SoCoCulture's Magazine

What Works – South King County Public Art Symposium

Artists, city electeds and staff, and developers from around South King County gathered in Federal Way at The Greenline (former Weyerhaeuser headquarters) on September 22 to share ideas about how to encourage more public art projects in South King County, and how to...

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Tahoma School District builds for the future

Thanks to the will of the voters throughout the Southeast King County communities of Taylor, Hobart and Maple Valley, high school students in the Tahoma School District this fall will enter a brand new high school that gleams with potential and resonates with history....

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Venerable local bonsai donated to Pacific Bonsai Museum

Oriental Garden Center co-owners David Asahara and Joan Bloedel are donating their signature bonsai tree to the Pacific Bonsai Museum as a legacy of their late father Joe Asahara. Their uncle, Kenneth Hikogawa, was a master carpenter who is known as the mentor to the...

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Reading with Colors

by Paul T. Jackson A first grade teacher, Mrs. Barbara Laws... was experimenting with colors. Some of her most disruptive students who had difficulty reading found using color overlays improved their attention and reading. She had discovered the book, Reading by the...

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Federal Way teachers made history in 1974

by Chris Green From August 29 to September 17, 1974, teachers in Federal Way were on strike. It was the first public school teacher’s strike in the history of King County. Public school teachers in Washington state had only been granted the right to organize unions...

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Three summer poems by Renton poet Kiana Davis

Under a Summer Sun When I need to escape the elusive grace of butterfly wings haunt my memories and for an instant I am a little girl again under a summer sun spending hour evading my mother so I could run through an abandoned field and fill my jelly jar with the...

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Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent 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...

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Good neighbors build great gates

by James Daly and Greg Bartol If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry,...

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County council designates County Maritime Heritage Area

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted unanimously to recognize the historic, recreational and economic value of the region's waterways by designating certain county shorelines as "County Maritime Heritage Area." The ordinance is intended to encourage the...

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