Local celebrities offer election information

October 23, 2012

King County Elections turned to a lineup of boldface names — Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian, mystery writer J.A. Jance and sports announcer Kevin Calabro — to share important tips for voters as the Election Day ballot deadline approaches.

Adrian, Jance and Calabro joined a regional voter education campaign featuring radio, TV and online ads to educate residents about the voting process. See the spots at the elections office website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/news/psa/2012.

Sponsored by elections departments from King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and the Office of the Secretary of State, the ads remind voters to sign return ballot envelopes and get ballots back on time.

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Local celebrities join voter education campaign

October 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 19, 2012

King County Elections turned to a lineup of boldface names — Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian, mystery writer J.A. Jance and sports announcer Kevin Calabro — to share important tips for voters as the Election Day ballot deadline approaches.

Adrian, Jance and Calabro joined a regional voter education campaign featuring radio, TV and online ads to educate residents about the voting process.

Local elections officials started the voter education campaign before the August primary. The initial round of spots featured renowned chef Tom Douglas, travel guru Rick Steves and Seattle Storm players. The celebrities involved in the campaign agreed to donate time for the effort.

“Everyone can be a voting champion,” Adrian said in a statement. “Don’t wait til the last second. Go for the gold by following the directions and getting your ballot back early.”

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Voter education emphasized as deadline approaches

July 31, 2012

Elections administrators used the last days before the Aug. 7 primary to remind voters to follow proper ballot instructions.

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Tom Douglas, Rick Steves join forces to remind voters to return ballots

July 19, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. July 19, 2012

Local elections administrators enlisted renowned chef Tom Douglas, travel guru Rick Steves, Seattle Storm players and other local celebrities to remind voters to follow ballot instructions.

The elections departments in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, plus the Office of the Secretary of State, collaborated on the voter education project. The effort is meant to inform voters about the voting process. The celebrities involved in the campaign donated their time for the effort.

The campaign includes radio, TV and online advertisements to remind voters to sign return ballot envelopes, return ballots back on time and follow other important instructions. The deadline to return primary election ballots is Aug. 7.

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See Seattle Storm, help Mountains to Sound Greenway celebrate 20 years

September 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 6, 2011

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as the organization celebrates 20 years.

The nonprofit organization, founded in September 1991, oversees preservation projects in a greenbelt stretching along Interstate 90 from the Seattle waterfront to Central Washington.

In order to celebrate 20 years, the greenway is celebrating at KeyArena at 7 p.m. Friday as the Seattle Storm face the Phoenix Mercury.

Tickets cost $20 and $5 goes to support the greenway. Order tickets and enter the password “greenway” at the prompt for special ticket pricing.

Providing the password also means attendees get automatically seated in the greenway section.

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See the Seattle Storm, help YWCA celebrate milestone

August 25, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2011

See the Seattle Storm face the Tulsa Shock — and support YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish.

The reigning champion Storm plays the Shock at 7 p.m. Thursday at Seattle’s KeyArena.

The celebration comes as the nonprofit organization surpasses the halfway mark in the $26.5 million Women Empowered Community Campaign, a fundraising effort to provide services for women and families.

Funds from the campaign helped build YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, a 146-unit complex in the Issaquah Highlands. Residents started settling in during late spring.

So, the YWCA is inviting people to the Storm game for a chance to celebrate. Tickets cost $6 and the YWCA is providing snacks. Order the discounted tickets at the YWCA website.

Game attendees can also go down on the court and be a part of the fan tunnel cheering the players.

Help Habitat for Humanity build homes at Renton, Issaquah sites

March 1, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. March 1, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is in the midst of construction on homes in the Issaquah Highlands and the Renton Highlands.

The nonprofit organization seeks volunteers to help build homes at the construction sites in March and April.

Volunteers can register at the Habitat website, or send questions to volunteer@habitatekc.org.

Habitat coordinators broke ground for the Renton Highlands project last June. Plans call for the community, called La Fortuna, to include 41 homes. The organization is also nearing completion on Issaquah Highlands homes.

The highlands site is a popular destination. Habitat received a hand from Seattle Storm players and the interfaith group Together We Build in order to complete the residences.

Habitat for Humanity to dedicate four homes

August 3, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of East King County plans to dedicate homes for four families in the Issaquah Highlands next week.

Dignitaries and Habitat families will gather at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 to dedicate houses for the Aguirre, Reyes, Talton and Thao families. Volunteers broke ground last June on the houses at 2500 N.E. Magnolia St.

The two- to four-bedroom homes range from 1,000 to 1,400 square feet. Volunteers completed about 90 percent of the labor, and the families contributed 500 hours of sweat equity toward their homes.

Habitat sells the homes at cost — about $100,000. Homeowners repay no-interest loans and Habitat retains ownership of the land.

The project has attracted hundreds of volunteers during construction, including Seattle Storm players. Team members turned out in May for a weeklong Women Build event.

Seattle Storm hoopsters dish an assist at Habitat project

May 11, 2010

In an effort to draw attention to the housing challenges facing low-income families, Habitat for Humanity has teamed up with WNBA team Seattle Storm to build a home in Issaquah.

As a part of the WNBA Cares week, officially scheduled for the week of May 9-15, the Storm is helping with East King County’s Habitat for Humanity.

Twelve franchises across the league are participating in the WNBA Cares week, Storm CEO Karen Bryant said.

“Our organization really prides itself on being authentic in our dedication to the community,” she said.

Getting a jump-start on the league-scheduled volunteer program, the Storm made an appearance last week at the Issaquah Highlands as a part of East King County Habitat for Humanity’s third annual Women Build.

“It’s a volunteer event for women from the community to come out and build with Habitat, to learn a new skill and to work alongside the future homeowner,” said Jodi Marmion, special events/communication officer for East King County Habitat for Humanity.

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Seattle Storm kicks off Women Build event in the highlands

May 5, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2010

Seattle Storm players will kick off National Women Build Week on Wednesday at the Habitat for Humanity of East King County worksite in the Issaquah Highlands.

Storm players will volunteer, meet workers and greet Habitat homeowners and then, from 3:30-4 p.m., the WBNA players will offer a basketball clinic near the worksite.

Team CEO Karen Bryant, a Storm player and Habitat homeowner Lola Reyes will speak during the event. The event starts at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, workers will gather at the highlands site, 2500 N.E. Magnolia St., Wednesday. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. Teams will break for lunch at noon, and cleanup starts at 4 p.m.

Nationwide, Women Build projects helped construct more than 1,650 houses. Register before the events here.

Habitat representatives and families joined city officials last June to break ground for the new highlands development. The project should be completed within the next several months. The initial phase includes five duplexes will be available to house 10 families. Workers will complete another phase of the development by 2012.

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