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Jazz musicians and local artists will present their work at An Evening of Jazz and Art at 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 26 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, located at 600 E. Smith St. in Kent.

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  • Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:22pm
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Renowned jazz vocalist Greta Matassa performs Thursday in Kent.

Renowned jazz vocalist Greta Matassa performs Thursday in Kent.

Kent features jazz, art

Jazz musicians and local artists will present their work at An Evening of Jazz and Art at 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 26 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, located at 600 E. Smith St. in Kent.

The event includes a concert with Michael Powers, Greta Matassa and Richard Dean; an art show and dinner and dessert. Admission is free, but tickets are required for food.

Information: 253-856-5164.

Kent ready to party

It’s kick-off time in Kent.

June 28 marks Party in the Plaza – the grand opening of Kent’s newest park, and the official start of a citywide health initiative spearheaded by Mayor Suzette Cooke.

The dual-themed event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Town Square Plaza. The city’s newly minted park is located at the corner of Smith and Second Avenue in downtown Kent, between the city’s downtown business corridor and Kent Station.

Visitors can expect all kinds of activities: live music and other entertainment, wellness vendors, prize drawings, interactive games, and free checks of blood pressure, bone density and metabolism screening. They’ll also get to see the Kent Rotary’s gift to the community: an interactive water sculpture featuring a large granite sphere, which floats on a pool of water.

Cooke also will lead the “Mayor’s Mile” at 11:45 a.m. from the park, taking walkers through downtown Kent. The walk also kicks off Kent4Health, a new community health initiative that Cooke is spearheading, with the intent of having it become a citizen-driven program.

The program now features a Web site listing upcoming health-oriented activities and information (www.kent4health.com) as well as a variety of committees in which residents can take part.

To learn more about the events, call 253-856-5700, log onto the Kent4Health Web site, or visit the city’s Web site at www.ci.kent.wa.us.

Kent July 4 event

Kent’s annual Fourth of July Splash will take place noon to 11 p.m. July 4 at Lake Meridian Park, located at 14800 S.E. 272nd St.

The event features live entertainment, games, athletic contests, classic car display, boat parade and fireworks. Admission is free.

For more information, call 253-856-5050 or visit www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts.


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