Time Pages: April | Community

Part of Woodinville’s history is alive and growing

The Woodinville Basswood has witnessed more than a century of change from its location near the fence near Molbak’s nursery. The property was originally occupied by Mr. Calkin in the 1870s and the lime tree is said to have been planted around 1879, when Calkin owned the land.

[And it is still there on 175th Street]

The Easter bunny jumped in Woodinville

The spring sun shone on Woodinville on Saturday, making it a perfect outing for the many young people who took part in the community’s Easter events. The Easter Bunny was added to the antics of the Woodinville Lions Club egg hunt on the grounds of the Red Wood Athletic Club, which was attended by more than 400 children.

Park and swimming pool under construction

The entrance to Woodinville is undergoing visible changes as the State Department of Transportation proceeds with the construction of a 20-car parking lot and pool near the SR 522 exit (next to Dairy Queen) .

The $10,000 installation is expected to be complete by the end of April, after which King County will take over maintenance.

[Current city staff looked back at some historical aerials for the area but found nothing. Could it have been an April Fools’ joke?]

LA in the Woodis: CBS Films “Movie of the Week” at Woodinville

As the rain begins to pour, the crew members pull up the hoods and a director shouts for an umbrella. An actor begins his walk around the house, the camera rolls, and a worker who apparently needs more Hollywood rain than the sky provides uses a lawn sprayer to make it rain.

Welcome to the cinema. All last week, CBS used a log house on the Woodinville-Duvall road as a filming site for “With a Vengeance,” a TV Movie of the Week.

What was a family’s home in the woods two weeks ago has been turned into an abandoned house. Conservationists wrapped lengths of ivy around stair railings while workers added moss and tossed loose shingles onto the roof. Aged planks clung to the windows. Two crew members replaced the front door frame with rotting planks. The porch rails were loosened and crooked and a young woman with a fan-type device blew out fine cobwebs in random places. Workers strewn dry leaves on driveways and porches. Even the hanging plants on the porch have been replaced with dead plants.

The house will be restored to its original state at the end of filming

Inaugural Run of the Dinner Train Plans

The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train will begin service from Renton to Chateau Ste. Michelle May 3. The 3.5-hour, 44-mile round-trip tour will include a three-course gourmet dinner along with Northwest wines and beers, and a one-hour stop at Chateau Ste. Michelle where you can visit the wine tasting room or gift shop, tour the winery or stroll through the gardens. The cost is $55.

Landscape of Woodinville on the cover of “Better Homes and Gardens”

The salmon-and-white annuals and perennials surrounding Goodman’s Yard at The Farm on Hollywood Hill bloom on the cover of the May issue of “Better Homes and Gardens,” thanks to landscape architect Keren Steeb of Woodinville.

Steeb designed the yard to resemble a turn-of-the-century Scandinavian garden. Mary and Harlan Goodman implemented the design created by Steeb.

Molbak’s For Sale Seattle Store

According to a press release issued by the company, Molbak’s has decided to focus its attention on its Woodinville nursery and garden center. The company will sell its 5,000 square foot retail store located in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

City studies seismic upgrades for historic Woodinville building

The old school building in Woodinville has a long history. Although this article is not intended to be an obituary for the “old maid”, decisions regarding the future of the building will be made in the weeks and months to come.

The seismic integrity of the structure is in question. A series of earthquakes (1949-7.1 on the Richter scale, 1965-6.5 and 2001-6.8) wreaked havoc. There will likely be a notice to vacate at least some of the occupied space in the building.

[Four weeks later, the Woodinville Parks and Rec and Chamber of Commerce were relocated to the former C.O Sorenson School.]

Seto women bring friendship gifts

Woodinville’s “Passport to the World” celebration, co-hosted with Celebrate Woodinville, invited the community to experience diverse cultures from several countries, including Russia, China and Japan.

Nine women from Seto, Japan traveled to Woodinville to share traditional Japanese arts. They demonstrated calligraphy, flower arranging, origami and a tea ceremony.

It was proposed to the two city councils that the two cities become sister cities.

Famous Woodinville

Of the many events featured at Celebrate Woodinville, the Woodinville Fire and Rescue Pancake Breakfast was a favorite wet and cold weather destination.

Homeward Pet turns 22, 20,000and Adoption

The Woodinville-based organization, which was founded in 1990 as the “Hooterville Pet Safehaus,” began with simple goals: rescue and find homes for cats and dogs, while educating the public about the importance of pet sterilization.

Each year, Homeward Pet helps over 1,300 cats and dogs who have been abandoned by their owners or rescued from shelters and euthanized find their forever homes. Currently, the organization performs approximately 20-35 adoptions per week.

[Adoptions are now by appointment only.]

New Staff Members to Support Sustainable Mission at 21 Acres

Sustainability issues are gaining traction in the media these days. Here in Woodinville, community members are excited about the opportunity to learn new ways to grow, eat, and live their lives to minimize the impact on the Earth.

The 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is expanding its programming, hiring more staff and opening the new 21 Acres Market in May to provide fresh food year-round.

Calvin W. Soper