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Auburn-area calendar of events | Feb. 17

Students at Auburn’s Green River Montessori School were busy making a food pyramid of donated cans destined for the Auburn Food Bank last Friday morning. What began as a food drive competition among classrooms grew into a school-wide campaign that accumulated 374 packages or containers of food. “We wanted the kids to experience collecting food and giving to the needy,” said Dawn Norris, a school office assistant. “It was a good experience for them.”  - Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter
Students at Auburn’s Green River Montessori School were busy making a food pyramid of donated cans destined for the Auburn Food Bank last Friday morning. What began as a food drive competition among classrooms grew into a school-wide campaign that accumulated 374 packages or containers of food. “We wanted the kids to experience collecting food and giving to the needy,” said Dawn Norris, a school office assistant. “It was a good experience for them.”
— image credit: Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter

Events

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

17th annual Spay Day: Feb. 22. South County Cats is offering 25 free spay/neuter vouchers for cat owners in South King County. Vouchers are valid for 30 days at eight local veterinary clinics and Coalition Humane spay/neuter clinic. To receive a voucher (limit two per family), please e-mail southcountycats@comcast.net or call 206-910-4495. South County Cats cannot pay for non-surgery related services such as vaccinations or other treatments. Any services beyond spay/neuter surgery will be at your expense. South County Cats is a Maple Valley-based, all volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is reducing feline overpopulation and homelessness through spay and neuter.

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.

KBTC writers and illustrators workshop: 2-3 p.m., Feb. 26, 2320 S. 19th St., Tacoma stadio. Kids and families are invited to the KBTC studio for an interactive, hands-on experience presented by Live Paint 4 Kids. Participants will learn how to tell stories with art. Kids – from kindergarten through the third grade – also are invited to enter the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Local winners will have their stories featured on KBTC public television and on www.kbtckids.org. For more information about the workshop, call 253-680-7700. For contest entry forms, rules and registration, visit: www.kbtckids.org/parents/2011writerscontest.

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.

GriefWorks public forum on grief and job displacement: 10-11 a.m., March 4, meeting room, Auburn Public Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. Free forum open to the public offers education and support for the grieving process, validation of the associated pain and struggle, and a format for discussion. For more information, contact Michele Ray at 253-333-9420 or Michele@GriefWorks.org.

West Coast Wheelchair Basketball Tournament: March 5-6, Auburn High School gym, 800 4th St. NE. Games 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9-1 Sunday, followed by a 1:30 awards presentation. Sponsored by Seattle Adaptive sports and Division 32 Kiwanis Clubs. On the line is a berth at the nationals. Admission is free. For more information, call Tami English at Adaptive Sports at 253-297-5389.

WSSA Northwest Regional Sport Stacking Championships: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., March 12, Auburn High School, 800 4th St. NE. Events include individual timed competition, doubles and four-person relays in several divisions, which included all ages. Admission: $5 adults; $2 seniors and kids (5-17); kids under 5 are free. Competitor registration fee: $15 (special stackers $10). Additional $10 late fee will be charge for all registrations after Feb. 25. For more information, visit www.thewssa.com.

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

DQ supports ” Y” Partners with Youth Campaign: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 22, Dairy Queen, 425 Ellingson Road. Part of the proceeds from the sale of food and ice cream favorites during that period will benefit the program, which raises much-needed dollars for kids and families who desperately need the services the “Y” provides but who cannot afford the full cost.

Musicians In Support against Cancer: 7 p.m., Feb. 25, Auburn Mountainview Theatre, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Benefit 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.

Women’s self-defense seminar: 9-11 a.m., Feb. 26, Karate Northwest, 2109 Auburn Way N. $30 donations benefit the Auburn Food Bank. Information: 253-833-7317.

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.

Sleep Country USA’s sixth annual Pajama Bowl: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., March 20. Acme Bowl and Billiards, 100 Andover Park W., Tukwila, and Tech City Bowl 13033 NE 70th Place, Kirkland. Gather five of your best friends, co-workers or family members and register at your local Sleep Country USA store or online at www.pajamabowl.com. Each team will need to raise or donate a minimum of $250 to participate. All of the entry fees will be donated directly to the 16 Pacific Northwest foster children’s charities that Sleep Country USA supports. Information: www.pajamabowl.com, www.sleepcountry.com.

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.

Second annual Seahawks 12K Run at The Landing: 7:30-11 a.m., April 10, The Landing, 828 N. 10th Place, Renton. A benefit for the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club. Sign up today to participate in the 5K, 12K or half-mile Kids Run. The 12K route offers a run along the southeast shore of Lake Washington and around the Seahawks training facility, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The 5K course is a flat and fast run through the South Lake Washington neighborhood and the Kids Run is within the confines of The Landing. Fees: 12K run: $30 until March 10, $35 until April 7, $45 day of race; 5K run/walk: $25 until March 10, $30 until April 7, $40 day of race; Kids Run: $10 until April. 10. Registration closes April 7. To register, visit www.seahawks12Krun.com.

Inaugural Birthday Dreams fundraiser: 2-5 p.m., April 30, New Life Church, 15711 152nd Ave. SE, Renton. Bring your kids and grandkids to a fun birthday party filled with inflatables, clowns, face painting and games. Adults are invited to an auction and dessert. Birthday Dreams is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing birthday parties to homeless children and foster children living in group homes. Tickets are $20 per person, $30 per couple. Online registration available at www.birthdaydreams.org.

Auburn Relay For Life: 6 p.m. May 13 to noon May 14, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th St. NE. Benefit for the American Cancer Society. If you would like to help, contact Ashley Thordarson at 253-670-9113. For more event information, please visit www.relayforlife.org/auburnwa.

“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

“EFT”: 10:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Feb. 26, Auburn Public Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. Veterans and other suffering from PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder – are invited to a free showing of “EFT” (emotional freedom technique). Sarah L. Blum, ARNP nurse, Vietnam veteran and local nurse psychotherapist specialist in PTSD, will present the DVD showing. She also will demonstrate and teach the technique and answer questions. EFT is a psychological acupressure technique routinely used and highly recommend to optimize emotional health.

Cascade Regional Blood Center drives: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 5, Lakeland Hills community, 1408 Lake Tapps Parkway E., Auburn; 8-11 a.m., March 8, Weyerhaeuser Technological Center, 32901 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way; 8 a.m.-noon, March 9, Weyerhaeuser, corporate headquarters, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S. Federal Way. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

Puget Sound Blood Center drives: 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; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., March 26, SuperMall, bus by Burlington Coat Factory, 1101 Supermall Way; 1:15-3:45 p.m., March 28, GSA, in parking lot, by appointment, 400 15th St. SW; noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., March 30, Social Security, mobile in parking lot, 1901 C St. SW; 1-4 p.m., March 31, Propet (employees only), mobile in parking lot, 2415 W. Valley Highway N., Auburn; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., April 1, Boeing (employees only), mobile in parking lot, 700 15th St. SW; 1-4 p.m., April 8, Zones, Inc., mobile in parking lot, 1102 15th St. SW, Auburn. 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 children 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. Open to children only. Please call 206-973-5234 to schedule an appointment.

Seattle Children’s Health Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 12, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. A “hands-on” event for families and children ages 3-8. Bring a doll or a teddy bear for a “check-up” at the Teddy Bear Clinic; look around inside an ambulance; tour an operating room and try out a world-class da Vinci surgical robot; get fitted for a free bike helmet and buy low cost booster seats and life jackets (while supplies last and wearer must be present); visit the tooth fairy; get a finger cast; listen to kids’ musician Johnny Bregar from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit: http://seattlechildrens.org/healthfair.

Presented by Seattle Children’s Hospital with support from Khol’s.

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.

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. 28, March 7, 14, 21, 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. 28, March 7, 14, 21, 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. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages newborn to 24 months. Babies and parents will be bouncing along to short rhymes and books.

Book Buddies: 4 p.m., Feb. 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. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 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. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 7 p.m., March 10. 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. 23. Ages 2-6. Families welcome. No registration required.

Cuentos en Español: 7 p.m., March 2, 9, 16, 23; 7 p.m., Miércoles. 2-6 ãnos. Cuentos, rimas, juegos de franela y más diversión para toda la familia.

TEENS

Study Zone: 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, 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. 23. Play your favorite games for the Wii, Xbox 360, GameCube and PS2.

Teen Writers Group: 4:30 p.m., March 8. Working on a novel, short story, memoir, poetry or not even sure what you want to write? Join other teens to share your writing, gain ideas and practice your craft.

Create Your Own Book Trailer: 3 p.m., March 9. Create your own book trailer using programs on the Digital Discovery Zone (DDZ) Van and you could win a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

Teen Book Club Reads: 4:30 p.m., March 22. “The Great Wide Sea” by M. H. Herlong. The first eight people who sign up to attend will receive a free copy courtesy of the Friends of the Auburn Library.

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. 23, March 2, 5, 9, 12, 23; 7 p.m., March 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 Feb. 21. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills. ESOL spring registration: 5:30 p.m., March 23. Please join us to register for the spring quarter.

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

Computer Classes: Sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. 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. • Internet Level 1: 10 a.m., Feb. 19; • Microsoft Excel Level 2: 10 a.m., Feb. 26; • Microsoft Word Level 3: noon, March 1; • One-on-One Assistance: 2 p.m., March 1; noon, March 11; • E-mail Level 1: 7 p.m., March 3; • E-mail Level 2: 10 a.m., March 5; • Introduction to Computers: 10 a.m., March 8; • Internet Level 2: 7 p.m., March 9: • Microsoft PowerPoint: 10 a.m., March 12; • E-mail Level 3: 7 p.m., March 17; • Microsoft Excel Level 1: noon, March 19; • Facebook Basics: 10 a.m., March 22.

AARP Free Tax Help: 4 p.m., Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 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.

Resume help: 10 a.m., March 16. Receive one-on-one assistance with your resume and cover letter.

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.

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

Meet the Author, Bruce Taylor: 6:30 p.m., March 10. Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. “Mr. Magic Realism” will give a talk on writing magic realism and bizarro literature (sometimes also known as surrealism). Taylor has been called “one of the top ten writers of bizarro literature” and his new book, Mr. Magic Realism received fine reviews on Amazon.com.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., March 13. “Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy” by Frances Mayes. Meet at Zola’s Café, 402 E. Main St., Suite 120, Auburn. http://blogs.kcls.org/auburn/adults/

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., March 1, 29. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., March 1, 29. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 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.

Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., March 14. Ages 3 and older with adult, siblings welcome. Fun stories, music and activities before bedtime. You are welcome to attend in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed friend.

Kids Read @4 Book Club: 4 p.m., March 3. Program offers fourth and fifth grade reading fanatics a chance to get together for snacks and talk about books—new discoveries and old favorites. New members are always welcome. Kids can call or stop by the library for each month’s selected title.

TEENS

Game On!: 3-5 p.m., March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Teens in middle, junior high and high school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games.

Teen Reads: 3:30 p.m., March 22. Pizza and books. Join us to eat and talk about the books you’ve been reading. Be one of the first to sign-up and get a free copy of the featured book of the month book to take home, courtesy of the Friends of the Algona-Pacific Library.

ADULTS

English classes for immigrants (ESOL): 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays. In partnership with Green River Community College, the Algona-Pacific library offers regular, free English classes for adult learners.

ESOL Winter Registration: 5:30 p.m., March 24. Presented by Green River Community College. Come sign up for spring quarter ESOL classes.

One-on-one assistance for Spanish speakers: Spanish-speaking individuals can arrange for an hour of free assistance in Spanish to help them learn and use library (computer class, help with the catalog, databases, etc.).  Interested patrons may contact Jessica McClinton-Lopez at 253-91-3018 ext. 130 or jmlopez@kcls.org.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m., March 16. “Caesar’s Women” by Colleen McCullough. 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. Join us-new members are always welcome.

STARS Workshop, Dance and Theatre for the Early Years: 11 a.m., March 26. Presented by Karen Harp-Reed, Raggamuffen Enterprises. Learn how to use rhymes, literature, music, The BrainDance and creative movement activities to integrate the arts into your classroom. We will use music, dance and theatre concepts to help you develop lessons to enhance your arts curriculum and your students’ creativity. Provides two credit hours in child growth, development & learning or curriculum development.

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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.

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. Meet new CEO Kenneth C. Taylor. 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.

Suburban Cities Association Networking Dinner: 5:30 p.m., March 23, Embassy Suites, 15920 W. Valley Highway, Tukwila. Featured guest is U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee, “Clean Energy, the Environment and the Economy.” Please RSVP with entrée selection by March 18. Phone (206) 433-7168, or email to kristy@suburbancities.org, Early Registration is $45 per guest; registration after March 18 is $50 per guest.

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.

Auditions

Auburn Community Players’ “Bye Bye Birdie”: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., March 5, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Those wishing to audition for the show, please call 253-833-5678 to set up an audition time. Auditioners please come prepared with a head shot/picture, prepare a song from musical theater and 1-2 minute monologue. Bring the sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist is provided. CD accompaniment also is OK. For any questions regarding the Auburn Community Players or the Auburn Ave Theater, please contact Jim Kleinbeck at 253-804-5057.

Entertainment

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.

Avenue Kids presents “Jack and the Beanstalk”: 2 p.m., Feb. 19, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Join the fanciful journey to a land 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.

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 stories 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 accompanied 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 spirit of the 1940s comes to the Ave in this fast, funny, 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.

Uncle Bonsai: 7:30 p.m., March 12, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Riding the wave from the release of their new CD, “The Grim Parade”, Uncle Bonsai will be performing their witty folk-pop songs. Tickets: $17 regular, $15 student-senior. Call 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

Gothard Sisters St. Patrick’s Day show: 7:30 p.m., March 17, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Irish step-dancing trio’s show features high-energy dancing, fast fiddling, beautiful vocals and many Irish favorites. Tickets are $17 regular, $15 for students and seniors. To order, call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, visit www.gothardsisters.com.

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. Children’s Dance Theater is expanding to a bigger location and now taking enrollment for new classes beginning Feb. 14. Brand new kids and youth hip hop classes on Tuesdays. Dancer’s 3-6 years old have new Thursday night options and beginning classes for tweens and teens.

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.

Pacific Ballroom Dance: 7 p.m., March 3, Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave., Federal Way. Fundraiser and kickoff to send the PBD’s premier teams to the national amateur competition. Program includes three new medleys and demonstration of fifth-graders graders who have completed the new dancing classrooms program. Tickets: $5 at the door. Educators attend free by showing their staff badges/ID.

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: February: Featuring Dionne Bonner. A series of 12 portraits of African-American pioneers with biographical information that contains unique information about the Pacific Northwest, 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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