Mary Stevens Decker

Redmond’s Sarah Oates to perform in ‘All Shook Up’ at Village Theatre

Sarah Oates, a Redmond High School (RHS) senior and Running Start student at Bellevue College will perform in the ensemble of "All Shook Up," July 17-24 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N in Issaquah. Tickets are $15 general admission, $13 for youth or seniors; call (425) 392-2202 or visit

Inslee visits Redmond, talks health care, tax credits for small businesses

U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee, who represents District 1 in Washington, hosted an informal discussion about the new health care reform law and tax credit opportunities available to small businesses on July 7 at the Redmond Regional Library.

Redmond teens star in school version of ‘Grease,’ July 9-17 at SecondStory Repertory

"Grease" is the word at Redmond's SecondStory Repertory (SSR), July 9-17. Tickets are $10 at or (425) 881-6777. This is the "school version" of Jim Jacobs' and Warren Casey's wildly popular musical about greasers and preppies at the fictional Rydell High School in 1959. It's been trimmed down and toned down to be more family-friendly.

Hit the road with summer travel tips from Redmond AAA Service Center

Redmond is a great place to live, work and play — summertime or anytime. But it wouldn't be summer without a road trip or two. If a tight budget or crammed calendar has you stuck in your same old surroundings, travel experts at Redmond's AAA Service Center can provide tips and discounts to ease the pain, even for a brief change-of-scenery.

Recent Redmond High grad becomes fourth-generation pilot

In the whirlwind of end-of-school activities, recent Redmond High School (RHS) graduate Jake Harris hasn't yet had time to invite his friends, "Come fly with me." But it's on his list of things to do this summer. Harris, who turned 18 in April, got his private pilot license for single engine aircraft the weekend before the June 15 RHS commencement ceremony.

Redmond native honors father, raises money for cancer with new Derby Days event

For 70 years, the Derby Days festival has brought bike races, parades and entertainment to the Redmond community. This year, Derby Days will offer a new outlet for fun and recreation, the Derby Dash 5K run/walk for both competitive and non-competitive participants. Registered runners or walkers will simultaneously help to "outrun pancreatic cancer" during this fundraising event.

Homeowners Co-op helps home improvement contractors and offers savings to consumers

In this rough economy, a Redmond-based business is offering home improvement contractors sure ways to sell products and services, while also helping homeowners get savings and know-how. Homeowners Cooperative ( provides an online directory of licensed, insured, bonded and pre-screened contractors in every area of home building, remodeling or maintenance.

Rail acquisition to help move along downtown Redmond revitalization plans

Under sunny skies Tuesday morning, outside Redmond City Hall, Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani and Redmond City Council President Richard Cole signed documents finalizing the City of Redmond's acquisition of the Redmond section of the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Corridor.

Dance fever hits Redmond Senior Center at the Northwest Senior Games Dance Day

On his 80th birthday, the perennial playboy Hugh Hefner optimistically declared, "Eighty is the new 40." That's a bit of a stretch but there is no denying that most seniors today are not just planted in rocking chairs. On the morning of June 18, the Redmond Senior Center (RSC) was definitely rockin' as it hosted the Northwest Senior Games Dance Day, a non-competitive, recreational dance event to promote physical fitness and social interaction for adults ages 50 or better.

Summertime Girls’ Night Out to promote female-owned businesses and downtown Redmond shopping

Keep an eye out for pink balloons outside downtown Redmond shops from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 2 and enjoy refreshments and special deals as part of a summertime Girls' Night Out. Lindsey Kremkau, owner of the Trade Chic plus-size boutique on Redmond Way, is organizing the event to promote local female-owned businesses and show shoppers that it's fun to stroll around downtown.

Lake Washington Tech students address Redmond traffic flow, 520 tunnel plan

Improving Redmond’s traffic flow and replacing the 520 floating bridge with a tunnel system under Lake Washington were some of the topics tackled by students in the “Theory of Urban Design and Planning” class at Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) this quarter.

The healing power of art: Legendary musician and artist displays acrylic paintings at Evergreen

Legendary musician and artist Lee Oskar has called Redmond home for the last 15 years. He was a founding member of the Latin/Funk/Fusion band WAR, collaborating with former Animals singer Eric Burdon on their 1971 breakout hit "Spill the Wine." It's Oskar's distinctive harmonica leads that you've heard on that hit and others such as "Low Rider, "The Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends?" and "All Day Music."

Redmond’s Paul Wagner presents Native American music and stories at Talking Trees Conference

Redmond resident Paul Wagner, whose Native American name is Che oke' ten, will be among featured performers at the Talking Trees Conference, a fundraiser for guardians of the Amazon Rain Forest.

New Redmond Foundation to ‘honor past, harness present potential and shape a chosen future’

A new, non-profit organization called The Redmond Foundation has been formed to foster public/private partnerships for Redmond's centennial celebration in 2012 and a vision for Redmond's next 100 years.

The Bear Creek School senior projects show passion, teach patience

Forty seven seniors at The Bear Creek School in Redmond presented their Capstone Projects this week, on subjects ranging from learning Italian cooking to launching a math tutoring business.

Watercress adds entertainment: Downtown Asian bistro now offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights

Redmond is famous for many things — although usually not for its nightlife. But now there's a new spot to enjoy entertainment in downtown Redmond.

‘Flavor of India’ coming to Redmond: Sammamish-based organization helps produce Ananda Mela festival

During her six years on the Redmond Arts Commission, Latha Sambamurti cast wistful eyes on Seattle's many ethnic and cultural festivals and thought it would be great to bring "a flavor of India to the mainstream audience," right here in Redmond.

Keeping Redmond green: City, residents work hard to preserve the environment

When people talk about things that make Redmond special, its attention to preserving the environment is "always at the top and one of the main reasons people want to be here," Jon Spangler, manager of the City of Redmond's natural resources division, said at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat on June 4.

Transition Academy students exceed expectations: Redmond-based school Transition Academy provides foundation for future success

The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Transition Academy helps qualified high school graduates with developmental disabilities, up to age 21, hone employment and social skills. Through volunteer positions, internships and part-time jobs, they gain competence and confidence.

The circus is ready to roll: KOOZA kicks off on Thursday

What kid doesn't fantasize about joining a circus? Tuesday morning, the Redmond Reporter met two lucky souls for whom that fantasy became a reality, backstage at Cirque du Soleil's eye-catching big top in King County's Marymoor Park.