Celebrate Earth Day on April 18

April 2, 2015

By Greg Farrar A Patagonian cavy named Superman sits on a lawn under the Animal Encounters tent during the 2014 Newcastle Earth Day celebration at Lake Boren Park. This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

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A Patagonian cavy named Superman sits on a lawn under the Animal Encounters tent during the 2014 Newcastle Earth Day celebration at Lake Boren Park. This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

Earth Day is officially April 22, but Newcastle will celebrate the green holiday April 18 with its eighth annual community festival. Read more

April calendar

April 2, 2015

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 14, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., learn about keeping up momentum when business slows with the state Employment Security Department’s Chad Pearson, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Kick Off Earth Day with Newcastle Chamber’s After Hours Event at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., 6-7:15 p.m. April 16, no-host bar, RSVP by emailing newcastle-chamber.org

Celebrate Earth Day at Lake Boren Park, featuring stories and music from the Salish Sea with Library2Go, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18, 13058 S.E. 84th Way Read more

What Goes, and What Stays

March 5, 2015

When you drive over the hill toward 405 and see the VMAC, do you still feel blue blue about the Seahawks? Fear not.

There was another “Boom” in Seattle before the “Legion of.” It was the “Sonic Boom,” and I signed up for for a decade of fanaticism. I’d moved to Seattle in ’72 from small-town Illinois, where basketball was king, where winters were so harsh and bleak that the best option for entertainment was to be packed into frigid cinder-block gyms in the dead of January to watch sons of farmers play the game. I transferred my basketball fan punchcard to Seattle and started listening to Bob Blackburn on the radio, and daily scanned the sports pages for stories about the SuperSonics in all three newspapers. Yes. Three.

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I was ecstatic when they began to win and make the playoffs, and I committed myself completely to the journey. In my saved box of Sonic history are newspaper clippings, a poem of mine that had been published (“Goodbye, Marvin; No Hard Feelings!”) and a front-page picture of myself and friends holding up a banner during the Denver playoff series (“We Got ‘em by the Nuggets!”). Read more

Newcastle Library to screen documentary ‘Girl Rising’

March 5, 2015

By Martha Adams, provided by GIRL RISING Gina Nemirofsky takes video of a group of school girls in Haiti for the documentary, 'Girl Rising.' The Newcastle Library will host a screening and discussion of the film March 21.

By Martha Adams, provided by GIRL RISING
Gina Nemirofsky takes video of a group of school girls in Haiti for the documentary, ‘Girl Rising.’ The Newcastle Library will host a screening and discussion of the film March 21.

The Newcastle Library will host a screening of “Girl Rising,” a global documentary featuring the strength of human spirit and the power of education, from 1-3 p.m. March 21. Read more

March calendar

March 5, 2015

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 11, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., learn about Waste Management in our community with David Della, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Newcastle Trails board meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. March 6, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastletrails.org

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Mayor to give State of the City address Feb. 11

February 6, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 10, 2015

File Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

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Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

Mayor Steve Buri will give his update on all things Newcastle at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon Feb. 11. Read more

A tale of two coats

February 6, 2015

When the weather is miserable here we head to warmer climes, specifically the Palm Springs area.

Although neither of us are shoppers, when we stay in Rancho Mirage with my sister (who is a shopper) we visit the College of the Desert Street Fair, which is a walk away. It’s really not a street fair at all. It’s a “parking lot” fair, and there must be a hundred booths where you can buy clothing, golf accessories, hats, visors, art, jewelry, specialty foods, sunglasses and obviously, given the number of them that you see there, male senior citizens wearing high-waisted shorts.

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While visiting about five years ago, The Sainted One bought a short yellow jacket with navy trim, unremarkable in all respects except for the ability to unzip the sleeves and create a vest, something that we would forget unless we picked it up at a certain angle when washing it, whereupon we would declare, surprised once again, “Hey! You can take the sleeves off this thing!” and then would promptly forget. He adored it, wore it to death, wore it until the wrists frayed, the pockets became sieves and the stand-up collar wilted. Read more

February Calendar

February 6, 2015

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., State of the City with Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Women’s Self Defense Workshop, ages 13 and older, Exceed Martial Arts, 2806 N.E. Sunset Blvd., Suite B, Renton, free, space limited, call 988-3047 to register

Newcastle Trails annual meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 23, Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, newcastletrails.org

Networking Education Breakfast,  learn about trends, challenges and opportunities in 21st century marketplace with Art Johnson, 7:15-8:30 a.m. Feb. 25, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, members free, $10/guests, register online at newcastle-chamber.org  Read more

Liberty starts new youth football program

February 6, 2015

If you’ve ever been to a Liberty High School football game, you know what “We are one” means.

It’s the chant that, without fail, win or lose, emanates from the packed Liberty home bleachers, showcasing the pride and camaraderie that comes with being a Patriot.

Now, the Liberty football program truly is “one,” from top to bottom — elementary school to high-school varsity — with the creation of the Patriots’ new youth football program.

The Liberty Junior Football program will kick off its inaugural season in 2015, allowing kids to grow and learn within one program from age 7 through high school. Read more

Oh, the irony…

January 2, 2015

I have, for more than 25 years, donated blood. My own blood, by the way, if that wasn’t clear. I’ve filled the plastic bag at Puget Sound Blood Centers, in school auditoriums and in my current favorite: The Bloodmobile that shows up at the Newcastle Y every eight weeks or so.

Yes, it can sometimes be a bit time-consuming, which is why I was elated when I opened the PSBC website and saw a large button that said, “Donate online!” For a nanosecond I pondered how it might be accomplished — Via USB port? Would one need broadband? — and then I realized that they had yet to find a way to siphon my blood over the ethernet, but instead were seeking monetary donations.

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The Sainted One gives plasma, and his blood type is such that it mixes with all other types, which means that his plasma is as coveted as Seahawks season tickets at the 50-yard line. When he’s due for a session we get a persistent but pleasant phone call a day from a volunteer until he books it. He gets his own TV and blanket while he donates.

Admittedly, I do get cookies and a choice of drinks when I’m done, so it’s not as if my needs are ignored. I always choose V8 because it makes me feel like I’m replenishing what I’ve lost. They have yet, however, to stock the little bottles of vodka that I keep requesting.

But something has begun to mess with my desire to donate. My iron levels are sometimes not high enough for giving. For a quarter of a century I’ve had the right stuff, and even though I’m not eating differently, and even though I love kale, spinach, seafood, a good steak and Almond Roca, my numbers have gone down. According to the folks at the PSBC, that’s not unusual, especially for women. And according to my doctor, my levels are not “low” by medical standards, so there’s nothing to treat.

So here’s where I take a moment to apologize to the white-coated PSBC technicians who prick my finger to get the blood drop for the iron test. I sit in the tiny room that feels eerily like a Catholic church confessional, and because I believe in mind over matter, I will chant in my head: “Be the iron. Be filled with lots of iron,” and then I’ll wait breathlessly for the result. And here’s why I apologize: Because when I don’t pass, I swear like an inebriated longshoreman in spite of all attempts to amicably shrug and say, “OK. Maybe next time.”

The Bloodmobile will probably be rolling around again in January. I am now taking a 65mg iron tablet a day. I’ll show them, those #!!?#?##!!!

 

You can reach Pat Detmer — who will give her signed book to anyone who donates at the Newcastle Y Bloodmobile for the first time in his or her life — at www.patdetmer.com.

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