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Woodinville DECA hosts “Dine with DECA” night

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville High School’s DECA Club will host an event at Pallino’s Pastaria in Woodinville on April 10th from 6:30 to 8:30. This event looks to provide students an opportunity to connect with the community and in addition, 10 percent of all food and beverage sales will be donated to the DECA chapter by Pallino’s Pastaria.

WHS Theatre Group presents ‘The Curious Savage’ Nov. 6-9

  • Written by Stacey Knoles

SavagesWhat would you do if your stepmother planned to give away her $10 million inheritance to charity?  Why, put her in a private institution, of course, until she came to her senses. 

Who would guess that Mrs. Savage and a lovable band of misfits could outsmart and confound the grasping efforts of the Savage family?

"The Curious Savage" is a light-hearted comedy with a touching message and an ensemble cast of characters, and is the first performance under the direction of Josh Butchart, WHS’s new theatrical teacher.

Performances run Nov. 6- 9.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at www.woodinvilledrama.org.  General admission tickets are $10.

Senior citizens, children under 10 years old, and students with an ASB card are $5.

For more information about "The Curious Savage," visit www.woodinvilledrama.org.

‘Stone Soup’ – fall harvest for preschoolers

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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The ancient story of Stone Soup is told in many communities throughout the world.

Every culture has their own version, but they all have the same premise: to bring community together to share resources and create a meal. The "Stone Soup – Fall Harvest for Preschoolers" class at 21 Acres follows that premise.

Preschoolers ages 2-4 years old, along with a parent or care-giver, will enjoy a trip to the 21 Acres Farm and Market to harvest or shop for soup ingredients, then help participate in the soup preparation.

Everyone will share this scrumptious soup and enjoy hearing the story of "Stone Soup."

The class is offered on two days, Saturday, October 19, and Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Instructors are Maria Galvao (Maria’s Desserts) and Donna Hawkey, who met and found that both have mutual food values and philosophies.

They are beginning an adventure to spread the word to children that food is nourishing and fun, and to teach them that choosing what you eat is an important life skill that needs to be developed with a positive impact in our community and environment.

Fee for the class is $20 for parent/child; $15 for 21 Acres members and $10 for each additional child. Please note this class will not be able to accommodate food allergies or special dietary needs.

Weather appropriate clothing/shoes for a trip on the farm is suggested along with an apron or smock if desired.

Interested students may enroll and register one of three ways: 21acres.org/school; phone: (425) 481-1500; or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

As a special offer, all 21 Acres students receive a discount in the 21 Acres Farm Market the week after class.

‘Wally’s Cafe’ comes to the Woodinville Rep

  • Written by Woodinville Repertory Theatre

Wallys Cafe 2Courtesy Photo. Amy Gang, left, as Janet and Dan Nevin, right, as Wally in the Woodinville Repertory Theatre’s production of “Wally’s Café”In 1940, Wally and Louise Murdock make a bet that life could be better, much better, if they only move from New Jersey to take over a roadside cafe on the highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

And so they do — launching "Wally’s Cafe" the restaurant and "Wally’s Cafe" the comedy. Which is all about hopes and dreams and challenges and love in the desert.

The Woodinville Repertory Theatre (www.woodinvillerep.org) will perform "Wally’s Cafe," the semi-saga of Wally, Louise and Janet, their one employee, on weekends in October.

Performances will be on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, Oct. 18 and 19 and Oct. 25 and 26, all at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday matinees will be on Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, all at 2 p.m.

Performances will be at Denali Slab & Tile Studio, 16120 Woodinville Redmond Road NE, Suite 12, in Woodinville. For more information, check the theatre’s website (www.woodinvillerep.org).

"Wally’s Cafe" was written by Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark. Bobrick is no stranger to the Woodinville Rep.

Last spring, the theatre company performed Bobrick’s "Passengers," about the characters who wander in and out of a Midwestern bus station.

Challenges is the operative word for Wally, Louise and Janet.

Wally dreams of making a fortune selling hamburgers, fries and the pot roast made from his mother’s recipe.

Louise is the skeptic because she understands that the cafe is on the wrong side of the highway.

The competitor at the side of the highway always has a full parking lot. It’s full in 1940. It’s full in 1958. And it’s full in 1981 when Wally and Louise finally decide to sell out.

Janet stumbles in with four suitcases the night before the cafe opens. She’s pretty and ambitious and on her way from Quincy, Ill., to Hollywood to become a star. Except that she’s no singer and can’t act either.

Still the trio carves out a life, hardscrabble though it may be. They laugh and quarrel and never give up. Until there’s finally a happy and funny ending.

The play premiered on Broadway in 1981 and has been performed steadily around the country ever since.

Because most of the play takes place between 1940 and 1960, audience members who attend the Oct. 18 performance can enjoy root-beer floats before the 7:30 p.m. show. Those who want to attend the Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 shows can buy one ticket and get the second ticket for free.

The show is directed by Hjalmer Anderson, the Woodinville Rep’s artistic director.

The cast features:

Dan Nevin, as Wally. Dan performed in the Woodinville Rep’s 2011 production of "Dearly Beloved," the farce about the small but legendary town of Fayro, Texas.

Melanie Workhoven, as Louise. Melanie has performed in many Woodinville Repertory productions, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and the popular 2012 production of "Southern Hospitality," another of a series of plays about Fayro, Texas.

Amy Gang, as Janet,  is a Northern Arizona University graduate – and grew up in southern Nevada very close to where "Wally’s Cafe" is set.

Beer It's My Opinion

  • Written by Toren Heald

Beer 133Who made it out to Sausage Fest at Redhook? Two thumbs pointing straight back, that’s right, this guy! I had the opportunity to take my brother along, which is good because he likes a good wiener and beer.  

We were invited to the pub an hour earlier than the opening of the gates for a little VIP time with some of the Redhook PR and management team. This translates to sampling some brews and doing a little Q&A (less talky, more samples please).  This year I feel very privileged to be one of the first people to sample this year’s Winterhook. None of the management or staff have even tried this new brew so honored I am, thanks Redhook. This is the 29th year of the Winterhook and for those that don’t know, the recipe changes every year so there is always a lot of anticipation.  I was told the release of Winterhook will be on September 30 so you will all have to wait. 

The Winterhook definitely trumps last year’s brew; this one appeased my love of the hop. It offers an affluent caramel body that has been dry hopped, making it a little naughty and especially nice.  The handsome little bottle is all dressed up in a very stylish Nordic sweater for the holidays.  I’m told that matching sweater cozies are coming to the retail shop soon. 6% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and 45 IBUs (International Bitterness Unit). 

After our stay with the other VIPs we were set free to explore the rest of Sausagefest.   The first thing we did was get our sausage on!  I had to try the French onion sausage, this thing was delicious.  Eight inches of mild flavor wiener, oozing melted cheese and piled high with caramelized onions.  Redhook, you need to put that on the pub menu.  My brother tried something else and it looked good too, but I’m only here to tell the facts. 

The grassy bowl was full of people grooving to some great local bands but what drew my attention was a giant game of beer pong. They had garbage cans painted to look like Red Solo Cups and played with rubber playground balls.  This is a game that will have to be set up at one of my next big events. We played a few rounds of that before we decided it was time to head out for the day. 

Good times and again Redhook, I appreciate you.   If you missed it this year, try again next year and you too can be a Sausagefester!

Cheers,

Toren Heald