The week of September 4 started out with a variety of weather, and by the afternoon of the picnic, light rain was coming in just as the event set-up started. Bad weather has never been an issue in previous years, so the City of Renton staff and KNA representatives took the optimistic approach and decided to proceed....and we’re glad we did! The rain tapered off shortly after 5:30 pm and a nice crowd of 198 people showed up to enjoy the food, activities, facepainting, displays and the opportunity to socialize with their neighbors.
As in past years, KNA and the City of Renton Neighborhood Program jointly hosted this event. It requires a substantial effort on the part of many people to plan and host it, but it is well worth it! We add to our list of hosts the individuals and local businesses who contribute goods, prizes or cash donations, and also the neighbors who share their time & cooking skills by bringing a food item to share!
In particular, we extend a sincere thank you to the following people and businesses:
BBQ Steakburgers, condiments, equipment for field games, tables & chairs, setup & cleanup, & event advertising: Renton employees: Police Chief Kevin Milosevich, Community Services Administrator Kelly Beymer, Cyndie Parks, Teresa Nishi, Kevin McQuiller, Sonja Mejlaender, George Stahl, Amanda Askren, Michele Johnson and Cailin Hunsaker
Monitoring of field games and assistance wherever needed: 35 Hazen High School students, coordinated by their advisor, Brett Crueger; and supervised by Lynne Milnor
Prizes for the Member Raffle: Boulevard Salon at 3212 Lake Wash. Blvd. N.,; Summer Nails, Hair Clips, Dino’s and Starbucks at NE 44th Street (Exit 7); and Lisa Lam & Marcie Maxwell, Windermere Realtors
Face Painters: Sponsored by First Financial Northwest Bank, 201 Wells Ave. S.
Balloon Clown: Sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Tasca/Wagner Agency, 1322 Lake Wash. Blvd.
Emergency Vehicle Displays: Renton Dept. of Emergency Svcs.
Ice: Denny’s Restaurant at Exit 7
King County Library Mobile Library2Go Van
Potluck Food Service: Sue & Mac Jahnke, Marilyn Danielson and Marlene Winter
KNA Membership/Welcome Table/Greeter: Darius & Vicki Richards, Rajendra Agrawaal, Janice Dougherty, Faye Janders, Natalie Yusen, Keith Altenhof and Mary Erikson
Picnic Planning, Advertising, Setup and Cleanup: Picnic Chair Lynne Milnor and all the KNA Board
Exhibitor Booths: ECO Consultants; City of Renton Info Table; ERC Regional Trail Org.
Event Photography: Gary Palmer
To see all of Gary’s photos from the picnic and many other Renton events, go to www.garypalmerofrenton.smugmug.com
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