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Our Renton Weekly for September 23, 2020 

Our Renton Weekly for September 23

BLM Art Walk

Support local Black artists with the BLM Art Walk on the Visit Renton app. The tour will showcase powerful and exceptional art from Black artists throughout downtown.

The tour includes a free embroidery kit from Wyldwood Creative, walking through downtown shops and restaurants to see the art up close and learning more about each artist.

Download the Visit Renton app for free from the App Store or Google Play.


Complete your census at Uwajimaya for a chance to win

Census 2020 - Time is Running Out!

Only one more week until the count ends for the 2020 Census. Currently, 74.5% of Renton households have filled out their census. You still have time to complete your form.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Mobile Questionnaire Assistance team will be in Renton to help folks fill out their census forms. Stop by Uwajimaya (501 South Grady Way) on Monday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will answer questions and provide assistance in completing the Census Survey. Renton residents who complete their census form on-site will receive a $25 gift card to Uwajimaya, while supplies last. Remember, September 30 is the last day to submit your 2020 Census. Census results will impact Renton for the next ten years.

Also, be sure to enter the Voice of Planet Slogan Contest in this final week of the census for a chance to win great prizes!


Explore the local salmon migration

Explore the Cedar River Salmon Migration

It is salmon season at the Cedar River. Explore the Chinook and Sockeye Salmon at Cedar River Park with our Explore Nature programming. Join Erin Churchill, who has volunteered for six years with the Seattle Aquarium's Salmon Journey program, to learn about the Cedar River salmon spawning and migration patterns.

Programs will take place on Saturday, September 26. Morning sessions filled quickly. Two afternoon sessions have been added from 1 to 2 p.m. (course #9437) and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (course #9438). Pre-registration is required, and each session is limited to five participants. Meet at the west doors of the Renton Community Center (1715 Maple Valley Hwy).

If you can’t join us, get outside on your own time with free virtual programming from the Seattle Aquarium. There are self-guided tours with salmon locations, salmon bingo and more. Upon request, the aquarium provides free polarized glasses to help spot salmon. Tag Seattle Aquarium on social media with the hashtag #CedarRiverSalmon and email a photo of your completed bingo card. Don’t forget to wear your mask and practice social distancing while out in public.


Renton History Museum Open

History Museum is Open

The Renton History Museum is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required. Admission will be by donation during September.

The museum reopens with two new exhibits: the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams exhibit and a special exhibit on Renton's Sporting Triumphs. Both will be on display through Saturday, October 17. Please call 425-255-2330 or email the museum to make a reservation. Follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.


Volunteer models wanted

Visit Renton is Looking for Models for Photo Shoot

Calling all models! Visit Renton is looking for volunteer models, including families, couples and individuals for a fall tourism photo shoot. Join them at locations around Renton, such as parks, restaurants and hotels on Tuesday, October 6. Participants will be assigned one location/time slot and will receive a $50 cash card per group. Face masks are required and social distancing will be in effect. If interested, fill out this form and Visit Renton will follow up with you.


Search for the Lost Treasure of Erasmus

Search for the Lost Treasure of Erasmus in Downtown Renton

The city’s beloved dragon Erasmus has lost some of his coveted treasure in downtown Renton! Join the Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP) on a self-guided quest as you search for the lost treasure. The treasure hunt is going on now through September 28. Download a game board and follow the clues, which will be posted in downtown storefronts and on the RDP Facebook page and Instagram account. Use the hashtag #RentonTreasures when you post photos on social media to win a gift card from a downtown business.


Photo of Cedar River Trestle Bridge

Cedar River Trestle Bridge Reopened

The Cedar River Trestle Bridge is back open. The bridge closed earlier this year due to flood damage.  There is still a narrowing on the path near the Riviera Apartments and the Maplewood Park parking lot and spur trail remain closed, but there is no more detour to SR 169. Happy trails!


Skyway Resource Center

Skyway Resource Center

The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership is hosting a pop-up resource center in the Skyway neighborhood at 12643 Renton Ave. S. Upcoming dates are October 2, 16 and 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. There's access to free resources for families, including school supplies, care kits, diapers, books, WIC information, housing assistance and more.


Renton Farmers Market graphic

Hour Change for Last Market of 2020 Season

Only one more Renton Farmers Market remains for 2020. Next week’s market on September 29 will open one hour earlier because of limited daylight. So join us for 2020’s final market from 2 to 6 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Renton LIVE! graphic

Renton LIVE! Episode 22

Tune in to this week's episode of Renton LIVE, tonight Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. The show is streamed live on the Renton Chamber of Commerce's YouTube channel or Facebook page.


Mayor Pavone with the Renton City Council

City Council Update

At Monday's meeting, the city council passed two proclamations. The first is for GEAR UP Week (September 21 - 25) and the second is for Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 21 - 27).

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