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Allegro Performing Arts Academy Ballet ~ Jazz ~ Tap ~ Lyrical Hip Hop ~ Drama ~ Musical Theater Tumbling ~ Yoga ~ Pilates

Classes for Ages 1 - Adult!

letter from Mayor Suzette Cooke . . . . . . . 4

1209 Central Ave. S. #101, Kent, WA ~ 253-813-9630

kent fast facts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


new residents’ information. . . . . . . . . . . . 6 letter from kent schools superintendent. . . 8 public school listings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9

Montessori Plus School Help Your Child Reach His or Her Full Potential


annual events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Kent East Hill

23807 - 98th Ave S Kent, WA 98031

Downtown Kent

parks & recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 youth activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19

318 - 3rd Ave S Kent, WA 98032

For further information, go to our website

Whatever a child can do for himself, he should be allowed to do. — Maria Montessori


senior activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Kent Downtown Partnership. . . . . . . . . . 21 Kent service clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Kent-Meridian Cooperative Preschool COME JOIN OUR FAMILY!!!

Kent Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . 23

• An affordable, independent, parent participation pre-school • Classes birth to 5-years • Call and schedule a visit

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Kent-Meridian Cooperative Preschool



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Publisher Polly Shepherd Advertising Carol Bower & Marie Skoor Design: Andrea Kilpatrick Photos: Charles Cortes


The Kent Residents’ Guide is a special section published by the Kent Reporter. Extra copies are available at any of the advertisers in this section, City Hall, Kent Chamber of Commerce and local libraries.

9425 South 248th Street phone: 253-951-1115 •

COVER PHOTOS: A day in Town Square Plaza in the Historic District of Kent, Washington. Overlay: Volunteers (left to right) Lisa Lewis (kneeling), Gary Allen and Dori Ost finish up work on the recently opened Morrill Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area. 3

Find It W

in Kent!

hether its outdoor activities, performing arts, sports or shopping you enjoy; residents can “Find it in

Kent”! Become familiar with our great city by touring the City’s Web site at www.ChooseKent. com. There you will fi nd a host of civic activities, public meetings, and plethora of information about City services and upcoming community events. Mayor Suzette Cooke With our variety of weather, you can fi nd an activity that will help you stay mentally and physically healthy: golf, soccer, bowling, bicycling, hiking, softball, swimming, and fishing to name a few. Our residents can also enjoy participating in the arts, both performing and fi ne arts, through programs offered through Kent’s Parks and 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 in Kent that offers a variety of fun events is the ShoWare Center, home to the Western Hockey League’s Seatt le Thunderbirds, and now the Indoor Football League’s Kent Predators, all the action of semi-pro sports is right here at home. Scheduled events are located on their website at Are you a shopper? Look no further. There’s a lot of enticing retail activity on the East Hill and 4

fast facts about kent

Meridian areas, while the West Hill retail area hosts Lowe’s and Fred Meyer. Those looking for an international flair will enjoy the Great Wall Mall at the north end of the Kent Valley which att racts people from throughout King and Pierce counties. Of course there’s downtown…..most notable is Kent Station, a convenient gathering place for friends and family. With stylish clothing boutiques, theaters, dining options, and college classes, people come from all over the Puget Sound to visit. Located on James Street and Fourth Avenue, Kent Station has made our city a destination for residents, shoppers, students and tourists alike. Visitors can’t come to Kent without taking the time to explore our historic district. Whether having a delicious meal at one of several restaurants, or taking in the quaint shops, historic downtown is sure to delight. Don’t miss it! Kent’s strength in manufacturing, warehouse and distribution continues to make this area the “powerhouse” of South King County. When you consider the major businesses that call Kent home, such as REI and Starbucks Roasting Plant, we can appreciate the variety of high-quality employment opportunities available to Kent residents. On July 1, 2010, Kent’s population grew to over 114,000 people, making our city the sixth largest in the state. The Panther Lake annexation area on the northeast boundaries of the city limits provides a whole new area to explore. I hope you enjoy “Finding it in Kent” and as your mayor, I am proud and honored to work with you.


Almost 115,000. Kent is the third largest city in King County and the sixth largest in the state of Washington.


34 square miles


18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, 7 miles from SeaTac International Airport

local economy

Over 4,500 businesses and about 78,000 jobs and $8 billion gross business income

average household income $62,475

median home value $281,556

Mayor Suzette Cooke

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New to Kent? Kent Police Emergency: 911 Tip Line (for crimes not currently in progress): 253-856-5808 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 Crisis Lines 24 hour Crisis Line: 425-656-7867 Consejo Counseling: 206-461-4480 Domestic Violence Help Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-562-6025 (voice/TTY) YWCA Domestic Violence Advocacy line (425) 226-1266, ext. 1017 Utilities Customer Service: Centennial Building, 400 West Gowe, Ste 122 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday (253) 856-5201/ Waste Disposal If you do not currently receive garbage and/or recycling service, please contact Allied Waste 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. Seattle South Transfer Station: 8105 Fifth Ave. S. (south of the First Ave. S. Bridge), Seattle Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Auburn SuperMall: Northwest corner, 1101 SuperMall Way, Auburn Hours: 1st and 3rd full* (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) weekends, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *If the 1st is a Saturday or Sunday, the Wastemobile will not be operating

Information to get you up and running Kent Library 212 2nd Avenue N., Kent, 98032 • 253-859-3330 Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm, Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 1-5pm City of Kent City Hall: 220 4th Ave South • City of Kent’s website: 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 7:00pm 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 5:00 p.m. Elections 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 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Postal Service Downtown Post Office: 216 W Gowe St. • 800-275-8777 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Hill Post Office: 10612 SE 240th St. • 800-275-8777 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Midway Post Office: 23418 Pacific Highway S. • 800-275-8777 Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Licenses & Permits Kent Licensing Agency Inc: 331 Washington Ave S. • 253-852-3110 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Valley Vehicle Licensing: 27331 172nd Ave SE, Ste 116 • 253-630-7090 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Department of Licensing Office: 25410 74th Ave S. 253-872-6019 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to noon

Transportation Public Transit King County Metro: or call 206-553-3000 Sound Transit buses & Sounder Commuter Rail: Local Shuttle Services Circulating Shuttle: Free shopper shuttle serving Downtown Kent & Kent East Hill. More info: or 206-553-3000 Commuter Shuttle: Links Sounder rail with Kent Valley businesses. 918 is the route number for the Commuter Shuttle. or 206-553-3000

Vehicle Emissions Testing 3002 A St SE Auburn, 98002 • 253-939-1225 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 805 SW 10th St. Renton, WA 98055 • 425-228-6453 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Road and Traffic Information Radio: 1650AM • Web:

Permit Center Centennial Center Bldg. • 400 W. Gowe Street • 253-856-5300


Pet License King County Animal Shelter • 21616 64th Ave S. • 206-296-7387 Marriage License King County Regional Justice Center • 401 Fourth Ave N • 206-205-7330

2011 Kent Residents’ Guide

retirement communities


health services



Wesley homes

des moines A vibrant community overlooking

have lunch on us!

Puget Sound, with a full spectrum

And find out more about Wesley Homes Retirement Communities and Home Health Services.

815 south 216th street des moines, Wa 98198

Join us and learn about our long-standing history of excellence in serving generations of older adults in the Puget Sound region. Enjoy a fabulous lunch prepared by our Executive Chef using fresh, in-season ingredients. Also see a variety of homes and amenities, including fitness centers, thrift shops and game areas. Our communities are so inviting that you’ll wonder why it took so long to visit!

of residences and continuing care services.

206-824-5000 866-937-5390 toll-free Wesley homes

lea hill

Auburn’s preferred retirement community with spacious accommodations and a variety of amenities including an indoor swimming pool. 32049 109th Place se auburn, Wa 98092


Join us! the third thursday of the month at Des Moines and the third friday of the month at Lea Hill in Auburn.

call today to reserve

Visit us at

rsvP today! Call 206-824-5000. Space is limited.

your seat at the table. Be sure to bring a friend! Wesley Homes, a not-for-profit organization, is affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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for people who love




Working to Successfully Prepare All Students for Their Future Greetings and THANK YOU, KENT! Our wonderful community is an outstanding place to live and work and on behalf of the Kent School District Board of Directors, I want to express sincere appreciation for the tremendous support provided to our schools. A few facts about our district: KSD is the 4th largest in Washington (and the 209th largest in the United Sates out of over 15,000 school districts.) Serving more than 28,000 students at 40 schools spread over 72 square miles of Kent, Covington, along with portions of Auburn, SeaTac, Renton, Black Diamond, Maple Valley and unincorporated areas of King County, we have a very vibrant and diverse student population with over 130 languages spoken. We also enjoy an extracurricular program schedule that often brings Kent community members into our schools. In the Kent School District, we are busy building tomorrow’s leaders, tomorrow’s workforce, and tomorrow’s citizens. We encourage you to get involved - from serving on district committees and contributing as service club members, to working one-to-one with students and helping each succeed, the members of this community care about KSD students. In addition, our strong partnerships with the business community provide excellent opportunities for students. Examples include 15 career and technical education advisory committees and the Mock Trial and Robotics programs. In short, we are a big part of Kent and Kent is a big part of us! When you put a caring and involved community together with outstanding teachers and support staff, you get great schools. It’s no wonder that Kent School District students achieve at a high level with honors ranging from National Merit Scholar Award winners to state and national recognitions in athletics and the arts. Kent School District staff are committed to the success of each and every one of our students, committed to innovation in education, and committed to building a sense of community in our schools and in our student’s lives. Last year, we initiated the Kinder to College program and took kindergarten students to visit local colleges and get them excited about higher education and being ready to enter college upon graduation from high school. Our schools have also been recognized for excellence as shown by the Blue Ribbon, Great School and Distinguished School Awards. Individual staff members also demonstrate excellence. This year 27 teachers achieved National Board Certification, bringing the district’s total to 112 – a number that will continue to grow each year. Other examples include


Jay Maebori, a teacher at Kentwood High School, who was selected as the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year for Washington State. What an honor for Jay and Kent School District! Kent Elementary Principal Sherilyn Ulland was recently named Elementary Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals for her tireless dedication to the school’s students and staff. Our commitment to excellence continues at all levels. For the last 24 years, Kent School District has received the National Certificate of Excellence for financial reporting. This award recognizes the highest financial accountability to the community and taxpayers. In these days of financial challenge, we make sure every dollar counts. Innovation, achievement, and safety are three guiding principals in our work. Over 4,000 people attended the 2010 Tech Expo hosted by the district and learned how technology helps our students become prepared to live and work in the 21st century. Our Food & Nutrition Services Department was applauded by the state for running an efficient summer lunch program that provides lunches to any school-aged child in the district and our transportation department recently received a 100% rating during a surprise inspection by the Washington State Patrol. To ensure Kent School District continues on a course of preparing each and every student for college and career, a strategic plan is being developed to guide the district for the next ten years. Creating the plan involved a 65-member committee of parents, community members, students, teachers, and support staff working together and hearing the responses of more than 6,500 residents who provided input on the development of the plan. We look forward to this strategic guide allowing students and staff to achieve even greater success. In Kent School District, we are busy building tomorrow today by inspiring and educating EVERY student so that they will become a productive part of 21st century society. Together, we are building a community of excellence.

Dr. Edward Lee Vargas Kent School District Superintendent

Kent Public Schools ADMINISTRATION CENTER Superintendent’s Office 253-373-7701 Transportation Services 253-373-7442 Student Services 253-373-7513 Food and Nutrition Services 253-373-7275 Ombudsman Services 253-373-7117 School Board Bill Boyce, President 253-631-7213 Jim Berrios, Vice President 253-852-6544 Tim Clark, Director 253-854-1895 Karen DeBruler, Director Debbie Staus, Legislative Representative ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Carriage Crest 18235 140th Ave SE, Renton Principal Susanne Wick 253-373-7597 Cedar Valley 26500 Timberlane Way SE, Covington Principal Chad Golden 253-373-7649 Covington 17070 S.E. Wax Road, Covington Principal Audrey Farris 253-373-7652 Crestwood 25225 180th Ave SE, Covington Principal Linda Butt s 253-373-7634 George T. Daniel 11310 SE 248th St. Principal Janet Muldrow 253-373-7615

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Save $10 on your first 7-week session of classes with this ad (new clients only).

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Be Sure To Attend These Kent Lions Community Events

“Dragon Boat Races”

July 7 – 10, 2011

South King County’s Largest Family Festival Largest Festival Parade, Over 600 Venders Carnival / Live Entertainment

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Visit us at:

Saturday, December 3, 2011 Annual Holiday Reading, Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Each Saturday June 4 – Sept. 24, 2011 444358

These are all Community Service Projects of the Kent Lions benefiting over 250 Charitable Organizations and causes.

PO Box 5094 • Kent WA • 253.852.5466 • Kent Reporter


Kent Public Schools continued from page 8


East Hill 9825 S. 240th St. Principal Kyle Good 253-373-7455 Emerald Park 11800 S.E. 216th St. Principal Dean Ficken 253-373-3850 Fairwood 16600 148th Ave SE, Renton Principal Patricia Hoyle 253-373-7491 Glenridge 19405 120th Ave SE, Renton Principal Scott Abernathy 253-373-7494 Grass Lake 28700 191st Place SE Principal Sandra Hart 253-373-7661 Horizon 27641 144th Ave SE Principal Melanie Strey 253-373-7313 Jenkins Creek 26915 186th Ave SE, Covington Principal Cathy Lendosky 253-373-7331 Kent Elementary 24700 64th Ave S Principal Sherilyn Ulland 253-373-7497

Lake Youngs 19660 142nd Ave SE Principal Chris Banks 253-373-7646

Pine Tree 27825 118th Ave SE Principal LaWonda Smith 253-373-7687

Martin Sortun 12711 SE 248th St. Principal Greg Kroll 253-373-7314

Ridgewood 18030 162nd Place SE, Renton Principal Andy Song 253-373-7482

Meadow Ridge 27710 108th Ave SE Principal Bonnie Wong 253-373-7870

Sawyer Woods 31135 228th Ave SE, Black Diamond Principal Tim Helgeson 253-373-7750

Meridian 25621 140th Ave SE Principal Stan Jaskot 253-373-7664

Scenic Hill 26025 Woodland Way S. Principal Wallace Clausen 253-373-7479

Millennium 11919 SE 270th St. Principal Carla Janes 253-373-3900

Soos Creek 12651 SE 218th Place Principal Patricia Drobny 253-373-7690

Neely-O’Brien 6300 S. 236th St. Principal Jo Metzger 253-373-7434

Springbrook 20035 100th Ave SE Principal Gaynell Walker 253-373-7485

Panther Lake 10200 SE 216th St. Principal Elizabeth Wallen 253-373-7470

Sunrise 22300 132nd Ave SE Principal Jennifer Reuland 253-373-7630

Park Orchard 11010 SE 232nd St. Principal Christine Castillo 253-373-7473


MIDDLE SCHOOLS Cedar Heights 19640 SE 272nd St., Covington Principal Angela Grutko 253-373-7620 Mattson 16400 SE 251st St., Covington Principal Stephen Beck 253-373-7670 Meeker 12600 SE 192nd St., Renton Principal Jeff Pelzel 253-373-7284 Meridian 23480 120th Ave SE Principal Doug Boushey 253-373-7383 Mill Creek 620 N. Central Ave. Principal Anthony Brown 253-373-7446 Northwood 17007 SE 184th St., Renton Principal Colleen Nelson 253-373-7780

HIGH SCHOOLS Kentlake 21401 SE 300th St. Principal Diana Pratt 253-373-4900 Kent-Meridian 10020 SE 256th St. Principal Wade Barringer 253-373-7405 Kentridge 12430 SE 208th St. Principal Mike Albrecht 253-373-7345 Kentwood 25800 164th Ave.SE, Covington Principal Doug Hostetter 253-373-7680 Kent Mountain View Academy 22420 Military Road S., Des Moines Principal Debbie Dempsey 253-373-7488 Kent Phoenix Academy 11000 SE 264th St. Principal Merrilee Carey 253-373-7542


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Thanks for Voting Us Tops in Senior Living Facilities

New Construction on Hole #2 - #9, and Signature Hole #18 Perfect for any Corporate or Group Golf Tournaments


Features the Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Affordable Units Available

Offers Junior Camps and Clinics All Year Long Junior Golfers Welcomed

Discounted Phone Service

Family Friendly Par 3 Course Driving Range with 32 Stalls and Targets

• • • • •

3 Homestyle Meals Daily Attendants On Duty 24/7 Personal Care Services Full Activity Program 1 Bdr & Studio Units Avail.


18 Hole Miniature Golf Course Party Room located at the Driving Range 445506

Home of the Riverbend Discount Golf Shop




A City of Kent Facility • 253.TEE.TIME •

• 1 Homestyle Meal Daily • Own Private Park • 2 Bdr, 1 Bdr, & Alcove Units Available


2902 “I” Street NE, Auburn 98002 • 253.939.1332

Kent New Services New service options and program changes for garbage, recycling, yard and food waste collection are coming to Kent beginning April 1, 2011. To order the cart size to meet your needs visit

or learn more about additional features available.

Weekly Garbage Collection

Every-Other-Week Recycling

No more dragging the can! All customers will be provided with a new garbage cart. New garbage carts will be GRAY and you may select: 13, 20, 32, 45, 64, or 96 gallon sizes. To get the size cart you want, please send in your prepaid selection postcard.

Unlimited recycled materials will be collected without charge. Your new BLUE recycling cart comes in 32, 64 or 96 gallon sizes. Default size 96 gallons. To get the size cart you want, please send in your prepaid selection postcard.

Every-Other-Week Yard & Food Waste Collection

Everyone will get a Yard & Food Waste Cart at no additional cost. Meat, fish, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and soiled paper are now accepted in your Yard & Food Waste cart. Your GREEN cart comes in 13, 32, 64, or 96 gallon sizes. Default size 96 gallons. To get the size cart you want, please send in your prepaid selection postcard.

For information on services contact Allied Waste at 206-682-9735 or go to


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Best Fish~n~Chips have to try in Town! You it to believe it!




• Ribs • Chicken • Pulled Pork • Beef Brisket • Hot Links


Best Best Thai Thai food food in in Kent Kent

ANY ONE ITEM With coupon only. Coupon is not valid with any other offer.

• Authentic Thai cuisine prepared by experienced chefs • Friendly service & relaxed atmosphere • Quality food at a resonable price

THANK YOU to all our loyal customers for supporting us!

Nazes Seafood Restaurant 451589

WE DO CATERING 253-850-0079

26220 116th Ave SE, #103, Kent, WA 98030

PAOLO’S Italian Restaurant

M-F 11am-9pm • Sat 12pm-9pm 120 Washington Ave N • Kent WA on Washington & Meeker with plenty of onsite parking



00 OFF

$5.00 Off the purchase of two or more BBQ plates.

Valid for dinner only from 3pm to 8pm, Monday through Saturday.

253-850-5887 Dine-in or Take-out

• Fast Counter Service • Take-out & Dine-in • Award Winning Real BBQ! DINNER COUPON

Expires 12/31/11

6621 S. 211th St • Ste 106 • Kent •







Bring this ad in for a


Appetizer or Dessert with purchase of a main entreé


• Serving the Best Beef in town • Extended Sunday Brunch • 9am-1:30pm • Early Bird Meals • 4pm-6:30pm • Wednesday & Sunday Nights • All you can eat • Thursday & Sunday • 1/2 off any bottle of wine Voted Best • Serving Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Family Restaurant • Happy Hour: Monday - Friday • 4pm-7pm 2008, 2009 & 2010! • Senior Citizen Specials & Discounts • Banquet & Catering Service Available (253) 852-1144 • 23826 104th Ave SE, Kent

Menu on website:


Catering for small to large parties


(In front of McLendons)

23810 104th Ave SE Kent WA 98031



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We’re now in Kent!

We’re right in your own backyard.

Dine In - Take Out

Coupon Special Buy One Entree, Get 2nd Entree

50% OFF All Day

Check out these two local restaurants.

Senior Discount: 10%off

20402 International Blvd • 206-592-5928

23615 104th Ave SE

17250 Southcenter Parkway • 206-575-0330

(60 years and older)



(across from Chase Bank)




NOW OPEN 24 HOURS 23819 104th Ave SE

1975-2011 Always A Better Pizza • Always A Better Deal™

Araceli & Roberto Gonzalez, Owners, 36 years in Kent Locally Owned & Operated

253.856.7777 We Deliver

Pizza • Pasta • Subs • Calzones • Ribs • Gyros PAIRS SPECIAL FREE WINGS



+ Tax

2 12” Medium ................ $1599 2 14” Large .................... $1999 2 16” X-Large ................ $2499 Your choice 2 Toppings on each.

Extra Cheese Costs Extra. Expires 3.31.11

Extra Cheese Costs Extra. Expires 3.31.11



Including your favorites Carne Asada, Fajitas and Arroz con Pollo!

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(Offer good 7 days a week after 3pm only)

203 S. 4th Ave, Kent, 98030

Delivery 1.99 + tax

1-12” Medium Pizza with 2 Toppings 6 Bones Baby Back Ribs 1 Baked Lasagna or Spaghetti 2 Tossed Salads & 2 Garlic Toast


Orders-to-Go Fax: 253.854.0739

Delivery 20.99 + tax

+ Tax

Extra Cheese Costs Extra. Expires 3.31.11

Savings of $5.99

1-14" Lrg Pizza with 2-Toppings 2 Lasagna or Spaghetti 2 Tossed Salads • 2 Garlic Toast Cheese $28.99+tax Extra costs extra

Delivery 30.99 + tax

$15 minimum for delivery, Delivery area 5 mile radius $1.99 delivery fee

Expires 3.31.11


Buy 1-16” X-Large Pizza w/2 Toppings

Get 10 pc Hot Buffalo Wings Free

Phone: 253.854.5320


(Equal or lesser value)

Voted Best Pizza in Kent


Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm • Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm Tue: Closed

Restaurant • Lounge BEST BBQ

Lake Meridian Marketplace next to 24 Hr Fitness

in the Universe! & Award winning

25633 102nd Pl. SE • Kent, WA 98030



PRIME RIB Try it today!

10 off


Appetizers! 4pm-7pm daily with the purchase of a dinner entree.

the purchase of two dinner entrees and two beverages.

Kent location only.

One coupon per customer. For Dine in only.

Cannot be combined with any other discount, promotional offer or all-you-can-eat special. Not valid on holidays. Not redeemable for cash. Expires 12/31/11.


Voted Best in Washington for Vietnamese Cuisine

453565 315 Washington Ave S, Kent WA Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm • Sunday: 3pm-9pm

12912 SE Kent Kangley Road, Kent

• 253-630-0284 •


Kent location only. 453706








with purchase of $25 or more.


Patrick Ensign, Ow

3pm - 10pm.

Not valid on orders to go, one per table. Expires 12/31/11.

11am-9:30pm Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 4 - 6 pm | HAPPY HOUR | Sun-Thur TEL: 253.981.6333 EAT@BANYANTREERESTAURANT.COM WWW.BANYANTREERESTAURANT.COM





• Taco Tuesday - 2 tacos/$2 • Comedy 1st Wed of the month • Texas Hold'em Tourneys • Trivia Thursday • Live Music on Friday & Saturday nights • Weekend Breakfast Specials • Homemade Soups Daily

• Full Service Bar • Microbrews • Big Screen Plasma TV's • Pull Tabs • WiFi • Happy Hour • Special Events • See Website for Current Activities

Conveniently located across the tracks from Historic Kent

114 Railroad Ave. N., Kent, WA 98032 • 253-852-7287(PATS)


2011 Kent Residents’ Guide

Annual Events 2011 SPOTLIGHT PERFORMING ARTS SERIES Music, dance, theater and family entertainment are all featured in this stellar program. Occurs annually, September through April. Visit for complete information. KIDS’ ARTS DAY Saturday, March 5 | Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue North A wide variety of hands-on arts projects makes this a favorite annual event for elementary school children and their families. Cost: $10 admission for kids; adults and children 2 years old and younger are free. All hands-on projects are free with admission! STUDENT ART WALK March 7 – 18 | Centennial Center Gallery, Downtown Kent & Kent Station Highlights the creativity of over 450 students from the Kent School District. Artwork is displayed in twenty downtown Kent businesses and the Centennial Center Gallery. KENT FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9:00am-2:00pm, June-September Buy produce directly from local farmers. Location: Near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Smith Street in Downtown Kent. 4TH OF JULY SPLASH Monday, July 4 The Splash takes place on July 4th at scenic Lake Meridian Park from 12 noon until the last fi rework is lit. Cost: Free and open to the public, all ages welcome. FIREWORKS OVER DES MOINES Monday, July 4 | Des Moines Marina 22307 Dock Ave S. Fireworks are scheduled to be set off at 10:00pm. CORNUCOPIA DAYS One of the top ten largest events in Washington! Parade, Dragon Boat Races, Street Fair, Carnival and much more over three days. A Seafair event. SUMMER ART EXHIBIT Reception: Wednesday, July 13, 5-7:30 pm| 400 W Gowe St Large group show that features a wide variety of original artwork by Puget Sound area artists. 2011 Dates: June 10 - August 26. Cost: Free and open to the public, all ages welcome. 5TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR & WOODEN BOAT SHOW Saturday, July 23 | Des Moines Marina 22307 Dock Ave S. Th is coming years Classic Car and Wooden Boat show will feature over 200 classic cars, over 30 wooden boats, 20 plus vendors, and Danny Vernon’s Illusion of Elvis for entertainment. CORNUCOPIA DAYS 5K FUN RUN & WALK Random prize drawings, live music and awards for top 5 fi nishers in each age group make the Cornucopia Days 5k a fun family event. Occurs annually in conjunction with Cornucopia Days. Location: Th ree Friends Fishing Hole, located at 20025 Russell Road. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Featuring a wide variety of free, outdoor performances. Occurs annually in July and August at the following locations: Kent Station Take-out Tuesdays, 12 noon - 1:00pm, Kent Station Plaza, 417 Ramsay Way Wednesday Picnic Performances, 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street SUMMER NIGHTS AND THE SILVER SCREEN Outdoor movies in downtown Kent. Movies are screened annually in August. Location: Town Square Plaza, 2nd Avenue & Harrison Street 28TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RUSH FUN RUN & WALK Saturday, December 11 | Riverbend Golf Complex The Christmas Rush is a fun family event. Both the 5k and 10k are certified out and back courses. Kent Reporter


Get active! Explore the Kent park system to really get moving! SKATE PARKS Arbor Heights Park 360: 11525 SE 240th St. Kent Lions Skate Park in downtown Kent: W. Smith and Interurban Trail West Hill Skate Park: 42nd Ave. S. and Reith Road OFF LEASH DOG PARKS Grandview Off-Leash Area (OLA), SeaTac (37.7 acres): S. 228th Street and Military Road S., SeaTac Morrill Meadows Off-leash Dog Park (3.5 acres): 10808 SE 248th St. TRAILS Green River Trail: 10.46 miles one way Interurban Trail: 6.10 miles Lake Fenwick Trail: 1.09 miles Morrill Meadows Park Trail: .25 miles wooded trail, .25 mile meadow trail Clark Lake Park: (additional sections under development) - 1.86 miles Pine Tree Park (Loop): .40 mile Springwood Park (Loop): .41 miles West Fenwick Park: Lower trial (loop) .30 miles/ Upper trail (round trip from lower loop) .44 miles VALLEY PARKS Anderson Greenbelt: South 259th Street at approximately 80th Avenue South Anderson Park: Russell Road, south of S 212th St Borden Playfields: James Street and Fourth Ave N. Briscoe Park: South 190th Street on the east side of Green River Burlington Green: W. Meeker St & Railroad Ave. N. Campus Park: Canyon Drive and S 252nd St Castlereagh Sister City Park: W Meeker and Railroad Ave N Cottonwood Grove Park: Between Frager Rd and Green River (approximately South 238th) Commons Playfields: James St and Fift h Ave N First Avenue Park: 219 First Ave S Foster Park: S 259th St and 74th Ave S Gowe Street Mini-park: Kennebeck Ave & Titus St Green River Natural Resources Area: West of 64th Ave S between S 228th and S 212th Ikuta Greenbelt: 19001 84th Ave S Kaibara Park: First Ave between W Smith and W Meeker streets Kent Memorial Park: 850 Central Ave N Kent Rotary Downtown Basketball Ct: W James St and Interurban Trail Kherson Park: Second Ave S and West Gowe St Kiwanis Tot Lots: First Ave S and W Crow St; Second Ave N and W Cloudy St; Alexander St between E Chicago and East Seatt le; Fift h Ave S and W Crow St Mill Creek Earthworks Park: 742 E Titus St Naden RV Park: Naden Ave S, South of W Meeker Old Fishing Hole: Frager Rd, South of W Meeker Riverbend Golf Complex: 2019 W Meeker St Riverview Park: Hawley Rd at approx. S 255th St 16

Rosebed Park: First Ave between W Gowe and W Meeker Russell Road Park: 24400 Russell Road Springbrook Greenbelt: S 180th St, East of Milwaukee RR Titus Railroad Park:: First Ave S and Titus St Uplands Playfields: W Meeker St and Sixth Ave N Valley Floor Community Park: 21601 Frager Rd S Van Doren’s Landing Park: 21861 Russell Road Willis Street Greenbelt:: 4th Ave S and Willis St Yangzhou Park:: Railroad Ave N and W Smith St EAST HILL PARKS • 132nd Ave. SE • 26621 132nd Avenue SE • 277th Corridor • 27315 114th Avenue SE Canterbury Neighborhood Park: 24409 100th Ave SE Chestnut Ridge Neighborhood Park: 9901 S 203rd St Clark Lake Park: Between SE 240th and SE 248th streets at 127th Ave SE East Hill Park: 10920 SE 248th St. Eastridge Park: SE 257th Street and 143rd Ave SE Garrison Creek Park: 98th Ave S and S 218th Street Green View Park: 120th Place SE and SE 277th Pl Lake Meridian Park: 14800 SE 272nd St. Meridian Glen Park: 137th Ave SE at SE 275th Pl Morrill Meadows Park: 10600 SE 248th St. Pine Tree Park: 11th Place SE and SE 276th Place Rainier View Estates: 128th Place SE & SE 259th Pl Scenic Hill Park: 25921 Woodland Way Service Club Ball Fields: 14420 SE 288th Street (undeveloped) Seven Oaks Park: SE 259th St and 118th Pl SE Springwood Park: SE 274th St at 126th Pl SE Tudor Square Park: 112th Ave SE and SE 268th St Turnkey Park: 23312 100th Ave SE Walnut Grove: S 242nd and 94th Ave S Wilson Playfields: 13028 SE 251st St WEST HILL PARKS Glenn Nelson Park: Military Rd and S 268th St Kronisch Park: 38th Ave S and S 248th St Lake Fenwick Park: 25828 Lake Fenwick Road Linda Heights Park: S 248th St and 35th Ave S Old Fire Station Park: S 252nd St and 35th Pl S Salt Air Vista Park: 24615 26th Place S West Fenwick Park: Reith Rd and 42nd Ave S West Hill Park: Military Rd and S 244th St (undeveloped) 2011 Kent Residents’ Guide

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Kent has been named by America's Promise as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People!! YOU ME WE 2011 February 18, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. ShoWare Center 625 W James St. Admission is free. MERIDIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL LATENIGHT Free late night program on Tuesday nights, 6:00 9:00 pm, for teens age 13 - 19. From 1/4/2011 - 3/8/2011 open gym basketball is between the hours of 6 pm - 7:30 pm. Kent Parks Basketball League is in the gym for the remainder of the evening. You must have valid, approved ID to enter. 23480 120th Ave. SE KENT PARKS COMMUNITY CENTER 11000 SE 264th St Monday - Thursday, 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm Fridays, 3:30 pm - 9:45 pm Saturday, 5:30 pm - 9:45 pm (Families welcome) There is always something fun going on at the Kent Parks Community Center for teens between the 7th grade and 19 years of age! 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 - all at a low cost to you. For a registration form please contact your school or call the Youth and Teen Division at (253) 856-5030 for more information. YOUTH SOCCER Coed, Boys and Girls Soccer starting with Pre-K all the way up to 6th grade. Registration starts in late Spring. FLAG FOOTBALL Youth Flag Football for 4th/5th Grade League and a 6th/7th Grade League. Play begins in October. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Volleyball for girls in 7th-12th grade. League runs in the Fall using both School District sites and the Kent Commons.


ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL Youth Basketball for Boys and Girls grades 3-6. Registration starts in September with deadline to register in early November. Practices begin in December and games start in January. MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL Middle School boys basketball for grades 7 and 8. Registration starts in September. Games start in January. BOYS BASEBALL Youth Boys Baseball for 3rd - 12th Grade. Registration starts in January with practices starting in April. GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL Fastpitch softball for girls grades 3-12. Registration begins in January. T-BALL & TOSSBALL For Pre-K to 2nd Grade boys and girls. Teams are coed. Registration begins in December. YOUTH TRACK Youth Track program runs in conjunction with the Kent School District. For boys and girls grades 4-6. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Volleyball for girls in 6th-11th grade. League runs in the Spring using both School District sites and the Kent Commons. INDOOR PARK Ages 10 months - 4½ years "It's raining, it's pouring" ...and the little ones are playing! Indoor Park is a traditional outdoor playground brought inside. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Play with toys, balls, and other playground type equipment in a dry and safe environment. Parents are required to supervise their own children at all times (maximum of 3 children per adult) Cost is $2.00 per visit and $1.00 each additional child as the "drop in fee" or buy a 10-visit pass for $15.00. Call for more information, (253) 856-5000. Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 am - 11 am. 2011 Kent Residents’ Guide

Kent Police Explorer Program Learning to "Protect and Serve" Are you interested in a future career in law enforcement? If you are then the Kent Police Explorer Program is for you! The Kent Police Detpartment Explorer Post is designed to provide exciting and challenging training along with on the job experience for young people interested in a career in law enforcement. The Explorers participate in many phases of police work, but are not placed in dangerous situations. They may also ride-a-long with police officers. The Police Explorer Program is one of the best ways for youth to become involved with their community in a positive way and learn about law enforcement at the same time. We are affiliated with the Learning for Life program, and WLEEA, the Washington Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors. 253-856-4834 - Voicemail 220 4th Av S, Kent, WA 98032

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Senior Activities STAFFORD SUITES KOFFEE KLATCH with A & H Drug Store & Hallmark Gifts Mondays, 11:00 am Door prizes, free coffee, and complimentary entertainment are available every Monday.

ARBOR VILLAGE WII SESSIONS Mondays & Fridays, 1:00 pm Volunteers Orval, Ralph and Dave will encourage and help all learn how to play these interactive games. See what all the excitement is about! Come for free coffee on Mondays at 11:00 am, stay for lunch and check out our Wii sessions, compliments of Arbor Village Continuing Care Campus. KENT TUESDAY EVENING BALLROOM & SWING DANCES Doors open at 7:30 pm Ballroom and Swing Dances feature live music every Tuesday night. No advanced reservations are required and the fee is only $4 for all age dancers and listeners. For dance details, call Helena at 253-8565164. KENT SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER 600 East Smith Street • 253-856-5150 Services may require appointment, fee, or donation. Call 253-856-5150 for more information. • Alzheimer Support Group • Haircuts • Health Clinic/Foot Care • Healthy Smiles • Legal Clinic • Senior Legal Clinic • Lions Breakfast • Massage • Disabled American Veterans • Meals on Wheels • Nutrition • Health Insurance Counseling • Transportation SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE Meets 3rd Friday of the month, 10:00 am THE DELI AND CAFE at the Kent Senior Activity Center • Open to all ages • A daily entree selection plus a fresh cut salad bar, homemade bread and homemade soup, delistyle sandwich or specialty salad, sandwich with specialty salad, soup or sandwich with salad bar • All options include beverage and dessert • Deli not available on special advance ticket lunch days • Special thanks to Stafford Suites for their weekly fruit donation. • Take out carriers and wrap are not available for leftovers. 20

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50+ TRANSITION PROGRAM The Kent Senior Activity Center began a transition in 1993, reinventing itself to focus on serving maturing adults. This includes the new generation of retirees who refuse to be called ‘seniors’. Push aside those stereotypes-this isn’t your great grandpa’s senior center! • High action activities emphasizing health and wellness Outdoor adventure, Fitness Center, interactive games • Exciting escorted travel Day trips, overnighters, extended, local, regional, domestic and international • Intriguing Educational Classes & Workshops Computers, Exercise classes, Art, Music, Dance, Fishing, Sports and so much more • Cost-effective & Convenient health services BP monitoring, foot care, personal trainers, nutrition, weight loss • Exclusive Special Events and Fundraisers Holiday Craft Market, Evening of Jazz & Art, Giant Rummage Sale, Quarterly Luncheons The Kent Senior Activity Center 50+ program transition provides outreach opportunities to maturing adults who do not consider themselves “old enough” to qualify for participation and may be younger than 50.

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Kent Downtown Partnership Our Mission: To Develop and Promote A Vibrant Downtown WHO IS Kent Downtown Partnership? It is a community-based organization dedicated to the Economic, Cultural, and Historic revitalization of the downtown area. After many years in existence, some people in our community are still uncertain about who or what we are. Kent Downtown Partnership is a charitable, nonprofit, community organization dedicated to the revitalization and development of all the resources of downtown Kent. We are a product of broadbased community support. We are striving to improve the image of downtown for shoppers and investors, to put vacant buildings back into productive use and to make downtown appealing once again as a center for community life. We also want to keep our downtown safe; safe for our businesses and safe for our families and shoppers. Kent Downtown Partnership was conceived several years ago by business and community leaders to provide leadership and structure to revitalize a


languishing downtown area. At that time we all saw the direct link between the economic health of our downtown and the overall economic development efforts of the entire city. DOWNTOWN IS A SPECIAL PLACE THAT INSPIRES PRIDE AND A SENSE OF CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITY. The downtown is the common, shared, public, central, community area. Th is is the true meaning of downtown, the true basis for the community’s support of and the guiding principle for Kent Downtown Partnership. We have a 21 member board and are proud that we have formed so many wonderful partnerships with the City of Kent, Kent Station, and Kent Chamber of Commerce. Together, we will all make a difference.

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Kent Service Clubs KENT LIONS 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month Group is seeking new members in the greater Kent area interested in performing community service in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. Lions is a world-wide organization of volunteers dedicated to sight, hearing, and diabetic causes. The Kent group specializes in local youth, families, seniors and veterans, as well as sponsoring Kent Cornucopia Days and the Kent Farmer's Market. Golden Steer Rib & Steak House 23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent. 253-852-5466 kentlions@ KIWANIS CLUB OF KENT Noon Fridays Golden Steer Rib & Steak House, 23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent. Call 206-3592243. KIWANIS CLUB OF MERIDIAN Noon Wednesdays A global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time through innovative community service. H.D. Hotspurs Restaurant 315 Washington Ave. S, Kent. 425-277-4340. ROTARY CLUB OF KENT Noon Tuesdays Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Avenue SE, Kent. 253-852-1044, 253-852-1480 or


SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF KENT Noon the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Soroptimists are dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women within the community and welcome interested women from the community to attend. Golden Steer Rib & Steak House 23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent 206-387-3353

QUOTA 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:30pm Mitzel's 22311 84th Avenue South Kent, WA 253-872-2211 ROTARY CLUB, SUNRISE 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Members bring support and energy to many projects that affect people living in Kent. Golden Steer Rib & Steak House 23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent 253-670-5551

Kent Chamber of Commerce

About the Chamber Welcome to the region’s premier business organization! At the Kent Chamber of Commerce, we bring the business community together in dynamic, profitable ways. Whether members are networking with one another, learning marketing tips and tricks, immersing themselves in issues that impact business, or tapping into an array of educational services, we give local business owners the tools to help them thrive. A recent national survey backs that up. It shows Chamber membership and community involvement are good investments for business. The real value of joining a local Chamber of Commerce points to direct benefits for companies both small and large that are stakeholders in their local chambers. For example, survey respondents who were told a small business was a member of its local chamber were 44 percent more likely to rate it favorably than study respondents who were not told of the chamber affiliation, according to the study. Respondents were also 63 percent more likely to want to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a chamber member. The Kent Chamber of Commerce opened its doors in 1948, and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008 with 500 member companies representing nearly 26,000 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $500,000. Our members enjoy access to – • Marketing vehicles to reach targeted customers. • Education resources to help sustain and grow healthy companies. • Advocacy on issues important to Kent businesses. • Networking opportunities to get to know other business people and do business together.

Chamber members can get as involved as they want to be in any of the dynamic committees, including: • Government Affairs – This committee identifies important issues, educates members as well as legislators, and digs deep into policies, rules and regulations that impact local businesses. • Business Service and Event Planning – From networking with other business people to fine-tuning marketing that reaches targeted customer segments, this council works to open up educational resources that help business owners and managers grow healthy companies and a stronger community. • Membership Committee/Ambassadors – These two committees are the backbone to our membership program identifying new ways we can serve our existing members and how we can approach potential members. • East Hill Partnership – This is the newest of the committees. Kicking off the first meeting in late October 2008 there are high hopes for this committee to identify the issues surrounding the East Hill. • The Kent Community Foundation is a community leader in helping to fund important local educational and cultural arts projects. As an affiliate of the Chamber, the foundation is a cornerstone of the larger Kent community. –Chamber Staff Andrea Keikkala, Executive Director

For more information about the Kent Chamber and how to become connected, call (253) 854-1770 or visit

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April 1 marks the beginning of a new contract between the City and Allied Waste to provide garbage service to Kent residents and business owners. What does this mean to you? More options and cheaper rates! Allied Waste will soon be sending detailed information about the new options.Meanwhile, here are some highlights: • All single-family residential garbage rates will include recycling and yard and food waste service at no additional cost. • Decreased rates for most residents - The more you recycle, the less garbage you produce, meaning lower rates are possible for you!*

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