Community news and events

For the week of Feb. 8, 2019

PGA members receive merchandiser awards

Three PGA members including Mark Rashell, PGA Director of Golf at the Golf Club at Newcastle, were awarded as national PGA Merchandisers of the Year for 2018 at a ceremony in Florida Jan. 19.

Rashell received the 2018 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Public Facilities, according to a media release.

Since he joined the Newcastle course in 2011, golf shop merchandise sales have steadily increased, the release stated.

February events at Brewmaster’s Taproom

In January 2019, Brewmaster’s Taproom raised $1,850 for Renton Academy and VADIS, according to an email newsletter.

According to the newsletter, the taproom has six events scheduled for the month of February.

Those events include:

• 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 — Hop Mob, celebration of Triple IPAs

• Late opening Sunday, Feb. 10 — a private event will be happening until 2 p.m.

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 — Finnriver Brewers Night

• 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 — Keg Killer Party

• 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 Fremont/Planned Parenthood Trivia Night

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 — Stoup Brewers Night

For more information on the taproom and their events, visit

State of the City was rescheduled

Mayor Denis Law’s 2019 State of the City is now scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

The address will be held at the Pavilion Event Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S.

The original date for the address was Jan. 30. Anyone who had purchased tickets for that date were notified.

According to the city’s website, if you can not attend the new date contact April Alexander at for a refund.

Tickets are $25 per person or $200 per table for eight and includes breakfast.

For tickets, call 425-430-6616 or email Jeannie Gabriel at

There is free parking available nearby at the City Center Parking Garage, 655 S. 2nd St.

Student awarded scholarship

Renton High School student Lauren Wetzel was awarded Pacific Lutheran University’s President’s Scholarship worth $26,000 a year.

She was among 127 selected based on academic achievement, service and leadership, according to a release from PLU.

Councilmember reelected to chair committee

Renton City Councilmember Ed Prince was unanimously reelected to chair the Public Issues Committee of the Sound Cities Association Board — representing 38 King County cities.

“The (committee) is responsible for making recommendations on all policies and committee appointments,” said Deanna Dawson, SCA Executive Director. “We are very fortunate to have Councilmember Prince chair this critical committee. His leadership, consensus building skills and dedication have contributed immensely to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing all King County communities.”

For more information visit

Retirement planning seminar

Retired school employees from the Washington State School Retirees Association’s four King County units including Unit 19 which includes Kent, Auburn, Renton and Tahoma are hosting a retirement seminar for anyone who has or currently works for a public school.

The seminar begins at 7:45 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23 at the Madison House, 12215 NE 128th St. in Kirkland.

To pre-register for the event or for more information, contact Tina Underdahl at

Submitted photo                                Renton councilmember Ed Prince will chair the Public Issues Committee for the Sound Cities Association Board

Submitted photo Renton councilmember Ed Prince will chair the Public Issues Committee for the Sound Cities Association Board