Mary Stevens Decker

Redmond Senior Center celebrates 20th anniversary, honors volunteers

A June 2 celebration marked the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Senior Center (RSC) and honored three volunteers who've brightened the lives of local seniors.

Summer fun just around the corner

June is bustin' out all over. And before we know it, Redmond kids and teens will be bustin' out of school for the summer. That's cause to celebrate, but once the novelty wears off, students — especially those too young to hold jobs — may find themselves with a lot of idle time. Here's a rundown of some local end-of-schoolyear celebrations and summer activities to stave off the dreaded "b-word" ... boredom.

Circus coming to Redmond: Cirque du Soleil returns to Marymoor Park with ‘KOOZA’

The circus is coming to town! The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil will soon be back in action in its distinctive blue and yellow "Grand Chapiteau" (big top tent) at King County's Marymoor Park in Redmond.

SecondStory Repertory shares details of upcoming season at ‘Secrets Revealed’ event

SecondStory Repertory, the professional theatre company upstairs at Redmond Town Center, will release juicy details about its 12th season at a special event called "Secrets Revealed" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. The evening will include a song or a scene from each show in the upcoming season, introductions to creative team members, a silent auction, appetizers and a cash bar serving wine and beer.

Students show off healthy cooking skills at Redmond Junior High

A year-long, student-directed, health and fitness campaign culminated in the "So You Think You Can Cook?" contest Wednesday afternoon at Redmond Junior High (RJH).

RHS students to participate in Microsoft’s ‘Hunt the Wumpus’ game design contest

Growing up in the shadows of Microsoft, Nintendo and DigiPen Institute of Technology, it's no wonder that many Redmond High School students have connections and aspirations related to creating video games.

Cascade Plaza opens Memory Care community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia

Redmond's Cascade Plaza retirement community at 7950 Willows Rd. NE has opened a Memory Care wing to co-exist with its Independent Living and Assisted Living facilities.

Redmond High students win $9,000 at WSU “Imagine Tomorrow” competition

Students from Redmond High School (RHS) placed second in the Technological Challenge category and third in the Design Challenge category at the "Imagine Tomorrow" 2010 competition at Washington State University last weekend.

Attention Redmond: Nominate your office space in nationwide ‘Search for the Worst Workspace’ contest

Redmond is home to some very nice workspaces at businesses large and small. Yet there might be a valid reason for you to nominate your workspace as one that's ... well, ugly. has teamed up with interior designers and the host of HGTV's "Destination Design," Taniya Nayak in a nationwide "Search for the Worst Workspace" contest, featuring more than $15,000 in prizes. Redmond residents and employees are encouraged to participate.

LINKS to honor volunteers; more help needed next year to support local students

LINKS (Looking Into Needs of Kids and Schools) will honor its more than 100 volunteers from the 2009-10 school year at an appreciation event with refreshments and a raffle at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 at the Lake Washington School District's (LWSD) Resource Center in downtown Redmond.

Redmond High students selling discount dining cards as part of class project

The Entrepreneurship class at Redmond High School has formed a Junior Achievement company that is selling a "Summer Eastside Experiences" dining discount card.

New programs at Juel Park to promote nature

Although it's still mostly undeveloped, Redmond's Juel Park, named for community benefactors Dr. Glen and Mrs. Betty Juel, has new and upcoming programs to promote nature.

Queen Rania of Jordan receives humanitarian award at Microsoft campus

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was in Redmond today, at a reception honoring her as the recipient of the 2010 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.

Redmond and King County hold May 24 meeting about Marymoor Park summer line-up

The City of Redmond and King County’s Marymoor Park will host a neighborhood meeting for those who live near and around Marymoor Park. The meeting, on Monday, May 24 at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park at 7:30pm, will brief the neighbors on Marymoor Park’s line-up of summer entertainment as well as outline the procedures for conveying any issues or concerns to the correct jurisdiction.

Redmond Junior High students learn the secrets to success at career day

Ninth grade students at Redmond Junior High learned what it takes to enter and advance in a variety of occupations at Tuesday morning's Career Day presentations.

Award-winning author visits Redmond Junior High: ‘See the world through other people’s eyes,’ author says

Award-winning author Carl Deuker visited Redmond Junior High (RJH) Friday afternoon and talked to a group of seventh- and eighth-grade students about his writing process.

Extending support, beyond high school: Transition Academy provides opportunities for special needs students in competitive workforce

In October 2009, the Redmond Reporter launched a series of stories about the Lake Washington School District's (LWSD) Transition Academy, a unique, downtown Redmond facility that helps high school graduates with developmental disabilities practice "real world" skills for employment and independence.

Lake Washington School District superintendent stuck ‘between a rock and hard place’ with school feeder changes

"Between a rock and a hard place" was how Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball described himself as he faced a barrage of questions and criticisms at Redmond's Audubon Elementary School Thursday evening.

Nintendo celebrates new grand, green building in Redmond

Video game heroes Mario and Luigi welcomed Nintendo executives and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire at Thursday afternoon's ribbon-cutting for the new, gorgeous and "green" Nintendo of America headquarters at 4600 150th Ave. NE in Redmond.

Redmond nurseries promote sustainable, natural yard care: Two local garden shops highlighted for their green products, practices

Two Redmond nurseries/garden centers are recommended on Seattle Public Utilities’ 2010 list of Natural Yard Care Nurseries. They are Pacific Topsoil’s Gray Barn Nursery at 20871 Redmond-Fall City Rd. and Classic Nursery and Landscape Company, at 12526 Avondale Road NE.