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Drumroll, please: Introducing CHOMP!, King County’s first Local Food and Sustainable Living Festival.

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Unlike cold-brew coffee, sustainability isn’t a trend … it’s a lifestyle. And thanks to King County Executive Dow Constantine’s Local Food Initiative, we’re moving in the right direction. That’s why King County is proud to introduce CHOMP!, a modern festival that celebrates, educates and promotes local food and sustainable living practices.

Forget the cotton candy and funnel cakes – bring on the quinoa! Cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, kids’ activities and live music are just some of the free activities taking place at CHOMP! So come on out to King County’s Marymoor Park on Sunday, Sept. 13 to celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, local and sustainable.

Farm to Table Dinner

We’re kicking-off CHOMP! with a Farm-to-Table Dinner hosted by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Leslie Mackie of Macrina Bakery on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Clise Mansion Garden at Marymoor Park. Guests will enjoy a locally sourced dinner prepared by some of King County’s many acclaimed chefs, including:

This is a great opportunity to connect with pioneers of the local food initiative while enjoying a tasty meal with live music from Sundae + Mr. Goessl. Tickets to this inaugural CHOMP! kick-off dinner are $150 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, a non-profit organization committed to protecting the rural character and the viability of farms, communities, and businesses of the beautiful Snoqualmie River Valley. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot today!

Learn. Grow. Live. Share.

Come celebrate eco-friendly living on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Marymoor Park for King County’s first local food and sustainable living festival. CHOMP! offers a full day of FREE programming where attendees of all ages can enjoy a variety of activities such as cooking lessons, scavenger hunts, farming demonstrations, bike demos, Springfree Trampolines, crafts and more. Learn more about these unique and interactive activities on the CHOMP! website,

CHOMP! is offering three unique and diverse music stages. Check out the NW Indie Stage featuring Naomi Wachira, The Banner Days, Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount and more. There’s also the Ethnic Folk Stage, where you can enjoy music and dance from India, Brazil, the Balkans and more. Be sure to bring the little ones to the Pea Patch Stage for some family friendly music by Eli Rosenblatt or some educational tunes from Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist.

In addition to all the great programming and music, there will be a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase. Be sure to stop by the CHOMP! Farmers Market to shop from a special selection of fresh produce and farm products from local King County farms.

For more details about CHOMP!, visit the website, www.chomplocal.org, to sign up for e-mail updates, or follow updates via the event Facebook page.

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Teach Me How to Douggie (Squirrel Style)

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On a recent excursion out to Grand Ridge Park in the Issaquah Highlands we ran into our friend: Douggie the Douglas Squirrel! He was kind enough to pose for a photo shoot and show us his favorite dance moves. After a brief conversation (which mostly consisted of high pitched squeaks), he was on his way but not before he had a chance to tell us some fun facts:

  • They are international! Douglas Squirrels can be found in South West British Columbia and Canada all the way down to Northern California.
  • Their body is around the same size as their tail (5-7 inches).
  • They hide nuts and seeds in random places throughout the forest to eat later.
  • A group of Douglass Squirrels is called a “dray” or “scurry”.
  • The Douglass Squirrel is also known as the Pine Squirrel and the Chickaree.
  • Douggie the Douglas Squirrel is one of King County Park’s mascots along with Marta the River Otter.

Thanks Douggie! See you on the dance floor.

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King County continues levee work along Green River

Maintenance along levees from Tukwila to Kent means intermittent closures to sections of Green River Trail.

Maintenance work by King County continues along a dozen miles of levees that protect the cities of Renton, Tukwila and Kent from Green River flooding. This work requires temporary, intermittent closures of sections of the Green River Trail, which sits atop the levee system through the Green River Valley.

Upcoming closures:

  • 24-27, possibly extending to Aug. 28: The Green River Trail in Kent from the trailhead at 8721 South 259th Street to near Central Place, with a possible extension to Central Avenue will be closed for construction daily between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Asphalt will be removed in some areas, and anyone who accesses this portion of the trail outside of construction hours is advised to use caution.
  • The trail segment between State Route 181 and the trail bridge south of South 180th Street is closed by the City of Kent and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for levee reconstruction.

As work moves forward, the location of current and upcoming closures will be posted at www.kingcounty.gov/rivers. Trail users are encouraged to sign up for weekly updates or follow #GreenRiverTrail @KCDNRP on Twitter and “like” the King County Rivers Facebook page for current and upcoming closure schedule.

Click here for the full press release.

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Nuevo Festival en White Center/ New Festival in White Center

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En el 22 de Agosto hay un festival nuevo en Steve Cox Memorial Park, se llama “Película Bajo las Estrellas”. Antes de la película, hay un montón de actividades divertidas que se puede hacer. Por ejemplo, disfrutar a la música de Los Relucientes, el karaoke con Rolando Martinez y bailes folclóricos por Joyas Mestizas.También, puede visitar la variedad de mesas con información sobre la comunidad. King County Parks van a estar allí con una “Jenga” gigante, premios y información sobre los parques en King County. El evento empieza a las 6 p.m. y la película empieza a las 8:30 p.m. La película, “El Padrecito” está en Español pero con subtítulos en Inglés. Se puede encontrar el evento en Facebook para más información. El evento es gratis pero puede traer alimentos para el White Center Food Bank. Debe traer frazadas y sillas plegables para estar cómodo durante la película. Nos vemos allí!


On August 22 there is a new festival at Steve Cox Memorial Park called “Movie Under the Stars”. Before the movie, there will be a lot of fun activities that you can do. For example, music from Los Relucientes, karaoke with Rolando Martinez and folk dancing from Joyas Mestizas. Also, you can check out the variety of tables with information about the community. King County Parks will be there with a giant “Jenga”, prizes and information about the parks in King County. The event begins at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. The movie, “El Padrecito” is in Spanish but with English subtitles. This is a great opportunity for King County and other members of the community to share information about community services for Spanish speakers. You can find the event on Facebook for more information. The event is free but you can bring food for the White Center Food Bank. You should bring blankets and low-backed chairs to be comfortable during the movie. See you there!