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Byte of Renton for November 19, 2019

Byte of Renton November 19Celebrate the Holidays

This weekend marks the first of several holiday activities in Renton.

  • Nov. 22 and 23: The 28th annual “Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar” at the Renton Community Center.
  • Nov. 30: Small Business Saturday and the Downtown Tree Lighting at Piazza Park and the Pavilion.
  • Dec. 6: Clam Lights, sponsored by Ivar's Restaurants, which transforms Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park into a winter wonderland, 5:30 p.m. Lights will then be on every day from 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1. 
  • Dec. 8: K9 Candy Cane Fun Run & Walk at 9:15 a.m. at the Renton Community Center. Registration is open.
  • Dec. 15: Renton City Concert Band, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 22: Giant Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, The Landing Plaza, 5 p.m
  • Jan. 1: Polar Bear Plunge, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 11 a.m.



Mayor's Newsletter

In the next edition of his next newsletter, Mayor Law will take a look back at his 12 years in office. The Mayor’s Newsletter is published each Thursday.

Renton City Council with Kara Murphy, and her sons


City Council

At the full meeting:

  • A public hearing was held for the Designation of Parcel No. 7227802041 as a public alley.
  • Mayor Law appointed Ms. Kara Murphy to the newly created judicial position for the Renton Municipal Court.

At Committee of the Whole:

  • Council received updates from King County METRO on two projects: an Area Mobility Plan and I-Line Rapid Ride. The presentations are online or you can watch them.


Sunset Neighborhood Park


Sunset Neighborhood Park Closed

Construction on Phase II at Sunset Neighborhood Park is underway. Phase II improvements include a playground, mist water feature, picnic area, adult fitness area, pavilion, pergolas, walkways, rain gardens, and open space areas. The park will remain closed until completion, which is scheduled for June 2020.



Register now for Cookie with a Cop

Cookie with a Cop

Renton’s finest will be at the Renton Senior Activity Center on Nov. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. decorating holiday cookies and having conversation with the residents. If you haven’t registered there’s still time. You thought they only liked donuts?



At the Movies: "Sparkle" at the Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum curator Sarah Samson appeared on KING5’s “New Day Northwest” to promote the museum’s latest exhibit “Sparkle.” “Sparkle” explores the different ways and reasons why Rentonites have worn embellished clothing … let’s let Sarah explain.




At the Downtown Renton Library

Free English as a Second Language Classes are offered for adults at the downtown Renton Library every Tuesday from 12-3 p.m. The Renton Highlands Library offers free citizenship classes each Monday from 7-8:30 p.m.



Food Donation Bin

Chamber hosts Thanks-Giving food drive

A community holiday effort we missed in last week’s Byte was the Renton Chamber of Commerce month-long Thanks-Giving food drive. The drive asks for a different food item each day. Items need to be brought to the chamber office (625 S. 4th St.) and they will be distributed to Renton-area meal programs.



Vote now for your favorite Red Ribbon Week posters

Red Ribbon Week

Help pick the best posters in Renton Police Department’s Red Ribbon Week poster contest. The posters were made in October by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Renton School District. Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Please vote for one poster per grade level. Judging should be based on the quality of artwork, originality, creativity, neatness and if the class incorporated the “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free” theme into their poster. Voting closes on Nov. 29.




  • Nov. 20 – Cookie with a Cop, Renton Senior Activity Center (211 Burnett Ave. N.), 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 22 – Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar, Renton Community Center (1715 Maple Valley Hwy.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Nov. 23 – Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar, Renton Community Center (1715 Maple Valley Hwy.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving Day, all city facilities closed
  • Nov. 29 – Thanksgiving break, all city facilities closed
  • Nov. 30 - Small Business Saturday, Piazza Park (233 Burnett Ave. S.) and downtown, 10 a.m.
  • Nov. 30 - Downtown Tree Lighting, Piazza Park (233 Burnett Ave. S), 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 – Transit Town Hall, Renton Senior Activity Center (211 Burnett Ave. N.), 6 p.m.

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