Parents & kids

Coming to a neighborhood near you: a new playground

Coming to a neighborhood near you: a new playground

Is your neighborhood in need of a slide? How about some swings? How about $15,000 to help make that playground a reality?

The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBoom!, a national organization promoting fun and healthy play for kids, especially through playgrounds, are looking for needy communities to help in their quest to spread the joy of playgrounds.

The organizations are providing $15,000 grants to help fund equipment for communities "with a demonstrated need for a playground, as well as the project’s impact on the area and its capacity to engage the community."

In addition to the $15,000, the grantees will also receive help in planning, executing and mainting their playgrounds from KaBoom! and some of their alumni who have also recieved grants for playgrounds in the past.

Everyone leaves a 'wiener' at red carpet dog rally

STAR 101.5's Kent and Allen hosted a red carpet rally ahead of the 14th Annual Kent and Allen Wiener Dog Race at the Emerald Downs this Saturday.

Today was the last chance to nab two spots for the final race.

Congratulations goes to Piper and Jacob for winning the last two spots, and go on to have a chance at winning a weekend of accommodations at a Kimpton hotel, two year’s worth of dog treats, and, of course, guaranteed spot in next year’s Kent & Alan Wiener Dog Races.

Tenino pool open for season

Looking to cool off?

The Tenino pool is open Wednesday through Sunday between noon and 7 p.m.

If you live in the Tenino School District, admission is fifty cents. It’s $2 for people who live outside the district.

The pool is located at 399 West Park Ave. Family season passes are available at Tenino City Hall.

 

The Fast and the Furriest 2

Behold Lucy, one of the hundreds of dogs who raced Sunday's Furry 5k.

Lucy had an edge over fellow pooch participants-- she was dressed for the rainy weather.

But check out that undercarriage. Low-riding dogs do pick up some dirt!

Race results are now posted. Thanks to Mike and Sarita for sharing their photos. If you've got a picture you'd like to share, send it communities@komonews.com and we'll post it by the end of the week.

Seattle Pacific students offer support at Kinship Caregiver Day

On Wednesday, May 19, Seattle Pacific University students organized the second annual Kinship Caregiver Day at the Rainier Beach Community Center. 

The event featured dinner, a raffle, children's activities, "Living Well" tables, physical therapists and more. 

Tonight: Children's book or Persian Gulf?

Big doings tonight at the Ballard branch library.

At 6:30 p.m., children's author Polly Horvath reads from "Northward to the Moon," the much-anticipated sequel to "My One Hundred Adventures."

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Also at 6:30 p.m., there will be a discussion on the Persian Gulf, the fifth in the series Great Decisions 2010, a national civic-education program to learn about and discuss world events. Reigstration for this event is requested. Call 684-4089 to register.

For more info, call the Ballard Branch: 206-684-4089