Calendar — July 2015

July 2, 2015

Events

‘Fourth at the Lake’ Celebration, 6-11 p.m. July 4, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, 649-4444

Cougar Mountain Trail Run, 5K, 8.2- and 14.5-mile runs, 9 a.m. June 13, Sky Country Trailhead, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 166th Way S.E., $25 to $45, more info and registration at nwtrailruns.com

Concerts in the Park, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 22 to Aug. 12, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, 649-4444

Newcastle Trails board meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. July 22, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastletrails.org Read more

Newcastle company brings rock star flair to your home

June 4, 2015

What’s more “rock star” than having a drum bursting out of your wall?

“Nothing,” contends Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

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Lions and tigers and bears — oh deer

June 4, 2015

Three weeks ago, a cougar was spotted in Kennydale. Not long after that, a bear was seen strolling up our very own street. I long ago accepted the wild kingdom that is our backyard and greenbelt: Raccoons who roll up our grass like old carpeting while looking for grubs, rabbits whose warren holes are just large enough to be a tad unnerving when I walk by them, snakes on the front stoop, bobcats on the fence, skinks in the garage, frogs in the family room, chipmunks in our rockeries, bear scat on the path. Live and let live, I say.

But this year … oh, deer.

Pat Detmer

Pat Detmer

If you live in Newcastle, I know you’ve had the deer experience. You learn to adapt. I only grow Hosta and Huechera in pots on the deck and fully expect fresh tulips to be beheaded before sunset. I finally gave up and pulled out a plant that had served as their salad bar for so many years that I could no longer ID it. California Lilac? Yum! Lemon Cypress Tree? Our compliments to the chef! I always ask the helpful garden folks at Newcastle Fruit & Produce if plants are deer-resistant before I buy them, but lately they just laugh. I understand why. If our local deer are hungry enough, there’s nothing they won’t eat. Except, unfortunately, Bishop’s Weed. Read more

Newcastle ranked among best suburbs for millennials

June 4, 2015

Newcastle is one of the area’s best suburbs for millennials, according to a study by Niche.com.

The city comes in at No. 19 on the list that ranks suburbs based on the number of millennials, job opportunities and access to bars, restaurants and affordable housing.

A high ranking indicates that a suburb attracts millennials with an affordable, diverse community and lots of things to do.

Newcastle received high-rankings in the “Access to Coffee Shop” category and the “Easiest Commute Grade,” indicating it’s easy to get around the area.

Kirkland earned the No. 1 spot on the list ranking Seattle-area suburbs. In all, there were 53 cities ranked. View the full list at http://bit.ly/1K1iE27.

Star of Hope Centre fundraiser is July 11

June 4, 2015

Dana Sullivan’s annual dance benefiting the Star of Hope Centre orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya, is July 11.

The Newcastle author and illustrator’s sixth annual fundraiser collects money for the orphanage that inspired his book “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari.”

The Star of Hope Centre was originally developed as an orphanage for children who lost their parents through the rise of HIV/AIDs, armed conflict, malaria and other diseases, or have been abandoned by teenage parents unable to care for them.

The facility’s mission has expanded to include a primary school to the local community. It currently serves about 150 children (including those residing in the orphanage). Read more

Community spotlight — Congrats to the classes of 2015

June 4, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy A 2014 Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap at the Highlanders graduation ceremony last year. Both Liberty and Hazen students will receive their diplomas June 12.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A 2014 Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap at the Highlanders’ graduation ceremony last year. Both Liberty and Hazen students will receive their diplomas June 12.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2015 with the annual commencement ceremonies.

Hazen High School will honor its graduates at 9 a.m. June 12 at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent.

Liberty High School will hold its ceremony at 8 p.m. June 12 at Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle.

Newcastle Community DFCC Conversation questions and answers

June 4, 2015

Newcastle Community Conversation (DFCC) — Question 1 by newcastlenews

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Calendar — June 2015

June 4, 2015

Events

National Trails Day Geocaching Event, 2.5-mile hike with your GPS or mobile device, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, newcastletrails.org

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 10, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., catch up with Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Cougar Mountain Trail Run, 5K, 8.2- and 14.5-mile runs, 9 a.m. June 13, Sky Country Trailhead, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 166th Way S.E., $25 to $45, more info and registration at nwtrailruns.com Read more

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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