Local News from iLoveKent for Tuesday, Dec. 27

We hope you and your family and friends are having a happy, healthy holiday season. Here are Kent news highlights to kick off your week.

iLoveKent Ends 2016 on a High Note
thanks-3Thanks to generous readers, advertisers and sponsors, iLoveKent is finishing 2016 on a high note with record web traffic and active, engaged readers on our social media channels. With your support, we are excited to welcome 2017 – our 10th year in business! We couldn’t have done it without you. Read more here.

City Seeks Public Input on Meet Me on Meeker Concept
The City’s Economic Development Department wants the public’s input on the Meet Me on Meeker concept, a plan to rebuild the commercial corridor along Meeker Street from downtown Kent to Hwy. 516 and I-5. Review the plan, as presented to Kent City Council in December, here.

Kent News: Kent Firefighters and Donors Delivered More than 6,000 Toys this Chirstmas.Kent Firefighters Collect, Wrap & Deliver 6,000+ Toys
With the help of volunteers, the Kent Regional Fire Authority, the Kent Firefighters Foundation and Firefighters Local 1747 collected, wrapped and delivered 6,000 toys to more than 2,000 kids in the Kent, Covington and SeaTac area this Christmas. Thanks to all who helped make Christmas a little more cheerful for these families. See the 2016 Toys for Joys photos here.

Denali Federal Credit Union Hosts Clothing Drive thru Jan. 31
Did you get new clothes for Christmas, or maybe you’re still in the holiday shopping mood? Needy families in Kent could use your help. That’s why Denali is hosting a clothing drive through the end of January. Read our post for drop-off locations.

Kent Police are seeking this man for questioning in a Dec. 11 burglary in Kent.Man Wanted for Questioning in Dec. 11 Kent Burglary
Do you know this man? Kent Police are looking for him. He is wanted for questioning in a Dec. 11 Kent burglary. Call Kent Police at 253-856-5894, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you want to remain anonymous. Refer to case #16-19303.

iLoveKent to Host First Reader Meetup Sat., Jan. 7
We’ve got the details finalized for our first reader meetup. The event will be at Down Home Catering (211 First Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032) at 10 AM. The event will go from 10 AM to Noon, but you can drop in at whatever time works for you. We have a brief program planned, including some BIG NEWS for iLoveKent next year, followed by time to chat and get to know each other. Get more info. here or RSVP your attendance here.

New Events Added to Dec. 2016 Calendar
imac-605421_640Lynn Cheng, our faithful volunteer, has been updating our Google calendar, so we’ve updated the Dec. 2016 “things to do in Kent, Washington” post. It includes several events this week including activities at the library, a wine and canvas event, and several New Year’s celebrations. See the updated post here. Did we miss something? Email us and we’ll add it!

Kent4Health Updates Jan. 2017 Schedule
Due to events scheduled at ShoWare Center in January, Kent4Health has revised its January 2017 schedule. Click here for the Jan. & Feb. 2017 schedule and to download the full season’s schedule.

Kent Business Spotlight: Artsy Fartsy Art LessonsKent Business Spotlight: Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons
Writer Michelle Gehlman-Teeter profiles one of downtown Kent’s newest businesses, Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons. Learn more about the studio and owner Susan Bagrationoff, whose enthusiasm is contagious, in Michelle’s latest feature for iLoveKent.

Mark Your Calendars: Kent Schools’ Technology Expo is Jan. 19

You don’t want to miss the Kent School District’s annual Tech Expo. This year’s event is scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 19 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM at ShoWare Center. Last year more than 4,200 participants visit the Expo to learn more about technology from 800 students, and 154 teachers at 102 booths. Get more info. here.

Upcoming Events

12/27/16:  Seattle Thunderbirds’ 2-for-Tuesday against Spokane Chiefs
12/28/16:  Kent4Health Free Indoor Walking
12/29/16:  Coloring and Cookies at the Kent Library
12/30/16:  Northern Lights – Wine and Canvas Event at Golden Steer
12/31/16:  New Year’s Eve
12/31/16:  Noon Year’s Eve Singing Celebration with Nancy Stewart
12/31/16:  Pajamas and a Vision
12/31/16:  New Year’s Eve Party – Reds Wine Bar
12/31/16:  Celtic Club New Year’s Eve Celebration
01/01/17:  New Year’s Day
01/02/17:  No School – Kent School District – Winter Break
01/03/17:  School Resumes
01/04/17:  South King County Forum on Homelessness
01/07/17:  iLoveKent Reader Meetup at Down Home Catering
01/11/17:  Rock ‘n Roll Sing-along and Deli Bingo Fundraiser
01/16/17:  Martin Luther King Day; No School
01/19/17:  Kent Schools’ Technology Expo
01/27/16:  You, Me, We
01/27/16:  Kent Spotlight Series: The Peking Acrobats


Dana Neuts

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