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American Crown Circus comes to town | Federal Way Community Calendar

Online calendar: Check out the Mirror’s online calendar at events.federalwaymirror.com/cal. Circus: The American Crown Circus is in town Aug. 16-20 at The Commons Mall, 1828… Continue reading

  • Aug 16, 2018
Members of GFWC Sokico Women’s Club held a Bunco fundraiser and membership event July 21 Pantera Lago Clubhouse in Kent to raise money for a Federal Way K-9 cop. Sokico members provided food, beverages, prizes and a GFWC program with visual poster boards for 25 guests - plus special guest and speaker Officer Kyle Buchanan of the Federal Way Police Department and his K-9 officer Kaiser. Kaiser was the hit of the event with his favorite toy ball on a leather tether, as he paced around the room for all to pet and play. Officer Buchanan displayed some training techniques with Kaiser and answered many questions from the guests. The funds raised will purchase a new Storm Patrol swat vest for the newest K-9 officer on the Federal Way Police Department, Vader, who recently turned 2 years old and is ready to be fitted for his new vest. To date, the club has raised $1,200 toward the purchase of Vader’s vest. Donations are welcome. Contact Linda Butcher at 253-927-6636 or ibslinda@comcast.net.
                                Storm patrol: Members of GFWC Sokico Women’s Club held a Bunco fundraiser and membership event July 21 at Pantera Lago Clubhouse in Kent.Sokico members provided food, beverages, prizes and a GFWC program with visual poster boards, for 25 guests plus special guest and speaker, Officer Kyle Buchanan of the Federal Way Police Department and his K9 officer Kaiser. Kaiser was the hit of the event with his favorite toy ball on a leather tether, as he paced around the room for all to pet and play. Officer Buchanan displayed some training techniques with Kaiser and answered many questions from the interested and entertained guests. Then it was on to the business of playing Bunco, and awarding the winning prizes. Door prizes were also given to the lucky names drawn. The funds raised will purchase a new Storm Patrol Swat Vest for the newest K9 officer on the Federal Way Police Force, Vader, who recently turned two years old and is ready to be fitted for his new vest. To date the club has raised $1,200 toward the purchase of Vader’s Vest, so if anyone feels so inclined to help us out with this project, we’d gladly appreciate your support. Contact Linda Butcher, 253-927-6636 or ibslinda@comcast.net for information on the project or the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

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Farmers Market: The Federal Way Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at The Commons mall, 1928 S. Commons. Learn… Continue reading

  • Aug 13, 2018
Members of GFWC Sokico Women’s Club held a Bunco fundraiser and membership event July 21 Pantera Lago Clubhouse in Kent to raise money for a Federal Way K-9 cop. Sokico members provided food, beverages, prizes and a GFWC program with visual poster boards for 25 guests - plus special guest and speaker Officer Kyle Buchanan of the Federal Way Police Department and his K-9 officer Kaiser. Kaiser was the hit of the event with his favorite toy ball on a leather tether, as he paced around the room for all to pet and play. Officer Buchanan displayed some training techniques with Kaiser and answered many questions from the guests. The funds raised will purchase a new Storm Patrol swat vest for the newest K-9 officer on the Federal Way Police Department, Vader, who recently turned 2 years old and is ready to be fitted for his new vest. To date, the club has raised $1,200 toward the purchase of Vader’s vest. Donations are welcome. Contact Linda Butcher at 253-927-6636 or ibslinda@comcast.net.
                                Storm patrol: Members of GFWC Sokico Women’s Club held a Bunco fundraiser and membership event July 21 at Pantera Lago Clubhouse in Kent.Sokico members provided food, beverages, prizes and a GFWC program with visual poster boards, for 25 guests plus special guest and speaker, Officer Kyle Buchanan of the Federal Way Police Department and his K9 officer Kaiser. Kaiser was the hit of the event with his favorite toy ball on a leather tether, as he paced around the room for all to pet and play. Officer Buchanan displayed some training techniques with Kaiser and answered many questions from the interested and entertained guests. Then it was on to the business of playing Bunco, and awarding the winning prizes. Door prizes were also given to the lucky names drawn. The funds raised will purchase a new Storm Patrol Swat Vest for the newest K9 officer on the Federal Way Police Force, Vader, who recently turned two years old and is ready to be fitted for his new vest. To date the club has raised $1,200 toward the purchase of Vader’s Vest, so if anyone feels so inclined to help us out with this project, we’d gladly appreciate your support. Contact Linda Butcher, 253-927-6636 or ibslinda@comcast.net for information on the project or the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Flavor of Federal Way celebrates more than just food

By Greg Baruso Living in the Pacific Northwest, one can’t help to be drawn to one of its annual summer events, Seafair. Seafair was and… Continue reading

  • Aug 10, 2018

The magic of Federal Way’s diverse food scene

As a writer, I’ve always been drawn to things that tell a story. An old typewriter in a thrift store. A man with a heavy… Continue reading

Dive into the story of the average gig-employee

Your allowance was never enough, as a kid. Oh, sure, it bought you what you needed but what you wanted, well, you had to figure… Continue reading

John Hatcher with Cafe Pacific Catering fires up tasty kebabs at FUSION’s 25th annual summer arts gala held Wednesday at Dumas Bay Centre. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Federal Way Community Calendar: National Night Out is Aug. 7

Farmers Market: The Federal Way Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at The Commons mall, 1928 S. Commons. Learn… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018
John Hatcher with Cafe Pacific Catering fires up tasty kebabs at FUSION’s 25th annual summer arts gala held Wednesday at Dumas Bay Centre. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

“Rebel Talent” will make you wish your employees have the core elements

Your latest hire came highly recommended. His former employer spoke very favorably about him but there was something unsaid that you picked up on, and… Continue reading

Bringing a global perspective home

At the age of 17, I had my first experience with traveling to a different country. Even though the journey to Canada didn’t involve jet… Continue reading

Tips for sleeping better during menopause

Peri- and post-menopausal women don’t often complain about poor sleep, menopause specialist Terry Silvestrin said. “They don’t complain because they’ve come to expect it,” she… Continue reading

  • Jul 30, 2018

Why did the geese cross the road?

Because Federal Way resident Roderick Yee was there to help.

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Farmers Market: The Federal Way Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at The Commons mall, 1928 S. Commons. Learn… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2018

You won’t be disappointed when diving into “The Sinners”

The appointment is on the books. It was made a long time ago, and you couldn’t get out of it if you wanted to. Cancellation… Continue reading

The 111th annual Rinehart Family Reunion was held June 28 to July 1 at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way. This year’s event had a gathering of 84 relatives and was hosted by the Alisa and Dina Johnson family. The first reunion for the family was held in 1903 in Summerville, Oregon. Over the years, reunions have been hosted in California, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington, according to Federal Way resident Walter “Bill” Turner. Their ancestors Lewis and Elizabeth Rinehart had traveled the Oregon Trail from Tennessee via Iowa in 1854. Photo by W. Kent Johns

Backpack giveaway, Repair Cafe, arts festival and more | Federal Way Community Calendar

The Mirror has a new online calendar. Check it out at events.federalwaymirror.com/cal. To add an event, go to federalwaymirror.com/pages/how-to-add-your-event-to-our-calendar/. Farmers Market: The Federal Way Farmers… Continue reading

  • Jul 20, 2018
The 111th annual Rinehart Family Reunion was held June 28 to July 1 at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way. This year’s event had a gathering of 84 relatives and was hosted by the Alisa and Dina Johnson family. The first reunion for the family was held in 1903 in Summerville, Oregon. Over the years, reunions have been hosted in California, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington, according to Federal Way resident Walter “Bill” Turner. Their ancestors Lewis and Elizabeth Rinehart had traveled the Oregon Trail from Tennessee via Iowa in 1854. Photo by W. Kent Johns

Local volunteer’s backpack project helps children in Dominican Republic

By Emmy Sandstedt, For the Mirror Despite their own troubles, the women in a Dominican Republic prison only wish for better lives for their children.… Continue reading

  • Jul 20, 2018

Local DockDogs Stark and Echo make a splash

‘We’re just dog people,’ say local participants in water competitions

  • Jul 19, 2018

You’ll be up on your feet after reading ‘And Then We Danced’

You can’t stop your feet. They need to move, to tap-tap-tap, to side step, and do-si-do. The music’s on and you gotta move. You can’t… Continue reading

FUSION: Providing transitional housing for families for 25 years and counting

On Aug. 1, FUSION will host its annual summer arts gala and fundraiser at Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. The annual event — featuring local artists, silent auctions, fabulous food, entertainment and more — often raises more than $100,000 to go toward the organization’s operating funds.

Q&A with FUSION co-founder Peggy LaPorte

After 25 years, the all-volunteer charity’s mission remains the same

Taffy Johnson, founder and executive director of UTOPIA Seattle (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance), entertains guests at the grand opening of the organization’s downtown Kent center last Saturday. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

UTOPIA Seattle working to enhance the lives of queer and trans people in South King County

Taffy Johnson and her group want very much to be better understood, represented and included in the communities they serve. It’s all part of a… Continue reading

Taffy Johnson, founder and executive director of UTOPIA Seattle (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance), entertains guests at the grand opening of the organization’s downtown Kent center last Saturday. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter
Thomas Jefferson High School’s (TJHS) World Schools Debate team finished 45th out of 200 teams. Photo courtesy of Federal Way Public Schools

Thomas Jefferson High School speech and debate team wins national awards

Four Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) scholars and one assistant coach took home awards from the recent Speech and Debate Nationals held June 16–23 in… Continue reading

Thomas Jefferson High School’s (TJHS) World Schools Debate team finished 45th out of 200 teams. Photo courtesy of Federal Way Public Schools