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2021 Ford F-150 Platinum. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a call to action when a Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck lands in my driveway. The latest iteration,… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum. Courtesy photo
Federal Way Strong 5K

Federal Way Community Center to host first-ever Federal Way Strong 5K

Participants can run or walk their favorite 5K route between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, 2021.

Federal Way Strong 5K
A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin

Season’s tweetings: Christmas Bird Count returns

Rainier Audubon Society encompasses the South King County areas of Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines, Redondo, Renton and more while also extending out toward Mount Rainier.

A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin
Photo by Andy Hobbs

Hands behind the holiday magic: Who decorates Federal Way’s community tree for Christmas?

The Allen family members are the Mirror’s Hometown Heroes for December.

Photo by Andy Hobbs
Volunteers pose for a photo next to dozens of bagged toys ready to be gifted to local families. Photo courtesy of Gina Duckett

Federal Way Cares for Kids provides toys, gift cards to more than 200 local families

Due to the pandemic, the nonprofit created a five-day drive thru pick up event.

Volunteers pose for a photo next to dozens of bagged toys ready to be gifted to local families. Photo courtesy of Gina Duckett
FWPS music teachers. Courtesy photo

FWPS music teachers perform ‘Jingle Bell Rock’

WATCH: Staff members spread Christmas cheer through song

FWPS music teachers. Courtesy photo
A scene from Assisted Living: The Musical's The Home for the Holidays. Courtesy photo

Holiday shows now streaming from Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way PAEC

A Virtual Centerstage Christmas Cabaret available through Dec. 22; PAEC’s The Home … for the Holidays for view through Dec. 24.

A scene from Assisted Living: The Musical's The Home for the Holidays. Courtesy photo
Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.

Kayaking kid conquers raging rapids

“Between Two Swims” captures family’s brave adventures on film.

Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.
Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls

Santa Parade collects 3,000 pounds of canned food donations for local food banks

The Federal Way community donated 1,640 pounds of food for the Federal Way Senior Center Food Bank

Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls
35th Avenue Skate and Snow is located at

Local skate shop donates $1.5K to MSC food bank from shoe raffle

35th Avenue Skate and Snow sought donations to the nonprofit for a chance to purchase Nike SB sneakers.

35th Avenue Skate and Snow is located at
Multi-Service Center CEO Robin Corak, left, with Rotary Club of Federal Way Community Service Committee Chair Cindy Ducich. Courtesy photo

Rotary Club of Federal Way donates $5K to MSC

The donation will be used for continuing rental assistance programs in early 2021.

Multi-Service Center CEO Robin Corak, left, with Rotary Club of Federal Way Community Service Committee Chair Cindy Ducich. Courtesy photo
Photo courtesy of Justin Henderson

Winter Glow at PowellsWood Garden lights up holiday season

Winter Glow is from 4:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8-12; Dec. 15-19; and Dec. 22-23. Online ticket purchase and time reservation required.

Photo courtesy of Justin Henderson
Classic Eats Restaurant owner Tony Hayes distributing gift certificates to Highline School District staff. Hayes is one of many King County residents that have been giving back during this time of need in 2020. Courtesy photo/Tony Hayes.

Local fundraisers take on new meaning during pandemic

With these hardships have come stories of the power of community crowdfunding in our own backyards.

Classic Eats Restaurant owner Tony Hayes distributing gift certificates to Highline School District staff. Hayes is one of many King County residents that have been giving back during this time of need in 2020. Courtesy photo/Tony Hayes.
Co-leaders Betty Clifford, far right, and Marjorie Simpson, second from right, meet with Roger Flygare, Capt. Brad Chaney and Hanna Bailey of Quixote Communities on Dec. 1 to donate handmade items to organizations serving the local area. Photo courtesy of Terry Johnson of St. Luke's Lutheran Church

St. Luke’s Church Needlers follow a pattern of giving

A small group of women are making a difference one thread at a time in Federal Way. The St. Luke’s Church Needlers, which provides handmade… Continue reading

Co-leaders Betty Clifford, far right, and Marjorie Simpson, second from right, meet with Roger Flygare, Capt. Brad Chaney and Hanna Bailey of Quixote Communities on Dec. 1 to donate handmade items to organizations serving the local area. Photo courtesy of Terry Johnson of St. Luke's Lutheran Church
South King Tool Library Executive Director Amanda Miller stands in front of the tool library located at 1700 S. 340th Street in Federal Way. Courtesy photo

Local Federal Way organizations to support on Giving Tuesday

The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is GivingTuesday, and provides a chance for you to support your local community — from tools to performing arts to… Continue reading

South King Tool Library Executive Director Amanda Miller stands in front of the tool library located at 1700 S. 340th Street in Federal Way. Courtesy photo
Tom Sites, 74, waves to a passing car while on his usual litter-picking route along SW 320th Street in Federal Way on Nov. 23. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Hometown Hero: Turkey Tom brightens Federal Way streets

After battling the coronavirus earlier this year, Tom Sites, 74, is still en route to city cleanliness and holiday cheer.

Tom Sites, 74, waves to a passing car while on his usual litter-picking route along SW 320th Street in Federal Way on Nov. 23. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. File photo

Free Park Days in 2021 start in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will again offer 12 free days next year, in which day-use visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to… Continue reading

Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. File photo
Photo courtesy of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” stars will perform virtual show

The only rule is that you must wear pants. Comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” have created a virtual,… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center
Margery and Pat Godfrey. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Federal Way couple’s love story inspires new Hallmark Channel movie

Inspired by local residents Pat and Margery Godfrey, “A Godwink Christmas - Second Chance, First Love” premieres at 7 p.m. PST Sunday, Nov. 22.

Margery and Pat Godfrey. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
From left to right: Tyrel Rose, Nate Broussard and Tim Gurule served in the US Army together, and now serve the Federal Way and Des Moines communities as South King Fire and Rescue firefighters. Courtesy photo

Bond beyond the uniforms

Three South King Fire members who served in combat together now serve community together.

From left to right: Tyrel Rose, Nate Broussard and Tim Gurule served in the US Army together, and now serve the Federal Way and Des Moines communities as South King Fire and Rescue firefighters. Courtesy photo