Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

WA State Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May 2017 as Older Americans Month.

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. As Governor Inslee proclaimed, “more than ever before, older Americans are changing attitudes about what is possible by reinventing themselves through new passions, new careers; mentoring others, becoming students, or getting involved in new activities or the arts.”  

Washington state is home to over 1.5 million older Americans who richly contribute to our community. We are fortunate to live in a state which provides opportunities that enrich the lives of individuals of all ages by involving older adults in the redefinition of aging in our communities, promoting home-based and community-based services that support independent living, encourages older adults to speak up for themselves and for others, and providing opportunities for older adults to share their experiences and knowledge.  

Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement: Keeping Families Alive

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.

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Kenmore Recognized as 2017 Playful City USA Community

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kenmore is being honored with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the eighth year in a row. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. Kenmore is one of our cities in the state of Washington along with Auburn, Mercer Island and Mountlake Terrace recognized as a Playful City in 2017.

The 2017 Playful City USA recognition includes 258 communities from Richmond, Virginia to Richmond, California that make it as easy as possible for kids to play. In total, these communities feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging playspaces that serve more than 4 million kids.

“This designation recognizes the City's continuing commitment to providing a safe and fun environment for people to live a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Mayor David Baker. “Kenmore has been working hard to provide active programming, create places of play, and improve ways of getting around town. We measure our success in seeing happy community members and families enjoying the great outdoors in our great City.”

Alzheimer’s Association offers Caregiver Support Group

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Resources Available for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers

Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007. For information call Ruth Hansing at (206) 232-2537.

Celebrate the Sunset Beach renovation at Lake Sammamish State Park

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to a “beach party” to celebrate the newly completed renovation at Sunset Beach.

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is hosting the event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, near the Sunset Beach Bathhouse in Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah.

The event will include a celebratory ribbon cutting, music from an ensemble from the Sammamish Symphony and brief remarks from officials. The Friends group will provide refreshments. Following the ribbon cutting, attendees are invited to wander the new beach and discover the new features of the area.

For more information about the beach party activities, visit the Friend’s website: