News and events from Kent, Washington

NEW–Spring into Art: Student Art Walk kicks off March 13, 2017
Starting today, Spring Into Art: the 23rd Annual Kent Student Art Walk kicks off in downtown Kent. Stroll through historic downtown Kent and Kent Station to see artwork from more than 550 Kent School District students and 29 schools. In addition, there will be an opening night reception on March 16. Learn more here.

Shooting suspectNEW–Kent Police and Seattle FBI seek help identifying shooter of Sikh man
Last Thursday Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jay S. Tabb Jr. gave a press conference to give an update on the shooting of a 39-year-old Sikh man that took place on March 3. They are asking the public to help identify the man in the sketch who is believed to be a white male, between the ages of 35 to 40, 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing and a mask over the lower half of his face. Rewards are being offered. If you missed the press conference, you can see it on video at and read the full story here.

NEW–Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke to give final ‘State of the City’ on April 5, 2017
Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke will update the business community and interested residents at the Kent Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 5. This address will be Mayor Cooke’s final as Kent’s mayor. She is not seeking re-election this fall. Get the details here.

NEW–Voting is open for the 2017 Best of Kent contest
The Kent Reporter’s annual ‘Best of Kent’ competition is now open. Select your favorite people, places and things in Kent, Washington. Vote online or using a paper ballot in the weekly newspaper. Voting ends at 4 PM on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Kent Events: Recycling & Collection EventNEW–Kent customers will see a garbage rate increase April 1
Effective April 1, Kent residential and business customers will see a slight increase in garbage rates. The city’s contract with Republic Services allows for annual rate adjusments for inflation. Read more here.

REMINDER–Local legislators to hold Town Hall Meetings on March 18
On Saturday, March 18, District 47 and District 33 are hosting Town Hall Meetings. Senator Joe Fain and Reps. Pat Sullivan and Mark Hargrove will be at Golden Steer (23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent, WA) from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, while Senator Karen Keiser and Reps. Tina Orwall and Mia Gregorson will be at Kent City Council Chambers (220 4th Ave., Kent, WA) from 10 AM to noon.

Next Coffee with the Chief: March 22, 2017
Join Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas, members of his command staff and of the neighborhood response and community education units at the next ‘Coffee with the Chief,’ scheduled for Wed., March 22 at the East Hill Substation. Additional details are available here.

NEW–Upcoming spring events hosted by Kent Downtown Partnership
Join the Kent Downtown Partnership for these upcoming events:
April 29: Pampered Pet Walk
May 12: Downtown Breakfast Hour
May 19: Wine Walk
June 9: KDP Dinner Auction
Visit for more details or call KDP at 253-813-6976.

March is Moolah for Schoola time at Kent Station
Visit participating merchants at Kent Station during the month of March for an opportunity to help raise money for Green River College scholarships. Since 2007, Kent Station has donated $52,500 which provided 39 scholarships for Kent area students. This year’s goal is $5,000. To participate, complete a postcard at participating merchants and be entered to win a grand prize of a $500 Kent Station gift card. Click here for details.

Only two days left to apply for a Kent Community Foundation scholarship
Kent Community Foundation administers nine different scholarships. Applications are now being accepted through Wed., March 15 from high school seniors in the Kent School District. Learn how to apply here.

NEW–Rotary Club of Kent’s annual Escapades dinner auction is April 1
Save the date. The Rotary Club of Kent is hosting its annual fundraising dinner auction on Sat., April 1 at Green River College Student Union. In addition to the opportunity to bid on unique auction items, guests will enjoy delicious food and hear inspiring stories. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online here.

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Upcoming Events

Mar. 13-24     Kent Student Art Exhibit
Mar. 15          Highline College Job Fair
Mar. 16          Kent Student Art Exhibit Opening Night Reception
Mar. 17          St. Patrick’s Day
Mar. 18          Green Kent Event: Morrill Meadows Park
Mar. 18          Spring Recycling Event & Composter Sale
Mar. 18          Districts 33 and 47 Town Hall Meetings

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