City applies for state revitalization funds

October 7, 2009

In a few years, Newcastle officials hope to see a large complex installed off the southwest corner of the intersection of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway, specifically where Chase Bank and McDonald’s are located.

However, whether this will become a reality is not known. Read more

WhitePages releases list of most common names in Newcastle

October 7, 2009

WhitePages issued a list of the most popular names in each of the top-25 cities on CNN/Money’s 2009 list of the best small towns in which to live. Newcastle came in at 17 on the list. Read more

City Council candidate forums scheduled for Oct. 15, 17 at Golf Club at Newcastle

October 7, 2009

The Golf Club at Newcastle will host candidate forums for City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and for numerous regional races from 9 a.m. – noon Oct. 17. Read more

Chamber seeks Diamond Award nominations

October 7, 2009

Do you know a person or an organization that has done amazing things in the Newcastle community? Would you like to recognize him, her or them for all he, she or they have done? Read more

Fall means tasty veggies, homemade pumpkin pie

October 7, 2009

The days grow shorter, the air grows colder, and the leaves turn red and fall to the ground. Yes, it’s fall again. But what some people don’t realize is that fall is actually a good time to start growing your own produce, not to mention a fantastic time to make homemade pumpkin pie. Read more

Make remodeling dollars payoff in buyer’s market

October 7, 2009

You want to sell your house, but the kitchen yearns for a makeover, the exterior needs a new coat of paint, windows rattle in the slightest breeze and the bathroom has seen better days. Read more

Homeowners need to check on roof twice a year

October 7, 2009

Few of us give much thought to our roofs — until they begin to leak, that is.

Yet, most of us have a lot riding on our roofs. If they should fail, much of what we hold dear would be exposed to rain water and the elements.

So, for the comfort of ourselves, our families and to protect our valuables and belongings, it makes sense to perform an inspection at least twice a year on our underappreciated roofs and their associated roofing systems. Read more

Don’t stop gardening now: It’s just getting colorful!

October 7, 2009

Create garden drama in winter

Current trends in landscape design focus on gardens that have something interesting to look at year round. In our mild Northwest climate, that means a strong focus on winter plants as well as summer. Here are some plants that will do very well in your winter landscape: Read more

Take neighbors into your garden’s consideration

October 7, 2009

We are lucky to have nice neighbors, but we know that everyone in suburbia doesn’t feel that way about their neighbors. Most of us don’t see the world the same way. Read more


October 7, 2009


The community is invited to Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation’s celebrating of Sukkot, the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Simchat Torah at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at 7935 136th Ave. S.E. Call 793-3000.

The Chris Elliott Golf Classic & Gray Ribbon Gala is Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the China Creek Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. Foursomes cost $1,600; individuals are $400. The first 50 golfers to register receive one free ticket to a gala/auction at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Andrews Ballroom. Auction items include tickets to “Oprah,” a SWAT team ridealong, one-of-a-kind jewelry, winter sleigh ride and more. Tickets to the gala are $125-$300. The guest auctioneer is John Curley. The first 50 gala guests registered are automatically entered into a drawing for a free golf foursome at Newcastle. Go to

The Newcastle Trails club meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. These board meetings are open to the public, but space is limited. Call 271-6181 or 829-2196. Go to

The Apple Physical Therapy Share The Warmth Coat Drive is Oct. 5-6. Apple Physical Therapy will collect new and gently used coats for the Salvation Army. Donations will be collected at all 22 Apple Physical Therapy locations in the Puget Sound, including the one in Newcastle, 6985 Coal Creek Parkway. Call 378-0500.


The following events take place at the Lake Heights Family YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Get more information by calling 644-8417 or going to

  • Home school Gym and Swim, for ages 5-17, is from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 20.
  • Basketball clinic for children ages 6-12 and youths ages 13-17. The clinic includes four sessions through Nov. 22.
  • Kids Gym, an interactive class for ages 3-5, offers a variety of group games, including an obstacle course and tumbling exercises. Courses are from 11:15 a.m. – noon Wednesdays through Nov. 20.
  • Preschool Sports — T-Ball is from 10-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or from 5-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 3- through 4-year-olds; and from 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 5- through 6-year-olds.
  • Mini-Leaguers Outdoor Soccer, for ages 3-6, is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24. Children learn FUNdamentals, make new friends and participate in a game. Volunteer coaches are needed for each team, and parents/chaperones are encouraged to participate alongside their child.
  • Youth Flag Football, for ages 7-10, is from 5:15-6:15 Thursdays and Fridays for practice with games through Oct. 24. Adult volunteer coaches are needed for each team, and parent/chaperones are encouraged to attend practices and games.
  • Kids University is an after-school program that offers children ages 5-12 the opportunity to take classes with a specific focus, such as tutoring, creative writing, storytelling, geography and foreign languages. The schedule is from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Lake Heights Family YMCA for St. Madeleine Sophie School students and from 3-6:30 p.m. at Hazelwood Elementary School for everyone else. The before- and after-school program is from 6:30 a.m. until school starts and from 3-6:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Call 644-8417 or go to for fees.


Freethinkers United Network, Newcastle Chapter, meets at 7 p.m. every other Saturday in a Newcastle home environment. Freethinkers, humanists, agnostics and atheists welcome. There will be open discussion of wide-ranging topics of general group interest. Seating is limited, so call 206-228-7925.

The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.

MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15550 Six Penny Lane. Call 206-947-5741 or go to

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238.

An international dinner, sponsored by Bahai Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Go to

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue.

Hill’N Dale Garden Club, meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month September through June at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 255-9705.


Lake Heights Family YMCA Seniors Program has drop-in time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. in Newport Hills. Have lunch, socialize and have fun. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events are at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. To register, call 747-2390.

SAT Prep Series — 10 a.m. Saturdays. Get ready for the SAT with three prep sessions, a practice test and a review of test results. Students must attend all five sessions.

Study Hall — Drop by the meeting room to work on your homework. Hours are — 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

New — Study Zone Online, for grades K-12. Use a library computer to connect with a Study Zone tutor online at

Game On! — Play video games at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21.

Scarecrow Festival, for children of all ages, is 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Hear autumn and Halloween stories and make your own scarecrow. Bring a child-size pair of overalls and long sleeve shirt, an infant sleeper or snowsuit for the scarecrow. Register at or 747-3290.

Tech Time with KidsQuest, for grades 4 and up, is 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Combine technology and artistic skills to create a playful invention.

Mandarin Chinese Story Times, for ages 3-5 with an adult, are 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at KidQuest Museum in Factoria Mall and at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the library.

Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, are 10 and 11 a.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5 with an adult, are 1 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Baby Rhyming Times, for newborn to 12 months with an adult, are 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Pajama Story Times, for all ages with an adult, are 7 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Young Toddler Story Times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, are 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Scholarship Secrets, for teens, is 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Learn how to find, choose and apply for scholarships.

College Options: Finding the Right Fit for You, for teens, is at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

The library offers the following programs for adults through October:

  • Talk Time — Improve your English-speaking skills, 10 a.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
  • STARS Workshop: Folksongs, finger plays, felt boards and fun — Learn ways to incorporate music into your early childhood curriculum, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Held at KidsQuest Museum in Factoria Mall.
  • Newport Way Library Association Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
  • Newport Way Book Group discusses “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
  • Get a Web Site Quick, Cheap & Easy — 1 p.m. Oct. 25. Registration required.
  • Computer Classes: Microsoft Word Level 1, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3; Internet Level 1, 7 p.m. Oct. 15; Microsft Excel Level 1, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26

Study Zone volunteer tutors are needed to assist students grades K-12. Contact Annie Poyner at 369-3312 or


Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation-trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to


Would you like to earn community service hours or spend some time outdoors with a bunch of fun folks this summer? Newcastle Community Events needs help with:

  • Information table greeting
  • Distributing flyers
  • Taking event photos/videos
  • Handing out trinkets
  • Playing games
  • Decorating

If interested, e-mail Jules Maas at

Eastside Bluebills, a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that provides opportunities to help others in need and assist charitable and nonprofit organizations, meets from 10 a.m. – noon the third Wednesday at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847.

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18, have transportation and pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235.

Places to go

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, is a 3,000-acre park with more than 30 miles of trails and the site of the 1880s coalmines. Go to

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