Summer showcase at ice rink, and more community news

Hazen senior wins vocalist award

Jaydon Beleford, a senior at Hazen High School, won silver in the National Competition for Vocal Classical Performance at the 40th annual NAACP ACT-SO (Afro Cultural Technical and Science Olympics) in San Antonio.

He was first introduced to classical music during his freshman year at Hazen.

During his first solo performance in 2017, he earned first place in the male tenor category at the WMEA regionals hosted by Hazen.

City seeks candidate for commission

The city of Renton along with the Renton Housing Authority is looking for a candidate to serve on the RHA board of commissioners.

The commissioners serve as the governing body of the housing authority and are responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the staff and oversight for the agency as a whole, according to a media release from the city.

Members serve without compensation and must attend meetings on the second Monday of each month at 9 a.m. at Renton Housing Authority, 2900 NE 10th St.

Applicants are interviewed by members of the existing board of commissioners and approved by the mayor.

To apply, download an application from rentonwa.gov/bcc or call 425-430-6500 to have one mailed.

Applications must be returned by 5 p.m. Aug. 31.

For more information, contact Kellee Rodriguez at ks@rentonhousing.org or 425-226-1850.

Legislation introduced to honor Jimi Hendrix

On July 26, Rep. Adam Smith introduced legislation to designate the post office at 4301 NE 4th St. as the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office.

Funds secured for arts projects

On July 30, Metropolitan King County Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Dave Upthegrove announced two arts programs in Renton will benefit from funds approved by the county council. The Building for Culture program will also see benefits, a media release stated.

Building for Culture provides funds for renovations to existing cultural facilities in King County, the release added.

The Renton Civic Theatre and the Renton Historical Society will receive funding for facility improvements.

The Civic Theatre will use the $78,245 to restore their seating and make it more accessible for mobility-impaired attendees, the release stated.

According to an email from the Civic Theatre, the new seats should be installed by opening night, tonight, Aug. 3 for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

The Historical Society will receive $23,116 to help the Renton History Museum.

“We’re very appreciative to the members of the King County Council for this Building for Culture grant,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law in the release. “These funds will allow us to further showcase the emerging arts scene in Renton.”

Also receiving funding is the Newcastle Community Activities Commission. The commission will receive $10,000 and according to the release, the funds will be used to create a park-like setting around a brick sign located within the Newcastle Commons development.

Volunteer naturalists wanted

Interested in learning about wildlife migration in the Cedar River?

Volunteer naturalists receive 20 hours of training from fish and watershed experts and will then spend three weekend days along the river, talking to the public about spawning salmon, natural and human history along the watershed.

If interested, contact Dani Kendall at salmonjourney@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 792-5851 to sign up. Training begins Sept. 15.

For more information, visit SeattleAquarium.org/salmon-journey.

Summer showcase at ice rink

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 the Kent Valley Figure Skating Club is hosting a Summer Showcase exhibition.

Skaters of all levels and ages will come together to perform.

Admission is $5. All proceeds go toward benefiting the club.

For more information, visit www.kentvalleyfsc.org.

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