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Sharon Mann wanted to get involved, but she didn't just want to sit in meetings or pick up trash along Tukwila International Boulevard – which she gladly does. The Tukwila resident wanted to make an impact. And she has.
Come this spring, vegetables will sprout at a community garden in Tukwila, tended by refugees and others who want – or need – to grow some of their own food.
Eric Evenson has been there. You need someone trusted to watch the kids so you can go out for a dinner and a movie. Maybe there’s an hour or two when mom and dad’s work shifts overlap and Johnnie needs a safe place to stay. Or maybe the kids just like the camaraderie of playing at Kid N Play on Baker Boulevard near Southcenter Mall. Of course, there’s the obvious one: It’s a lot more fun for everyone when the kids aren’t along on a shopping trip.
The Tukwila Historical Society is busy meeting with prospective sponsors and collecting items for a silent and live auction its June fundraising gala. The money raised at the gala will go toward the society's new Tukwila Museum and Cultural Center, which the society is now developing in the former Tukwila City Hall on 59th Avenue South. The society has extended a January deadline to sign up sponsors to March 31. Deadline to donate auction items for the June gala is May 15.
Tukwila has a place where it can gather its history, now spread out in photo albums, attics and memories. That history goes back to the days of the first permanent settlements by whites in the Duwamish River Valley in the mid-1800s. Early next year, the Tukwila Historical Society plans to open the Tukwila Museum and Cultural Center in one of the city’s most historic buildings, the former Tukwila School and City Hall on 59th Avenue South.
Already more than two dozen items of winter clothing have been donated to Thorndyke Elementary School – and are keeping students there warm. Thorndyke’s cold-weather clothing drive, called Cold to Cozy, will continue into next year. The school needs coats, gloves or mittens, hats, scarves and rain or winter boots.
Tukwila has a place where it can gather its history now spread out in photo albums, attics and memories.That history goes back to the earliest… Continue reading
Already more two dozen items of winter clothing have been donated to Thorndyke Elementary School – and are keeping students there warm.Thorndyke's cold-weather clothing drive,… Continue reading
I must have a first memory of Tukwila. I just can’t say with certainty what it is. Most of my childhood memories center around growing up on Tukwila Hill, on South 144th Street, around a couple corners from what was City Hall, where the city had its maintenance shop in the back. It was standing in line with all the other kids just a few days before Christmas when I learned that the reality of Santa was somewhat in question. Let’s hope that was at least in the 1950s.
A constant in the life of Tukwila from the beginning of cityhood is a church now celebrating its own centennial.That church is the Foster Tukwila… Continue reading
Geology has probably kept development at bay on Duwamish RiverBend Hill, aka Poverty Hill and Beaver Lodge Hill. It's hard to sink a foundation into ancient solid rock, although a miner would probably love to sink his bit into this hill next to the Duwamish River.
Audrey Davis is one of those people who just never seems to slow down. She politely declines to give her age. She walks with energy and purpose through the Tukwila Community Center. Maybe a hint of her age is that a daughter graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila in the late '60s. One outlet for all that energy is the Duwamish Divas of the Red Hat Society, a national organization for women roughly 50 and older who are easily described as full of life.
The City of Tukwila is partnering with Renton on the extension of Strander Boulevard in Southcenter into Renton, a key part of another major east-west corridor across the Green River Valley. When the project gets under way will depend on each city's ability to come up with its share of the cost.