Community spotlight

July 31, 2014

Contributed Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The bland plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

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Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The band plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series continues in August, starting with Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, on Aug. 6. Read more

Newcastle plans National Night Out events

July 31, 2014

Newcastle will join cities across the country to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 5.

The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.

National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.

The Donegal Park neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E. Neighbors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and food for grilling on the park’s barbeque, said event coordinator Lorinda Ecklund. Read more

Laughing all the way

July 31, 2014

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Jack and the ice cream man. Uh, woman. Truck. Small open vehicle.

I recently wrote an article about the overhyped tests that you can take to find out how old you really are. Who needs a test? While watching my 32-month-old grandnephew Jack a few weeks ago, I easily found out how old I really am, and discovered the same about him.

I am 8. Jack is 52.

Jack is a very smart, thoughtful and cautious child who went directly from observant silence to sentences like, “Mom, did you play with dollhouses when you were a little girl?” and who often begins conversations with, “Mom, I have an idea …”

I watch him every Tuesday for a few hours, and on that day several weeks ago, the stars aligned, the Summer Gods smiled and the ice cream truck came to our neighborhood while I had him. Jack was at the kitchen table eating blueberry yogurt when I heard the unmistakable sound of summer treats approaching. I popped up from my chair and cried, “The ice cream man! The ice cream truck!” Jack looked up from his yogurt. “Jack! The ice cream man is coming! The truck is on the way! Can you hear it?”

Jack heard something all right: me, yelling at full volume from three feet away.

Grabbing some money and heading out the door, I asked The Sainted One to keep an eye on our charge. I ran down our steep driveway and looked up the street. The truck was stopped at a cul-de-sac north of us, and our Good Neighbor to the West and her Lovely Daughter were paying for their purchases. I ran back up the hill, grabbed Jack from the porch where he was now waiting, and tugged him towards the street, but before we could get there, the truck took a tight turn and puttered away from us.

Hearing my wail of dismay, Lovely Daughter chased it up the street and around the corner but had no luck finding it. At the same time, The Sainted One was backing down the driveway to go to the store. Or so he thought. His new mission was to follow the sound of the truck and bring it back.

Jack and I hurried up to the main street so that we wouldn’t be bypassed, with me jabbering the whole way about summer and ice cream men and trucks. Within minutes, the truck slowly approached us with my husband in the car behind it, pushing it along like a sheepdog herding Merino sheep. Jack solemnly held my hand as the parade approached. I could almost hear his thoughts:

“I’m pretty sure that’s not a truck. I can’t define precisely what it is, but it is not a truck.”

“That is not a man. I distinctly remember hearing ‘ice cream man,’ but that is a woman.”

“That is not ice cream as I know it. Where is the ice cream? I see only frozen treats.”

Because Jack remained mute, I followed the suggestion of the ice cream woman and bought him a cartoon character Popsicle featuring bulging blue jawbreaker eyes that scared the hell out of him. He wouldn’t touch it. The next Tuesday, I chopped it up, put it in a bowl and gave it to him with a spoon. He liked it just fine.

 

You can reach Pat Detmer — who also used to get very excited when Santa came by in the fire truck — at patdetmer@aol.com.

 

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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