Valley View

100-year-old elm tree centerpiece of Carnation farmstead

  • Written by Lisa Allen
‘That’s the tree that knows everybody.’ – Rory Norris, 7

CARNATION – At first glance, the elm doesn’t look like a tree at all, but rather like a giant pile of green leaves. But when one steps inside – yes, inside  – by way of a “door” through the branches, the magnificence of the century-old treasure is displayed in all its verdant glory.  Dappled sunlight sifting through the leaves reveals a unique cave-like interior. Overhead, roots appear to be growing above the trunk, supported by masses of convoluted branches.  Contorted limbs and the deep green leaves create the ceiling and sides, which reach almost to the ground.
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Sandblast 2018

  • Written by Lisa Allen

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Sand sculpture artist Kali Bradford puts the finishing touches on this year's SandBlast creation, designed to be a tribute to Lee Grumman, former mayor of Carnation and longtime owner of Miller's. Lee passed away earlier this year after battling cancer. A representation of the colorful storefront of MIller's, formerly Miller's Dry Goods, can be seen here carved into the sand. Lee was very active in the community and touched many lives over the years. A celebration of her life was held at Carnation Tree Farm on July 22. (Photo by Lisa Allen)

Brain games are fun and keep you young!

  • Written by Lisa Yeager, Sno-Valley Senior Center director

I met a guy in the grocery store the other day. He said that since his mom died, all his Dad does is sit in his pajamas and watch TV all day.  He seems to be just waiting to die.  It makes me so sad. He’s tried so hard to get his father out of the house. 

This man is lucky to have a son who cares. He’s forgotten that aging is an opportunity that many don’t get.  Senior Centers are here for all older adults to enjoy this second chapter of life and to help us age well.

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Timber! Music Festival has returned to Carnation for its sixth summer

  • Written by Guest Column by Cat DeBaker

Set in Tolt-MacDonald park, the fest spans across 547 acres and the Snoqualmie River. A 50-foot extension bridge originally built by the Army Reserves in 1976 connects the Main Stage to the Campfire Stage across the water, tucked into the evergreen trees. It takes place the second weekend in July each year, right when the Pacific Northwest sun decides to finally share its warmth.
The town has learned to brace itself for the onslaught of hip teenagers in overalls, crawling out of their tents to swarm the local coffee shop and beloved family Mexican restaurant. The seasoned campers slide into worn seats at the local bar and wait until the sun tips past noon to transition to Timber!’s beer garden. Equipped with aluminum Stanley cups (the only merchandise worth having) they mingle with locals who have either volunteered, waltzed through with a nod to security who is also their next-door neighbor, or snuck in through the trails they grew up exploring. While the music is what ultimately brings the crowd together – Courtney Marie Andrews: blues queen and Duvall local headlined this year – there is a distinct ethos about a festival that has been sculpted around a pre-existing community.

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Are you prepared for winter?

  • Written by Valley View Staff
Flood and Emergency Preparedness Seminar - September 11
Are you new to the area and concerned about flooding?   Did past windstorms leave you cold and in the dark?  Join us at the Duvall Fire headquarters on Tuesday, September 11th at 7 p.m. for an informal presentation on how to prepare for winter weather in the lower Snoqualmie Valley.  The presentation will include emergency preparedness basics and then take a closer look at flooding in the valley, including how often major floods occur, what you can do to prepare for floods, and learn what your local fire department does to provide emergency services during major flood events.  This is presented by the Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps and Duvall King County Fire District 45.  There is no cost to attend.   
Duvall Fire headquarters is at 15600 First Ave NE, Duvall.  Call Duvall Fire Battalion Chief Greg Bawden at 425-788-1625 if you would like additional information.