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Relay for Life is May 20

Cedar Heights Middle School in Covington will be the home to the Black Diamond-Covington-Maple Valley Relay for Life on May 20.

This year, the Black Diamond-Covington-Maple Valley relay will participate in a pilot program where they were given the choice of a specific cancer that all proceeds will go toward.

Pediatric and childhood cancers will receive all funds raised at this event.

The relay will run from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Citizen’s Police Academy registration now open

The cities of Maple Valley and Covington are working with the King County Sheriff’s Office to help citizens better understand police operations with the Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy is every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. starting April 13 and running until June 15.

Theses classes are free and open to the anyone 18 years and older.

Applicants are also subject to a background check prior to acceptance.

Applications can be found online at, on the Maple Valley Police Department’s Facebook page or at the following locations:

• Maple Valley Police Department at 22017 SE Wax Road Suite 100, Maple Valley

• King County Sheriff’s Office precinct 3 at 22300 SE 231st Street, Maple Valley

• Covington Police Department at 16720 SE 271st Ave Suite 100, Covington

If you have any questions you can also contact Robin Larsen at 425-413-5158.

Union works with community group to help local families

Volunteers with the Machinists Union District Lodge 751 have teamed up with other community groups to help low income families in crisis in Maple Valley and around the Puget Sound region.

For the third time, the union has joined with the group Many Communities for the annual March of Diapers drive.

The drive is to collect diapers and wipes to be donated to families living at women’s shelters or to organizations that help low income families including Foster Champs of Maple Valley.

Donations will be accepted through the end of the month. They can be taken to all union halls including the one at 201 A Street SW in Auburn. Or to Many Communities partner locations including the Red Dog Saloon at 18605 Renton-Maple Valley Road or the Four Corners Bare &Grill at 26905 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE.

Tahoma grad graduates from military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Lauren Ledford has graduated from basic military training from the Joint Base San Antonion-Lackland in Texas.

She completed an eight week program. Ledford is a former Maple Valley resident who graduated from Tahoma in 2016.

Maple Valley Library Guild book sale coming soon

The spring book and media sale at the Maple Valley Library is set for Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21.

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A large selection of donated books, CDs, video games and DVDs will be for sale. And most items are $1 or less.

And on Sunday, you can stuff a bag full of items for a total of $5.

Proceeds from the sale go toward library events for children, teens and adults in Maple Valley.