Continuing our lists from January and February, our March 2013 list will include 31 more reasons that I Love Kent. Follow the series on our iLoveKent.net Facebook page, where we post a new reason to love Kent daily. Please comment, add your own suggestions and tell us what you love about Kent!
Mar. 1: Kent People – People like Mike Hanis and Merle and Marti Reeder make Kent a fun, friendly place to live.
Mar. 2: Farm animals – We have a lot of variety in Kent — llamas, alpacas, cows, chickens, goats and more.
Mar. 3: Allegro Performing Arts Academy – This local dance academy has such a wide variety of dance classes available to people of all ages. I also love that Allegro is active in the community, coming up with events like Kent’s Got Talent.
Mar. 4: Curran Law Firm – In addition to being a sponsor of iLoveKent.net, attorneys at the firm are very active in the community, including Greg Haffner who serves as the Kent Rotary president this year.
Mar. 5: Jack Becvar, our city’s historian, is one of my favorite Kent residents. He has a wealth of historical information about Kent, and he and his wife Mary Lou truly love our city.
Mar. 6: Mayor Suzette Cooke – Regardless of your politics, Mayor Cooke is an enthusiastic, friendly and approachable leader.
Mar. 7: Annual “Fun for Funds” Dinner Auction – Each year the Children’s Therapy Center and its Dynamic Partners host their annual “Fun for Funds” dinner auction to raise money to help children with special needs and their families.
Mar. 8: Seattle Thunderbirds – It is so much fun having a WHL hockey team right here in Kent. It is fun family entertainment and the hockey players are not only talented but friendly and humble. [See my story on the mentoring program at Neely O'Brien Elementary.]
Mar. 9: Lazy Larry’s Ranch – Located on 132nd, I watch the cows daily from my office window. What a delight to see these huge creatures romping around the pasture!
Mar. 10: Shindig Martini Bar - This classy bar in downtown Kent is a nice break from the usual sports bar. The martini selection is excellent, and happy hour makes these otherwise pricey drinks affordable.
Mar. 11: Regional Justice Center – This full-service municipal building was beautifully designed, housing our local courts as well as services like CASA, marriage applications and more.
Mar. 12: Wilson Playfields – Beautiful athletic complex on Kent’s East Hill, ideal for soccer and track events.
Mar. 13: Lake Meridian – It may be small, but it is ours. With views of Mt. Rainier, this calm, quiet lake is a nice departure from the hustle & bustle of our busy lives.
Mar. 14: Kent TV 21 – Want to know what’s going on in Kent? You can find it on Kent TV 21. The city’s own TV channel features programs regarding local events like the Kent International Festival as well as streaming Kent City Council meetings live.
Mar. 15: Small Business Development Center at Green River College – For business owners on a budget, the SBDC is a useful resource for starting and growing a business in Kent.
Mar. 16: McLendon Hardware – It may not be a big box store, but it has just about everything you could want. I love the garden section!
Mar. 17: Kent Station Easter Egg Hunt – Easter Egg Hunts at Kent Station have become a new Kent tradition. Free family fun.
Mar. 18: Soos Creek Trail – Located between Kent and Covington, Soos Creek Trail provides miles of paved trails for walking or running, and every once in awhile, you’ll see a horse on the path.
Mar. 19: Children’s Bookshop – This downtown store is a good resource for teaching supplies as well as educational books, toys and games for kids.
Mar. 20: Stefano Langone of American Idol fame is a graduate of Kentwood High School.
Mar. 21: Kaibara Park, downtown Kent
Mar. 22: Coldstone Creamery
Mar. 23: Arbor 360 Skate Park
Mar. 24: Petco is where Jelly Bean shops for her favorite food – Solid Gold Wee Bits and treats we don’t get at Mud Bay.
Mar. 25: Fig & Feather – a fun home decor and gift store on W. Meeker St. in downtown Kent
Mar. 26: Planned Parenthood – I’m glad we have affordable health care and family planning options close to home.
Mar. 27: Spiro’s Greek Island on First Ave. South has great food in a fun atmosphere right in downtown Kent.
Mar. 28: Historic homes on Scenic Hill keep a thread of Kent’s past running through the city.
Mar. 29: Shari’s Pies. Do I really need to explain this one?
Mar. 30: Sue Froyd, owner of AAA Pest Control and Maggie’s on Meeker, is a wonderful, generous woman.
Mar. 31: Kent Covenant Church opens its doors regularly to community events.