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Saturday, August 6, 2005 - Page updated at 12:30 AM

Sherry Grindeland

Kangaroos gather to celebrate good times

Seattle Times staff columnist

Helen Gibson and her classmates left a lasting impression in Kirkland.

Even though the Kirkland High School class of 1935 was small, it was the group responsible for changing the school's mascot from Hornet to Kangaroo. Kirkland High's successor, Lake Washington High School, still uses Kangaroos as a nickname.

Gibson and about a dozen other people from the class of 1935 will hold their 70th reunion luncheon Thursday at Waters Bistro in Kirkland's Woodmark Hotel.

The group holds a reunion luncheon every year. Gibson explained that after the first reunion in 1940, people wanted to get together more often. They met every three years, then decided that was too long between parties and switched to annual gatherings.

As the group aged, they opted to move from dinner to lunch.

She commented that the name Kangaroos is about the only thing left from the group's school days. Kirkland High, once located in today's Waverly Park, no longer exists.

"There were 70 of us in the 1935 class," said Gibson, whose maiden name was Swanson. "The school wasn't very big, and our annual was like a small notebook."

Walking ad

Bridgette Kolias, an adoption supervisor at the Humane Society of King County, tried a creative approach Thursday. She took a picture of a cat called Mama and made up two signs that read, "Home wanted."

Kolias attached the signs to the front and back of her shirt. She stopped for lunch and at a coffee shop. Strangers stopped to ask her about the picture and to listen about the overflowing cages at the Bellevue-based agency.

"We don't know if anyone will adopt a cat from it, but we're so loaded with cats we're willing to do anything and everything possible to tell people about the wonderful cats available," said Eve Holt, spokeswoman for the group.

Wedding story

Evie Scheinman of Clyde Hill recently returned from a family wedding in Mexico.

Her granddaughter, Liza Gennatiempo, married Alexander Monroy in Playa Del Carmen. A shaman married the couple in a traditional Mayan ceremony.

Guests came from Austria, Brazil, Peru, Turkey, England, France, Switzerland and the United States for the occasion. The bride's mother, Peggy Gennatiempo, flew in from Italy, where she is the U.S. deputy consul general.

Scheinman was impressed with the brief ceremony. She said the shaman handed a basket covered with an embroidered napkin to the bride, who was instructed to hold it aloft.

Then he took yellow flowers from the groom's bouquet and white flowers from the bride's bouquet, mixed them together in the basket and tossed them over the couple.

One last grin

Don't let the sign posted near the front counter in The Reef restaurant in North Bend fool you. It reads: "Danger: Men Cooking."

The only danger is getting hooked on owner Rob Reynolds' wonderful fish and chips.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or

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