Family month begins in Northshore
Bothell, Woodinville plan activities and fun
by Jeff Switzer
Both Woodinville and Bothell have declared October "Family Month," emphasizing plans for fun family activities throughout both communities and recognizing the many faces of the community involved.
"No matter what shape your family takes, you're still a part of the community," said Don Julien, library manager at Woodinville Library and Roundtable coordinator.
In one way, the project was born from a need for a venue to inform the community of the services available to Northshore families. Since then it has blossomed, as the business community and the school district have enthusiastically jumped on board to give area residents pedestrian-friendly activities in the downtown.
The Community Harvest Celebration will take place the final weekend of October, when businesses plan to coordinate with the last weekend of the Farmer's Market and the Holiday Craft Fair with plans for a hayride throughout town as an alternative to driving.
"It won't be the wild exuberance of the All-Fools Day Parade, but a lower-key celebration scattered throughout the city that acknowledges the strength of the community and families," said Julien.
Schools are putting together scarecrows and photo collages for display at City Hall, around downtown, and at the library.
Throughout the month of October there will be many activities, including community cleanups, viewing of salmon spawning, career forums, and ice cream socials.
Here are the activities planned for the first two weeks of October, along with their contacts:
- Oct. 1: Community information centers at Woodinville Library and City Hall, featuring resource and service information. Library: Erin Fanning, 788-0733; or Tourism Coordinator Brenda Vanderloop, 481-8884.
- Oct. 2: Family Health and Safety Fair Planning Meeting. Fire district HQ, Cliff Griffin, 483-2131.
- Oct. 3 (and each Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m.): Community School at Bothell High School. Families are encouraged to attend together for computer use, surfing the Net, auto repair basics, weight room and volleyball, parenting for substance abuse prevention, and family medical training. Bothell Parks and Rec. Dept., 486-3256.
- Oct. 5: Community Clean Sweep. Beat back the blackberries at Wilmot Gateway Park and pick up litter from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Kiwanis Club adopted stretch. Also looking for neighborhoods who are planning cleanups and possible yard waste recycle projects, though in need of a commercial chipper. Call Catherine Howard, 481-6959.
- Oct. 5 and 10: Salmon spawning viewing at Bear Creek, 4 to 6 p.m., with Bear Creek Basin Steward Ray Heller on hand to answer questions and explain the spawning process near NE 148th and Mink Road (near Little Bit Stables). Call Ray for directions at 296-8391.
- Oct. 8: "What Does Your Child Need To Know For A Career in the 21st Century? Forum" at Ricketts Auditorium in Bothell. Northshore contact: Janet Graves, 489-6440.
- Oct. 8: Ice Cream Social at Moorlands Elem. School, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 8: Canyon Creek Elem. school PTA meeting, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 9: Northshore Youth and Family Services 25th Year Open House, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 10309 NE 185th, Bothell. Bruce Mulvey, 485-6541.
- Oct. 10: Greater Woodinville Community Roundtable Quarterly Membership Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Woodinville Library. Don Julien, 788-0733.
- Oct. 11: YMCA Family Night, 6:30-9 p.m. Woodinville residents work out, play in the pool, and play games free of charge. 11811 NE 195th, across from Seattle Times, North Creek; 485-9797.
- Oct. 12 and 13: Heart 'T' Heart, Friend 'T' Friend Fall Craft Fair, Woodinville Towne Center lower level, north of Stock Market Foods. Contact Darlene Pearson, 487-2920.