June News Update and Upcoming Events

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

June News Update and Upcoming Events


Welcome to summer! 

D5 Summer Events

Summer Events

Every summer, our South King County cities publish summer guides full of amazing events for the whole family. I have put together a summer events guide that features the programming for Burien, Des Moines, Kent, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila.

I’ll be putting the guide to use and visiting different community events throughout the summer like the Burien Strawberry Days and Renton River Days - I hope to see you there! You can find an electronic guide on my website here

Arts Program

Over the past six months, I have been working with high schools in my district on an art in civics contest. Lindbergh, Renton, Kentridge and Kent-Meridian each submitted a piece of student art that answered the question “what does community mean to you?”

Art plays a critical role in social change and our civic life. These pieces of art demonstrated the creativity of kids, the diversity of our communities, and the importance of art education in our public schools.

I had the chance to visit the participating schools in May to meet the artists, deliver arts funding, and talk with a few classes about civics and local government. Speaking with young people about getting involved and supporting the arts are some of my favorite parts of this job. Thank you to the artists, the teachers, and the schools for hosting me! 

Kent Meridian
Councilmember Upthegrove presents a check to Kent Meridian artists Aimee Phung and Melissa Gonzaga Garcia.
Kentridge student Chanelle Allen and Councilmember Upthegrove.
Lindbergh Student Camber Hall is pictured here with Councilmember Upthegrove.
Renton High School
With Renton artist Mahina Wa’a to learn more about her artwork.

YouthSource Visit

YouthSource is an amazing County program that connects young adults who dropped out of high school with employment and education services. King County has almost 30 different employment and education programs, but the people who could benefit, don’t know how to access them. YouthSource is trying to fix this problem through the Peer Connectors project.

Connectors are young adults who faced challenges. Their experience allows them to offer unique perspectives and the ability to connect with young people. The positions are funded through the County, and it was exciting to see the amazing work they are doing in South King County. 

Here I am with peer connectors Tevin Gladney and Freda Chritchton, and YouthSource manager Jamilia Jones.

Metro In Motion

This summer, Metro is encouraging residents of the Kent Valley to travel to work or school sustainably.

Metro In Motion is a community-based program that promotes alternative forms of transportation (bus, light rail, or bike) through information sharing and incentives. 

Sign up for this exciting program here to receive tools to reduce driving – including an ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel! 

Upcoming Events in District 5

King County and our cities are hosting events across the county every day. Visit my website for a list of opportunities to connect with resources and enjoy all that South King County has to offer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns, I always appreciate hearing from you.



King County Councilmember
District 5