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Espalier and bees at 21 Acres

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

21_Acres_Espalier21 Acres is offering two classes in May as part of its continuing education series, Growing, Eating, Living. Bees in the Field: Hive Inspection will be offered Saturday, May 14, and Fruit Tree Espalier is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, both at the 21 Acres Farm.

Bees in the Field: Hive Inspection - Saturday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

An outdoor, hands-on class. Participants will learn how to inspect new and established hives; identify healthy and unhealthy hives and be proactive with natural management techniques to prevent and treat common ailments for honeybees in the Pacific Northwest.

Instructor is 21 Acres beekeeper, Grant Carr. Carr is an active member of the Northwest Beekeeping Association (NWDBA) and "barefoot beekeeping" communities. Class fee is $25.

Fruit Tree Espalier Class: - Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Espalier, training trees in two dimensional forms, is an ancient art often used for growing fruit trees, not only for its beauty, but to increase fruit quality, save garden space and reduce maintenance.

In this two and a half hour beginner’s class you will, in the first hour, learn how different types of fruit trees grow and fruit and the basics of good pruning.

With this knowledge, you will then be equipped to learn, in the one and one half hour following, how to select the growing form that is right for you and your new fruit trees and how to get them off to a healthy start with good placement, pruning, training and ongoing care.

Instructor is Ingela Wanerstrand, owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes with more than 15 years experience professionally pruning fruit trees.

Warnerstrand will be focusing mostly on espalier forms and demonstrating on live trees.

You are welcome to skip the first hour if you already know the basics. Class fee is $25.

Both classes are outdoors so plan to dress for fickle spring weather. 21 Acres is located at 13701 NE 171st Ave. Woodinville. Visit www.21acres.org/education-program for enrollment information. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (206) 442-2061 for details.

What a mom wants

  • Written by Julie Boselly
I have two wonderful children. Yes, I am extremely biased. I feel fortunate that I get to feel like it’s Mother’s Day many days throughout the year. Often I find my children making me coffee and various treats. They write me notes on occasion and they just like to cuddle and watch a movie with me. The "I love yous" are the best. We enjoy dining out together and yes, sometimes I enjoy the gift of time alone! If you are looking for a special gift this year for any one you consider to be "mom," please visit our advertisers. Supporting local businesses helps local families – including many moms!

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.

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 www.promotionevents.com/Kirkland.