M aple Valley Days may be over, but there’s still plenty to do right here in town this weekend, including a big anniversary party and the opening of the farmers market.
Rock Creek Elementary kicks off the weekend with a 20th anniversary celebration at 7 p.m. Friday.
The whole community is invited for a talent show and birthday party with cake and refreshments in the Rock Creek gym. The school is creating a time capsule and will introduce a fifth-grade Legacy Art Project, a totem that will be placed in the front display gardens.
“This milestone is a big event for the Tahoma School District and the city,” says Joy Stramer of the Rock Creek PTSA. “More than 20 years ago, they passed bonds to build Rock Creek and Central Services, then two years later Glacier Park opened. This vote encouraged families to move here in record numbers.”
A number of events are happening on Saturday, most notably the opening day of the Maple Valley Farmers Market.
The market opens at 9 a.m. at Rock Creek Elementary, with the Maple Valley Youth Symphony playing at 10 a.m. for opening ceremonies. Two new farms from Auburn and one from Quincy are joining the market this year along with eight new artisans. Ristretto’s will sell coffee.
Other Saturday events include:
- 9 a.m. to noon – The annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo will be held at Glacier Park Elementary. The Maple Valley Police Department and other local organizations and businesses sponsor the event, which includes a course designed to teach children proper street bicycling techniques as well as a helmet and bike fitting station. A limited number of bikes will be available to borrow.
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Soccerfest sponsored by Maple Valley Soccer will be held at Tahoma High School. It will feature food, raffles, vendors and skills booths as well as a coaches-trainers game at 3 p.m.
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Join the National Bone Marrow Registry by coming to the Safeway parking lot to sign up with the Puget Sound Blood Center. The event is being held in honor of a Glacier Park Elementary second grader recently diagnosed with leukemia. A stem cell transplant donor was found for her through the registry.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – A Knotweed Removal Workshop will be held at the Cedar Grange on SE 218th Street. Friends of the Cedar River Watershed’s Stewardship in Action program will show participants how to treat the noxious, invasive weed that damages property and causes riverbank erosion. One goal is to find people interested in free options to replant a formerly infested site with native plant species.
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