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October 2017


Let’s get growing 1 Million Trees in King County!

King County and partners will plant 1 million trees by the end of 2020 across King County in both urban and rural areas. Trees store carbon and contribute to clean air and water, healthy habitat for salmon and other wildlife, and more livable communities.

Every fall, hundreds of volunteers join with King County Parks and plant trees to help increase our tree canopy throughout the county. These events are open to the public and our 2017 weekend planting activities are already on the books - including many of them in unincorporated King County.

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. events are held for individuals and groups to plant trees that the County provides with the guidance of our volunteer coordinators. We provide shovels, gloves and instruction, all you have to do is wear warm clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring raingear just in case. Closed-toed sturdy shoes are best. Visit the 1 Million Trees website for more information, and click on the volunteer button on that page to see the schedule and to register for one of the many volunteer planting events.

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King County Metro expanding bus service this fall

More trips, better reliability and more busses are now on the street - including key improvements on King County Metro routes serving the Eastside and South King County. More Night Owl service also is available for riders who are traveling late or getting up early. See details on Metro’s website, where better connections give people even more opportunities to ride instead of drive.

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill – Oct. 19

Sake out October 19

Know what to do when the ground shakes? Join others on Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m. to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut drill is a great way for your family or organization to raise awareness about earthquake safety. Learn more.

Tolt-MacDonald Park barn rehabilitation update

King County Parks is advertising for bids from contractors to replace the roof of the Tolt-MacDonald Barn in Carnation. Bids are due on Oct. 5 by 1:30 p.m. and repairs are planned to start later this fall. The barn will be closed for the duration of repairs and will be expected to reopen for public use in spring 2018. 

Open 4Culture grants available

4Culture seeks applicants from unincorporated King County to apply for an Open 4Culture grant. These grants were created for those new to 4Culture and the grant application process and awards $1,500 to support an arts, heritage or preservation project. For more information visit the 4Culture website.

Need an act for your holiday festival? 

Holiday entertainment

4Culture provides a financial incentive to book Touring Arts Roster performers to local arts agencies, chambers of commerce, and municipalities presenting free concerts and programs in their communities. 

Free Spanish-language seminar for landscapers on Oct. 4

The King County Noxious Weed Control Program, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, is offering a free seminar taught entirely in Spanish on sustainable landscaping and weed management. This training is perfect for Spanish-speaking landscape and garden professionals and other Spanish speakers who are interested in learning about invasive weeds and sustainable landscape practices.

Class is on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th St. Seattle. For information in Spanish and English, as well as registration information, visit the website

Noxious weed seminar

What's a rain garden?


If you live, work, or spend time in West Hill, come learn about using rain gardens to protect your property and keep the Puget Sound clean at the West Hill Community Association Fall Quarterly Meeting on Oct. 17 at the Skyway VFW Post. King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review in partnership with Stewardship Partners will host a table and give a presentation on “Rain Gardens: Protecting Neighborhoods and Puget Sound One Drop at a Time.” Doors open at 6 p.m. for the community tabling session and presentations start at 7 p.m. See more details at the event website

Road news and upcoming closures

Northeast Woodinville Duvall Road
Culvert construction is taking place on Northeast Woodinville Duvall Road between West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast and Northeast Old Woodinville-Duvall Road. Motorists should expect intermittent lane restrictions. Construction is expected to finish Oct. 6. Landscaping and restoration will be completed in November.

Northeast 124th Street
Culvert construction is taking place on Northeast 124th Street about 570 feet west of 162nd Place Northeast near SR 202, along the north border of Redmond. Motorists should expect a lane restriction through Oct. 7 and if needed, through Oct. 19.

Southeast David Powell Road
Roadway repair is taking place on Southeast David Powell Road, one mile southeast of Preston-Fall City Road. The work requires a lane restriction and is expected to finish on Oct. 2.

Southeast Auburn-Black Diamond Road
Resurfacing work is taking place on two sections of Southeast Auburn-Black Diamond from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Flaggers are guiding motorists through the work zone. The work is expected to finish on Oct. 6. Visit the My Commute page for maps: http://bit.ly/2jNbVVc and http://bit.ly/2xiPxsb

Housing news

Free fair housing training, Oct. 11 1:30-4 p.m.

Join us for “Fair Housing 101 for Nonprofit Transitional and Shelter Housing Providers” workshop at the Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle (room 123). Sponsored by King County Civil Rights.

Looking at housing affordability countywide

King County, partnering with local cities and community members, created the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force, to look at housing cost trends across King County and explore ways to preserve and expand affordable housing for area residents.  Task Force and Advisory Committee members include elected officials and community members knowledgeable about housing issues. Information about trends in housing in King County and a summary of the Task Force’s deliberations is available on the website.

Community Service Area News

Vashon Community Plan being considered by County Council

The Executive’s recommended Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area plan is under consideration by  the Metropolitan King County Council . A web page to monitor the Council’s adoption process can be found here. To add your email to receive notifications of upcoming public meetings and hearings you can send an e-mail to CouncilCompPlan@kingcounty.gov and request to be added to the Vashon-Maury Island CSA Plan list.

Skyway-West Hill Community Service Area Planning underway

King County staff are actively engaged in reviewing and updating the Skyway-West Hill Action Plan. For information about the planning process contact Bradley Clark

Applications available for Community Services Area (CSA) grants

The 2018 grant funding application opportunity for community organizations in unincorporated King County is underway. Organizations throughout unincorporated King County can apply for $90,000 in grants to support local community building initiatives. Local organizations have until Friday, November 17 to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support local initiatives through King County’s CSA Program.  The funding application, funding criteria, and information listing past awardees is available on the website.

Seventh-annual ‘I Love the Cedar River’ community meeting set for Oct. 19

The seventh-annual “I Love the Cedar River” community meeting and open house will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Maple Valley where residents can learn about flood-risk reduction projects, restoration projects, recreation and related activities on the Cedar River.

The meeting is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Wilderness Lodge, located at 22500 SE 248th St. in Maple Valley. It begins with an open house from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Representatives from King County, King County Flood Control District, the City of Renton, the Cedar River Council, Forterra and others who help to manage the Cedar River will be present to answer questions. The open house will be followed by presentations and a question-and-answer period. A second open house will run from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, to request special accommodations or to request interpreter services, please call 206-477-4812. Visit the “I Love the Cedar River” for additional information about the event, including a link for driving directions to Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Upcoming Community Meetings

All Rural Area UAC/Association meeting with the Puget Sound Regional Council

Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
Fairwood Library
17009 140th Ave SE
PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown will discuss the newly approved four-County Regional Economic Strategies. Discussion will focus on rural area economic opportunities.

Fall City Community Association

Friday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fall City Fire Station
4301 334th Pl. SE
Fall City
Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

Monday, Oct. 2, 7 - 9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
23775 SE 264th St
Maple Valley, WA

Monday, Nov. 6, 7 - 9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
23775 SE 264th St
Maple Valley, WA
Special Guest Speaker Fred Jarrett, Senior Deputy County Executive, will discuss a new initiative to explore new and better ways to serve the people of unincorporated King County. All Rural Area UAC/Associations are invited to attend. Visit the website for more information.

Annual Operating Model Train Show

October 21 from 10 a.m. - 5: p.m. and Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gracie Hansen Community Center
27132 SE Ravensdale Way 
Various operating model trains and train-related items. Relaxed atmosphere where people can  enjoy the trains at their own pace.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95 
32316 148th Ave. SE  

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Area Community Event

Tuesday, Oct 3, 6 p.m.
Wine & Roses Country Estates 
17444 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd 

Safety and environmental experts from the King County Sheriff's Office, Soos Creek Restoration Project, Mountain View Fire & Rescue, the County Forestry Program, and other organizations will share safety, green building, and crime prevention tips. Door prizes and refreshments are part of this informative public event. Visit the website, FacebookTwitter or email for more information.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m. 
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Rd
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church 
12819 160th Ave SE 

Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

No meeting scheduled at this time, but visit the website or Facebook for updated information.

CSA Day in Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Rd NE
Community Service Areas staff Marissa Alegria will be available to assist residents in county-related matters.  For appointments or for more information email Marissa.

North Highline UAC Monthly meeting

Oct. 5, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
North Highline Fire Station
1243 SW 112th Street (parking and entrance at back of station)
Open to the public. Guest speakers:  George Scarola, City of Seattle Director of Homelessness; King County Sheriff John Urquhart; KC Council District 8 Representative Joe McDermott; and Sr. Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett.  For more information visit the website.

Skyway Solutions Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Baptist Church
13470 MLK Jr. Wy S
Open to the public. Monthly board meeting of the neighborhood community organization in West Hill.  For more information visit the website.

West Hill Community Association

Wednesday, Oct. 11 7-9 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12417 76th Ave S.
Open to the public. Monthly board meeting of the all-volunteer, resident based organization.  Local issues are discussed at this meeting. For more information email.

West Hill Business Association

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 9-11 a.m.
Skyway VFW 
7421 S. 126th St.
Open to the public. Monthly meeting of the business group in unincorporated West Hill.  For more information contact Cynthia Lamothe 206-722-7343.

West Hill Community Association Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Skyway VFW 
7421 S. 126th St. 
Open to the public. Quarterly meeting of the all-volunteer, resident-based organization. Doors open at 6 p.m., come early to interact with different community groups who will be tabling for an hour before the event.