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t may be the finish line for the Tour de Peaks bike rides Saturday, but the fun is only starting when you arrive at the North Bend Block Party Saturday. The annual pedestrian-friendly party covers North Bend Way and Main Avenue with food and games, plus two stages of live entertainment, headlined Saturday night by Spike and the Impalers at 7, followed by Heart by Heart at 9. There are plenty of children’s activities, as always, with a twist this year -- movies inside and video games outside. “We’re going to have a 4-D mobile game theater,” said Block Party volunteer Stacey Cepeda. Inside the huge van, a small theater setup will show short videos aimed at teens and tweens, while outside, kids can play video games at the attached gaming stations. Younger kids will definitely enjoy a visit to the petting zoo, with time for them to cuddle up with a bunny or wallaby on their laps. And they may never forget seeing the always popular Reptile Man, with his assortment of cold-blooded creatures on display ... (More inside)
Saturday • July 18, 2015
SATURDAY All Day Activities
SATURDAY Main Stage
7 p.m. - Spike and the Impalers
Noon - Mysterious Fat Men
9 p.m. - Heart by Heart
12:45 p.m. - Lisa D and the Groove
SATURDAY Community Stage
• Mini-climbing wall
1 to 1:30 p.m. - DMW Martial Arts demo
• Inflatable Obstacle Course
1:30 p.m. - Sonic Soul Redemption 2:30 p.m. - Cascade Dance 3:15 p.m. - Future Jazz Heads 3:40 p.m. - Kelly Eisenhour
2 to 2:30 p.m. - Cupcake Eating Contest by MyCakes
4:15 p.m. - Ignite Dance
3:30 to 4:15 p.m. - Reptile Man
5:15 p.m. - Eastside Jam
4:15 to 5 p.m. - Loco Motive performs
6:15 p.m. - Ultimate Fitness Competition by Mt Si Sports and Fitness
• Laser Tag • Dunk Tank hosted by Mount Si Wrestling • Animal Encounters Petting Zoo • 4D Theatre and Gaming Station
SUNDAY 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Legends Car Show
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North Bend Block Party photos, clockwise, from above: A sad victim of the dunk tank, a fundraiser for Mount Si High School sports; Shelby Washington of Seattle polishes his 1966 Cadillac coupe at the 2014 Legends show in Snoqualmie; A young climber tries out the climbing wall; and cyclists clown around, which will be even easier to do this year, thanks to a bike valet service. Since this is a biking crowd, there will be bikes on display at the Visitor Information Center, where a North Bend bike collector is loaning out his collection of vintage bicycles for the day. Newer bikes will also be there, as riders finish up their short, medium, or long rides for the Tour de Peaks event. The Mount Si Mountain Bike Club will host a bike valet service for riders and racers alike. Just check in your bike, then collect it when you’re ready to leave. Walkers get something new, too, this year, a scavenger hunt that leads them on a search for clues in various businesses located throughout downtown North Bend. Organizer Lynn Fredenburg said there are at least eight businesses involved. All hunters who complete the challenge will be entered in a drawing for a prize. Sign up for the scavenger hunt at various
spots around the block party, including at the bike valet and the visitor center. Serious walkers can also catch a ride, on the Adventure shuttle, from the block party to one of several trailheads all day. Learn more at http://compassoutdooradventures.com/shuttle. Following on the heels of the 2015 North Bend Block Party will be a car show on Sunday, the first car show that North Bend has hosted in years. Dave Dunn, the show organizer, member of Legends Car Club, and a newer resident of ® the city, insists that the show’s based in Issaquah, fit the bill, light that day, he said. “They got debut “had nothing to do with ® and has lots of experience at car really lucky, don’t ask me how that we just moved out to North shows,PlaTeau including at&Snoqualmie’s ” Issaquah, The sno Valleythat happened. Bend… it was word of mouth, ® will be lined up along Railroad Days each August. Cars 100 percent word of mouth.” Issaquah, The PlaTeau & sno Valley Since this will be a first, West North Bend Way, Main Several local people had been ® North, and West Second though, Dunn isn’t sure what to Avenue talking with car clubs about Issaquah, The PlaTeau & sno Valley expect for turnout, but he’s plan- Street, from®about 10 a.m. to 4 having a show in the city, Dunn ning for aThe lot, at least 150&tosno 180Valley p.m. during the show. Awards Issaquah, PlaTeau said, and they wanted one that cars. The car show schedule is Issaquah, The PlaTeau & sno Valley donated to charities. Legends,
will be announced at 3 p.m., but Dunn added that there will be things to do throughout the day, including games for kids and adults, and a small raffle. Stay up to date with the block party happenings by following the event on Facebook.
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