Festivals/Annual Events

Teen columnist Kyra-lin Hom reveals what she and her friends do during down time, especially in he summer. They hang out in dark basements and eschew many activities because of their poverty stricken lifestyles.

But she - and her mom - come via different ways to the same conclusion: "get off your lazy bum and do something!" See he column on Page Three.

In most issues, physical trainer Annette Herrick makes similar suggestions. They both note the growing number of people of all ages who bulge rather disgustingly through life.


It's beginning to look a lot like Waterland - only with a spanking new facelift!

The spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks Over Des Moines set the stage for a full month of community celebrations.

This annual July festival continues Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 9, from 10 a.m.


With three fireworks displays, a fly-by and a fly-in, a parade, bike races, and family festivals, there's no reason to leave the Highline area to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Especially with Independence Day falling on a Tuesday this year, the safe and sane choice is to stick close to home.


Jack Jaunal, retired Sergeant Major of the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, which is the highest enlisted rank in the Marine Corps, will preside as grand marshal (see separate story) over the Burien Fourth of July Parade at 3 p.m.

Serious bicycle riders will


On June 8, the Wall Street Journal ran an article promoting a ban on nitrogen fertilizer (ammonium nitrate). The author, Russell Seitz, argued that garden centers around the country are supply depots for terrorists.


A walk down the main hall at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center surrounds you with creativity. Art lines the walls while open doors provide a glimpse into workshops, studios and the cluttered offices of community organizations. At the end of the hall double doors open up to a small theater. With its retractable bank of theater seats and simple stage, it gives the impression that this too is a place where presentation isn't far removed from creation.


Car buffs of every stripe will appreciate the diverse array of classy chassis in the fourth annual Burien Father's Day Car Show on Sunday, June


From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., eye-catching classic cars and their modern counterparts will line Southwest 152nd Street in downtown Burien between Fourth Avenue Southwest and Eighth Avenue Southwest.


Burien will host its annual Strawberry and Arts Festival Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18.

Festivities again will be at the Burien Community Center and Dottie Harper Park at Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street.

New this year is the Family "Art Jam" Stage, Invitational Juried Art Show and Tiki Bar serving strawberry margaritas, with a huge assortment of innovative, vibrant performers, including Latino musicians and dancers.

But don't worry traditionalists, the Burien Arts Association will still offer the festival's signature fresh strawberry


The ValmoLa Dance and Drum Ensemble will perform Sunday at the Biurien Strawberry and Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of City of Burien

With every beat of the drum, students at Loyal Heights Elementary made a lot of noise while learning about Taiko, the Japanese art of drumming last week.

One World Taiko, led by husband and wife team Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki, are working with the children as part of a Washington State Arts Commission funded Artists in Residence program.

Last year the students learned about jazz from guitarist Michael Powers.


Third grader Anna Marchand (middle) pounds out a beat on a Japanese Taiko drum as members of One World Taiko lead a workshop at the Loyal Heights Elementary School.

Photo by Dean Wong

It is for us the living ... to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion ...


The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle announces the nominees for its fourth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards is similar to the Tony Awards; it allows high school drama students from Washington state to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the school year.

The awards ceremony continues to grow and is now bigger than ever, with almost 4,000 participating students from 60 different Washington state public and private schools.

This school year these students an


Daniel Angeles (left) and Amber Thompson perform a scene from Beauty and the Beast. This Thomas Jefferson High School production received nominations in multiple categories at the 5th Avenue High School Music Theatre Awards. Photo by Les Fetchko.

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