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About Town: Fun Competitions for Scavenger Hunters and Young Poets

The deadline to enter in the King County Library System's youth poetry contest is Wednesday. John Howie Steaks and Seastar Raw also is hosting a

Write On! If you’re a teenager, you can win a $50 gift card for being creative but you have to hurry. The deadline for the Bellevue Library’s Teen Poetry and Fiction Contest is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Fiction must be 1,000 words or less; poems no more than 100 words. The winners will receive a $50 gift card to the University Bookstore and the possibility of being published in the Bellevue Reporter.

The contest is open to middle school and high school students. Entries must be pasted in the body of an email and sent to writingcontest@kcls.org. A panel of teen librarians and poet Erik Korhel will judge the entries. Questions? Go to www.kcls.org/events.

Bite on This Contest: Adults as well as teens can savor this fun game. Restaurateur John Howie has revived the Downtown Bellevue Howie Hunt first held in March. The final summer round of the Howie Hunt will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1).

Four rubber sushi or hamburgers will be hidden somewhere in the downtown area each day. Find the burger and you can exchange it for a lunch sandwich at in . The piece of fake sushi is good for two raw bar lunch menu items at the in the Civica Building.

Scavenger hunt clues will be posted at 11 a.m. each day on the Downtown Bellevue Network at www.downtownbellevue.com.

The consolation prize is even tastier. If you miss retrieving the burger or sushi but figure out where the item was hidden, take a photo of yourself at the hiding spot. Post it (and ‘like’ it) on Seastar's or John Howie Steak's Facebook page and you’ll be eligible for a $200 gift certificate. Yum! Yum!  

A Walk on the Quiet Side: One advantage to serving on the Bellevue Parks board is it encourages me to get out and visit our parks. I walked on the sidewalk by before but until last week I had never taken any of the trails through it.

What a treat! Pack up the kids or grab a spouse, a friend or just go by yourself. Weowna Park offers a several trails through the wooded hillside between the Phantom Lake area and West Lake Sammamish Parkway. A half-dozen steps on the well-maintained trail and you’ve entered a lovely natural area. You’ll enjoy fern grottos, a forest of evergreen trees and be sheltered from sounds of traffic, lawn mowers and leaf blowers of suburbia.

The paths through Weowna Park connect with other pathways – all part of the Mountain to Sound Greenway. This section is definitely a diamond in the crown of wonderful jewels that make up the Bellevue parks system. 

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