Cat show fundraiser is May 16

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6:10 p.m. May 14, 2015

Local cat lovers can get their feline fix at the Cedar River Rascals 4-H cat show fundraiser 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Cat Project members ages 5-18 from King and nearby counties will put their skills and knowledge to the test in Fitting & Showing, Type (breed) and Cage Decoration show categories. Members of the club’s Poultry and Rabbit projects will be onsite with their animals. Admission is free. Concessions will be available and a raffle will be held.

“Our show is a fun, low-key way for the kids to gain experience showing their cats in a busy environment prior to the county and state fairs,” Cedar River Rascals parent, and Newport Hills resident, Heidi Dean said in a statement. “It’s also a great opportunity for local kids and parents to inquire about our club and about 4-H in general. 4-H is a wonderful organization.”

Holy Cross Lutheran Church is at 4315 129th Place S.E., Bellevue.

Say ‘cheese!’

April 30, 2015

It’s time for a new picture.

I’ve had newspaper columns for nearly 15 years, and I’ve always promised myself that I would try to keep the picture accompanying it fairly current. This the result of having won a charity auction get-together with a columnist and being surprised by the lined face of the person I saw at lunch versus the smooth face that I saw in the paper at breakfast.

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Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls up for international award

April 30, 2015

Bob Ingalls

Bob Ingalls

Newcastle composer Bob Ingalls describes his version of “Ave Maria” as an experience.

The eight-minute piece, written for choir and strings, brings the music to its listeners, as three sopranos stand embedded in the audience. Read more

Cemetery open for tours on Memorial Day

April 30, 2015

The community is invited to tour one of Newcastle’s hidden gems May 25.

The city’s Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. It’s a rare opportunity to explore the site that is locked most of the year.

Vickie Baima Olson, an active member of the Newcastle Historical Society, will lead two tours that day. The first tour begins at 10 a.m. and the other is at noon.

Olson, whose grandparents are buried in the cemetery, will share stories about the people buried there, raise awareness about the need to preserve old cemeteries and answer questions.

The cemetery is at 7811 129th Ave. S.E.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Tanya Arriaga, 6, leads Coal Creek Family YMCA staff employee Carter Bolomey through the aquatics obstacle course in the parking lot during the free Healthy Kids Day community event April 25 in Newcastle. Children learned about wearing life vests and other aspects of water safety in the exercise. Hundreds of youngsters with their families took part in relay races, rock wall climbing, dodgeball games, miniature golf and inflatable obstacle bounce house attractions. View more photos at http://on.fb.me/1JVGREy.

By Greg Farrar
Tanya Arriaga, 6, leads Coal Creek Family YMCA staff employee Carter Bolomey through the aquatics obstacle course in the parking lot during the free Healthy Kids Day community event April 25 in Newcastle. Children learned about wearing life vests and other aspects of water safety in the exercise. Hundreds of youngsters with their families took part in relay races, rock wall climbing, dodgeball games, miniature golf and inflatable obstacle bounce house attractions. View more photos at http://on.fb.me/1JVGREy.

Hooray for Earth Day

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Bert the Salmon is glad to learn less motor oil will be polluting his habitat as he looks under the hood of an electric car owned by Jeff Finn of Bellevue.

By Greg Farrar
Bert the Salmon is glad to learn less motor oil will be polluting his habitat as he looks under the hood of an electric car owned by Jeff Finn of Bellevue.

May calendar

April 30, 2015

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 13, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., learn about Issaquah School’s Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative with Program Director Barbara de Michele, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Newcastle Trails board meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. May 27, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastletrails.org

Coast Guard Boating Safety Course, certificate from course may be used to obtain Washington Boater Education Card, three days available, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays May 30 and June 27, Bellevue Fire Station 9, 12412 Newcastle Way, Bellevue, $30, preregister with Terrence Hooper at 885-0259 Read more

The WTH? Files

April 2, 2015

I’m in my mid-60s and am descending the gradual hill that leads into Crotchety Valley, where all sorts of negative thoughts spontaneously pop into my brain, things like “Why do it this way? It’s stupid!” and “When did THIS change? I don’t like it!” and “I didn’t even know that hair could grow there!” I’m well-known to embrace all manner of colorful expletives, but because this is a family newspaper I’ll refer to these collective thoughts as the “What the Heck?” — or WTH? — Files.

Lately I find myself having more and more of these WTH? moments, many of them caused by a world far too informed, too digitalized, too connected and overmarketed, where data is king and content his queen, and  bandwidth must be filled. Thus:

Detmer

> WTH? A weather app on my phone informed me:

Temperature: 76

Feels like: 75

> WTH? I went shopping, found shoes that I liked, and went to the checkout.

Clerk: (Not making eye contact, tapping at a screen.) “Do you know your rewards number?”

Me: “No.”

Clerk: “Can I have your rewards card?”

Me: “I don’t have one.”

Clerk: (Frowning, as if this news has made my purchase incredibly complex, perhaps even impossible.) “Hmm. Ooo-kaaaay then. Give me your phone number and email address.” Read more

Colleges honor Newcastle students

April 2, 2015

The following students made their schools’ dean’s list or honor roll.

Western Washington University — fall 2014

Newcastle: Carolyn Aibinder, Nicole Aibinder, Paige Lane, Ryan Maio, Alexandra Stuj and Brandon Yan

Seattle Pacific University — fall 2014

Renton: Claire Moore, Christian Roy and Haley Vincent Read more

Renton Tech falls short of Aspen Institute’s top prize

April 2, 2015

Renton Technical College fell short in its quest for a $1 million prize courtesy of the Aspen Institute.

The school was one of 10 finalists considered for the organization’s 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges.

The top prize went to Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. Read more

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