Local News from iLoveKent for Monday, Nov. 28

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend with your family and friends. Because of the holiday, it was a slow news week, at least on the local front, but there is still a lot going on in Kent. Here are some highlights, including upcoming events, healthcare enrollment reminders, holiday bazaars, tree lighting ceremonies and more. #kentnews #kentevents

Kent Events: December Happenings in and around Kent, WashingtonNEW–Lots of December Activities In and Around Kent
One of the reasons we love Kent so much is that there is always so much to do, everything from local sports and civic discussions to arts and entertainment and holiday activities. Here’s our round-up of some of the events being hosted in December.

Donald Trumps wins the Nov. 2016 General Election for president.NEW–SKC Post Election Conversation, Tues., Nov. 28

Join members of the South King County community tomorrow night (6:30 PM – 9 PM) in Auburn (1015 24th Ave. St. NE) to talk about the presidential election and president-elect Donald Trump and what it means for our local communities. The conversation will be led and centered around people of color. Learn more here.

NEW–Hooliday Owls at Kent Station, Nov. 26-Jan 2.
Have a little extra fun this holiday season with Hooliday Owls at Kent Station. The outdoor shopping and lifestyle center has 14 owls scattered around Kent Station, each with a letter on it. Find the owls and put the letters together to find out what they say. Enter to win prizes. More details on KentStation.com.

winter-guideNEW–City’s 2016-17 Winter Program Guide is out!
The City of Kent has published its quarterly activity guide which lists classes, sports, special events, arts and entertainment, teen programs, adaptive recreation, adult 50+ activities and more. Click here to view a copy now.


HomeStreet Bank Hosts Toy Drive through Dec. 9HomeStreet Bank Hosts Toy Drive Til Dec. 9
HomeStreet Bank in downtown Kent (505 W. Harrison St.) is hosting a toy drive to the Children’s Home Society of Washington. The bank is requesting donations of new toys and books for children from newborn through age 12. Donations can be dropped off at the downtown Kent branch during normal business hours. Click here for hours.

NEW–Kentlake Drama Presents ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’
In an interesting twist on the holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story,’ Kentlake Drama presents a musical version Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10. Book by Josheph Robinett, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Click here for tickets and directions.

Kent Event: Kentridge Players Present 'A Year with Frog and Toad'NEW–Kentridge Players Present ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’
Kentridge High School is also hosting a holiday production, starting this week. Written by Robert and Willie Reale, the musical celebration is based on the popular ‘Frog and Toad’ kids’ books written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The show will run Nov. 3-Dec. 3 and Dec. 7-10. Click here for more details.

Kent Commons’ Holiday Bazaar is Coming Up: Dec. 2-3
The City of Kent is hosting its annual holiday bazaar at Kent Commons (525 N. 4th Ave., Kent, WA) on Friday, Dec. 2 (10 AM – 5 PM) and Saturday, Dec. 3 (9 AM to 4 PM). The two-day event will feature more than 100 vendors with unique, handcrafted items perfect for gift giving this holiday season. Click here for more information.

school-suppliesNEW–Free Kids’ Art Project at Rusty Raven Studio on Dec. 3
Are your kids restless because of the cold weather? Would you like them to do something fun and creative instead? Rusty Raven Studio in downtown Kent has you covered. The first Saturday of every month, they host a free kids’ art project at their studio (212 First Ave. S., Kent, WA). RSVP on Facebook.

NEW–Scenic Hill PTA Hosts Winter Craft Bazaar on Sat., Dec. 3
The Scenic Hill PTA is hosting its annual Winter Craft Bazaar from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Scenic Hill Elementary gym. Admission is free. There will be local vendors on hand, raffles and concessions available for purchase. Email scenichillpta@hotmail.com with questions. The Greater Maple Valley Community Center is also hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Dec. from 10 AM to 3 PM, including a Health and Wellness Senior program. Click here for details.

Kent Lions to Host Kent Winterfest on Sat., Dec. 3, 2016.Kent Lions Host Kent Winterfest Dec. 3
The Kent Lions are hosting Kent Winterfest in downtown Kent this Saturday, Dec. 3. The event starts at 2 PM with fun family activities, live music, a holiday reading and the official tree lighting with Christmas songs and a visit from Santa. Get more details here.

museum-open-houseNEW–Kent Historical Museum Hosts Holiday Open House & Kent Chronicles in Dec.
This month the Kent Historical Museum hosts three events:
– Sun., Dec. 4, 1 PM – 4 PM: Annual Christmas Open House
– Thurs., Dec. 8, 11 AM and Sat., Dec. 10, 11 AM: Kent Chronicles: Conversations about the Vietnam Conflict
Get details on iLoveKent.net.

City of Kent Seeks Volunteers for Boards & Commissions, Deadline: Dec. 9
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.

Register Now for 34th Annual Christmas Rush 5K/10K Run/Walk, Dec. 10
Get in the holiday spirit while enjoying the fresh air and competition at the city’s 34th Annual Christmas Rush Fun Run on Sat., Dec. 10. Their will be two separate loops for the 5K and 10K that will only intersect at the last 100 yards of the race. The race begins and ends at Hogan Park (24400 Russell Rd., Kent, WA). Learn more now.

Tacoma StarsTacoma Stars to Host Youth Soccer Night on Sat., Dec. 10
Take your soccer team and family to ShoWare Center on Youth Soccer Night with the Tacoma Stars, Kent’s very own indoor soccer team. Players in uniform will be able to participate in the halftime onfield parade. Tickets are $11 each. Click here for details.

Free Health Services: Seattle/King County ClinicNEW–Washington Healthcare Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 15
If you need to renew or enroll in healthcare coverage in Washington, the open enrollment period ends December 15. Don’t wait until the last minute though. Go online today to see what your health and dental plan options are, and sign up before the deadline. Click here for Washington Health Plan Finder.

NEW–KSD Holiday Break, Dec. 19 – Jan. 2
This year’s holiday break from the Kent School District is Dec. 19 through Jan. 2.

Upcoming Kent Events:

Dec. 2-3: Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 3: Scenic Hill PTA Winter Craft Bazaar (9 AM – 2 PM)
Dec. 3: Free Kids’ Art Project at Rusty Raven Studio (10 AM – 1 PM)
Dec. 3: GVCC Holiday Bazaar (10 AM – 3 PM)
Dec. 3: Kent Winterfest (2 PM – 6:30 PM)
Dec. 10: Christmas Rush 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk
Dec. 10: Kent-Meridian Co-Op Preschool Vendor Market (9 AM – 3 PM)
Dec. 10: MVCC Food Drive for FREE Santa Photos (10 AM – 3 PM)
Dec. 16: Bloodworks Northwest Blood Drive at Kent Station
Dec. 19 – Jan. 2: No School for the Kent School District; Holiday Break.

For more local events, visit our Google calendar.

See a mistake or something we missed? Please let us know.

Dana Neuts

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

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