Aliya Campbell, 9, left, Adrionna Taylor, 8, second from left, and Maya Brown, 8, right, follow master drummer Chata Addy, second from right, as he leads his drum campers in a complex rhythm July 14 at the Northstar Ballroom. The performance capped Addy's weeklong youth camp, which included instruction in African drumming, dance and culture.
The blue team celebrates as Michael Bell, 6, center, scores a run during a game of Triple Threat at the Run to Win Sports Camp, held at Garfield Community Center from July 17 through 19. The free camp gives children age 6 to 14 an opportunity to learn new games, make friends and have lots of fun.
A group from Oklahoma City has agreed to buy the Seattle SuperSonics and the Seattle Storm, an official with the Sonics said Tuesday.
The team scheduled an afternoon news conference to officially announce the sale. The team official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the sale had not been announced.
The Basketball Club of Seattle — owners of the NBA Sonics and WNBA Storm — would not officially comment until the news conference.
A local paper reported Tuesday that Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett was involved in the purchase of the Sonics.
Bennett was instrumental in the temporary relocation of the New Orleans Hornets to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina and emerged as a potential investor in the Hornets. He did not immediately return telephone calls for comment Tuesday afternoon.
About 30 percent of incoming Washington high school juniors who didn't pass one or more sections of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning test last spring have signed up for August retakes.
That number is neither encouraging or discouraging, said Joe Willhoft, assistant superintendent for assessment and research at the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
"This is the first time we did it. It's a little bit hard to have anticipated what we might have expected," Willhoft said.
All of those who failed one or more sections of the test were eligible to sign up for the retake exams, scheduled for Aug. 7 through 10.
A total of 9,986 students registered by last Sunday's deadline for the math retake; 2,974 signed up for the reading test, and 3,344 for the writing retake, according to Kim Schmanke, a spokesperson for the state education office. A small number of these students are incoming juniors who did not take the WASL last spring, but as members of the class of 2008 they are obligated to pass the WASL or an approved alternative in order to graduate from high school. Students have as many as five chances to pass the test.
The 10th Annual Central Area Community Festival and Parade will be July 22 and 23 at the Garfield Community Center and Playfield, 2323 E. Cherry St.
This free event for all ages features art and cultural exhibits, games, kids' inflatables, merchandise, music, entertainment, food, arts and crafts, children's activities and more. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The Central Area Community Festival is meant to strengthen community pride, integrity and spirituality by promoting cultural diversity through the Central Area community.
Deus X Machina will present a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in collaboration with the residents of NewHolly in south Seattle.
With a cast of community members as well as professional actors, "The Tempest at NewHolly" will be presented outdoors at 7 p.m. July 20 through 22 at 7 p.m. on the NewHolly campus, 7050 32nd Ave. S. Admission is free.
Shakespeare's play about the big storm is also the story of a father, Prospero, who creates an island home for his daughter, Miranda. Driven from his home by political forces, including the treachery of his own brother, Prospero strives to make a better world for his daughter to grow up in.
"The Tempest at NewHolly" is based on stories of immigration and family from the residents of NewHolly.
Hundreds of Seattle residents take advantage of the warm weather over the weekend to traverse the Lake Washington shore. Throughout the summer, Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to motorized vehicles so people on bikes, roller blades and skateboards can take advantage of the scenic route along the lake.