June 3, 2010

By Staff


National Trails Day celebration is at 10 a.m. June 5 at the new Hazelwood Trail. To attend, park at Hazelwood Elementary School, 6928 116th Ave. S.E. Newcastle Mayor John Dulcich will preside over a trail dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Newcastle Transit Center Improvements, at the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway and Newcastle Way, is at 2 p.m. June 16.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting is from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. June 9 at Tapatio’s, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is Bill Bryant, of the Port of Seattle. Cost of $20 at the door includes program, lunch, tax and gratuity. RSVP to

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.

  • Parks Commission — 6 p.m. June 9
  • City Council — 7 p.m. June 15
  • Planning Commission — 7 p.m. June 16


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

“Creative Movement – Mommy/Daddy & Me,” ages 12-18 months, 9:45-10:30 a.m. through June 30, $5 – $9; ages 18-36 months, 10:45-11:30 a.m. through June 30, $5 – $9; ages 1-3, 11:15 a.m. – noon through June 29, $5 – $9

“Creative Movement,” ages 3-4, 4:15-5 p.m. June 8 – Aug. 26, $32-$56

“Beginning Acting: The Word,” ages 6-10, 4-5:15 p.m. through June 29, $40/$60

“Beginning Ballet,” ages 4-5, 4:30-5:15 p.m. July 5-Sept. 27 and 9:15-10 a.m. July 10 – Sept. 25

“Fun with Food: Cinnamon Muffins,” ages 3-7, 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 6-10, $10

“Kids Cooking Club: Picnic Biscuits,” ages 3-7, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., June 6-10, $10

“Fun with Food: Easy Nachos,” ages 3-7, 10:30-11:15 a.m., June 20, $10

“Kids Cooking Club: Fruit Pizza,” ages 3-7, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., June 20, $10

Bingo Bonanza, 6:30-8 p.m., family activity room, first Friday of the month

Family dinner, 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.

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 Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, is closed for expansion and will remain closed for eight months to a year. A temporary location is in Factoria Mall, 4055 Factoria Mall S.E., Bellevue. It is open from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, for hold pickups, returns and a small browsing collection for checkout. Visit the library blog — — to get updated information regarding programs, classes and events.

Even though the Newport Way Library is closed for remodeling, the Newport Way Library Book Group will be meeting at either the Mercer Island Library or Lake Hills Library. The group next meets at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at the Mercer Island library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., to discuss “Angle of Repose,” by Wallace Stegner.


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


Newcastle Weed Warriors: Volunteers assist city workers in removing noxious and invasive weeds from Newcastle parks, trails and open spaces. Youth groups, community groups and individuals are invited to participate in the monthly environmental stewardship projects. Learn more at

Newcastle Trails — Trail Advocates and Builders for Newcastle: The group has built and maintained miles of trails for the public throughout the city, and has regular meetings and work parties. Learn more 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 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

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