Hibernation is over — look out for hungry bears

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Denali, a grizzly from Washington State University, rips up a campsite looking for food during a demonstration at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Courtesy photo.
A long winter and low-elevation snow are driving black bears from the North Cascades into campgrounds and backyards looking for food.


They just came out of hibernation, so they are hungry.

In the absence of sufficient bear food, they forage people cuisine, enjoying picnics stored in ice chests, snacking from backyard bird feeders, tasting camping snacks left in the tent and scarfing leftover pizza and beer thrown into the garbage.

"Bears are lazy, if the food is hard to get they usually go on to find something easy," said wildlife biologist Jessie Plumage for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

That can pose a threat to humans, as demonstrated by Woodland Park Zoo’s grizzlies this month as they tore through an exhibit staged with a tent, lawn chairs, a cooler and pots and pans looking for food.

"Don’t feed the bears," Plumage said.

The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project offers tips to stay safe around bears when camping:

• Avoid camping next to trails or streams as bears and other wildlife use these as travel routes

• Avoid camping near natural bear food sources such as berries

• Never leave food unattended in your campsite unless it is properly stored

• Do not bring food or odorous non-food items into your tent. This includes chocolate, candy, wrappers, toothpaste, perfume, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, insect repellent and lip balm

• Place food in bear-resistant storage containers or store it in your vehicle

• Locate your cooking area at least 100 yards downwind from your tent

• Avoid cooking greasy or odorous foods

• Wash all dishes and cans immediately after eating. Wash the dishes and dump the dishwater at least 100 yards from your campsite

• Garbage should be deposited in bear-resistant garbage cans or stored in your vehicle until it can be dumped

• Look for more information about how to stay safe around bears:

Brockman named parade grand marshal

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Jon Brockman of the Milwaukee Bucks, National Basketball Association, has been selected as the grand marshal of the 2011 Kla Ha Ya Days Festival.

As grand marshal, Brockman will preside over the 98th Kla Ha Ya Days parade on Saturday, July 23, that begins at 10:30 a.m. and is hosted by the City of Snohomish.

Brockman grew up in Snohomish, a historic farm town of 9,500, and graduated from Snohomish High School in 2005 where his dad, Gordy, is a vice principal. His mother, Becky, is also an educator and elementary school principal in Snohomish.The full schedule of events is at

Summertime concerts return to Marymoor Park

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Tickets for the summer concerts at Marymoor Park are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Marymoor Park business office and online at

Here’s the current line-up:

July 8 at 7 p.m. — Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas

July 23 at 6 p.m. — Slightly Stoopid with special guests Rebelution

Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. — Arrival, the music of ABBA

Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. — The Decemberists

Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. — 311, Sublime with Rome

Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. — Ben Harper

Sept. 2 at 1:30 p.m. — The End Summer Camp/ Neon Trees, Manchester Orchestra, Joy Formidable, AWOLNATION and more

Moonlight Cinema flashes back to the 80s

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

In preparation for Redhook Brewery’s 30th birthday, the brewery will pay tribute to the 1980s through its Moonlight Cinema Series.

The outdoor movie series, which will be held each Thursday night for six weeks, will screen a variety of 1980s influenced films in the grassy Bowl at the Redhook Brewery (14300 NE 145th Street, Woodinville).Gates open at 6 p.m. and movies will begin at dusk. The movies are projected onto a 55-foot inflatable screen – the largest in the Pacific Northwest.

Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Admission is $5 and BBQ food and cold, tasty Redhook beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The Moonlight Cinema Series is open to the whole family on all-ages nights, however a photo ID is required for alcohol purchases.

For more information, visit:

The six-week Thursday night series schedule:

• Thursday, July 14 – "Strange Brew," all-ages

• Thursday, July 21 – "Revenge of the Nerds," 21 and over

Thursday, July 28 – "Predator," all-ages

•Thursday, Aug. 4 – "Stripes," all-ages

• Thursday, Aug. 11 – "The Fighter," 21 and over

•Thursday, Aug. 18 – The Blues Brothers," all-ages


Woodinville Garden Club Tour of Gardens

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The twelfth annual Woodinville Garden Club Tour of Gardens features six private gardens that offer serenity to grandeur and everything in between. On Saturday, July 16, you’ll find meandering paths and streams, secret gardens and tranquil ponds with koi. Lush ornamentals, robust veggies and stunning specimen trees showcase our region’s diverse planting palette. Come get inspired by entertainment spaces that make the most of outdoor living.

This is a self-drive tour. Your ticket brochure has garden descriptions and driving directions. Tickets are $20 and are available for sale at Molbak’s, Classic Nursery,and Ravenna Gardens. New this year, tickets may be purchased online using Paypal. Visit for further information on this new feature.

Join us for a reception after the tour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Molbak’s. Your ticket brochure will gain you entry to the events area where Woodinville’s Columbia Winery will host a wine tasting. At 4:30 p.m., we will draw the winning names for these five great raffle prizes:

• Original signed artwork by Susan Summit Cyr used for our tour poster.

• Four yards of mulch (your choice of variety) from deJong Sawdust and Shavings.

• One hour landscape consultation from Lorrie Cain Landscape Design.

• $100 Molbak’s gift card.

• One night accommodation for two at the acclaimed Willows Lodge in Woodinville.

 Raffle tickets will be sold in all the gardens and at the reception. Winners need not be present.

 While at Molbak’s, be sure to check out the display of "hot plants" showcasing choice picks from the six tour properties to add to your own garden.

The Woodinville Garden Club was established in 1984 as a community organization, whose mission is to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participating in civic beautification and enjoying friendships as we pursue these activities. 

The Tour of Gardens was organized to showcase the diverse beauty and design of local gardens.  A portion of the proceeds of the tour and the club’s other annual fundraiser, the plant sale at Chateau Ste. Michelle, are used to fund ongoing civic projects, including civic beautification, horticulture scholarships and educational activities.

This year’s contributions include a donation to Seattle Children’s Playgarden for a washer and dryer and two $2000 scholarships for students of horticulture. We are also working with the City of Woodinville on a project to beautify the playing fields at Carol Edwards Center and to honor Carol Edward’s legacy to the city.   We anticipate completion in the next year.