Notes from Newcastle: Newcastle Trails at 15

October 3, 2014

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Garry Kampen

This year is the 20th anniversary of Newcastle, a small city that ranks high in livability, and the 15th anniversary of Newcastle Trails, a nonprofit citizens group that has worked for parks, trails and open space, in close cooperation with the city, since 1999.

I’m writing to celebrate Newcastle’s amazing and still-growing trail system, and to encourage you to explore it and enjoy it. Check NT’s website, www.newcastletrails.org; download our latest map and trail guide; join NT by emailing info@newcastletrails.org (for trail news, no dues); attend our Oct. 6 board meeting (7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle); and consider volunteering for the board, or lending a hand with trail work, computer work (GIS, web, writing), lobbying, fundraising — whatever you’d like to do. Read more

Volunteers to help ready local classrooms

July 3, 2012

For the third year in a row, a local service group is building teams of volunteers who will give up a Sunday afternoon in August to help Newcastle elementary school teachers prepare their classrooms.

Volunteers are needed to organize, decorate, clean and build supplies like bulletin boards. Outside work is needed, too, with power washers and landscaping.

The Jubilee Day of Service will be from 1:30-5 p.m. Aug. 12 followed by a barbecue at Lake Boren Park.

Volunteers are needed to serve Hazelwood Elementary School and Newcastle Elementary School.

The goal is to assign teams of volunteers to each teacher who wants help getting his or her classroom ready for the new school year.

Last year, members of the Seattle Revival Center, Beit Tikvah and Emmaus Road Church helped 11 teachers at Hazelwood and Newcastle elementary schools ready their rooms for the school year.

Volunteers may sign up for this year’s event at http://erchurch.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4m1.

Service group seeks volunteers to ready Newcastle, Hazelwood elementary schools

June 19, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. June 19, 2012

For the third year in a row, a local service group is building teams of volunteers who will give up a Sunday afternoon in August to help Newcastle elementary school teachers prepare their classrooms.

Volunteers are needed to organize, decorate, clean and build supplies like bulletin boards. Outside work is needed too with power washers and landscaping tasks.

The Jubilee Day of Service will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 followed by a barbecue at Lake Boren Park. Volunteers are needed to serve Hazelwood Elementary School and Newcastle Elementary School. Read more