Jan. 15-21 is local Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Did you know that the week of January 15th –21st is Random Acts of Kindness Week in our local communities?

The RAK Club at Cedarcrest High School has the following “schedule of events” planned for this awe-inspiring week.If teachers or staff would like some ideas as to how you or your students can support this wonderful week-long annual kindness event, please see the CHS events list below.

Random Acts of Kindness Week events at Cedarcrest High School: January 17th - 20th

RAK Week is sponsored by the CHS RAK Club.

The CHS goal ... to complete 1,000 Acts of Kindness!

When Cedarcrest students/ their families see/do/receive an act of kindness (like opening the door for someone) they will write it down. An army of RAK kids will then count them, and display them. Each morning (Tuesday –Friday)  the RAK Club will draw one lucky prize winner!

Monday: Sticky notes with kind phrases will be placed in the restrooms and other random places around CHS campus.

Wednesday: Be EXTRA Kind to Freshmen Day

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Pizza, cookies, or ice cream to an unsuspecting table at each lunch

(Encouraging students to sit in a different spot on Tuesday during lunch)

Thursday: Gratitude Day and road clean-up in downtown Duvall (1/19) after school

Friday: After School Adventure at Ixtapa in Duvall –  Students “pay it forward” at Ixtapa

In the Snoqualmie Valley, January 15th – 21st is the 6th annual Random Acts of Kindness Week

During this week, the communities of Carnation, Duvall, Monroe and Woodinville will take time to be kind! (And support local businesses!)

Random Acts of Kindness Week began after local resident Connie Berg and her two kids noted how hard the Puget Sound Energy linemen were working to get the power back on after the 2006 windstorm. She and her kids made a sign that said “WE LOVE OUR PUGET SOUND ENERGY WORKERS!”

She also took note of the difficulties faced by downtown businesses which were out of power for days after the storm. Berg suggested to the city that it would help businesses to have a Random Acts of Kindness Week and the city agreed. “Dine out in Duvall” was the slogan for the first RAK Week held in January 2007.

For ideas on how individuals can participate in this year’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, check out Berg’s new website,, designed by Ann Marie Gill and hosted by Ovaleye Cloud Services.

There are daily suggestions to try during the entire week.  Hopefully RAK Week will inspire the community to continue to do kind acts throughout the year.

Some ideas ...

Sunday – Smile and say hi to someone you walk past in a store or on the street.

Monday – Shop locally.Skip the malls, shop local!

Tuesday – Pick up trash in your neighborhood or a local park.

Wednesday – Dine Out locally!  Go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Or, all three!

Thursday –   Take time to be thankful!  Send a card, text, email, or just tell someone you are thankful for them.

Friday – Honk if you love a local business!  As you drive past a business you love, give them a quick honk!

Saturday – Do something fun and local with your family!

If we all come together as a community, we can make a difference in this world, and spread a lot of kindness!

At the Carnation Library - January 2012

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Carnation Library

PO Box 1263

4804 Tolt Avenue, Carnation 98014

(425) 333-4398

February 2012 events

Children & Families

Move and Groove Story Times for Toddlers, Wednesday, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30am

Toddler ages with adult

Preschool Story Times

Wednesday, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:30pm

Ages 3 and older with adult.

Legends of Mexico

Leyendas de Mexico

Friday, February 3, 10:30am. Presented by Nuestro Canto.

This bilingual performance combines art, movement, dance and music to bring to life the Mexican legends of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs and Hucholes.


Game On!

Tuesday, February 7, 3:30pm

Middle and high school ages only. Play board and video games while you eat pizza.

Pizza & Pages Book Group at Tolt Middle School

Tuesday, February 14, 2:45pm

Before she wrote The Hunger Games, she told the story of a mysterious underground world. Read Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, and join the gang to discuss the book and eat tasty pizza from Blake’s.

All teens are welcome to attend (even non-Tolt kids) but you must sign up at least one day prior to the event, (425) 844-4633.

Carnation Anime Club

Saturday, February 18, 1pm

Come for cosplay projects, ‘zine making, and of course, watching and talking about anime and manga.

Study Zone, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8pm

Assistance in Spanish and English. Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, Thursdays, 6-8pm

Grades K-12.

Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors. Call the library to confirm days and times, (425) 333-4398.

Read Three, Get One Free

This is a book-review-and-reward program that is available at any KCLS library. Participating teens in middle school, junior high or high school may select a FREE book for every three books read and reviewed.

Ask at the library for details.


Carnation Library Book Group

Monday, February 6, 7pm

Join us for a lively discussion of your favorite books. Check at the Carnation Library for the current title and meeting place.

Free computer classes at the library, Mondays, 1-3:30pm. Take advantage of free computer training sessions. Increase your skills by learning how to use the Internet, popular software and online library resources.

At the Duvall Library - January 2012

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Duvall Library

PO Box 339

15619 Main Street NE, Duvall 98019

(425) 788-1173

February 2012 events

Children & Families

Preschool Story Times

Thursday, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 1:30pm

Ages 3 and older with adult.

Young Toddler Story Times

Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30am

Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times

Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11:30am

Ages 2 to 3 with adult.


Duvall Friends of the Library meeting, Thursday, February 16, 7pm

Free computer classes at the library, Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm

Take advantage of free computer training sessions. Increase your skills by learning how to use the Internet, popular software and online library resources.

Woodland Park Zoo celebrates winter

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo Grizzlies, wolves, orangutans and other animals will nibble on evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, fish- or fruit-trimmed wreaths, or wrapped boxes containing favorite snacks at Woodland Park Zoo’s Winter Celebration on Dec. 19-21, 26-28
Evergreens and wrapped boxes will deck the Woodland Park Zoo for the animals duringWinter Celebration

The zoo will be decked with fish- or fruit-trimmed wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, or wrapped boxes containing favorite snacks for grizzlies, wolves, orangutans and more at the Winter Celebration.

Winter Celebration is part of the zoo’s animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals.

The activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors.

Winter Celebration is free with zoo admission. Admission: Adult (13-64) $11.50; Child (3-12) $8.50; Toddler (0-2) free.

Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount.

Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round.

Parking: $5.25 and is limited. For more information and feeding schedule for the animals, visit

Birding classes welcome newcomers and experienced birders

  • Written by Eastside Audubon Society
Newcomers will get a solid start and birders at all levels will get better acquainted with some of Washington’s notable bird species in four Eastside Audubon birding classes starting soon.

Registration is open now to members and non-members for birding classes this winter and next spring, with field trips for each class timed to offer the best learning encounters with birds that winter in Washington or migrate through the region.

Taught by recognized local experts, the four birding classes are:

Birds of Puget Sound, a four-part course visiting four different field locations on Sundays from January 22 through February 12. Brian H. Bell, a professional birding and natural history guide and co-author of Birds of Washington State (Lone Pine), will teach basic principles, identification techniques, and more advanced skills. For beginners, people new to the area, and experienced birders alike.

Washington’s Woodpeckers, with one evening session March 9 and two subsequent field trips. With Mr. Bell, students will learn how to find and identify the 12 Washington woodpecker species by their field marks, calls, drumming, and habits. For birders at all levels.

Shorebird Identification, with two evening sessions March 20 and 27, followed by a field trip to the coast. Tim Boyer, a professional photographer and shorebird specialist, will help students develop an eye for the similarities and differences among the “peeps” and will explain the epic migrations that bring these beloved birds to the Washington shore. For birders at all levels.

Spring Birding for Beginners, with two evening sessions and a field trip to eastern Washington during the lively May migration. Mike West, an expert instructor and international birder, will teach methods for identifying species in the field with the goal of helping students get the most satisfaction out of their birding experiences. A good class for beginners, as well as for people who’ve been birding for awhile and want some basic how-to.

Fees and meeting places vary from class to class. These details, as well as classroom and field trip dates for each birding class, can be found on the Eastside Audubon website at

Registration information is also available at the website or from the Eastside Audubon office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (425) 576-8805. Birding class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged.