TJ Dance presents ‘Dance The Circle of Life’

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Back row (L to R): Courtney Hoekstra, Chelsea Lindemulder, Jemaica Murphy, Ileah Merryman. Middle row (L to R): Robin Booher, Katie Bodnar, Jeleisa Sorensen, Laura Taylor, Victoria Callison. Front row (L to R): Cheryl Drake, Emily Harrison, Hannah Henrikson, Kelsey Rogers. Photo by Yuen Lui
DUVALL–TJ Dance invites you to our 2011 recital, "Dance The Circle of Life," on Saturday, June 18. Whether your taste runs to classical ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz or belly dance, you’ll find a taste of everything in these high-energy performances at Cedarcrest High School Performing Arts Center.

"Dance The Circle of Life" features the full spectrum of TJ Dance students’ talents with three show times - 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and free for pre-schoolers (ticket required).

Ticket prices increase by $1 each when purchased at the door on the day of the show. Advance tickets may be purchased at the studio located at 14701 Main St. NE in Duvall or online at using the link for online payments. Orders placed online may be picked up at Will Call on the day of the show.

TJ Dance’s youngest dancers open each show with a rousing interpretation of the show’s title song, "Circle of Life" from "The Lion King." The teen and adult dancers end each show with a show-stopping rendition of "One" from "A Chorus Line."

For over 25 years, TJ Dance owners Jayne Hancock and Peg Burnside have shared their love of dance with thousands of children and adults in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley. There’s something for everyone at TJ Dance. Visit for the schedule of Summer Dance Workshops.

Cedarcrest High School Performing Arts Center is located at 29000 NE 150th St. in Duvall. For more information about the recitals or classes, call (425) 844-9086 or visit .

Baseball on a ‘Field of Dreams’

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

The Monroe Miracle League hosts Cedarcrest RAK students

Cedarcrest junior Melissa Collinwood and Miracle League team member, Brenden, share smiles from 1st base. Photo by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Sixteen students from the Cedarcrest Random Acts of Kindness Club spent a chilly Saturday morning in May on a "field of dreams," playing baseball, giving high fives, hugs and sharing the gift of kindness with children in the Miracle League Youth Baseball Program.

This is the ninth year for the CHS RAK students and their advisor, Peggy Filer, to participate in the Miracle League games. The league was created for children with special needs; this program and the children involved are nothing short of a miracle. Not only for those who play, but also for those fortunate enough to witness one of these awe inspiring games.

Participation in this wonderful league gives the children a chance to put on a uniform, step up to bat, and genuinely "play the game" as it was meant to be played.

In most cases these children would never dream of having the opportunity to play a game of baseball or have their very own specially built baseball field where… no score is kept, everyone gets up to bat, runs the bases and makes it across home plate (sometimes even sliding) with smiles and laughter from the 1st inning to the last.

This dream field was years in the planning process by the Rotary Club members of Monroe. In 2007 the program gained interest from the Snohomish County YMCA, and through their partnership and dedication the vision of this unique field finally became a reality in 2010.

Games are played every Saturday from April through June from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Attending one of the games is highly recommended.

Cedarcrest student Maggie Gromberg says, "The best part of Miracle League Baseball is seeing the happiness on everyone’s face. I’ve played for two years and it’s always a highlight of my school year."

Logjam, fallen trees pose hazards on stretch of lower Tolt River

  • Written by Valley View Staff

King County has identified a series of river spanning logs and a logjam on the Tolt River which pose a hazard to river users. The hazard is located in the ½ mile stretch of the Tolt downstream of the SR 203 Bridge to the confluence with the mainstream Snoqualmie River. Standing trees fell into the river as the river bank eroded during the winter 2010-2011 floods.

Boaters, floaters, tubers, swimmers and waders should exit the river using the gravel bar on the right (north) side of the river just below the SR 203 bridge. Signs directing river users to get out of the river have been posted. River users should not attempt to navigate the spanning logs, and should not put in to the Tolt River anywhere downstream of SR 203.

Rivers are always extremely dangerous in springtime and King County officials are urging people to just stay out of rivers, which can be cold, fast and deadly. This year King County rivers are running especially fast and cold due to an unusually heavy amount of mountain snow melt and a tumultuous winter flood season that has changed river channels and reoriented logs, as seen in this stretch of the Tolt River.

For more information on water safety and drowning prevention, including a listing of local lifeguarded pools and beaches, visit Public Health - Seattle & King County web pages at

For more information about known hazards on King County rivers, go to

Students’ stunning Red Wolves sculpture permanently displayed at CHS stadium

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Rod Smith and Josh Witt. Photo by Leanne Christensen
The stadium bleachers at Cedarcrest High School have recently received a dramatic facelift, and the planned construction upgrades of partially covered bleachers and field improvements aren’t the only impressive addition. There is now a stunning "Running Red Wolves" art sculpture gracing the entire stadium.

This sculpture created by seniors Rod Smith and Josh Witt was made on a "Plasma Cam" plasma cutter which was purchased through the efforts of Donna Bielstein, CTE director at Cedarcrest, with grant monies and funds from the CTE budget and the district. Bielstein and the administration at Cedarcrest wanted to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities to create projects which encouraged an active learning environment. This innovative project now is completed and has gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations.

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Camp Gilead 5K nets $7,000 for scholarships

  • Written by Kimberly Mallory
Becca Pitts of Carnation stays focused during the Camp Gilead 5K Memorial Day run. Courtesy photo.
It was a gorgeous Northwest day for Camp Gilead’s first- ever 5K Memorial Day Fun Run/Walk to help raise money for camper scholarships.

Over 260 people came out to Gilead for the event – from all over the greater Seattle area, as far as the Bellingham area as well as central Oregon.

Christ Fellowship of Everson, Wash. brought down a group of 20 junior highers and parents just for the race. They also raised money on their own to help even more campers through the scholarship fund.

Many of the runners experienced Gilead for the first time, drawn by the opportunity to run in a 5K. An incredible team of over 50 volunteers helped out with registration, parking, serving breakfast and on the race route.

The run was followed by a pancake breakfast, awards ceremony and the annual Memorial Day service with Chaplain Bill Gasser.

Winner in the male division was Mitchell Briggs, 19, of Everett with a time of 15:30.

The female winner was Mimi Meggison, 13, of Lynden with a time of 20:20.

One hundred percent of the expenses for the race were sponsored by friends of Camp Gilead, local businesses and supporting churches.

Thanks to those who took part in this first-ever event at Camp Gilead. We were able to raise close to $7,000 for scholarships.

More pictures of the race day can be found at or view race results at

Know of someone who needs a scholarship? Let’s get them to camp! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The camp offers numerous programs and events. For more information, visit

Camp Gilead will be providing free child care and a children’s program for children ages 5 and under during next year’s race.

The 2012 Gilead River Run is planned for Memorial Day May 28th – Save the date and join us!