natural curiosity that children and adults bring to their lives.”

Personal hobbies for Dr. Stocker include: hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding and exploring with his wife, a teacher, and their teenage daughter. They especially enjoy exploring used bookstores and the adventure of finding and eating many different types of food.

Spending years in the field of education provides both teachers and administrators an abundance of opportunities to witness and appreciate the sometimes “unfiltered” ways of young students.

When asked about these types of experiences, Randy shares, “One of my favorites was when a student sitting next to me in the classroom kept leaning over and sniffing me ... after the third time, I asked him what he was doing.  He looked up at me and said, ‘You smell like my dentist.’ I asked him if he liked his dentist, which he did, and I knew we were going to be great friends!”

Eagle Rock Multi Age finds beauty in plastic bottle caps

  • Written by Connie Berg

Amber Piel and Pam Martin with their recycled art made out of bottlecaps. Photo by Connie Berg.
When I first received the e-mail from our school office, asking parents to start collecting and washing plastic bottle caps for an all school art project, my first thought was … this will never work.

I couldn’t imagine any art made with plastic bottle caps that would be very appealing.  Was I ever surprised at the end result. To my utter amazement, the recycled art project turned out stunning.

And, to think all of those bottle caps would just have ended up in a landfill somewhere. This is how the Eagle Rock recycled art project came to life …

Pam Martin, a marine naturalist and parent/ volunteer specialist at Eagle Rock Multi Age, found the inspiration for this project online. Once she realized the enormity of the project, she quickly recruited Amber Piel, another ERMA parent and graphic artist, to help.  Together, with a lot of support from Rich and Monica Leisen, they came up with 14 pieces of art for the students at ERMA to create.

I asked Pam Martin to explain how this project began and this is what she had to say.

“Families started collecting and sending in their bottle caps at the beginning of the school year all the way through March. A few others heard about our project and sent bags of caps as well.  Amber and I sorted all of the caps at school one day ... this was the time that it became clear which caps had been washed before turning in and which had not ... ick ... months of mold growing on some. So anyone trying this will want to make sure caps are well cleaned before storage.Amber and I were amazed at the beautiful rich colors and variety of the caps ... pinks, oranges, purples, etc. These little pieces of trash that we would throw away without a second thought offered an amazing palette of colors to the eye.

“Amber created amazing actual size sketches for our wonderful outdoor garden theme and organized the bottle caps according to different colors for each project. The kids had such a wonderful time using the caps to create the art work on Earth Day.  After the art was hung they were so excited and telling each other ... ‘I put on that cap.’”

Monica traced all of the shapes onto plywood and sanded and primed them.  Rich cut out all of the wooden shapes and then helped prime them.  After the kids applied the caps with glue to the designs, Rich individually screwed each cap to the backing with stainless steel screws to ensure that it would last a long time.  Rich permanently hung all of the designs, with a little help from Paul Berg and Amber and Pam, on a wall at Eagle Rock Multi Age.

Pam said, “I am so excited about the final results. I think my favorite part of the whole project is that as I look at all these amazing little caps and the beautiful scene they create, I am reminded that each one could represent the saved life of a sea animal.  This was a great project and message for Earth Day.

“I encourage you to copy this idea in your homes and school and let’s continue to create beauty from unused plastic bottle caps! I was looking for something cool to do for Earth Day and came across an artist on the web, Michelle Stitzlein, who makes wonderful bottle cap art with school aged children. I was inspired by the project because working as a marine naturalist I am very familiar with the fate of many of our bottle caps. Since most recycling centers will not take bottle caps, they go to landfills and can work their way into our rivers and oceans. Marine birds and animals often eat them which can lead to death by choking or more often malnutrition...stomachs full of useless plastic bottle caps that cannot be expelled.”

Aveda offers a program to take some of the currently un-recycled bottle caps and recycle them for making new caps for their shampoos. It is an amazing program that has partnered with 1,600 schools nationwide. They have reached capacity for their school program but are still able to take caps from individuals. They also encourage people to become involved in trying to get curbside bottle cap recycling...more info at

When I asked Amber about her thoughts on the project, this is what she had to say.

“Pam was kind enough to include me in the start of this wonderful vision she found. And give me free artistic license as far as design goes. I had a field day.  And completely took it on from a foster child to wanting to adopt it and acted like a helicopter mom by the end of it. However I felt somehow justified based on all the support I received from Pam my cheerleader that I had every right to considering the amount of time and effort that was being put in by me and my colleagues. I was even more at ease when Rich and Monica made my art come to life with the cutting out of the shapes and finally drilling all the thousands of the calculatedly placed caps, so almost every cap had a home. And thanks to all the children and parents that helped glue them on. At the end I was the happiest mommy in the world having Rich, Monica and Pam be there to see the Art Piece Baby come to life.”

Windermere Realtors – the Linnerooth Team honored for years of dedication to schools and community

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

L to R: Lori Oviatt, Chris Linnerooth, Tracy Lewis, Sue Linnerooth, Danny Edwards, Greg Bawden, Jodi Fletcher. Courtesy photo.
Congratulations to the Linnerooth Realtor team.

The Riverview School Board of  Directors recognized Team Linnerooth: Sue Linnerooth, Chris Linnerooth and Tracy Lewis with the 2012 Riverview Community Service Award.

The Community Service Award is given to a business group by the Riverview School Board each year in recognition of service benefiting our students and district.

The Linnerooth Team and Riverview have partnered for many years to assist in the success of RSD students in school and in the community. For over 13 years, the Linnerooth Team has donated a percentage of their commission to our schools, totaling over $55,000.

Eight years ago, Sue Linnerooth created the Rotary Club of Duvall youth program, providing scholarship funding for students, and the Student-of-the-Month recognition program.

In response to receiving the award Sue Linnerooth said, “We are honored to be recognized by the school district that we love and respect.  As children of educators we are strong supporters of public education.  Throughout our 13 years in Riverview we have been on school site councils, principal selection committees, vocational curriculum committees, PTA leadership roles, and many other volunteer positions.  Our favorite donation was made after we sold the home of the district psychologist who requested our donation go toward purchasing technology equipment for a high functioning special needs student at Stillwater Elementary School.  It warms  our hearts to be able to make such an impact in the lives of the students in the valley.”

The Riverview School Board of Directors is proud to recognize the Linnerooth Team’s contributions to Riverview and the Valley.

Rain fails to dampen seventh annual Art in Bloom

  • Written by Connie Berg

A sample of the garden art at Art In Bloom. Photo by Connie Berg
As I entered Kokopelli Gardens, to enjoy the Art in Bloom gala, I couldn’t help but notice the gigantic metal horse standing at the entrance. It was quietly grazing on a mouthful of grass.  On closer examination, through a gentle but constant rainfall, I realized the horse had a carburetor for a heart. I then noticed that he was also designed, with sewing machine parts, for “sewing” (sowing) his oats!  I couldn’t wait to see what other astonishing art was waiting beyond the entrance.

Several members from the Duvall Foundation for the Arts greeted us as we entered.  My friend Marge Bergstrom and I immediately noticed the beautiful hand-painted wine glasses, displayed for purchase. They are sold for $15 each and I purchase one every year as a lovely reminder of Art in Bloom.

As always, there was beautiful art displayed everywhere. There was a wide variety of very talented artists from all over the Northwest.  A couple of my personal favorites are pictured with this article.  All of the art featured at Art in Bloom is for sale during the event.  The money raised helps supports the arts in the Valley.

As I read the program from the evening, several facts about DFA were listed.  For example … Did you know that …?

The DFA was a sponsor of the “Raise the Foundation event” this year?

The DFA has given out $2,450 in individual scholarships within the past 12 months and $1,000 in grants?

The DFA is a sponsor of the art and music related activities for both the Duvall and Carnation farmers markets?

The DFA is a sponsor for the Valley Art Show and a new sponsor for the Teen Summerstage?

If you’ve never been to Art in Bloom, you are truly missing out! The opening gala on Friday night is a perfect “Date Night” or a fun Ladies Night Out! Saturday and Sunday the gardens are open to the public and there is no admission fee. It is such a great place for a family outing and a fun way to share the arts with your kids.

These are several reasons you should put Art in Bloom on your list for next year! Listed below are my top five.

• The art is breathtaking!

• Sue and Davin Hendrickson’s property is heavenly to walk through!

• The food and wine are not only delicious but bountiful at the Friday night gala!

• You are guaranteed to have a great time and to run into someone you know.

• All proceeds support the arts in the valley!  (And DFA rocks!)

This year the weather for the gala was a little wetter than usual.  But the rain didn’t dampen the excitement of the evening and for me, the rain helped bring movement and life to the art on display.  You can find out more about Art in Bloom and The Duvall Foundation for the Arts at