Letters to the Editor - March 19, 2012

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Thanks to the Y at the Carol Edwards Center, Hometown Heroes. businesses

To all the community members, schools, businesses, churches, non-profits, elected officials and hometown volunteers that make us a city:

Plans are underway for the 34th All Fools’ Day Parade, the 29th Basset Bash, the Celebrate Woodinville Arts & Craft Show, the Annual Woodinville Fire & Rescue Pancake Breakfast and the traditional City of Woodinville’s 19th birthday cake.

Because of city budget cuts in 2010-2011, last year was a transition year for the Carol Edwards Center and other events in the city.  This year it’s all new and  we expect an even better attendance than in 2010.

This 2012 celebration will be run by community volunteers, dubbed Hometown Heroes. We need groups, couples and individuals who can step up to the plate and help with time, leadership and resources, including setup and teardown, Ambassetors (not a typo), crowd control and more. If you want to volunteer, we have a place for you.  We also need someone to head up the 2012 Talent and Art Exhibit, which is going to remain a part of Celebrate Woodinville, but under a different format. A group could volunteer for one of these needs.

An individual could coordinate the event. There are no charges for community groups and nonprofits to participate:

With our focus on hometown heroes this year, I would also encourage each group to display ways that ordinary folks can do extraordinary things by volunteering in their community. It’s time to turn things around, go back to the basics as a community and help each other out. More information is available at

Celebrate Woodinville schedule:

• noon to 4 p.m. — Children’s Activity and Family Resource Fair

This is an opportunity for area non-profit groups and others to share information about the resources that their organizations provide. Interactive elements such as a free craft, activity or entertainment for children and their families are preferred. Not only is it a great way to introduce yourself to the community, but it is also a time for members of our community to find out about existing resources that serve our city.

• 1 p.m. — City of Woodinville’s 19th birthday celebration.

The Woodinville City Council will be there to serve a 1000 slices of the biggest cake you’ll see in Woodinville.

Volunteers will also be on hand to serve beverages. We will be holding the event at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center. In 2010, we lost count after 1000+ families, individuals and children entered the doors.

• noon to 4 p.m. — 2012 Amateur Talent & Art Exhibit

This has been a focal point this year, as we are looking at all the budget cuts in our city.  It has also been a learning curve on what can be done and how much time it takes to organize. For this year we are changing how the event(s) are presented and run. However in keeping with the spirit of Woodinville and in looking at all the promising talent that our young people display, we have five ways that our youth and young at heart can participate this year. Grades pre-k thrrough 12th are offered two ways to display their art work. Find details at

Go to for contact information on not only our events but the other activities also. The site features an easy contact for more information  and will be updated again as needed.

I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and many new ones.  I will also be happy to talk to you about any questions you might have and, if needed, provide simple inexpensive ideas for your participation.

This is also the biggest event of the year in Woodinville and a time when we can have fun and enjoy all the rich resources and wonderful neighbors with whom we have been blessed.

Thank you in advance for being part of this wonderful city.

Catherine Howard, Hometown Volunteer

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