Woodinville Garden Club seeks scholarship applicants

The Woodinville Garden Club is pleased to announce that applications are now open for two $2,000 scholarships.

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants pursuing education in an accredited 2-year, or 4-year degree program or vocational program in horticulture, environmental science, botany, landscape design, floral design or another plant-related field.  

The Woodinville Garden Club is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of horticulture and the natural world.

The deadline for application submission is Feb. 15 with awards announced by March 15.. Please visit the Woodinville Garden Club website,, for additional information related to the selection criteria and to download an application.

Community grants available for Woodinville organizations

  • Written by Mia Knox

The city of Woodinville is pleased to offer grant funding to eligible community organizations serving the Woodinville community.

The City has allocated $15,000 in funding for the year 2020. Priority will be given to activities and events that promote the local economy and are of general interest to the Woodinville community.

The deadline to complete and submit applications is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. Grant applications will be assessed by staff to ensure they meet eligibility criteria as stated in Resolution No. 479 and then presented to the City Council for funding consideration.

If approved for funding by the Woodinville City Council, the grant money will be provided on a reimbursement basis following an event or activity. Please mail, hand-deliver or email completed applications to Woodinville City Hall to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about Community Grants, including eligibility guidelines and application materials, can be found on the City’s website:

For questions regarding the grant application process, please contact Maia Knox, management analyst with the city of Woodinville, by phone: 425-877-2267 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Wealth review in the new year: Five priorities

  • Written by Jeff Otis


Jeff Otis


Welcome to 2020! The snow is back in Woodinville, kids have been home from school and some are still going strong with their New Year’s resolutions now two weeks in. 

Now that the Seahawks are eliminated from post-season play, giving everyone back their weekends again, and in the spirit of starting fresh in a new year, let’s dedicate a little time to getting our financial lives organized for this new decade. Here are five areas to prioritize.

1. Estate Plan Review 

Far too often, people fail to adequately update their wills and estates. It is recommended you review your estate plan every 3-5 years, or if you have a major change in your family, assets or your goals. Do you want your assets to go to heirs? To charity? Did you intend on making the state of Washington a beneficiary of your estate? Can you benefit from establishing trust accounts for your spouse and children? It’s smart to keep your estate plan current to ensure you are leaving the legacy you intend.

2. Insurance Review

Given how many insurance payments are now set up on auto-pay, this area can remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind. It is recommended to review your insurance coverage every three years. A quick review of home and auto policies, life and disability insurance, long-term care coverage, and assessing the need for umbrella insurance could be well worth your time. 

3. Asset Allocation Review

It’s not uncommon for investors to set target allocations for their accounts and then leave them alone. Those allocations, especially given the incredible upswing we’ve seen in stock values, can shift over time and potentially put you into too aggressive or too conservative of an asset mix given your goals and risk tolerance. It is recommended to review your allocations at least annually. A review here can help provide those insights and help determine the next steps.

4. IRA Beneficiary Review

This is connected to point No. 1, but it also needs to be highlighted. The beneficiaries on your retirement accounts, such as 401ks and IRAs, should reflect your current plan. IRAs payout directly to beneficiaries, so it’s important these are updated and reflect your plan. Any custodian, such as Charles Schwab or Fidelity, should be able to provide you with current beneficiary information on your accounts.

5. Scrub for high-cost fees

The investment world has evolved over the past 20-30 years and introduced a new arena of very inexpensive fund options. Many investors are still invested in higher-cost funds, many of which pay out sizeable commissions to their financial advisor. 

Tax implications certainly need to be considered, but it could make sense to replace higher-cost mutual funds with lower-cost funds, maintain a similar allocation and reduce the overall amount of fees you are paying along the way. 

Reviewing these main areas in your estate plan, insurance coverage and investment strategy can go a long way to providing the peace of mind many are looking for in their financial lives. What better way to start off the new decade!

Jeff Otis is a senior financial consultant and partner at Evergreen Gavekal, a local wealth management firm serving high net worth and ultra-high net worth families. He can be reached at 425.467.4624 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Calendar


The Snohomish County Master Gardener annual plant sale is taking place Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. S.E. in Everett. Choose from more than 5,000 tomato plants, 4,000 herb and veggie starts and thousands of perennials, dahlias, fuchsias, native plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, carnivorous plants and living garden art, most of which have been raised, divided and potted by master gardeners. There is also a quality selection of specialty nurseries that will be offering unusual, interesting and hard-to-find plant varieties. All proceeds benefit the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation.


Pine Needle 

Basketry Workshop

Woodinville Library

17105 Avondale Rd. N.E.

Sat., Jan. 25, 1–4 p.m. This program is a primer on the ancient art of pine needle basketry. You will have enough time to finish this piece, which can be used as a coaster or the base of a small basket. The workshop lasts for three hours, so bring a light snack if desired. Space is limited. Presented by Vicky Nickelson. 

Field & Forest

The Attic Learning Community

24023 51st Ave. S.E.

Sun., Jan. 26, 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend an open house that will include the Director’s Presentation. Field & Forest is a unique and fully outdoor preschool that was established in Woodinville in 2011. Children explore, create, play and learn with nature, whatever the weather! Teachers use constructivist, developmentally appropriate methods to follow children’s interests, imaginations and investigative work within a supportive and inclusive community. The program is geared for children 3-5 years of age. Classes run September–May.

Men’s Book Group

Woodinville Library

17105 Avondale Rd. N.E.

Mon., Jan. 27, 7 p.m. The Known World by Edward P. Jones.

Woodinville Rotary

Sammamish Valley Grange

14654 148th Ave. N.E.

Tues., Jan. 28, 7–8:30 a.m. Marilyn McGill will provide an auction update.


Chamber of 


Women, Wisdom & Wine at Matthews

Matthews Winery

16116 140th Pl. N.E.

Wed., Jan. 29, 6:30–8 p.m. Join women of the community who want to connect with each other, grow personally, spiritually, and enjoy a night out with other women. Wine is available to purchase by the glass or bottle to be shared with a friend. Complimentary light refreshments are provided and a guest speaker will explore an inspiring topic relating to women and their faith journey. Everyone is welcome! Come and make some new friends. No charge.


Networkin’ Nite

20 Corners Brewing

14148 N.E. 190th St., Ste. A

Thurs., Feb. 6, 5:30–7 p.m. This is a fantastic event if you’re looking for casual networking with Chamber members and guests. This is a no-host event; guests are on-own for purchases.

Job & Resource Fair

Northshore Fire Dept.

7220 N.E. 181st St.

Wed., Jan. 29, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. All ages, experience levels and industries are encouraged to attend and network with local employers. Employers will be looking to fill full-time and part-time positions. Come prepared with resumes and dress professionally. Organizations will be recruiting for administrative, IT, healthcare, public safety and many other positions. Free parking. ADA accessible. Admission is free.


Medieval Faire

Evergreen State Fairgrounds

14405 179th Ave. S.E.

Sat., Jan. 25, 9 a.m. Step into a world filled with the sights and sounds of the current Middle Ages. Play games, participate in youth activities or try your hand at medieval crafts. Test your aim on t

Woodinville High School Theatre presents Hamlet

  • Written by Katharina Bomers-Muller

The award-winning Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present its upcoming winter play, William Shakespeare’s masterpiece: The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. The show runs Feb. 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., in the Woodinville High School Theater.

Written around 1599, Hamlet tells the story of the ghost of the King of Denmark who tells his son Hamlet to avenge his death by killing his uncle, the new King of Denmark. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death and then seeks revenge. So, how do you make a dense, lengthy, and archaic text that has been performed thousands of times—and read begrudgingly by most high school seniors for the past century—accessible and engaging to a modern audience? 

The WHS Theatre Company has adapted the play in such a way as to move the action forward at a contemporary pace, reset the show with the audiences seated on stage—thus closer to the action—and set the story in a modern context. By cross-casting several key players and splitting the role of Hamlet into his id, ego and superego, yet retaining the language, structure and spirit of Shakespeare’s tragedy, the play is presented as a psychological thriller that affords us a look inside the mind of Hamlet. Come out and see this classic in a new light.

The cast is comprised of 22 Woodinville High School Theatre Company students, including seniors Sidney Braden, Emerson Cobbley, Chris Dembo, Garrett Fisher, Henry Goss-Grubbs, Mailene Gross, Tess Halbert, Wesley Hesselgrave, Nicole McMillan, Ben Nickerson, Gennifer Noy, Larke Parsons-Keir and Neil Ziemba, as well as juniors Jenna Byers, Austin Glenn, Anna Jackson, Carmen Katsaros, Anna Lokken, Carson Parker, Jack Preston, Jordan Ransom and Kaley Roughton. 

Many of the technical aspects of the show, everything from set building and sound to publicity, are handled by crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program. Technical theatre students include Lauren Prescott (Stage Manager), Audrey Szot (Assistant Stage Manager/Paint Head), Grace Henrich (Sound Designer/Technical Director/Paint Head), Jessica Clark (Lighting Designer/Technical Director), Quinn Congrove (Lighting Designer), Julie Rios and Freja Crouch (Costumers), Matthew Armstrong and Joey Roberts (Master Carpenters), Aaliyah Price (Props Head), Edie Ventrella and Madi Riley (Hair and Makeup), and Anya Egts (House Manager).

The show is adapted, directed and designed by Josh Butchart; with support from Katharina Bomers-Muller (Producer), Stephanie Penoyer (Assistant Producer), Steve Cooper (Lights), Nathaniel Gibbs (Sound), Marsha Stueckle (Costumes), and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by Kelly Locke and Emily Mus. 

General admission tickets are $12.  Seniors and students with ASB cards are $8. Visit for more information.