Carnation Fourth Friday, July 4, 2014
A supplement to the Snoqualmie Valley Record
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Natural leader Staff Reporter
People stopped their work in a Valley coffee shop when Dr. Anthony Smith came to the counter. They gathered around to say hello, a barista called over the manager who hadn’t met him yet, and customers came up to shake his hand and greet him. In response, Smith asked about their families, made more introductions and was warm and gracious to all, and maybe just a little embarrassed by the attention. Riverview School District’s Superintendent, it seemed, was a Valley rock star. Smith laughed at the idea. After all, it’s been years since he played music professionally, and that was classical trumpet. The way he sees it, he’s just sticking with his plan. “I always wanted to be part of a small community, a tight-knit community,” said the Carnation resident, who is also Grand Marshal
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Dr. Anthony Smith, Riverview School District Superintendent, is Grand Marshal of the Carnation 4th of July parade. prised by two things the district didn’t have, a high school athletic complex, and an alternative education option. “We were probably the biggest school system west
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Smith started school part time, and kept his day job. He earned his principal’s accreditation in 2000, and his doctorate in education leadership in 2003, from Seattle University. He also got a promotion mid-studies, becoming the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning in 2001. Next, he became the assistant superintendent, and last year, he was chosen as the district’s new superintendent. His continuing education, added to his existing mix of work, family (he and his wife, Catherine have a son and a daughter) and his commitment to staying physically fit, took the last of his free time, he said, without complaint. “I always like getting things done in the minimum time,” he said. Less time in grad school meant more time for things like skiing with Catherine, playing music occasionally, volunteering at the REF runs in the Valley, and going to school and community events, several nights a week. “If the schools expect the community to support the schools, the schools also should be supporting the community,” he said. “I feel very strongly about that.” It’s not work to him, just part of the plan.
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of this year’s Carnation 4th of July parade. Smith grew up and attended school in Shoreline, but knew he wanted to play a larger part in his community as an adult. He was “selective” about teaching positions when he graduated from Western, choosing South Whidbey, where he taught his first love, music, as well as math, PE, and other subjects. After 11 years teaching, he made the change that brought him to the Riverview School District 20 years ago. “I just wanted to work with students more one on one,” he said, “…work with programs, help the whole school be a better school, whether it’s educationally or culturally. I thought counseling was a very good opportunity to do that, and I was right, you get to work with the teachers and the administration closely, and all students closely, and do really neat programs…” South Whidbey had no open counselor positions at the time, but Carnation did—a full-time spot that was shared 50-50 with the high school in Duvall. There, Smith was sur-
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within two years, driven largely by Smith’s efforts to keep kids from dropping out of school. “The statistics to do with earning a high school diploma, literacy and having goals, are just startling in terms of success, community contribution, economic viability…,” he said. “If these kids struggle in school and don’t have that success identity, then they struggle in life. So to me it wasn’t a matter of should we do it, it was a matter of how can I convince everybody, and when are we doing it?” “And hats off to the principals and superintendent who supported it,” he added. Today, CLIP and the district’s home-schooling parent partnership PARADE account for about 10 percent of Riverview students who graduate from high school each year, he proudly points out. The success of CLIP was the first of many reasons he later decided to start his climb up the district’s administrative ladder. “I just started seeing you could really make a difference in leadership positions,” he said, but then, taking the lead was already familiar to him. “I’ve always been involved in leadership ever since I was little, being a firstborn and everything.”
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Are you ready to rock this Fourth of July? Carnation-based Redwing Blackbirds play rock sounds in the mode of Led Zeppelin, White Denim, Grizzly Bear, My Goodness and Queens of the Stone Age. They start the show at 2 p.m. at ToltMacDonald Park. The band is made up of Deacon Raleigh David Wilson on vocals and guitar, Paul Ehlen on bass and keyboards, and Karl Snyder on the drums.
“We are a tube-driven power trio from the SnoValley, inspired by the thunder, wind, the rivers, and torrential downpours that shape our auditory environment,” explains the band’s website. • You can listen to tunes by the band at www.reverbnation.com/redwingblackbirds.
Jeff Zuber Jeff Zuber plays at 4 p.m. at Tolt-MacDonald Park. Zuber is a singer and song writer who will be playing a combination of familiar tunes and original pieces. Recognizable music might include songs by James Taylor
Above, Redline plays classic rock, 8 p.m. at the Carnation 4th of July. Inset: Jeff Zuber plays at 4. and Jimmy Buffet. Zuber wrote one piece, Blown Up on the Fourth of July, specifically for the Carnation celebration. The song is about an older fellow who takes his lawn chair down to main street to watch the parade. When his wife finds out that he has been looking at the
pretty girls she lays into him and blows up on the Fourth of July. “It a comedy song about a guy who is enjoying the Fourth of July too much,” Zuber said. Zuber has been playing music for more than 30 years and has performed at the Carnation Fourth the last three years. Whenever Zuber performs he tries to engage his audience. “I have lots of good stories to go with the songs,” said Zuber. “I really enjoy the
crowd and try to be very interactive.
XD 7 The brass-powered XD 7, playing at 5 p.m. at the park, is made up of Jon Hatamiya on trombone, Patrick Bartley on alto/ soprano saxophone, Xavier Del Castillo on tenor saxophone, Gabe Schneider on guitar, Kevin Bernstein on piano and keyboards, Max Calkin on bass and John Spencer on drums. The group met at
Manhattan School of Music as jazz performance majors, “but jazz is not what defines XD 7,” explains Hatamiya on the band’s webpage. “Each member of the band comes from a different musical and cultural background, and brings his own unique sound and personality to the music. What I love about this band is that we each embrace each other’s perspectives, and the music feeds off of this collaborative energy. “XD 7 strongly embraces the concept that music is universal, so no matter what “genre” one of our tunes might be in, the sound is still uniquely XD 7,” writes Hatamiya.
Jack Ballard Band The Jack Ballard Band will be playing at 6 p.m. June 4, at the Tolt-MacDonald Park. Their music will be heavy on the rock and blues with a little mix of pop, country, folk and original pieces. Their repertory will include Highway 61, Brown Eyed Girl, Moon Dance and Get Together. Jack Ballard, who leads the band, has written and performed folk, rock, blues and country songs professionally since 1967. SEE BANDS, 13
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‘Shrew’ for the short attention span BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter
Bubbles for the world See Gary Golightly, the Bubbleman, after Carnation Fourth of July parade Garry Golightly appears as the Bubbleman from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Carnation Fourth of July’s downtown stage. He wows audiences of all ages with his soap-bubble creations. “I started in Florida on a street corner, cheering people up driving home from work,” says Golightly. “Someone pulled over and asked if I did weddings. I said I do now, and the next thing I knew, I was on a game show in Tokyo, Japan.” Golightly won $3,000 on the show. He then bought a van and traveled the world, visiting 45 countries to bubble exclusively. “I won a street performer’s competition in London, continued bubbling wherever there was sadness to bring joy—children’s hospitals, orphanages,” he said. “The response was overwhelming! Children adored the bubbles and the parents got a kick out of my sense of humor and my sublimina-bubble messages about the environment—the biggest bubble in the world is the world.” Golightly said his performance approach is different, because it’s interactive. “I like to be in the middle of my audience rather than on a stage,” he says. “My talent is the ability to keep a child’s attention for at least an hour at every show.” So, call Golightly an “edutainer.” “Every program is solely for the purpose of showing parents, teachers, and all guardians of children how to do what I do without fossil fuels, electronics or computer game programs,” he said. “It’s all about recycling, making toys for children out of recycled substances. It’s not a show...It’s a ‘factivity.’” “Humor is my tool and my communication device to get through to the parents to get their kids outside and play,” he said. You can learn more about Golightly’s creations at www.bubbleman.com.
Quilt drive helps seniors One special event the SnoValley Senior Center holds during the Fourth of July is the annual quilt raffle. Tickets are being sold, for $1 a chance, to win a jewel-tone starburst quilt, 72 inches on a side, donated by Joani Wight. The drawing is 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, July 4. You do not need to be present to win. Proceeds help the center and its work with seniors.
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Veterans of the Carnation 4th of July celebration know where they need to be, and when, to get a good spot for the parade, the strawberry shortcake, or the fireworks. This year, Rick Greenfield thinks people should include the 3 p.m. act on the Tolt-MacDonald Park Fireworks Stage, if they want to laugh. Greenfield directs that act, the Cascade Community Theatre’s comedy “Shrew’d” and says “If you’re going to come, come early and sit close to the stage, because the oneliners come fast and furious. It’s one of the funniest shows we’ve ever put on.” “Shrew’d” is an all-ages adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy “The Taming of the Shrew,” in which wealthy father Baptista, requires that his shrewish daughter Katherine, who rejects all suitors, marries before her much-sought-after sister Bianca can wed. There’s a bet as to who can tame Katherine, lots of bravado, comical chases, thrilling sword fights, a battle of the sexes and, of course, true love. And it all happens in less than an hour. “Our motto now is ‘Adapted for the modern attention span!’” Greenfield says with a grin. It’s funny because it’s true. This particular play is different from the “Shrew’d” presented in 2008 because it, like the company’s more recent productions, is an original adaptation. Greenfield has written or co-written adaptations of “Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Twelfth Night” for the past two summer productions, and wrote the “Shrew’d” script from another adaptation, the “Atomic Shakespeare” episode of the television series “Moonlighting.” What makes it original, though, is the 22-member cast of mostly teens and young adults, who are “really taking ownership of the show,” says Greenfield. He happily lists examples of changes suggested by cast members — a better exit for a couple, visual gags for a background character, and some updated blocking (stage directions for actors’ positions and movements on stage) that two actors developed outside of rehearsal. “They’re eager to learn,” says Greenfield, “they ask questions, they always have ideas.” Also, cast members don’t mind playing multiple roles. That’s essential in a community theater production, especially for the women, who usually outnumber the men. “We always get more girls than guys at auditions,” Greenfield said, “… and the girls are really excited to play the men’s parts because they get to do sword fighting!” Greenfield’s own enthusiasm for the production is running high, too. For most of the year, Greenfield’s role is on the crew side of CCT productions, either as a technical director or technical staff. He admits that he does miss being on stage, but his acting aspirations fit nicely with his work on the summer shows. “I like just going on stage, getting a couple of laughs, then going backstage again,” he says. With “Shrew’d,” he can do all that, without even going to costumes and makeup. “Shrew’d” starts at 3 p.m. Friday, July 4 at the Fireworks Stage in Tolt-MacDonald Park. The show is also scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at Bridle Trails State Park, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at Kokopelli Gardens in Duvall, 6 p.m. Saturday July 19 at Sandblast, McCormick Park in Duvall, and Saturday, July 26 at a venue to be determined. Learn more at www.carnation4th.org, or at cctplays.org.
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Carnation Fourth of July Schedule Two days of events and entertainment at Carnation’s Fourth of July celebration include: Thursday, July 3 • 5 to 7 p.m., Sno-Valley Senior Center’s benefit Spaghetti Dinner at the center, downtown Carnation
Friday, July 4 • 7 a.m., registration begins for 5K Run for the Pies; the run starts and finishes at the corner of Tolt Avenue and Commercial Street • 8 to 11 a.m., Pancake Breakfast at the Tolt Congregational Church. • 8:30 a.m., 5K Run for the Pies starts at the corner of Tolt Avenue and Commercial Street, next to Hopelink. The race finishes at the same location. • 10:30 a.m., Children’s Parade begins on Main Street. • 10:45 a.m., welcome address from the mayor at the Parade Stage, downtown. • 10:45 a.m., flag raising at Tolt Commons Park, downtown. • 10:45 a.m., Mikaela Ballard sings the national anthem at Tolt Commons Park, downtown. • 11 a.m., Grand Parade begins on Tolt Avenue, downtown. Parade entrants can sign in at the corner of Morrison Street and Tolt Avenue.
After the parade Post-parade, events get started downtown: • Just Moo It! 3-on-3 basketball tournament is held at a new location, the former Bank of America parking lot. • American Legion Post Open House at Tolt Commons Park. • West Coast Country Heat Dancers perform at the Parade Stage, downtown.
• All day, Vendor Village food, toys and gift for sale at Tolt Commons Park. • All day, bouncy toys for children at Tolt Commons Park. • 1 p.m., Eastside Improv performs at the Tolt shelter area. • 2 p.m., The Bubble Man performs at Tolt shelter area.
Pre-fireworks Find free entertainment at the Fireworks Stage Friday afternoon at Tolt-MacDonald Park. Parking is available at the park for $5. The fee helps support the celebration and the park. • 2 p.m., Redwing Blackbirds perform indie rock, blues rock and rock-n-roll. • 3 p.m. to dusk, bouncy toys for children at Tolt-MacDonald Park. • 3 to 10:30 p.m., beer garden, proceeds benefits the Carnation Fourth of July Committee • 3 p.m., Cascade Community Theatre presents “Shrew’d” • 4 p.m., singer-songwriter Jeff Zuber plays. • 5 p.m., XD 7 performs jazz-rock fusion tunes. • 6 p.m., Jack Ballard Band plays blues, rock and country • 7 p.m., Late Boomers play soft rock, country and latin jazz • 8 p.m. to dusk, Redline plays classic and modern rock and roll • 10 p.m., Camerata CHS Women’s Vocal group sings the national anthem
Keep Carnation beautiful The folks behind the celebration ask visitors to keep their viewing area at the park clean. If you pack it in, please pack it out and use the waste cans provided. Guests are advised to stay out of the fireworks fall zone which will be set-up around the launch site. The area to avoid is just north of Tolt McDonald Park. Reminder: The discharge of personal fireworks, except sparklers, is prohibited in city limits.
Volunteers make jam for the Tolt Congregational Church’s annual pancake breakfast, held on the morning of the Fourth.
Pancake breakfast helps community Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ again holds its Good Neighbor Fund Pancake Breakfast on the Fourth a hearty meal that helps a worthy cause. Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m. at the church, located at 4851 Tolt Avenue, on the corner of Tolt Avenue and Rutherford. Prices are $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children age 3 and younger. On the menu: All-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. The strawberry jam is made from Harvold’s Strawberries by the church’s Women’s Fellowship. Proceeds from the breakfast support the Good Neighbor Fund, an emergency assistance fund that helps community members who find themselves in a short term crisis. The fund gives assistance with heating bills and utilities, grocery or gas vouchers. With the current economic climate, requests for assistance are at an all-time high. The community’s generosity is very appreciated by the church. What: Tolt Congregational Good Neighbor Fund Pancake Breakfast What: Hotcakes at the church or on the go When: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 4 Where: Church at 4851 Tolt Avenue Cost: $6.50 for grown-ups, $5 for seniors and kids
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Just Moo It! 3-on-3 all-ages basketball tourney is back
Fourth fixtures of spaghetti dinner, strawberry shortcake are back at center Carnation’s annual Fourth of July celebration, as always, starts a little early this year, with the SnoValley Senior Center’s spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation. Enjoy spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, salad and garlic bread for $8, $4 for children. On Friday, the center will be serving up its traditional strawberry shortcake feast, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following the Fourth of July parade, the winner of the quilt raffle will also be announced, at 1:30 p.m. Learn more at www.snovalleysenior.org, or call (425) 333-4152.
Children and adults can pass, shoot and jam at the Just Moo It 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which returns Wednesday, July 4, following the grand parade. The event is at a new location this year, the lot of the former Bank of America building at Tolt Avenue and Commercial Street. The tournament gets started after the parade, about 12:30 p.m. Just Moo It! was started by Matt Coltom, a local who wanted to incorporate sports and recreation for all ages into the festival. Divisions include adult men, co-ed, women 15 years and older; and youth (boys and girls) grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. Teams will have the choice to play competitively or recreationally. Past players and teams are urged to take part and have a 3-on-3 reunion. Newcomers are also invited to form teams and play ball. Children are bracketed by grade in the upcoming school year. Tournament entry is $60 per team, with at least three but no more than Seth Truscott/Staff Photo four players on each roster. Each Jake Kirchenmann flies up to battle for a shot team member will receive a T-shirt. against opponents from the Witness team in the Early registrants get an event 2013 Just Moo It 3-on-3 event. T-shirt. To sign up, learn more or read the complete rules, visit www.carnation4th.org.
Run for Pies 5K rewards make for hungry competitors Carnation’s annual Fourth of July celebration will get off to a running start with the Run for the Pies 5K run/walk through downtown, a fun and unique event that gets bigger and better every year. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 4. The route covers the streets of Carnation to the Snoqualmie and Tolt-MacDonald park trail system. Male and female competitors in eight age categories will have a chance to win a unique prize: A fresh pie from Remlinger Farms. “People truly run it for the pies,” says race coordinator Nicole Pitts. Pies will go to the top three finishers in each age group. Walkers and joggers may not be fast enough to secure a pie, but other prizes will be awarded to finishers through a post-race raffle. Many prizes are awarded File Photo to random finishers, and everyone leaves a winner. Runners line up for the 5K Run for the Pies.
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The Run for the Pies is part of the Snoqualmie Valley Cup, a trio of races held in Duvall, Fall City and Carnation over a six-week period. The runner with the lowest combined finishing time in all three races receives a cash prize, a trophy cup and free entry into the three events next year. The prize will be awarded in both the men’s and women’s divisions. The race lures some very competitive and elite runners out to Carnation for the Run for the Pies. But it also brings out the weekend warriors, social walkers, babies in strollers and dogs. Competitors looking to load up on carbs and contribute to a good cause are invited to stop by the Sno-Valley Senior Center between 5 to 7 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Thursday, July 3. Dinner costs $8 and proceeds will go to support the senior center. Run for the Pies 5K registration forms are available to download from www. carnation4th.org and can be mailed to Carnation Fourth of July Committee, 5K Run/Walk, PO Box 736, Carnation, WA 98014. The start and finish to the flat, fast course is at Tolt Ave. and Commercial Street. For more information, visit www. carnation4th.org.
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At 7 p.m., the Late Boomers perform their soft rock, country and Latin jazz sound. At 8 p.m., Redline plays. Formed in 1985 from members of many classic Northwest bands such as the Kingsmen, Taxi and Nitemates, Redline
Pictured above, the Carnation Fourth of July Committee is the volunteer group that puts together the fun. From left are, front row, Nicole Pitts, who readies the Run for the Pies; Collienne Becker, in charge of facilites; Miles Denison, sound and staging; Dan Pflugrath, CERT team; Bill Ferry, public works; back row, Kim Lisk, chairperson; Amy Hammontree, 3-on-3 basketball tournament; Sydney Lisk, vendors; Brian Pattinson, sound and staging; Suzanne Maxon, treasurer; Ken Carter, Carnation city manager; Josh Bushman,volunteer coordinator; Bill Fletcher, volunteer coordinator; and police officer Scott Allen. is a popular event band that performs rock and roll classics, from the Beatles and the Stones to Dire Straits, Sting and Percy Sledge. The lineup includes Mike McElhoe on vocals, guitar and keyboards; Marc Gross on vocals and bass; Chris
Gross on vocals and guitar; and Kevin Haley on drums and vocals. They performed at the Carnation Fourth of July three years ago. McElhoe has deep roots in Carnation; his great grandparents were Sno Valley pioneers, his grandparents were
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Flying hooves, sumptuous costumes and festive music have been a part of Carnation’s Fourth of July celebration for years. The Ixtapa dancing horses are an annual tradition that makes this fiesta special. Horses are presented and ridden by the owners, family and friends of the Ixtapa chain of family Mexican restaurants and their affiliates. They continue a 400-year-old tradition of the community and families working together to organize and hold a rodeo for the local Mexican cowboys, called charros. In these competitions, the charros would compete to display their skills in horsemanship, rope skills and cattle roping. These events were held not so much to declare a winner, but to give the community a part in the fiesta.
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