Classified staff, including bus drivers, custodians and food service workers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District now have a four-year contract in place. The contract, approved by a vote of the Public School Employees (PSE) union Feb. 13 and the school board Feb. 27, includes a 2 percent pay increase for each of the next four years.
In celebration of St. Patricks Day, downtown Snoqualmie merchants are hosting “Snoqualmie Go Braugh,” a weeklong event which offers Irish-themed food, drinks, music and promotional specials. The festivities start Monday, March 10, with a contest titled “Quest for Uncle Si’s Lost Gold.” The lucky winner of this contest will receive $100 in golden coins.
Bartell Drugs hosts a “Spring Health & Beauty Event” at its North Bend store this week. Cosmetic demonstrations are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 7. Cosmetologists will give free “mini makeovers” that focus on the latest colors and products for spring. From 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, get hair styling tips. Conair representatives will spotlight the latest hair styling tools and tips.
Making real food, and making sure people who need it, get it, is a passion for Rose Mitra, owner of Rose Ridge Cafe and Deli on Snoqualmie Ridge. Mitra purchased the former Spicoli Sub Shop in June of 2011. “My goal is to serve people ‘real food’,” says Mitra. “My goal is to make you feel at home.”
The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District Lunch and Learn at noon on Thursday, March 6, will focus on ways to secure your financial well-being. Speaker Steve Weaver, of Weaver Financial in North Bend, will discuss risk factors, areas of focus and available resources. Classes are held at Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Ridge Trail.
Mount Si High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has set Saturday, March 29, as the date of its annual auction. The fund-raising event will be at Si View Community Center, and the goal this year is $60,000. All the money raised will go to Mount Si ASB, sports, and clubs. A portion of the price of each ticket sold will benefit the buyers’ designated team or club. All of the auction proceeds will go to ASB, 20 percent, and designated teams or clubs, 80 percent.
United States Congressman Dave Reichert takes the podium at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce's Friday, Feb. 21 luncheon. Reichert will talk about what is happening in Washington D.C. that will affect small business in 2014. Members from the other Chambers within the 8th District will also be invited to the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Valley businesses will tempt gardeners with their wares this weekend at the 26th Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Locals making an appearance include garden creators Adam Gorski Landscapes, Inc. of North Bend, and marketplace vendors The Dahlia Barn of North Bend, Good Medicine of Carnation and Eastside Tree Works of Fall City.
Washington Filmworks will be visiting to explore the Snoqualmie Valley and talk about the future of filming movies, TV shows and commercials locally at the March luncheon of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
In February, Congressman Dave Reichert will join the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce to talk about what is happening in Washington D.C. that will affect small business in 2014.
Eighteen boxes of Andrea Williamson’s shirts and pants are lined up along a wall, ready to ship. Windows look out on timberland at her home near the old Snoqualmie Falls mill site. Sewing machines, patterns, a rack of prototype clothes and a file cabinet full of fabric samples are near at hand.
Newcomers can be part of the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA in January, and try out a new membership without having to pay a joining fee. While many programs and activities at the YMCA are open to the whole community, membership has extra benefits such as unlimited use of the fitness center and gymnasium, group fitness classes, a complimentary personalized wellness plan, two hours of free childcare per day, reduced fees for special activities, 12 guest passes per year, and more.
Patrick Sprague’s Allstate Insurance office in Snoqualmie was recently recognized by the Allstate Corporation as one of the top 100 of the 9,432 Allstate agencies in the country in 2013, for agency growth and customer service.
Making a concise business plan is the topic of a January 24 breakfast seminar hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s “College of Business Knowledge” breakfast is 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Mount Si Golf Course Restaurant, 9010 Boalch Ave.
At K-T Cattle Company in Carnation, Katie and Jim Haack manage a small herd of Belted Kingshire cattle, a miniature beef breed, on 75 acres. The K-T herd was recently certified as Animal Welfare Approved.
Staff at the Kelly Garwood dental office say they will miss the smiling face and charming personality of dental assistant Helen Jensen, who retired in December. She has worked at the Garwood office for eight years, and has assisted people in Valley dentist chairs for more than 20 years. In total, she’s been a dental assistant for 40 years. Garwood remembers working with her in her teen years—”She was my supervisor then”—and talked Jensen into coming to her office when she opened her own practice.
In 2003, owners Lynn Grisham and Ben Cockman founded Mt Si Sports + Fitness with the intent of making it an inviting, family-oriented establishment with something for everyone, and that is just what they did. Whether you simply want to walk on a treadmill while watching the Seahawks on TV or you want to train for the Ironman Triathlon, this is the gym for you.
Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce starts the new year with a full slate of activities aimed at educating and linking local business professionals. Events range from planning seminars to bar trivia for young professionals.
AT&T announced that its 4G LTE mobile broadband service was turned on last week in Carnation, Snoqualmie, Fall City and North Bend, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology.
For most of its existence, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce has had a two-person staff and relied heavily on volunteers, interns and its members to help support the community. Now, as the Chamber strives to provide greater value to its members and improve the well-being of the local economy, they’ll add a new role to the staff.