Samantha Pak

Police, fire and city council to compete for best chili title at 12th Annual Redmond Lights Winter Festival

On Saturday, three groups from the City of Redmond will compete for bragging rights as makers of the best chili in the city at the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off. The cook-off will be just one of the many activities during this year's 12th Annual Redmond Lights Winter Festival, which celebrates different cultures' holiday traditions.

Laughter Yoga provides stress-busting fun: Unique ‘psychological upper’ offered in Redmond

Marilyn Fogelquist truly believes laughter is the best medicine. She has attended conferences and run workshops on the topic and spent 10 years working as a clown. Now at age 83, she is spreading the joy right here in Redmond through Laughter Yoga, an exercise program founded 15 years ago by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India.

Students form Asian Student Association at Redmond High

Despite the many clubs and organizations at Redmond High School (RHS), including a number of cultural clubs, one group of students still felt there was still something missing in the school's repertoire. This prompted the teens to form the Asian Student Association (ASA).

Sound Transit to hold public hearing about East Link

Light rail is coming to the Overlake neighborhood for sure sometime in 2013 or 2014, but funding is not currently available for a downtown station, according to Redmond Mayor John Marchione.

Bringing ‘high fashion’ to Redmond: Event features Northwest talent, fashion

The phrase "high fashion" often brings to mind Paris, Milan or New York. Nune Hov hopes to add the Pacific Northwest to this list. On Friday Nov. 19, the 20-year-old Redmond resident directed and produced the first-ever Northwest Networking Umbrella (NNU), an event featuring local fashion designers, artists and musicians. Held at the Full Gospel Christian Center in Redmond, NNU was one of the first events of its kind held on the Eastside.

New Evergreen medical facility on track to open next spring, CEO says

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center officials are confident their new location in Redmond is on track for its spring 2011 opening. Evergreen Chief Executive Officer Bob Malte said the new Evergreen Redmond Medical Plaza will be a 48,000-square-foot facility with a freestanding 16-room emergency department that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work in concert with the main campus in Kirkland.

School running club encourages fun and exercise

Miko Shinoda loves to run. So, when the PTSA president at Louisa May Alcott Elementary School asked her to get involved with the school's running club two years ago, Shinoda, whose third-grader and kindergardener are both in the club, jumped in wholeheartedly.

City holds public meeting to gain feedback on Redmond Central Connector project

The City of Redmond is seeking public input on the Redmond Central Connector through Dec. 3 and plans to present a draft design of the rail corridor's future use at the end of January, according to the project manager.

Breaking down Redmond’s budget, part 2 | Examining infrastructure, community building and public safety

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series examining Redmond Mayor John Marchione's 2011-12 Budget by Priorities (BP) proposal. The budget contains six priorities: Business Community, Responsible Government, Clean and Green, Infrastructure and Growth, Community Building and Safety. Part two will focus on the last three priorities: Infrastructure and Growth, Community Building and Safety. The Redmond City Council is reviewing Mayor John Marchione's 2011-12 Budget by Priorities proposal at weekly study sessions this month with approval scheduled for early December.

Indigenous Fall Style Tour stops in Redmond: Event spreads awareness about organic, fair trade clothing

With the green movement in full swing, people are becoming more conscious of the choices they make in their everyday lives. From recycling and making their homes or businesses more energy efficient to buying organic foods and using alternative modes of transportation, many lifestyle changes are easy to make. However, one change that is just as easy but often forgotten is clothing. On Nov. 5, Louie Permelia in Redmond Town Center, gave shoppers an opportunity to see just how easy it can be to do something good for the planet while still looking good. The contemporary women's clothing boutique was one of six stops for the first-ever Indigenous Fall Style Tour, which featured organic and fair trade certified products from the Indigenous fall line, trunk show style. This was the second to last stop for the tour, which ended at the Louie Permelia store in University Village in Seattle.

Redmond’s poet laureate helps spread the power of the written word

While it is relatively easy to be a passive recipient of poetry, Rebecca Meredith says it is much more difficult to get someone to be an active participant.

Former meteorologist Andy Wappler headlines sustainable living event at City Hall

More than 80 people gathered at Redmond City Hall Wednesday night to discuss how to incorporate sustainable practices into the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan.

Breaking down Redmond’s budget, part 1 | City Council begins review of mayor’s proposal; public hearing set for Nov. 16

The Redmond City Council will be reviewing Mayor John Marchione's 2011-12 Budget by Priorities proposal at weekly study sessions this month with approval scheduled for early December.

Redmond Elementary students dress up to celebrate school’s United Nations Day

Last Friday morning, many students, as well as a few staff and faculty at Redmond Elementary School, arrived on campus in costume. But these outfits were not for Halloween. From sports uniforms to traditional ethnic garb, they were dressed up to celebrate the school's second annual United Nations Day.

Redmond teens spreading awareness about diabetes

With nearly 24 million people in the United States living with diabetes and more than 186,000 of them younger than 20 years old, a group of Redmond teens are working to spread awareness about the disease.