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INFORMATION STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW
EMERGENCY: 911 Tip Line (for crimes not currently in progress): 253-856-5800 CITY OF KENT City Hall: 220 4th Ave South http://wwwcikentwaus/
CITY COUNCIL There are seven City Council members, each elected to four-year terms Their terms are staggered, with elections held every odd-numbered year Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm except in December, when the Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month The first meetings of the month in August and November are held at 5 pm UTILITIES Centennial Building, 400 West Gowe, Ste 122 Monday-Friday 9 am to 4 pm 253-856-5201 Finance@kentwagov
KENT RESIDENTS’ GUIDE The Kent Residents’ Guide is a special section published by the Kent Reporter Extra copies are available at City Hall, Kent Chamber of Commerce and local libraries Publisher: Editor: Advertising:
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WASTE DISPOSAL If you do not currently receive garbage and/or recycling service, please contact Republic Services at 253-872-7220 to establish service HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE For a list of accepted materials and quantity limits and restrictions, call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 BOW LAKE RECYCLING & TRANSFER STATION 18800 Orillia Rd S, Tukwila Hours: Tue - Fri 6am - 8pm Sat - Sun 8:30am -5:30pm yourkingcountgov 206-477-4466 KING COUNTY WASTE MOBILE Weekly Wastemobile service available at The Oulet Collection (formerly SuperMall) in Auburn each Saturday and Sunday of the month (closed Nov 30 - Dec 1 and Dec 21-22) The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn Hours: 10am - 5pm ROAD AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION Radio: 1650AM Web: wwwdrivekentcom Permit Center Centennial Center Bldg 400 W Gowe Street 253-856-5300 VOTER REGISTRATION King County Elections 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057-2906 206-296-VOTE (8683) TTY: 206-296-0109 Fax: 206-296-0108 Weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm http://wwwkingcountygov/depts/ electionsaspx KENT LIBRARY 212 2nd Avenue N, Kent, 98032 253-859-3330 Monday-Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm Friday: 10 am to 6 pm Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: 1-5 pm
POST OFFICES Downtown: 216 W Gowe St Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm East Hill: 10612 SE 240th St Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm; Saturday 8:30 am to 3 pm
Midway: 23418 Pacific Highway S Monday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm LICENSES & PERMITS Kent Licensing Agency Inc: 331 Washington Ave S 253-852-3110 Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; Saturday 8:30 am to 1 pm Valley Vehicle Licensing: 27331 172nd Ave SE, Ste 116 253-630-7090 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Wednesday, 9 am to 7 pm Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm Department of Licensing Office: 25410 74th Ave S 253-872-6019 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Thursday 9 am to 5 pm Saturday 8 am to noon Vehicle Emissions Testing 3002 A St SE Auburn, 98002 253-939-1225 805 SW 10th St Renton, 98055 425-228-6453 Pet License Many locations throughout Kent, including: King County Animal Shelter 21615 64th Ave S 206-296-7387 Marriage License King County Regional Justice Center 401 Fourth Ave N 206-205-7330
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP Domestic Abuse Crises Line, 425-656-7867
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Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-562-6025 (voice/TTY) YWCA Domestic Violence Advocacy line: 425-226-1266, ext 1017 Consejo Counseling: 206-461-4480
TRANSPORTATION Public Transit King County Metro: http://tripplannerkingcountygov or call 206-553-3000 Sound Transit buses & Sounder Commuter Rail: wwwsoundtransitorg Local Shuttle Services Circulating Shuttle: Free shuttle serving Downtown Kent & Kent East Hill Monday to Saturday More info: http://metrokingcountygov or call 206-553-3000 Commuter Shuttle: Links Sounder rail with Kent Valley businesses 918 is the route number for the Commuter Shuttle http://metrokingcountygov or 206-553-3000 FIRE STATIONS Fire Station 71: 504 West Crow Street Fire Station 72: 25620 140th Avenue SE Fire Station 73: 26512 Military Road South Fire Station 74: 24611 116th Avenue SE Fire Station 75: 15635 SE 272nd Street Fire Station 76: 20676 72nd Avenue South Fire Station 77: 20717 132nd Avenue SE Fire Station 78: 17820 SE 256th
and what makes it different from other places. That’s how we sell Kent. WE ARE A PLACE OF ASPIRATIONS AND HAVE BEEN SINCE OUR BEGINNING.
WE ARE KENT. Welcome to our new brand. In an effort to find a common point of view and consistent representation of Kent, in 2014, a large group of community stakeholders went through a branding process spearheaded by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, City of Kent, Kent Chamber of Commerce and Kent Downtown Partnership. The process included multiple round table discussions businesses, residents and students, faith-based organizations, boards and commissions and elected leadership. Finding out how these individuals see Kent, what they observe, and learning what they think about Kent helped find the essence of our community…its brand. It’s important to note that a brand is much more than a tagline or a logo. Cities with strong brands find it easier to sell products and services, and attract residents and tourists. While the process revealed a new branding logo and tagline, the brand statement outlines what Kent is made of, what it passes from generation to generation,
We started as a farming community that became our foundation for decades. Hops, lettuce, dairy, and a host of other crops gave birth to the cornucopia symbol still found throughout the Kent community. WE ARE A PLACE WITH DIRECTION. We were the second city to incorporate in King County. Our valley transformed from exclusively farming into the second largest distribution and manufacturing center on the West Coast and the fourth largest in the nation. From here we make things that not only travel the world but fly into space. Our city is an economic engine that powers the dynamic Puget Sound region. WE ARE A PLACE OF DIVERSITY. We have grown to the sixth largest city in Washington state and yet, our neighborhoods and schools cultivate a home-town feel with a variety of housing options and a park and trail network that rivals much bigger communities. 138 world languages are spoken in our homes and our population is a reflection of dramatic global influences that are shown in our diverse shops, restaurants, and services.
WE ARE A PLACE CONNECTED. We are at the geographic center of the metropolitan area and our city reflects our unique regional position. We are well connected with a stop for the Sounder rail stretching from Everett through Seattle to Tacoma. Positioned minutes from one of the nation’s busiest airports and two seaports allow us to bring the world to America and America’s products to the world. WE ARE A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY. Our historic downtown is under-going a dramatic transformation as residential development is being built alongside an historic downtown with an adjacent lifestyle center offering both old and new in one exciting place. Downtown Kent is the center of government for South King County and our ShoWare Center is a place where we gather to watch hockey, concerts, and special events. We invite you to reconnect with the place you call home and the place you work. We welcome you to explore the amenities, the culture, the history, and the exciting plans we have for the future. We encourage you to soak in life in a city that is globally important yet focused on families from here and around the world.
KENT 50 + PROGRAM Where Action Makes the Difference Arts & Crafts • Music • Sports • Trips • Games Deli & Cafe • Education • Health Services Volunteering • Fitness Center • Adventures Outdoor Recreation • Dances
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CITY LIMITS OF KENT, WASHINGTON 47° 22’ 58” N, 122° 13’ 37” W
KENT at a GLANCE Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State with a population of approximately 120,000 and covers a geographic area of 34 square miles. Named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Kent is a culturally rich destination with well-established neighborhoods, award winning parks and great school systems making it a fantastic community to live and raise a family.
Located in the heart of the Green River Valley, Kent’s breathtaking setting features views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Only seven miles from SeaTac International Airport, Kent is conveniently located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways. A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY As the fourth largest manufacturing and distribution center in the United States, Kent’s vibrant and diverse economy has a well-earned reputation as the economic barometer for the region. Home to over 4,500 businesses and approximately 78,000 jobs, Kent’s $8 billion gross business income is the highest among its peer cities in South King County.
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Dear Friends, Welcome to Kent! With over 120,000 residents, Kent is the sixth largest city in the beautiful the state of Washington. And, with 138 languages being spoken in our homes, businesses and schools throughout the city, our diversity brings together people and cultures from all over the world. Become familiar with our great city by touring the Cityâ€™s website at KentWA.gov. /Â…iĂ€iĂžÂœĂ•ĂœÂˆÂ?Â?wÂ˜`>Â…ÂœĂƒĂŒÂœvVÂˆĂ›ÂˆV>VĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂŒÂˆiĂƒ] public meetings, and plethora of information about City services and upcoming community events. Another great place for information is VisitKent.com. Launched last year, this tourism site highlights Kentâ€™s top attractions. /Â…iĂ€iĂžÂœĂ•Â˝Â?Â?wÂ˜`>Â˜>VĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂœÂˆÂ?Â?Â…iÂ?ÂŤĂžÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŒ>ĂžÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒ>Â?Â?Ăž>Â˜` physically healthy: golf, soccer, bowling, bicycling, hiking, softball, ĂƒĂœÂˆÂ“Â“ÂˆÂ˜}]>Â˜`wĂƒÂ…ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŒÂœÂ˜>Â“i>viĂœÂ° Our residents can also enjoy participating in the arts, both performing >Â˜`wÂ˜i>Ă€ĂŒĂƒ]ĂŒÂ…Ă€ÂœĂ•}Â…ÂŤĂ€Âœ}Ă€>Â“ĂƒÂœvviĂ€i`ĂŒÂ…Ă€ÂœĂ•}Â…iÂ˜ĂŒÂ˝Ăƒ*>Ă€ÂŽĂƒ>Â˜` Recreation Department. And our walking/hiking/biking trail system crisscrosses the Valley adjacent to wetlands, along the Green River or through our many parks. Another venue that offers a variety of fun events is ShoWare Center, home to the Western Hockey Leagueâ€™s Seattle Thunderbirds and the Major Arena Soccer Leagueâ€™s Tacoma Stars. The Birdsâ€™ and Starsâ€™ schedule and other events can be found at ShoWareCenter.com.
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Carriage Crest 18235 140th Ave SE, Renton Cedar Valley 26500 Timberlane Way SE, Covington Covington 17070 SE Wax Road, Covington Crestwood 25225 180th Ave SE, Covington George T. Daniel 11310 SE 248th St East Hill 9825 S. 240th St Emerald Park 11800 S.E. 216th St Fairwood 16600 148th Ave SE, Renton Glenridge 19405 120th Ave SE, Renton Grass Lake 28700 191st Place SE Horizon 27641 144th Ave SE Jenkins Creek 26915 186th Ave SE,Covington Kent 24700 64th Ave S Lake Youngs 19660 142nd Ave SE
Like many of the cities across the United States, our community has weathered challenging economic times. Yet the Kent Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and thrive with fantastic support and partnership from our members. The Kent Chamber is the number one resource for the Kent business community, constantly responsive to its ever changing needs and concerns. We have nearly 500 member companies representing approximately 26,000 employees in our region. The Kent Chamber of Commerce is THE most influential advocate for businesses in the Kent community. We support economic and legislative efforts designed to strengthen and expand the Kent community with programs of civic, social and cultural nature that are designed to increase the value of our community. At the Kent Chamber of Commerce we Andrea Keikkala CEO email@example.com
Martin Sortun 12711 SE 248th St Meadow Ridge 27710 108th Ave SE Meridian 25621 140th Ave SE Millennium 11919 SE 270th St Neely-O’Brien 6300 S. 236th St Panther Lake 10200 SE 216th St Park Orchard 11010 SE 232nd St Pine Tree 27825 118th Ave SE Ridgewood 18030 162nd Place SE, Renton Sawyer Woods 31135 228th Ave SE, Black Diamond Scenic Hill 26025 Woodland Way S Soos Creek 12651 SE 218th Place Springbrook 20035 100th Ave SE Sunrise 22300 132nd Ave SE Kent Valley Early Learning Ctr 317 4th Ave S
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MIDDLE SCHOOLS Cedar Heights 19640 SE 272nd St, Covington Mattson 16400 SE 251st St, Covington Meeker 12600 SE 192nd St, Renton Meridian 23480 120th Ave SE Mill Creek 620 N. Central Ave Northwood 17007 SE 184th St, Renton
HIGH SCHOOLS Kentlake 21401 Falcon Way Kent-Meridian 10020 SE 256th St Kentridge 12430 SE 208th St Kentwood 25800 164th Ave SE, Covington Kent Mountain View Academy 22420 Military Road S, Des Moines Kent Phoenix Academy 11000 SE 264th St
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* Networking opportunities to connect with the community and grow your business while We encourage you to get involved today. making key partnerships (luncheons, breakfasts, Committees are a key component of the Kent ribbon cuttings, After Hours, speed networking) Chamber of Commerce. They are comprised of Become involved today! Join one of our Chamber members and are formed to address specific issues or interest areas.They are also one of dynamic committees: the best ways for our members to become actively • Ambassador Committee involved in policy development around various • Government Affairs Committee local issues. It is this type of grassroots involvement • Education Committee that sets our Chamber of Commerce apart from other • Business Services & Events Committee organizations by providing an effective voice for businesses. • Finance Committee It takes resources and personnel to ensure that Our members continually raise the bar in the the quality of our efforts continues and you can assist the Chamber and community by remaining a way they support each other and our Chamber. Contact the Kent Chamber of Commerce at current member or becoming one TODAY! 253.854.1770 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We LEAN for Kent Chamber members! We look forward to partnering with you! * Legislative Advocacy on issues important to Kent businesses.
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PARKS and PROGRAM SITES American Colleges of Mixed Martial Arts (ACMMA) 704 W. Meeker St, Kent (253) 854-7535 Arbor Heights 360 Skate Park 11525 SE 240 St Bereiter House/Greater Kent Historical Society Museum 855 E Smith St Boeing Employees Tennis Center 6727 S 199 Pl Briscoe Park, S 190 St Burlington Green W Meeker & Railroad Ave N Campus Park, Canyon Drive & S 252 St Canterbury Park, 24409 100 Ave SE Centennial Center, 400 W. Gowe St Chestnut Ridge Park, 9901 S 203 St Clark Lake Park between SE 240 & SE 248 @ 127 Ave SE East Hill Park, 10920 SE 248 Eastridge Park, 143 SE & SE 257 Fairwood Martial Arts 17134 116 Ave SE, Renton 425-255-8144 First Ave Plaza, 219 1 Ave S
Kent Library, 212 N 2 Ave
Riverbend Golf Complex 2019 W Meeker St
Kent Lions Skate Park W Smith & Interurban Trail
Hogan Park at Russell Road, 24400 Russell Rd
Kent Memorial Park Building 850 N Central Ave
Salt Air Vista Park, 24615 26 Pl S
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center 10020 SE 256 St Kent Parks Community Center 11000 SE 264 St
Saqra’s Studio, 23625 41st Ave Scenic Hill Park 25826 Woodland Way S
Kent Meridian Pool, 25316 101 St SE
Service Club Ballfields 14402 SE 288 St
Kent Rotary Downtown Basketball Court James St (SE 240)
Seven Oaks Park SE 259 St & 118 Pl SE ShoWare Center 625 W. James St 253-856-6999
Kent Senior Activity Center 600 E Smith St Kent Valley Ice & Events Centre 6015 W James St Kentwood Performing Arts Center 25800 164 Ave SE, Covington
SKIP/Children’s Therapy Center (SKIP/CTC) 10811 Kent-Kangley Rd 253-854-5660
Kiwanis Tot Lot #1, S 1 Ave & W Crow St
Soos Creek Maintenance Bldg 24810 148 Ave SE
Kiwanis Tot Lot #2, N 2 Ave & W Cloudy St
Soos Creek Park/ Gary Grant Park-King Co SE 208 @ 136 Ave SE
Kiwanis Tot Lot #3 Alexander St between E Chicago & E Seattle St
Springwood Park SE 274 St & 128 Pl SE
Foster Park, 259 & 74 Ave S
Kiwanis Tot Lot #4 S 5 Ave & W Crow St
Garrison Creek Park 218 St & 98 Ave S
Three Friends Fishing Hole S 196 St & 58 Pl
Lake Fenwick Park 25828 Lake Fenwick Road
Titus Railroad Park, 1 Ave & Titus St
Glenn Nelson Park, Military Rd & S 268
Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272 St
Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park 3600 S 228th St, SeaTac
Town Square Plaza 2 Ave & Harrison St
Linda Heights Park, S 248 & 35 Ave S
Turnkey Park, 23312 100 Ave SE
Green View Park, SE 277 Pl & 120 Pl SE
Meridian Glen Park, 137 Ave SE & SE 275 Pl
Uplands Playfields, 836 W Smith St
Hart’s Gymnastics Center 26415 79 Ave S, Kent (253) 520-1973
Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park 742 E Titus St
Kaibara Park 1 Ave between W Smith & W Meeker St
Morrill Meadows Park 10600 SE 248 St
Kent Bowl 1234 N Central Ave 253-852-3550
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PARKS, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE The City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, classes, services and facilities for all ages through its Administration, Recreation & Cultural Services, Parks Planning & Open Space, Golf Maintenance, Facilities Management and Housing & Human Services divisions. The links below will provide you with information about each of these divisions. ADAPTIVE RECREATION ACCESS THE FUTURE COMPUTER CLASS A computer class designed for individuals with developmental and/ or physical delays. Class meets at the Kent Senior Activity Center in the computer training lab. *Please note registration is limited to one class per quarter (Monday OR Tuesday) due to space limitations. AR BASKETBALL Shoot hoops and learn basic skills and good team strategy. Participate in Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament on Sunday, 2/9/14 in Issaquah. Great fun for everyone!
AR CHEER TEAM This class will focus on learning cheers, group dance routines and spirit. Cheer participants may participate in select Special Olympic events. *Sessions include end of season BBQ at Van Doren’s Landing. AR ARTIST STUDIO Students will work independently on paintings, drawings or their favorite subject. They will learn composition, mixing colors and using different medium techniques. AR TENNIS Learn basic tennis skills from a pro! This inclusive program is designed for individuals with special needs ages 12
and up; or with instructor approval. AR TRACK AND FIELD Events include running, walking, wheelchair events, shot put, jumps and wheelchair relays. Includes participation in Special Olympics tournaments with MANDATORY TEAM PRACTICE REQUIRED. AR ZUMBA Get in shape the Zumba party way, dancing to high energy Latin music. Try it once and you will be hooked, there is no other like it. This class is designed for people with developmental and physical disabilities.
ADULT 50+ PROGRAMS Kent Senior Activity Center 600 E. Smith Street, Kent, WA 98030 (253) 856-5150 Kent50Plus.com ADVENTURE PROGRAM Alpine Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Rafting, Softball, Snowshoeing, Volleyball, Walking, X-Country Skiing CARDS & GAMES Cribbage, Billiards, Bridge, Canasta, Hand & Foot, Mahjong, Ping Pong, Pinochle, Whist, Wii, Mexican Train Dominoes
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Art, Be-Well, Computer, Defensive Driving, Poetry DANCING Ballroom, Line, Hula, Swing, Rock ‘n Roll, Square Dance DELI & CAFÉ Mon – Fri. 11:45 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays Deli only - $5; other days $6 FITNESS CENTER Strength & aerobic equipment, Personal trainer available by appointment FITNESS CLASSES Aerobics, Chi Gong, Stretch & Strengthening, Yoga FUNDRAISERS Corporate sponsorship, lunch donations, planned giving MUSIC Koffee Klatch, Juice ‘n Jazz, Ukulele Jam SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES BP checks, counseling, dental cleaning, haircuts, foot-clinic, health insurance, legal clinics, massage, Meals On Wheels, reflexology, support groups
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SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES BP checks, counseling, dental cleaning, haircuts, foot-clinic, health insurance, legal clinics, massage, Meals On Wheels, reflexology, support groups SPECIAL EVENTS Civic-sponsored meals, educational events, Firefighter-sponsored luncheons, Holiday Craft Market, Kent Place events, Music & Art Showcase SPECIAL INTERESTS ARA, book club, coffee bar,crafts, flytying, knitting, library, puzzles, Readers Theatre, stamp collecting, woodcarving TRIPS & TOURS Day trips, local and regional multi-day travel, specialty tours VOLUNTEERING Multiple options available
ADULT PROGRAMS ADULT RACQUETBALL CLUB A great way to build your skill level and stay in shape with both recreational and competitive levels of play.
BEGINNING AIKIDO Aikido emphasizes redirecting the opponent’s momentum and power to apply sweeps, throws, locks and holds. Aikido allows you to safely subdue your attacker without the use of extreme force.
first class. All of these dances are suitable for beginners and those new to partner dancing - guaranteed to be fun and easy for all! Classes held at Kent Memorial Park Building, 850 N. Central. No partner required and dropins welcome at $12 per class.
BEGINNING BALLET (Ages 16+) Basic level ballet steps, beginning level barre and centre floor. A great class for stretching and toning. Ballet shoes required. Drop-ins are welcome at $8 per class. BEGINNING BELLY DANCING All ages/all sizes welcome. The benefits of yoga, and non-impact aerobics at the same time. Body isolations, shimmy techniques and much more. Two beginning topic sets available. Visit www.saqra.net for more information.
DIGITAL POINT-N-SHOOT CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS New digital point-and-shoot camera? Learn how to use it, compose great photos and what to do with your photos. Bring the camera with battery charged and manual. DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS New digital SLR camera? Learn how to use all the settings, compose great photos and various lens types. Bring the camera with battery charged and manual.
CARDIO-KICKBOXING Burn fat, relieve stress, tone and strengthen muscles, all wihile learning basic self-defense techniques. Class involves bag work, wristwraps or bag gloves are strongly recommended. DANCE LESSONS (Ages 16+) Learn to dance for the fun of it! It’s so much fun you won’t even realize how much exercise you’re getting. The classes are light hearted and you’ll be dancing by the end of the
one hour of sketching and improving drawing abilities with individual help from artist/instructor. Fun projects planned for students to sample a variety of interpretations of art. CONT. TO PAGE 14
DOG OBEDIENCE Join us in one of our many dog obedience classes. Instructor Jennifer Schneider owns Pick of the Litter Dog Training, and is a certified Pet Dog Trainer. For more information visit www.pickofthelitterdogtraining.com. All classes held at the Kent Memorial Park Building. DRAWING Bring a sketch book and pencils for
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CONT. FROM PAGE 13 FITNESS KENT PARKS PUBLIC WORKSHOPS Kent Parks Recreation and Community Services has engaged the services of GreenPlay, a nationally renowned parks and recreation management consulting firm to assist in developing our Resource Allocation and Cost Recovery Policy which includes a model, philosophy and policy based on the community’s values for parks and recreation, services, the vision for the future and the Department’s mission. This model, based on The Pyramid Methodology will be a component part of our planning and budgeting processes. This model is intended to assist the Department in developing a fiscally responsible process so we can proactively plan for the future. In order to develop a tax payer investment/resource (subsidy) and cost recovery philosophy for facilities, programs and services offered by the Department, we are asking for your help. As a component of the planning process, GreenPlay will be conducting a workshop for parks, recreation and community services stakeholders and users. Because we value your opinion, we invite you and/or a representative of your organization to participate in one of our workshops.
AM JAZZERCISE Dance combined with exercise! Easy to follow aerobic dance routines, muscle toning and stretching exercises. All levels welcome in this popular class. CRUNCH AT LUNCH A 50 minute workout focusing on the core. Back, abs and balance exercises performed using balance balls and weights. JAZZERCISE Dance combined with exercise! Easy to follow aerobic dance routines, muscle toning and stretching exercises. All levels welcome to this popular class! JAZZERCISE - CIRCUIT TRAINING & BODY SCULPTING This class alternates between Circuit Training and Body Sculpting depending on class preference. The circuit portion intermingles aerobic routines with strength training using weights and resistance tubes. Body Sculpting features muscle toning workouts featuring combination of strength training movements and stretching.Weights, exertubes, and exercise balls may be used. Visit www.facebook.com/kentjazz for more information.
LUNCH BODY SCULPTING, CRUNCH & CORE Step, hand weights, balls and bands are used for a total body workout. Build core strength and endurance. LUNCH TIME BOOTCAMP 50 minutes of boot camp style drills, cardio workout that will challenge your body & improve your speed, agility & overall performance. Modifications will be shown for all fitness levels. LUNCH TIME TONING A 50 minute class utilizing an exercise fitness ball (provided). Toning legs, abs, back and upper body. Great for all ages and fitness levels. RIZZMIC Rizzmic® is a trademarked fitness program that pairs familiar American music genres with their authentic dance styles. Enjoy a full hour packed with simple energetic routines. You can expect everything from Hip Hop, Jazz, Fosse, Country, Disco, and all retro American dance styles! Incredible variety, united under one name: Rizzmic!® STEP & CORE Get a great overall workout in this combination class with 30 minutes of step cardio and 30 minutes of core strength training.
YOGA BREAK A beginner style 50 minute yoga workout. Basic yoga poses that will strengthen, lengthen and relax your body during the noon hour. Bring a yoga mat.
PRE SCHOOL PROGRAMS GYMNASTICS Our Parent & Tot class is the ideal place to have organized, safe fun exploring movement with your child in a gymnastics environment. In the Preschool classes your child will be introduced to basic movement and gymnastics. MOMMY & ME YOGA (Ages 3-6 years) Dads and caregivers are welcome too! Bring yoga poses to life as little ones strengthen their growing bodies. Healthy habits begin early in life, so take a deep breath together and discover the joy of yoga! Each child needs an adult yoga buddy to participate. Class fee is per child. Please bring a mat or blanket to class and dress in comfortable clothing for movement. CONT. TO PAGE 15
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PLAY TIME PALS (Ages 20-36 Mos) Enjoy time together singing, learning, getting messy and playing in an inclusive preschool class led by an early childhood specialist. Children will develop friendships with a wide variety of peers, some of whom have special needs. PRIVATE PIANO (Age 4-7) Begin learning to play the Piano with carefully graded, lesson-by-lesson learning methods developed for the young music student. Instrument technique and performance skills are developed simultaneously with singing, games, ear training activities, and by playing very easy arrangements of favorite children’s songs. The purchase of music books is required for lessons and payable to instructor. A piano or keyboard at home and daily practice of lesson material is highly recommended. A digital keyboard will be provided during lessons. TAG ALONG TODDLERS (Ages 1-2 yrs) Your toddler (must be walking) will cruise with you over and through the obstacle courses, jump on the trampoline, catch bubbles and sing songs in this interactive class.
TEENY WEENY WIGGLERS (18 mos-3 yrs) Music, games, songs, parachute play and dance make this a lively and fun class for parents and toddlers. TINY TIGERS (Ages 3-4) An introduction to martial arts; balance, strength and coordination, and safety. Games, balls, obstacle courses and more are used to enhance learning. Parent participation is required.
YOUTH AND TEEN PROGRAMS AFTER SCHOOL ALL STARS After School All-Stars is a middle school recreation program for students at Meridian, Mill Creek, Meeker Middle Schools and Nike Manor. Each location has its own activities, clubs, classes and special events that keep teens engaged, active and healthy. The program is free but preregistration is required. Contact Kent Parks Youth & Teen Programs division at (253 )856-5030 for more information today. AFTER SCHOOL ENERGY Looking for a fun-filled afternoon for your K-6th grader? We offer a variety of HIGH ENERGY activities at 8 local
elementary schools that will get your child up and active and having a ton of fun while doing it - and best of all it’s FREE! Just complete our ASE registration form and return it to Kent Commons so your child can attend. Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO ONE SCHOOL PER CHILD. There is no program on conference days, or during school holidays. Please call 253-856-5030 for more information. PRESIDENT’S CAMP Sign your K-6th grader up for a week packed full of crafts, songs, group games, entertainment and a field trip during Kent School District’s President’s Week Break. Kids must bring a morning snack and sack lunch, afternoon snack will be provided by Kent Parks. To register your child call 253-856-5030. SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP During this fun-filled week, campers will participate in games, sports, arts and crafts, and a field trip! Camp is for children in grades K-6th. Kids must bring a morning snack and sack lunch; afternoon snack will be provided by Kent Parks. Register your child today online, or call 253-856-5030 for more information.
SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP AT WASKOWITZ A week of fun, a lifetime of memories. Campfires, sing-alongs, hiking, swimming, beach parties and more. An overnight camp for boys and girls entering 5th, 6th and 7th grades
YOUTH PROGRAMS ADVANCED HARD SHOE (Ages 7-18) Open to dancers who have demonstrated proficiency in the traditional hard shoe dances. Students will learn the slow hard shoe dances & advanced traditional set dances. Wear comfortable clothing, Irish hard shoes required. ADVANCED SOFT SHOE (Ages 7-18) Open to dancers who have a good knowledge of all soft shoe dances. Students will learn advanced soft shoe steps, Ceili dances and original choreography. Wear comfortable clothing, Irish gullies required. CONT. TO PAGE 16
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ART A LA CARTE (Ages 7-13) This menu of art projects will give choices to the budding artist who is hungry to express their creativity. Participate in one or all of the following workshops. New projects will be introduced in every class. All supplies included. ART LESSONS (Ages 7+) One-on-one art tutoring designed for the beginning to intermediate student. Artist Cathe McNiel is available for lessons in drawing, watercolor, oil pastel, and cartooning. Class is catered to your specific needs and interests please specify when registering what your art interests are. BALLET & TAP (Ages 6-12) Students must have 9 months to 1 year of pre-ballet & tap. This class will take the student to a higher level in ballet with more technique, terms, grace and an introduction to Lyrical Ballet. Additional combinations in tap and faster, more exciting moves will be introduced. BALLET I & TAP (Ages 6-9) Beginning ballet & tap class that introduces basic steps. Suggested
dress: leotards, tights, pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes. BALLET I (Ages 6-11) Beginning ballet class that introduces basic steps. Suggested dress: leotards, tights and ballet shoes. BALLET II (Ages 8-14) This class is for experienced dancers with a full year of Ballet I. BALLET III (Ages 14-18) This is an advanced class for dancers with one full year of Ballet II. Instructor permission is required. BEGINNER IRISH SOFT SHOE (Ages 6-16) Open to first time & beginner dancers. Students will learn the reel & light jig as well as work on proper posture, form & rhythm. Wear comfortable clothing, socks or ballet shoes okay.
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KENT DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP Kent Downtown Partnership is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization dedicated to serving and promoting the downtown Kent business community. KDP works in collaboration with downtown businesses, property owners, residents, governmental agencies, and citizen-based community organizations. KDP is a proactive leadership organization, cultivating and strengthening public and private partnerships to increase investment in downtown, business recruitment and retention, residential and retail development, improved parks and green spaces, and a better quality of life. KDPâ€™s vision is to make downtown Kent a thriving destination by promoting a core of vibrant, mixed uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Our emphasis is on businesses, restaurants, art, entertainment, public facilities, and infrastructure development that supports the revitalization and continued prosperity of the downtown business community. MAIN STREET PROGRAM Kent Downtown Partnership is affiliated with the state and national Main Street Program, which was founded by the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 1977. The Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save and protect irreplaceable and historic places, and to revitalize Americaâ€™s communities.
membership directory allowing members to better communicate with each other and broaden their business network.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Weekly E-Blast and Monthly Newsletter Kent Downtown Partnership publishes a weekly e- Blast and monthly e-newsletter that provides up-to-date information on news and events affecting downtown as well as the community at large. FUNDING A membership base of nearly 200 companies, Business and Occupation Tax Incentive Program contributions, fundraising events, volunteers, the City of Kent, and the Kent Downtown Partnership. These funds are used for a variety of programs and projects including faĂ§ade improvement grants; flowers, planters, art, signs, banners, and lighting that promote an inviting downtown atmosphere; community events; educational workshops for business owners and their employees; and marketing and promotional efforts. DOWNTOWN BREAKFAST HOUR EVENTS Kent Downtown Partnership hosts three morning events per year where members are invited to enjoy breakfast during presentations on topics concerning downtown. These breakfasts also provide networking opportunities to learn more about fellow members. COMPANY EXPOSURE Member businesses and organizations are linked to Kent Downtown Partnership website and appear on our online
COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION Members are invited to participate on Kent Downtown Partnership committees that discuss important policy issues and projects, and actively participate in establishing and achieving goals that are crucial to the success of downtown Kent. Current committees you can serve on. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Bernadette Thormalem (Central Avenue Mini Storage) and Charlotte Turpin (Catalyst Travel) Responsible for reaching out to members, staging membership campaigns, and helping with recruitment of members. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Chair: Mike Miller (HomeStreet Bank) This committee analyzes current market forces to develop long term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competitiveness of the existing downtown merchants are examples of economic development activities. Additionally, the members of this committee will help existing businesses expand and recruit specific businesses for a better downtown business mix. SAFETY & SECURITY Chair: John Hind (Tarragon LLC/Kent Station) Identifies and resolves all safety and security issues related to the downtown retail and business core. DESIGN COMMITTEE Chair: Suzanne Cameron (Around the Clock, Inc.)
An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, colorful banners, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in, and live. Design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown. PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE Chair: Frankie June (Down Home Catering) This committee creates excitement downtown. Street festivals, retail events, and image development campaigns are some of the ways Main Street encourages customer traffic. You will be selling the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects. By marketing the districtâ€™s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, and visitors, an effective promotion strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, and special events. BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION TAX COMMITTEE Chair: Mike Hanis (Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC) Responsible for educating the businesses and bringing in B&O Tax contributors. CLEAN-UP DAY COMMITTEE Chair: John Hind (Tarragon LLC/Kent Station) Responsible for organizing KDPâ€™s annual Clean-Up Day. Interested in learning more about the benefits of joining Kent Downtown Partnership and how you can become a member? Call KDP office at 253-813-6976 or email email@example.com.
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2015 PERSON OF THE YEAR TRAGEDY into TRIUMPH Once a troubled teen, Glover blossoms as a mentor, leader in community BY HEIDI SANDERS firstname.lastname@example.org When Kendrick Glover was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery at the age of 16, he could have given up. “When that judge told me that I was going to go to prison, it was a crush,” he said. “I thought, ‘I am going to die. I don’t have anything else to live for.’” But Glover didn’t give up. Instead, the 32-year-old Kent man is using his story to show youth that they can succeed in life. Glover is the director and co-founder of Glover Empower Mentoring (GEM), a program geared toward young men ages
sentence was the 13-21. turning point for Glover’s dedication to serving Glover. youth in Kent and “It really was the surrounding a savior for me in communities has a way, because made him the Kent what it did for me Reporter’s Person was give me an of the Year for opportunity to take 2015. life for really what “You can make it was and not to mistakes in your take advantage of life, but you can it anymore,” Glover turn it around,” said, “but take my Glover said. “You life, take that bull can turn tragedy by the horns and into triumph.” just really ride it.” Kendrick Glover has come full circle from Raised in a Glover earned spending four years in prison as a teenager to now mentoring youth in the Kent area. single-parent his GED while in HEIDI SANDERS, Kent Reporter household in Natprison and a few chez, Miss., Glover got in with the wrong months after his release he took and crowd at a young age. passed the ACT. “Being raised by two women — my “I never had a high school career,” he mother and my grandmother — they said. “I never truly had a middle school couldn’t necessarily show me the ropes career either. The last physical grade I on how to be a man,” he said. “It was just completed was sixth grade.” learning things on my own. That street life He decided to apply to college at just kind of took over.” Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Serving four years of his 10-year prison where many of his friends went.
On July 18, 2003 – Glover’s 20th birthday – he received a special birthday present. “I went to the mailbox at my mom’s house and in the mailbox was a letter from Jackson State University with an acceptance letter,” he said. “It was crazy because seven months prior to this I was released from prison. For me to go from a prison cell to a college campus was a huge accomplishment.” Glover decided to study criminal justice at Jackson State. ‘My goal up until four years ago was to be a juvenile attorney,” he said. “My goal was to stop kids from being in the system. I didn’t want kids to go through what I had to go through and live the life that I lived.” Glover did well in school maintaining a 3.0 GPA, but a lack of money led him back to his old life and he was eventually kicked out of Jackson State after getting into a fight. In June 2005, Glover moved back to Natchez. “That was the place that I vowed never to go back to, because if I was there I was going to be right back with the same old guys doing the same old thing,” he said. But a phone call from his aunt in Seattle changed his life’s course. “When she called I answered the phone at my mom’s house and she was CONT. ON NEXT PAGE
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After graduating, Glover interned for King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and then became a mentor at Dimmitt Middle School and Black River Alternative High School with the Police Activities League (PAL) through the King County Sheriff’s Office. Glover was considering going to law school but decided instead to pursue a master’s degree in education and counseling. “I think that was God telling me that is not the route I want to take you because he gave me this job with this mentoring program and he placed me inside of the schools,” Glover said. “Then my mind started to think, ‘Why would you become a lawyer and work with students after they get charged or commit a crime when you can work with them inside of the schools?’ ” After graduating with from City University in 2012, Glover started working as a counselor at Kent-Meridian High School. “That was my first time really understanding how youth are affected in the educational system” he said. “It really opened my eyes up to education.” Glover now works for the Puget Sound Educational Service District as a program manager for Puget Sound College and Career Network, helping increase student achievement and closing the opportunity
gap. He is also working on a doctoral degree. “If you would have have told me 13 years ago when I was released from prison that I would be going for my Ph.D., being only a year and half away from achieving a Ph.D., not having nothing but a sixthgrade education, I wouldn’t have believed that in a million years,” Glover said. Serving youth While working with PAL, Glover got involved in underground mentoring at Kent-Meridian High School. On the weekends the school’s principal would open the gym to Glover and other mentors to play basketball with youth. The program folded when the principal left the school. Glover began mentoring again while he was counselor at K-M. Seeing the need for a community mentoring program, Glover and Sylvester Craft, who met while doing underground mentoring, decided to start GEM in 2014. The program now has about 25 young men and 11 mentors participating. “I knew there was something special about him,” Craft said of Glover. After hearing Glover’s story, Craft encouraged him to share it with others, especially youth. “The kids believe in him” Craft said. “They trust him. When he is really open with those kids it causes them to be open as well. He has a way of reaching certain kids that other mentors may not be able to reach.” Ricardo Valencia-Alvarez, 15, started attending GEM after meeting Glover at the Black and Brown Summit at Highline College. “Kendrick has influenced me since the first day I met him,” Valencia-Alvarez said. “He had that personality that made me want to be with him. I knew he was going to take me to greatness.” Valencia-Alvarez said Glover and the other mentors are father figures to the young men in GEM. “Since I don’t have a dad and mostly
everybody in there doesn’t have a dad, they care for you,” he said. Glover is passionate about serving youth and hopes his story can be an inspiration “I just want to tell my story to give youth in detention, to give youth in prison, to give youth in school systems, to give youth who are just lost that are just out there, to give young adults, to give even adults an opportunity to see somebody, to really see someone and hear a story of passion, of encouragement, of empowerment,” he said. Glover also serves on the Kent Parks Commission and King County’s Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee, where he advocates for the needs of youth. “I have a passion for being a servant leader, and my servant leadership is directly tied to youth and young adults,” he said. “I think that is my life purpose to be a beacon light for those youth who don’t see past tomorrow.” Glover said he would like to see GEM expand and be in all of the schools in the Kent School District, and he hopes to become an inspirational speaker and share his story with a broader audience. “I think 2016 is going to be a year of a lot of successes, a lot of gains, a lot of opportunities, and I’m ready,” he said. “I’m so ready for this next step. I’m ready for this next challenge.” Glover said he is grateful for GEM’s steering committee, mentors and mentees, as well as the city of Kent, the mayor’s office, Kent Parks Department and the Kent Community Center, where GEM has its weekly meetings. “For me to have such an honor like being the Person the Year is a humbling experience, but I just want people to know this is not about me at all,” he said. “I accept this honor but this is for us. This is a community effort.” Glover lives in Kent with his wife, Angie, and daughter Khaleeah, 7. He has a 10-year-old daughter, Keira Jones, who lives in Mississippi.
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KENT HISTORICAL MUSEUM The Bereiter House, home of the Kent Museum. The house was completed in 1908 by Emil Bereiter, an owner of the Covington Lumber Company and Kent’s Mayor 1912-1913. Seven different families have lived in the building, including a pharmacist, a prominent Japanese produce dealer and an owner of the East Hill Fuel Company. The house was originally sited on nearly four acres of land with a gazebo, carriage barn, orchard, and pastures. In June 2008, the Bereiter House was nominated as a landmark through the King County Landmarks Commission. Additionally, after evaluating the earliest coats of paint, the City of Kent repainted the house, returning it to its earlier colors. Today, the Bereiter House accommodates thousands of items donated by Kent residents that are maintained and exhibited through the Greater Kent Historical Society (GKHS) and museum staff. These items help tell the story of Kent and the area timeline. Gardens on the museum grounds honor veterans who serve or have served in the Armed forces and Americans who were interned during WWII. Resources are available for research, tours are available during open hours or by appointment, and the facility is available for special occasions. Please stop by the museum at 855 East Smith St. and step back in time with the history of Kent. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon until 4pm. Parking is in the back of the house on Temperence Street. 253-854-4330.
Are you prepared? Being prepared can change everything. By planning ahead, you can increase the chances of survival for you and your family, not to mention gain peace of mind knowing you are in control. Catastrophes can happen at any time. Preparing for three days will help you make it through many of the disasters you’ll face in the Puget Sound region, including major storms and even small earthquakes. However, to make it through a major catastrophe, like Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you’ll need to be prepared for longer, at least 7 to 10 days. Catastrophes can happen at any time and are likely to happen here. Imagine you are at work, on the road, or at home during a catastrophe. How would you communicate with loved ones? Are you prepared to survive without essential services, such as running water, electricity, or phones for 7 to 10 days?
Make a family emergency communication plan, identify an out-of-state contact Plan for people, pets and property Review and practice your emergency plan
Build a kit for at least 7 to 10 days Save important documents/records on USB drives, store one at home and one in a safety deposit box Create customized kits for home, office and vehicle
Get involved – Create networks of neighbors and coworkers, work together to pool resources Participate in a training – CPR, first aid, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Learn how to reduce hazards (e.g. shutting off gas supply if needed, strap water heater in place, etc.)
Build a Kit for at Least 7 to 10 Days Imagine if resources aren’t available for seven or more days. You might have to take care of minor injuries and access to resources will likely be limited. Help your family be better prepared by gathering additional supplies and customizing the list to meet your needs. Once you have the basics, think about items you could use to help yourself and others, or simply improve your comfort. Identify a storage container or key location to place your survival kit, then gather and store supplies. Supplies include water and food as well as items for shelter and warmth, first aid, communication, personal hygiene and sanitation. It’s possible your home could be damaged and you may have to evacuate; be sure to include a backpack or similar bag so you can pack some of these items to go. Many of these supplies you may already have at home. Below are suggested basic supplies to survive for 7 to 10 days. QWater – one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation QFood – at least 7 to 10 day supply of non-perishable food per person QCash – ATMs won’t work without electricity QBattery-powered radio and extra batteries QFlashlight and extra batteries QFirst aid kit QWhistle to signal for help QFilter mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air QMoist towelettes for sanitation QWrench or pliers to turn off utilities if needed QManual can opener for food QShelter items like tents, tarps and rope QGarbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation QUnique family needs: supplies for infants, pets and elderly, prescriptions, and important family documents Local agencies across Puget Sound are teaming up to share information and encourage residents to prepare for catastrophic events with this regional campaign, What to do to Make it Through. For other useful checklists and preparedness resources visit: www.makeitthrough.org
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Life just looks better from here. You’ll find few places offering you possibilities for creativity, action and involvement all at one community. Fewer still that offer all levels of living – also at one community. When found together, that’s Judson Park, the sound choice for senior living. Who we are is as much a part of our fabric as what we are: • Residential living for independent-minded people seeking a strong sense of community • Short-stay rehabilitation and respite programs – open to the general public through direct admission • On-site assisted living, memory support and long-term nursing care • A robust, opportunity-rich lifestyle for those who aspire toward successful aging • Accredited by CARF-CCAC for meeting strict national standards for quality services – less than one in five communities can say this
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