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.

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.

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

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2015

A ‘shout out’ to local volunteers

The city of Newcastle honored a group Feb. 26 that far too often goes unnoticed — volunteers.

Each year, volunteers devote countless hours to city events. It is volunteers that help plan summer activities, care and advocate for the city’s vast trail network and protect Newcastle’s history.

About 50 volunteers and summer event sponsor representatives gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle Feb. 26, where they were treated to snacks, an orchestra and a personal thank you from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and City Manager Rob Wyman.

Volunteerism is a big part of what makes Newcastle one of the best small cities in the country. So, here’s a special shout out to some of the groups and people that willingly offer their time to better the city: Read more

Best (Unseen) Photos of 2014

January 2, 2015

State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ to visitors in 2015

January 2, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has released its schedule of days in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass — a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

The legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required. The free days apply only at state parks, like Lake Sammamish State Park or the Tiger Mountain State Forest; the Discover Pass is still required to access WDFW and DNR lands. Read more

Lake Boren Park Earth Day Celebration

April 24, 2014

Newcastle celebrates Earth Day, Easter this weekend

April 17, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. April 17, 2014

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.  By Greg Farrar

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.
By Greg Farrar

Earth Day is officially April 22, but Newcastle will celebrate the green holiday April 19 with its sixth annual community festival. Read more

Newcastle celebrates Earth Day April 19

April 3, 2014

If you happen to catch a knight in shining armor meandering across the Lake Boren Park lawn April 19, don’t be alarmed, it’s just one of the newest attractions at the city’s sixth annual Earth Day celebration.

The medieval flare comes courtesy of the Knights of Veritas, a group of performers that call upon the code of chivalry and the values of knighthood to educate audiences.

“In our case, they’ll be teaching the importance of environmental chivalry,” event Chairwoman Grace Stiller said.

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.  By Greg Farrar

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event. By Greg Farrar

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Newcastle Earth Day set for April 20

March 8, 2013

NEW — 1:35 p.m. March 8, 2013

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By Greg Farrar
A Newcastle Earth Day attendee stops by an information booth at the 2012 event.

Mark your calendars, Newcastle. The city’s annual Earth Day celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. April 20 at Lake Boren Park. Read more

Celebrate Earth Day in Lake Boren Park Saturday

April 22, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 22, 2011

Newcastle will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in Lake Boren Park.

The event is free and will celebrate sustainability with a variety of festivities, including educational mini-seminars, gardening clinics with master gardeners from Washington State University’s extension program, a recycle relay by Waste Management and an on-sight restoration project by the Newcastle Weed Warriors.

“We are proud to present this event, which fosters our community’s love for the environment,” said Grace Stiller, chair of Newcastle Earth Day,” Earth Day Chair Grace Stiller said in a news release.

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Cost of Newcastle Days: $11

December 2, 2010

This year’s Newcastle Days cost the city $11, as vendor fees and donations from citizens and local businesses paid for $18,203 of the $18,214 in expenses.

Vendor fees and donations also funded $5,675 of the $9,970 bill for Concerts in the Park and $7,750 of the $15,002 bill for the Fourth of July celebration.

The city entirely funded Arbor Day and Earth Day, and the events cost the city $148 and $165, respectively.