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Auburn-area calendar of events | Feb. 3

Inquisitive 3-year-old Netsanet Bolser meets “Pluggie” the fire hydrant robot, during the Valley Regional Fire Authority’s recent rededication of newly remodeled Fire Station 32. The VRFA provided a tour and held an open house for the public at the fire station at 1951 R St. SE in Auburn.   - Shawn Skager/Auburn Reporter
Inquisitive 3-year-old Netsanet Bolser meets “Pluggie” the fire hydrant robot, during the Valley Regional Fire Authority’s recent rededication of newly remodeled Fire Station 32. The VRFA provided a tour and held an open house for the public at the fire station at 1951 R St. SE in Auburn.
— image credit: Shawn Skager/Auburn Reporter

Events

Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the Web site: www.auburntourism.com.

Miss Auburn Scholarship Pageant: 7 p.m., Feb. 4, 5, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club. Talent competition on Friday, finals Saturday. Reserved Friday/Saturday combination ticket package: $35 each on main floor, $20 each balcony. Individual Friday and/or Saturday tickets $20 each for the main floor; $15 for the balcony. Individual tickets sold only at the door. Ticket order forms available at www.missauburn.org or at Timberland Savings, Sterling Savings, Rottles, Auburn Mail & Copy Center. Tickets orders received less than one week prior to the pageant will be held at will call. Individual Friday and/or Saturday tickets will be sold only at the door.

America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show: Feb. 5-6, Americraft ShowPlex (enter at Blue Gate), Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday; 10–5 Sunday. Admission: Adults $6, children (12–17) $3, children under 12 free. For information, call 503-282-0877 or visit www.palmerwirfs.com.

15th annual ‘Beyond High School Night’: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 10, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., and adjoining areas. The event is a “must-attend” activity for middle and high school students and their parents in the greater Auburn area. More than 80 school representatives will be available with information, providing an opportunity to explore various post-high school options for high school graduates, including: four-year public and private colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, career training programs, apprenticeship programs, and military options. Breakout sessions ranging from “Finding the College that is Right for You” to “Paying for College” also will be available. Contact Auburn High School counselor Jon Morrow at 253-931-4719, ext. 1017, to learn more.

Free wedding event: Feb. 12, Faith and Victory Church, 1601 W. Valley Highway N., Auburn. If you have not been able to afford to get married, been putting it off, or are living together and want to get married, you can get married for free on Feb. 12. Register now. Must be a verified resident in the Kent/Auburn/Federal Way/Des Moines area. Each wedding party will have the church for 1 hour and 15 minutes to perform their ceremony, take pictures and have a reception. You may invite up to 100 guests. The first wedding will be at 9 a.m., the last at 7:30 p.m. Faith and Victory Church is a nondenominational Christian church. For more information, call 253-856-7077 or visit www.faithandvictory.com/wedding.htm.

37th annual Corvette & High Performance Meet: Feb. 12-13, Americraft ShowPlex, Pavilion, Centennial Building (enter at Blue Gate), Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; 8–2 Sunday. Admission: Saturday $9, Sunday $7. For information, call 360-786-8844 or visit www.corvhp.com.

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital Community Open House: Noon-4 p.m., Feb. 13, Good Samaritan Hospital, 401 15th Ave. SE, Puyallup. Free, open to the public. Take a walking tour of the new $400 million, 357,000-square-foot, nine-level tower. Enjoy family-friendly activities, giveaways, entertainment and light refreshments. Information: www.multicare.org/goodsam/virtual-tour.

Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m., Feb. 17, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. Legendary basketball artists have implemented the first-ever 4-point shot as part of their “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the team’s record 85th season of touring. The game-changing innovation will be on display when the Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals. Tickets, starting at $25.00, are on sale at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, the ShoWare Center box office, or by phone at 866-973-9613. Information on group and scout tickets also can be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

5th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night: 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 18-19, Auburn Senior Activity Center, located at 808 Ninth St. SE. Presented by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department Girls age 4-10 years will enjoy an evening with their daddy or special date. Dancing, dinner, dessert and photo is included in the $45 per couple registration fee ($10 each additional girl; non-resident fees apply). Visit the Parks, Arts & Recreation Office at 910 Ninth Street SE to register or call 253-931-3043.

Early Bird Auto Swap Meet & Car Show: Feb. 19-20, Americraft ShowPlex, Pavilion, Expo Hall, Centennial Building, Show Arena (enter at Blue Gate), Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW. Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday; 9–3 Sunday. Admission: $5. For information, call 253-863-6211 or visit www.earlybirdswap.org.

Northwest Flower & Garden Show: Feb. 23-27, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle. More than 24 display gardens, new features, family activities, hundreds of seminars and other activities. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. Admission: 5-day all-show pass, $65; 2-day pass, $29; adult/at the door (days of the show), $20; early bird (purchased by Feb. 22), $16; group advance (20 or more), $15; half-day, $10; youth (12-17), $5; children under 12 are free. To order: Call 1-800-343-6973. Information: www.gardenshow.com

Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show: Feb. 26-27, Americraft ShowPlex (enter at Blue Gate), Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday; 10-4 Sunday. Admission: $5, kids 18 & under free. For information, call 360-427-5599, 866-922-7469 or visit www.washington-aviation.org.

A Red Carpet Evening at the Ave: 4 p.m., Feb. 27, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Auburn. Come dressed as your favorite nominee or movie character or in “red carpet” attire. Trivia games, silent auction. Live coverage of the Academy Awards begins at 5 p.m. Tickets: $25 per person, includes entrance, hors d’oeuvres and one glass of bubbly. For information, contact Gail or Bob at 253-631-4634.

Garden Show, “Step Into Spring”: 4-8 p.m., April 18; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE, Auburn. Admission free.

Benefit

Dining to Donate with Applebee’s: 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Feb. 4, Auburn Applebee’s, 1441 D St. location only. Restaurant will donate 15 percent of a diner’s bill to the Auburn High School Grad Night 2011 fund. All proceeds go to supporting bus transportation and providing partial/full scholarships for those unable to pay the $150 ticket price. You must have a dine and donate flyer for AHS Grad Night to receive your 15-percent donation. Please e-mail the parent volunteer at namaste63@gmail.com for a flyer.

Grand Affair Waltz Gala Ball: 6:30-10:30 p.m., Feb. 4, Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley. Fundraiser presented by the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Black tie-optional evening includes live dance music performed by the MVYSO, live dance performance and instruction by Pacific Ballroom Dance Co., Italian dinner catered by Cedar Grill, no host bar, silent auction. Tickets: $40 adults, $30 students (18 and under). For more information about sponsoring the event or a table, call 425-358-1640. For tickets or more information about the MVYSO or the Grand Affair, visit www.mvyso.org or call 425-358-1640.

20th annual Valentine Breakfast: 7 a.m., Feb. 11, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. The Auburn Youth Resources-Enumclaw Youth and Family Services breakfast is the organizations’ largest annual fundraising event. Admission is free. Call to reserve your seat at 253-351-6059. For more information, visit www.ayr4kids.org.

Bunco and Bitesize Dessert Scholarship Fundraiser: 6 p.m., Feb. 11, Dick Scobee Elementary gymnasium, 1031 14th S. NE, Auburn. Hosted by the Auburn Association of Educational Office Professionals. Door prizes and raffle items. Register by Feb. 8. Cost: $15 per person. Information: Ann Gilbert, 253-931-4984.

13th annual Teddy Bear Run for Auburn Regional Medical Center: 12:30 p.m., Feb. 13, South King Alano Club, 1317 Harvey Road, Auburn. Please bring a medium-sized, new stuffed animal to the children being treated in the hospital. The ride will depart at 12:30 p.m. Information: e-mail laura.garvin@uhsinc.com or call 253-833-7711. For club event information, visit www.motorcyclemonster.com.

Musicians In Support against Cancer: 7 p.m., Feb. 25, Auburn Mountainview Theatre, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Benefit cancer to raise money for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The concert will include a teacher speaker who overcame cancer and student acts, including singers, bands, a sax quartet, a fiddle solo, a dancing “Glee” inspired act. Admission: $5. Information: 253-632-8008.

Wobble to Gobble/River Rush 5K Fun Run and Walk: 9 a.m., Feb. 26, Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road, Auburn. Benefit for Raven Crew, Auburn Riverside’s mentorship program. Music, prizes. The run/walk cover a beautiful out-and-back course along the river. Entry fee is $20 for those who pre-register before Feb. 16. Registration closing is Feb. 25. Long-sleeve T-shirts and race number will be included with the entry fee. Register online at www.active.com. For more information, visit www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=354640.

Auburn Eagles crab feed: 3-5 p.m., Feb. 27, Auburn Eagles, 702 M St. SE. Tickets: $22, includes 1½ crab, cole slaw, salads, garlic bread, baked beans, hot butter, pop, coffee and beer. Tickets on sale at the bar. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 21. Non-members welcome. Proceeds go for building maintenance. For more information, contact Phil Peterson, 253-261-6761, or the Eagles at 253-833-2298.

Concert for Cullen: 7 p.m., April 1, Kent First Church of the Nazarene, 903 E. James St., Kent). Breath of Aire, an 80-member coral group, will perform. Proceeds to benefit the family of Cullen Steele, an 11-year-old Kent boy and Auburn student who needs a double lung-heart transplant. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association has raised $40,000, but still needs $35,000 to reach its goal for the transplant-related expenses for the Steele family. For more information, contact Amy O’Donnell-Riley, community coordinator for COTA, at 253-333-1755 or arjunyer@yahoo.com. For more information or making secure credit-card donations, visit www.COTAforCullenS.com.

“See Ya Later” Tour: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 12, Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia. Noon shotgun start for four-man scramble, followed by silent auction at 4 p.m., dinner at 6, evening festivities and oral auction at 7. Proceeds benefit the “See Ya Later” Foundation. Join the tournament as a golfer, sponsor, in-kind donor or inner guest. Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 1. Participation will be limited to the first 128 paid players. Basic player package, including lunch and dinner, is $150; or premium player package at $275. Register online at www.SeeYaLater.org or make checks payable to: “See Ya Later” Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8, Auburn, WA 97071. For more information: www.SeeYaLater.org, Brian.Williams@SeeYaLater.org, 253-332-5144.

Health

Cascade Regional Blood Center drives: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 5, Lakeland Hills Community, 1408 Lake Tapps Parkway E., Auburn; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 8, World Vision headquarters, 34834 Weyerhaeuser Way, Federal Way; 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 8, Federal Way High School, 30611 16th Ave. S., Federal Way. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

Puget Sound Blood Center drives: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 4, (employees only), Boeing Auburn 17-44, bus on west side of Cafe 17-44, 700 15th St. SW; Noon-3 p.m., Feb. 4, Zones, Inc., 1102 15th St. SW; 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 15, Jefferson High School, little gym, 4248 S. 288th St.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Feb. 18, Auburn Regional Medical Center, mobile at 2nd Street entrance, 202 N. Division St.; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Feb. 24, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St.; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., March 7, Messiah Lutheran Church, New Gathering Hall, 805 4th St. NE, Auburn; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., March 14, LDS Auburn, church gym, 625 M. St. NE. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org.

Healthy Cooking: Demonstrations, Outpatient Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, Medical Gym, 701 M St., Suite 102, Auburn. Events: • Feb. 22: Cooking for a healthy heart. A $5 food donation is requested. For more information, call 253-833-8766.

Give Kids A smile Day: Feb. 23, M Street Dental, 620 M St. NE, Auburn. Offering kids a free, comprehensive dental examination as a part of national Give Kids A Smile Day. The examination will include a cleaning, fluoride treatment and X-ray. Please call 206-973-5234 to schedule an appointment.

Volunteers

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court. Help make the legal system work toward a safe, permanent home for these children. Must be 21, have excellent references and attend 28 hours of training. For more information and training dates, call 206-296-1120 or contact casa.group@kingcounty.gov.

Auburn’s Relay for Life meeting: 6-7 p.m., Feb. 9, Messiah Lutheran Church, located at 410 H St. NE, Auburn. Organizers seeking individuals to fill position on the event’s committee. The Relay For Life will run from 6 p.m. May 13 to noon May 14 at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th St. NE. Contact Ashley Thordarson, media relations chairperson for the relay, at 253-670-9113. For more event information, please visit www.relayforlife.org/auburnwa.

Advisory board members needed: Pierce County is seeking individuals to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board. The board assists and advises the county on services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Advisory board membership is open to individuals residing in Pierce County who have an interest in developmental disability issues. Info: 253-798-6109, emcdono@co.pierce.wa.us. Find more out at www.piercecountywa.org or follow on twitter.com/pierceco.

Libraries

Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn. 253-931-3018. Library events include:

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Toddler ABC Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 7, 14, 28. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Young children explore the alphabet through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes.

Preschool ABC Story Times: 11 a.m., Feb. 7, 14, 28. Ages 3 to 5 with adult, siblings welcome. Preschoolers develop pre-reading skills exploring the alphabet through stories, music and activities.

Tuesday Bouncing Baby Story Times: 10:05 a.m., 11 a.m., Feb. 8, 15, 22. Ages newborn to 24 months. Babies and parents will be bouncing along to short rhymes and books.

Book Buddies: 4 p.m., Feb. 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24. Teen volunteers are available in the children’s area to assist elementary school students in kindergarten through 4th grade with their reading.

Wacky Wednesday Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 9, 16, 23. Ages 3 to 6. Join us for wacky books, felt board stories and jumping up and down rhymes. Special guests: Oscar Ostrich and Mousie’s ABC Mouse in the House series.

Sleepy Story Times: 7 p.m., Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24. All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this 30-minute bedtime Story Time.

Stories in Spanish: 7 p.m., Feb. 9, 16, 23. Ages 2-6. Families welcome. No registration required.

TEENS

Study Zone: 1 p.m. Sundays; 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 3 p.m. Wednesdays; 4 p.m. Thursdays, when school is in session. Grades K-12. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors.

Game On!: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 9, 16, 23. Play your favorite games for the Wii, Xbox 360, GameCube and PS2.

Teen Book Club Reads: 4:30 p.m., Feb. 15, “Coffeehouse Angel” by Suzanne Selfors. The first eight people who sign up to attend will receive a free copy courtesy of the Friends of the Auburn Library.

Teen Writers Group: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 10. Join other teens to share your writing, gain ideas and practice your craft.

Anti-Valentine’s Day: 2 p.m., Feb. 12. Join us for Anti-Valentine’s Day and thumb your nose at commercial excess while still eating candy. Make hilarious anti-valentines, create break-up story mad-libs, and change those mushy romance novels into something more exciting.

ADULTS

Share your Love of Reading with Someone Who Cannot Visit the Library: Volunteer to select, deliver and return library materials to a shut-in patron at least once a month, for one year. You must be age 18 or older and have reliable transportation. Training is provided and takes about an hour. For more information, contact Susan LaFantasie, 425-369-3235 or 877-905-2008.

Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m., Feb. 5,9, 12, 23; 7 p.m., Feb. 14. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): 6 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. No class on Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

Talk Time: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 27. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this free English conversation group.

The Friends of the Auburn Library Meeting: 7 p.m., Feb. 22. The Friends support the library and programs. Join us.

Computer Classes: Sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. • One-on-one computer assistance: noon, Jan. 14, 28. Do you need extra help on the computer? Have a special project you’re working on? Want to create an email account? A KCLS NetMaster volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one Assistance. Please make a PC reservation in advance; the NetMaster will work with you at the appropriate station. • Word Level 2: 10 a.m., Feb. 5; • Excel Level 1: 7 p.m., Feb. 16; • Internet Level 1: 10 a.m., Feb. 19; • Microsoft Excel Level 2: 10 a.m., Feb. 26.

AARP Free Tax Help: 4 p.m., Feb. 8, 15 and 22. For taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Register at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018.

Don’t Throw Out Your Old Computer: 2 p.m., Feb. 6. Join Ray Chew as he explains the various operating systems (Linux, Mac and Windows) and the options of free software for your entertainment needs, to help accomplish your daily tasks, or run your business. Learn simple tips on how to upgrade the performance of your personal computer/laptop.

Auburn Authors Group: 7 p.m., Feb. 8. Ages 18 and older. Join other local writers for critique and support of your writing process.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 14. Please see http://blogs.kcls.org/auburn/adults/ for more information.

Resume Help: 10 a.m., Feb. 16. Receive one-on-one assistance on your resume or cover letter. Beginning Jan. 21, sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018.

King County Law Library Presents, Family Law Resources: 7 p.m., Feb. 24. One-hour class will help you find resources to guide you through family law matters such as divorce, child custody, or child support. We also will point you to materials that are available in other languages. The class is taught by librarians from the King County Law Library. King County Law Library is a public library with locations in the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle and in the Maleng Regional Justice Center in downtown Kent. For more information, visit www.kcll.org.

Algona-Pacific Library, 225 Ellingson Road, Pacific. 253-833-3554. Library events include:

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 8, 15, 22. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Feb. 8, 15, 22. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 9, 16, 23. Newborn to 24 months with adult. Join us for a special one-on-one bonding time with bounces, rhymes, stories and play time. One baby per lap, please.

TEENS

Teen Reads: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 22, Join us to eat snacks and discuss the book of the month. Receive a free copy of the book to take home courtesy of the Friends of the Algona-Pacific Library.

Game On!: 3 p.m. Feb. 9, 16, 23. Teens in middle, junior high and high school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games.

ADULTS

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16. This month it’s all about Eleanor Roosevelt. Choose from a selection of books about this remarkable woman’s life and accomplishments. Share your love of books and connect with fellow readers at our monthly book group. Copies of this title have been reserved for participants and are available for check out at the library.

Muckleshoot Library, 39917 Auburn-Enumclaw Road SE., Auburn. 253-931-6779. Library events include:

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Stories and Strings Story Times: 11 a.m., March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Come for a rockin’ good time of stories, songs and silliness!

ADULTS

COMPUTER CLASSES

Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a class, please call 253-931-6779.  Do you need extra help on the computer? Have a special project you’re working on? Want to create an e-mail account? A KCLS NetMaster volunteer instructor can give you One-on-One Assistance. • Facebook Basics: 6 p.m., March 10. Learn the basics of the social networking website. Instructor will demonstrate how to use them, why it’s useful, discuss privacy and help set up an account. • • Excel Level I: noon, March 21. Learn about the Ribbon, create a new workbook, enter data into cells. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas with the fill handle and use Autosum for quick addition.

Muckleshoot Poetry Café: 6:30 p.m., March 14. Bring your poetry, short stories or song lyrics to share. Food and drinks will be provided.

Plateau Area Creative Writing Group: 10 a.m., March 25. Calling all writers. Writing workshop is designed for all who write - whether it’s poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or memoir. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned writer or one who is just getting started, please come and share your stories.

Network

Free tax preparation help: 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. on the second floor. Also, Monday and Tuesday mornings at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, beginning Feb. 1. If you need help with your taxes, free help is available in Auburn for those making less than $50,000 per year and those over 50 years of age. Help with Spanish and Tagalog speaking clients also is available. No appointment is necessary and agents will be available through April 15. Quality Tax preparation is provided by IRS-certificated, multilingual volunteers. This is a free service for households making less than $50,000; citizenship not necessary and electronic filling will be utilized for faster refunds. Those interested in the tax preparation assistance should bring all applicable tax forms and a bank account number (checking or savings) to have your refund directly deposited into your account. Service is only for basic tax returns only (no business taxes, rental income or sale of property or stock). For more information on the United Way Tax Preparation Program, call 206-349-9337. For those over 50 years of age, beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 12, AARP-trained tax counselors will be on hand on Monday and Tuesday mornings at the Auburn Senior Activity Center to help complete 2010 income tax forms. Call the Senior Center at 253-931-3016 for an appointment.

Highline Community College Financial Aid Night: 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 16, Highline Community College’s main campus, Artists-Lecture Center (Building 7), S. 240th St. and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines. Free. Current and future students can learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid and filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, Highline’s Financial Aid staff will be available to answer questions. Sponsored by Highline Community College’s Financial Aid office and Outreach Services. Info: www.highline.edu/stuserv/financialaid/.

Valley Cities’ community awards and auction dinner “Right In Your Own Backyard”: 5:30-9:30 p.m., March 25, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn. For more information and to purchase tickets visit, call 253-939-4055 or visit www.valleycities.org.

12th Annual Greater Auburn Area Career Conference: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., March 29, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. The intent of the conference is to inform area high school students about the variety of careers available to them after they graduate and to give businesses a venue to inform prospective employees on what they need to do to in order to get a job with them. More information: Contact Pegi Moll, 253-833-0700, pegi@auburnareawa.org.

Auburn Morning Toastmasters Club: 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursdays. Learn the fine art of communication in a supportive atmosphere. Toastmasters is an international organization helping people improve their communication and pubic speaking skills. New members welcome. Rainbow Café, 112 E. Main St., Auburn.

Auburn Area Chamber “Connecting for Success” Networking Breakfast: 8-9 a.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $5, includes continental breakfast. Auburn Area Chamber Board Room, 108 S. Division, Suite B. 253-833-0700.

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the third Monday of every month, Emerald Downs, Emerald Room (fourth floor), 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Register online through the chamber.

Meetup.com: Join our free networking effort. Group meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at 1833 Auburn Way N., Suite T, Auburn. Learn how to build your business. For details, visit www.meetup.com and look for “The Auburn Business Partner.”

Seniors

Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or www.auburnwa.gov. Senior activities include:

• Senior Coffee Hours with the Mayor and Councilmembers: 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month.

• Lunch: Monday-Friday, Salad bar begins at 11:30, Main meal is served at noon. Cost: $3 donation for ages 60 and over, $5.75 for those younger than 60.

• Movie Screenings: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 50 cent suggested donation for refreshments.

• Monday Supper Club: 4:45-6 p.m. One Monday a month. Call 253-931-3016 for date and menu. Cost: $6 for all ages.

• Meals on Wheels: Senior services’ program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. For more information, call the center at 253-931-3016.

• Open Jam Session: 10-11:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesday. All musicians are welcome.

Entertainment

Avenue Kids presents “Jack and the Beanstalk”: 2 p.m., Feb. 19, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Join the fanciful journey where a handful of beans really can produce magic, a goose really can lay a golden egg, and a beanstalk does indeed reach into the heavens. Cost: $6. For more information, visit www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

Comedy at the Ave Series: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Auggie Smith, Seattle and San Francisco International Comedy Competition winner, joins two other comedians. Tickets: $17 regular, $15 students, seniors. Call 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Nordic Spring’: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19; 2:30 p..m., Feb. 20, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. ASO’s season opener, featuring the works of Norway’s Edvard Grieg (1865-1957) and Finland’s Jean Sibelius (1843-1907).Prior to each performance, an extended pre-concert lecture will be held in the theatre where ASO conductor Stewart Kershaw and KUOW host Dave Beck will focus on the story behind the composers and their music. The lectures will begin 45 minutes prior to the concert. Reserved seats are $32 adults, $25 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call 253-887-7777 or go online at www.auburnsymphony.org.

Bravo Series “Expect The Impossible, Mark Nizer in 3-D: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Imagine juggling laser beams at 1,000 rpms, or five ping-pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or juggling an electric carving knife, propane tank, and bowling ball. Tickets: $20, $18, www.auburnwa.gov/arts or 253-931-3043.

Chamber Ensemble Series: 4 p.m., March 6, St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn. Celebration of the cello features two Viennese gems accompained by a melodious lamentation of 20th century African classical composer, Tunde Jegede. The Mozart string quartet is know as one of the “cello” quartets. For information, call 253-887-7777.

Avenue Kids presents 5th Avenue Theater, Rosie the Riveter: 2 p.m., March 12, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. The can-do sipirt of the 1940s comes the Ave in this fast, funny, and inspirational musical adventure – the story of the women who joined the workforce, drove the taxis, paved the highways and yes, riveted the airplanes when the men marched off to war. Tickets: $6, www.auburnwa.gov/arts or 253-931-3043.

Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Also looking for talented musicians, singers or comedians to perform. Please contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.

Calling all musicians: The Auburn Senior Activity Center will be hosting jam sessions for musicians on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Musicians who play acoustic and electric instruments are invited to play. Jam sessions will be conducted from 10-11:30 a.m. at the center, 808 9th St. SE. For more information, please call 253 931-3016.

Sunday night jazz: 8 p.m., every Sunday, Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S., Club Galaxy. Darren Motamedy and guests. 21-and-over. No cover. 253-939-7484, www.muckleshootcasino.com.

Nightlife

Baker Street Books: 7-10 p.m. various Fridays and Saturdays, live jazz. Baker Street Books, 32709 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2131. All events are free, no cover.

The Royal Bear Pub and Eatery: 35731 W. Valley Highway, Algona. 253-833-6686.

Dance

Children’s Dance Theater: Visit www.auburnchildrensdancetheater.com or call 253-887-8937 for program information. CDT is located at 14 B St. NE, Nos. 1 & 2, Auburn.

Auburn Dance Academy: Visit www.auburndanceccademy.com or call 253-833-1891 for program information. The academy is located at 1811 Howard Road, Suite 100.

Museums

Black Diamond Historical Society Museum: Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays; noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 32627 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2142, museum@blackdiamondmuseum.org or www.blackdiamondmuseum.org.

White River Valley Museum: 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Upcoming exhibit: Jan. 12-April 17, Wrecked! Misadventures on the Northern Pacific Railway,” an exhibit covering pitfalls, pratfalls, hotboxes, split switches, telescoped trains, boiler explosions and derailments on the NPR’s sometimes bumpy journey over the Northwest. Exhibit events: • Local Misadventures, Jan. 15, 1-3 p.m. John Phillips III, guest curator for “Wrecked!” will lead a discussion and slideshow focusing on local railroad wrecks. • Museum Open House and Railroad Lecture, Feb. 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Kickoff event of the 2011 Lecture Series. Admission is $5 adults, $4 children and seniors. • Family Day: Riding the Rails!, Feb. 12, noon-4 p.m. Family friendly celebration of railroading. Games, crafts and special guests. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission: $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-288-7433 or visit www.wrvmuseum.org for event information.

Galleries

Auburn City Hall: January: Lana Fay and Julie Hawk. Studying and working together binds these two artists in this group exhibition self-titled “Dance of the Birds.” While working in their own unique style, they both incorporate collage, drawing and painting through an intuitive process of creating., 25 W. Main St. Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov.

Cheryl Sallee Gallery: Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E. 253-931-5043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

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