Samantha Pak

Steam & Clean chief technology officer Jim Morrison operates the company's truck to clean an empty trash bin. The company was founded by Emily Wiewiorka (not pictured)

Redmond woman starts business to clean and sterilize empty trash bins

A few summers ago, Emily Wiewiorka faced a very smelly problem.

Steam & Clean chief technology officer Jim Morrison operates the company's truck to clean an empty trash bin. The company was founded by Emily Wiewiorka (not pictured)
Jay Hitt

Split 2nd Improv: No page for the stage

When things go awry during a play or musical on stage, performers have to work to bring the story back to how it’s supposed to told. However, when things go wrong during an improv show, it only makes the performance that much more entertaining.

Jay Hitt
Carolyn Miglino is the owner of the historic Woodside House in downtown Redmond. She closed her home furnishing business there in 2010 and is looking for a new tenant.

New chapter in Redmond’s Woodside House ready to be written

After 11 years as Rosetree Cottage, the Woodside House in Redmond is in need of a new tenant.

Carolyn Miglino is the owner of the historic Woodside House in downtown Redmond. She closed her home furnishing business there in 2010 and is looking for a new tenant.
Carnation’s Full Circle Farm is one of more than 100 vendors at the Redmond Saturday Market

Redmond Saturday Market to begin May 7; opening day festivities include ribbon cutting and music from Zimbabwe and southern Africa

On May 7, vendors selling produce, arts and crafts and other goods will set up shop to peddle their wares at the Redmond Saturday Market, now in its 36th year.

Carnation’s Full Circle Farm is one of more than 100 vendors at the Redmond Saturday Market
Redmond High School DECA students (from left) junior Luke Hatakeda and seniors Dana Klemmedson and Will Yoo started the printing company

Redmond High DECA students start up printing company

Three DECA students at Redmond High School (RHS) are applying the skills they've learned in class to the real world.

Redmond High School DECA students (from left) junior Luke Hatakeda and seniors Dana Klemmedson and Will Yoo started the printing company
Steve Scaia is the executive chef for Sear

Hot new steakhouse, Sear, now open at Redmond Marriott Town Center

After years with a restaurant focused on local wines, the Redmond Marriott Town Center hotel at 7401 164th Ave. N.E. in Redmond Town Center is now home to a new steakhouse.

Steve Scaia is the executive chef for Sear
On Wednesday

Redmond youths help improve Mother Nature: Elementary school students preserve wetlands, teen center starts up environmental club

Friday may be Earth Day, but Christian Culbert has doing been doing his part for the planet for several weeks. Since school started last September, the sixth-grader from Emily Dickinson Elementary/Explorer Community School in Redmond has biked to and from school every single day this year. Not even the long and wet winter has been enough to stop him — from sun to snow and everything Mother Nature has delivered in between, Christian has pedaled about a mile each way from home to school and back again. But Christian isn't the only student who has changed his behavior to be more environmentally friendly. All students at Dickinson/Explorer have been taking steps to be more green. In honor of Earth Day, the school will have a Wetlands Week from April 25-29 in which students of all grades, along with staff, parents and community members, will work on preserving the wetlands located on the school grounds. Each class will have a one-hour block during the week to do one of the following tasks: Remove invasive plant species, prepare the soil or plant native plants.

On Wednesday
Kim Dietz (left) and Jeff Churchill review various aspects of housing within the City of Redmond that may be discussed during the six-week Citizen Academy

Redmond Citizen Academy gives residents a crash course in city government

The City of Redmond is offering residents the opportunity to learn more about various aspects of the local government through a six-week Citizen Academy.

Kim Dietz (left) and Jeff Churchill review various aspects of housing within the City of Redmond that may be discussed during the six-week Citizen Academy
Nozomi Japanese Christian School students decorate button pins that will be handed out on Sunday as part of the school's 'Pray for Kids in Japan' fundraiser. Money from the fundraiser will go to a preschool in Japan that was affected by the earthquake and tsunami last month. From left

Redmond Japanese school fundraiser for earthquake relief slated for April 17

In the aftermath of last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Tomoko Boerman wanted to do something to help those affected by the disaster.

Nozomi Japanese Christian School students decorate button pins that will be handed out on Sunday as part of the school's 'Pray for Kids in Japan' fundraiser. Money from the fundraiser will go to a preschool in Japan that was affected by the earthquake and tsunami last month. From left
Personal trainer Bill Burns

Redmond man uses fitness to fight his illness: Burns provides customized workouts at Uniquely Fit

The last decade has not been easy for Bill Burns, but a recent fitness kick has jump started a new career — and attitude.

Personal trainer Bill Burns
Redmond High School DECA student Kelly Weiss (left) explains her team's marketing plan for Eddie Bauer to Lake Washington School District officials

Redmond High DECA students working to raise money for international conference in Florida

On April 22, Redmond High School (RHS) DECA students will be holding a spring market and silent auction to raise money to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Fla. later this month.

Redmond High School DECA student Kelly Weiss (left) explains her team's marketing plan for Eddie Bauer to Lake Washington School District officials
Horace Mann Elementary School in Redmond started its Walking School Bus program Wednesday morning. Six teams with 20 to 35 passengers each from different neighborhoods participated. The program was created to encourage people to walk more as well as to lessen car emissions in the community. From left: Catherine Smalling

Walking School Bus program kicks off at Horace Mann Elementary

Students at Horace Mann Elementary School on Education Hill are working hard to make the campus a greener place.

Horace Mann Elementary School in Redmond started its Walking School Bus program Wednesday morning. Six teams with 20 to 35 passengers each from different neighborhoods participated. The program was created to encourage people to walk more as well as to lessen car emissions in the community. From left: Catherine Smalling
City of Redmond principal planner Steve Fischer speaks to Redmond residents at a public meeting about Tent City 4. The encampment

Tent City 4 gains city approval, will return to Redmond April 23

Tent City 4 is coming to Redmond.

City of Redmond principal planner Steve Fischer speaks to Redmond residents at a public meeting about Tent City 4. The encampment
Residents from the neighborhoods surrounding Louisa May Alcott Elementary School expressed many concerns about the new school Lake Washington School District is proposing to build in the area. The school will focus on science

Residents want more information on new LWSD STEM school before proceeding

Local residents have a lot of questions about the high school Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is proposing to build across the street from Louisa May Alcott Elementary School in Redmond.

Residents from the neighborhoods surrounding Louisa May Alcott Elementary School expressed many concerns about the new school Lake Washington School District is proposing to build in the area. The school will focus on science
Acting street operations supervisor Robin Brown shares with attendees at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat some of the 'toys' she and her department get to play with on the job.

Redmond’s acting street operations supervisor speaks at First Friday Chat; Brown says weather a big determinate with her job

Robin Brown is in a constant battle with Mother Nature. As acting street operations supervisor for the City of Redmond, a lot of her job depends on weather conditions.

Acting street operations supervisor Robin Brown shares with attendees at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat some of the 'toys' she and her department get to play with on the job.
Redmond resident Rupa Wickrama's reusable shopping bags are sold in retailers around the country

Redmond woman’s fashionable Saky Sacks selected for 46th Academy of Country Music Awards gift bags

When Rupa Wickrama was at Gene Juarez a few years ago, she noticed many of her fellow salon goers using reusable grocery bags to carry their things.

Redmond resident Rupa Wickrama's reusable shopping bags are sold in retailers around the country
On Tuesday

92-year-old encourages to have an active lifestyle — no matter your age

With so many people working to reverse the aging process, Eileen Allen has accepted it and even embraced it. At 92, she has written a book about growing old. "I Like Being Old," which was written with Judith R. Starbuck and published about two years ago, is about Allen's experiences in aging and how she has made the most of her later years.

On Tuesday
After eight years with the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce

Redmond Chamber president plans to retire later this month: April 15 is Hoffmann’s last day

From Colorado and Texas to Oregon and Washington, Chris Hoffmann has lived in several states. And later this month, she will be adding one more to the list. After eight years with the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce the Portland, Ore. native is stepping down from her position as president and chief executive officer and retiring in Sarasota, Fla.

After eight years with the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce
This year's student producers for the Old Fire House Teen Center's Rockathon are in charge of everything involved with the competition

Get ready to rock: Old Fire House Teen Center’s Rockathon starts April 15-16

Beginning April 15, eight musical acts will battle it out in Redmond for gift certificates, studio time and prestige in the Old Fire House Teen Center's (OFH) fifth annual Rockathon competition.

This year's student producers for the Old Fire House Teen Center's Rockathon are in charge of everything involved with the competition
Julian Ramos (left)

Mexican restaurant getting a makover: Agave Cocina & Cantina to open next month

For anyone who enjoys Mexican cuisine but wants something besides traditional fare, the Redmond restaurant scene will soon offer diners another option.

Julian Ramos (left)