Newcastle Earth Day kickoff is Thursday

April 13, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. April 13, 2015

All those planning to exhibit, volunteer or attend Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration are invited to a special kick-off event two days before the big festival.

This month’s Newcastle Chamber of Commerce after-hours networking event is dedicated to a social kickoff of the April 18 Earth Day event. Earth Day enthusiasts are encouraged to mingle with those that will be working the event on Saturday.

“Meet others that you normally don’t have time to meet while tending your booth,” Newcastle Earth Day Chairwoman Grace Stiller said in an email. “We’ll reminisce of the first Earth Day celebrations – hippie style!”

Light refreshments and a no-host bar will be available at the April 16 event held at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. It goes from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Learn more about the Newcastle Earth Day festival here.

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

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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Student waste watchers honored for service to the environment

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

By Greg Farrar
Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

Students from Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools are doing big things to help reduce waste on the planet, and they were honored for their efforts at the city’s 2013 Earth Day celebration.

All of the hours spent rifling through trash cans, collecting juice pouches and teaching others about recycling and composting paid off when the students received Earth Day Hero Awards. Read more

Newcastle Days set for Sept. 8

July 3, 2012

Families can save the date for this year’s Newcastle Days, set for Sept. 8 at Lake Boren Park.

The Newcastle 5K run, which raised $4,200 for college scholarships for local youths last year, will be held Sept. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. Residents can register for the run at Newcastle Days.

Newcastle Days is a celebration of the city and will feature a “Return to Newcastle” theme and celebrate the city’s 18th birthday.

New events for Newcastle Days include a lacrosse demonstration and a Newcastle historical trivia contest.

Historical pictures, items and stories will be featured to tell Newcastle’s rich mining history.

The festival will begin at 11 a.m. Emcee Lance Lambert, of “The Vintage Vehicle Show,” will begin the live program followed by a Boy Scout opening ceremony.

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Teen racks up 777 volunteer hours for local Weed Warriors group

May 31, 2012

Connor Reichenbach is no stranger to backbreaking work.

In the past year, the graduating senior racked up a staggering 777 volunteer hours — more than 32 full days worth — for Newcastle’s own nonprofit organization combating invasive species, the Weed Warriors.

Reichenbach’s internship, a graduation requirement for the International School in Bellevue, focused on nine projects and two educational events, including Earth Day.

Newcastle parks commissioners, friends and family attended the student’s internship presentation May 9 at City Hall at the commission’s monthly meeting.

Connor Reichenbach

Each graduating senior must complete a yearlong project on a topic or subject in which they have a particular interest. He said he hopes to study the environment as he looks forward to college next year.

“It is something that I’m passionate about,” Reichenbach said. “I feel strongly that we need to conserve the resources that we have and try to go greener to make it easier for future generations that we’ll have.”

Reichenbach’s internship included elements of site assessment, project planning, use of GPS technology and King County’s iMap, and creating a report on his findings.

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Earth Day event promotes water management, eco-friendly habits

April 5, 2012

The third annual Newcastle Earth Day will play host to some highly anticipated and somewhat unusual guests this year — and they’re not even human.

With the help of Rent-a-Ruminant LLC, 15 goats will make their way from Vashon Island to their Newcastle debut to prove that getting rid of invasive plant species need not be harmful to the environment or be backbreaking work.

“People might not realize it, but the goats are a good alternative to herbicides and manual labor,” said Grace Stiller, Newcastle Earth Day event chairwoman. “Instead of having to clear all of that debris of the blackberries, you have to the goats do it for you.”

The city of Newcastle, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Weed Warriors will provide speakers, seminars and activities for Earth Day 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Lake Boren Park.

This year’s event will focus on responsible storm water management.

“This event celebrates our community’s love for the environment,” Stiller said.

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Earth Day 2012 vendor, sponsor applications now available

January 24, 2012

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Jan. 25, 2012

While Newcastle’s annual Earth Day celebration isn’t until April, event chairwoman Grace Stiller said the application period for sponsors and for vendors to host booths during the event is now open.

The earlier businesses and non-profit organizations get their applications in, the more exposure they’ll receive on the Earth Day website and other promotional material, she said.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Lake Boren Park.

The fourth annual Newcastle Earth Day will feature informational mini seminars, a master gardener clinic, the opportunity to recycle appliances and cell phones, the Pacific Science Center’s Science in the Environment interactive display and geocatching.

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City to honor volunteers at event

January 6, 2012

The city of Newcastle will recognize people who have donated their time and service in various projects and events over the past year at a volunteer appreciation event at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Those recognized will include Grace Stiller for her work to coordinate Newcastle Days; Angela Wingate for her work to garner support from local businesses for Newcastle Days; and the city’s Public Works Department for its work coordinating events and projects throughout the year.

The event is free and open to the public and includes treats and a gift for volunteers.

Call Parks Program Manager Michael Holly at 649-4444, ext. 142, or email him at michaelh@ci.newcastle.wa.us for more information.