Northwest NEWS

January 7, 2002


Around the Valley

Ducks Unlimited banquet
   The Snoqualmie Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold the 2002 annual banquet on Feb. 7 at the Embassy Suites at Eastgate in Bellevue. There will be a prime rib dinner, open bar, auctions, raffles and games. Call now for reservations at (206) 344-1166.
   Author to speak at Sno-Valley Senior Center
   Horror stories about the treatment and living conditions for women in the Middle East are on the front pages of our newspapers. One of the most respected experts on this issue is author Betty Balsom. Betty uses her extensive first-hand knowledge of women's issues in the Middle East to write fictional accounts of the tragic plight of women surviving under oppressive regimes. Though her books are not indicative of any particular country, people or religion, they do show how misinterpretation beliefs leads to the persecution and abuse of women. Reviewers on Amazon rank Betty's four novels five stars. The Sno-Valley Senior Center at 4610 Stephens Ave. in Carnation is proud to host a free visit from Betty on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. Ms. Balsom is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and the Beirut College for Women. She is also a registered nurse who has worked and traveled extensively in the Middle East. Ms. Balsom will have a limited number of her books on hand to purchase at cost. All proceeds from her writing go to support women's rights here and abroad.
   Puppet Mania
   Family Fun Night presents a special evening of puppetry, playfulness and fun, featuring Clay Martin's Puppet Theatre, on Friday, Jan. 11, from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Carnation Elementary multi-purpose room. Parents are required to attend and supervise their children. Please call Children's Services of Sno-Valley at (425) 788-7924 for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.
   A special time together
   Children's Services of Sno-Valley's Evening Toddler Playgroup provides working parents a great opportunity for quality time with their toddler. Classes meet from 6:30-8 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Tuition is $20/month, plus a non-refundable registration fee of $10. Call (425) 788-7924 to request a registration packet.
   Watercolor painting classes
   Watercolor painting classes will be held at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. in Carnation, beginning Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artist Marty Masden will instruct six two-hour sessions. The class is designed for beginner and expert. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call (425) 333-4152.
   Senior Center trip to Microsoft museum
   On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the seniors will visit the Microsoft Museum. Cost is $3. This facility shows how the Microsoft Corporation, in just 25 short years, revolutionized our homes and work. All day trips include round-trip transportation in the center's vans to and from the center. Wheelchair use and home delivery after the trip are available on a case-by-case basis. Talk to Kate MIller for information. Preregistration is required. Call (425) 333-4152.
   Sno-Valley Seniors steak dinner
   John and Marge Qualls are sponsoring the Jan. 12 Sno-Valley Senior Center steak dinner. In addition this month only; live music while you dine. Steak, salmon or chicken are served with baked potato and salad bar. Dinners range from $6 to $12. Reservations are required for either the 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. seating. Please be prepared to order your entree when you make your reservation. The band, led by Bev and Bill Thomas, plays an eclectic mix of Scandinavian music, '30s and '40s swing and even a little country thrown in for good measure.
   SFS Rainy Camp 2002
   Rainy Camp is the Seattle Folklore Society's folk singing weekend retreat. The camp will be held at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation on Feb. 1-3. About 100 folks usually attend from British Columbia to California to Eastern Washington. Last year, the new chapel was filled with resounding harmonies. Up to five workshops will be running at once; choices abound! Workshops vary from performer-related to topical. Last year's selections included kazoo, bawdy broadsides, show tunes, storytelling in song, and sea songs, among others, plus there's space for spontaneous write-in workshops. Friday evening starts with a potluck and group song circle. Last year's cooks will be there, offering more vegetarian choices. Accommodations are bunks in heated dorms with adjoining bathrooms. For more information, visit the SFS Website or call Jean Call at (425) 747-7655 or Bruce at 783-6824.
   Children's indoor playground
   Tired of being stuck inside? Bring your 0 to 5-year-old to Children's Services of Sno-Valley's indoor playground, open Wednesdays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The playground provides a convenient drop-in activity for families of young children. A $1 donation is asked and parents are required to supervise their children. Call (425) 788-7924 for information.
   The perfect party place
   Children's Services of Sno-Valley's indoor playground provides the perfect spot for children's parties. Facility rents for $25 for two hours. Call (425) 788-7924 to schedule an event.
   Senior center has event hall
   The Sno-Valley Senior Center's main hall is available for parties or other holiday
   events. The main hall has a capacity of up to 260 and there are two additional rooms that can be rented. The facility boasts a fully equipped commercial kitchen. Rental fees are reasonable and all fees go to benefit the programs and services offered by the center to local seniors. Call Kate at (425) 333-4152.
   Knitter's Guild in Carnation
   Are you a knitter and would like to join others who share a love of the craft? Or, have you always wanted to learn to knit, but didn't know who to contact? A group of knitters from the Snoqualmie Valley meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 31911 E. Blanche St., Carnation, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Marilyn Slanina at (425) 333-4759.
   Classes and support groups
   Beginning the week of Sept. 17, Children's Services of Sno-Valley, Duvall, is offering the following classes and support groups:
   Parents support group: An opportunity to share information, support and personal experiences, as well as learn about services available to your family. Single parents are encouraged to attend. Free ongoing sessions are scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
   Grandparents support group: Informal support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. Free ongoing sessions are scheduled for the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
   Please call (425) 788-7924 to register for any of the above sessions or for free-on-site childcare during the sessions.
   Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels
   Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers are a life link to the outside world for the recipients who frequently are unable to leave their homes. Volunteers deliver frozen pre-packed meals, bright smiles and friendly greetings. Volunteers are needed at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation to sort and deliver orders on Thursday afternoons for one to two hours. A car, valid driver's license and auto insurance are mandatory. Training and assistance are provided. Call Kate Miller at (425) 333-4152.
   Cherry Valley Riders meets monthly
   Cherry Valley Riders, a family-oriented horseback riding club, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Duvall Fire Station. Call (425) 788-9246.