Celebrities to come to Newcastle in June for golf tournament

April 1, 2011

By Staff

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UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. April 1, 2011

A crew of celebrities will take to The Golf Club at Newcastle June 27 for the fifth-annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic, event organizers announced in March.

The Jim Mora “Count On Me” Family Foundation is organizing the event, which raises money for Special Olympics Washington, the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue and other local children’s charities.

The 2010 tournament raised more than $211,000, and the money benefited 17 charities.

Celebrities who attended last year’s event included Super Bowl champion football Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Faulk; five-time NBA MVP Bill Russell; NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens; former Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner; former NBA players Detlef Schrempf and Slick Watts; and Hall of Fame NFL player, five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin.

The tournament is free and open for the public to attend, although those who wish to participate must pay a fee. Organizers will announce this year’s list of attendees in early May.

Council adds items to commission work plans

The City Council voted to add several items to the Parks Commission and Planning Commission 2011 work plans at its March 1 meeting.

This year, the Planning Commission will also review hearing examiner procedures and duties.

This year, the Parks Commission will also discuss a potential gifting policy, through which residents could fund and dedicate items such as benches. Furthermore, the commission will explore alternatives for funding pocket parks, and it will review recreational activities available at Lake Boren.

Register for Skyhawks summer camps

Registration is open for Skyhawks summer camps for children 5-12 years old.

Camps include golf, basketball, tennis, cheerleading and Mini-Hawk, which includes basketball, baseball and soccer.

Camps are five days each and range in price from $69 to $145. They will be held at Lake Boren Park, Renton Academy or Hazelwood Elementary School.

For the full list of camps, go to https://register.skyhawks.com, and enter your ZIP code. Call Newcastle Parks and Recreation at City Hall at 649-4444 or Skyhawks at 800-804-3509 toll free with questions.

Hazelwood PTSA to hold auction

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA will hold its spring auction at 7 p.m. April 9 at The Westin Bellevue, 601 Bellevue Way N.E. in Bellevue.

The event will feature a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Attendees will be treated to a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, and the PTSA is accepting donations to be auctioned.

Tickets are $75, and proceeds will provide Hazelwood with science enrichment, field trips, art resources and classes, school plays, athletic equipment, library books, an IXL.com math practice subscription for the entire school, classroom teacher supply grants, school assemblies and more.

Go to www.hazelwoodptsa.org for more information about the auction or to purchase tickets.

City to start enforcing dog leash laws

If you let your dog off its leash in city parks, it’s time to pay attention to the city’s regulations.

Newcastle Police have started patrolling city parks to enforce the leash laws. Dogs are required to be on leashes shorter than eight feet at all times in city parks. Dog owners must also pick up their dogs’ feces, as stated in city code.

Officers will first give warnings to violators, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said. However, officers will ticket repeating violators. The first ticket will cost $25, and any subsequent tickets will be $50 each.

“We really want to work now with education and notifying people that this is a law,” Irvine said.

Newcastle Trails releases new map

Newcastle Trails released its latest map of the city’s trails on its website, www.newcastletrails.org, in late February.

Volunteer Harry Morgan created the map by walking city trails with a GPS unit in fall 2009 and mapping his data using computer software.

Newcastle Trails released Morgan’s first map on its website in June 2010, and the new map corrects the Clubhouse Trail route, removes a nonexistent road along May Creek and clarified the Coal Creek Trail by showing secondary trails as thinner lines.

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