Concerts in the Park start in July

July 2, 2014

By Amy Coppersmith Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

By Amy Coppersmith
Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off in July, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band, on July 23. Read more

Movin’ to Movies & Musicals

July 2, 2014

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By Greg Farrar
Girls in the Creative Movement 2 class perform the dance piece ‘Rainbow Connection’ to music sung by Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie.’

Cornerstone Studio’s annual dance recital June 22 revolved around ‘Movies and Musicals,’ at the Newport High School Performing Arts Center. Three shows featured two-dozen dance, ballet and tap numbers representing the music genres from classic and pop to hip-hop and rock. View the full slideshow from the event here.

 

Laughing all the way

July 2, 2014

CSI: Newcastle

I’ve said it here before: If The Sainted One ever tried to build a house, he would bleed to death from unintentional stabs and slices.

He is the Official Family Chef, but has knives that can’t cut through gelatin without effort because I won’t let him have anything sharper. There’s a secret spot in the garage where I’ve hidden a  Japanese hand hoe that will chop the most stubborn greenery into submission, and although I could use help in the garden battling the weeds, I love him too much to let him near it.

Even the simple act of checking out a bed frame …

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Calendar

July 2, 2014

Events

Fourth of July at Lake Boren Park, 6-10:30 p.m., 13058 S.E. 84th Way

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker is State Rep. Judy Clibborn, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

‘Downsizing Tips and Tools,’ 1:30 p.m. July 10, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, RSVP by July 8 to marketing@regencynewcastle.com

Regency After Hours, margarita madness and a mariachi band, 6-7:15 p.m. July 17, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastle-chamber.org

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Local schools celebrate 2014 graduates

June 6, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School seniors cheer during last year's graduation ceremony at Safeco Field.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School seniors cheer during last year’s graduation ceremony at Safeco Field.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2014 with annual commencement ceremonies. Read more

Safe, but not secure

June 6, 2014

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My sisters and I are a cautious lot. My mother was a careful, self-reliant German Midwesterner, and my father — German as well — was an insurance adjustor, cleaning up after accidents, tornadoes and fires. We heard all of the horrific possibilities that life could serve up while we were at the dinner table. Read more

A mighty wind

May 1, 2014

In September, we rented a large houseboat on Lake Roosevelt with my sister Susie and her husband. After taking possession, we cruised up the lake and found a perfect spot for the night: a protected little bay, embraced by wooded peninsulas. The Sainted One ran the boat on shore and we tied up.

That was the night the Seahawks game was delayed due to a freak windstorm, and to get to Qwest Field, it had to get across Eastern Washington — and Lake Roosevelt — first.

It was hot and still when we retired early, so I was pleased when a breeze blew through the open stateroom window until that breeze grew into something less appealing. Staggering out of our staterooms, we had to hold onto the walls to keep from hitting the deck. We turned on our phones and they began simultaneously ringing: High wind warning, the messages from the marina said. Batten down the hatches, because something wicked this way comes.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

May 1, 2014

Mr. Smith goes to Newcastle

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Adam Smith at its May 14 luncheon.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon. By Christina Corrales-Toy

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon.
By Christina Corrales-Toy

Smith represents the state’s 9th Congressional District, an area that stretches from Bellevue to Tacoma and includes Newcastle.

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Charity golf tournament helps underprivileged youths

May 1, 2014

Showtime for Stars, a mentor youth program created by former National Football League player Reggie Jones, will host a charity tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle on May 31.

All proceeds from the event go to the organization, which promotes youth development through mentoring, apprenticeship, team activities and college preparation.

The event includes a day of golf, a welcome reception, banquet dinner and silent auction. Learn more at http://birdeasepro.com/showtimeforstars.

Newcastle Library hosts volunteer fair

May 1, 2014

Teens with a desire for lending a hand can explore a multitude of opportunities at the Newcastle Library’s May 10 teen volunteer fair.

Representatives from local community organizations that could use some volunteers will staff booths.

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