Woodinville’s dark tragi-comedy ‘The Visit’ is perfect for the winter

  • Written by Kirsten Abel
It’s winter in Washington, which means rain, cold, and more rain. It also means it’s time for the Woodinville High School Theatre Department to produce its annual drama, and this year’s absurdist tragi-comedy “The Visit” by Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s might be its most captivating yet.
“You’ll laugh a little bit, and then not,” said Ethan Yee, a Woodinville High School senior.
“It’s not the lightest,” added senior Torquil Carmichael.
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‘Every day is a dinner party’ at new collaborative restaurant-tasting-room space

  • Written by Kirsten Abel

Chef Breanna Beike wants to invite you to dinner. She’ll cook for you and serve you a perfectly paired glass of wine, and she won’t charge you too much either. All this, at her soon-to-open restaurant in Woodinville called Heritage Restaurant |Bar.

“Come as you are. Welcome to my home,” she said. “I’m the budget-friendly neighbor.”

Heritage Restaurant | Bar will open in mid- to late March in a collaborative 6,000 square-foot space (where Mazatlan used to be) that will also include two wine tasting rooms.

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Conversation, care, and coffee: Beca’s Brew in Bothell

  • Written by Kirsten Abel
The day after Beca Nistrian opened her coffee stand Beca’s Brew in Bothell in April 2017, she met Will Tinkham, a local guy with special needs.
“I could tell he didn’t have many friends. That he was disregarded,” Nistrian said. She and Tinkham talked for a couple hours. Then Nistrian told him to return for another chat and a free drink the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that.
What started out as a happenstance meeting has now transformed into a deep friendship.
“I see him every day,” Nistrian said. “I consider him family.”
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Duvall’s new Tibetan Buddhist study group is all about mental health

  • Written by Kirsten Abel
“It’s really about mental health. Tibetan Buddhism is the study of the mind,” said Mark Winwood, the founder of the Chenrezig Project. “It’s not this new age thing. It’s this ancient, ancient wisdom.”
The Chenrezig Project is a Tibetan Buddhist study group now based in Duvall. Its website ( states that its purpose is “infusing Western life with Tibetan Buddhist compassion.”
Members of the group explore the mind, what’s beneficial, what’s wholesome, what’s harmful, Winwood said. Then, they learn to let the harmful states of mind pass. They focus on applying Buddhist practices in daily life—at work, at home, and in relationships.
“We begin to really see that so much of our anxiety and our stress, our inferiority and our superiority, all arises in the mind based on misunderstandings,” Winwood said. “These Tibetan Buddhist teachings are about understanding the misunderstandings.”
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A 50-year family taekwondo legacy

  • Written by Kirsten Abel
“This wasn’t the career that I was going to do,” said Don Shin, the owner of Shin’s Taekwondo Academy in Kenmore. The academy has been in operation for over 20 years.
Shin, a taekwondo master, is the son of Steven Shin, a taekwondo grand master who trained for over five decades and taught the sport for over 35 years.
Shin said it took time for him to appreciate what his father did and how his father pushed him to succeed. “Being a child of a certain type of teacher, they always expect more,” he said. 
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