Matthew Hals and Darrah Blanton announce their engagement to be married in the summer of 2009.
Darrah, daughter of Kathy and Mitch Blanton of Bellingham, graduated from Sehome High School and the University of Washington. She directs a dance studio for children, Darrah Blanton Dance, in Seattle.
Matt, son of Diana and Lon Hals of Bothell, Washington, graduated from Redmond High School and the University of Washington. Matt is employed by the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington as a computer specialist.
Matt proposed in the rose garden at Woodland Park Zoo during a break from a bike ride. They were still wearing their helmets!