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Happy Thanksgiving, North Bend. As you head into the long holiday weekend, here’s an overview of the latest City happenings and other community updates. Remember to click the linked headline where applicable for the full news release.
Eastside Firefighters will take their popular Fill the Truck Food Drive and Reindeer Engine Toy Drive fundraisers virtual this year. Local firefighters remain dedicated to serving the community and continuing the tradition of giving while also keeping community members safe. With safety in mind, donations will be accepted online for the 2020 Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Community members can participate HERE or by texting “GIVE” to 339-229-5551.
We recognize things are different this year - that our traditional holiday events are being dramatically limited by the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t show our community holiday spirit in a new way. Enter North Bend’s inaugural lighting contest: LIGHT UP NORTH BEND – A HOLIDAY SPIRIT CONTEST.
There are 4 Divisions: Single-family home; Multi-family home (apartment, condo, townhome); Business; Neighborhood.
There are 3 categories within the Single-family; Multi-family and Business Divisions:
The Neighborhood Division winner will be chosen based on the largest number of homes decked out for the season. Registration deadline is December 6th. Participating homes and businesses must be decorated and ready by December 12th at 5PM as judging will occur that evening by representatives of the North Bend Downtown Foundation. Click the linked headline to register today!
The December 1st 7PM City Council meeting features a full agenda item list. The Council will consider the new Biennial Budget and a Developer Agreement for a Marijuana Retail Store. You can see the agenda here. You can also watch the 11/17/20 North Bend City Council meeting here.
During the November 17th North Bend City Council meeting, Councilmembers, community members, family and friends paused to honor the memory of longtime community volunteer, Dave Olson, who passed away on Friday, November 6th, at the age of 67. Dave was the inaugural recipient of the North Bend Community Spirit Award in 2011. Descriptions of Dave during Tuesday’s Council meeting tribute included: heart of gold; all about community; volunteer among volunteers; one of the biggest hearts in the Snoqualmie Valley; the epitome of kindness.
To combat surging coronavirus spread, Gov. Inslee put new restrictions in place that run through December 14th. Indoor social gatherings are rolled back and limited to only people from the same household unless quarantining for 14-days prior to the gathering or quarantining for 7-days and testing negative for COVID-19. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 5 people from outside your household. Restaurants and bars are closed for indoor service. Takeout and outdoor dining is still permitted, but outdoor dining must limit table size to 5. Gyms and fitness facilities also closed for indoor operations, but outdoor classes (maximum 5 participants) may occur. In-person retail stores – including grocery stores - are limited to 25% capacity, and common areas and food courts must close.
We found a beautiful 22-foot Community Tree last week, thanks to the generosity of family-owned Christmas Creek Christmas Tree Farm, at 15515 468th Avenue SE. The tree was cut and delivered to the City’s Public Works facility today. Stay tuned for installation and lighting.
Mayor Rob offers a special message to residents during this anything-but-normal holiday season. As many of us sometimes struggle to find positivity, the Mayor reminds us of what makes North Bend an amazing community. Read the full message by clicking the headline above.
New coronavirus cases continue to be reported at a record pace in the city. According to the latest King County Public Health data, there have been 45 new Covid-19 cases reported in North Bend over the past 14 days – with a 15.7% positive test rate, which is almost double that of the countywide rate. So far in November there have been 60 new cases reported. In October, there were a total of 30. Please Mask Up, Spread Out and Keep your Gatherings small this holiday season.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Child Care Initiative will provide vital resources to expand access to affordable childcare for working parents, especially essential workers with the greatest need, while also helping to sustain childcare providers across Washington. Funding will be provided through two grant cycles. Applications open on December 7th for licensed childcare centers primarily serving families and children of color in Washington State, who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, with an emphasis on more rural and remote communities. The Youth Behavioral Health grants program will provide flexible funding to trusted community-based organizations, including coalitions and tribal entities, to expand or enhance their services and supports for youth ages 10-24 and/or their caregivers so they develop greater resilience, well-being, and healthy functioning in the near-term and long-term. The application deadline is Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5PM.
The North Bend Downtown Foundation and the City of North Bend are collaborating to create a unique holiday calendar that spans November 28 through December 25. This calendar will be a one-stop location for our community, providing virtual holiday events, fundraisers and activities that will inspire local exploration, dining, holiday shopping and entertainment.
Si View Metro Parks is excited to present the 17th annual Holiday Bazaar event, this year virtually! The community is invited to browse and shop for unique holiday gifts from local artisans November 25 to December 9th - all from the comfort of your own home. Participating vendors have prepared special offers, and many deliver locally in Snoqualmie Valley! So, get your holiday season shopping list out, and click here to explore Si View's virtual Holiday Bazaar.
Si View Parks District would like to hear from residents. Si View Pool is currently closed due to COVID-19. But their team has been hard at work in planning for re-opening of the facility. Some of the challenges associated with re-opening include the small size of the pool, particularly the locker room areas, need to develop new safety protocols for water rescues, and balancing a schedule that provides a range of services and is still sustainable. Si View is now working on this final piece – developing a schedule that serves the community’s needs. A survey will help develop a modified schedule. Please take a moment to let Si View know what services you are ready to use at this time, and what days/times would work best. Survey is open December 1-20. Si View Pool and survey info: www.siviewpark.org/pool-schedule.phtml
If you or your business still needs masks, the City has an ample supply. Please email Erin Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pick up or delivery (business only).
North Bend's 2020 Community Tree donated by Christmas Creek Christmas Tree Farm