Update, June 2, 2013 — The Rotary Club of Kent reports some great results for this year’s event. The club raised more than $130,000 for the greater Kent community, including its adopted neighbors in Ethiopia. Approximately $40,000 will go to this year’s fund-an-item, the Veterans Education Transition (VET) Fund established at Green River Community College to help veterans interested in a college education. Almost $10,000 will go to other nonprofits who sponsored tables at the auction. The remaining $80,000 will to programs including these:
The Rotary Club of Kent extends its thanks to the community for its support.
April 12, 2013 — The Rotary Club of Kent is dreaming big this spring with its annual fundraiser gala. This year’s event will be held Sat., Apr. 27, 5 to 9 p.m., at ShoWare Center.
With more than 400 guests expected, the Rotary Club of Kent hopes to raise big bucks to help the community through a variety of programs, including providing KSD third graders with dictionaries and this year’s Funded Item: V.E.T. Fund to support education for U.S. veterans.
Tickets for the event are $75/each or you can donate online. For more info., visit the Rotary Club of Kent online.
Part of the gala will include a Live Auction with these items available for bid:
In addition, there will be three silent auctions, raffles for two selections of 50 bottles of wine and other prizes.
Kent high school seniors will graduate on Saturday, June 15 during ceremonies at ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St. Here’s the schedule:
Kentridge High School, 9 a.m.
Kent-Meridian High School, 12:30 p.m.
Kentwood High School, 3:30 p.m.
Kentlake High School, 7:00 p.m.
Contact individual schools for additional details, including ticket information.
Congratulations to our local grads!
Folks at the City of Kent and local volunteers are busy planning another fun You We Me, an interactive evening of free family fun. This year’s event will be held at ShoWare Center on Fri., Mar. 1 and will feature a variety of activities for kids of all ages. In addition to collecting food for the Kent Food Bank, event highlights include:
Kent Food Bank will be on hand to accept donations of nonperishable food items. The event is organized by a cross-section of community groups, the Kent School District, Kent Parks, local youth groups, sports teams, scouts, churches, local businesses and service clubs. Come join the fun!
Starting Monday, November 5, outdoor walking enthusiasts can get out of the rain by participating in ShoWalk, a free indoor walking opportunity on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at ShoWare Center, 625 W. James Street, downtown Kent.
Sponsored by Kent4Health, ShoWare Center provides ‘ShoWalkers’ two levels for walking with a full loop on the upper level for walkers and a horseshoe on the lower level for those with strollers or walking aids. There are also stairs for those interested in getting additional cardio and variety.
While there is no cost, registration is appreciated at Kent4Health.com or at the door on walk days.
Skating fans, get ready! 2012 Skate America is coming to Kent this weekend, Fri., Oct. 19 – Sun., Oct. 21, bringing world class figure skaters to ShoWare Center. Among the skaters are U.S. ladies champion Ashley Wagner who visited Kent for a media tour in September, Armin Mahbanoozadeh, a bronze medalist at 2010 Skate America, and Team USA members Douglas Razzano and Jeremy Abbott. For a complete list of competitors, visit Skate America online. 2012 Skate America is the opening event for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
The schedule for the three-day event includes:
Thurs., Oct. 18
Official Practice, 11 a.m.
Fri., Oct. 19
Practice, 11 a.m.
Pairs Short, Men’s Short, 7 p.m. (Sess. 1)
Sat., Oct. 20
Practice, 9 a.m.
Ladies Short, Short Dance, 12:30 p.m. (Sess. 2)
Men’s Free, Pairs Free, 7 p.m. (Sess. 3)
Sun., Oct. 21
Practice, 7:30 a.m.
Free Dance, Ladies Free, 11:45 am (Sess. 4)
Skating Spectacular, 6 p.m. (Sess. 5)
NBC will broadcast live coverage of the event from 4 to 6 p.m. EST on Sun., Oct. 21. The event will also be broadcast in Canada, Japan, Russia and the European Union, among others. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit 2012SkateAmerica.com.
KENT, Wash., Sept. 19, 2012 — Singer/songwriter Barry Manilow is planning a visit to Kent on Jan. 11 to perform live at PANDORA Unforgettable Moments of Love on Ice, an evening of romantic skating performances at the ShoWare Center. This event marks the second year in a row that Unforgettable Moments of Love on Ice has come to ShoWare.
In addition to Barry Manilow, the show will feature Olympic, world and national medalists Nancy Kerrigan, Elvis Stojko, Kimmie Meissner and Ben Agosto. Hosted by skater Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss, the show will be televised by NBC on January 27, 2013.
Mayor Suzette Cooke says, “On behalf of the residents of Kent, I’m excited that PANDORA Unforgettable Moments of Love On Ice is coming back for a second time, and I’m thrilled to welcome one of the world’s most beloved performers, Barry Manilow, to our wonderful city!”
Tickets will range from $49.50 to $69.50, along with premium packages and “on ice” seating. Tickets go on sale Fri., Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at the ShoWare Center box office, ShoWare Center online and by calling 253-856-6999.
The city is expecting as many as 15,000 skating fans, athletes and trainers during the weekend. The event will be broadcast nationally on NBC with additional coverage in Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia and other countries.
Leading up to the event, volunteers 18 and up are needed. If you’d like to help the week of the event, complete the online application. Show the international skating community Kent hospitality by signing up today!
Want tickets for the event? They’re on sale now –> 2012 Skate America Ticket Sales
Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is coming to Kent this fall. The band returns with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin’ Breed, their newest studio release on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records due out Aug. 21. This is the kind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi-generational Skynyrd Nation, and continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with its last album, 2009′s God & Guns.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 7:00PM
$59.50, $49.50, $39.50
Tickets are on sale now.
The Circus Celebration of the Century is coming to ShoWare Center in downtown Kent Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will wow crowds of all ages. Tickets range in price from $20 – $80, with special kids’ performances priced at just $10 each. Visit ShoWare Center online for show dates, times and tickets.
by Brooke Blozis
The Seattle Thunderbirds are back and ready for another hockey season! Before the 2012-2013 season, there will be a six game exhibition round, and the season is scheduled to begin afterward. The preseason exhibition begins on August 31, when the Thunderbirds play at the Everett Tournament. The official season’s schedule was released on Friday, June 27.
Here’s the preseason schedule:
Friday, August 31 vs. Portland, 3 p.m. at Everett Tournament
Sunday, September 2 vs. Spokane, 3 p.m. at Everett Tournament
Friday, September 7 @ Tri-City, 7 p.m. at Tri-City Tournament
Saturday, September 8 @ Portland, 3 p.m. at Tri-City Tournament
Friday, September 14 vs. Everett, 7:35 p.m. at ShoWare Center
Saturday, September 15 @ Everett, 7:05 p.m. at Comcast Arena
On Friday, June 22 at 9 pm ShoWare Center will present the 30th Anniversary Tour of New Edition featuring all six original members. This incredible two-hour performance by the entire crew of New Edition will include hits like “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now,” and “If It Isn’t Love,” and many more.
Ticket prices: $150 – Meet and Greet; $125, $85*, $75, $55, $45. *Club Access $85 seats include access to the Club Lounge with full bar. Not available to floor seating. Purchase New Edition tickets at ShoWare Center, 625 West James Street, Kent, Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm. Don’t miss this performance!
With such hits as “Twist & Shout”, “Summer Breeze” and “It’s Your Thing”, the Isley Brothers will make you want to dance! The Grammy-award winning Isley Brothers formed in the early 1950s in Cincinnati, Ohio and today are considered one of the most important and influential groups of the last half-century.
It has been said that music feeds the soul, but KEM’s journey is equally, if not more inspirational. R&B Singer/Songwriter/Producer KEM’s love of music began as a child. Music saw him through the darkest moments in his life, took him to the top of the industry’s record charts, and earned him a record deal with Universal Motown Records. A self-taught musician, KEM was born in Nashville and raised in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown Records.
Today, KEM takes the opportunity to minister through music, sharing his life’s journey with his audience at every concert. He testifies openly about overcoming alcohol addiction and drug use and touts his sobriety since 1990. He never neglects to give honor and glory to God for his achievements.
Reserved seats range from $30 to $85. Tickets are on sale to the general public at ShoWare Center’s Box Office (with no fees) or online at ShoWareCenter.com, Facebook.com/ShoWareCenter or 253.856.6999.
For more information about this and other events, visit http://showarecenter.com.
What do ice dancer Ben Agosto, Hilton Hotels and ShoWare Center have in common? They will all be integral players in bringing Skate America 2012 to Kent October 19 and 20, drawing thousands of sports fans and journalists from around the world to South King County.
Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke announced the news this morning at a press conference attended by local and state officials and representatives, media and residents and business people. Skate America will feature three days of competition featuring 52 world-class figure skaters from 15 countries. The DoubleTree by Hilton (SeaTac location) will be the host hotel, and ShoWare Center will host the competitions during the weekend-long event.
An enthusiastic Mayor Cooke said she wants to show the world “the very best Kent has to offer” in terms of dining, restaurants, lodging and other amenities.
“Let’s roll out the red carpet,” she said.
Though she had originally been scheduled to make the announcement, Governor Christine Gregoire was called away on last minute business. She made this statement in a press release issued following the press conference:
“We are excited to again welcome the international figure skating community and its fans to the state of Washington for 20120 Hilton HHonors Skate America,” Governor Gregoire said. “In recent years, Washington has hosted record-setting crowds in Spokane and Everett. The anticipated economic impact and international television exposure the event will bring to Kent and the greater Seattle area is exciting.”
King County Executive Dow Constantine was on hand to share in the good news. Constantine said he hopes to build on the success of the Olympic Diving Trials to be held in Federal Way next month, helping to position the area as a premier destination for sporting events.
“Thank you, Skate America, for choosing King County,” Constantine said.
Medalist Ben Agosto encouraged attendees to buy tickets for the event, explaining that some of the competitions held in Washington State are among the most memorable of his career.
“When you see it live, it is completely different than seeing it on TV,” Agosto said. “There’s a big energy transfer between the skaters and fans.”
Laura Lee of Production Sports will be handling the promotion of the event, with Ben Agosto serving as Skate America’s honorary chairman.
“This is our time to get noticed,” she told an audience of about 100.
Sports commentator Chris Egan of KING5 concluded the program: “It’s coming to YOUR city!”
Tickets for the international skating event will range in price from $75 for a weekend pass to $350 for premium seats. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow. For more information about the event, visit www.2012skateamerica.com.
State of the City Address
March 7, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
625 W. James St.
Kent, WA 98032
Sponsored by Valley Bank of Kent
If you like entertaining basketball, you will LOVE the Harlem Globetrotters who return to ShoWare Center on Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Now through Feb. 20, ShoWare is offering this special Family 4 Pack Offer:
4 Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs, 4 Sodas for $112
when purchased at the ShoWare Center Box Office
Online Price, including convenience fees, $136.75
Regular price, including fees, $168.75
So save big by buying your tickets at the ShoWare Center Box Office located at 625 W. James St. in downtown Kent.
Starting today, November 14, walking enthusiasts can get out of the rain and walk in ShoWare Center, 625 West James Street, Kent. ShoWalk is presented by Kent4Health and ShoWare Center and is a free indoor walking opportunity on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-11 am, running (or walking) through April 25,2012.
ShoWare Center provides “ShoWalkers” two levels for walking according to Pamela Clark, Kent4Health Coordinator. “There’s a full loop on the upper level for walkers and a horseshoe on the lower level for those with strollers or walking aids. There are also stairs for those interested in getting additional cardio or working their glutes,” Clark said.
Other features of ShoWalk include an area to stretch, warm up and cool down; free blood pressure and sugar screenings on the second Monday of every month provided by Valley Medical Center.
There is no charge to participate but registration is appreciated for planning purposes. Please register at Kent4Health.com or at the door on walk days. More information is available at Kent4Health.com or by calling 253-856-4968.
ShoWare Center presents the Royal Comedy Tour on Sat., Nov. 5, featuring Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Mark Curry and Tony Rock. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets range from $45 – $59. Order tickets by phone by calling 866-973-9613, buy them online or at the ShoWare Center box office.