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Auburn-area calendar of events | Nov. 28

Greg Barton shows his steel and copper rooster at the recent Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery
Greg Barton shows his steel and copper rooster at the recent Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery's Get Your Holiday On – a local art exhibit, wine tasting and social gathering for fellow art lovers. The gallery is open at 108 S. Division St.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Events

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

Flood plan meeting: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6, William C. Warren Building, 405 E St. NE, Auburn.  The draft update to the King County Flood Hazard Management Plan is expected to be released to the public in January for public comment and review and expected to be transmitted to the King County Council and the King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors in April for review. The update must receive approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology. To help prepare the draft update, King County hosts a public meeting to discuss the flood risk reduction strategies that are being considered. Meeting includes an overview of the entire plan update, a schedule and a basin-specific presentation.  For more information on plan, call King County at 206-296-8001 or email WLR-rivers@kingcounty.gov. More detailed information is available at: kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding/documents/flood-hazard-management-plan-update.aspx

Holiday events

AUBURN

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Main Street, Auburn. A festive and fun children’s parade, which is followed by community caroling and the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Parade lineup begins at 4 p.m. on E Street NE. Pre-parade entertainment from 4-4:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

Other holiday activities include:

• Auburn Optimist Club’s Santa House: Noon-closing, Dec. 1, B Street Plaza. The Santa House will be open noon-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, and also 3-6 p.m. Dec. 12, and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 19. Call the Auburn Optimist Club for more information at 253-315-3025.

• Snack and Craft at Washington Elementary: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 1, 20 E St. NE. Create fun holiday gingerbread houses and ornaments.

• Holiday movie at the Ave, : 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (PG-13). Tickets: $3. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

• Santa Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. seatings, Dec. 8, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 9th St. SE. A chance for little ones to tell Santa exactly what’s on their lists. Pancake breakfast and great entertainment provided by singer/songwriter Eric Ode. Cost: $5, $7 children; $6, $8 adults. Register early. Event fills up fast. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043 for more information.

ALGONA

Inaugural holiday tree lighting: 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Waffle Park, 402 Warde St., Algona. Auburn Riverside High School Vocal Jazz provides entertainment. Valley Regional Fire Authority displays its new fire engine. A picnic shelter will be dedicated to Jeff Viney for 20 years of service to Algona. Refreshments provided. Free to the public. Call 253-833-2897 for more information.

Holiday social: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8, Filipino American Hall, 103 6th Ave. N, Algona. Food, potluck, The Dickens Carolers provide entertainment. Call 253-833-2897 for more information.

Breakfast with Santa: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8, Hometown Community Services, 401 Warde St., Algona. $5 donation. Call 253-833-2897 for more information. Call 253-833-2897 for more information.

ELSEWHERE

A Victorian Country Christmas: Nov. 28-Dec. 2, Western Washington Fairgrounds and Exhibition Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. More than 550 shops, holiday entertainment, cuisine and wine at the 26th annual event. Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors 62 and over and juniors 6-17. Children 5 and younger are free with an adult. Military personnel $7 with ID. Two dollar discount coupons off the $10 admission price Wednesday-Friday are available at all participating Haggen Food and Pharmacy, Top Food and Drug stores and KeyBank locations in Western Washington. Parking is free at designated fairgrounds parking lots. For more information, visit www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com. For directions, visit www.thefair.com.

Benefits

AYR’s Holiday Adopt-A-Family: Auburn Youth Resources seeks individuals, families, businesses and social groups to “adopt” AYR families for the holiday season. Give food and gifts to families who are undergoing hardship. To learn more, please contact Tiari DeGraw at 253-939-2202 or TiariDe@ayr4kids.org. For more information, visit www.ayr4kids.org.

Sleep Country’s Toy Drive for Foster Kids: Through Dec. 16. Donations of new unwrapped gifts like board games, electronics, book, or musical instruments can be made at any Sleep Country store. Donations will be distributed among Sleep Country’s 24 partner foster care organizations. For more information on the location of the nearest store, please visit www.sleepcountry.com or call 1-888-88-SLEEP.

Auburn Mountainview Winter Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Vendors and school sports/clubs offer original art, crafts, jewelry, quilts, home decorations, food and other creative works. Concessions will be open.

Sip and Shop: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 1, Auburn Wine & Caviar Co., 2402 A St. SE. Sip a glass of wine in a friendly setting and chose some bottles of wine for the holidays. Gold & Silver Traders will buy unwanted gold, silver and diamonds. Purchase silver jewelry with a Silpada representative. A PartyLite representative selling  candles and candle accessories. Vendors providing a portion of the proceeds to the Auburn Riverside High School grad night program. Free to the public.

NW Toy Run: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2,  Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave. SE, Kent at the SE 304th Street exit off Highway 18. Large car show, holiday stop sponsored by Lexus of Bellevue. A new, unwrapped toy or a $5 donation will be collected at the gate with all proceeds going to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, now in its eighth year. The ProFormance Racing School BMW taxi cab guiding trips around the 2.25-mile road course.

Victorian Farmhouse Christmas: Dec. 2, Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn, east of the Highway 18/Auburn-Black Diamond Road exit. Tour times 1,2 and 3 p.m. Tour the historic Victorian Classic Revival farmhouse, decorated for the holidays, with docents in period dress, and enjoy light refreshments and explore the gift shop. Proceeds go toward operating expenses and the continuing restoration of the landmark. Cost: $15 per person. Advance reservations are required. To register, call 253-850-2777. Visit www.neelymansion.org and the Neely Mansion Association Facebook page for further information.

KGRG FM’s Red & Black Benefit Bash: 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 7, Green River Community Collegeg, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. With MC Phoenix Jones. Featuring: Poorsport; Riot in Rhythm; Quickie; Jobe Himself; Amadon. Raising money for KGRG FM and accepting canned food donations for a local food bank, just in time to rock the holidays. Cost: $10. More information: 253-833-9111, ext. 2191, www.kgrg.com.

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, Lifegate Auburn Foursquare Church, 307 E. Main St. Fundraider for the church. Hand-knit scarves, quilted table runners, touchstone jewelry, children’s friendship bracelets, homemade purses, candles and other times. Bake sale table. Free admission.

Electronics recycling: Dec. 29, 1 Green Planet, 500 Oravetz Road SE, Auburn. Bring your recyclable items, working or not, to the Auburn Riverside High School parking lot. Recycling old computers, appliances, stereo equipment, TVs, bikes, trikes, barbecues. Please make a $10 donation to the Auburn Riverside High School grad night program. More information at www.1greenplanet.org.

Health

Cascade Regional Blood Center drives:  10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1, Albertsons, 4010 A St. SE, Auburn; 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Gordon Trucking/Valley Freightliner, 151 Stewart Road SW, Pacific; 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 13, Parametrix, 1002 15th St. SW, Suite 220, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

Puget Sound Blood Center drives:  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Boeing, 700 15th St. SW, Auburn (employees only); 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m. Dec. 27, City Hall, council chamber, 25 W. Main St., Auburn. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org.

Clubs

Striped Water Poets: Meet every Tuesday, 7- 9 p.m., at Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. A roundtable critique and welcoming of new poets.

Auburn Morning Toastmasters: Meet every Thursday morning, 6:30-7:30, Rainbow Cafe, 112 E. Main St., Auburn.  Learn the fine art of communication and public speaking in a friendly supportive atmosphere.  Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 253-735-1751.

Programs, classes

Festive tea: Dec. 1. Seatings at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.,  White River Valley Museum’s town square exhibit, decorated for the holidays, 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Scandinavian theme. Serving traditional sweet and savory treats. Cost: $12 per person. Space limited. Reserve your spot today at www.wrvmuseum.org.

Jet Cities Chorus: 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays, through Dec. 10, Todd Beamer High School, choir room, 35999 16th Ave. S., Federal Way. Jet Cities Chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, offers free group vocal lessons. The all-female chorus (with more than 50 members ranging in age from 20 to 70) sings a capella music in the barbershop style. They are directed by Teresa McCafferty. For more information: 253-630-4077 or jetcitieschorus@gmail.com, or jetcities.org.

Showmanship Activity Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 12, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Join the staff of Heavier Than Air Family Theatre for a workshop designed for scouts. Learn about puppetry, tour backstage, learn a skit and a song or two. Hands-on, fast paced workshop designed to help you complete the Showman pin. Cost: $25 per person and includes a ticket to “The Wizard of Oz” for March 23. Registration deadline for the workshop is Jan. 8. Space limited. For more information, call 253-833-9111, ext. 4966 and leave a message, or visit www.heavierthanair.com.

Libraries

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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

Monday Morning Story Time: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 3. Ages 2 to 6 with adult, siblings welcome. Explore Early Literacy through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes.

Spanish Story Time: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10. Stories, rhymes, felt stories and more for the family.

Wacky Wednesday Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 12, 19, 26. Ages 3 to 6 with adult.

Bouncing Baby Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 13, 20, 27. Ages newborn to 24 months with adult.

Sleepy Story Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 29. All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this 30-minute bedtime Story Time.

Caspar Babypants–Family Sing Along and Concert: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10. 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 show includes simple songs families can sing together to reinforce many concepts related to Early Literacy.

Stuffed Animal Holiday Sleepover: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Ages 3 and older with adult. Come in your pajamas for a holiday story time and library tour with your favorite stuffed animal, then tuck your special friend in for the night and leave them at the library for a stuffed animal sleepover. Munch on a snack and juice at the Teddy Bear Brunch the next morning at 10:30 and find out what your best friend was up to at the sleepover. Children need not attend the Teddy Bear Brunch to participate but must pick up their stuffed animal within one week. Registration required.

TEENS

Teen Zone: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26. Snack, hang out, study, play video games and pick up a good book.

Study Zone: 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Teen Reads Café: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The book club meets once a month to discuss the book of the month and share what we’ve been reading.

Jewelry Making: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Learn how to make your own jewelry using materials such as beads/charms, cords, wire, string, hemp, recycled bottle caps, old keys, etc.

Movie Afternoon at the Library: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Enjoy popcorn and a movie.

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

Book a Librarian: Free 30-minute appointments to help you with your information needs. Please come to the library or call 253-931-3018 to make an appointment.

English as a Second Language (ESOL):  6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Winter Quarter Registration: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Register for the Winter Quarter ESL classes.

Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m. Dec. 1, 5, 8, 12. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions.

Computer classes: Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018.

STARS Workshop, Anger and Consequences in Curriculum and Learning Environments: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8.Presented by Kathy Slattengren, M.Ed., Priceless Parenting. It’s natural to feel angry when children misbehave. However, when we respond with harsh words and consequences, the children’s focus often turns to our response instead of their poor choices. Explore using anger and consequences versus empathy and solutions in response to misbehavior. Provides two hours STARS Credit in Interactions, Level 3. Registration required.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. “Truth Like the Sun” by Jim Lynch. Held at Zola’s Cafe, 402 E. Main St., Auburn.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 5 p.m. Dec. 12; 1 p.m. Dec. 18. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Spanish Story Times: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 11. All young children welcome with adult.

Baby Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 5, 12. Newborn to 24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 4, 11. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Dec. 4, 11. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Wacky Winter Adventure: 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Presented by Luce Puppet Company. Ages 3 and older with adult. Travel along with Pepe the Dog and Freezey the Snow Girl on their adventure to the North Pole to find the Gingerbread Princess. Will she provide magical help to keep Freezey from melting in spring?

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

TEENS

Teen Zone: 3 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26. Stop in to play video games, get online, do homework, hang out or read a book.

Jewelry Making Eco-Gift Workshop: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Re-use or re-purpose fabric, beads, chain and other materials to create a new piece of jewelry to add to your collection or give as a gift. Bring old jewelry you can take apart.

Study Zone: 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19; 3 p.m. Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 27. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Jewelry Making Eco-Gift Workshop: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Re-use or re-purpose fabric, beads, chain and other materials to create a new piece of jewelry to add to your collection or give as a gift. Bring old jewelry you can take apart.

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.

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.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): 6 p.m., Dec. 4, 6. Thursdays. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes Winter Quarter Registration: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Register for the Winter Quarter ESOL classes.

Annual Holiday Open House: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Come for a wintertime treat for the whole family with fun, music and refreshments.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, “A Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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

ADULTS, 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.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: Noon, Dec. 10. Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

COMPUTER CLASSES

Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a class, please call 253-931-6779.

Network

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.

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.

• Hiking Group 50+: Do you like the outdoors? Are you looking to get some more exercise? Don’t like to hike alone? Then we have the group for you. The group hikes 3-5 times a month throughout the Puget Sound region. The hikes range from 3-7 miles and are from easy to moderate. Please call 253 931-3016 for more information.

Entertainment

Pacific Ballroom Dance Holiday Concert: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 30, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Let Pacific Ballroom Dance put some sparkle into the season with its first holiday show, “White Christmas!” Show features 14 new holiday-themed dances. Tickets: $15. Tickets and raffle balloon $35. Children 3 and under free. Order online at www.pacificballroom.org.

Greg Ruby Quartet: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. The quartet debuts new compositions for the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. Featuring top string jazz musicians in the Northwest: Greg Ruby, guitar and compositions; Neil Andersson (founding member of Pearl Django) guitar; Julian Smedley (co-founder of the Hot Club of San Francisco) violin; Spencer Hoveskeland (Bottom Line Duo) bass. Tickets: $7 advance, $10 door. More information at: gregrubymusic.com.

Auburn Symphony Chamber Concert, “ASO Musicians Get Jazzy”: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Lindbloom Center, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Auburn Symphony’s classical musicians team up with jazz vocalist, Kelly Eisenhour, for an evening of old favorites including George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Tickets: $17 adults; $10 students. To order, call 253-887-7777 or visit www.auburnsymphony.org.

Jazz series:: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, Auburn Wine and Caviar Company, 2402 A St. Sereet Southeast, Auburn. Saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis performs each week with a different featured guest musician – or two – from around the region. Featured guest musician schedule: • Dec. 1: George Radebaugh, piano; • Dec. 8: Barney McClure, piano; • Dec. 15: John Stowell, guitar (with a possible guest appearance by winemaker and saxophonist Don Wood); • Dec. 22: Allen Alto, guitar; • Dec. 29: Steve Luceno, bass. For more information, call 253-887-8530.

Red, White and Blue Holiday Concert: 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Celebrate the holidays with this annual free community concert performed by the 133rd Army Band of the Washington National Guard. Tickets are free, but required for admission and will be available for pick-up beginning Nov. 1. Limit 6 per family. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or www.brownpapertickets.com.

Auburn Mountainview High School Bands Winter Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, AMHS Commons, Theater At Mountainview, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Jazz Ensemble entertains in The Commons while you share dessert and conversation with other guests, followed by performances by the AMHS Concert Band and Wind Ensemble in the TAM, under the direction of Derek Pyle.

“Clara’s Nutcracker Dream”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Children’s Dance Theater presentation. Tickets: $10 pre-sale at www.auburnchildrensdancetheater.com or $15 at the door.

Creme Tangerine, “I’m Dreaming of a White Album Christmas”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Group  performs Christmas favorites and the Beatles White Album. Soft drinks, beer, wine and holiday treats available for purchase. Tickets: $20/$17 online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information call PaulYester Productions at 253-223-0803.

“Scrooge The Musical”: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21; 3 p.m., Dec. 16, 22, Performing Arts Building, main campus, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Presented by Heavier Than Air Family Theater, Green River Community College’s resident community theater. Tickets: $10 per person. For more details, visit www.heavierthanair.com.

Ave Kids, Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies Rockin’ in a Winter Wonderland: 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Seattle songwriter and early childhood music educator Brian Vogan specializes in writing songs that the entire family can enjoy. Come on down and boogie with Brian and his fabulous eight piece band, the Good Buddies, who will be performing a special concert of winter themed songs, including many hits from their three award-winning children’s albums. Tickets: $6. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

31st Bronn and Katherine Journey Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Bronn and Katherine Journey and friends present a casually elegant evening featuring music celebrating the joy of the Christmas season. Enjoy the warmth of a special event that combines harp, humor and song.  Tickets: $14-24. Order: www.BrownPaperTickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.

An Inspirational Christmas with Elvis: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Elvis tribute artist Danny Vernon returns to the theater with Marcia Ann Margret and the DeVilles. Tickets: $20/$18. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

PaulYester productions presents A Christmas Carol: Dec. 20-23, various evening and matinee times, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Victorian era story, classically told, as Dickens intended. Tickets: $20/$12 online at www.Brown Paper Tickets.com. For more information call PaulYester Productions at 253-223-0803

Almost Live’s John Keister and Brooks McBeth: 8-10 p.m. Dec. 28, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Tickets: $20. National Headliner Brooks McBeth and Seattle icon/legend and Almost Live host John Keister perform. Order at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra, “The Beauty of Brahms”: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Brahms’ “Symphony No. 3 in F”; Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 3” with soloist Rodger Burnett; Kodaly’s “Peacock Variations”. Free pre-concert lecture begins 45 minutes prior to performance. Tickets: $34 adults; $27 seniors (55 and older); $10 students. To order, call 253-887-7777 or visit www.auburnsymphony.org

Auburn Symphony Chamber Concert, “Romantic Organ Treats”: 4-6 p.m. Feb. 24, St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn. Joseph Adam, organist at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, joins Brittany Boulding, violin, and Brian Wharton, cello, in a concert showcasing the beautiful organ sounds found in the romantic Suite by organist and composer Joseph Rhineberger to the fireworks of Handel-Halvorsen’s Passacaglia. Tickets: $17 adults; $10 students. To order, call 253-887-7777 or visit www.auburnsymphony.org

Auburn Symphony Chamber Concert, “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant”: 4-6 p.m. March 10, St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn. Seattle poet Jack Prelutsky, the first Children’s Poet Laureate of the U.S., narrates his award-winning book, “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant,” accompanied by five musicians playing Lucas Richman’s original score. Tickets: $17 adults; $10 students. For tickets, call 253-887-7777 or visit www.auburnsymphony.org

Poetry at The Station Bistro: 7-10 p.m., first Mondays of each month, Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Poets featured at the open mic venue. Presented by The Station Bistro, the Northwest Renaissance, Auburn Striped Water Poets. Open to poets of every age and skill level. • Dec. 3 program: David D. Horowitz and Nashira Priester. For more information, contact mcbreenpost@aol.com.

Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Open mic on the last Wednesday of the month. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.

Classic Kid’s Movies Series Package: 2 p.m. Saturdays, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.  •  Jan. 12: “An American Tail”; • Feb. 2: “Babe” ;  March 2: “Hey There It’s Yogi Bear!” Series package: $10. Call Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Order online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra, “Spotlight on the Auburn Symphony”: 7:30 p.m. April 27; 2:30 p.m. April 28, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. R. Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration” and Stravinsky’s “The Right of Spring”. Free pre-concert lecture begins 45 minutes prior to performance. Tickets: $34 adults; $27 seniors (55 and older); $10 students. To order, call 253-887-7777 or visit www.auburnsymphony.org

Music

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra: Taylor Creek Church, 21110 244th Ave. SE, Maple Valley.  MVYSO boasts a playing group for every level, from beginning strings to string ensemble. For more information, call 425-358-1640 or visit www.mvyso.org.

Rainier Youth Choirs: RYC has three leveled groups based on age and ability (grades 4 through college).  Call 253-347-0180 to schedule an audition.  For more information, visit  www.rainieryouthchoirs.org.

Dance

Children’s Dance Theater Open House:  Visit www.auburnchildrensdancetheater.com or call 253-887-8937 for program information. New location at 122 W. Main St. (entrance in back)

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:  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:  Dec. 5 to January: Auburn High School Student Art Show. Talented students from throughout Auburn showcase their artwork of various mediums and techniques. Gallery is located at 25 W. Main St.  Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov.

Small Works, Big Presents, The Gift of Art: Exhibit runs through Dec. 16, White River Valley Museum, Key Bank Gallery, 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Give the gift of art this season. The third annual juried art exhibit features local and regional artists of all mediums, with one twist – all art must be miniature or small format. Sponsored by the City of Auburn Arts Commission. For more information, visit www.wrvmuseum.org.

 

 

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