Think globally, act locally at Newcastle Earth Day

April 2, 2015

Newcastle Earth Day Chairwoman Grace Stiller has one simple request for this year’s event — rain, please stay away.

A year after the wet stuff put a damper on the 2014 event, Stiller said she is hoping for sunshine when the festival returns to Lake Boren Park on April 18.

“All we need is a really nice day, no rain,” she said. “Last year, it dumped buckets. It was terrible.”

The city of Newcastle and the Newcastle Weed Warriors, with funding from the King Conservation District, will provide speakers, seminars and activities for Earth Day 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18. Read more

Hazen band to perform at dance fundraiser

May 27, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. May 27, 2014

Fish out your vintage clothes and dancing shoes, and join the Hazen High School jazz band for a night of dancing May 29.

The band will take over the Rocking Horse Dance Barn for a family-friendly dance party to benefit the school’s band program.

It all starts at 7 p.m. with dance lessons, showing attendees how one cut-a-rug during the big-band swing days. The Hazen band will then perform tunes by swing-era greats from 7:45 -9:30 p.m.

Admission is $5, but donations to the Hazen band program are encouraged. All ages are invited. 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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