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Family Month sees groundswell of support

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Kids can try on firefighter equipment, experience hands-on fun, and get immunizations at the Family Health and Safety Fair Oct. 19, at the former Silo location at Woodinville Towne Center.
Photo courtesy of Catherine Howard.

Family Month In an effort to create a spirit of working together and promote programs which strengthen the community and enhance the character and quality of family life, many activities have been planned for Northshore residents throughout October.
   "Family Month" is officially in full swing. The city councils of Woodinville and Bothell have taken the first step in establishing a new tradition by declaring October "Family Month," and every organization from the YMCA to fire departments to schools and businesses are pitching in, with more than 100 volunteers putting the focus on community resources and giving special recognition to community service and family life.
   In the spirit of the event, organizers want "posters" with photos, decorations, or drawings, or all of the above, depicting a family, class, team, scout troop, or youth group. They are also looking for a special item appropriate for the season: scarecrows built by classrooms, schools, youth groups, or families. A 3-by-5 card pinned to them should identify the group that made them.
   Posters and scarecrows can be delivered to Marie Stake at Woodinville City Hall, 13203 NE 175th, or to Kristina at the Bothell Merchants Association, 10025 NE 183rd, Suite A, next to True Value. They will be distributed throughout both communities.
   Organizers include Don Julien, Janet Padgett, Catherine Howard, Dave Leggett, Mary Pat Illingworth, Cliff Griffin, Bob Milton, Marie Stake, and countless others.

Kids ID Day and more on Oct. 19 at the Family Fair
   At the Woodinville Family Health and Safety Fair on Oct. 19, parents can have their kid's photo taken and receive an emergency identification package courtesy of the Woodinville Towne Merchants Assocation. There are free T-shirts for the first 1,000 kids, coloring books, stickers, and balloons, coffee, and soda during hands-on, interactive programs with firefighters, police, and medical staff.
   With activities for all ages, the event will be held at the Woodinville Towne Center's former Silo space. There will be CPR demonstrations, programs on poison prevention, DARE and drug prevention information, disaster preparedness, therapeutic massage demonstrations (with a chance to win a full massage), child-seat installation demonstrations, helmet safety lessons, and fall prevention, as well as pneumonia vaccinations, tetanus shots, child and adult immunizations, and wellness checks. For shots, please bring shot records, if available.
   Familiarity with firefighters and police can help children to react in an emergency. Kids can also explore the Fire Safety House and fire trucks that will be located in the parking lot or the DARE Corvette inside. Rhonda McKim will have information for parents on how to reduce the impact of TV violence, cool responses for parents, current domestic violence information, and more. Russian, Vietnamese, and Spanish translators will be on hand to assist.
   Everyone is also invited to add to a community mural by signing their names or drawing a picture.

Activities planned throughout October
   The month will culminate with the Community Harvest Celebration, marking the last weekend of the Farmers Market and featuring a holiday arts and crafts fair at Sorenson School, a hospitality center at 175th Street Station, and fun throughout the downtown business community, with individual events at each of the shopping centers. More details will be provided next week.
   Scheduled activities this month include: