June 2013

Unincorporated Area Community News

Welcome to Community News, King County government's monthly newsletter for unincorporated area residents. You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at www.kingcounty.gov/UnincorporatedAreaNews. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.


June 7-9
Wastemobile - Enumclaw

June 8
Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival

June 12
East Lake Sammamish Trail Celebration

Women's Advisory Board meeting

West Hill Community Association meeting

June 13
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain CSA Open House

June 14-16
Washington Brewer's Festival

June 17
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

June 18
Property tax meeting - Federal Way

June 19
Large wood placement in rivers meeting

June 27
Lake Sammamish Willowmoor Project meeting

June 29
White Center Community Development Association Fundraiser

July 1
Greater Maple Valley
Area Council meeting

July 8
Mail and online voter registration deadline for August primary

July 17
Four Creeks UAC meeting

July 31
Fair Housing Workshop

Engage with King County

East Lake Sammamish Trail Celebration
King County is delighted to announce another milestone toward completing the East Lake Sammamish Master Plan Trail. Join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the East Lake Sammamish Trail terminus at Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah, as we cut the ribbon and re-open the newly redeveloped trail segment, a 2.2-mile-long section from Southeast 43rd Way to Gilman Boulevard.

Information Forum: Service Needs of Women and Families Living in the Unincorporated Areas
Join King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry, service providers and County residents on June 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the King County’s Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue in Seattle for a discussion on the service needs and challenges for women and families living in the unincorporated areas. Hosted by the King County Women’s Advisory Board. More information available here.

King County property tax meeting
King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer and Assessor Lloyd Hara will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. to discuss property valuations, taxes and the services that the Department of Assessments, Tax Advisor’s Office, Treasury and the Board of Equalization provides to assist property owners. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the Great Room at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S. in Federal Way. If you would like more information about the town hall meeting, please contact Phillip Sit at 206-263-2261 or phillip.sit@kingcounty.gov.

June 19 meeting on placing large wood in rivers
Join King County staff at this annual meeting about upcoming projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at either of two meetings set for June 19. Two presentations are scheduled: 1-3:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Hatchery, 125 Sunset Way in Issaquah; and again from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St. on Mercer Island. Learn more or subscribe to our emails on the website.

Lake Sammamish Willowmoor Project meeting
On June 27, King County will host the first meeting on a new project to address several longstanding flood control and habitat issues on the Sammamish River at its outlet from Lake Sammamish in Marymoor Park – known as the Willowmoor reach or the “transition zone” where the lake becomes the river. The meeting runs from 6:30-8 p.m. at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway, in Redmond. Learn more or subscribe to project update emails on the website.


New Community Service Center open in Shoreline
The King County Community Service Center (CSC) Program is expanding to serve even more residents. A new CSC is now open inside the Shoreline District Court building at 18050 Meridian Ave. N. The new center will offer assistance to residents of Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, and other areas of north King County every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the CSC Program, or to find the location nearest you, please visit the website.

Free child car seat check-up events in King County
Child safety seats can be lifesavers for our most precious cargo when used properly. To support parents and caregivers so that their children fit securely in car seats, Public Health - Seattle & King County is hosting four free child car seat check-up events over the late spring and summer. Parents and caregivers will have their child safety seat checked by a certified child safety seat technician for safe installation; soon-to-be parents/caregivers welcome as well. For details, please visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County website. For ongoing child safety seat check-up locations in the Puget Sound area, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Alvord T. Bridge closed
A reminder that the Alvord T. Bridge on 78th Ave. S. just south of Kent’s city limits was permanently closed on June 5. Want to know more about the state of King County bridges? Visit the webite.

Spring Hazard: Hypothermia
Hypothermia - a condition in which a person’s body temperature has dropped significantly below normal - is a serious risk this time of year. As temperatures increase, people turn to outdoor water activities and may not be aware that water temperatures are still cold. Use caution and learn the symptoms of hypothermia, and the steps to take if someone exhibits signs of hypothermia.

Register to vote and keep your address current
Register to vote or update your address by mail or by July 8 to vote in the August 6 Primary Election.

Property managers can get help with hazardous waste headaches
Office, retail and industrial tenants often produce wastes that require special handling. Problem wastes may come from remodeling, construction, demolition and routine maintenance. Call the Business Waste Line at 206-296-3976 or email bwl@kingcounty.gov for information or to schedule a visit.

King County extends green wall against sprawl
A deal between King County and Hancock Timber Resources will preserve 43,000 acres of the White River Forest near Enumclaw. Learn more by watching this short video.

2013 Washington Brewer’s Festival
Dad will be really glad if you treat him to a Father’s Day weekend celebration at the Washington Brewer’s Festival. This unique, all-age festival features more than 250 different beers from 74 different Washington breweries. The festival runs June 14-16 at King County’s Marymoor Park, and also boasts great food, live music, a brewer’s keg toss, root beer garden, kids’ area, crafts booth, wine and cider tasting. Visit the Washington Brewer’s Festival event page for more information and to purchase advance tickets.

Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival
For the avid mountain bikers or those thinking about giving it a try, come join us for the annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at King County’s Duthie Hill Park on Saturday, June 8. There will be lots to see and do with more than 40 vendors, bike demos, trail riding, raffles, kids’ events, beer garden, live music and more – fun for the whole family! Entry is free and tickets are available for purchase to access bike demos, guided rides and the evening barbecue. Check out the event page for details and more information on how to register for a race.

Concerts at Marymoor
The summer season of Concerts at Marymoor Park is set to kick off with a full lineup of shows that has something for everyone to enjoy! Featured artists include: Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Pink Martini, Sublime, 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp, YEAH YEAH YEAHS, Daryl Hall and John Oates, The Good Vibes Summer Tour, Steely Dan, Willie Nelson and Family, The Lumineers, and Furthur. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Volunteer with the Marymoor Concert Recycling Crew and see a show for free!
Music fans take note! Earn the perk of free admission while volunteering at a show to support our efforts of keeping waste out of the landfill. Concert Recycling Crew volunteers help concert-goers learn how to recycle and compost their biodegradable cups, plates, food scraps and help keep the venue free of litter. Join the recycling crew!

‘Summer of Love’ under way at RASKC
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is one of just 50 animal organizations nationwide participating in the 2013 ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Save animals' lives by adopting more pets into new homes. During RASKC's Summer of Love, which runs through Aug. 31, you can help by adopting a pet, visiting a special event, or by following RASKC on Facebook and Twitter.

June is National Pet Preparedness Month
Keep your pets safe during a disaster. The American Humane Association provides a pet emergency kit checklist. Learn additional preparedness tips for protecting your furry friends during an emergency.

County surplus goods up for bid June 12
The next King County Surplus Spot Bid Auction is Wednesday, June 12 at noon at the Orcas Warehouse, 707 S. Orcas St. in Seattle. About 70 lots of surplus office equipment, computers, furniture, jewelry and more will be up for sale in a "spot bid" auction format. For more information, email kcsurplus@kingcounty.gov or visit the Surplus Spot Bid website.

Free fair housing workshop and seminar
The King County Office of Civil Rights and other civil rights agencies are hosting two free fair housing trainings at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle on July 31: Introduction to Fair Housing Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, and Advanced Fair Housing Seminar from 1- 3 p.m. Participants receive extensive free fair housing materials in print and CD format. Advance registration is required by emailing Civil-Rights.OCR@kingcounty.gov or calling 206-263-2446. For details and directions, visit the workshop website.

WSU Extension Forestry class
WSU Extension is offering their annual forestry class on Tuesday nights this fall at the Preston Community Center for people who have woods on their property. Learn how keep trees healthy, attract wildlife and even save money on property taxes.

Community news


Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Enumclaw

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile stops in Enumclaw, June 7-9 at the parking lot of the Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. SE, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Four Creeks

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

July 17, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton

Greater Maple Valley

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

(This item submitted by the GMVUAC)


Long-time Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) member, Dave Fields, is retiring. Fellow long-time member Warren Iverson presented Dave a commemorative plaque thanking him for his untiring vigilance in service to the community from the area council. King County Community Services Area (CSA) Manager, Alan Painter, also presented Dave a Proclamation recognizing his 23 years of distinguished service from King County Executive Dow Constantine. The area council thanks Dave for his long, excellent, dedicated service to our community.

Greater Maple Valley Area Council meeting

July 1, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley

North Highline

White Center Community Development Association (CDA) Fundraiser

Want to make a positive difference in the lives of kids in White Center? Then save the date for the next White Center CDA Fundraiser which will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This will take place at the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Building located at 605 SW 108th Street in Seattle.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Upper Bear Creek

Music in the Park

Upper Bear Creek Community Council is happy to sponsor "Music in the Park" again this summer at Cottage Lake Park! Join us for a series of six FREE family concerts in the park Thursday evenings in July and August from 7-8:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the park at 190th and NE Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville. Visit the website for more information.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

Vashon-Maury Island

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

June 17, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

West Hill

West Hill Community Association Board meetings

June 12, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S., Seattle

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