South King County Cultural Coalition Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:55:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:50:32 +0000 332 Alvord-1

Alford House, Mill Creek Neighborhood

by Zachary E. Van Tassel, Greater Kent Historical Society

On Saturday, August 8, at 1 PM, the Mill Creek Neighborhood will host a unique ribbon-cutting event on the corner of Temperance Street and Jason Avenue North in Kent. Late last year, the neighborhood was designated an historic district by the King County Landmarks Commission, and the August 8 ceremony will be held during the citywide “Experience Historical Kent” festival taking place that weekend.

When they came together to form a neighborhood council in 2009, neighbors had not started out with the intention of achieving historical designation. They simply wanted to preserve their community from an apartment complex creeping up from downtown Kent. They used their energy to highlight the importance of the neighborhood to Kent’s history and advocate for its future. Two grants were received from the city of Kent to purchase house plaques which briefly told the history of each house. Considerable research was done to accomplish the task — enough to fill a book.  And so they published one, titled A Community of Unique & Historic Homes.

Then many on the Council moved on to take an even more ambitious step in working toward designation as an historic district.

The Mill Creek Historic District contains 57 houses on the East Hill of Kent. The houses were built between 1906 and 1957 by people from all walks of life who lived and worked in Kent. There are at least seven distinct styles in the neighborhood exemplifying the prolonged period of building and the personal tastes of the builders. The diversity of architecture stands in stark contrast to housing styles since then.

On Saturday, August 8, from 10 AM to 4 PM, visitors may take a walking tour of the neighborhood where mayors, businesses people, or past presidents of the Greater Kent Historical Society have resided. Each home will have an information board featuring photos of the home as well as information about the families that once resided there. The Kent Historical Museum (located at Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street in Kent) will serve as the starting point for the tours and interested participants can pick up a map of the homes that are highlighted. Concurrently, the museum will host an ice cream social during the tour, and there will be a reception following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. All are welcome!

Posted 8/1/2015

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Fairy house work party Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:03:11 +0000 PowellsWood Garden
Date: 8/22/2015, 1 PM

Join garden volunteers to assemble mini fairy houses for eventual display in the garden. PowellsWood Garden is located at 430 S Dash Point Road, Federal Way. For more information, call 253-529-1620 or e-mail

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Adopt-a-road cleanup with SHADOW Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:03:10 +0000 SHADOW
Date: 8/29/2015, 10 AM – 3 PM

Join SHADOW (21656 184th Ave SE, Renton) as we clean up our Adopt-A-Road route!! In partnership with King County, volunteers work to help clean up & reduce roadside litter along hundreds of miles of roads in YOUR community. We’ll start at SHADOW’s Richter Interpretive Center at 10 AM for coffee & a safety orientation before hitting the road. All safety and protective equipment provided. This is a family-friendly cleanup event. Children under 14 must be accompanied by parents. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, sunhat & sunglasses, and come prepared for a range of weather and with a waterbottle & lunch. Coffee, snacks, and tools provided. Things to Bring: Water Bottle; Day Pack; Sunscreen; Hat; Sunglasses; Sturdy Shoes; Loose, Moveable Clothing; Layers; Lunch.

Other volunteer opportunities coming up: Labor Day Weekend Work Party on September 5, and Frog Frolic Set-Up Work Party on September 11.

Questions? Email us at

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Adult dance classes – Pacific Ballroom Dance Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:31:47 +0000 All adult dance classes are 5 week series, taught by instructor Rick Gossard. No partner is necessary. Prerequisites are required for intermediate and advanced level classes. Pacific Ballroom Dance is located at 1604 15th Street SW, Suite 109 in Auburn (across from the SuperMall).
• Pre-register online: $45 person/$80 couple (Save $5/couple)
• At-door registration: $50 person/$85 couple
• Drop-in for a single class (if space available): $12 person


Beginning Classes

Mondays 7-8 PM
Aug 10 – Sept 8, 2015 – Paso Doble
Sept 14 – Oct 12, 2015 – Lindy Hop

Wednesdays 7-8 PM
Aug 12 – Sept 9, 2015 – Quickstep
Sept 16 – Oct 14, 2015 – Bolero

Fridays 8-9 PM
Aug 14 – Sept 11, 2015 – Waltz/Foxtrot
Sept 18 – Oct 16, 2015 – Viennese Waltz


Intermediate Classes

Mondays 8-9 PM
Aug 10 – Sept 8, 2015 – West Coast Swing
Sept 14 – Oct 12, 2015 – Paso Doble

Wednesdays 8-9 PM
Aug 12 – Sept 9, 2015 – Intl Foxtrot
Sept 16 – Oct 14, 2015 – Quickstep

Fridays 7-8 PM
Aug 14 – Sept 11, 2015 – Argentine Tango
Sept 18 – Oct 16, 2015 – Waltz/Foxtrot


Advanced Class Schedule

Wednesdays 9-10 PM
Aug 12 – Sept 9, 2015 – Samba
Sept 16 – Oct 14, 2015 – Intl Foxtrot

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Vets Restore training program Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:43:53 +0000 4Culture
Deadline: 8/14/2015

Vets Restore is an intensive 12-week training, internship, and job networking program for post 9/11 veterans interested in building renovation. Vets Restore is an innovative partnership of cultural organizations and veterans’ service providers. The mission of Vets Restore is to connect veterans with the valuable work of revitalizing America’s historic buildings.

Once accepted into Vets Restore, veterans take a 4-week intensive class with hands-on training in basic carpentry skills. Training is followed by 8-weeks of paid employment under Lydig Construction. Both the training and internship take place at the historic Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District, where an extensive renovation project is currently underway. The program is designed to provide ample networking and mentoring opportunities with preservation-focused construction firms.

Throughout the 12-week period, veterans also receive comprehensive support services, including case management, career counseling, and financial assistance to pay for tools, gear and transportation.

Interested veterans are eligible if they:

  • Reside in King County
  • Have served on active duty and received an honorable, medical, general, or under honorable conditions discharge
  • Have served in the National Guard or Reserves and met their initial service obligation

Priority will be given to post 9/11 veterans. Applicants should have a desire to work in the construction trades and an interest in working with old buildings.

2015 Program Calendar

  • August 14: Deadline to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm
  • August 18-20: Applicant interviews
  • September 14 – October 9: 4-week training program in basic preservation practices at Washington Hall covering safety, tools skill-building, hands on carpentry projects, mentoring sessions and field trips
  • October 12: December 4: 8-week, full-time paid internship
  • December 9: Graduation
  • December – January: Job search guidance

Veterans can find out if they are qualified by contacting Candice Corey, King County Veterans’ Program, at (206) 477-6989.

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Works by Edna Gruver Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:05:59 +0000 Normandy Park City Hall Gallery
Now through 8/21/2015

Born and raised in Seattle, and currently a resident of Puyallup, Edna Gruver is comfortably in her 90s. Even as a homemaker and mother who spent 27 years in retail sales, Gruver pursued a lifelong passion for the fine arts, studying under the direction of Betty Mears, Mary Jarrett, Leslie deMille, Del Gish, Bill Harisch and Raleigh Kinney. Edna has received many gallery awards, both in Washington and Arizona, where she spends her winters. This exhibit features landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. Normandy Park City Hall Gallery is open during regular business hours. It is located at 801 SW 17th Street in Normandy Park.

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Building for Culture Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:35:17 +0000 4Culture 
Application deadline: 9/9/2015

Building for Culture is a one-time investment of approximately $20 million in cultural facilities in our region to support economic growth and improve access to cultural spaces for all. This one-time funding will go to build new facilities as well as expand, preserve and improve existing ones. The grants will be financed by bonds backed by a portion of the County’s hotel/motel tax revenues. The program is made possible by the early retirement earlier this year of bonds that originally financed Kingdome renovations. Under state law, revenues from that fund must be dedicated through the end of this year to arts and heritage facilities.

King County arts and heritage projects of every size and type will be considered, organized in a way to ensure equitable distribution of funds to organizations of all sizes and capacity and in all areas of the county. Project budgets will determine how much funding an applicant may request:

  • Projects with budgets over $10 million can receive up to 5 percent of their total budget.
  • Projects with budgets from $1 million to $10 million can receive up to 10 percent of their total budget.
  • Projects with budgets under $1 million can receive up to 25 percent of their total project budget, with a minimum request of $10,000.

An additional grant program, Saving Landmarks, will award funds for highly-visible, well-planned projects dedicated to the rehabilitation or acquisition of landmark properties. Saving Landmarks projects must have a minimum budget of $60,000 and demonstrate a one-to-one cash match. Owners of historic properties may request $30,000 to $250,000 for projects that are underway and close to shovel-ready.

All potential applicants must attend a 4Culture workshop or speak directly with a program manager before applying. Proposals will be reviewed by peer panels that will make funding recommendations based on the quality, feasibility and impact of the project. All awards must be approved by both the 4Culture Board and the King County Council.

Questions about Building for Culture can be directed to:

Art Facilities: Deb Twersky, or 206-263-1610
Heritage Facilities: Eric Taylor, or  206-263-1586
Saving Landmarks: Flo Lentz, or 206-263-1604

Nonprofit organizations, public agencies and stewards of landmark properties can apply online – proposals are due by Wednesday, September 9 at 5 PM.

4Culture is the cultural services agency for King County, a tax-exempt public development authority that has invested in King County cultural facilities for 25 years. Building for Culture is the fourth, and most significant, bond-backed grant program the agency has implemented.


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Call to photographers – SeaTac photography exhibit Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:09:04 +0000 City of SeaTac
Submission date: 9/28/2015, 10 AM – 6 PM

The City of SeaTac is hosting a photography exhibit featuring both black/white and color original photography from October 5 – 23 at the SeaTac Community Center. Regional photographers are invited to submit their work for consideration. All work must be matted, framed, and ready to hang with wire. Maximum size not to exceed 3 feet vertically or horizontally including mat and frame. Minimum photo size is 5″ x 7″. Photos submitted should be appropriate for public display and suitable for community viewing. Photos submitted may be printed by the photographer or a photo lab. All works must have a 3″ x 5″ card attached to the lower right back that includes the following information: artist’s name, address, and day and evening phone numbers; the title of the piece, year of execution (must not be more than two years old), and price (must not exceed $750). All photos submitted must be for sale.

There will be $1800 available for purchase awards. Photos will be purchased for the City of SeaTac’s permanent collection.  The entry fee is $15 per entry – click here for the registration form. Photographers may submit up to two entries. Registration takes place on Monday, September 28, from 10 AM to 6 PM, at the SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Avenue S in SeaTac. All work selected for the exhibit must be picked up Monday, October 26, 10 AM to 6 PM. Photos may not be picked up early. Pieces left will become the property of the City of SeaTac. If you have questions, call the City of SeaTac at 206-973-4680.

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Beginning jewelry soldering Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:23:03 +0000 Black Diamond Library 
Date: 8/1/2015, 1:30 PM

Learn the basics of silver soldering using a small hand Torch with jewelry artist and designer Richard Paille. Become familiar with the tools, chemicals and processes jewelry makers use to solder precious and non-precious metals. Workshop is free but registration is required – call 360-886-1105. The Black Diamond Library is located at 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond.

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Planet of the Writers Workshop for teens Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:19:46 +0000 Covington Library
Date: 8/12/2015, 2 PM 

Do people look at you strangely when you discuss your story characters as if they were real? Come to a planet where there are other writers and let an expert help you create your own form of mayhem with words, sentences and paragraphs. This free workshop is presented by EpicWrite for middle school, junior high and high school ages. The Covington Library is located at 27100 164th Avenue SE in Covington.

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