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Sumner’s Swinging 4th of July Party The big band sounds of the Swing Reunion Orchestra are back this year for the kick-off of the 2005 Music Off Main summer concert series. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, picnic lunch and enjoy your Fourth of July at Heritage Park in downtown Sumner. Swing Reunion Orchestra July 4

2-3:30 p.m

Heritage Park

JUNE 2005

Relay for Life Aug. 19 - 20 Once again, walkers of all ages will join together for the seventh annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Sumner. The event will run from 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 to 2 p.m. Aug. 20 on the Sunset Stadium track. Every participant is an important part of the fight against a disease that interrupts or claims the lives of loved ones. The survivor lap will kickoff the event at 6 p.m. Friday. All survivors are welcome to join. At 9 p.m. Friday candles will be lit for loved ones touched by cancer. Food, entertainment and other activities will be available throughout the 20-hour event. For information, or to volunteer, please contact co-chair Steve Zamberlin 253381-5344.

SEE INSIDE The 17-member Swing Reunion Orchestra specializes in performing dance music with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers and others. Bring your dancing shoes! Left, the crowd enjoys last year’s July 4th concert at Heritage Park.

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ore and more Sumner residents are discovering they don’t have to travel far to find fun summer activities – there’s plenty to do right here in Sumner.


Barbara Skinner

Sumner’s Annual Classy Chassis Car Show, previously held in the fall, this year is moving to a summer date, Sunday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People who like old cars will love this car show. Hundreds of beautiful cars spread all over the downtown area, on Main Street and the side streets. You can get up close and take a look at these amazing vehicles from yesteryear. Their owners are often nearby and they love to talk about their cars. The Sumner Historical Society hosts an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social at Sumner’s museum, The Ryan House on July 17 at 2 p.m. Come tour the wedding gown exhibits that will be on display along with the other historical artifacts. August 5th and 6th, the 32nd Annual Sumner Arts Festival will be held on Main Street. Artists display their wares in booths set up from the railroad tracks to Wood Avenue. There’s free live entertainment and food booths in the parking lot at Ryan and Main. Main Street merchants take this opportunity, when thousands of people are strolling around downtown, to have special sales. Don’t miss this year’s Cancer Relay for Life at Sunset Stadium at Sumner High School on Aug. 19 and 20, 6 p.m Friday night to 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Each year, the Sumner community surpasses its fund-raising goal and I’m confident 2005 will be no different. I hope you enjoy this special Summer Fun edition of our community newsletter and find something special for you and your family to enjoy. Have a great summer and please call me if you have any questions or comments. (253-299-5790 or Barbara Skinner

If your plans on Independence Day include fireworks, the Sumner Fire Department recommends the following safety tips:

Purchase legal fireworks and only buy what you will use. ■ Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby. ■ Have enough space - Away from buildings, cars, dry grass, and flammable materials. ■


Barbara Skinner

This year the City is offering six concerts - all free and all in Heritage Park, brought to you by the Sumner Arts Commission. Treat your family to some great music and don’t forget your lawn chairs and snacks! Check out the schedule in this newsletter for names of performing groups and other details on the outdoor concerts.

4th of July Fireworks Safety


1104 Maple St. Sumner, WA 98390 253-863-8300 253-299-5509 FAX

The fun starts on July 4th with the kickoff of the 2005 Summer Music Off Main Concerts (Heritage Park at Main Street). We welcome back the crowd favorite “Swing Reunion Orchestra” with a 2 p.m. big band performance. The concert series continues on Friday, July 8th, at 6:30 p.m., with a blues performance by Alice Stuart. Concerts follow on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. through July. There will not be a concert August 5th and Danny Vernon will be performing on August 12th.

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Know emergency numbers (911). If clothing catches on fire – STOP, DROP, and ROLL. ■ Only adults should light fireworks. ■

City of Sumner Ordinance states “ No person shall use or explode any fireworks within the city except from noon on the 28th of June to noon on the 6th of July”. No fireworks shall be discharged between the hours of 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. Feel free to contact the Fire Department for more information on these issues – 863-5451




Curt Brown


Mike Connor


Dave Enslow


Mark Evers


Leroy Goff


Matt Richardson


CITY STAFF John Doan, City Administrator


Steve Zamberlin, Administrative Services Director 299-5591 Wendy Shook, Court Administrator 299-5621 Patricia Bosmans, City Attorney 299-5611 Susan Clary, City Clerk


Paul Rogerson, Community Development Director 299-5521 Mary Ann Norquist, Finance/Systems Director 299-5541 Colleen Wilson, Police Chief


Dan Packer, Fire Chief


Bill Shoemaker, Public Works Director 299-5701 Bruce Johnson, Community/Senior Services Manager 299-5731 Lee Anderson, Parks and Facilities Manager 299-5631 CITY OFFICES Administration/Finance Cemetery Court Fire (non-emergency) Golf Course Parks & Recreation Permit Center Police (non-emergency) Senior Center Utilities & Billing

863-8300 FAX 299-5509 299-5510 863-7635 863-5451 863-8198 891-6500 299-5530 863-6384 863-2910 299-5546




JUNE 2005

Teen Adventure Fridays

Brides of Sumner Ryan House Museum

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

Open Saturdays & Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm & First Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm. To arrange tours or for information contact Vicki Conner 253-863-2670 Display sponsored by Mt. Rainier Bank Sumner Historical Society Display @ Ryan House Museum; 1228 Main Street; Sumner message phone: 253-299-5780

July 1 Wildwaves Cost: $32 (lunch, ticket, transportation) Times: 9:30 a.m. depart; 6 p.m. return

The dresses on display include: July 8 Ocean Shores Day Trip Cost: $30 (lunch, ice cream, go cart ride, transportation) Times: 8 a.m. depart ; 6;30 p.m. return

Mary Beth Ryan Tomatich – 1961 (worn by cousin – Annie Ryan – 1997) White brocade White Lace & Tulle – 1950’s With veil

Lucy Pasquier – 1946 Cream Satin

Janette Andrews – 1934 Cream Taffeta

Mary Elizabeth Zehnder Ryan –1940 Satin (Mother’s 1922 veil)

Ada Dal Balcon – 1913 Cream wool

Grace Nuttal Hayes – 1935 Cream Satin

Jennie McGlashon – 1906 Blue Satin/Lace

Laura Stevens – 1920 Cream Chiffon/Lace

Artemisia Andrews – 1895 Brown Satin/Cream Lace Bertha

Frances Althen – 1900 Cream Lace/Chiffon/Trim

Minnie Barkman – 1887 Brown Satin/Cream Lace

Lucy Wood Ryan – 1875 Cream Wool

July 15 Mexican Cruise Call Shannon at 253-891-6500 for information. July 22 Kayaking - Blake Island Cost: $75 (rental, transportation) Times: 8 a.m. depart 4:30 p.m. return July 29 Surfing Lessons at Westport Cost: $75 (lesson, rental, transportation) Times: 8 a.m. depart ; 6 p.m. return

To arrange museum tours or for information contact Vicki Connor – 253-863-2670

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. Ropes Course for Team Building July 11 – 15 10 – 11:30 a.m. Grades 4 – 6 Drama July 11 – 22 Grades 4 – 6

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Girls Sports – Healthy Choices July 18 – 22 10 – 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 - 12

Sewing July 25 – 29 Grades 1 – 3

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Summer Arts & Crafts July 18 – 22 1 – 2:30 p.m. Grades 1 – 3

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM June 27 through Aug. 26 (No lunch Monday, July 4) 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. For information, call (253) 891-6535.

August 5 Seattle Adventures Gameworks, Pike’s Place Market, Waterfront Try out skate parks at neighboring cities. Cost: $30 (lunch, 2 hours game play at Gameworks, transportation) Times: 10 a.m. depart ; 6 p.m. return Aug. 12 Operation Paintball Cost: $30 (supplies, transportation) Times: 9:30 a.m. depart 2 p.m. return August 19-20 Skagit River Rafting/Camping Trip Cost: $100 (transportation, meals , snacks, raft trip) Times: 7 a.m., Friday ; 8 p.m. Saturday 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 8916500.



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Lost in the Fog Bluegrass Friday, July 22

Alice Stuart

6:30 p.m.

Blues Friday, July 8 6:30 p.m.

Magdalen Hsu-Li Acoustic/Pop/Alternative Friday, July 15 6:30 p.m.

Danny Vernon Elvis impersonator Friday, Aug. 12

Jo Miller & Her Roughnecks Swing Friday, July 29 6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

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



JUNE 2005

CITY HALL CALENDAR JULY JULY 4 City Hall closed for July 4 holiday JULY 5 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 7 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 11 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 14 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

JULY 18 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 11 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room

JULY 25 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers JULY 28 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference room

Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 15 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 22 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

AUGUST AUGUST 1 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

AUGUST 25 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference room

AUGUST 4 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers AUGUST 8


SUMNER ARTS FESTIVAL Friday, Aug. 5 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Main Street

Entertainment ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Mary McPage & the Funk Bros. (rock/blues) Michael Powers (jazz) Covington Grass (Bluegrass) Kevin Jones Band (acoustic rock) Nick Vigarino (slide blues) Brown & Blues Band (Chicago blues)



PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS Intersection Project

The Tacoma/Puyallup Street Intersec-tion Project will expand the intersection to better accommodate heavy truck traffic. The project should start in early July and be complete this summer.

Eastside Park

The construction of Phase I of the Park is underway (street improvements, trails, grass, basketball court) and will be done this summer. The Arts Commission and City staff are completing the details and amenities for Phase II.

Valley Avenue East Construction on Valley Avenue East in front of the Old Cannery has been under way since May. The contractor is finishing the underground utilities. Traffic on Valley Avenue East from the Stuck River Bridge to Houston Road will be restricted to a single lane during the day. Stuck River Bridge The work on the renovation and repainting of the bridge has resumed. It was delayed when the grease-like coating under the bridge took longer to remove than originally planned. With help from the State bridge funding, the project scope was expanded and the material will be removed. The decking will also be replaced. The total project cost is $1.4 million, which is being paid by the State. Zehnder Street The reconstruction of Zehnder Street was awarded to MCD McDonald & Company for $695,000, within the estimated budget. The project will start in July .

Something for Everyone at Sumner Meadows Sumner Meadows Golf Links will offer something for everyone this Summer! Our Junior Golfer camps, scheduled for dates in July and August, will help introduce the game of golf to new and experienced junior golfers. Additionally, Sumner Meadows Golf Links is now offering a Junior Golfer Club – a program that offers special standby golf rates, free golf clinics, discounts on merchandise and much more! Calling all ladies! Every Saturday at 3pm, Sumner Meadows is offering a FREE golf clinic for ladies. Learn the FUNdamentals of the game! Looking for FREE golf? Then pick up the Sumner Meadows Players Card and play for FREE today! Also, be sure to sign up for our e-savers club and get great discounts and specials straight to

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Sumner Library Programs for Kids JUNE 29 - WEDNESDAY Discover Summer 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. Ages 3-6 with an adult. JULY 5 - TUESDAY The Puppet Theatre Presents Henny Penny and the Town Mouse & The County Mouse 11 a.m. Favorite Tales Old and New. Programs designed for ages 5 and up. Registration may be required. JULY 6 – WEDNESDAY Discover Summer 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. Ages 3-6 with an adult. JULY 12 – TUESDAY Dragon Scales and Amazing Tales 11 a.m. Welcome to the wacky world of stories and puppet fun -- guaranteed to delight everyone. Ages 6 and up. Presenter: Glenda Bonin JULY 13 – WEDNESDAY Discover Summer 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. Ages 3-6 with an adult. JULY 15 – FRIDAY Celebrate Harry Potter Week 3 p.m. Celebrate Harry Potter Week at Pierce County Library System with the magic of Jeff Evans and the Secrets of Wizards.

your email box. Finally, looking to get away for lunch? Try the Sumner Meadows Lunch Bucket! Get lunch, range balls and a bag of tees for just $10! Every Monday – Friday, from 10am – 2pm. For further information on any of these programs, please contact the golf shop at (253) 863-8198 or visit

JULY 19 – TUESDAY Maypole Fun 11:30 a.m. In a rollicking taste of medieval life learn the complex and ancient game of weaving the maypole. Ages 6 and up. JULY 20 – WEDNESDAY Discover Summer 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. Ages 3-6 with an adult. JULY 26 - TUESDAY The Puppet Theatre: Paul Bunyan & the Case of the Disappearing Pancakes & Rumplestiltskin 11 a.m. Favorite Tales Old and New. Programs designed for ages 5 and up. Registration may be required. ■ Contact the library at 253-863-0441 for information and registration.



Northwest Trek Day Camps for Children

National Night Out Aug. 2

The day at Northwest Trek near Eatonville will fly by for children as they participate in hands-on discovery, wild crafts and adventuresome learning. Each week offers a different interactive, age appropriate program. Morning snack included.

National Night Out is on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Officer Boulay and Amy Parker will be going to block watches on Garden, 157th Ave., Parker Rd., Daffodil Ct. E., 75th St. Ct. E., and Park St. as a start. Before the event, informational flyers will be distributed to all the block watch captains with further details.

The following summer day camps are offered to children. Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost:$25. Reservations: required. Please call 360-8327166 or e-mail July 14 - Wild Wetlands (Ages 8-10) Discover the fun and exciting world of wetlands! Spend the day with a naturalist to learn which animals use the wetlands and how important the wetlands are to us! Get up-close and personal with Trek wetlands through hands-on activities, crafts, games and a tram tour. July 28 - Natural Wonders (Ages 10-12) Explore the outdoors with a naturalist and discover how nature can provide for both animals and people. Spend the day at Trek learning about the natural world through hands-on activities, crafts, games, and a tram tour.

August 11 - Animal Sense (Ages 6-8) Join a naturalist to see how animals use their senses to survive. Explore the animal world and your own 5 senses through hands-on activities, crafts, games and a tram tour. See how well your sense of smell compares to a Grizzly Bear!

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

SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS QUARTERBACKS/RECEIVERS Jeff Gardner, the Head Football Coach at Bonney Lake High School has designed this Football Camp for future Quarterbacks & Receivers who are going into grades 4-9 in the 2005/06 school year. Camp runs July 18 through July 21 at the Bonney Lake High School Football Field from 9 a.m to noon. Cost is $50.00, which includes a t-shirt. Call the Recreation Department at (253) 891-6500 for registration information. YOUTH VOLLEYBALL These camps are for girls entering Grades 6-12. The camps are directed by Mike Fitzpatrick, Sumner High School Head Volleyball Coach, and Shirly Baker, Bonney Lake High School Head Volleyball Coach. Beginners to Advanced players are

JUNE 2005

As a courtesy, please don't forget to turn your porch lights on. For further details, please contact Sumner Police Dept. at 863-6384.

Don’t Miss the Fairs! King County Fair July 20th - 24th Enumclaw Thurston County Fair Aug. 3 - 7 Lacey Pierce County Fair Aug. 11th - 14th Graham Western Washington Fair Sept. 9 - 25 Puyallup

welcome. Camp will be at Bonney Lake High School on July 18, 19 & 20th. Grades 6-8 will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and grades 9-12 will be from 1-4 p.m.Cost is $90 per participant and includes a t-shirt. Call the Recreation Department at (253) 891-6500 for registration information. ELEMENTARY VOLLEYBALL This camp is designed for girls entering grades 3-5 in the 2005/06 school year. The camp has been a great stepping stone in preparing athletes who will soon enter their middle school years. Camp will be at Bonney Lake High School Gymnasium and runs July 18, 19, & 20th from 9 noon. Cost is $55 and includes a Camp Tshirt. Call the Recreation Department at (253) 891-6500 for registration information.

Classy Chassis Car Show Sunday, July 10 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Featuring classic cars, trucks, hot rods. On Main Street and around Heritage Park on Cherry Street.



JUNE 2005

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

Thursday, July 14 1 -2 pm. Reptile Man Reptiles

Thursday, Aug. 11 1-2 p.m. Steve, The Pretty Good Magician Magic

Reptile Man

Held at Daffodil Elementary School back area 1509 Valley Avenue Free show for children of all ages Steve, The Pretty Good Magician For further information, contact Sally Abrams, City of Sumner, 253-299-5520



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