Northwest NEWS

February 22, 1999

Valley Special

Around the Valley

Women's breakfast

   The Snoqualmie Valley Women's Connection will hold its Potluck Breakfast on March 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the Cherry Gardens Community Club. Coffee and tea will be provided. The speaker will be Laura Ruderman, state Rep. 45th District. Discussion will begin around 10 a.m. Come after breakfast if you like. Topics will be women's health issues, state parks, and an open discussion.

Low-cost housing workshop

   Families having trouble paying their rent, are doubling up with relatives, or otherwise stressed by the Valley's high cost of housing, are encouraged to attend a workshop on low-cost housing sponsored by Children's Services of Sno-Valley. "Low-Cost Housing in Western Washington" will take place Tuesday, March 2, 6:30-8 p.m. at Children's Services of Sno-Valley, 1407 Boalch Ave. NW in North Bend. Guest speakers include representatives from the King County Housing Authority, housing provider Habitat for Humanity Eastside, and the St. Andrews Housing Group, a Bellevue-based non-profit developer of low-income housing. Each will discuss how to access their programs. The program is free and open to all interested community members. Free onsite childcare is available. To register for childcare or for more information, call 888-2777.

VRA meeting

   The Valley Recreation Association will hold a Board of Directors meeting (public welcome) on Monday, March 1, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Carnation Public Library meeting room (enter from parking lot).

Indoor playground coming to Duvall

   An indoor playground program is coming to Duvall. The sponsor, Children's Services of Sno-Valley, is currently seeking volunteers to supervise or serve on a committee. The playground will operate out of Children's Services of Sno-Valley's new Duvall center on Main at Virginia. Equipment is currently being purchased. Donations of good, used play equipment may be accepted. Call 788-7924.

Grace Church sets discussion series

   Grace Episcopal Church in Duvall is offering a 5-week discussion series entitled "The System Belongs to God," beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25 and on the four following Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 25 from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at Holy Innocents Fellowship Hall on the corner of Stella and Broadway in Duvall. The Fellowship Hall is right behind the church. The series will begin with a 25-minute videotape discussion featuring noted author and Biblical scholar Walter Wink. Those interested are welcome to come on any of the five Wednesdays. Call 788-7335.

Irish dance and music opens series

   "Celtic Fever" opens the "Arts Onstage" series in Duvall on March 7, 2 p.m., at Cedarcrest High School. The performance will feature Randal Bays, Irish fiddle and guitar, and Stanley Greenthal, singer/songwriter. The unique flavor of Irish jigs and reels will be seasoned with dancers from the Ballyglass Irish Dancers, displaying the complex footwork Ireland is now so famous for. Tickets are available by mail at P.O. Box 1043, Duvall, WA 98019; at Gardens and SunSpaces on Main Street (788-9844); or at the door.

Free preschool for 3-year-olds

   Free preschool, funded by the state, is now available to 3-year-olds from low-income families at Children's Services of Sno-Valley in North Bend. Call 888-2777 as soon as possible. State funding prohibits enrollment of children after March 1.

Community coalition meeting

   A meeting is scheduled to explore the creation of a community, recreation, and youth coalition, on Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ, 4851 Tolt Ave., Carnation. For more information, call 333-5053.

Learn English for free

   Eastside Literacy Council in Duvall is offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes once a week in Woodinville, Duvall, and Fall City, and classes will be added soon in North Bend and Carnation. Class sizes are small, and all levels of ability are welcome. Learn English and make some new friends at the same time. For more information, call Alex Valdes at 844-2459 or e-mail him at alex_valdes@yahoo.com.

Duvall chamber music group seeks members

   An opportunity has arisen for musicians in the Duvall area interested in playing chamber music. Such a group would meet for informal music sessions on alternative Wednesdays and be available for performances throughout the region. The Duvall Arts Commission will sponsor the group. For information, call Myra Chaney at 425-880-4220.