Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

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Kenmore to celebrate first birthday with party, parade

   There is an air of excitement in Kenmore as the whole community gets ready to celebrate its first year as a new city. On Sunday, Aug. 29, everyone is invited to join in the parade and festivities that will be a part of "Kenmore's First Birthday Party."

   The day's events will begin with the Kiddies' Parade at noon, followed immediately by the Grand Parade. The parade route will be along NE 181st from 73rd Ave. NE to Kenmore Village. The grand marshal for the parade will be Bob Bannister, a Kenmore resident for over eighty years. He and his wife, Marge, raised their family here while Bob served as fire chief for 32 years.

   The parade will have something for everybody with drill teams, antique cars, floats, fire trucks, dancers, music, and clowns. The Seattle Seahawk mascot, Blitz, is scheduled to appear, also. Dr. Jim Mahar will be the announcer at the review stand. Parents can pick up a Kids' Parade entry forms at City Hall or Kenmore Library.

   Following the parades, there will be a good ol' fashioned birthday party around the new City Hall, with free birthday cake for everyone. About two dozen booths will be located in Kenmore Village representing businesses, community groups, and youth organizations. There will be food and refreshments for the whole family.

   While enjoying pizza, teriyaki, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, and refreshments, the partygoers will be treated to non-stop entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m. on stage. The popular local singing group, Timeless Soul, will kick off the slate of music, which includes country singer Chad, as well as local musical groups. And with Kenmore's Scottish heritage, there will be plenty of bagpipe music.

   Clowns, jugglers, magicians, and balloon artists will make this a birthday party to remember for kids of all ages. Bubbles the Clown and Giggleworks magicians will delight the kids. Shin's Tae Kwan Do will do a demonstration as they did last year, for everyone to enjoy.

   With the theme of "Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore," there will be a Courtsey Squad giving out free gifts to those caught in the act of doing random acts of kindness. The City's official flower is the Dahlia, and the birthday party is going to have a Dahlia show that is sure to become an annual event. Food, entertainment, and flowers ... what a day.

   At Kenmore's First Birthday Party, the emphasis is going to be on family fun and entertainment. So plan to come and enjoy great food and refreshments while being entertained with music and magic. Well-known radio personality Frosty Fowler will emcee the program.

   For more information, please call the event chairperson, Tom Traeger, at 425-488-2818.

First Kenmore Arts and Crafts show planned

   From Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, the first Kenmore Art Show will be held at Northlake Lutheran Church at 6620 NE 185th St. This is a juried exhibition of paintings, drawings, metal and wood craft, fiber art, and glass and jewelry. For more information call the event chairperson, Roland Lindstrom, at 425-486-6050.