April 2, 2010


Hop on over for a free Easter egg hunt sponsored by MOMS Club of Renton from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 2 at Heritage Park, 233 Union Ave. N.E., Renton. Hunts are scheduled for different age groups up to age 10. Rain or shine, egg hunts start at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget your basket.

Newcastle Goes Green at Earth Day in Lake Boren Park — An organizational meeting for all interested in participating and volunteering for the event is from 7-8 p.m. April 12 in the Fire Station 9 Community Meeting Room, 12412 Newcastle Way. All are welcome to attend. Call 228-7927.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting with Renton School Superintendent Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel is from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. April 14 at Tapatio’s, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Cost of $20 at the door includes program, lunch, tax and gratuity. R.S.V.P. to

Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron is teaching a one-day Basic Boating Class, for ages 12-30, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 17 at Bellevue Golf Club conference room, 5500 140th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. A boxed lunch will be provided for each participant. Class fee is $40. Sign up online at

Sweet Decadence presents live music at 7:30 p.m. April 26, featuring local artists Aaron Faletta and Kasie Wixon. There will be coffee, wine and appetizers. Location is 12825 Newcastle Way. Call 572-6572.

The Hazen Booster Club’s first annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser is at 6 p.m. April 30 at Renton Technical College. Tickets are $30 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at through PayPal or check. Call 206-217-7042.

Village Theatre KIDSTAGE is now taking signups for its summer camp line-up of theater classes for students of all ages. In Issaquah, KIDSTAGE has classes that begin in June, July and August. A complete listing of classes is available at Tuition starts at $160 with financial assistance available. Registration forms are available online at or by calling Village Theatre’s Youth Education office at 392-1942, ext. 148.

Public meetings

All public meetings take place at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way. Call 649-4363.

  • City Council — 7 p.m. April 6 and 20
  • Parks Commission — 6 p.m. April 14
  • Planning Commission — 7 p.m. April 22


The following events take place at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Call 282-1500 or go to

  • The Lake Heights Family YMCA will be closed April 4 for the Easter holiday.
  • Bingo Bonanza, 6:30-8 p.m., family activity room, first Friday of the month
  • Family dinners, 5:30-6:15 p.m., community kitchen, second Friday of the month, $5 for ages 14 and up, $3 for ages 3-13 and free for 2 and under
  • Family Fun Night, 6:30-8 p.m. second Friday of the month, family activity room, free
  • Got Game? 6:30-8 p.m. third Friday of the month, family activity room, free


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

Atheist Church of Truth meets at 7 p.m. every other Saturday in a Newcastle home environment. Open discussion of wide-ranging topics of general group interest. Seating is limited, so call 206-228-7925.

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 (not church affiliated).

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.

Coal Creek Family YMCA Active Older Adult Program, ages 55 and older, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, 282-1500

  • Open for community service projects, Intergenerational projects, crafts, pinochle games, field trips and fellowship; sack lunches are available for a $3 donation
  • Refresher bridge class, 10 a.m. – noon Thursdays

Library events

The following events are at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Register by calling 747-2390.

The Newport Way Library will close April 4 for expansion and remain closed for eight months to a year. A temporary location is being considered. Visit the library blog — — to get updated information regarding programs, classes and events.

Korean Story Time — 6:30 p.m. April 2, 9, 16 and 23, KidsQuest Museum in Factoria Mall

Public meeting — Newcastle Library, 6:30 p.m. April 7, Newcastle City Hall, 3020 Newcastle Way. Review and offer input about the design for the new Newcastle library. Meet the team from Mithun Architects.


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


Help build a sanctuary for homeless and abused animals. After the King County Shelter closed, there is a need for more sanctuaries and no kill shelters. We are brand new and need a lot of help to get up and running. Presently we are in desperate need of an experienced fundraiser for an upcoming walk. Also need help for upcoming charity and fundraising events. Call 891-5869. Leave message or email

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 their own transportation and be able to 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

Regional program helps bring ‘Wonka Jr.’ to Maywood Middle School

April 2, 2010

Rehearsing a scene from Maywood Middle School’s production of ‘Wonka Jr.’ are (from left) Sydney Hopper, Ashton Herrild, Malindi Williams, Ari Whittles, Mikayla Nudelman, KJ Winegar and Olivia George. By Tim Pfarr

Maywood Middle School has teamed up with the Mercer-Island-based theater group Youth Theatre Northwest to produce “Wonka Jr.” for the school’s annual musical.

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Issaquah schools approves controversial math plan

April 2, 2010

After a nearly two-year process, Issaquah School Board members voted 4-1 March 24 to adopt Key Curriculum Press’ Discovering Mathematics algebra and geometry books for high schoolers.

The books will replace the district’s aging College Prep Mathematics algebra and geometry books, which no longer align with state requirements for mathematics. Read more

Hazen High School receives two Washington Achievement Awards

April 2, 2010

The State Board of Education and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction awarded two Washington Achievement Awards to Hazen High School: one for its overall excellence, and one for its graduation rate. Read more

Student receives national honor

April 2, 2010

The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Hazen High School junior Jacob Zimmer for membership. Read more

Patriots baseball squad starts off 2010 season hot

April 2, 2010

Ryan Maio, Liberty junior, dives into third base with a RBI-triple in the bottom of the second inning with two outs as the ball escapes from Juanita junior third baseman Chris Foss. The Patriots won, 10-9. By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty baseball team played well in March, going 4-1 in league play and 4-2 overall. After dropping its first game of the season to Lake Washington High School 4-5, the team went on to win four straight games before falling to Mount Si.

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Hazen baseball blazes through March

April 2, 2010

The Hazen baseball team rounded out the first month of the season with a 5-1 record.

“We’ve seen a little bit about what we can do, but we’ve still got some of our toughest games ahead,” head coach Gary Jacobs said, adding that the team has not yet faced Mount Rainier, Highline and Lindbergh high schools, which have strong programs. Read more

Liberty select basketball team wins championship

April 2, 2010

The Liberty seventh-grade boys select basketball team won the Silver Division Seventh Grade Playoff Championship March 7 with a 48-44 win against Woodinville.

The team, which plays in the Eastside Traveling League, overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Read more

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