Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999

Valley Special

Around the Valley

Laura Ruderman to speak in Duvall

   State Representative Laura Ruderman has accepted an invitation to speak to staff, parents, and community members at Cherry Valley Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 4:30 p.m. Staff, friends, neighbors, and parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with Rep. Ruderman as she begins the 2000 Legislative session.

VRA annual meeting

   The annual meeting of the Valley Recreation Association (VRA) has been set for Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnation Public Library meeting room. All people interested in the VRA's goal to build a swimming pool and recreation center in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley are encouraged to attend. The agenda will include reports from the president and treasurer and a preliminary report from Hebert Research (of Bellevue), the firm contracted to do a marketing study for the VRA. Other agenda items include elcting new board members and setting the 2000 budget. For more information about the VRA, contact Jeff Spencer at 425-333-4254, or by e-mail at

Take pictures for Duvall history

   The Duvall Historical Society is inviting people in greater Duvall to take photographs on January 1, 2000, that will become part of the Society's archives. They should include a paragraph or two describing what is in the picture. These pictures and the accompanying paragraph should be mailed to the Duvall Historical Society; P.O. Box 385; Duvall, WA 98019. They cannot be returned. For further information, call Don Williams at 788-6209.

Open house on Public Review Draft of proposed changes to King County Code

   King County staff will host the second series of open house meetings for public review and comment on proposed changes to King County Code, Land Use, and Zoning Amendments in the Draft 2000 Update of King County's Comprehensive Plan. In the Snoqualmie Valley, the meetings will be on Monday, Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m. in the Tolt Middle School Multi-Purpose Room in Carnation, and Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-9 p.m., in the Preston Community Center. The meeting format includes a brief presentation, question and answer time, and time for wrriten and public comments.

Scouts to help recycle trees

   Christmas Tree-Cycling for the Duvall and Carnation areas will be Saturday, January 8. Local Scouts have delivered flyers in the neighborhoods where they will collect trees as a fund-raiser. They will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and would appreciate a donation of $5 or more. The trees will be chipped by crews from the Riverview School District using the chipper from a recycling grant. If you did not receive a flyer at your home from the Scouts, on January 8, you can drop off your tree at Duvall's Taylor Landing Park by noon or at the Carnation Tree Farm by 1 p.m.

Blues jam

   A blues jam will be held at Pumps & Grinds on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at 7 p.m. There is a piano on the premises; no cover. Pumps & Grinds is located next to Bank of America in Duvall.

Karaoke night

   Main Street Music in Duvall presents a full night dedicated to karaoke on Thursday, Dec. 30, from 7-9 p.m. For more information, or to see and hear about prior talent nights, visit the website at Main Street Music is located above Coast to Coast.

Citizen of the Year banquet set

   Duvall City Director Jim Bourasa has been selected Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. A banquet will be held in his honor on Jan. 15, 2000, at 6:30 p.m. at the Duvall United Methodist Church at the corner of Main St. and Stella in Duvall. Reservations are required. Cost is $20 per person to be paid at the door and dinner choices are prime rib or pasta primavera. Call the Chamber Special Events Hotline at 788-8956 to make reservations.

Swing dance classes

   Swing dance classes with George and Betsy will be held at Carnation Elementary School in the multi-purpose room for five Friday evenings starting on Jan. 14. Lesson is set for 7-8 p.m.; practice from 8-9 p.m. $40 per person for 5-week session; $35 if pre-registered by Jan. 7. Call Betsy at 425-788-2337 or George at 425-888-2401 for further information.

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum meets

   The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m. at the Carnation City Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Agenda items include: potential challenges and issues, information on discussions with National Marine Fisheries Service on salmon recovery, future funding for flooding, fish habitat, and water quality projects, and the role of the Forum in making decisions about project priorities. For more information, contact Megan Smith, Snoqualmie Watershed Coordinator, ad 206-296-8374.

Quarry meeting set

   Residents can learn more about the proposed Duvall rock quarry at a meeting with SEPA officials on Jan. 11, 7 p.m., in the gym at Cherry Valley Elementary. Those interested are encouraged to attend.

Events at Valley General Hospital in Monroe

   To register for any of these classes, call Community Relations at 360-794-1411.