Auburn-area community calendar | Dec. 14

Jennifer Rutherford tells Santa what she wants for Christmas at the Breakfast for Santa event at the Auburn Senior Activity Center last Saturday. - Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
Jennifer Rutherford tells Santa what she wants for Christmas at the Breakfast for Santa event at the Auburn Senior Activity Center last Saturday.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter


Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the website:

Fourth annual Small Works, Big Presents exhibit and sale: Through Dec. 18, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Show celebrates the diversity and creativity in the regional arts scene. Sale of the artwork is available throughout the exhibition, with 25 percent of the proceeds benefitting the museum. Presented by the  museum and the City of Auburn Arts Commission. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 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.

Rainier Audubon Society:  7 p.m., Dec. 19, Federal Way United Methodist Church, 51st Aveune and South 296th Street.  Regular meeting. A presentation by Dan Streiffert on “The Best of Malheur” Wildlife Refuge follows a social half-hour with general announcements.  Monthly meetings occur on the third Monday, same time and place. It is free admission.

Cascade Water Alliance open house workshop: 6-8 p.m., Jan. 12, North Tapps Middle School, 20029 12th St. E, Lake Tapps. CWA is developing a formal policy regarding the use of its property by third parties around the reservoir. Residents will be able to ask questions of staff as well as get information regarding applicable jurisdictional permits. For more information, visit

Miss Auburn Outstanding Teen Pageant: Jan. 21, Auburn Mountainview Theeatre, 124th Ave SE, Auburn.

Miss Auburn Scholarship Program: 7 p.m., Feb. 3, 4, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. For more information, visit

NorthWest Scale Modelers Show: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 18-19, Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle. See hundreds of model aircraft, cars, tanks, ships, spacecraft and more from the NWSM member collections. Meet expert modelers and learn about the fascinating hobby of scale modeling. The show features special displays of models representing famous aircraft produced by the Mikoyan-and-Gurevich Design Bureau. Also displayed are models of the creatures and hardware from the “Star Wars” series. Program included with museum admission; free for members. Admission: $16 adults; $14; seniors (65 and older); $9 youths (5-17); children (4 and under). Information: 206-764-5720 or

Holiday events

Auburn Optimist Club Santa House:  Now open through Dec. 22. New location, Plaza Park, across from City Hall, 25 W. Main St.  Hours: 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 3; noon-6 p.m., Dec. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23; 3-6 p.m., Dec. 12-16; 3-7 p.m., Dec. 19-22. For more information, please call 253-315-3025.

Ilalko Holiday Lights Recycling: Through Jan. 20. Proceeds support school programs. The public is encouraged to bring broken, unwanted, working and non-working Christmas lights and extension cords Ilalko’s way. Just drop off any collected lights at one of 17 conveniently located collection boxes. • Rottles Clothing & Shoes, 226 E. Main, Auburn, 253-833-2750; • Top Food & Drug, 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E, Auburn, 253-876-1700; • Auburn Valley Y, 1620 Perimeter Road SW, Auburn, 253-833-2770; • Auburn Park, Arts and Rec, 800 9th SE St., Auburn, 253-931-3043; • Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 9th St SE, Auburn, 253-931-3016; • Avise Chiropractic, 4111 A St. SE, No. 104, Auburn, 253-393-8144; • Chase Bank, 6950 Lake Tapps Parkway SE, Auburn; • Children’s Dance Theater, 122 W. Main St., Auburn, 253-887-8937; • City of Auburn Customer Service, second floor, 25 W. Main St., 253-931-3047; • Lakeland Home Owners Association, 5801 Lakeland Hills Way, Auburn, 253-735-1144; • Lakeland Family Chiropractic, 4220 A St. SE, No. 103, Auburn, 253-833-4800; • Roach Gymnastics, 1627 45th St. E, Sumner, 253-826-5999; Five elementary schools: • Arthur Jacobsen, 29205 132nd Ave. SE, Auburn, 253-630-2441; • Hazelwood, 11815 SE 304th St., Auburn, 253-931-4740; • Ilalko, 301 Oravetz Place SE, Auburn, 253-931-4748; • Lakeland Hills, 1020 Evergreen Way SE, Auburn, 253-876-7711; • Terminal Park, 1101 D St. SE, Auburn, 253-931-4978.


“Adopting a senior” for the holidays: The Auburn Business Coalition asking businesses to donate items to fulfill the wishes of 26 recipients from the Adult Guardianship Services, Inc.  For more information call 253-709-0000 or go to The Auburn Business Page on Facebook.

Barbers Against Hunger coat drive: Through Dec. 18. Acceptation new and used coat donations at two locations – Auburn Valley Barber Shop, 316 E. Main St., and Salon Edwards, 29100 Pacific S. Highway, Suite 6, Federal Way. For more information, call the Auburn Valley Barber Shop at 253-939-7262 or Salon Edwards at 253-941-8845.

“See Ya Later” Foundation fundraiser: 10 a.m., Dec. 17, Tahoma High School, 18200 SE 240th St., Covington. 5K run/walk and silent auction benefits the Auburn-based foundation, a nonprofit organization that inspires youth and supports struggling families. Hosted by the school’s DECA students. Fee: $10 to participate, $15 with an event shirt. Registered runners/walkers qualify for the silent auction. Free coffee and hot chocolate in the commons afterward. For more information, visit


Christmas services: 4 and 5:30 p.m., Dec. 24; 10:45 a.m., Dec. 25, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. For more information, visit or call 253-833-5660.


Cascade Regional Blood Center drives:  11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 17, Albertsons, 4010 A St. SE, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit

Puget Sound Blood Center drives:  9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Dec. 29, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Conference Rooms 1 and 2 (3rd Floor), Plaza I, 202 N. Division St. 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Dec. 29, Auburn City Hall, Council Chambers, 25 W. Main St. 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Jan. 2, Messiah Lutheran Auburn, New Gathering Hall, 410 H St. NE, Auburn; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., Jan. 7, SuperMall, 1101 Supermall Way, bus by Burlington Coat Factory; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Jan. 9, LDS, 625 M St. NE, Auburn; 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 11, West Auburn High School, gym, 401 W. Main St.;  9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Jan. 11, Zones, Inc., 1102 15th St. SW, mobile in parking lot. For more information, call 253-945-8667  or please visit

Northwest Health and Fitness Expo: Jan. 6-8, Showplex at the Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.  Puyallup’s Rose Cowan – a life coach and motivational speaker who gained national attention for losing 150 pounds – is the keynote speaker (11 a.m. Jan. 7). Local triathlete Heidi Hubler presents triathlon training (noon, Jan. 8). Consumer-related health and fitness products. General admission: $7 adults; $6 seniors 62 and over and military personnel with ID; free for children 17 and younger. Two-dollar discount coupons off the general price are available at Parking is free at designated lots. For directions, visit


Work ‘n Web Job Resource Workshops: Available every Monday, from 2-3 p.m., East Room, Pacific Community Center and Gym, 305 Milwaukee Blvd., Pacific. Do you need help and resources to find work? Let the computer lab and community resources work to help you. Shawn Cosby, Algona-Pacific librarian, offers workshops on how to use library resources, including career guidance and planning tools, resume builder, test and education center and typing instructor Web. Joel McKinney, of the Career Path Employment Team, offers workshops on resume and cover letter writing, job application process, job search strategies, interview preparation, career interest testing and work place behavior. For more information, contact Linda Morris, community services director, at 253-929-1150.

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 email


NOTE: The main Auburn Library has closed for yearlong expansion. It reopened at its temporary location, the former Herr Cabinets building, at 1140 Auburn Way S., , behind Big Daddy’s Drive-in. For program information, call 253-931-3018. Library events include:


Monday Morning Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Jan. 30. Ages 2 to 6 with adult. Explore early literacy through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes. No story time on Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day holiday.

Wacky Wednesday Family Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25. Ages 3 to 6. Fun stories, flannel board and songs for kids and their families.

Book Club Party for Kids: • 4 p.m., Dec. 27. For 3rd-8th grades. Come and enjoy a reading of “Red Ranger Came Calling: A Guaranteed True Christmas Story” by Berkeley Breathed. This is part of our regular Book Club meeting on the fourth Tuesday of evening month. • 4 p.m., Jan. 24. “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick. Ben, who recently lost his hearing, sets off to find his father. Rose, also deaf, begins her journey to find a much admired actress. The two independent stories, Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in images, are set 50 years apart. As he did in “The Invention” of Hugo Cabret, Selznick skillfully knits together both children’s quest into a tale of lost love, loneliness and a place to belong.

LOL Read Aloud Story Time:  11 a.m., Jan. 14. For K-2nd grades. Join us for a giggling read aloud and craft to take home.

Ready-Set-Read: If you are in elementary school, take the Reading Challenge. Read at least 20 minutes per day for 20 days within a month and choose a new paperback book at your community library.Forms are available online at and at the library.


Angry Birds LIVE!:  4 p.m., Jan. 10. For teens in middle school, junior high or high school. Grab a friend and head on over to the library to make those angry little birds come to life. Make your very own birds and test your bird launching abilities to take down those egg stealing pigs. Held at the PRAB Gymnasium in Les Gove Park, 910 9th St. SE.

Teen Book Club: 4:30 p.m., Jan. 17. “The Adoration of Jenna Fox.” For teens in middle school, junior high or high school. The first eight people who sign-up to attend will receive a free copy of the book of the month courtesy of the Friends of the Auburn Library.  The book club meets once a month to discuss the book of the month and share what we’ve been reading. New members are always welcome.

Read Three, Get One Free!:  Read three books, write three short thoughtful reviews and get a new paperback book free. Pick up an entry form at any KCLS library or online at Sponsored by the KCLS Foundation.


English as a Second Language (ESOL): Due to the building remodel, the Auburn Library is no longer hosting ESOL classes. Classes are now being offered at the Green River Community College Downtown Auburn Center, 110 2nd St. SW, Room 145; phone number 253-833-9111. Additional classes continue to be offered at Algona-Pacific Library, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Computer classes: Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. •  Introduction to Computers: 2:30 p.m., Jan. 10. Practice the skills necessary for using a computer; including using the mouse, selecting items and text, arranging windows, browsing the Internet and library catalog. • eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 4 p.m., Jan. 10. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this Digital Downloads demonstration. Drop in to look at popular eReaders, OverDrive and Adobe Digital Editions software and ask questions.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 10. “Traveling with Pomegranates” by Sue Monk Kidd. In this intimate dual memoir, Kidd and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a 50-something and a 20-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other. Please see for more information.

The Friends of the Auburn Library Meeting: 7 p.m., Dec. 27. The Friends support the library and programs. Join us.


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


Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31.  Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Jan. 11, 18, 25. Newborn to 24 months with adult. Stimulate brain development with bounces, rhymes, stories and play time. One baby per lap, please.


Teen Zone: 3 p.m., Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25. Open to teens in middle and high school. Drop in and get your game on, surf the Internet or hit the books. The Teen Zone is the place where you and your friends can snack, hang out, study, play video games and pick up a good book.

Alpac Teen Book Club: 3:30 p.m., Dec. 27, Jan. 24. Open to teens in middle school, junior high or high school. Love to read? The book club meets once a month to discuss the book of the month and share what we’ve been reading. New members are always welcome. Snacks provided.


Computer Class: Registration required. Please sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554. • Microsoft Excel Level 1: 11 a.m., Dec. 17. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas with the fill handle and use Autosum for quick addition.  • Email Level 1: 11 a.m., Jan. 7. Learn basic email vocabulary. Create an account using Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. Compose and send messages. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard, basic understanding of the Internet. • Microsoft Word Level 2: 11 a.m., Jan. 28. Learn how to select and format text, set margins, align paragraphs and use the cut and paste function. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of Word and experience creating and saving documents.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners:  • 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14. “Christmas in Plains, Memories” by Jimmy Carter. 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. • 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society: by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Registration for ESOL Classes: 5:30 p.m., Dec. 20. Registration for winter quarter.

Work ‘n Web Job Resource Workshops: 1 p.m., Dec. 19. Held at the Pacific Community Center, 100 3rd Ave. SE. Pacific. Out of work? Need some skills to help you search for a job, write a resume, or prepare for an interview? The Algona-Pacific Library, in partnership with the community center, is sponsoring a series of job resource workshops to help you with basic employment skills.


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


Baby Story and Play Times: 10:30 a.m., Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26. Babies will be bouncing to fun rhymes and stories. Short play time follows.

Stories and Strings Story Time: 11 a.m., Jan. 11, 18. Come for a rockin’ good time of stories, songs and sillines.



Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a class, please call 253-931-6779.  •  One-On-One assistance: 6 p.m., Jan. 12, 26. 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 instructor can give you one-on-one assistance.

Plateau Area Creative Writing Group: 10 a.m., Jan. 27. Calling all writers. 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.


The United Way free tax campaign: Needing volunteers. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive tax preparation training and are certified by the IRS. Volunteer at your neighborhood tax site: Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St., 5-9 p.m., Mondays (January-February only), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To learn more, visit: or contact

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 Tuesday 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:

• New Year Celebration with lunch and special entertainment:  11:30 a.m. , Dec. 30. Help the center ring in the New Year early with lunch and special entertainment from Ryan Coleman, a local entertainer who does a one-man tribute act as the legendary Buddy Holly. He plays guitar and sings (along with accompaniment tracks). Please call the center to register. There is a $3 suggested donation for lunch for people 60 and over, $5.75 for those under 60.

• Pool players: The center is looking for ladies 50 or older to play pool on the second fourth Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. The center also is looking for pool players who are 70 or older on first and third Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Please call Rocky Kirwin at the center for more information.

• 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.


Auburn City Hall:  Exhibit: Dec. 7- Jan. 4. Auburn Student Art Show. 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





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