Northwest NEWS

February 14, 2000

Valley Special

Around the Valley

Opera singer at Cedarcrest

   On Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center, the Duvall Arts Commission and the Duvall Foundation for the Arts present world-class opera singer Awilda Verdejo in concert, performing an evening of black spiritual music. Ms. Verdejo, a dramatic spinto-soprano, sings spirituals in a program called "In the Footsteps of Marian Anderson." Tickets may be purchased at Pumps & Grinds, Gardens & SunSpaces, or Main Street Music in the Main Street shopping district of Duvall. They may also be purchased by mail order by sending your order, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to: DFA, P.O. Box 1043, Duvall, WA 98019. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call Jan at 425-844-8516, or visit

Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteers

   Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking for energetic, community-minded neighbors willing to assist with the delivery of emergency services. Testing for new reserves will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 8 a.m. at the fire station at 175 NW Newport Way in Issaquah. Applications are available at any station.

Karaoke night

   Main Street Music presents a full night dedicated to karaoke on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 7-9 p.m. For more information or for previous talent nights, log onto Main Street Music is located above Coast to Coast in Duvall. Call 425-844-2988.

Grace Church changes time and place

   After three years of meeting at Holy Innocents at 4 p.m. on Sundays, Grace Episcopal Church has now moved to meeting in the Duvall Library Rose Room on Sunday mornings from 10-11 a.m. The library is located at 15619 Main Street and the Rose Room is below the library. There is parking in the rear of the building. There is a nursery for children under 5 and Sunday School for school-aged children.

Youth soccer tryouts set

   Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association has set select soccer tryouts for March 18 and 19. The age groups will be as follows: Girls born between 8-1-82 and 7-31-89, and boys born between 8-1-83 and 7-31-89. Times and locations for individual age groups to be announced. ADP information night (to find out about the program) is March 6, 7 p.m., at Chief Kanim Middle School. For more information about the program, go to

Open mike at Pumps & Grinds

   The next open mike at Pumps & Grinds wil be on Saturday, Feb. 19. Performers sign-in at 6:15 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30. Dinner will be available. Pumps & Grinds is located next to Bank of America in Duvall. Call 425-844-2766 for more information.

Friday fun night

   Round up the family for singing, dancing, and laughing along with Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth on Friday, Feb. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Cedarcrest High School Commons in Duvall. Food sales will benefit Teens Acting for Tomorrow Youth Council. This free event is geared for kindergarten through 5th graders and is sponsored by Children's Services of Sno-Valley, the Lower Valley Youth Programs, Friends of Youth, and King County Parks System. For more information, call 788-7924 or 788-6716.

Mentor training

   Be a super-hero and mentor a youth. Friends of Youth is holding a Mentor Training in their Snoqualmie office on Friday, Feb. 25, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch included). Call Lorry Kaye for more information at 788-6716.

An evening to remember

   The Scholarship Guild of Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ in Carnation is sponsoring an evening to remember in the Snoqualmie Valley. The scene is a spring evening in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the traditional party time of Mardi Gras. Savor a gourmet dinner that mixes together the flavors of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, prepared by the executive banquet chef at The Bellevue Club, James Watson. Listen to music with a jazz beat by "18 Karat Swing," featuring students from Mount Si High School. The party is on Sunday, March 5, 6 p.m. at Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ, 4851 Tolt Ave., Carnation (on SR-203). The purpose is to provide an opportunity to have a great dinner experience close to home and raise money for student scholarships. The scholarship guild awards multiple scholarships each spring to youth and adults in the congregation pursuing secondary education. Cost is $35 per person. To purchase tickets, gift certificates, or for more information, contact Betty Studer at 425-333-4521 (e-mail:; Francine Walls at 425-880-4815 (e-mail:; or Peter Greenstreet at 425-788-3696 (e-mail: Reservations must be made by February 25.

New menu at senior center

   Come have a delicious hot lunch at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation on weekdays at noon. The center is located at 4610 Stephens Ave. A donation of $2.50 is asked for if age 60+; if under 60, the cost is $4.65. Make your reservations by calling 425-333-4152 or stop by.

Sno-Valley Community Choir resumes rehearsals

   No more Monday night football? Need something fun to do instead? Join the Snoqualmie Valley Community Choir. Rehearsals are every Monday, except for the first Monday of each month, 7 p.m. in the music room of Cedarcrest High School. The goal will be to present a concert in the spring. The choir is open to anyone looking forward to a chance to sing. Last fall, people from North Bend to Monroe participated, and the year culminated with a well-received concert in December. Ryan Lewis directs the choir and Becky Chaney is the accompanist. For information, call 788-6209.