Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999

Valley Special

Around the Valley

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum meets

   The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Si Senior Center in North Bend, located at 411 Main Ave. S. Agenda items include: an update on King Conservation District funding for projects within the Snoqualmie Watershed; status of endangered species listings for chinook salmon and bull trout; a discussion on the role of Watershed Forums in making regional funding decisions and carrying out salmon recovery efforts in King County and an overview of upcoming watershed education events and grant funding opportunities. For more information, call Megan Smith, Snoqualmie Watershed Coordinator, at 206-296-8374, or toll-free at 1-800-325-6165.

Learn about organic farming

   Reconnect with your roots by joining Seattle Tilth for a Saturday this summer spent working on an organic farm. The Working Weekends program, sponsored by Seattle Tilth, provides an opportunity for people to work on a local organic farm for a day. There is no charge. The program, which was made possible by a grant from WSU Cooperative Extension (King County), is in its second year. Locally, The Cabbage Ranch near Carnation will participate on Aug. 14. The goals of the project are to give participants the opportunity to visit local farms in order to reconnect with the source of our food, see different farming operations, and learn firsthand about the challenges and rewards of small-scale farming. To participate, call Rob Peterson at 206-633-5045 and leave your name, phone number, and address.

Blues jam at Pumps and Grinds

   A blues jam is set for Aug. 7, 7 p.m., at Pumps and Grinds Consignment & Coffee (formerly Sassy Sisters). Owners Paula and Rhonda remain the same, but will display a new sign and logo. Espresso, fruit smoothies, fabulous baked goods, and yummy clothes are always available. Pumps and Grinds is located next to Seafirst Bank in Duvall. Call 844-2766.

Threshing Bee and Antique Tractor Show

   Sky Valley Stock & Antique Tractor Club will celebrate their 11th annual Threshing Bee and Antique Tractor Show on Aug. 14 and 15. This year's feature tractor will be the Case. See operating machinery from yesteryear, including a hand tie hay press, hay loader, silage cutter, and round baler, as well as examples of horse-drawn equipment, stationary engines, and restored tractors. There will be tractor pulls, barrel races, hay rides, and demonstrations of oxen plowing and wheat threshing. Children can visit the petting farm and take a ride on a pedal tractor. Delicious food from the club kitchen (to include a real farm breakfast early each morning) and a tractor parade make for a day of fun for all ages. Breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m., $4 for all you can eat. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Frohning Farm, 19528 Tualco Loop Road, in Monroe. For more information, call Ron Chew at 360-691-6223. Admission is $4 for adults, free for ages 12 and younger.

Carnation Citywide Garage Sale

   The Carnation Citywide Garage Sale, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are 10x10 ft. spaces available for $10 along Tolt Ave. and other areas for local residents to bring saleable items. This annual event draws thousands of bargain hunters to Carnation. Spaces are on a first-come basis, so make your reservations now. Information or site reservation forms can be obtained by calling Georgia White at 333-6895, or Becky Nixon at 844-9223.

Preschool workshops

   Free workshops for preschoolers (ages 4 and 5) and their parents will be held on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Carnation Library, and Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Children's Services in North Bend. Free child care is provided at Children's Services. Parents will learn how to help prepare their preschoolers for school by participating in activities with them that will improve skills needed to learn to read and write. Please register by calling Eastside Literacy at 844-2459 or 558-2459.

Classes at Valley General Hospital in Monroe

   Infant/Child CPR is set for Aug. 16 from 6-9 p.m., fee $10. A Sibling Preparation class will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9:30-11 a.m.; fee is $5 per family. Learn how to prepare yourself and older siblings for a new baby's arrival. An 8-week Childbirth Preparation class will be held Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m. from Aug. 25-Oct. 13; fee is $70. A free Newcomer's Breakfast will welcome those new to the area or to the hospital on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m. in Cafe Corner. To register for any of the above classes, call Community Relations at 360-794-1411.

Teach English, improve lives

   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. Eastside Literacy provides top-quality training, assistance with lesson-planning and plenty of volunteer teacher support. Classes are small, normally ranging from 5-10 people and last about two hours. A one-year commitment is requested. Knowledge of another language is not necessary and training workshops are provided. For information, call the Duvall office at 425-844-2459.