Sound Bites: Kent News, Jan. 9, 2017

Local News from iLoveKent for Monday, January 9

Sound Bites: Kent News

Local News from iLoveKent for Monday, January 9

iLoveKent’s first reader meetup a success!
iLoveKent's first reader meetup with a big success!On Sat., we held our first iLoveKent reader meetup, including me, there were 17 people in attendance. Thanks to Down Home Catering for hosting us and to the readers who came to meet each other, share what they love about Kent, and offer suggestions and ideas for how we can continue to grow and improve. We also offered a bit of history about iLoveKEnt and shared our plans for 2017 including reader meetups, social media campaigns, political debates and a 10th anniversary celebration. Get the full recap and photos here.

Severe Weather Shelter served 320 last week
The city’s official severe weather shelter is hosted at Kent Lutheran Church with coordination from other local organizations and many volunteers. Last week, the shelter was open from Mon., Jan. 2 through the night of Thurs., Jan. 5. Here are some stats to show you the need in our community:

  • Mon.: 60 people served, 53 slept at the shelter including a family of 19 (9 were kids)
  • Tues.: 80 people served, 55 slept at the shelter, including the family of 19
  • Wed.: 105 people signed in during the evening, with 69 spending the night
  • Thurs.: 75 people signed in, and 45 slept at the shelter

The success of the shelter is thanks to those who organize and oversee the program, volunteers and donors. Thanks to all who helped keep 320 people warm last week. Hot dishes that can be frozen and served later, lunch fixings, and other items are still needed. An extra special thanks to Toni Troutner and Linda Stockham for their efforts. Learn more about the shelter and how you can help here.

Living Well Kent to Meet Jan. 10 to Discuss a Farmer’s Market on East Hill
A new organization called Living Well Kent is working on a project to host its first community bazaar on East Hill on May 13 (location TBD). Join the organizational meetings to plan the event on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 PM. The next meeting is tomorrow at Golden Steer (23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent). For more info., contact Satwinder Kaur ([email protected]) or Shamso Isaak ([email protected]).

iLoveKent has a new look
Now in our 10th year, we thought it was time for a fresh look – something that better reflects who we are. It will take time to roll out this out completely, but you’ll start seeing updates on our website and social media accounts. We hope you like it!

King County Asks for Feedback on G2C Trail at Community Meeting on Jan. 11
This Wednesday, January 11, 7 to 8:30 PM, King County Parks is hosting a meeting to ask for input on the North Segment of the G2C (Green to Cedar River) Trail, a three-mile stretch from Cedar River Trail south to Kent-Kangley Rd. The meeting will be at Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley, WA. Learn more about the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail here.