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Auburn community calendar | Feb. 1

The Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin Dancers perform on Performing Arts Center stage during last Sunday
The Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin Dancers perform on Performing Arts Center stage during last Sunday's Uniquely Auburn, a free community-sponsored celebration that recognized the city's cultural diversity, interesting people, places and events
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Events

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

Seattle Boat Show: Jan. 27-Feb. 5, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave., Seattle; afloat on South Lake Union. Featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest accessories. A free shuttle runs every day between CenturyLink Event Center and South Lake Union every 30 minutes. Hours: CenturyLink Field Event Center, Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. South Lake Union, weekdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: adults: $12; youth (11-17): $5; special 5-day Big Show pass: $24. Kids 10 and under: Free. Information: 206-634-0911 or www.seattleboatshow.com.

Miss Auburn Outstanding Teen Pageant: 1-4 p.m., Feb. 4, Auburn Mountainview Theatre, 124th Ave SE, Auburn. Tickets: $20.  Please reserve your seats early through www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets can only be purchased at the door,  general admission (cash or checks only). For ticket information, contact Kathy Lewis at 253-223-2736 or kalaub@comcast.net. For more information, visit www.missauburnwa.gov.

Miss Auburn Scholarship Program: 7 p.m., Feb. 3, 4, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Ticket range: $20-$40. Order tickets online now at www.missauburn.org.

16th annual Beyond High School Night: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 9, Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Road. Auburn School District hosts program to provide students and parents options for life after high school. Free and open to all middle school and high school students and parents. Home school and private school students also are welcome. There will be opportunities to attend break-out sessions on numerous topics, including how to navigate the college admissions process; college athletics and NCAA eligibility; financial aid; apprenticeships and tech prep programs. More than 60 different college, technical and career school, military, apprenticeship and community service representatives will be available to answer questions and share information.

Sixth annual Daddy Daughter Date Night: 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. Hosted by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. Pre-registration is required. The event is known to sell out quickly, so purchase tickets early. Girls age 4-10 years will enjoy an evening with their daddy or special date. The night will begin with a momentous photograph of the couple. Dancing, dinner and dessert is included in the $45 per couple registration fee ($10 each additional girl; non-resident fees apply).  To purchase tickets, visit the Parks, Arts & Recreation Office, 910 Ninth St. SE, or call 253-931-3043.

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 www.museumofflight.org.

74th Seattle Kennel Club: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 10-11, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. An anticipated field of 2,000 dogs competing each day for Best in Show. Two-day annual celebration combines many American Kennel Club events with a broad spectrum of special exhibitions aimed at the more than 12,000 dog lovers in attendance. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 seniors (62 and older); $5 juniors (4-14); children under 4 free. For more information, visit www.seattlekennelclub.org.

Benefits

MVYSO hosts Waltz Gala Ball: 6:30-10:30 p.m., Feb. 3, Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley. The Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra hosts its fourth annual fundraiser. The black tie optional evening includes live dance music performed by MVYSO’s Symphony Orchestra, silent and dessert auctions, dinner catered by Cedar Grill, no host bar, a live ballroom dance performance and instruction by Pacific Ballroom Dance Co. Tickets: $40 adults, $35 for under 18. Proceeds benefit orchestra programs. For tickets and information, please visit www.mvyso.org or call 425-358-1640.

Auburn High School Robotics: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 4, Auburn High School parking lot, next to the Performing Arts Center and tennis courts, 700 E. Main St. Students hosting a community-wide recycling fundraising event by collecting unwanted and broken cell phones and other small electronics.  The drive collects used, even broken cell or smart phones and other small electronics.

21st annual Valentine Breakfast: 7 a.m., Feb. 10, 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.

Soroptimist of Auburn Cupids Caper Fundraiser to Support Community Projects: 6:30-11:30 p.m., Feb. 11, Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE, Kent. The event, “Love Under the Big Top,” includes retro circus style decorations, a country club dinner, entertainment by Eric Haines, “The Gentleman Juggler”, raffles, games, silent auction. Primary sponsors: Auburn Wine & Caviar, Segale Properties, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Green River Community College Foundation, Emerald Downs and JLO Washington Enterprises Inc. Reserve your spot now.  Reservations for the evening are $65 per person and can be made at www.siauburn/org/caper.

Bikers Against Child Abuse:  6 p.m., Feb. 18, Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave E., Fife. Fourth annual benefit dinner.  Live auction, dessert auction, music (starting at 9 p.m.) and a closed bar. Proceeds go toward helping children of abuse. Tickets: $15. For reservations, 21 and older only, contact Lil Mama at 206-790-6617 or lilmama@bacaps.com

Sleep Country’s Pajama Drive for Foster Kids: Through Feb. 26. Donations of new pajamas in all sizes can be dropped off at any Sleep Country store. For more information or to find the nearest location, please visit www.sleepcountry.com or call 1-888-88-SLEEP (1-888-887-5337). Cash donations also can be made online and Sleep Country representatives will shop on your behalf. All contributions are distributed among Sleep Country’s foster care partner organizations.

Childhaven’s Celebration Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., March 7, Westin, 1900 5th Ave., Seattle. Keynote speaker is Antwone Fisher, whose struggles through foster care and homelessness became the subject of his original screenplay for the self-titled 2002 film, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. A minimum donation of $150 is suggested. For information, go to www.childhaven.org/luncheon, or call 206-957-4806.

Health

Cascade Regional Blood Center drives:  11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 3, Gordon Trucking/Valley Freightliner, 151 Stewart Road SW, Pacific; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 4, Albertsons, 4010 A St. SE, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

Puget Sound Blood Center drives:  9-11 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 3, Boeing Auburn, 17-44 Cafeteria, 700 15th St. SW (employees only); 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 7, Jefferson High School, small gym, 4248 S. 288th St.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Feb. 9, Social Security Auburn, 1901 C St. SW; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Feb. 23, Auburn City Hall, council chamber, 25 W. Main St. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org.

Have a Heart canine blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 11, Paws-Abilities, 7338 26th Street E., Fife. ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) Blood Bank hosts one-day effort to help secure much needed blood for four-legged companions while shining a light on the importance of this life-saving pet program. For information on requirements and how to donate, please call 206-364-1660 or visit www.criticalcarevets.com/newbloodbank.html. For those interested in the cat donor requirements, please visit www.criticalcarevets.com/newbloodbank.html or email bloodbank@criticalcarevets.com.)

Free health screenings: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 20; 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 27-28, Auburn Valley Y, 1620 Perimeter Road SW.  Get your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose checked. Staff encourages community members, especially those who are uninsured, to sign up for a free screening.  They can register by calling the Y at 253-833-2770.  The screenings are possible due to donations from the Hope Heart Institute and Auburn Regional Medical Center.

The Foothills Dash: 7 a.m., March 10, Orting Eagles Lodge, 112 Bridge St., Orting. 5k and 10k fun run and walk. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Preregister fee is $15 by Feb. 21; day of event fee is $20.  T-shirts available at $15.  To register, contact Pierce County Parks and Recreation, 253-798-4177, or at www.piercecountywa.org/parks

Classes

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.

Auburn Police Department Citizen’s Academy: Class begins March 7, and attendance is free of charge, but registration is required as space is limited. Academy consists of 11 Wednesday evening class sessions from 6:30-9:30 and one Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Class graduation is May 16. All classes meet at the Auburn Police Department, 340 E. Main St. The academy is open to any Auburn citizen, 18 years or older. Applications are available on the City of Auburn website. For more information, call 253-931-3035 or visit www.auburnwa.gov/emergency/police.asp.

CERT courses: The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office, in conjunction with the White River Valley Citizen Corps Council and the Valley Regional Fire Authority, offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training courses to area residents. Four classes offered in 2012: • Starts March 6, ends March 27: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; • Starts April 25, ends June 9*: Wednesday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; • Starts Aug. 21, ends Aug. 23: Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; • Starts Oct. 9, ends Nov. 17**: Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  * This class will have two Saturday drills on May 12 and June 9 from 8 a.m.-noon.  ** This class will have two Saturday drills on Oct. 27 and Nov. 17 from 8 a.m.-noon. Class members will be required to provide some basic equipment, such as sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves. Other necessary supplies and equipment will be provided. A complete list of required equipment will be provided upon registration. Pre-registration is required for all courses and space is limited. There is no fee for the course. For more information, or to register, please call 253-876-1925 or e-mail emergencyprep@auburnwa.gov. Applications also may be downloaded from the City’s website,  www.auburnwa.gov.

Libraries

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:

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Monday Morning Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 6, 13, 27. 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., Feb. 22, 29. Ages 3 to 6. Fun stories, flannel board and songs for kids and their families.

Spanish-English Story Times: 7 p.m., Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages 3 to 8 with adult.

LOL Read Aloud Book Club: 11 a.m., Feb. 11. Grades K-2. Laugh out loud to a funny story, do a quick craft to take home and bring a favorite book to share.

Book Club Party for Kids: 4 p.m., Feb. 21. Join us for a fun discussion of a featured title. Includes snacks and a book club game for kids in grades 3-8.

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 http://www.kcls.org/parents/kidsandreading/rsr/ and at the library.

TEENS

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 www.kcls.org/read3. Sponsored by the KCLS Foundation.

Marble Magnets: 4 p.m., Feb. 14. Held at the PRAB Gymnasium in Les Gove Park, 910 9th St. For teens in middle school, junior high or high school. Show off your craft skills using marbles to create custom magnets to stick on your fridge or locker. Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts.

Book Club: 4:30 p.m., Feb. 21. 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. For teens in middle school, junior high, or high school. This month, discuss “Hurt Go Happy”. 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.

ADULTS

Book a Librarian: Free 30-minute appointments to help you with your information needs. Please come to the library or call 253-931-3554 to make an appointment.

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. • Microsoft Word Level 1, 10 a.m., Feb. 14. Learn basic skills for entering, correcting and revising text on a computer. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard. • Microsoft Excel Level 1, 11:30 a.m., Feb. 14. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas with the fill handle and use Autosum for quick addition. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard.

Genealogy assistance: 1 p.m., Feb. 4, 8, 11, 22; 7 p.m., Feb. 13. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions. Presenter: South King County Genealogical Society.

Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 14. “Traveling with Pomegranates” by Sue Monk Kidd. In this intimate dual memoir, Sue Monk 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. http://blogs.kcls.org/auburn/

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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., Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28.  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. 8, 15, 22, 29. Newborn to 24 months with adult. Stimulate brain development with bounces, rhymes, stories and play time. One baby per lap, please.

Ready-Set-Read: If you are in elementary school, take the Reading Challenge. Read at least 20 minutes per day for 20 days in one month and choose a new paperback book at your community library. Other Information: Forms are available online at http://www.kcls.org/parents/kidsandreading/rsr/ and at the library.

TEENS

Teen Zone: 3 p.m., Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29. 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., Feb. 28. 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.

Marble Magnets: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Open to all teens in middle school, junior high or high school. Show off your craft skills using marbles to create custom magnets to stick on your fridge or locker. Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts.

ADULTS

Book a Librarian: Free 30-minute appointments to help you with your information needs. Please come to the library or call 253-931-3554 to make an appointment.

Computer Class: Registration required. Please sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554. • Internet Level 1, 11 a.m., Feb. 4. Learn how to browse the Internet, type addresses, understand basic Internet vocabulary and use search engines. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse. • Facebook Basics: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 8. Learn the basics of the social networking website 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.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): 6 p.m., Feb. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. 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.

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Baby Story and Play Times: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 2, 23. Babies will be bouncing to fun rhymes and stories. Short play time follows.

Stories and Strings Story Time: 11 a.m., Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29. Come for a rockin’ good time of stories, songs and silliness.

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 http://www.kcls.org/parents/kidsandreading/rsr/ and at the library.

TEENS

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 www.kcls.org/read3. Sponsored by the KCLS Foundation.

ADULTS

COMPUTER CLASSES

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., Feb. 9, 23. 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.

Network

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: www.uwkc.org/taxvolunteer or contact EITC@uwkc.org.

Free Tax Preparation:  Beginning Feb. 3 and running through April 6. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are available to prepare 2011 tax returns at the Auburn Senior Center.   This program is for taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those age 60 and older.   Returns are done by appointment only on Monday and Tuesday mornings, and Wednesday evenings.  Call the Senior Center on 253-931-3018 to make an appointment.

Super Refund Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 4, Highline Community College Outreach Center (Building 99), 23835 Pacific Highway S., Des Moines. Provided by KeyBank, United Way of King County and Highline Community College. One-day event provides free income tax preparation for qualified taxpayers, including determining eligibility for a tax refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit. EITC pays eligible, low- and moderate-income tax payers amounts ranging up to $5,751. However, 15-25 percent of eligible households unfortunately miss out on EITC benefits they are entitled to receive, income tax experts report. Free tax return assistance also available for small businesses. Individuals can learn which documents to bring by calling 206-592-3388.  No appointments necessary.

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.

Greater Auburn Area Career Conference: 8-11 a.m., March 27, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. To register or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pegi Moll at the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce at 253-833-0700 or pegi@auburnareawa.org

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.

Dance

Children’s Dance Theater:  Offering free trial dance, piano and voice lessons. Visit www.auburnchildrensdancetheater.com or call 253-887-8937 for program information. New location at 122 W. Main St.

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

White River Valley Museum:  Exhibits: Best Friends, Antique Photographs of Animals and their People,  now through April 15. Museum located at 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Regular 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 tickets and event information.

Galleries

Auburn City Hall:  Exhibit: Feb. 1-28, artists Marianne Harlor and Kristie Hemphill. 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. SE. 253-931-5043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

 

 

 

 

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