This week’s community news…

Interested in running for office?

The King County Elections office is hosting a series of candidate workshops for those interested in running for office.

Discussion topics include: offices up for election, how to become a candidate, filing fees, campaign signs, finance information and candidate statements for the voter’s pamphlet.

For a list of dates, times and locations, visit

5th District town halls this weekend

State legislators from the 5th Legislative District — Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Bill Ramos and Rep. Lisa Callan — will be hosting town halls Saturday, March 16.

The first is 10 a.m. at the Tahoma High School Performing Arts Center, 23499 SE Tahoma Way, Maple Valley.

The second at 12:30 p.m. is scheduled for Issaquah Blakely Hall and the final one of the day is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the North Bend Library.

Concert donations given to food bank

Former program director for the Renton Food Bank, Mercedes Nicole, is now a full time jazz vocalist.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 she will be performing at Luther’s Table to highlight the need to give back.

Attendees are welcome to attend the concert by bringing non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Renton Food Bank.

Hazen swim academic champions

The Hazen boys swim and dive team was named Academic State Champions.

The 17 varsity athletes combined for a 3.735 team GPA — the best in 4A.

5K returns this June

The Arc of King County’s 5K for Inclusion is returning for its sixth year.

On Saturday, June 15 at Renton Memorial Stadium attendees are welcome to run, walk and roll.

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 to continue advocating for full inclusion of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the county.

Check in begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m.

Registration will open in April. Registration is free, T-shirts are $25.

All proceeds from the 5K will support many programs including homelessness prevention, parent-to-parent support, disability awareness trainings and more.

For more information, visit

Annual youth essay ceremony held

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9430 in Skyway held its annual youth essay awards ceremony March 4.

Dozens of school children from grades three to 12 participated in a patriotic essay competition entitled the Voice of Democracy.

The awards of certificates, medallions and cash were presented to first, second and third place winners.

The post named Susan McFarland, from Covington Elementary School, as Teacher of the Year.

Volunteers needed

REACH is looking for volunteers to help clean the building where the Renton Meal Coalition serves breakfast and dinner.

The cleaning will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at 300 Rainier Ave. N.

For more information or questions, contact Kinza Shafir at

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Youth essay winners and their teachers pose during the award ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9430 in Skyway. Courtesy photo

Youth essay winners and their teachers pose during the award ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9430 in Skyway. Courtesy photo