Holiday celebration in Maple Valley and more community news

Holiday celebration comes to Maple Valley

Maple Valley Hometown Holidays will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Northeast corner of state Route 169 and Kent Kangley Road.

To kick off the festivities will be the tree lighting ceremony along with a welcoming from the mayor.

A moment of silence will also be observed to honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the United States Armed Forces.

Live entertainment, crafts, activity booths and other events will take place following the tree lighting throughout the shopping area.

Train rides and a horse drawn trolley will also be available for people to enjoy. There will be multiple locations featuring these including Johnson’s Home and Garden, Grocery Outlet, Farrelli’s and the garden section at Fred Meyer.

Attendees can also play a Merry Merchant Game for a chance to win prizes. To download the game sheets, visit

Full-service post office in Hobart Food Market

Hobart Postmaster Denise Lovejoy wants her customers to know she provides full postal services at her location inside the Hobart Food Market, 20250 276th Ave. SE.

The Hobart Post Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closed from 1 to 2 p.m. daily for lunch. The office is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

“There’s been a Post Office in Hobart since 1903, more than 100 years ago,” Lovejoy said in an email. “But, sometimes I think we are the best kept secret around. We provide all the services of any other Post Office from selling stamps to mailing parcels to providing special services such as Registered Mail, Certified Mail and Insurance. You can also send international mail from here.”

12 choir members accepted to conference

Twelve members of the Rainier Youth Choirs were accepted to sing as part of an Honor Choir at the NW American Choral Directors Association conference held in Portland, Oregon from March 7-10, 2018.

Ten of the members were chosen from the Intermediate Honor Choir for grades fifth through seventh.

Those selected were: Alaina Barnhart (Rainier Middle School), Autumn Chociej (Terminal Park Elementary), Olivia Duskin (All Saints Catholic, Puyallup), Astrid Forsythe (Grass Lake Elementary), Carter Hickok (Meeker Middle School), Olivia Johnson (Meeker Middle School), Bernice McKee (WA Connections Academy), Ryan Monsen (Ilalko Elementary), Eleanor Robinett (Meridian Middle School) and Stina Rude (Maple View Middle School).

The other two students were selected from a difficult, blind audition to be part of the junior high/middle school honor choir. Those two students are Macy Hirota (Meridian Middle School) and Michael Graham (Cedar Heights Middle School).

For more information on Rainier Youth Choir visit their website,

Coat drive now through the end of January

The Farmers Insurance Lyon Agency in Black Diamond is hosting a coat drive now through Jan. 31, 2018.

Gentley used coats, jackets and outerwear is accepted.

Donations can be brought to 30741 3rd Avenue Suite 150, Black Diamond.

Wreaths Across America event Dec. 16

Tahoma National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath lying ceremony to honor and remember Veterans.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

Following the ceremony, attendees will have the opportunity to place holiday wreaths on gravesites around the cemetery.

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