Community Calendar

June 5, 2008


The city of Newcastle and The Golf Club at Newcastle offer a Parent-Child Putt Putt at 3 p.m. July 2 at The Rusty Putter at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. Cost is $30. Call 649-4444, ext 142.

The chamber of commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. June 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The featured speakers are Jim Kallenberg, of the Small Business Development Center, and Kevin Kaiser, of The Evergreen Ballet. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-888-6922.
King County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart is the guest speaker at the Newcastle Rotary Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. June 18 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. E-mail


The 15th Annual Susan G. Komen Sound Race for the Cure is June 21 at the Qwest Field and Event Center. The event will raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Register online at


The Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn offers dance classes at 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton. Go to 

Walk for Life is a free, ongoing program to exercise safely and effectively. Meet friends, learn information and advice, and get monitoring from on-site expert staff members every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. at Bellevue Square Mall. Enter at Skybridge No. 4. Call 206-645-3673.


Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle offers meditation for people of all faiths from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at 14702 S.E. 80th St. Call 430-8047.


The Lake Heights Family YMCA is accepting registrations for summer child care. Call 644-8417 or go to 

The Lake Heights Family YMCA hosts an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 17 at Newport Heights Elementary School, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Call 644-8417.

Skyhawks sports programs offers a multisport course (soccer, basketball and baseball) from 9 a.m. – noon, July 7 through 25, at Lake Boren Park. The program is for youths ages 4 to 7. Skyhawks also offers a cheerleading course from 9 a.m. – noon, July 7 to 11, at the park for youths ages 6 to 12. Cost for both courses is $122. Call 800-804-3509.


The Society of Artists for Newcastle, a new art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.

MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15550 Six Penny Lane. Call 206-947-5741.

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238.

An international dinner, sponsored by Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

The Hill ‘n’ Dale Garden Club meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday, September through June, at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 255-9705.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group to discuss politics, meets at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at the Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E. Go to

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets the second Tuesday and third Wednesday (without children) from 7-9 p.m. in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue (not church affiliated). Go to


Lake Heights YMCA Older Active Adult Program is at Newport Hills Community Church, 5833 119th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Activities include community service projects, crafts, pinochle games and birthday bingo once a month, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sack lunches are available for $3. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events take place at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. Call 747-2390 or go to

“Baby Rattle and Roll” - Learn how music can help newborns to age 12 months get a start on the road to literacy at 10 a.m. June 11. Registration is required.

Newport Way Book Group discusses “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England,” by Brock Clarke, at 7:30 p.m. June 16. Registration is recommended.


Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation-trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to


Eastside Bluebills, a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that provides opportunities to help others in need and assist charitable and nonprofit organizations, meets from 10 a.m. – noon the third Wednesday at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. 

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have their own transportation and be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235.

Places to go

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, is a 3,000-acre park with more than 30 miles of trails and the site of the 1880s coalmines. Go to
Che Dorris wins poster competition

Hazelwood Elementary School student Che Dorris is this year’s winner at the district level in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

This year’s theme was “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.” Students were asked to create a poster that helped others better understand and obey school bus safety laws.

Newcastle math wizards win at Olympiad

Newcastle Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders earned five ribbons at the May 3 Math Olympiad at Seattle University. Twenty students participated in the competition.

Districtwide middle school dance is June 6

The final Issaquah School Districtwide Middle School Dance of the school year is from 7-10 p.m. June 6 at the Issaquah Community Center. Cost is $5 at the door. Call 837-3317.

Brett Sanders receives national honor
Brett Sanders, of Newcastle, a Liberty High School senior, was selected for membership to the National Society of High School Scholars. The organization recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence.

Liberty schedules graduation events
• The senior class breakfast is at 8 a.m. June 11 in the commons.
• The mandatory senior class graduation practice is at 9 a.m. June 11 in the gym.

Hazen teachers bestowed Ahead of the Class Awards

Two Hazen High School teachers were among the recipients of the 2008 Ahead of the Class Excellence in Education Awards, sponsored by the Renton Chamber of Commerce.

Todd Pollard, a science teacher, and Josh Viles, a fine arts teacher, were among the winners announced at a May 6 ceremony at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Each winner received a $500 cash award.

The Hazen High School Jazz Band provided entertainment.


Editorial: Graduation honors more than students

June 5, 2008

On June 12, Liberty High School graduates will walk down the aisle at Safeco Field for their commencement. Read more

A reason to celebrate Summer

June 5, 2008

Summer Thompson (right), here with her mother, Sherri, will graduate next month with her classmates from Liberty High School, a little less than two years after she was seriously injured in a two-car collision. Photo by Jim Feehan

Liberty High student perseveres to graduate with peers after car collision

As Summer Thompson walks down the aisle to receive her high school diploma next month at Safeco Field, she’ll have one thing on her mind. Read more

Hazelwood instructor honored as rotary teacher of the month

June 5, 2008

Kay Moilanen, a fifth-grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School, was recently honored as Renton Rotary Club teacher of the month. Photo Contributed

There’s never a dull moment teaching at the elementary school level, according to Kay Moilanen, a fifth-grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School. Read more

Renton Rotary Club honors Hazen student Tiffany Chau

June 5, 2008


Tiffany Chau was named Youth of the Month for May by the Rotary Club of Renton. Read more

Newcastle teen named Eastside Catholic High School student newspaper editor

June 5, 2008


The next Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein or Helen Thomas could come from Newcastle.

Jessica Lorsch, 17, of Newcastle, would like to add her name to the list of noted, crusading newspaper reporters. Read more

Patriot Press wins awards

June 5, 2008

Front page submission of Liberty High School student newspaper Patriot Press, which won third place in Best of Show. Photo Contributed

Liberty High School’s student newspaper, Patriot Press, received second place for overall Best High School Newspaper Read more

Hazen baseball team eliminated early from post season playoffs

June 5, 2008

Hazen sophomore Anthony Pina rounds second base and scores the Highlanders first run in their state playoff game May 17 against Issaquah High School. Hazen head coach Chris Chiechi (below) was named Seamount League coach of the year. Photo by Greg Farrar

Several players return next year

Earlier this year, Hazen High School baseball coach Chris Chiechi was looking forward to playing the defending 3A state champion Issaquah Eagles. Read more

West Seattle knocks Patriots out of state

June 5, 2008

Liberty sophomore John McLeod strokes an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning against Issaquah High School on May 10. Photo by Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School baseball team, hoping to follow Issaquah’s 2007 path to the 3A state regionals, lost to West Seattle 6-3 May 13 in a playoff game for the finals District 2 state berth. Read more

Liberty softball team falls short in state tournament

June 5, 2008

Liberty’s Kate Faoro steals second base, beating the throw to Enumclaw shortstop Taylor Franich in first round fastpitch state playoff action. Photo by Greg Farrar

At the 3A state softball tournament, Liberty High School showed up. That was enough for head coach Brian Hartman. Read more

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