Northwest NEWS

May 31, 1999

Valley Special

Around the Valley

Blues jam

   A "We Got the Blues" party is set for Saturday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at Sassy Sisters Consignment & Coffee on Duvall's Main Street next to Seafirst Bank. Bring your guitar, harmonica, and your neighbors. This is a kick-off for a once-a-month blues jam to be held the first Saturday of every month. Call 844-2766 for more information.

Summer plant adventures

   Learn about identifying plants and botanical life on a Summer Plant Adventure on Saturday, June 12 at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the park. Registration is required. Call King County Parks.

Car wash fundraiser

   TJ Tap Troupe will be having two car washes at the Valley Community Bank parking lot. The first will be June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the second July 10 from 1-4 p.m. The fundraisers are being held to help finance a trip to Las Vegas in July for the National "Rainbow Connection" dance competition.
   The dancers, Jamie Walters, Katie Gunderson, Stefanie Abell, Jennifer Nelson, and Kara Powell, are competing in Vegas July 18. Their first competition with "Rainbow" in January won them a first place and a chance to compete in the Nationals. They also competed in March at the "Rave" dance competition and won another first place.
   The dance they are performing is an Al Gilbert number called "Hot Percussion." Their instructor, Jayne Hancock, learned the dance from Mr. Gilbert in Los Angeles last October. Al Gilbert is a world-known choreographer and teacher and was present at the "Rainbow" competition.
   Anyone who would like to see them dance before they leave should come to the TJ Dance Studio's recital on June 26 at Cedarcrest High School. Shows are at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. For more information, call the studio at 844-9086.

Slide show of Jordan

   On Wednesday, June 9, at 8 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Duvall Library, Jean Bradbury will be showing slides of her recent trip to Jordan where, in a small village on the Dead Sea, she worked with a group of women on a quilt-making project. Quilts from Jordan will be displayed. Refreshments will be provided. Kids are welcome. For more information, call Jean at 425-788-1008.

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

   The next meeting of the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. in the Snoqualmie Police Station.

Snoqualmie Valley Women's Connection

   The Snoqualmie Valley Women's Connection will meet on June 5, 8:30-11 a.m., at Cherry Gardens Community Club. There will be a potluck breakfast. This month the topic will be "A Time to Visit." This is a great way to meet women in the area.

Valley Recreation Association meets

   Valley Recreation Board of Directors will meet on Monday, June 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Carnation Public Library. Enter the meeting room on the north side of the building. Agenda items include commissioning a needs assessment and feasibility study for a swimming pool and recreation center. For more information, contact Board president Jeff Spencer at 333-4254.

Carnival at Cherry Valley Elementary

   The Cherry Valley PTA presents a "Clowning Around Carnival" on Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cherry Valley Elementary. One price covers all booths and activities (concessions extra).

'Pinocchio Commedia' at Cedarcrest

   On June 13, at 2 p.m., the Arts Onstage series concludes its spring season with Storybook Theater's production of Pinocchio Commedia. This is an original musical adaptation of the classic children's story. Although Storybook Theatre designs its shows for the preschool through fourth grade audience, children of all ages, from 1 to 101, enjoy this company's bright, humorous style. This event will take place at the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center at 29000 NE 150th in Duvall. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children under five (ticket required). Tickets are available by mail. Send a check with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Duvall Arts; P.O. Box 1043; Duvall, WA 98019. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Sassy Sisters or Gardens & SunSpaces on Main Street in Duvall. The box office will be open for day-of-show ticket sales one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call Carolyn at 788-2981.

Senior behavioral health program starts

   Valley General Hospital in Monroe has opened a geriatric psychiatric program as part of its Behavioral Health Services. The program treats patients 55 and over who are struggling with mental health issues. The Senior Behavioral Health program has a capacity to care for 12 inpatients whose average length of stay as 10-12 days. The staff of therapists, nurses, social workers, and medical director are all specifically trained in behavioral and physical health needs of the older population. For more information, call Edith Aurorean at 360-794-1443 or Joe Quaranta, VGH Social Services, at 360-794-7497.

Carnation's July 4 needs volunteers

   The Carnation Fourth of July "Run for the Pies" Committee is looking for volunteers to help organize the races. The Committee needs a couple of people with experience with 10-key who can help log in the race participants, volunteers to man the registration booths, an official runner, and someone with a computer to help log the entries, prepare mailing labels, and communicate with the media. Call Paulette at 333-6246.

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

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 alternate 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.

Volunteer English tutors needed

   Eastside Literacy Council is recruiting volunteer tutors to work with the adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the Snoqualmie Valley. It's an excellent opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience and meet people of different cultures. Help is needed for weekly classes in Snoqualmie/North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Duvall, and Woodinville. Knowledge of another language is not necessary and training workshops are provided. Call Alex Valdes at the Duvall office at 425-844-2459 or e-mail him at