Local News and Events for Kent, Washington

This weekend was a rainy one in Kent, but it didn’t stop people from celebrating Earth Day or cheering on the Seattle Thunderbirds in Game 2 of the WHL Conference Championship. It looks like the next few days will be wet too, but we hope you have a good week anyway!

Thanks to AAA Pest Control for sponsoring this edition of Sound Bites!

NEW–Kent Arts Commission names winners of first Kent Creates exhibit
Last week the Kent Arts Commission named the winners of its first Kent Creates digital art exhibit. Two of the top 5 winners are from Kent. Click here to view a couple of the winning entries and visit KentCreates.com to see other art in different forms. A big thank you to the Kent Arts Commission for creating a way for so many to enjoy art no matter where we are!

NEW–One dead, one injured in Kent shooting on W. Meeker St.
Last Tuesday Kent Police officers responded to a shooting in the 1500 block of W. Meeker St. early Tuesday morning. One male, 17, was deceased upon the officers’ arrival. Another male, 16, was transported to the hospital with non-threatening gunshot wounds. Read more here.

NEW–April 28 declared Stand Against Racism Day
At last week’s Kent City Council meeting, Mayor Suzette Cooke proclaimed that April 28, 2017 will be Stand Against Racism Day in Kent, Washington.

NEW–King County Councilmember donates eyeglasses to Auburn Lions Club
Last week Metropolitan King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer donated thousands of pairs of eyeglasses orphaned by owners in the Metro Transit Lost and Found. The glasses will go to the local Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. Read more here.

NEW–Congrats to our Earth Day Coloring Contest winners!
We are excited to have had so many entries in our first coloring contest. We presented the winners with their prizes at Third Thursday Art Night at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons, our co-sponsors. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to participating businesses for helping with judging, prizes and serving as pick-up and drop-off locations: Treasures, Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons, Rusty Raven Studio, Create!, Moore Than Rocks and Kent Downtown Partnership.

NEW–Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center is open for the season
Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center is open for the season, and Michelle Teeter went to learn more about it and the area’s history here. She took some great photos too. Read more here. #kenthistory

4Culture’s Poetry on Buses launches April 24, 2017
4Culture is kicking off an expanded Poetry on Buses season on Monday, April 24 with an event at Moore Theatre in Seattle. The event will feature community poets, live music and dance performances. After that, commuters can enjoy more original poems by King County residents on the theme “Your Body of Water.” Four Metro Transit buses will be dedicated to poetry, as well as two Sound Transit Link light rail trains and one Seattle Streetcar. Learn more about Poetry on Buses here.

Prescription drug take-back day set for April 29
If you have expired, unwanted or unused prescription medication, the Kent Police Dept. will accept your discards for appropriate disposal next Sat., April 29. You can drop off your items at the Kent Police Dept. from 10 AM to 2 PM at 232 Fourth Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032. Please be sure to remove any prescription labels with any personal identifying information (name, address, etc.)

KDP to host Annual Pampered Pet Walk on April 29
On Saturday, April 29, Kent Downtown Partnership is hosting its annual pampered pet walk in downtown Kent. This fun, free event is 1 to 3 PM, starting at Down Home Catering (211 First Ave. South, Kent, WA 98032) and ending at Kherson Park (corner of 2nd and Gowe St.). There will be prizes for best costume (small, medium and large pets) and best trick contest. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

Get more event details on our Google calendar or on our April “things to do” list

Apr. 24       Free Indoor Walking – Kent4Health at ShoWare Center
Apr. 24       Coffee, Cake and Islam
Apr. 26       Free Indoor Walking – Kent4Health at ShoWare Center
Apr. 27       Annual “No Homeless Kids” Benefit Luncheon
Apr. 28       Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Kelowna Rockets (Game 5)
Apr. 29       Kent Downtown Partnership Pampered Pet Walk
Apr. 29       Mathfest – FREE
Apr. 30       Green Kent Event: Clark Lark Park

Dana Neuts

I am a full-time freelance writer, editor, marketing pro and the publisher of iLoveKent.net.