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A listing of events and activities happening at the Bellevue Regional Library.
Downtown Action to Save Housing (DASH), the largest non-profit affordable housing builder on the Eastside, presented a grant for $23,000 to the Lake Hills Elementary PTSA to support housing services Monday, June 2. The donated funds will be used to assist Lake Hills families with housing deposits, rent, transitional housing, moving expenses, interest-free loans, utility bills, food and metro bus passes.
An Out of Iraq town hall meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on June 17 at Bellevue City Hall in the City Council chambers. The event will consist of a panel discussion about competing plans for leaving Iraq, as well as background talks on the problems of refugees and returning U.S. veterans, followed by a Q&A period. Speakers include Darcy Burner, candidate for U.S. Congress in the 8th district.
When Mary Krombholz pulled the head out from under the floorboards, it was the first time she had ever seen the face with the unusual mouth. She had found the porcelain doll head shard when she went to Germany on a routine dig in 1999 to find Parian dolls at the Kister factory – one of only seven factories that manufactured the figurines, mostly over a 20-year span in the 19th Century.
Wow! I thought I was getting there early. I am overwhelmed by the smell of over 40 nationalities of food as I walk into the packed gymnasium of Bellevue’s International School for its annual BITE fundraiser. I have never seen anything like this before. More than 80 booths of families and good friends who cook and fed the almost 600 attendees this year.
A recent computer recycling event at Bellevue Community College collected 221 computers, 172 monitors, 97 printers, 29 laptops and 16 scanners. The May 31 event was organized by InterConnection, a Seattle based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing computers to underserved communities.
Parents will learn how to protect their children from cyber abuse and risks at a free seminar in Bellevue Wednesday, June 18, hosted by Youth Eastside Services (YES).
Community events happening in and around Bellevue.
In honor of the upcoming Strawberry Festival (June 28-29 at Crossroads Park), all of the Heritage Corners this month will be devoted to the Festival’s history.
Washington is the latest state to join a rapidly growing network of volunteer rainfall observers across the country. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network enlists volunteers to take daily rainfall measurements and report them to the CoCoRaHS web site, www.cocorahs.org.
To increase the Asian and Pacific Islander blood donor pool and make sure that all patients can receive the blood they need, the Kin On Community Health Care and the Puget Sound Blood Center began organizing semi-annual blood drives since 2001 as a tribute to Kirby Wong, a 44-year-old Seattle man who required more than 500 units of blood while waiting for a heart transplant.
Medina Detectives are currently investigating a residential burglary that occurred between Thursday May 22 and Monday May 26. Police says someone forcefully entered a residence in the 300 block of Overlake Drive East while the homeowners were away for the weekend. The suspect(s) smashed a small window panel in the front door, then reached through to unlock the door and enter the home. No alarm activation occurred.
There won’t be enough money in the King County budget for 2009 and likely well beyond, so officials expect “deep, searing” cutbacks will be required, particularly of the county’s criminal justice systems.
With the school year about to end and cycling season in the offing, two events this weekend provide an opportunity for kids to learn a little bike safety while they have a lot of family fun. An Optimist Club Bike Safety Fair will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah. A second fair takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lake Hills Elementary School, 14310 SE 12th St. in Bellevue.
The community gathered at Samena Swim and Recreation Club Friday to celebrate the grand opening of its new facility and commemorate the club’s 50th anniversary. “This is the fifth and final phase of major construction that we’ve done here since the ‘90s, which is great because it allows us to kick off our 50th year,” said Tonya Swick, general manager of Samena, a non-profit, member-owned recreation club in the Lake Hills neighborhood that serves about 6,000 members.
Even with the approach of summer, financial assistance from Puget Sound Energy remains available through PSE’s HELP (Home Energy Lifeline Program) program to eligible customers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties who need assistance paying their PSE electric and natural gas bills. Depending on income and household size, a qualified PSE customer can receive up to $750 in PSE utility-bill credits.
The ninth biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition will feature more than 35 sculptures sited both indoors and out, and the artists who created them. The event kicks off on Saturday, June 14 with hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment from 6-8 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. The event is free and open to the public. People can start at City Hall and end at the Downtown Park to launch into a summer of sculpture.
A celebration for a new kind of playground featuring frogs, orcas, sinking ships and even the Loch Ness Monster spouting and squirting water is set for Saturday, June 7, at Crossroads Community Park.
A King County Sheriff’s deputy sits just beyond the turnstiles, which are beeping because someone didn’t have a key card. Behind the deputy is a chain-link cage, guarded by a fingerprint scanner. Fifty-nine security cameras are recording in the building’s eight security zones. All visitors are wearing badges. Most doors automatically shut in 30 seconds.