Festivals/Annual Events

Former Kennedy High School football standout Mike Utley is one person who can't be slowed down.

With help from Kennedy, Utley and his foundation preparing to put on the fourth annual DAM2DAM "Thumps Up!" bike tour.

The event, which will span 100 miles along the Columbia River, benefits the Mike Utley Foundation's goal of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.

"From Kennedy teachers to alumni, they have all given me the opportunity to get the name of my foundation out," Utley said.

Utley, who played football at Kennedy and Washington State Universit

09/05/2006

After lobbying for a full-service public library for nearly 100 years, residents of South Park will finally get what they've been asking for when a new Seattle Public Library branch opens there Sept. 9.

From 1908 to 1946, South Park residents could borrow books from the library system through "deposit stations" set up in local pharmacies and general stores.

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BOOKS READY FOR SHELVES. Children's books are stacked near a window overlooking the corner where South Park's new and first library is located. The new Seattle Public Library branch opens on Sept. 9, this Saturday. Photo by Amber Trillo.

Ballard took a preliminary step in becoming the first carbon neutral community in the nation during the "Carbon Neutral Campaign" kick-off last Wednesday at Bergen Place.

The campaign is meant to help educate local residents on how they can reduce their impact on the environment through efficiency, car sharing, conservation and developing new sustainable habits.

The goal is to counteract Greenhouse Gas (GHG) by neutralizing its impact while increasing public awareness on how carbon dioxide emissions damage the atmosphere.

Over 100 members of the community atten

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Tracy Carroll, director of NetGreen hopes to empower the local Ballard community on carbon neutral issues.

Photo by Dean Wong

"Boxtania Revolutionary Lawnmower Band - Making music and sounds from Boxatania composed and improvised on eccentric musical lawnmowers."

A program note like the one above can only mean one thing: it's time, once again, for West Seattle's own Arts-in-Nature Festival at Camp Long.

Now, as any rock climber or fifth grade conservation camp veteran can tell you, Camp Long has a little magic trick it performs every day of the year. Take a quick turn off SW 35th Avenue, duck down the Camp Long driveway, and you're transported, instantaneously, out of the city.

08/22/2006

FIRE DANCE AT ARTS-IN-NATURE FESTIVAL. This weekend is when the Arts-in-Nature Festival populates the cabins and glens of Camp Long and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with the most eclectic gathering of artists and musicians to be found in the Seattle area. Whether your taste runs to the sophisticated or the sublime, whether you prefer the refined strains of classical music or the low spark of musical lawnmowers, the Arts-in-Nature Festival has something for you. Here is the fire performance by troupe members of The Cabiri at Camp Long during the 2005 festival. Photo by Rita Alcantara.

(Amber Trillo was award the title of second runner-up, received a community service scholarship and was voted Miss Congeniality by the other contestants in the 2006 SEAFAIR Scholarship Program for Women last month. She is a Highline High School graduate, attended Highline Community College, and now is a photographer for Robinson Newspapers,)

Archaic, sexist and trite.

There are programs for women across the globe that I would describe this way.

08/15/2006

Archaic, sexist and trite.

There are programs for women across the globe that I would describe this way.

08/10/2006

SEAFAIR ROYALTY AT THEIR LAST PARADE. Saturday was the final parade for the Seafair Royalty Court. They are, from left, Tiffany Wan, third runner-up; Mineko Hasagawa, first runner-up, Queen Erin Waid and the Herald's own photographer, Amber Trillo, second runner-up. Photo by Casey Stoner

Having made our home at our present address for 42 years, we have given much through to the matter of annexation choices being considered for the North Highline area.

We have seen many changes in our immediate neighborhood over the years, as well as the changes that have occurred in the larger community.

In our opinion it is the building and maintaining of community that we believe is of primary importance to the well being of current and future residents.

It is clear from the painful evidence being played out around the world that the infrastructure of communi

08/09/2006

For a young woman who says pageants aren't her thing, Erin Waid has had her fair share of them lately.

After being named the 2005 West Seattle Hi-Yu Queen, 20-year-old Waid represented this community in the Miss Seafair scholarship competition this summer, winning the title among 17 participants along with $5,900 in scholarships.

An aspiring doctor and a senior at the University of Portland, Waid spent her first week as the queen of Seattle's month long festival attending a barrage of events and media interviews - all of which she enjoyed.

"It's all a lot

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Seafair Queen Erin Waid

The neighborhood's biggest party of the year took place last weekend as the 32nd Annual Ballard SeafoodFest brought thousands of people to the area for two days of sun and fun.

With entertainment on two stages, a variety of seafood and ethnic food booths, crafts and information stands, festival goers had plenty to keep them busy.

Stan Boreson opened the festival with his ever-popular act at the Bergen Place Family Stage.

08/03/2006

David Hyre and his 22-month-old daughter Charlotte enjoy Stan Boreson's performance at Bergen Place where the Family Stage was set up. Also performing there during the two-day festival were Clay Martin Puppets, Alleyoop's Musical Games, Mario the Funny Man, Juggletunes High Noon, The Cutters, Valentine's Performing Pigs, Snapdragon Puppets and Deano the Clown.

Photo by Dean Wong

In case you'd like one item of interest for any write-up on last weekend's street festival, I write to report the results of the 34th District Republican Organization's "dart board" poll.

Our question this year was: Viaduct Retrofit ($0.8 billion)?

07/25/2006
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