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Block Party: who’s going to be there, what’s going on

The response to our “Welcome to Summer” Block Party at the shopping center on Saturday 6/17 has been GREAT! Here’s what you can expect:

10 a.m. FREE all ages/all fitness levels community workout at Grey Coast CrossFit

11 a.m. FREE BBQ starts at Grey Coast CrossFit; also visit Kumon Learning, All About Hair, and Q Nails for some delicious food & drink

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Visit tables for crafters, small businesses, community organizations, fundraisers, meet Bellevue city council candidates AND visit the shopping center businesses to enter raffles

NOON: Dog costume contest- dress up your pooch and vie for a prize!

* We are still hoping for a visit from a BFD fire truck but can’t guarantee it will happen.

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE:  please help us replenish the food pantry at the Newport Hills Community Church. Summer is a hard time to be hungry, especially for kids, and the church’s food pantry serves our Newport Hills neighbors in need. You can drop your donation at the NHCC Membership table. Thank you for your generosity!

List of participants:

OVERSTOCK SALE: Baseball equipment- Stod’s Baseball

NHCC MEMBERSHIP & INFO TABLE- pay your $10 annual dues here!

Woodturning: Tim Knudtson

Jewelry: Janine Lee
Tamara Shilley- Tamara Shilley Designs
Rachel Gidlof- Stella & Dot jewelry

Handmade cards: Linda Goodman

Headbands: Danielle Parter

Home/garden decor + woodworking: Paige French

Breastfeeding Moms (lactation consultant): Kat Chow
American Preparedness (emergency preparedness): Steve O’Donnell
Varmas Kitchen (packaged Indian cooking spices): Pratima Kalidindi
D. Benjamin Legal LLC (immigration law): Deanna Benjamin
Newport Glen AFH LLC (adult family home): Claudia Marcu

Cookbook fundraiser- Orchard Gardens (Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Education in Niger fundraiser- Lorelai Harris (student)

Jr. Knights Football & Cheer
CENSE (Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy)
Cedar River Rascals 4-H Club
**Hill & Dale Garden Club- plant sale + kid craft
Renton Fish & Game Club youth shooting sports
Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club

Position 2: ***Conrad Lee & Randy Grein
Position 4: **Heidi Chiat & Jared Nieuwenhuis
Position 5: Janice Zahn & Phillip Yin
Position 6: Steve Fricke

** Some tables will feature kid-focused activities

*** Voter registration info available

“Welcome to Summer” Block Party at the Shopping Center 6/17

We’re getting excited as our “Welcome to Summer” Block Party at the shopping center on 6/17 is shaping up!

Saturday, June 17   Workout @ 10 a.m.; BBQ & Booths 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

  • FREE all ages/all fitness levels community workout at Grey Coast CrossFit at 10 AM
  • FREE BBQ lunch sponsored by Grey Coast CrossFit starting at 11 AM
  • Visit shopping center businesses to enter raffles for products & services
  • Visit Crafter, Small Business, and Community Organization tables along the center’s covered walkway
  • Observe Cornerstone Studio students in action at Studio 1
  • Doggie Costume Contest at noon- dress up your pooch and vie for a prize!

We have 22 craft vendors, small businesses, and community organizations signed up for tables that will line the shopping center walkway. We’re looking for a few more non-jewelry crafters. We’d especially love artists who paint, draw, take photos, create pottery, or create garden-oriented art like flowers and “garden totems” made out of glassware. If that’s you, please contact Heidi at



Seeking crafters, neighborhood small businesses & organizations for “Welcome to Summer” Block Party 6/17

Hi everyone:

The NHCC will not be hosting the 4th of July Picnic & Children’s Parade this year. The volunteer base has dwindled to the point that such an event is no longer sustainable. I’m a little sad about that but I think it indicates how Newport Hills is changing. With that said, we’re always looking for new ways to bring the community together, so Ann Brashear & I have been working with Grey Coast CrossFit and our other shopping center merchants to host a “Welcome to Summer” Block Party event on Saturday, June 17, 11AM- 2PM.

The Block Party will provide an opportunity to meet your neighbors while visiting shopping center businesses and craft vendor/neighborhood small business/local organizations tables. Grey Coast CrossFit is going to open the event with a FREE all ages/all fitness levels workout at 10 AM, then roll up their back door at 11AM to host an Open House and serve some BBQ (I believe it’s hot dogs and some sides… details pending). We’re encouraging each of the businesses to offer a drawing for a gift certificate or a product. We’ll line the covered walkway with crafters, neighborhood small businesses, and local organizations (youth, sports, special interests, etc.). I’m working to get BPD to send a cruiser and BFD to send a fire truck for a mini “touch the truck” event. I’m also working with some of our businesses to put on scheduled demonstrations (dance, martial arts, etc.). Maybe we’ll bring back the King of the Hill Car Show’s famous dog costume parade- who knows? I will post more details as we get closer to the event.

Right now we’re looking for neighborhood crafters and small businesses that would like to set up a table to sell their goods or promote their services. If you know a local organization that would like to set up a table (youth sports, scouts, school clubs or PTAs, adult social clubs, service organizations, etc.) please put them in touch with me. We’re keeping the spaces reserved for Newport Hills/Lake Heights residents first, but if we find we still have space we might open it up to our nearby neighborhoods. We WILL be inviting our nearby neighborhoods to attend as we want to show off how proud we are of Newport Hills and support our local businesses!

If you’d like to participate please contact me via email:

~Heidi Dean
Merchant Liaison, Shopping Center Revitalization Chair

5/24 General Membership Meeting with update from CENSE


Please join us on 5/24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the NH Swim & Tennis Club banquet room for our May General Membership Meeting.

Agenda: Board reports, including presentation of the 2017-2018 budget; shopping center updates; upcoming events in the neighborhood.

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Don Marsh & Steve O’Donnell, co-founders of CENSE (Coalition of Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy), will give an update on PSE’s Energize Eastside project and what CENSE has discovered during Phase 2 of the EIS (Environmental Impact Scoping). They will also discuss how NH residents can get involved and make their voices heard. The Energize Eastside project is an 18 mile project from Renton to Redmond that will replace existing 115 kv power lines/poles with larger & taller 230 kv lines/poles. PSE’s preferred route, Willow, would run through the SE section of Newport Hills adjacent to the Olympic Pipeline, which will impact Newport Hills residents living along the pipeline corridor.