While many Woodinville families are busy with holiday activities, a group of local volunteers is filling empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy kids overseas.
National Collection Week will be Nov. 14-21.
Area participants can drop off their shoe box gifts at Bear Creek Community Church (18931 NE 143rd Street, Woodinville).
To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the Follow Your Box donation form at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
For more information and hours of operation, call (303) 745-9179.
The abundance and fun of the area’s farmers markets need not be only a summer memory. Even though autumn is here, you can still enjoy the Duvall Farmers Market Farm and Artisan Holiday Fair which takes place on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Barn Learning Center (formerly known as the old Duvall Church), located at 15520 Main Street Northeast in Duvall.
At the fair, you’ll find many of the handmade, locally produced items enjoyed during the warmer months at the Duvall Farmer’s Market, including jewelry, children’s specialty clothing and toys, handmade quilts and blankets, hand-crafted furniture and home décor, homestead soaps and varietal honey, along with antique “Americana.”
In addition, food vendors will be there to sell locally-made food for hungry shoppers, including bakery items and Grateful Bread’s new CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) products and information.
“The goal of the Duvall Farmers Market is to encourage and support our local agricultural community and our local artisans,” market manager Kari Carlson commented, “and we look forward to doing that at the Farm and Artisan Holiday Fair.”
The event is for all ages and will offer children’s activities, including face painting. Red Barn Learning Center is sponsoring the children’s activities.
For information on the Duvall Farmers Market and the Farm and Artisan Holiday Fair, see duvallfarmersmarket.org or call (425) 922-1695.
OLYMPIA – As the season’s fashion changes from shorts and sandals to umbrellas and scarves, don’t forget to update that other winter wardrobe – your vehicle’s.
Preparedness doesn’t just look smart; it is smart. Taking the time to prepare for winter driving can help keep roads open and the economy moving. It takes only one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic.
Always “know before you go” and get the most recent roadway information, winter driving tips, car preparation advice and information about Washington State Department of Transportation’s winter operations on our winter driving Web page.
The Washington State Patrol reminds all drivers and freight haulers that state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles more than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to carry sufficient tire chains between Nov. 1 and April 1. That includes some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers.
Troopers will strictly enforce the Nov. 1 deadline. Failing to carry chains will cost heavy-truck drivers $124. When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don’t chain up will face a $500 penalty.
The WSP will have a special chain emphasis patrol in early November to make sure drivers carry the proper number of chains to include the spares.
In Washington, studded tires are legal for use only between Nov. 1 and March 31. Motorists are encouraged to visit their tire dealers for chains and find out about tires that provide traction and are legal for use year-round.
Here’s what drivers can do to prepare their winter roadway wardrobe:
• Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide from www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter.
• Get your car ready and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily-traveled routes such as I-90 Snoqualmie Pass, US 2 Stevens Pass and US 12 White Pass.
• Carry chains and know the traction and chain requirements – Mountain pass traction and chain requirements are available on the WSDOT website, highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio.
• Program 530 AM and 1610 AM on your radio before you leave.
• Sign up for news and social media tools, such as Twitter at www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform.
Ian Hart, 7, takes a shot at fire extinguisher training. Photo by Don Mann.
WF&R personnel demonstrate vehicle extrication procedure using the “jaws of life.” Photo by Don Mann.
There were pancakes for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch and some sunshine throughout at the biannual Woodinville Safety Fair presented by Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Woodinville Water District and the City of Woodinville at headquarters station 31 on Saturday. The family-friendly affair included demonstrations and exhibits on emergency preparedness, fire extinguisher tutorials, fire engine tours, rescue demonstrations and general safety information.