Youth robotics open house

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Learn about FIRST robotics programs available for students of all ages during a youth robotics open house, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 7, in the Woodinville Library meeting room. Robots, resources, displays and more. Students from local teams will be on hand to answer questions. For information, contact Heidi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

YMCA is ‘Planting the seeds to lead’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Global Teens head to Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Senegal

This summer over 40 teens from high schools in the Greater Seattle area will head to Asia, Africa and Latin America to learn about teen life, serve in the community and explore social issues such as environment, disaster, peace, energy and poverty. The Global Teens Program of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, which includes four months of pre-trip training in leadership, culture and language, will expose teens to other countries and engage members of this next generation in issues confronting our world.

The Northshore YMCA Leadership Development Director Trevor Salayi will be co-leading the trip to Colombia, South America this summer.

A few slots remain on these global adventures, interested parents and teens should apply now by contacting David Kelly-Hedrick at (206) 382-5343 or Trevor Salayi at (425) 485-9797.

Neighborhood University offers unique experience

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Since 2001, the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) has hosted an educational class called Neighborhood University ("Neighborhood U") to help residents learn about their city government, receive leadership training, and discover ways to build community within neighborhoods. In this year’s session, former and current elected officials, neighborhood leaders, and a city planning commissioner will share experiences on building and sustaining active and vibrant neighborhoods. Also featured will be fast paced informational presentations from city officials that will give an insider’s view to various city programs, services, and operations. Neighborhood U will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6 to 9 pm, Juanita Elementary School, Cafeteria, 9635 NE 132nd Street. The course is free; reservations are requested by May 4. To learn more, visit To RSVP, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kari Page, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator at (425) 587-3011.

Traffic Alert - Kirkland Half Marathon — May 8

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the Kirkland Half Marathon Run/Walk and Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk event to be held on Sunday, May 8.

Juanita Drive NE from 93rd Ave NE to 98th Ave NE and 97th Ave NE from Juanita Drive NE to NE 119th Way will be closed from 6 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m.

The Kirkland Half Marathon hosts 3,000 athletes during the event which includes a Kids’ Dash, 5K run/walk and Half Marathon run/walk.

For event information and road closure details, go to

DeYoung House construction nears completion

  • Written by Deborah Stone
DeYoung_houseWith construction at the DeYoung House nearing completion, the Woodinville Heritage Society is readying the facility for its grand opening in June.

The traditional colonial style house which dates back to 1931, is a city landmark and will soon serve as the permanent home of the Woodinville Heritage Society Museum.

"It’s a very exciting time for us," says Suzi Freeman, vice president of the Heritage Society. "The project is finally coming to fruition after being a goal of the society for over 30 years. It’s been a long process and lots of work, but it’s also been so much fun, and has brought so many people together."

Instead of a museum devoted to one era with fixed exhibits, the Woodinville Heritage Society Museum will have different displays that change every so often. It will be focused on people and the history of a community, featuring exhibits and vignettes about the individuals that helped shape Woodinville and make it the way it is today.

"We’re going to show how different areas of the town developed over time," explains Freeman, "allowing people to see the rich history of this community."

Members of the society have been busy going through the collections and deciding where and what to display first.

"It’s a real challenge for us because we have such a great collection," adds Freeman.

One room, for example, will showcase memorabilia from Elmer Carlberg (1894-1987), a well-known eccentric and son of pioneers Julia Anderson and John August Carlberg.

Elmer lived in the same house in the Valley for his entire life and never owned a car.

He drove a horse and buggy into the 1950s. For 40 years, the silver-bearded man, who wore a black trench coat and brimmed hat regardless of the weather, was the curator of the Woodinville Cemetery.

"He was the town character," says Freeman, "and we have a number of his things that we will exhibit."

Another room will showcase early cleaning methods from the 1920s and 30s, including a steam iron, hand crank wringers, boilers, washboards and an old clothes line.

"We have a Bible dating back to 1844, quilts, clocks, a treadle sewing machine, an antique dresser, lots of photographs, old farm equipment and so much more," adds Freeman. "It’s just a matter of selecting what we want to display and finding the right place to put it. The house is very unique and has been kept true to its age. It has a cozy feeling to it that I think visitors will appreciate."

For Lucy DeYoung, president of the Heritage Society, the house has special meaning. It belonged to her grandparents, John and Ellen DeYoung, who raised their six children in the home.

"I have very fond memories of the place," she comments. We had many family celebrations there and I spent summers there as a child."

In order for the house to become a museum, various improvements were necessary, including making it accessible via construction of a handicapped ramp and an ADA bathroom.

"We had to meet all the city, state and federal requirements," says DeYoung, "and it cost us over $100,000 to do all the work. We raised most of the money, but we were about $20,000 short, so we had to tap into our reserves. We will need to do some more fundraising to get back on healthy financial footing."

DeYoung is thrilled that there will now be a place to showcase the history of the community. She adds, "There are just so many great stories to tell and now we have the ability to share them."

The Woodinville Heritage Society Museum will open for its members on May 21 and to the public on June 18, when a grand opening event is planned. The museum will be staffed by volunteers and open Sunday afternoons. Those who are interested in volunteering may contact Suzi Freeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Heritage Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..