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Sixth-grader Katie Chalmers enjoys some hang time with Albert Einstein Elementary School's new playground structure. As a member of the student council

Einstein Elementary gets new playground structure

After more than a year of planning and a couple days of temptation, students at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond now have one more reason to look forward to recess.

Sixth-grader Katie Chalmers enjoys some hang time with Albert Einstein Elementary School's new playground structure. As a member of the student council
Redmond resident Jessica Lambert is the founder and executive director of VALA Eastside

VALA Eastside showcases local visual artists, will be featured entrepreneur at thinkspace’s upcoming Wine Wednesday

While Redmond has a strong performing arts scene with various theaters, music groups and spoken word organizations, Jessica Lambert feels there is still room for more visual arts around the city.

Redmond resident Jessica Lambert is the founder and executive director of VALA Eastside
Jim Bove is the community outreach facilitator for the Redmond Police Department. A major part of his job is educating the public on public safety and crime prevention.

Redmond police’s community outreach facilitator Jim Bove focuses on educating community on public safety and crime prevention

As community outreach facilitator for the Redmond Police Department (RPD), Jim Bove can be considered the face of the department.

Jim Bove is the community outreach facilitator for the Redmond Police Department. A major part of his job is educating the public on public safety and crime prevention.
Karen Barker is the new principal at Emily Dickinson Elementary School

New LWSD principals bring wealth of experience and excitement to schools

Getting ready for the first day of school and a new academic year is not just for students and their families.

Karen Barker is the new principal at Emily Dickinson Elementary School
The city is planning to add more time-limited parking spaces to the downtown area.

City working to add more downtown parking spots: Redmond City Council presented with expansion plans at study session

As more businesses and residents move into downtown Redmond, city staff are working on plans to expand parking in the area to accommodate the growth.

The city is planning to add more time-limited parking spaces to the downtown area.
Redmond-based Medical Teams International travel all around the world to work with people who are victims of natural disasters

Medical Teams International exhibit sheds light on disaster, conflict regions

As a global health organization, Medical Teams International (MTI) in Redmond serves alongside grassroots organizations, churches and health ministries in more than 70 countries. MTI teams travel all around the world to work with people who are victims of natural disasters, conflict and poverty and beginning Sept. 10, they will bring that world to the MTI Mike and Kathy Holmgren Center at 9680 153rd Ave. N.E. in Redmond.

Redmond-based Medical Teams International travel all around the world to work with people who are victims of natural disasters
Haiku Sushi and Seafood Buffet's grand opening was  Tuesday. The restaurant is one of many businesses in Redmond Town Center that have opened in the last few months or are opening in the near future.

New Redmond Town Center businesses offer shoppers and community variety of services

It only took Joyce Pan and her family one trip to Redmond Town Center for them to realize it would be an ideal location to open a new restaurant.

Haiku Sushi and Seafood Buffet's grand opening was  Tuesday. The restaurant is one of many businesses in Redmond Town Center that have opened in the last few months or are opening in the near future.
On Tuesday

New fitness and wellness center to open at Emerald Heights next summer

Residents of Emerald Heights Retirement Community in Redmond will soon have 7.8 million reasons to look and feel their best.

On Tuesday
This is the second year (from left) Priya Ganesan

Redmond teens organize TEDxRedmond 2011 to inspire and motivate young people

While most teens spend their summers kicking back and relaxing, four Redmond teens have spent their time off from school organizing a conference for their peers.

This is the second year (from left) Priya Ganesan
On Tuesday evening

Redmond City Council places six-month moratorium on marijuana collective gardens

Following the lead of other Eastside cities, the Redmond City Council placed a temporary ban on medical marijuana collective gardens to give city staff time to formulate a plan for regulation and zoning.

On Tuesday evening
Redmond resident Pat Schiermeyer is one of two King County Metro Transit employees who will be inducted into the Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Fame at the state Transit Symposium and Vendor Expo in Kennewick on Monday.

Redmond’s Pat Schiermeyer to be inducted into state Dept. of Transportation Wall of Fame

On Monday, Pat Schiermeyer will be inducted into the Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Fame at the state Transit Symposium and Vendor Expo in Kennewick.

Redmond resident Pat Schiermeyer is one of two King County Metro Transit employees who will be inducted into the Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Fame at the state Transit Symposium and Vendor Expo in Kennewick on Monday.
Spiritbrook Park in Redmond will be closed from Aug. 15 through October for construction and improvement projects. The 40-year-old park has had a longtime drainage problem due to the peat soil naturally found in the area

Spiritbrook Park will close from Aug. 15 to October for improvement projects

Spiritbrook Park at 6500 151st Ave. N.E. in Redmond will be closed from Aug. 15 through October for an extensive construction and improvement project.

Spiritbrook Park in Redmond will be closed from Aug. 15 through October for construction and improvement projects. The 40-year-old park has had a longtime drainage problem due to the peat soil naturally found in the area
On Monday

LWSD board votes unanimously to approve 2011-12 budget

The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) trustees voted unanimously — with the exception of Doug Eglington, who was absent — to approve superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball's proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year at Monday evening's regular board meeting.

On Monday
City of Redmond senior planner Kim Dietz spoke at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat last week. Throughout her presentation

Redmond senior planner Kim Dietz works with city neighborhoods to plan for future

As a senior planner, Kim Dietz works with all 10 neighborhoods that make up the 17-plus square miles of the City of Redmond.

City of Redmond senior planner Kim Dietz spoke at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat last week. Throughout her presentation
Melissa Goss-Halbert

Walking mom in Redmond takes on project to help local businesses

As a regular walker, Melissa Goss-Halbert sees things the average driver may often miss. The Montana native moved to Redmond about two and a half years ago and as she has walked her way around town, she has seen firsthand how local businesses have been affected by the economic recession.

Melissa Goss-Halbert
Kate Herlihy

New businesses bring new life to Bear Creek Village

Since it opened in the late 1970s, Bear Creek Village in Redmond has evolved many times — and right now it's on a hot streak.

Kate Herlihy
Kirkland resident Margaret Schwender was part of the task force that founded the Eastside Timebank. She has utilized the timebank when she broke her ankle and in return offered pet sitting and gardening services to other members.

Eastside Timebank offers members to exchange services for free and helps build community

When Margaret Schwender broke her ankle a few months ago, she couldn't cook, clean or take care of other household chores that needed to be done.

Kirkland resident Margaret Schwender was part of the task force that founded the Eastside Timebank. She has utilized the timebank when she broke her ankle and in return offered pet sitting and gardening services to other members.
Yih Chuang and his son Jaden purchase baked goods from the Flying Apron Bakery in downtown Redmond. Jaden has a number of food allergies and the new organic

New Flying Apron bakery in Redmond offers gluten-free, organic and vegan goodies for greater Eastside

For Yih Chuang, a simple trip to the bakery is usually anything but. His 6-year-old son Jaden Chuang has a long list of food allergies: wheat, nuts, soy, corn and eggs, to name a few.

Yih Chuang and his son Jaden purchase baked goods from the Flying Apron Bakery in downtown Redmond. Jaden has a number of food allergies and the new organic
Sasha and Kolya examine a starfish they found on Richmond Beach in Shoreline. The two boys are part of a three-week program that pairs orphans from Ukraine with families in the greater Puget Sound area. The program is organized by Redmond native Karen Springs (not pictured)

Redmond native brings Ukrainian orphans to Northwest for three-week hosting program

On July 22, 13 children from Ukraine arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after their first-ever trip on an airplane.

Sasha and Kolya examine a starfish they found on Richmond Beach in Shoreline. The two boys are part of a three-week program that pairs orphans from Ukraine with families in the greater Puget Sound area. The program is organized by Redmond native Karen Springs (not pictured)
Borders in Redmond Town Center is closing. The store began its going-out-of-business sales on Friday.

Borders’ closing leaves huge void in bookworms’ hearts

Bookworms in Redmond and the greater Eastside will soon have one less option to fuel their reading habits.

Borders in Redmond Town Center is closing. The store began its going-out-of-business sales on Friday.