Expanding learning through the Northwest

  • Written by David B. Clark

On Monday, April 30 National Geographic partnered with Pop-Up Magazine at Benaroya Hall to create a unique experience that unfolded like flipping through pages of a magazine. Erika Bergman, an explorer and submarine pilot who studied chemical oceanography at the University of Washington, inspired thousands; including some young students, when she shared her passion of science, the ocean, and what it’s like to be young and take chances.

National Geographic Photojournalist David Guttenfelder made tremendous strides for unity when he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in North Korean back in 2011. In 2016, he was on the cruise ship for the US to head to Cuba. Guttenfelder has a knack for crossing borders that have long been closed and his photo essays have shown a whole new view of the world. He will be presenting his work in an event called, A Rare Look: North Korea to Cuba at Benaroya Hall on May 13, at 2:00 p.m. for a matinee show and then for two evening shows, May 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Woodinville and the Northshore School District are always aiming to boost young people’s minds, spread awareness, and of course, have a good time. The next few weeks have several local events from movie nights to Northshore School Foundation’s second Beyond the Book event.

The Beyond the Book Speaker Series brings experiential learning out of the classroom and into the community. On Monday, May 14, One Love Project will present The Escalation Workshop from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. which is geared towards ending dating violence and teaching young people to “#LoveBetter”.

Northshore Schools Foundation recently announced their first Outdoor Music and Movie Night taking place on Saturday, June 2 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at conveniently and centrally located Pop Keeney Field (9809 NE 188th St, Bothell, WA 98011). The movie featured is Princess Bride with  local legend Brian James. All Northshore families and community members are welcome to attend this free event. Some of the activities will be life-sized board games, evening music, and a family-friendly feature that will begin right when the sun starts to go down.

For a dash of flavor for the culinary-driven kids, there’s the 21 Acres Center (13701 NE 171st St, Woodinville, WA 98072) that focuses on local food and sustainable living which is offering two “Eat like an Italian” youth cooking courses. The courses are centered around Italian cuisine that a child ages 7-11 could whip up with little previous cooking experience. May 12 features a Spring Feast theme while May 19 is a Fresh Pasta Party. Both classes take place from 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

For more information on National Geographic and their local events, please visit

For more information on 21 Acres’ youth cooking classes, please visit

For more information on the Outdoor Music and Movie night, please visit northshoreschools

For more information on Beyond the Book, please visit

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