Our Renton Weekly

Our Renton Weekly
Posted on 01/19/2021
Our Renton Weekly

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Blanket Drive for Seniors

Our Renton Weekly for Jan. 19, 2021  

“Share the Warmth” Blanket Drive for Seniors, Jan. 28

A blanket may seem like a simple gift, but think how much comfort your favorite blanket provides when you are cold or lonely. For our senior community, COVID-19 has been a long road. Please help us “wrap our seniors” in warmth and cheer by donating a new blanket, no larger than 70” x 80” (twin size or smaller). It will bring some comfort during the long winter months.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2-7 p.m., bring new blankets to Renton Community Center at 1715 Maple Valley Hwy.

Bloodworks Pop Ups in Renton

Pop-Up Blood Drives in Renton this Month

Every day, 1000 donors are needed to ensure local hospitals have blood when required for patients. To help meet this critical need, Bloodworks Northwest and Valley Medical Center continue to host Pop-Up Donor Centers in Renton in January. Your one-hour appointment will follow social distancing guidelines.

There are five more events scheduled. Make an appointment online for either location: Hazen High School, Jan. 20-22, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. NE or Lindbergh High School, Jan. 28-29, 16426 128th Ave. SE.

Mental Health Monday

CommUNITY Conversations: Mental Health Monday, Jan. 25

The Renton Chamber of Commerce spotlights mental health resources in our community via CommUNITY Conversations on Monday, Jan. 25, 7-8 p.m.

Before this Zoom conversation, we want to hear in advance from you: What are things that stress you out? What coping mechanisms are you using? What stressors would you like to address in your life? What triggers anxiety or worry for you? What resources do you currently use to help and support your own mental health? Send your thoughts and resources to info@gorenton.com or call us at 425-226-4560.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting.

Coulon playground updated

New Coulon Park play area to open Wednesday

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the new play area at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park will open.

The new equipment includes many all-abilities components: see-saw, group swing and individual swings and two unique climbing structures. There is different play equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12.

The results of a community survey in the summer of 2020 were used to select the equipment. The project was funded by Washington state taxpayers through a State Direct Legislative Appropriation.

RapidRide I Line Open House

RapidRide I Line Open House closes Jan. 25

King County Metro will upgrade the current Route 160 between Renton and Auburn to RapidRide I Line in 2023. Metro is asking for community input for route development, station locations and features, and easier and safer ways to get to the bus.

If you haven’t had a chance to do so, visit Metro's open house at rapidrideiline.com until Jan. 25, 2021. For more information, contact rapidride@kingcounty.gov.

Payment Protection Program

Applications being accepted for new Paycheck Protection Program grants

The new federal Paycheck Protection Program grant (PPP) is for businesses 1) that have not had a prior PPP grant, or 2) for those that took a PPP in 2020 and want a second grant because of a 25% quarter over quarter reduction in business.

If you’re not sure your business qualifies, please reach out to re.startup425.org to get one-on-one answers tailored to your needs.

COVID Updates

COVID Updates

Department of Health updates guidelines for vaccine distribution: The state Department of Health has now made the COVID-19 vaccine available to folks in Phase 1B-Tier 1:

  • 65 or older
  • 50 or older and live in a multigenerational household (home where individuals from two or more generations live, such as an elder and a grandchild)
  • Eligible in Phase 1A

Get your eligibility confirmation and find out where you can get the vaccine near you at FindYourPhaseWA.org. Remember to print or screenshot your eligibility confirmation and bring it to your appointment.

The DOH website has more information.

Vaccine questions: Public Health-Seattle & King County has developed a COVID-19 vaccine page, including frequently asked questions. The webpages cover vaccine development and safety, how it works and availability.

As we move into the vaccine phase of COVID-19, we must keep up our guard to prevent spreading the virus. Your actions do make a difference.

  • Shrink your social circle and avoid indoor gatherings.
  • Reduce close contact with those outside your immediate household. Staying at home is still the safest.
  • If you do go out, keep it quick, keep your distance and wear a face covering. Limit the number of people outside your household that you gather with every week.
  • If you feel symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.

Mayor Pavone with the Renton City Council

City Council Update

Council did not meet on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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