Local News from iLoveKent for Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

GenAd2_175x146As one of the fastest growing cities in America, Kent, Washington is a busy place, growing and changing every day. Here we’ve tried to capture some of the latest Kent news for you, including fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, fun community activities, election news and more. #kentnews #kentevents

Donald Trumps wins the Nov. 2016 General Election for president.November 2016 General Election Results
The chaotic, contentious election season is finally over, and the American Electoral College has selected Donald J. Trump, Republican, as our next president. Here are those and other results in some of the key races and the results of the KSD Bond Proposal. For the latest tallies and updates, visit King County Elections online.

Seattle Thunderbirds Host Military Appreciation Night, Fri., Nov. 11
Kent Event: Military Appreciation NightCelebrate with the veterans in your life at the Seattle Thunderbirds game against Calgary Hitmen. VFW 2995 from Redmond will be distributing poppies to fans and VFW 9430 from Skyway will present the colors at the game prior to the national anthems. This Friday’s game is also the T-Birds annual Fred Meyer Turkey Shoot where female fans (18+) can win a free turkey from Fred Meyer by scoring a goal from the blue line. Fans that want to participate should line up outside Section 115 after the game for their chance to win. Click here to purchase single game tickets.

Tahoma National Cemetery to host Veteran’s Day ceremony on Nov. 11.
Kent Event: Veterans Day 2016Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, is hosting a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11 AM on Friday, Nov. 11. The Kent Lions’ Club will participate in the ceremony to honor our veterans. In addition to this celebration, Ivar’s, Golden Steer and Brown Bear Car Wash are all offering promotions to honor our veterans. No matter how you celebrate, please thank a veteran for his or her service on Friday.

Torklift Central Makes a Final Push to Help Kent Families. Deadline: Nov. 14
November 14 is the last day you can donate money or non-perishable food for Torklift Central’s 6th Annual Turkey Challenge. Click here to find out where you can donate, or if you can’t make it in person, you can donate online here.

christmas-gift13rd Annual Shop with a Cop Fundraiser Nov. 14
Join Kent City Council Member Dana Ralph, Kent Police Commander Jarod Kasner, Nathan Box and Bailey Stober for Kent’s 3rd Annual Shop with a Cop Fundraiser Dinner. Every year they get together as a community, along with Kent Youth & Family Services, to raise money for the Shop with a Cop program. They partner with Target to take 30 disadvantaged children holiday shopping for themselves and their families. Each child is assigned a law enforcement mentor who takes them on this memorable shopping trip.

Fall Curbside Clean-up in Kent This Week and Next: Nov. 7 – 11 & Nov. 14-18
If you are a Republic Services customer in the Kent city limits, then your Yard Waste Day this week or next is your Fall Curbside Clean-up Day. On that day, you can put up to 10 32-gallon containers of yard waste or garbage at your curb for pick-up at no additional cost. Click here for more information on recycling or food and yard waste in Kent.

Kent4Health_logo_transparent_smallKent4Health Kicks Off Free Indoor Walking Nov. 14!
Stay fit and fab during the cold, rainy winter months. Kent4Health is hosting ShoWalk, free indoor walking, most Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 AM to 11 AM, Nov. 14 through May 31. Click here for details and a downloadable schedule.

Kent City Council meeting on November 15.
Did you know that Kent City Council meetings are streamed live on Comcast Cable TV21 and at KentTV21.com? They are typically held the first and third Tuesdays of each month with a few exceptions. Click here for the city council calendar, agenda, minutes and past meeting videos. Click here to watch the Nov. 1, 2016 Kent City Council meeting.

Kent Event: Kent Has TalentKent Has Talent is Nov. 18. Do you have tickets?
Kent Community Foundation is hosting its first major fundraiser – Kent Has Talent – an all-ages talent show – this Friday, November 18 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, plus a nominal service fee. All proceeds benefit Kent Community Foundation’s work in supporting cultural arts and education in Kent. Buy tickets online now[Disclaimer: Publisher Dana Neuts serves on the board of Kent Community Foundation, and iLoveKent.net is an event sponsor as a Friend of Kent Community Foundation.]

Volunteers Need to Plant Trees for Arbor Day, Nov. 19
City of Kent needs volunteers or all ages and abilities to plant trees at Clark Lake Park on Sat., Nov. 19, 9 AM to Noon, Rain or Shine. Though Arbor Day is in April, Kent Parks plants trees in the fall when they have the best chance to establish and thrive. Click here for more details and to register.

Kent Downtown Partnership to Host Holiday Sip ‘n Shop on Nov. 26.
Kent Event: Holiday Sip 'n Shop on Sat., Nov. 26, 2016Kent Downtown Partnership is excited to host its first ever Holiday Sip ‘n Shop to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 (3 to 6 PM) to encourage shoppers to come to downtown Kent to visit local stores, restaurants and other small businesses while enjoying a bit of holiday cheer. Eight downtown businesses will serve as hosts for wine, cider and spirits tastings. Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit KDP in its work to revitalize and grow downtown Kent. All participants must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID. Click here to buy tickets online. [Disclosure: KDP is an advertiser, and publisher Dana Neuts serves on the KDP board.]

Mark Your Calendars: Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 2-3
christmas-tree-1149619_640Kent Commons Annual Holiday Bazaar is back! This popular event returns to Kent on Fri., Dec. 2 (10 AM – 5 PM) and Sat., Dec. 3 (9 AM to 4 PM) at the Kent Commons Community Center (525 Fourth Ave. N.). The bazaar will feature vendors and visitors from throughout Western Washington. Wares include fine-wood items, one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories, candles and soaps, pet items, photography and cards, hand blown glass and more. Food trucks will also be onsite. Admission to the event is free. Call 253-856-5000 for more information.

kent-lionsKent Lions to Host Winterfest Tree Lighting, Dec. 3.
Every year the Kent Lions graciously gives the Kent community a gift – Winterfest and the Annual Tree Lighting. This year’s event will be Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 PM until approximately 6 PM. Click here for more information about Winterfest activities.

City of Kent Seeks Volunteers for Boards & Commissions
The City of Kent is seeking volunteers for the Arts Commission, Bicycle Advisory Board, Human Services Commission, Land Use and Planning Board, and Parks and Recreation. Applications are due by Fri., Dec. 9 at 5 PM. See our post for details.

Kent Event: Christmas Rush Fun Run/WalkRegistration for the 34th Annual Christmas Rush 5K-10K Fun Run on Dec. 10.
Kick off the holiday season with a 5K or 10K walk or run with a few hundred of your favorite Kent friends. The race is set for Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9 AM, starting at Hogan Park at Russell Road (24400 Russell Road, Kent). Registration is now open.

Upcoming Kent Events:

Nov. 10: Schlotsky’s Grand Opening
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day (No School)
Nov. 14: 3rd Annual Shop with a Cop Dinner
Nov. 15: Kent City Council meeting
Nov. 18: Kent Has Talent
Nov. 19: Meridian-Kent Kiwanis Casino Night Fundraiser
Nov. 22-27: Spreading MODness, KYFS Fundraiser at MOD Pizza in Kent
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Holiday Break (No School)
Nov. 26: Holiday Sip ‘n Shop to Celebrate Small Business Saturday
Dec. 2-3: Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 3: Kent Winterfest

Dana Neuts

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