Weekend roundup: Read poetry, clean the cemetery and get healthy with the YMCA

April 25, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

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The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

There are always a multitude of things to do in Newcastle, but here is a quick roundup of some notable weekend happenings.

Historical Society hosts weekend cemetery cleanup

The Newcastle Historical Society will host an April 26 work party to clean and spruce up the city’s iconic cemetery.

Volunteers are invited to help cut, collect and haul away brush. The city will provide tools, but attendees should bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes.

The cemetery work party, at 7811 129th Ave. S.E., is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can choose to help through the whole session, or just as long as they are able.

Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to park at Lake Boren Park and walk to the cemetery from the Lake Boren upper loop, which ends on 129th Avenue Southeast.

The goal is to clear the underbrush in an effort to find hidden cemetery markers.

Email Vickie Baima Olson at vickieo456@yahoo.com with questions.

YMCA celebrates Healthy Kids Day

The Coal Creek Family YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with a special event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26.

The community is invited to come and learn more about the Y and the ways it can help shape a happier and healthier kid.

There will be free bike tune-ups, board games, an obstacle course and a chance for families to sample the facility’s fitness programs. The first 100 kids will receive a free Healthy Kids Day T-shirt.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is located at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Learn more about Healthy Kids Day here.

Open mic at the Newcastle Library

Poetically-inclined teens will have an opportunity to share their works at the Newcastle Library’s “Poetry Open Mic for Teens” event 2-4 p.m. April 26.

Celebrate national poetry month by reading a favorite poem or an original work in front of a teen audience. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

The event is a result of an idea cultivated by the local Teen Leadership Board. The board, which began as two separate entities affiliated with the Newcastle Library and Coal Creek Family YMCA, meets monthly to talk about things they’d like to see in the community.

“Poetry Open Mic for Teens” is sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library and will be held at the library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

Local produce workshop

Locals can learn how to cook with local produce at a special workshop 2 p.m. April 26.

So many consumers want to cook with fresh, exciting produce from farmers markets, local farms and gardens.

Author Greta Hardin will show attendees how, with a few special ingredients and straightforward cooking techniques, they too can craft those inviting, yet mysterious vegetables into simple, tasty and delicious meals.

The cooking demonstration will take place at Newport Hills’ Bill Pace Fruit and Produce, 5620 119th Ave. S.E.

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