FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2006

End Date: March 26, 2006

CONTACT:

Lesli Opsahl,

Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services

(253) 856-5058

lopsahl@ci.kent.wa.us

www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts

Spring Brings the Arts to Kids in Kent!

KENT, Wash. – January 9, 2006 –Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services celebrates the arrival of spring with “Spotlight Series for Kids” performances, a day-long arts festival and a student art exhibit in downtown Kent.

Kent Kids’ Arts Day, Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue N., Kent. It’s the nineteenth year of this favorite community event! Hands-on projects led by professional artists brings out the creativity in the entire family. Activities are geared for ages 4 to 14. Local school groups will perform throughout the day and singer/songwriter Eric Ode brings his original, upbeat and positive music to the stage at 12 noon. Other fun includes a preschool play area, a dance workshop, face painting and roving magic. Tickets are $5 for adults and children.

11th annual Kent Student Art Exhibit, Monday, March 6-17; reception Friday, March 17, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W. Gowe St., Kent. This exhibit in downtown Kent encourages arts education in schools and provides an opportunity for students to showcase their creativity. Each school is partnered with a downtown business that will display the artwork created by elementary to high school age students.

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Sarakasi – The Amazing African Acrobats, Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Kentwood Performing Arts Center, 25800 164th Ave. SE, Covington. Sarakasi is a new and unique African Cirque Show, featuring native African acrobats, dancers and musicians. A fusion of cultures from Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, this African circus is performed with authentic choreography, music and costumes. Recommended for all ages. Tickets are $24 general, $20 student/senior, $75 family pack (2 adults and 2 children).

Missoula Children’s Theatre comes back to Kent for a spring residency performance of “Robin Hood” featuring local children in the cast on Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Glenridge Elementary School, 19405 120th Ave. SE, Renton. Tickets are $5 for adults and children. Open auditions will be held Monday, March 6, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Glenridge. Children must be at the auditions at 4 p.m. and stay the entire two hour period. There is no fee to audition, children cast will pay a $45 participation fee and attend rehearsals March 6-11 and present two public performances.

Tomáš Kubínek Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible, Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 10020 SE 256th St., Kent. Poetic, outrageous and hilarious – a one-man extravaganza. His internationally acclaimed performances play to packed theaters around the world. As actor or acrobat, conjuror or clown, Kubínek is a consummate master of whimsy who beautifully balances the absurd and the profound. Recommended for all ages. Tickets are $16 general, $14 student/senior, $50 family pack (2 adults, 2 children).

For more information about these and other performances and events, please call

(253) 856-5050 or visit our website at www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts.

http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts