Life

Chocolate easy to grow, better to eat

Marianne Binetti will be speaking at the first “Wine and Chocolate Festival” at Enumclaw Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1p.m. and 4 p.m. Wine and chocolate tasting, free child care, vendors and music. Go to www.enumclawchocolatefestival.com for more information.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Developing relationships good for soul

There is something wrong with Christianity today. We Christians seem to spend a lot of time acting like we’ve got it all together. We are busy, so we try to be more efficient, but at the cost of being unable to give our time to others. Often, we believe that because we are so busy, we can be compassionate simply by writing a check to a charity. Don’t get me wrong; giving monetarily is a big part of following Christ. But we cannot stop there.

  • Feb 3, 2009

It takes a village to make tutoring program a success

We have built it, and the students have come.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Planning is key in caring for aging relatives

No one looks forward to requiring the services of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Nursing home costs run upward from $45,000 per year. Better quality facilities, the kind that I would prefer for my family, generally cost upward of $60,000 per year. High end facilities cost $100,000 per year.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Constipation touchy topic for children and parents

Constipation in children can be frustrating and concerning for parents and kids. The Pediatric Gastroenterology Program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center offers some helpful information for parents to better understand what causes it and what can be done to treat the condition.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Bring chocolate’s colors and scents into you landscape

• Marianne Binetti will be speaking at the first “Wine and Chocolate Festival” at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Enumclaw Expo Center. Wine and chocolate tasting, free child care, vendors and music. Go to www.enumclawchocolatefestival.com for more information.

Local center supports families in need with a variety of services

The White River Family Support Center offers a variety of services designed to strengthen families. Some of our services include linking families with community resources, providing free parenting classes and offering free in-home parenting support. We also have a Financial Service Specialist from the Department of Social and Health Services available to answer your questions regarding state assistance and staff that can help Pierce County residents apply for energy assistance.

Bedtime stories help children wind down and sleep

Recent studies have revealed that we are fast on our way to becoming a nation of sleep-deprived adults. I’m sure this is no surprise to most of us. I can say without hesitation that I am one of those sleep deprived adults. Just worrying about getting enough sleep is enough to keep you tossing and turning, but what really keeps me up at night is the fact that our children are becoming every bit as sleep deprived as we are. Busy schedules with too many activities are responsible in part, but a conversation I had with a first-grader the other day leads me to believe that there may be some other issues contributing to the problem.

Planning is key in caring for aging relatives

No one looks forward to requiring the services of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Nursing home costs run upward from $45,000 per year. Better quality facilities, the kind that I would prefer for my family, generally cost upward of $60,000 per year. High end facilities cost $100,000 per year.

Bonney Lake Chamber presents annual banquet

The Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce put on its annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Swiss Sportsman’s Club.

Austrian farmer will present shows

The natural farmer of the Alps, Sepp Holzer, will offer a public lecture and two workshops in Pierce County in February. In preparation for these events, there will be numerous free movie showings about his property, the Krameterhof, at local coffee shops and libraries.

The Sunset

We here in the northwest

Survivors share incredible stories

“The Survivors Club” by Ben Sherwood, c.2009, Grand Central Publishing, $25.99, 384 pages.

Finding the artistic gift everyone has to offer is the ne

The Sumner Arts Commission has a number of programs planned this year. We thank the city of Sumner for their continuing support which enables the commission to continue to bring quality art programs to our community.

Finding the artistic gift everyone has to offer is the new year’s challenge

You have a gift within yourself. Some of you have found it. Some of you haven’t, but it’s there. Is this the year to find or rekindle a talent that’s been setting still too long? The gifts we possess can range from having carpentry skills to a compassionate heart, being a great listener, a fine surgeon or having just the right knack of putting a bandage on a scraped knee. Usually we like to share our gifts with others. Individuals in the performing arts are no different.

Violinist promises electric performance

Seattle violinist Geoffrey Castle fearlessly brings the violin back to the center stage with performances on acoustic and six-string electric violins for the city of Enumclaw’s Evenings on the Plateau series.

One author’s novel approach to publishing

My latest literary achievement has proved quite rewarding, considering the time involved, the hours of research, a few hissy fits of frustration, possibly 50 cups of black coffee and then it came together rather admirably.

Finding the artistic gift everyone has to offer is the ne

The Sumner Arts Commission has a number of programs planned this year. We thank the city of Sumner for their continuing support which enables the commission to continue to bring quality art programs to our community.

Finding the artistic gift everyone has to offer is the new year’s challenge

You have a gift within yourself. Some of you have found it. Some of you haven’t, but it’s there. Is this the year to find or rekindle a talent that’s been setting still too long? The gifts we possess can range from having carpentry skills to a compassionate heart, being a great listener, a fine surgeon or having just the right knack of putting a bandage on a scraped knee. Usually we like to share our gifts with others. Individuals in the performing arts are no different.