Welcome to Community News! You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at the UA News website. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.
Engage with King County
Community Service Area (CSA) grants
Start thinking now about community and neighborhood projects for next year's King County CSA program matching grants. The program will be soliciting applications for projects in unincorporated King County this fall for implementation in 2015. This year, 27 projects received funding across unincorporated King County. Awards ranged from new wayfinding signs in Fall City to support for community festivals.
Building a farm-to-plate pipeline to better connect local farmers and communities
King County Executive Dow Constantine has launched a Local Food Economy Initiative designed to get more locally grown, healthy, and affordable food to kitchen tables and restaurants. A newly convened 36-member "Kitchen Cabinet," comprised of farmers, restaurateurs, grocers, distributors, and food innovators supporting the initiative will meet over the summer and fall and emerge with targets and measurable actions that governments, businesses, and non-profits can take to achieve a more resilient, thriving local food system that is readily available to all communities. For more information, read the news release, or watch the KING 5 story.
Photo courtesy WSDOT, 2009 I-90 closure
Weeklong traffic snarl ahead with I-90 work near Bellevue
The state DOT estimates commute times could double, triple or worse for bus riders and drivers on westbound I-90 with major construction that will stretch around the clock July 18-25. All traffic will be funneled into just one westbound lane near Bellevue and Mercer Island until 5 a.m. Friday, July 25. Commuters should plan ahead for major delays and consider changing their commute patterns to avoid the worst delays.
The election day deadline is Aug. 5
Ballots have been mailed to all King County voters for the August Primary Election. Remember to read the instructions, sign your return envelope, and get your ballot back early. Mailed ballots require first class postage and must be postmarked by Aug.5. More details, including drop box locations, are available on the Elections website.
Keeping troublesome trash out of the wastewater treatment system is the aim of WTD's new "Flushing Awesome" public awareness campaign. It costs about $120,000 a year to remove items like wipes, tampons and other trash from the system and take it to the landfill, not to mention increased costs for system operation and maintenance.
Families toss 1 in 4 bags of groceries: Tips to reduce food waste
Each month, the average family of four in King County throws out about 25 percent of the food and drinks they buy, because they bought too much, didn’t store it properly or didn’t eat it in time. That adds up to nearly 400 pounds of food worth more than $1,500 per year. King County encourages residents to take the new Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge, which involves tracking the food they toss at home and trying simple strategies to waste less while saving money.
Marymoor Park Concerts
The 2014 summer season of Marymoor Park Concerts is in full swing and with 13 shows in the August lineup, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! For tickets and more information, visit the website.
Discover your parks through music and art
Get out and play! Tickle the ivories of one of 20 artist-designed pianos in select Seattle and King County Parks, through Aug. 17. King County Parks is excited to be a part of Pianos in the Parks hosting five beautifully painted pianos at Marymoor and Steve Cox Memorial parks and along the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails.
Ready to be a star? Capture video of your Pianos in the Parks performance and enter to win the chance to take the stage as an opening act at KEXP’s Concert at the Mural on Aug. 22. Share the love, and your photos, with #pianosintheparks.
GoGreen Night at the Movies@Marymoor
Everything goes better with (Kevin) Bacon! King County's GoGreen Night is July 30, featuring the original "Footloose" (1984). Last year, 2,500 people turned out to see an outdoor movie, have fun and learn more about King County programs and services. The 2014 summer lineup of the Movies@Marymoor series is sure to draw families and film buffs alike, each and every Wednesday night through August.
National Night Out – Aug. 5
This annual event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch encourages neighbors to come together to build safer communities. Knowing who your neighbors are and taking time to get acquainted with them is a good idea – not just for crime and drug prevention, but for surviving disasters. Learn more and register on the National Night Out website.
Motorists: Fix leaks so you ‘Don’t Drip and Drive’
The Puget Sound Starts Here campaign along with participating repair shops across western Washington are offering car owners a free visual leak inspection – a diagnostic service valued at up to $80 – available now through September. If the inspection reveals a problem, the car owner will receive a coupon for 10 percent off service to fix the problem (up to $50). Repair coupons expire Sept. 30, 2014. For a complete listing of participating locations and more information, visit the website.
Volunteer for Regional Animal Services
Do you love animals? Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is currently recruiting new volunteers. We have opportunities for shelter helpers, foster families, dog walking and much more. Visit the website or call 206-296-7387 to learn more about becoming a RASKC volunteer, including dates for upcoming new volunteer information sessions.
Keep your pets cool in hot weather
The summer heat isn't just hard on you – it's hard on your pets, too. But unlike humans, animals can't sweat to cool off. Certain breeds are especially vulnerable to the heat, and of course no pet should be left in a hot car. Find more summer safety tips on the RASKC website.
Remodeling your home or office?
If your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance the paint on the walls and trim has lead in it. If you’re hiring a contractor or doing the work yourself, use these tips on how to do it safely and legally.
Property valuation notices
The King County Assessor’s Office is mailing the 2014 property valuation notices for residential areas. Property owners have 60 days from the postmark date to file an appeal on their property valuations or contact the Assessor’s Office for assistance at 206-296-7300 or email@example.com.
South Park Bridge reopens
The new South Park Bridge is open for business – check out photos and video of the grand opening celebration and see what makes this bridge so special.
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 want to keep their forested property healthy, attract wildlife and even save money on property taxes.
Evening woods tour in Black Diamond
WSU Extension and King County invite woodland owners to an evening “twilight forest tour” near Black Diamond at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13. See examples of tree thinning for forest health and restoration and learn about cost-share assistance. The tour concludes with a potluck dessert.
Community Service Area news
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area
Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website.
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area
National Night Out at Briarwood Elementary Playground
Join your neighbors at the “Big Block Party” on Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Briarwood Elementary Playground at 17020 SE 134th St. in Renton. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for an evening of food, friends and fun while making our neighborhood a better and safer place to live. Kids’ activities, and free food and drinks will available. For more information, visit the website. Contact the FCUAC to volunteer.
National Night Out Celebration at Maple Hills Park
Join your neighbors at the 30th Annual National Night Out event on Aug. 5 at the Maple Hills Park from 5-7 p.m. at 15256 204th Ave. SE in Renton. The event is free and open to the public. Free food, refreshments and entertainment. The event is made possible by a King County Community Service Areas Grant, and is sponsored by the Maple Hills Management Company.Visit the website for details.
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
July 28 and Aug. 25, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Lord of Life Church at 12819 160th Ave. SE, in Renton. For more information, visit the website.
Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for details.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley. Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.
This item submitted by the GMVUAC.
For the past year, the Greater Maple Valley and Four Creeks UACs have researched key issues, developed target goals and proposed potential solutions to major areas of concerns with the continued maintenance and safety of King County’s road network. The Upper Bear Creek UAC also supports this effort. The rural area UACs have invited those state legislators who represent King County rural area residents and also serve on a transportation committee to a meeting to discuss the issues and potential solutions. The meeting will be held on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the King County Library System Administration Building, 960 Newport Way NW, in Issaquah.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Construction has begun on new parking lot at Duthie Hill Park
King County Parks is building a new 74-space parking lot at Duthie Hill Park, with the goal of finishing the work by late October. The new parking lot will include truck and trailer parking, a drop-off zone and access to Grand Ridge Park.
Fall City Community Association meeting
Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 33415 SE 42nd Place in Fall City. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.
Southeast King County Area
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
The new Green Valley/Lake Holm Association has formed to address local rural issues and to foster closer communication with King County. The association roughly encompasses the unincorporated area east of the Black Diamond city limits to the Auburn city limits in the west; Auburn/Black Diamond Road on the north, to the valley on both sides of Southeast Green Valley Road to the south.
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association meeting
July 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond.
Vashon/Maury Island Area
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
General meetings are scheduled on third Monday of month. Check the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council website to confirm meeting agenda and location.
West King County Area
Skyway Outdoor Cinema
The annual Skyway Outdoor Cinema is free and open to the public. The fun starts on at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22, behind the Skyway 7-Eleven on Renton Avenue and 76th Avenue South in the U.S. Bank parking lot. Don’t forget to bring a comfy chair or blanket and some cash for the concession stand.
West Hill End of Summer Festival
Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Skyway Fire Training Center, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle. Features backpack giveaway for local youth, firefighter fitness challenge, bike helmet giveaway and more.
Skyway Solutions Community Meeting
July 24, 7 p.m., Skyway Water and Sewer District, 6723 South 124th St. in Seattle. Agenda includes Part II of the Health, Safety and Housing Roundtable. Check the Skyway Solutions website for details.
North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Aug. 7, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle. Check the North Highline UAC website for details.
West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle. Check the West Hill Community Association website for details.
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