More than 1,200 students to graduate from UW Bothell

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The University of Washington Bothell honors the class of 2011, the institution’s largest graduating class to date, at its commencement ceremonies, June 12, in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

More than 1,200 students will graduate from UW Bothell this year.

Event organizers expect about 750 graduates to participate in Commencement ceremonies.

UW Interim President Phyllis Wise will officiate during the Commencement ceremonies. Jim Donald, former Starbucks CEO, will deliver the keynote speech. The first class of undergraduates from two new majors, electrical engineering and biology, will walk at the 2011 commencement as will the first degree holders with a master of education with a principal’s credential. The ceremony, which is free but requires a ticket, begins at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Hydrangea, butterflies and great plants

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Heavenly hydrangeas

Go beyond your grandmother’s hydrangeas and discover a world of exciting cultivars and species.

Nita-Jo Rountree will present a free seminar at Molbak’s on Saturday, June 11, 10 -11 a.m. on how to successfully care for and grow these showy and versatile beauties.

Rountree, a Seattle-based garden designer, educator and Past President of the Northwest Horticultural Society will review cultural requirements, bloom time and color, pruning practices, and inspiring design tips.

Also, learn how to enjoy their lovely, large blooms inside as dried or cut flowers. For additional information, visit

Welcome hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard

Learn how to transform your yard and garden into the neighborhood hotspot for hummingbirds and butterflies at a free seminar at Molbak’s on Saturday, June 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lara Brinker, Rootopia Designs, will teach you how. Brinker will explain which plants are irresistible to these delightful, winged creatures and why.

For more information visit

Discover Great Plant Picks at Molbak’s

The Great Plant Picks (GPP) awards program was developed to recognize outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest. Winning plants must meet a variety of expectations regarding hardiness, longevity, disease resistance, vigor and availability.

To date, over 800 plants have made the list.

Stop by and chat with Molbak’s plant buyers Al Dodson (also a GPP Selection Committee member) and Kate Domoszlay and discover which Great Plant Picks plants are their favorites and why.

Learn which are best suited for your garden. FREE. Sunday, June 12, 1 -2:30PM in the nursery. For more information visit

For questions, please call (425) 483-5000, 1-866-466-5225, or visit the Events page at Molbak’s is located at 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA 98072.

2011 candidate filing week begins June 6

  • Written by office of the secretary of state

Washington’s 2011 election season officially opens with the start of candidate filing week on Monday, June 6, with hundreds of candidates officially kicking off their campaigns.

Candidates can file for office by using the Internet, in-person filing or submitting the declaration of candidacy via mail.

"Most of the offices up for election this year are for local positions," said Secretary of State Sam Reed. "These are very important because they have a much more direct impact of citizens’ homes, roads, schools and communities than the even-year elections."

Examples of the local offices are mayors, city council positions and members of school boards and fire district boards.

Because there are no races this year for federal or statewide positions, or for legislative or judicial offices whose district boundaries are in more than one county, the Office of Secretary of State will not accept any filings for office this year.

All candidates this year must file with their county elections office.

For a list of county auditor offices, visit

The 2011 primary election is August 16.

This year’s general Election is November 8.

• Although filing week runs June 6-10, candidates have had the option of submitting their declaration of candidacy forms and filing fees via mail since May 20. Candidate names will be posted beginning June 6.

Filing fees for offices with annual salaries of $1,000 or more are 1 percent. For instance, it costs $421.06 to file for a legislative race.

• Candidates may withdraw, in writing, with their county elections office through June 16.

• After candidate filing week concludes, the filing officer will conduct a lot drawing to determine the order of candidates for each race on the 2011 ballot.

• All candidates are treated the same.

• A race will be reopened for a special filing period if nobody files during the regular filing period.

• Most election races this year are nonpartisan.

• Under the top 2 primary system adopted by citizen initiative in 2004 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, the declaration of candidacy form allows partisan candidates to self-describe their political preference, but this will not mean that the person is nominated by or supported by a party.

• In the primary election, voters choose their favorite for each office, and the top two vote-getters advance to the general election.

Bothell Chamber to celebrate 7 years with open house

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Bothell Chamber of Commerce will celebrate their 7th anniversary at an open house on Wednesday, June 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Mobius Hall on the Cascadia Community College campus (18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell)

Meet your business neighbors and enjoy complimentary food and beverages from local restaurants and catering companies while networking and socializing.

Tasty treats will be provided by Alexa’s Cafe, Bastyr University, Bonefish Grill, Carolina Smoke and Pasion Tequila, just to name a few. Wine will be provided by WineStyles.

There will also be a limited number of business exhibits.

There is no charge for this event and registration is not required.

Invite your friends, family and business partners — all are welcome. For additional information, call (425) 485-4353.

Two area seniors named National Merit Scholarship winners

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Washington state has 54 high school seniors who are 2011 National Merit Scholarship winners.

The award, which is based on academic record and community activities, carries a $2,500 scholarship which can be used at any U.S. college or university.

Among the winners are two students from Northshore: Michaella Rosner and Dana Floberg. Rosner, an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate at Inglemoor, holds a 4.0 GPA and is co-president of both her school’s Japanese Cultural Club and the Japanese National Honor Society.


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