Northwest NEWS

September 18, 2000


Around the Valley

Holistic center grand opening
   The public is invited to the grand opening of Choices -- The Bless'd Little Shop -- a holistic resource center, on Sept. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. Included are a psychic fair, and mini-workshops on Reiki, herbs, crystals and clearing your aura. Choices is located at 20408 W. Snoqualmie Valley Road NE on the King-Snohomish county line. Call 425-788-2164 or for information.
   Emmanuel Church meets in Rose Room
   Emmanuel Church is now meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays in the Rose Room of the Duvall Library. Everyone is invited to attend worship services. For information, call Pastor Ken at 425-788-0512.
   Community Chorale needs members
   The Sno-Valley Community Chorale will be starting again after the summer hiatus on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Practices will be from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School in the music room. All interested persons ages 12-112 are welcome regardless of previous experience. All questions can be directed to 425-788-2929.
   Pie bakers needed
   Baked pies are needed for the second annual Sno-Valley Senior Center's pie auction to be held in conjunction with the Sno-Valley Senior Steak Dinner Oct. 14. Proceeds from the auction are designated for much-needed new kitchen equipment at the senior center in Carnation. Donators of pies should contact Dawn at 333-4101 or 333-4747. George Magnochi has graciously volunteered to be the auctioneer at this event.
   Pony baseball tryouts
   The Riverview Pony Baseball Association will be holding tryouts on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 at MacDonald Park in Carnation. Ages 9-10 and 13-14 at noon, and ages 11-12 and 15-16 at 3 p.m. Call 425-844-8810 or
   Strengthening Families class
   Learn to positively discipline your child, find out how to build a quality relationship with your child, learn problem solving skills, understand anger, learn to cope with challenges and celebrate the joys. "Strengthening Families," a free 8-week parenting class, starts Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Duvall Family Center, corner of SR-203 and Woodinville-Duvall Rd. For parents of children 3-11. Call 788-7924 to register.
   Stillwater Hillbillies at Pumps & Grinds
   Pumps & Grinds Coffeehouse, 15614 Main St. NE, Duvall (next to Bank of America), offers live entertainment 7:30-10 p.m. Saturdays. Sept. 23, Stillwater Hillbillies‹pop, country and humorous story songs. Sept. 30, Island-Style Poetry Slam with Dawn-Marie Oliver. Call 844-2766 for information.
   Become a Mentor
   Anyone who can give two hours a week to help a middle school youth may call Casey Wittman at 425-788-6716.
   Help build literacy
   Eastside Literacy Council is looking for volunteers interested in tutoring English speaking adults who need help with basic skills and/or GED preparation. Volunteers are also needed to teach English as a Second Language small groups in the Valley. A commitment of 3-4 hours a week is requested. Volunteers do not need previous teaching experience, since quality training and support are provided. Volunteers for Special Projects such as library/bookstore managment and outreach events and programming are also needed. For more information, call 425-844-2459 or 425-558-2459.
   Sno-Valley Senior Shuttle
   The Sno-Valley Senior Shuttle‹volunteer transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities‹is available Monday-Friday from 9-4. Those eligible can use the Senior Shuttle for rides to the Senior Center, grocery shopping, medical appointments and other local errands. All rides are free; however, donations are accepted. Call 425-333-4152.
   Redefining workshops
   Redefining, a journaling and exploration workshop, is an ongoing weekly series held at Boxhill Farm Nursery, 14175 Carnation-Duvall Road, Duvall, on Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Price $10. Enjoy an atmosphere of provocative discussion while journaling personal and unique perspectives of words used in everyday conversation. Call 425-844-1525.
   Help someone learn to read
   Volunteers are needed to help some of the estimated 43,000 adults on the Eastside who cannot read well enough to function in our society. Many of them live in the Snoqualmie Valley. Eastside Literacy Council provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults who need help with reading, writing or math. Training for the GED test andEnglish as a Second Language classes are also offered in all Valley communities. Volunteers will be trained and asked for at least a one-year commitment of 3-4 hours a week. For more information on how to change a life by helping someone with their literacy skills, please call 425-844-2459 or 425-558-2459.
   FarmLink help budding farmers
   Washington FarmLink is being developed to connect farmers who are planning to retire or transfer their property with people who are interested in owning or leasing places to farm. Suggestions and ideas are welcome. Call Shelly Glover at 206-224-4340, ext. 188 (toll-free 877-728-9453) or e-mail
   Parent support groups
   € A solo parent support group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday at Duvall Family Center, part of Children's Services of Sno-Valley, 6:30-8 p.m. Open discussion group focuses on challenges and joys facing single parents. Provides a support network in a safe environment where parents can share and learn from one another. Will include guest speakers and off-site recreational activities on occasion. To register, call 425-788-7924. Free on-site childcare available.
   € A grandparents as parents support group meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday at Duvall Family Center, from 6:30-8 p.m. Open discussion group focuses on challenges and joys of grandparents raising children. Provides a support network in a safe environment where grandparents can get information, ideas and emotional support. To register, call 788-7924. Free on-site childcare provided.
   Riverview Education Foundation (REF) will meet the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in Carnation Elementary staff lounge (unless schools are closed). Meetings are open to the public. Call (425) 788-9389 or (425) 788-4274 for more information.
   Volunteer drivers needed
   Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program needs volunteer drivers to help meet the growing transportation needs of seniors living in the Carnation, Fall City and Duvall areas. Volunteers use their own vehicles and choose the days, times and areas they wish to drive. Hours are flexible. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and parking expenses and are provided with supplemental liability insurance. To volunteer, call Cindy Zwart at 206-448-5740, 1-800-282-5815 or
   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. Lunches include special birthday and holiday meals and often are accompanied by programs and entertainment. A donation of $2.50 is asked for if age 60+; if under 60, the cost is $4.65. Reduced rates may apply to a younger family member. Make your reservations by calling 425-333-4152 or stop by. The new and improved menu offers many homemade favorites and contemporary combinations. A program of Senior Services.
   Events at Valley General Hospital in Monroe
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   € Toddlers can be Fun parents group meets the last Monday of every month (March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.) with Patty Fountain, RN, childcare specialist. Fee: $5.
   € Cancer Support Group will be meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital's library.
   € To register for any of the above classes, call Community Relations at 360-794-1411.
   Valley General Hospital is located at 14701-179th SE, Monroe.
   Volunteer tutors needed
   Eastside Literacy Council is currently looking for volunteers to work with their adult students in the North Bend area. Classes are offered in English as a Second Language (ESL), GED, adult basic education and family literacy. Volunteers do not need prior teaching experience or knowledge of another language. Training, support and help in lesson planning is provided. There is a wide variety of volunteer options available, ranging in time commitment from once a month to twice a week. A one-year commitment is expected. This is an excellent opportunity to meet people from foreign lands, make new friends and strengthen your community. Call 425-558-2459.
   Friends of Youth classes
   € Become a Mentor: Make a difference in a child's life. Many youth in the Snoqualmie Valley are lacking positive adult role models. If you can give just two hours a week to help a middle school youth succeed, call Lorry Kaye at 788-6716.
   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 or 558-2459 for Fall City or North Bend.