Kurtis Boyle of North Bend graduated June 20 from Wyoming Technical College. Early in his tenure at school, he was appointed as a team lead; he graduated with a 4.0 grade point, had perfect attendance and is a member of the National Technical School Honor Society. His lines of study were primarily diesel mechanics, and secondarily chassis fabrication. He is a 2013 graduate of Mount Si High School.
In August, Ginette Marie Di Domenico of Carnation graduated from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She studied at the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and earned a master of science in nursing.
Chad Smith, the drummer for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs with summer campers on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Camp Korey in Carnation. The annual Grow event is the largest fundraising event hosted by Camp Korey, raising over 1.5 million dollars in 2013. Camp Korey empowers children and families with serious medical conditions through year-round programs, always free of charge. Each year Grow features campers performing acts from their time at summer camp and this year will have a special musical guest.
North Bend boutique Birches Habitat holds its third annual fashion show benefit for the House of Hope, 6 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 14, at Boxley's jazz club. Models from the Valley will show off Birches fashions. Tickets include a glass of champagne.
The Special Education Life Skills and Transition Classes at Mount Si High School are going to Disneyland in April 2015. To get there, they seek the community's help. Travel can be challenging for these special needs students, but the Disneyland trip is a chance to learn valuable life skills. They will learn how to plan a trip, earn money to pay for it, keep a budget and navigate airports.
Snoqualmie United Methodist Church will host free community dinners, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting Wednesday, Sept. 10. All are welcome at the dinners, part of a 12-week pilot program put on by the church as an outreach effort.
Members of the Mount Si Leos Club recently prepared and served dinner at Hopelink’s Avondale Park Housing Center on Wednesday, Aug. 13. It was the club’s third meal served at Hopelink, and there was a big turnout.
Snoqualmie Valley Alliance (SVA) church has raised $2.4 million for an interactive community building for Snoqualmie Valley youth and families.
Four Valley students recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle.
Chester P. Williams, a 2006 graduate of Mount Si High School, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend takes part in a community outreach event, “God’s Work, Our Hands,” on Sunday, Sept. 7. Thousands of churches across the United States and in the Caribbean region are joining in a day of restoring and reconciling communities. Participants will be wearing yellow t-shirts for recognition of community involvement.
A free self-defense course for Snoqualmie women starts Tuesday, Sept. 9. The RAD Systems class (http://rad-systems.com), teaches defensive concepts and techniques.
Camp Korey’s big Grow Fundraiser is Saturday, Sept. 20, at the camp, 28901 N.E. Carnation Farm Rd. Celebrate the 2014 camp season and learn about future growth.
King County Executive Dow Constantine is taking action to ensure that Metro remains one of the greenest major transit agencies in the nation, by authorizing Metro to test a new generation of battery-powered, zero-emission buses. “Ten years after King County began replacing older buses with hybrid-electric models, we now have technology that holds the promise of an even cleaner and more energy-efficient fleet,” said Constantine.
While the children of east King County may not be happy about it, back to school is on the minds of many parents throughout the region. With back-to-school sales in full swing, and the school districts getting ready, families should pmake sure their kids have everything they need for academic success in the fall.
Mount Si High School graduate Brandon Smith has graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor of arts in communication studies. He begins his professional career as a marketing associate with Sysco in Missoula, Mont.
Valley Animal Partners is hosting a free vaccination clinic, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Mount Si Senior Center and Gardiner-Weeks Park, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. The clinic offers free vaccinations for dogs and cats, and $5 pet microchipping for the first 25 pets, to low-income Valley residents who could not otherwise afford them. Pet owners can also pick up free samples of pet food at the event.
Washington state is set to receive nearly $1 million for four local park and trail projects from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF. The city of North Bend will receive $250,000 to build a plaza and loop trail in Torguson Park, unifying the city’s main athletic fields by providing a central gathering space.
Two new projects in the Snoqualmie Valley are among 13 proposals in East King County up for state funding. The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition formally announced its request that the legislature commit $97 million to fund outdoor recreation and conservation projects through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. Local project proposals include:
Elementary-school-aged children can get an early introduction to the school year with Meet Your Teacher events planned at most Snoqualmie Valley elementary schools for Tuesday, Sept. 2. The first day of school in the district is Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kindergarten and pre-school classes start Monday, Sept. 8.