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A listing of community events happening in and around Renton.
The Renton Salvation Army’s annual Need Knows No Season fund-raising banquet at the Spirit of Washington Event Center Thursday drew lots of people, but brought in less money than expected. The banquet raised $41,000.
A generous community has helped ease the financial pain inflicted on 83-year-old Alvina Popke by a unscrupulous scam artist. A fund was set up at US Bank to help raise money to offset Popke’s loss. About $665 was raised from 10 donations. Because the donations are kept private, Popke can’t thank each donor personally. But, she wants everyone to know the money will help.
To promote pedestrian safety during summer school and before local children start school in fall, the City of Renton has installed the first speed camera at McKnight Middle School and a stepped-up enforcement campaign against drivers who speed, run red lights, and do not stop for school buses.
Hot rods, muscle cars, low riders and tricked-out trucks. These are just some of the more than 300 rigs that will line the streets of downtown Renton Sunday. The occasion? The Return to Renton 2008 18th Annual Benefit Car Show and Cruise.
The 23rd Annual IKEA Renton River Days kicks off July 23 and continues July 25-27. The theme for this year’s festival is “Explore the Heart of Renton.” River Days got its start in 1986. The festival includes stage entertainment, food, arts and crafts, recreation and special features for kids.
Not every day are deputies with the King County Sheriff’s Office dealing with criminals. On a recent Saturday, a sheriff’s deputy and a wildlife officer from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife worked together to hopefully reunite a fawn and its mother southeast of Renton.
City staff is currently conducting a census of the newly annexed 374 acres south of Maple Valley Highway. The land, formerly called the New Life-Aqua Barn annexation, stretches almost to 184th Avenue Southeast. This land became part of Renton June 9.
Work is under way on rebuilding the longtime McDonald’s restaurant on Rainier Avenue that was destroyed in a spectacular fire in December. Rainier Avenue that was destroyed in a spectacular fire in December. The nearly 4,000-square-foot restaurant is expected to open in late September, according to George Kobory, the project superintendent for Spectrum Enterprises of Lakewood, which is building the restaurant.
About 1,000 graduating seniors from Renton and surrounding high schools got a late-night helicopter ride over Renton, part of their graduation-night celebration. The idea was to keep them busy – and safe – on what can become a dangerous night of unsupervised partying. “We look at potentially keeping 1,000 DUIs from happening,” said Michael O’Leary, owner of AirO Inc., which offered the four-minute flights through the grad-night packages typically organized by parents of the seniors. But the noise from those dozens of helicopter flights over six nights has generated enough complaints from those trying to sleep that O’Leary will meet with Mayor Denis Law about the future of the flights.
Beginning June 29, people looking to adopt a new pet or retrieve a lost one will soon have even more opportunities to search the King County Animal shelter in Kent.
The warm weather this weekend means that summer is here, filled with outdoor movies, Renton River Days and, of course, the Fourth of July.
Denis Law is certainly not a reluctant mayor. But he gave deep thought to whether he would leave behind his decades-long career as a successful newspaper publisher to run for mayor of this city of about 80,000 people. He found that tensions among various stakeholders in the city and on the City Council were preventing the important business of the city from getting done. A change in leadership was needed at the top, he reasoned. The citizens of Renton agreed and the results are apparent, six months into Law’s first term as mayor.
As a new homeowner here in Renton and as someone who voted for improving our schools both in March and in May because I know how important having great schools are for one’s city or town, I just wanted to write and say how excited I am about the outcome, how pleased I am to think about what those funds will do for our kids, teachers, schools, and for Renton, and how proud I am of all the people who got their votes in this time.
Four local students have earned special honors at their schools.
• Renton High School student Athena Laoang has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants for a judicial internship with the Future of the Law Institute, a year-long program for high school students interested in learning more about a career in law. Laoang will attend legal workshops, career counseling, and participate in a mock trial and courthouse tour, and have an opportunity to meet with legal professionals. She will also be matched with an attorney, judge or law student mentor for the school year.
Bryn Mawr and Cascade elementary schools have been selected to receive the Washington state Title I Academic Achievement Award for academic improvement and narrowing the achievement gap between ethnic-minority and white students.