Northwest NEWS

March 13, 2000

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'Celebrate Woodinville,' Saturday, April 1

Calling all fools and bassets to participate, calling all visitors to put it on the calendar

   Fools and bassets are gearing up for the annual "Celebrate Woodinville" event on Saturday, April 1, 2000. There is still time to sign up and to participate.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

   There are many family activities planned for the entire day, beginning with a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Roundtable Pizza in the Woodinville Towne Center. To join Kiwanis or to help, call Diane Fulton at Pony Express Mailbox, 425-483-0360.

Woodinville Farmers' Market

   Get your Washington farm products and shop early for your holiday gifts at the opening of the Woodinville Farmers' Market and Craft Show, located next to City Hall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone wanting a booth to sell their own handmade items or food products should contact Grant Davidson at 425-485-1042.

All Fools' Day Parade

   The annual All Fools' Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. and will feature hundreds of bassets and children in costume, community floats, and foolish entries parading down NE 175th Street. There is still time for individuals and businesses to enter the parade and build your float or prepare your costume. Call Rachelle Powell at the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, 425-481-8300, to sign up or to volunteer.

   The parade originated more than 20 years ago when four Woodinville business owners, Doug Crim, Carol Edwards, Bob Woods, and Sharon Walker were sitting on the floor at the Crim home on the 7th hole at the Wellington Hills Golf Course.

   "We were lamenting the winter blues and lack of activities in town. Why not have us sponsor a parade and go right down the middle of town? In those days, NE 175th was a pot-holed, two-lane street with no stop lights and no sidewalks--just dirt shoulders. There were also very few businesses and several residences along the street," said Edwards.

   The parade has been sponsored by the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce since its origin. For the first year, there were more entries than spectators. Since that time, thanks to hundreds of volunteers and financial contributions, the parade has become a leading community event, with hundreds of local children and bassets participating and more than 10,000 spectators attending.

Teen Northshore Art Show

   The Teen Northshore Art Show will feature the original painting and sculpture works of local teens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Woodinville City Council Chambers. For those wishing to contribute funds or prizes to the event, please contact Michael Babinski at Foxfire Jewelers, 425-485-0625. Teen artists wishing to enter their works can have a form faxed to them by calling 425-483-0606, or they can pick one up at the Woodinville Weekly, 13342 NE 175th, Woodinville.

Children's Activity and Resource Fair

   Family fun and games can be found at the Children's Activity and Resource Fair in the Woodinville Towne Center shopping center (QFC) from noon to 4 p.m. Ride the ponies from 10 to 4 in the lower parking lot of the center for a small charge. Call Bob Milton at Postnet, 487-0347, for more information.

Basset Bash

   Watch the bassets compete for prizes at the 17th annual Basset Bash on the baseball fields next to City Hall from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Prizes include such contests as best costume, best howl, fastest in the hot dog race, and the coronation of the 2000 King and Queen.

   Applications are available to be mailed or faxed by calling the Woodinville Weekly at 425-483-0606, or Patti and Gary Green at 425-788-2211; or by picking up an application at the Weekly office at 13342 NE 175th, Woodinville.

City of Woodinville Celebration and new City Hall groundbreaking

   The city's annual celebration of the anniversary of incorporation will be commemorated this year with a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new city hall. Woodinville became the 270th city in Washington State in 1993. An enormous birthday cake will commemorate the occasion.

   The ground breaking will be held at the location of the new City Hall at 1 p.m. The site is just south of current City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. NE. A 24,000-square-foot building will be constructed on three acres. Occupation is expected in the spring of 2001. For more information, contact Marie Stake, City of Woodinville, at 425-489-2700, ext. 245, or visit the city's website at