Local News from iLoveKent for Monday, Feb. 27

Kent News: Kent Girl Celebrates Black History MonthNEW-Kent girl makes national headlines celebrating Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month, Cristi Jones of Kent posted photos on Twitter of her 5-year-old Lola dressed up as famous black women including Josephine Baker, Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Bessie Coleman, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, Toni Morrison and others. See the slideshow on NBC 4 New York.

NEW-Criminals in Kent are looking for opportunities
In last week’s safety email from the Kent Police Department, John Pagel said a resident in The Lakes got video of a man who tried their door knob at 5:49 AM. John points out that criminals are looking for an opportunity. You can protect yourself by locking your house, vehicles and windows.

NEW-Lane closure at 20202 84th Ave. S., Feb. 27 – Mar. 5
From 8 am to 3:30 pm, February 27 through March 5, crews will be taking the northbound curb lane for frontage improvements, replacing sidewalks, Metro bus stop and curb/gutter. Traffic control will be in place.

Kent Travel AdvisoriesNEW-Interurban Trail Closure between S. 212th St. and W. James St.
From February 27 through late April 2017, there will be a full closure of the Interurban Trail between S. 212th St. and W. James St. for the installation of large-scale foundations for taller steel power transmission poles. There will also be periodic and temporary shoulder lane restrictions on S. 228th St. at the Interurban Trail for delivery of large scale material and equipment. Traffic control will be in place.

NEW-Daylight Saving Time is March 12
It is almost time to spring ahead! Daylight Saving Time is March 12, so we will set our clocks ahead one hour.

NEW-History of the Interurban Trail
Did you know the Interurban Trail used to be an electric rail line between Seattle and Tacoma? Construction was completed and the first train ran on September 25, 2902. Children often used the train to get to and from school. Read more history on the Interurban Trail in Michelle Gehlman-Teeter’s latest feature for iLoveKent.

NEW-Study Shows Highline College contributes $631.5 million to local economy
In a new study, Highline College contributed $631.5 million to the King County economy during the 2014-15 fiscal year. See the report for more details.

City seeks artists for Kent Summer Art Exhibit
The City has put a call out for prints, photographs, paintings and other types of artwork for a juried exhibit, the Kent Summer Art Exhibit, at the Centennial Center Gallery. The works will be on display from June 7 through Aug. 24. All artwork selected for the exhibit is eligible for City Art Purchase Awards and Kent Arts Commission Exhibit Awards. Click here to apply.

REMINDER–Kent Senior Center Closed Feb. 27 – Mar. 3
The Kent Senior Center will be closed from Feb. 27 through Mar. 3 for carpet replacement.

Seattle Rock Orchestra to perform Led Zeppelin I & II March 10

Kent Event: Seattle Rock Orchestra presents Led Zeppelin
Photo Courtesy of City of Kent

Seattle Rock Orchestra brings the music of Led Zeppelin to Kent’s Spotlight Series on Friday, March 10. The show will feature music from the legendary rock band’s “Led Zeppelin I & II” albums and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center, 25800 164th Ave. SE, Covington. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for youth. Visit KentArts.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Kent Kids’ Arts Day is March 11
Celebrate National Youth Arts Month by bringing your child or children to Kent Kids’ Arts Day on Sat., March 11 at Kent Commons. This year will be the 29th year for the event, and it gives children the opportunity to do a wide variety of hands-on art projects. Admission is $10 per child. Adults and children age 2 and under are free. Click here for more info.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 28        Mardi Gras
Mar. 1          Kent Schools – Late Start
Mar. 3-5       Poverty Bay Wine Festival
Mar. 4          Free Children’s Art Project at Rusty Raven
Mar. 7          Kent City Council
Mar. 10        Seattle Rock Orchestra: Led Zeppelin I & II
Mar. 11        30th Annual Kent Kids’ Arts Day
Mar. 11        33rd District Town Hall
Mar. 12        Daylight Saving Time

Dana Neuts

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