On Wed., Nov. 13, 2013, the Kent School Board voted on the amount of the education levy that goes to a vote in a special election on Feb. 11, 2014. During that meeting, the Kent School Board voted to ask voters for $37 million less than it could ask for. Dee Klem, a parent in the Kent School District, attended the meeting. Disappointed in the outcome of the vote, Klem sent this letter to the Kent School Board on Fri., Nov. 15. It is being reprinted with her permission.
“Dear Kent School Board Members,
I was in attendance at the School Board meeting Wednesday night and I am angry, frustrated and disappointed in your decision to ask for less than the full amount allowed for the levy. I believe the message you are sending our community is two-fold:
1) Our kids are not worth it
2) We do not believe our voters value education
We all know the state is not fully funding education. For those that were doubtful we now have court cases to document this travesty. Our community has the opportunity to begin to right that wrong. We have the opportunity to provide more funding for our kids, but your decision leaves them short-changed. I see the need almost daily in our schools. I don’t know anyone who understands the need, who sees it and deals with it that would then argue that we should ask for less. Our kids and our schools deserve to be fully funded.
I am frustrated because I do not feel much (if any) attempt was made to ask/talk to voters about how they feel. There was a lot of assuming and talk about past levies, other districts, random surveys. Which when you look at none of which really scream this will fail if you ask for the full amount. As a matter of fact, THIS community has consistently passed levies; this community has stepped up time and time again to support our kids.
The state has let us down and now it is up to you . You left over $37 million – MILLION – dollars uncollected in your decision on Wednesday. Please think about that. Think about the incredible work that could be done with those dollars. Think about the lives that could be changed. Think about the benefits to our entire community. Our kids deserve this money and our community deserves the right to vote to give it to them.
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Dr. Roger White of Kent Station Chiropractic & Massage
Celebrates 38 Years in Business with Patient Appreciation Day
Kent, Washington, October 22, 2013 – On Sat., Oct. 26, Dr. Roger White, D.C. and his staff will celebrate 38 years in business, and their second anniversary at Kent Station with Patient Appreciation Day. The event is an opportunity for Dr. White to thank his patients for their support over the years, as well as kick off a fundraiser for the Kent Food Bank.
In exchange for a nonperishable food item, Dr. White and his staff will offer free 10-minute chair massages, chiropractic adjustments and light refreshments. In addition, guests can win gift cards from Kent Station merchants including Extreme Pita, Dilettante Mocha Café, Cal’s Classic American, Duke’s Chowder House and AMC Theatres. Patients could also win a cervical pillow, ice packs and other goodies. The event is scheduled from 9 am to noon.
“It’s been an honor to serve so many patients and their families over the years,” Dr. White said. “I want to take the opportunity to thank them while also doing something good for the community.”
Kent Station Chiropractic and Massage is a full-service chiropractic office offering a range of chiropractic services including initial consultations, exams and treatment. As a whole body family practitioner, Dr. White offers nutrition counseling and treats all conditions including injuries from motor vehicle accidents, labor and industry claims and sports-related injuries. The practice also offers therapeutic massages with three licensed massage therapists: Jessica Banks-Frazee, Trae Groshong and Suze St. Louis.
Dr. White and his staff will collect canned goods and other nonperishable food items through Fri., Nov. 22. The practice is located at 417 Ramsay Way, Suite 113, between Kent Station Family Dentistry and Green River Community College. The 2,000-square-foot office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturday mornings by appointment. Prior to moving his office to Kent Station in 2011, Dr. White worked in Renton for 27 years and Auburn for five.
About Dr. Roger White, D.C.:
After graduating from Foster High School in Tukwila, Dr. White studied at Highline Community College, Cleveland College in Los Angeles and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He is a full spine manual adjuster and a whole body practitioner offering a range of chiropractic services and nutrition counseling. Dr. White lives in Kent with his wife Karen. For more information about Dr. White, please visit http://www.KentStationChiropractic.com or call 253-859-0100.
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Dr. Roger White, D.C.
Kent Station Chiropractic & Massage
417 Ramsay Way, Ste. 113
Kent, WA 98032
Join the folks at Kent Station for Halloween fun including a costume contest (starting at 4:30) and trick-or-treating. Click here for details.
Kent Sunrise Rotary is celebrating Oktoberfest in style for the third year in a row. This year’s event will be hosted on Saturday, October 12 (noon to 8 pm) at the Red Barn, 206 Railroad Ave. N., in downtown Kent. Proceeds for this year’s event will support returning veterans and at-risk youth. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $25 each, or $30 at the door. Tickets include your first beer or wine in a festive stein.
- Grog in your very own stein
- Entertainment with Manuela Horn, the “Austrian Amazon”
- Oktoberfest Trivia
- TVs so you won’t miss the Oregon/Washington game
- Silent Auction
Photos from last year’s event, courtesy of Kent Sunrise Rotary:
Updated 10/27/2003, 11:49 a.m. PST
Looking for a fun way to celebrate fall? Check out some of these local fall activities. Have one to add to the list? Email us and we’ll check it out, and add it if it’s appropriate. Thanks for reading! [Note: We've made every effort to provide accurate information. However, we recommend that you contact the event host to confirm dates, times and details.]
Start your holiday shopping early with the 17th annual fall craft fair, hosted by Sunrise Elementary School PTA. Stuffed toys, candles, jewelry, soap, ornaments, handbags, quilts, handmade baskets and more. Light refreshments and beverages available for purchase.
Boo-Allup in Puyallup
Oct. 31, 3 to 6 pm
Trick-or-treat in downtown Puyallup from 3 to 6 pm on Halloween. In addition, there will be treats, carnival games and more at the Cobweb Carnival at Pioneer Park Pavilion. Dog Daze Natural Pet Market is hosting a pet costume competition at 3:30 pm, followed by the Elite School of Dance performing Thriller! at 4:30 pm.
- Two themed corn mazes (over 3 miles of paths)
- Tractor-pulled hayrides (about 10 mins. long)
- Hay Maze
- Farm Animals
- Fall decorations
- Farm fresh produce
- Hot roasted corner, kettle corn, etc.
Faith & Victory Church Harvest Party
1601 W. Valley Hwy. N., Auburn, WA 98001
Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
Every year Faith and Victory Church hosts a free Harvest Party as an alternative to Halloween. We create a safe and church minded environment so our kids can enjoy the experience. Our kids get dressed up and come down to the church for games, candy, and a whole lot of fun. We always have TONS of candy to give out. Everyone is welcome.
Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat
Riverview Community Church
4315 S. 216th St., Kent, WA 98032
Oct. 27, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Free popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games, face painting and candy. $1 corn dogs and pizza.
Halloween Fun at the Covington Library
27100 164th Ave. SE, Covington, WA 98042
Come show off your costume at Covington Library, Wednesday, October 30. Bring your camera and strike a pose at the Halloween photo booth! Use the librarys props (paper masks, hats, etc.) or wear your own costume. This all day event is sponsored by the Friends of the Covington Library. Drop by anytime during regular library hours: 10am-9pm. All ages welcome. Hope to see you there!
There will also be face painting for Tweens and Teens (grades 4-12). Registration is required for the face painting as there will be limited openings. 4-6pm. Register online or call: 253-630-8761.
And a Dia de Muertos Show for ages 5+ will be happening from 7-8pm: These talented musicians play traditional music of the holiday on accordion, ukulele and theremin. Share festivities that surround honoring the dead in an atmosphere of carnival fun.
Halloween Fun at Kent Station
Trick-or-Treating and Costume Contest
Oct. 31, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Safe, family trick-or-treating at Kent Station in downtown Kent along with a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and group costumes. Costume judging begins at the Kent Station Fountain Stage (in front of AMC Theatres) at 4:30 p.m.
Halloween Train at Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie Depot : 38625 SE King ST, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Northbend Depot: 205 McClellan ST, North Bend, WA 98045
See Events page at Seattle Southside for details, including schedule
Activities include: watch an old-fashioned cider press demonstration, enjoy Depot and train decorations, and sip warm apple cider. This fun celebration of Fall and Halloween is a great time for people of any age!
LeMay Halloween Trunk-or-Treat
LeMay Family Collection Foundation – Marymount Event Center
325 152nd ST E
Tacoma, WA 98445
The spooky sounds of the Theremin
”Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” movie
• Personal Courage Wing
Bats on a stick
• Murdock Theater
Living history/ghost stories
• Aviation Learning Center
Spooky simulator flights/haunted house area
• Great Gallery Well
• Side Gallery
Rocket brooms/pumpkin target
Candy corn airplanes
Candy corn guessing jar (prize is a Museum of Flight membership)
• Earth/space Exhibit
Pumpkin Express on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
54124 Mountain Hwy E
Elbe, WA 98330
Oct. 26 – 27, 2013
Ride the train to the Mineral Lake Pumpkin Patch. The “Great Pumpkin” will greet your young ones and host a hunt through the hay stacks for their own pumpkin. Don’t forget your costume and camera. Enjoy the cool temperatures and beautiful colors only found this time of year in the foothills of Mt. Rainier.
Salty’s Halloween Brunch & Costume Contest for Kids
Salty’s @ Redondo Beach (28201 Redondo Beach Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198)
Dress your kids in their Halloween finest and bring them to Salty’s Sunday Brunch on October 27 and you could win Free Brunch for Four! Ghosts, goblins, witches! Don’t be scared! Just try to scare us!
Your kids will love our pumpkin patch where they can pick small pumpkins amongst the bales of hay and scarecrows. (Limit two per table; must be accompanied by an adult.) You’ll love our fun crazy spooky desserts with a Halloween theme.
Winner will be chosen in a random drawing on October 28. Winner’s photo will be posted on Salty’s Facebook pages. Please be sure to ask Mom or Dad for permission for posting your photo on Facebook. Costume contest winners at each Salty’s will receive Free Brunch for Four.
Spooktacular – Costume Contest @ Southcenter
2800 Southcenter Mall
Tukwila, WA 98188
Sat., Oct. 26
Join us at Westfield Southcenter for some Spooktacular fun, with free activities for children of all ages. Radio Disney will be onsite hosting family games and entertainment, plus don’t forget to visit our balloon artist and have your photo taken at our Spooktacular photo booth!
Spooktacular Costume Contest
12–4pm in Macy’s Court
12 pm – Registration begins
1 pm – Ages 3 and under
2 pm – Ages 4–7
3 pm – Ages 8–12
601 SW 41st St, Renton, WA 98057
Thurs., Oct. 31, 3 to 7 pm
Trick-or-treat at IKEA.
Help keep the meals rolling at the Kent Senior Activity Center with Meals on Wheels…
Drivers and Back-up Drivers: Drivers deliver meals on Thursday mornings for a couple of hours. Back-up Drivers are needed when the regular driver is away. Training is provided and mileage is reimbursable.
Coordinators: We are in need of Coordinators to oversee the operation of the Meals on Wheels program at our Kent satellite site. In a pinch, Coordinators are available to fill in for any member of the Meals on Wheels team, including packing meals Wednesday mornings, delivering to clients on Thursdays, and taking orders Friday mornings. Training for this position is provided.
Qualifications: Reliability, versatility, accuracy, creative problem solving, sense of humor, and a commitment to the well-being of homebound seniors. This is an on-going volunteer commitment.
Requirements: Complete an application. Consent to a background check. Be able to lift 15lbs. Be at least 18. Have a Washington State driver’s license and auto insurance.
As a Meals on Wheels volunteer, you will belong to a team committed to helping homebound seniors maintain their health and independence with nutritious food, personal contact, and caring service.
To apply, send an email to Meals on Wheels or call 206-448-5767.
Kent Youth & Family Services is celebrating Kent’s diversity this Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Annual KYFS International Gala 2013. This year’s celebration, the organization’s 43rd, will be held at the Student Union at Highline Community College, 2400 S. 240th in Des Moines. The event will bring together supporters of Kent Youth & Family Services to celebrate the achievements of the last year and to remind the community of its motto, HOPE Begins Here. It will include dinner, entertainment, silent auction and a few surprises, according to event coordinator Nathan Box.
For more information about this year’s event, visit the KYFS blog.
KENT, Wash., August 31, 2013 – Supporting gay pride in South King County, Sweet Themes Bakery is a sponsor of Kent Pride 2013, providing boxed lunches and custom rainbow cookies, cake and cupcakes during the weekend-long celebration Sept. 6 through 8. Kent Pride events include Gay Bingo on Sept. 6, Celebrate Pride on Sept. 7 and Pride Festival in the Park on Sept. 8, all in downtown Kent.
“We’re really excited to be a part of Kent Pride 2013,” said Alison Carchedi, owner and Chief Cookie Officer of Sweet Themes Bakery. “We are proud of our community’s diversity and want to share in the celebration.”
“We are so fortunate to have a successful Kent business, so we want to give back to the community in meaningful ways,” Carchedi said. “This includes supporting events and organizations that are important to us and our customers.”
For more information about Kent Pride 2013 or Sweet Themes Bakery, visit Sweet Themes online at http://sweetthemesbakery.com or call the bakery at 253-981-4999. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm.
Ready to embark on a new adventure, retired teachers Joe and Alison Carchedi opened Sweet Themes Bakery in downtown Kent in June 2012. The bakery specializes in custom, decorated sugar cookies for all occasions as well as custom cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers and more. Sweet Themes has recently expanded to include custom, tiered wedding cakes to match any color scheme, design or theme. In addition, Sweet Themes offers Caffé Vita coffee, Harney & Sons teas, a fresh assortment of pastries, cookies, cupcakes, and grab ‘n go salads and sandwiches.
Have you seen Harley, the beloved family pet of a friend of mine? He was last seen in the Panther Lake area, a few blocks west of Kentridge High School. He has an ID chip which was reported to the animal shelter in Kent and the humane society in Bellevue. If you’ve seen Harley, please call his family at 253-797-2156. Thank you!
Help Kent kids start off the school year, fully prepared for school with donated school supplies. Here’s a list of suggested items and drop off locations. Contact Katie Adams at Communities in Schools Kent for more information or with questions. Click here to download a copy of the flyer.
Nature lovers, join Matt Knox, environmentalist for the City of Kent, and Kent4Health on two guided tours of the Green River Natural Resource Area (GRNRA). The tours at 9 am and 6 pm will follow a 1.5 mile trail loop. The GRNRA serves as a habitat to approximately 165 bird species and 53 different types of mammals. It is also a nesting, feeding and brooding area for species that use the Green River corridor. It is one of the largest man-made, multi-use wildlife refuges in the United States. The GRNRA features walking trails and three observations towers.
To participate in one of the walks, meet at the parking lot at 22129 Russell Road S. The best way to access the lot is from 228th St. off of 68th Ave. S./West Valley Highway, across from Van Doren’s Landing Park. Walkers should plan on 90 minutes for each tour.
For a complete schedule of Kent4Health’s weekly walks, visit Kent4Health online.
Naked Pizza is hosting a fundraiser for a local girl – Rosalie, who is a leukemia survivor suffering from severe epilepsy. A portion of Naked Pizza’s proceeds on July 16 will go toward helping Rosalie and her family obtain a service dog, which will provide invaluable comfort for seizures as well as help in everyday activities that are currently a struggle. Help Rosalie get a service dog by visiting Naked Pizza next Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, July 16 from 11am to 9pm
Contributed by Revolution PR for Naked Pizza