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JUNE 2004

Celebrate Fourth of July downtown

National Night Out

Bring your lawn chair, blanket, picnic lunch and enjoy your Fourth of July at Heritage Park in downtown Sumner listening to the big band sounds of the Swing Reunion Orchestra. This concert kicks off the 2004 Music Off Main summer concert series. Starting at 1 p.m. there will be a fun chalk-art event for children of all ages. Swing Reunion Orchestra July 4 2-3:30 p.m. Heritage Park

The “21st Annual National Night Out” is a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), and has been scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2004 from 6-10 p.m. in the east parking lot at Fred Meyer, on East Main St. National Night Out is designed to: ■ Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; ■ Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and ■ Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.

The 17-member Swing Reunion Orchestra is primarily a dance band, specializing in performing dance music with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers and others. The Swing Reunion Orchestra fea tures lead singer Melanie Vail.


The Sumner Police Department will offer: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Galaxy U.S. Air Force pop ensemble July 7 6:30 - 8 p.m. Heritage Park Galaxy, from Travis Air Force Base in California, plays high-energy performances to applauding audiences across the country. Their music ranges from the hottest new country to rock n-roll classics.

Aug. 6, 6 - 10 p.m. Fred Meyer parking lot

Block Watch information Sumner Animal Control Command Vehicle Display DARE Car Classic Car Show

Other community participants: Sumner Fire Department Sumner Family Center Sumner Tractor McLendon’s Hardware Rainbow Girls-Face Painting

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Also, there will be food and drawings for prizes! Contact the Sumner Police Department for information, 863-6384.


Teen Adventure Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 3

Relay for Life Coming Aug. 20 & 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 4

Sumner Arts Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 5

Busy Summer for Public Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 6

Junior Golf Camps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 7

Music Off Main Concert line-up Back page





Every summer it seems there is more to do in Sumner. For example: The Summer Music Off Main Concerts (Heritage Park at Main Street). The 2004 series begins Sunday, July 4th, with the “Swing Reunion Orchestra” at 2:00pm. The following concerts are at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, July 7th, it’s the 6-piece Travis Air Force Band, “Galaxy”. They play military, top 40, and rock & roll music and they’re great! (Come early - I hear the local military folks already know about this band and they’ll be here.) A big thanks to the Air Force for sponsoring this concert. Then concerts on Friday, July 9th, and each Friday through July, and the 2nd Friday of August. (No concert August 6th.)

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1104 Maple St. Sumner, WA 98390 253-863-8300 253-863-2850 FAX

MAYOR Barbara Skinner Barbara Skinner

That’s seven concerts - all free and all in Heritage Park. Treat your family to some great music and don’t forget your lawn chairs! And remember to say thanks to the Sumner Arts Commission for sponsoring these concerts. July 11th, at 2:00, the Sumner Historical Society hosts an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social at Sumner’s museum, The Ryan House. August 6th, there’s the Sumner Police Department’s National Night Out, in the east parking lot of Fred Meyer, from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. August 6th and 7th, enjoy the 31st Annual Sumner Arts Festival. On Main Street, from the railroad tracks to Wood Avenue, artists display their wares. Nonprofit groups from the community prepare food in the parking lot at Ryan and Main. Main Street merchants have special sales, and thousands of people look for something beautiful, unusual, or fun. August 14th Exodus Housing hosts a Community Carnival, from 10:00 to 4:00, at the Daffodil Sports Complex. On August 20th/21st the Cancer Relay for Life has new hours -- 6:00 pm Friday night to 2:00 pm Saturday afternoon. Each year, Sumner has raised far more than our goal. September 19th, Sumner’s summer ends with our 4th Annual Classy Chassis Car Show, from 9:00 to 3:00 . If you like old cars of any kind, this is your show. Last year over 425 beautiful cars spread all over the historical downtown area, on Main Street and the side streets. People can get up close and enjoy these amazing cars of all ages. So, if your kids try to tell you there’s nothing to do in Sumner this summer, just hand them this newsletter. Have a great summer and please call me if you have any questions or comments. (253-891-3318 or Barbara Skinner




Curt Brown


Mike Connor


Dave Enslow


Mark Evers


Leroy Goff


Matt Richardson


CITY STAFF Andrew Neiditz Steve Zamberlin

City Administrator Asst. City Administrator/ Human Resources

John Doan Asst. City Administrator/ Community Development & Parks Wendy Shook

Court Administrator

Patricia Bosmans

City Attorney

Susan Clary

City Clerk

Mary Ann Norquist

Finance/Systems Director

Steve Stringfellow

Fire/Emergency Services Director

Colleen Wilson

Police Chief

Bill Shoemaker

Public Works Director

Bruce Johnson Community/Senior Service Manager CITY OFFICES Administration/Finance

Ice Cream Social July 11 at Ryan House Museum An ice cream social is planned Sunday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Ryan House Museum. Guests can look forward to docents in vintage costume, good food, music, and interesting conversation. The public is welcome. The Sumner Historical Society hosts the Ice Cream Social each year to thank the citizens of Sumner for their support. During the Sumner Arts Festival, Aug. 6 and 7, Sumner Historical Society members will sell fresh lemonade on the front lawn and bags of daffodil

bulbs for the float fund. The Ryan House will be open for tours during arts festival and will have a quilt collection on display.


863-8300 FAX 863-2850 863-6345



Fire (non-emergency)


First Tuesday for the Arts: A spe-

Golf Course


cial new program is starting this fall at the Ryan House Museum. This is a regular informal gathering called First Tuesday for the Arts. People are invited to come to work together on knitting, scrapbooks, crocheting and other activities. The gathering will be the first Tuesday of each month, 7 – 9 p.m., September through April. For more information, contact Vicki Connor, 863-2670.

Parks & Recreation


Permit Center


Police (non-emergency)


Senior Center


Utilities & Billing




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Video Completes Youth Commission’s Anti-Tobacco Project The Sumner Youth Commission recently completed its anti-tobacco project with a presentation before the Pierce County Health Department on May 19. The Youth Commission earlier received a $3,100 grant from the Health Department and the Washington State Department of Health to conduct its Youth Tobacco Prevention Leadership Development Project. The project included production of a video that will be shown to students of all ages to lessen the impact of tobacco advertising on children, young smokers, and kids who use chewing tobacco. The video was shown at the Sumner

Community Summit and at a City Council meeting. In addition to producing the video, the youths appeared at Sumner parades and other community events to help spread their antitobacco message. The Youth Commission: is a group of young people – junior high through high school age – who advocate for youth issues. They meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at City Hall. This summer they will put together a team and conduct fund-raisers for the Relay for Life in August. Young people interested in serving on the commission can call Wendy Shook at (253) 891-3310.

Teen Adventure Friday Every Friday during summer months. Ages: Teens entering 7th through 10th grades Pick-up/Drop-off location: Robert Miller Gym (behind Daffodil Valley Elementary )

July 16 Ape Caves Adventure Mount St. Helens National Park & Caving Cost: $15 (transportation) Times: 7:30 a.m. depart ; 6 p.m. return

June 25 Seattle Adventures – Gameworks, Pike Place Market, waterfront Cost: $25 (lunch, 2 hours of game play) Times: 10 a.m. depart; 6 p.m. return

July 23 Kayaking on Puget Sound Cost: $45 (rental, transportation) Times: 10 a.m. depart ; 6 p.m. return July 30 Surfing Lessons at Westport Cost: $75 (lesson, rental, transportation) Times: 8 a.m. depart ; 6 p.m. return Aug. 6 Ocean Shores Day Trip Cost: $20 (lunch, ice cream, go cart ride, transportation) Times: 10 a.m. depart ; 6 p.m. return

July 9 & Aug. 13 Teen Skate Park Tours Try out skate parks at neighboring cities. Cost: $10 (transportation) Times: 9 a.m. depart ; 4 p.m. return (Meet at Sumner Skate Park)

Aug. 20 Operation Paintball Cost: $30 (supplies, transportation) Times: 9:30 a.m. depart 2 p.m. return Teen Adventure Friday is conducted through the Sumner/Bonney Lake Recreation Department. Registration deadline is the Tuesday prior to the desired trip. For information call 891-6500.

Sumner Family Center Offers Summer Classes for Youth Children in grades one through six can participate in free classes this summer at the Sumner Family Center, located in a portable adjacent (south) to Daffodil Valley Elementary. The classes are all held at the school. July classes include: Scrapbooking ✔ Ropes course for team building ✔ Spanish

Classes change every week. For more information and a detailed schedule, contact the center at 891-6535. SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM June 28 through Aug. 20 (No lunch Monday, July 5) 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Young people 18 and under can enjoy a FREE lunch Monday through Friday during the summer at Daffodil Valley Elementary.

SUMNER LIBRARY PROGRAMS THE PUPPET THEATRE Programs for ages 5 and older Jack and the Beanstalk Tuesday, July 6 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. The Emperor’s New Clothes Tuesday, July 27 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

SPECIAL FRIENDS’ PROGRAMS Harvest Moon Storytelling & Basket Weaving Program For ages 7 and older Tuesday, July 13 11 a.m. On the Trail of Northwest Wildlife with the Pt. Defiance Zoo Tuesday, June 29 10 a.m. & noon For information, call (253) 863-0441

Library Month at Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek Show your Pierce County Library Card and the second person gets in free (limit one person per family).



SENIOR TRIPS The seniors from the Sumner Senior Center are planning a series of fun trips this summer. All seniors from the Sumner community are invited to come along! All trips require advance payment of all trip fees. Long Beach June 23 Second trip planned. Departure: 8 a.m. Cost: $7 (Lunch on your own) July 21 Springwood Ranch (Old Stuart Anderson Ranch near Thorpe, WA) A great barbecue in a great location Departure: 8 a.m. Cost: $32 (transportation and barbecue) August 7 Brady’s Annual Oyster Feed Westport, Wa Departure: 9 a.m. Cost: $20 (transportation and oyster feed)

JUNE 2004

Jog, Walk Some Laps to Fight Cancer


he annual Relay for Life fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society is planned for Aug. 20 & 21 at Sunset Stadium (Sumner High School).

Residents are invited to come and participate. Walk a few laps or a few dozen, it doesn’t matter. Just being there to show your support for cancer research, or to remember a loved one who is a cancer victim, is what Relay for Life is all about. All cancer survivors are invited to participate in the “Survivors’ Lap” at 6 p.m, on Friday. Dr. Gordon Klatt of Tacoma, founder of Relay for Life, will be the guest speaker at the event’s 6 p.m. start on Friday. The big band sounds of Touch of Class will entertain the walkers and joggers at 7 p.m. The special luminary ceremony at 9 p.m. honors all who have survived and remembers those we have lost.

Aug 20, 21 Friday, 6 p.m. to Saturday, 2 p.m Sunset Stadium

In May 1985, Dr. Klatt took the first stop of his 24hour marathon around the track at Stadium High School – ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event, and Relay for Life was born. Since then, Relay for Life has become the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising activity, connecting more then 3,125 communities across America in support and remembrance of those who have been touched by cancer. A total of more than $1 billion has been raised over the years for the American Cancer Society.

Children’s Shows Morton Loggers Jubilee August 14 Loggers Jubilee Morton, Wa Departure: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $10 (breakfast and lunch on your own)

The Sumner Senior Center offers activities, special services and fellowship every week. A hot nutritional meal is served at 11:45 a.m. daily. A suggested donation of $2.50 is requested from those 60-plus. For more information about the Senior Cener, call 863-2910 or drop by at 15506 62nd Street Court East. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

The Sumner Parks and Recreation Department and the Arts Commission will sponsor two children’s shows this summer.

Tuesday, July 20 1 -2 pm. Leif Olson Juggling expert Tuesday, Aug. 10 1-2 p.m. Magic Charlie Basketball wizard Held at Daffodil Elementary School back area 1509 Valley Avenue Free show for children of all ages.

Buy a Brick Paver at Heritage Park Residents are invited to purchase a brick paver as a memorial for a loved one or for themselves to become a permanent part of Reuben Knoblauch Heritage Park. These pavers are located around the dance floor in front of the gazebo and are an exciting and lasting way to leave your mark on the community. The cost is only $35 for each paver and you may order as many pavers as you want. For more information, please contact Sally Abrams at (253) 891-3303 or email at


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JULY JULY 1 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 5 City Hall closed for July 4 holiday JULY 6 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers Youth Commission, 6 p.m., Police training room JULY 8 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 12 Parks Committee, 5 p.m., Upstairs conference room

City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 19 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 21 Youth Commission, 6 p.m., Police training room JULY 22 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference room JULY 26 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 2 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 5 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

AUGUST 9 Parks Committee, 5 p.m., Upstairs conference room City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 12 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 16 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 18 Youth Commission, 6 p.m., Police training room AUGUST 23 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 26 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference room



Classy Chassis Car Show Sunday, Sept. 19 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring classic cars, trucks, rods. On Main Street and around Heritage Park on Cherry Street.

Friday, Saturday Aug. 6 & 7 Main Street 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday

★ Paintings, sculptures and other artwork on display and for sale. ★ Do-it-yourself art activities ★ Food booths ★ Entertainment

Sumner High School Homecoming Parade Sunday, Sept. 24



JUNE 2004

PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS Commuter Rail Access Project Completed

Construction was completed in late May on the commuter rail access project. Sidewalks were replaced and a new roadway was built on Cherry Street. The project also included new street and sidewalk lighting on Main Street and Alder.

Valley Avenue East

The project to widen Valley Avenue East has been delayed until next year because of difficulties acquiring rights of way from the railroad. The widening project from the Bridge Street Bridge to Huston Road also will include the construction of two new traffic signals to improve safety and the railroad crossing.

Fryar Avenue Bridge Improvements

Bid opening for reconstruction of the Fryar Avenue Bridge will take place in June with construction beginning shortlyly thereafter. This project will repair one of the bridge abutments, reconstruct the bridge approaches and install new safety railing. This project is expected to be completed during the summer.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Phase One of the waste water treatment plant upgrade is on-schedule. Phase One includes building the large tank structures. Several new equipment buildings also will be constructed. Phase Two will be completed by the end of summer 2005.

Bridge Street Bridge Maintenance

The City will be soliciting bids the end June for the Bridge Street bridge project to repair damaged structural compo-

nents and repaint the bridge that crosses the Stuck River in downtown Sumner. This project is scheduled to be completed by fall. The bridge will be painted copper color with green accents.

24th Street/North Sumner Interchange

Construction of this long-awaited interchange serving the north Sumner industrial area is on schedule with opening planned for October. The bridge has been completed and work is currently being done on utilities.

Water Fluoridation

The City’s water department has completed installation of fluoridation equipment at the City’s water sources. All of the City is now online with fluoridated water.

Tacoma/Puyallup Intersection Project

The project to reconstruct this intersection is about half complete. Improvements include reconstructed roadway, sidewalk modifications and enlarged curves to ease truck movement through the intersection.

Cyprus/Wood Area Sidewalk Construction

The City is studying sidewalk locations in the Cyprus / Wood area. Property owners are being contacted about landscaping and obstacles for the new sidewalks. It is expected that this project will be completed in the fall.

Resurfacing Projects

Chip seal resurfacing is planned this summer for the Mountain Circle residential area in the southwest part of Sumner. The portion of East Valley Highway in the City also will be resurfaced. For information about these projects, call Mike Dahlem at (253) 891-3308 or email

Mount Rainier National Park is Only a Short Drive Away


ount Rainier National Park offers excellent opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and mountain climbing. Most roads are open from late May to early October--all provide stunning views and access to a variety of hiking trails and other sites.

Whether hiking on its flanks, climbing its summit, camping along its glacier-fed rivers, photographing wildflower displays in subalpine meadows, or just admiring the view, nearly two million people come to enjoy the grandeur and beauty of Mount Rainier each year. While many visitors attempt to "see the park in a day," you may wish to concentrate on one or two areas of the park and explore them in detail. Keep in mind that parking is limited on sunny summer weekends and holidays. Longmire Museum Visitor Center January - April 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily May - June 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily Jackson Visitor Center – Paradise January - April 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends/holidays only May 1 - June 11 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily June 12 - September 6 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily

Wilkeson Wilderness Information Center April 1 - 30 8:30 - 4 Wed-Sun; Closed Mon & Tues May - June 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily July 1 - September 27 8:30-4:30 p.m. Sun-Wed; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Th-Sat Sunrise Visitor Center Open daily early July to early October, closed in winter. Exhibits, guided interpretive programs, book sales, maps, picnic area. Sunrise Day Lodge opens early July to late September. Food service, gifts (no overnight lodging). For information call (360) 569-2211 or see the website:

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Need to Entertain the Kids? Check Out the Zoo, Wildlife Park, Museums PT. DEFIANCE ZOO AND AQUARIUM, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma (253) 591-5337 Summer Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $7 adults $6.50 seniors $5.50 youth Free -- 3 and under

MUSEUM OF GLASS 1801 East Dock St., Tacoma (253) 284-4750 Summer Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost: $10 adults $8 seniors and students $4 children $30 -- families FREE – 3rd Thursday of month, 5-8 p.m.

Junior Golf Camps at Sumner Meadows

TACOMA ART MUSEUM 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (253) 272-4258 Summer Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – noon – 5 p.m.

Exciting and fun new animal programs are offered twice daily in the Zoo's beautiful Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater (free with Zoo admission).

Cost: $6.50 adults $5.50 seniors and students Children under 6 free FREE – 3rd Thursday of month , all day

NORTHWEST TREK Eatonville (360) 832-6117 Summer Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $8.75 adults $8.50 seniors $6 youth $4 -- age 3 & 4

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 305 Harrison St., Seattle (206) 441-1768

Literally located in the center of Seattle, The Children's Museum is on the first level of Center House at Seattle Center. With the Space Needle soaring overhead and downtown just a Monorail ride away, the museum can be an exciting part of any day spent in The Emerald City. The museum exhibit center features eight permanent galleries, one temporary gallery, and three studio spaces.

The following summer day camps are offered to children. Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: $25

August 10 - Toes and Talons - Ages 6-8 Run like a wolf, climb like a mountain goat, and sneak like a fox! For information or to make a reservation, call (360) 832-7166

Junior Golf Club Program Starts Saturday, June 26 Tuesdays through Aug. 24 Junior golfers who belong to the Junior Club are eligible for a special $5 stand-by greens fee rate seven days a week. This program is designed to allow kids under the age of 18 to have the opportunity to play golf at a very affordable rate. GOLF DISCOUNTS: City of Sumner residents are eligible for a 30% discount on all greens fees during 2004. Persons operating a business within the City of Sumner are eligible for a 30% discount on all greens fees during 2004. Employees of those businesses are eligible for a 20% discount. Residents and business owners must fill out an application form once a year to be eligible for the discounts. For information about the junior programs and discounts, call (253) 8638198

July 13 - Habitat Hunt - Ages 7-11 Join a naturalist to discover what it takes to make a healthy habitat. July 27 - Surviving the Wild - Ages 9-12 Discover how animals survive in the wild.

1st Camp: July 6 – 8 2nd Camp: Aug. 3 – 5

Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $7.50 adults and children $6.50 seniors (over 55)



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Rainier Valley Harmonizers Friday, July 9

Wednesday, July 7 6:30 - 8 p.m. GALAXY Travis Air Force, CA Band (Top 40, rock & roll) Friday, July 9 6:30 – 8 p.m. RAINIER VALLEY HARMONIZERS (Barbershop quartets) Friday, July 16 6:30 - 8 p.m. THE FAIRLY HONEST JAZZ BAND (rock, funk, blues and Dixie) Friday, July 23 6:30 - 8 p.m. LEROY MARTEZ BELL (Blues)

Back Porch Swing Friday, July 30

Friday, July 30 6:30 - 8 p.m. BACK PORCH SWING (Celtic, swing and original songs) Friday, August 13 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. STEVE HAMILTON Magician 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Sumner High School Jazz Band (Jazz and Rock & Roll)



Leroy Martez Bell Friday, July 23

Concerts at Heritage Park just off Main at Cherry Street in downtown Sumner



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