Auburn-area calendar of events | April 27

Jason Steen, a pro biker, performs a trick during the recent Healthy Kids Day event at the Auburn Valley YMCA. This year’s pirate-themed event featured more than 50 different activities for kids, plus health and wellness resources for families.  - Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
Jason Steen, a pro biker, performs a trick during the recent Healthy Kids Day event at the Auburn Valley YMCA. This year’s pirate-themed event featured more than 50 different activities for kids, plus health and wellness resources for families.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter


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

Puyallup RV Show with Feature Manufactured Housing: April 28-May 1, Americraft ShowPlex, Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. SW, enter at Blue Gate. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors (62 and older); $7 students; children 12 and under free. Information:

Chinook District Meeting/Luncheon: 10 a.m., May 4, Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave. S, Des Moines. The district consists of 12 South King County garden clubs. Program includes Edgewood Gardens, owner Ilga Jansons; design program presented by Chinook District Designers Guild;  installation of new officers. For reservations, call 425-255-6236. To learn more about a garden club  in your area, please call 253-862-8772.

Auburn National Day of Prayer Observance: Noon-1 p.m., May 5, Auburn City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St. Pastors from 12 churches will lead in public prayer. In the event of rain, the observance will be moved into the council chambers.

Kentucky Derby Day at Emerald Downs: 1 p.m., May 7, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn. Special first race post time.  Catch all the action of the 137th Run for the Roses. For seating or dining reservations, call 253-288-7711 or toll-free, 1-888-931-8400. Information: 253-288-7000,

Clean Sweep: 7:30 a.m., May 7, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St., and various locations around Auburn. A pancake breakfast and registration begins the day, followed by a ceremonial sweep down the sidewalks along Main Street at 8:30 a.m. Other cleanup work to begin at 9. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on major cleanup and beautification efforts downtown Auburn and in other areas around the city. Volunteer groups will work on painting, cleaning, weeding, landscaping and general maintenance projects in downtown Auburn and other locations. Volunteers can either choose to participate in a specific project or can ask to be assigned to the project that is in need of the most volunteer support. Volunteers can sign up at www. For more information, call 253-931-3043.

Auburn Downtown Art Walk: 4-9 p.m., May 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 14,  along Main Street.  The two-day free event will feature local artists who will display their artwork and provide demonstrations in businesses throughout the downtown core. Both days will be full of art activities for all ages, music and performances as well as wine tasting with local wineries. Presented by the  Auburn Valley Creative Arts, The Auburn Downtown Association, City of Auburn as well as artists and community members. To join the effort or to obtain more information, email or visit

Filipino American Fiesta: 6 p.m., May 14, Filipino American Community of Puget Sound Hall, 103 6th Ave. N, Algona. Event will feature dinner, live band, dancing, entertainment and raffles. Doors open at 6, dinner at 7. Cost: $30 per person.  For more information, contact Keith Flores at 253-833-4795.

Petpalooza Dog Trot: 9:30 a.m., May 21, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE. Family-oriented fun run event that takes place in conjunction with Petpalooza. Participants will follow a 3K or 5K route. The course is flat, easy and enjoyable for all ages. Water will be available on the course for both dogs and human participants. First 100 people to register receive a free goodie bag. Registration includes T-shirts for early registrants and will be available on a first-come basis for late registrants. Additional T-shirts may be purchased for $10 each. Check-in and on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Fee: $15 early registration (on or before April 29); $20 late registration (after April 29). Online application available at Register in person at the Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation office, 910 Ninth St. SE, or by mail to: Auburn Parks, Arts and Rec, attn: Dog Trot, 910 Ninth St. SE, Auburn, WA 98002, or fax at 253-931-4005. For more information, call 253-931-3043.

Petpalooza: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., May 21, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE. An event for pet lovers, featuring an animal-related entertainment stage, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, a petting area and pony rides, the “Unleashed” pet contests, agility areas, a noon pet parade, more than 150 vendor booths, giveaways and other activities. Information: 253-931-3043 or visit

Auburn community yard sale: June 3-5, throughout Auburn. Turn your unwanted household goods into cash and provide someone else with a new treasure. Be a part of the fun and have a single-family yard sale at your home or a multifamily sale with your neighbors June 3-5. Registration is now open and can be done by: • submitting an online registration; • download, print, fill and mail or bring in registration form to City Hall Utility counter located at 1 Main St. on the second floor; pick up a registration form at the City Hall Utility Counter, the Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration Building at 910 Ninth St. SE or the Senior Activity Center at 808 Ninth St. SE. Participants who register by April 30 will have their address listed in two local ads and on the City website. If you miss the registration period, you can still pick up a free yard sale kit at the City Hall utility counter or you can download materials from the City’s website. For more information, call 253-931-3047 during regular business hours.


Lions Clubs’ 7th annual Special Needs Youth Fishing Derby: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 30, Auburn Mill Pond Park, 600 Oravetz Road. Presented by the Lions of Zone C-3 District 19C. Preschool and school-age special needs youth are invited to the free derby. Please bring a fishing rod and bait. Siblings and friends are welcome. A limited amount of fishing rods and bait will be available. For more information, contact Bob Darrigan at 253-874-4282.

Neighborhood BBQ, bake sale: Noon-4 p.m., April 30, 4936 Diana Court, Auburn. Neighbors and friends are organizing a benefit to help a Lakeland Hills family, who lost everything in a house fire. Please contribute a $5 donation.

Auburn Multicare Cancer Center garage/parking lot sale: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., April 30, 923 Auburn Way N. Proceeds to benefit Auburn’s Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Information: Irene 253-876-8200.

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

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

Empty Bowls: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., May 17, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. Benefit luncheon for the Auburn Food Bank. Cost: $15 minimum donation. Attendees can donate, then chose from among 200 handmade bowls by Green River Community Colleges students and professional potters. Organizers seeking donations of artisan bowls, soup, bread, beverages and cookies. For those who wish to donate, call the food bank at 253-833-8925.

Auburn Garden Club Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 12, Peckenpaugh Drug Store parking lot, corner of East Main and M streets, Auburn. Selection of perennials, native plants, ,shrubs, indoor plants, sedums, in addition to a wide selection of books and magazines, garden gadgets. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the club’s community projects. For more information, call Dianne 253-839-6023, Tanya at 206-612-0021 or Barbara at 253-631-7118.

“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 or make checks payable to: “See Ya Later” Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8,  Auburn, WA 97071. For more information:,, 253-332-5144.


Cascade Regional Blood Center drives:  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 7, Lakeland Hills Community, 1408 Lake Tapps Parkway E, Auburn; 9 a.m.-noon, May 10, Parametrix, 1002 15th St. SW, Suite 220,  Auburn; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., May 23, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn; 7:30 am.-1 p.m., May 24, Jefferson High School, 4248 S 288th St., Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit

Puget Sound Blood Center drives:  8 a.m.-2 p.m., May 5, Auburn High School, 800 4th St. NE. For more information, call 253-945-8667  or please visit

National Drug Take Back Day:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 30,  Auburn Police Department, 340 E. Main St. Auburn residents who want to participate can drop off unwanted or expired medicines, including pain relievers and other controlled substances, at the police station. Information:

Operation Emotional Freedom, The Answer: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 7, Meeting Room 2, Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S. Free program. Sarah L. Blum, ARNP,  a decorated Vietnam veteran with 26 years of experience as a nurse psychotherapist treating post-traumatic stress disorder, will be showing the film and answer questions.  She will teach the emotional freedom technique (EFT) to attendees and train them in how to use it. EFT releases and heals anxieties, fears, emotional pain and trauma without suffering. Veterans from all wars and conflicts are urged to attend. For information:

Healthy Cooking: Demonstrations, Outpatient Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, Medical Gym, 701 M St., Suite 102, Auburn. Come learn health from the experts. A $5 food donation is requested. For more information, call 253-833-8766.

Classes, camps

Incident Command System 100: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 30.  Presented by the City of Pacific. For those who plan to volunteer in the event of a disaster or just want to find out more about emergency response. ICS is the incident management tool required for use during all emergency and disaster response. No charge. Class size limited to 30 participants.  To sign up , email or sign up at Pacific City Hall.

Are You Ready – Disaster Preparedness Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 7, Pacific Community Center, 100 3rd Ave. SE, Suite B, Pacific. Participants will learn about the types of disasters that can occur in their community, the importance of family disaster planning and other planning issues such as people with special needs, young children and pets. No charge. Class size limited to 30 participants. Participants shall receive a copy of FEMA’s “Are You Ready?” – an in-depth guide to citizen preparedness ( To sign up , email or sign up at Pacific City Hall.


NOTE: The Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., is expected to close sometime in mid-May for a building expansion. All programs will be cancelled for one week following the closure. Afterward,  the library will resume limited programming at its temporary location, 1140 Auburn Way S. (former Herr Cabinets building).

For program information, call 253-931-3018. Library events include:


Toddler ABC Story Times: 10:15 a.m., May 2, 9, 16, 23. 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., May 2, 9, 16, 23. 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., May 3, 10, 17, 24. Ages newborn to 24 months. Babies and parents will be bouncing along to short rhymes and books.

Wacky Wednesday Story Times: 10:15 a.m., May 4, 11, 18, 25. 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., April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26. All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this 30-minute bedtime Story Time.

Book Buddies: 4 p.m., April 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26.  Teen volunteers are available in the children’s area to assist elementary school students in kindergarten through 4th grade with their reading.


Study Zone: 5 p.m., May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 31;  4 p.m., April 28. Grades K-12. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors.

Teen Book Club Reads:  4:30 p.m., May 17. “Hoot” by Carl Hiassen. 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: 4:30 p.m., May 10.  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.


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., May 4, 7, 11, 14, 25; 7 p.m., May 9. 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. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

The Friends of the Auburn Library Meeting: 7 p.m., May 24.  The Friends support the library and programs. Join us.

Computer classes: Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. • Internet Level 1: 10 a.m., April 30.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., May 9. Our friendly group meets the second Monday of each month at Zola’s Cafe, 402 E. Main St., Suite 120.


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


Live with Caspar Babypants: 11 a.m., May 19. Ages 2 to 5 with adult. Chris Ballew is better known as the lead singer of the Seattle-based rock and roll band, The Presidents of the United States of America. The group includes three singers, electric piano, electric guitar and percussion. The show will feature simple songs families can sing together to reinforce many concepts related to Early Literacy. Space is limited, first come, first seated. Program will be held at the Pacific Community Center Gymnasium, 305 Milwaukee Blvd S.  253-929-1155.

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., May 3, 10, 17. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., May 3, 10, 17. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., May 4, 11, 18, 25. 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.

Kids Read @ 4 Book Club: 4 p.m., May 5. Ages 9 to 12. Meet on the first Thursday of the month to talk about great books. Call the library at 253-833-3554 for this month’s title. Copies of the book will be reserved and available for check out at the library.

Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., May 23. 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.


Outdoor Photo Shoot: 4 p.m., May 25. Ages 12-18. Learn tips and tricks to taking great pictures from a professional photographer with your digital or film camera. Bring your own cameras. Registration not required, limited to 10 participants.

Game On!: 3 p.m., May 4, 11, 18, 25. Teens in middle, junior high and high school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games.

Pizza and Books: 3:30 p.m., May 24. 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.


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.

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

Computer Class: Registration required. Please sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554. • Microsoft Excel Level 1, 6:30 p.m., May 11. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas with the fill handle and use Autosum for quick addition. Registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554.  •  Facebook Basics, 6:30 p.m., May 25.  Learn the basics of the social networking web site Facebook. Instructor will demonstrate how to use the site, why it’s useful, discuss privacy, and help set up an account. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of the Internet and must have an email account.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m., May 18. “The Coroner’s Lunch” by Colin Cotterill. 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.


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


Stories and Strings Story Times: 11 a.m., May 4, 11, 18, 25. Come for a rockin’ good time of stories, songs and silliness.



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.  •  Publisher Level 1, 6 p.m., May 5. Learn the basics of using desktop publishing to create flyers, greeting cards, brochures and other documents. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard. •  Word Level I: 10:30 a.m., May 28. Learn basic word processing skills such as entering, selecting and deleting text.  The class prepares students for the Microsoft Word Level 2 class.

Plateau Area Creative Writing Group: 10 a.m., April 29, May 27. 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.


ECHO4 Free Fuel Conservations Seminars: 7-8:15 p.m., May 3, Kent Commons, Mill Creek Room, 525 Fourth Ave. N, Kent; 7-8:15 p.m., May 5, Bellevue Executive Center, Suite 100, 40 Lake Bellevue Drive, Bellevue.  Local residents seeking a solution to combat rising fuel prices can attend the seminar most convenient for them. Attendees will receive detailed information on sustainable, eco-friendly solutions. Based in Salt Lake City, ECHO4 Global Corp. is committed to collaborating with green-products, which offer solutions for the challenges of the environment For more information, call 206-250-7238.

Coming Together For Kids: 6-9:30 p.m., June 4, Green River Community College, Lindbloom Student Center, 31920 124th Ave. SE, Auburn. Communities in Schools of Auburn’s seventh annual dinner and auction fundraiser. Enjoy a nice dinner, music and the enjoyment of helping to raise money to support Auburn students. Admission: $50 per person. RSVP: Arlene Pierini, 253-288-7659 or For online registration, visit

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.


Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or 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.


Auburn Symphony Orchestra “The Titan”: 7:30 p.m., April 30; 2:30 p.m., May 1, 7:30 p.m., Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Free pre-concert lectures at 6:45 p.m. April 30, and 1:45 p.m. May 1. Program: (In Memorium Gustav Mahler) Blumine; Songs of a Wayfarer; Symphony No. 1 in D Major “The Titan.” Tickets: Reserved seats, $32 adults; $25 seniors; $10 students. Information: Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at

The Diamond Experience: 7:30 p.m., April 30, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. A tribute to the classic Neil Diamond. Led by front man Billy Farmer, The Diamond Experience is a Washington-based group that has traveled extensively throughout the region. 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

“Bye Bye Birdie”: 7 p.m., May 6, 13; 2 p.m., 7 p.m., May 7, 14; 2 p.m., May 8, 15, Messiah Lutheran Church, 410 H St. NE, Auburn. Messiah Players production. The well-known musical is the story of Conrad Birdie, a rock star who is about to be sent into the Army. As a final farewell to all his young lady fans, Conrad travels out to Sweet Apple, Ohio, to give “One Last Kiss” to a lucky girl.  Tickets: $12 adults, $10 kids 14 and under; $10 for seniors 55 and older.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or prior to the performance.  Call 253-833-5280 for more information.

Judy Sings Judy: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Tribute artist Judy Ann Moulton performs the songs of the legendary Judy Garland. 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

Big Bang! Concert: 7 p.m., May 7, Shepherd of The Valley Lutheran Church, 23855 SE 216th St., Maple Valley.  Presented by the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. A $5 suggested donation will be welcomed at the door.  For more information about the concert or the orchestra, visit or call 425-358-1640.

Rotary Club of Auburn’s 28th annual Scholarship Show: 7:30 p.m., May 9, Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., Auburn. Featuring country singer Sara Evans, who has made four No. 1 country hits and gold and platinum-certified albums by the RIAA, like 2003’s Restless and 2005’s Real Fine Place. Her 2000 album, Born to Fly, was certified Double-Platinum. Opening performance by Thompson Square, a husband and wife duo of Kiefer and Shawna Thompson. Proceeds to benefit the Auburn Rotary Scholarship Fund. Concert presented by Rotary Club of Auburn and KMPS 94.1. Tickets: $35 through or by calling 206-628-0888. Benefactor packages are available for $250, which include four show tickets and a reception. For more information call, 253-833-6633.

Chance McKinney n’ Cross Wire: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. CMT Award winner Chance McKinney and band Cross Wire will play “industrial country,” a blend of country with ‘90s Rock, ‘60s Motown and heavy metal influences. 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

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.


Merchants league: The Auburn Golf Course is now accepting signups for a new golf league for area merchants. The season will last from the beginning of May through August. While designed for merchants, a business affiliation is not required to form a team.  17-week league season on Mondays and Tuesdays, May 2-Aug. 23.  Weekly tee times: 4 p.m. - 5:52 p.m. Four-person team, 9-hole medal play format with handicaps. Projected league prize fund: $20,000 or more (based on full field). Entry fee: $200/team. For more information call 253-833-2350 or visit


Artists needed: The Auburn Valley Creative Arts, The Auburn Downtown Association, the Auburn Arts Commission and the City of Auburn Parks, Art and Rec are recruiting artists for the May 13-14 Auburn Art Walk. Entries include an artist bio (200 words or less), artist statement (25 words or less) and a $10 entry fee.  Entry information available at


Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra summer music amp: Aug. 8-12, Maple Valley Presbyterian Church, 22659 Sweeny Road SE, Maple Valley. Camp runs 10 a.m.–2 p.m. each day with a 7 p.m. concert on Aug. 12. The camp – themed “The Good, The Band, The Ugly” – will feature movie music of favorite heroes, villains and monsters. Five-day camp fee: $25; optional lunch an additional $5 per day. The camp is open to students with at least one school year of playing experience. There will be a special program for students with less than two years of playing experience running simultaneously during the camp. Students with two years or greater playing experience will play movie music, participate in sectionals and ensembles with professional coaches, and more. Registration now. To sponsor the camp or a camper, please visit MVYSO’s website or contact Elisa Lewis at the number above or by email: For more information, call 425-358-1640 or visit


Heavier Than Air Summer Stock Theatre Camp: June 27-30, culminating in performances July 28-31, Green River Community College Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Unique opportunity for children, ages 3-17, to participate in a “hands-on” theater experience through rehearsals and performances. Under the direction of GRCC’s professional children’s theatre staff, students learn about auditioning, vocal projection, movement, improvisation, acting, dancing and singing. Parent information packets will be mailed out prior to camp. For primary, intermediate, teen and music revue camps, a parent meeting will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 22 in the PA building. For creative dramatic and dramatic movement parents, a parent meeting will be held at noon June 30, also in the PA building. Register online:


Children’s Dance Theater:  New location at 122 W. Main St. Visit or call 253-887-8937 for program information. Join our new spring start classes. New hip hop, ballet & tap combo and Kinder Theatre classes starting April 18.

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

Pacific Ballroom Dance “Ignite”: 7:30 p.m., June 3; 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., June 4, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Latin and ballroom dancing performance. Tickets: $15 for evening shows, $12 for matinee; children 3 and under free. For more information, visit


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, or

White River Valley Museum:  918 H St. SE, Auburn. Exhibit: “Yellow Polka Dot Bikinis and Tummy Crunches: A Century of Female Bodies and Swimsuits” – opens May 4 and runs through July 31. Related events (offered in conjunction with “Yellow Polka Dot Bikinis.”) Unless otherwise noted, events are included with museum admission. • Mother’s Day Celebration: High Tea at the Museum, May 7, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with high tea at the White River Valley Museum. View the exhibit “Yellow Polka Dot Bikinis and Tummy Crunches: A Century of Female Bodies and Swimsuits” and then enjoy savories, sweets and tea. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations required by calling 253-288-7433. • Body Image and the Path to Perfection, June 11, 1-3 p.m. Join women’s historian Dr. Michelle Marshman for a revealing discussion and slideshow about diet, exercise and the ever-changing silhouette of the perfect female body. • Family Day: Beach Essentials, June 18, noon-4 p.m. Join the museum for an exciting exploration of summer-time fun and enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family. Museum 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 for event information.


Auburn City Hall:  April 6-May 3: Eight artists of diverse media and style have come together after meeting each other through Artist Trust’s EDGE (Artist Development Program) to celebrate the arts. The artwork of Greg Bartol, Debra Calkins, Nikki deRelle, Ren Lis, Glenda Powers, Joan Schlichting, Maggie B Stokes and Larkin Jean VanHorn will be included in this exhibition. 25 W. Main St.  Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or

Cheryl Sallee Gallery: Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-5043 or

Pacific City Poetry Gallery: April-May 31 (with new poems beginning May 1). Gathering of poetry presented by the Striped Water Poets of Auburn. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Pacific City Hall, 100 Third Ave. SE.

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