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Pack a blanket or a lawn chair, snack on hot Tater Tots and catch “Napoleon Dynamite” tonight, the last outdoor movie of King County’s summer movie series at Marymoor Park.

Open seating begins at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.). The movie is free, with a suggested donation of $5 for individuals and $15 per family to support the county’s parks and Friends of Marymoor Park, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the park.

Marymoor Park is at 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. in Redmond. Parking is $1. For more information, visit www.metrokc.gov/parks/outdoor-movies


“Salmon watch” volunteers sought

King County officials are looking for volunteers to watch spawning salmon this fall and record information about species and number of fish.

The “salmon watchers” work in the Lake Washington watershed and on Vashon Island. The county is holding several workshops to show volunteers how to do the work.

Some of the workshops:

• Sept. 8 at North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E.

• Sept. 13 at Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E.

• Sept. 15 at Odle Middle School library, 14401 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue.

For more information, call Jennifer Vanderhoof at 206-263-6533.


15 districts narrow achievement gap

Lake Washington is among 15 school districts in the state that have significantly narrowed the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students, according to a national report.

The report, released last week by Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Service, said LWSD reduced the gap between the proficiency rates for Hispanic and white students by 7 percent. Statewide, the average among school districts was a reduction of less than one-half of 1 percent. Standard & Poor’s developed an overall reading and math proficiency rate for each district, based on tests using WASL scores.

Other districts that significantly closed the gap include Everett, Edmonds, Monroe, Mukilteo, Highline and Tukwila.

Standard & Poor’s report recognized 203 districts in 13 states. Districts had to achieve that gain by raising the average proficiency rates of both student groups. For more information online, go to www.schoolmatters.com

Seattle Times Eastside bureau