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The Lake Sawyer Park Foundation is hosting its annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22

Earth Day is coming soon

The Lake Sawyer Park Foundation is hosting its annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Sawyer Regional Park.

Underbrush and invasive will be cleared or removed. This work will happen rain or shine and is open to all people.

It is recommended that people wear work or gardening clothes and bring work gloves and small tools with them.

The work group will meet in the parking lot at 31500 Lake Sawyer Road SE in Black Diamond at 9 a.m. and then will walk a half mile to the work location.

For more information email

King County recycling event coming to Maple Valley

A recycling collection event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Rock Creek Elementary School.

There are very specific items that are allowed and items that are not accepted.

For a list of those OK items, visit

Collectibles sale benefits eight non profits

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Real Life Church in Covington, a collectible sale benefiting eight non profits will be open to the public.

A dinner and auction will follow the sale starting at 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds will go toward Vine Maple Place, Eileen &Callie’s Place, KentHOPE, Union Gospel Mission, The Hug Machine, Young Life, catalyst house and Willow’s Place.

Admission to the sale is $5 and $30 for the dinner and auction.

For more information contact Willow’s Place at 253-852-0880 or email

15th annual fishing derby

Hooked on Fishing is celebrating its 15th year on April 21-22.

The opening day trout derby begins at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 and events run through noon on Saturday, April 22.

This event is open to all ages. There is fishing from the shore, the dock and boats as well as a fish pen for children 9 and younger.

Kid’s game hosted by Fred Meyer are scheduled for Friday evening. And open fire pits are available for roasting marshmallows.

Starting at dusk Friday the Black Diamond Maple Valley Kiwanis Club will be sponsoring an outdoor movie showing of Finding Dory.

For more information regarding the derby and events scheduled, visit and

Community sign up event for Section 8 rental assistance wait list

The Kent School District and King County Housing Authority are hosting an event from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 17 at Kent Phoenix Academy for people to sign up for Section 8 rental assistance wait list.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

• Head of household must be 18 years or older;

• Household must contain at least one member who is either disabled, 62 years or older, or under 18 years old;

• Household must be low income, making less than 30 percent of the area median income, homeless, living in substandard housing or paying more than 50 percent of income for rent or utilities;

• Household cannot currently be living in government subsidized housing.

Families needing assistance to complete the online application are invited. Interpreters will be on hand to help assist.

The King County Housing Authority started accepting applications from April 5 through 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

Retirement seminar scheduled for last this month

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Prince of Peace Church in SeaTac, the Washington State School Retirees Association will host a seminar to help school employees plan for retirement.

This event is free and open to anyone who has worked at a school from teachers to janitors to bus drivers.

To register for this event or if you have any questions, email

Spring Brunch with bestselling author

The Renton and Kent-Covington Soroptimist clubs are co-hosting a spring brunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Meridian Valley Country Club.

Bestselling author J.A. Jance will be there to gives attendees an insider look into some of her popular series.

This event is open to those of all ages and is $35. Proceeds will go toward Live Your Dream Awards and other programs working to improve the lives of women and girls.

For tickets, call 206-295-9831 or email

Life saving equipment donated to Mountain View Fire &Rescue

A former volunteer firefighter Andrea Manske’s family has donated a Smart Board for training as well as four thermal imaging cameras.

Manske died in 2011 at the age of 23 in a vehicle accident.

Her family donated these items to Mountain View Fire &Rescue in her name.

“As Andrea’s family, we want to honor her here at Mountain View Fire &Rescue by donating thermal imagers and a mobile smart board. Andrea would be so proud to know that these devices are going to be used by others who have the same commitment and dream of becoming courageous fire fighters,” the Manske family said in a media release.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

From April 9 through Saturday, April 15 the King County Sheriff’s Office has been celebrating those who work behind the scenes keeping the community safe.

“The first person a citizen usually has contact with in a crisis is the person who answers the phone when they call 911,” said King County Sheriff John Urquhart in a media release. “Additionally our dispatchers are a life line for our deputies. 911 call receivers and dispatchers are a critical part of public safety.”

Calling all adult kickballers

The Maple Valley Parks and Recreation Department’s adult kickball league begins Sunday, April 30.

The season will run through June 18. Games will be played on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Ravensdale Park.

The team fee is $545 and teams receive a free kickball after registering.

Teams play with 10 players on defense and five female players must be on the field at all times. You must be 18 years or older to play.

To register visit or call 425-432-9953.

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