August 2, 2012

By Staff

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Newcastle will celebrate the 29th annual Night Out Against Crime Aug. 7. Newcastle celebrates with traditional outside lights and front porch vigils as well as a variety of neighborhood events, such as small informal gatherings, block parties, cookouts, and visits from local officials and law enforcement. Register your neighborhood for a visit from local police and city officials by emailing officer Ryan Olmsted at

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker Steve Hanson, president of Renton Technical College, gives the presentation “Is college worth it?” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP by emailing

The final Concerts in the Park event features a live performance by the Fabulous Roof Shakers (rhythm and blues) from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Lake Boren Park, with picnicking starting at 6 p.m.

The Newcastle Weed Warriors has the following maintenance and restoration projects through August (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Learn more at

q Aug. 4 — Continuation of knotweed survey in May Creek open space park along May Creek. Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking location on 89th Place. Waterproof boots or shoes you’re not afraid to get wet are required.


Public meetings

All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444.

  •  City Council’s Aug. 7 meeting has been cancelled
  •  Parks Commission — 6-8 p.m. Aug. 8
  •  Economic and Community Development committee — 8 a.m. Aug. 14
  •  Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. Aug. 15
  • City Council regular meeting — 7-10 p.m. Aug. 21

The Newcastle Trails board meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road.


The Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages. Get a complete schedule by calling 282-1500 or go to

  •  “Women’s Intro to Road Riding,” for ages 12 and older, 9 a.m. Aug. 4
  •  Friendship Fire, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 8
  • “Women’s Intro to Road Riding,” for ages 12 and older, 9 a.m. Aug. 11
  •  Parents Night Out, for ages 3-11, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 11, $30
  •  Family Camp: Camp Terry, 3 p.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 18-19, $20 per participant
  •  25-mile bike ride to Alki, for ages 10 and older, 9 a.m. Aug. 18
  •  “Women’s Intro to Road Riding,” for ages 12 and older, 9 a.m. Aug. 26
  • Trail Walk & Scavenger Hunt, for ages 6-10, 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 26, $10


Library events


The Friends of the Newcastle Library meets from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 11 at Fire Station No. 9, 12412 Newcastle Way.

The Newport Way Library is at 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. The following programs are offered the rest of the month:

SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test, for teens, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4

Drop-in to Learn About eBooks, for adults, 3 p.m. Aug. 4 and 21

Monday Movie Magic, for children and their families, 7 p.m. Mondays

Lunch Bunch Story Times, for children and their families, noon Aug. 7

Tween Movie Matinee, for teens, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 8

PSAT Practice Test, for teens, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11

SAT/ACT Combo Result Workshop, for teens, 5 p.m. Aug. 13

Dream Along With Charlie Hope, for children and their families, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14

PSAT Scoreback Session, 5 p.m. Aug. 20

One-on-one Computer Assistance, for adults and teens, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Aug. 22

Mother Goose Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays

Lunch Bunch Story Times, noon Tuesdays

Pajama Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Baby Rhyming Time, for children and families, 10:15 a.m.

Young Toddler Story Time, for ages 1-2 with an adult, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays

Toddler Story Time, for ages 2-3 with an adult, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5 with an adult, 1 p.m. Tuesdays

Baby Rhyming Time, for children and families, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays

World Language Story Time, for children and their families, 10:30 a.m. Fridays

Study Hall, for teens, children and families, 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

Study Zone, for teens, children and families, 3 p.m. Thursdays\



East Shore Singles, a social group for single adults older than 45, sponsors monthly activities and special events on the Eastside. New members are welcome. Call 433-0558 for a monthly bulletin go to or

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 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 Baha’i 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 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 in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Go to

Hill ’N’ Dale Garden Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday, September through May, at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 747-2953.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA Seniors Program needs volunteers for intergenerational opportunities, including rocking and comforting infants, teaching children to play bridge and reading to kindergartners. Call 282-1506.

Newcastle Weed Warriors: Volunteers are needed to staff information booth for Healthy Kids Day at Coal Creek YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. 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. Call 453-9292, ext. 110. Learn more at


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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