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Auburn-area community calendar | Feb. 21

Nine quality used regulation pool tables are among the items that will be available for purchase at the Auburn Valley YMCA garage sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9.  - Courtesy photo
Nine quality used regulation pool tables are among the items that will be available for purchase at the Auburn Valley YMCA garage sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

Events

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

25th Northwest Flower & Garden Show: Feb. 20-24, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle. Show hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. Showcase of imagination and inspiration with gardens big and small, more than 120 free seminars, “The PlayGarden” for families, a large lineup of exhibitors. Adult “early bird” discount tickets ($16) available up to Feb. 19, and can be purchased by visiting the show’s website or at participating nurseries and retail outlets in the region. Visit www.gardenshow.com for online purchases and complete listing of ticket sale outlets. Phone orders can be placed at 800-343-6973.

Seventh annual Daddy Daughter Date Night: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE. For girls ages 4-10 years old. Opportunity for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or big brothers to take their special little girl out for a night she will never forget. The night will begin with a couples photograph, followed by dinner, dancing and dessert. Each child will receive a 5-by-7 portrait and a party favor. The all-inclusive event is $45 per couple ($10 each additional girl; non-resident fees apply). Pre-registration is required. To purchase advance tickets, visit the Parks, Arts & Recreation Office at 910 Ninth Street SE or call 253-931-3043.

Groundbreaking on new Auburn High School: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24,  high school, 700 E. Main St. The public is invited. Parking is available in the Auburn Performing Arts Center parking lot. Ceremony celebrates the community’s support and commitment to provide 21st century teaching and learning environments for all students. Site construction begins on Feb. 25. Project updates available at www.auburn.wednet.edu/AHSProject.

My Wedding My Way: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9, Green River Community College, Lindbloom Student Center, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Are you planning a wedding that is … DIY, offbeat, funky, eco-chic or just the traditional with a little twist? Looking for some inspiration? If so, join us for a day of hands-on workshops, vendors and fashions shows all dedicated to you and your perfect day at this one-of-a-kind South Sound event. More than 40 vendors are scheduled to attend. Free. For more information, contact Jaime Simmons at 253-333-6010 or jsimmons@greenriver.edu, or bit.ly/mwmw2013

Kids’ Day: 10 a.m.-noon, March 30, Green River Community College, Lindbloom Center,12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. A celebration of kids. Face painting, a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunt, games, cotton candy. Enjoy a special performance by B. Vogan and his Good Buddies. Free. For more information, visit www.greenriver.edu

Benefits

Sleep Country’s Pajama Drive for Foster Kids: Through March 3. 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 888-88-SLEEP (75337).

YMCA pillowcase drive: Through April 15, Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Road SW. Collecting fun pillowcases for children undergoing treatment at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Donors can buy a pillowcase from the store or use their imagination to sew, embroider or decorate one. Happy Hands Club will be collecting  pillowcases and delivering them to Mary Bridge.  The goal is to collect 1,000. For more information, call Christine Gifford at 253-833-2770, ext. 7563, or cgifford@seattleymca.org.

See Ya Later Foundation, “Ladies Night Out”: 5-8 p.m., Feb. 27, Oddfellas Pub and Eatery, 102 W. Main St., Auburn. Several vendors on hand, food and drink specials, and a raffle benefitting the SYL Foundation. Admission is free. The foundation is a nonprofit, faith-based and nondenominational organization designed to help families fraught by a medical crisis. To learn more, visit www.seeyalater.org.

Bus Barn Bonanza: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2, Auburn School District Transportation Yard, 615 15th St. SW. Featuring arts and crafts from local artists and business people. Free to the public. A $10 vendor fee supports the Auburn High School seniors scholarship fund. The bonanza is open on the first Saturday of every month, March to June, October to December. For more information, contact Janie Bartro at 253-227-7789, or visit www.busbarnbonanza.com.

The Kiwanis Club of The Valley trivia challenge game night: 5:30 p.m. March 7, Rainier Room, second floor of the Truitt Building, 102 W. Main St., Auburn. Proceeds to benefit Auburn Food Bank. Teams of six to eight people are forming. Cost is $45 per person and includes dinner and dessert. Cash bar is available. Donations for the food bank will be accepted at the door. To register, visit www.kiwanistriviachallenge.com. Find out more on at www.facebook.com/kiwanistriviachallenge.

YMCA garage sale: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9, Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Road SW. Proceeds to support programming for children in need from the greater Auburn community. Come browse the thousands of items donated, including nine quality used regulation pool tables, furniture and household items. Clothes are offered at $1 to $5. Of note, donations are being accepted through March 6. Furniture may be dropped off on the morning of the event.

Bunco Night with AAEOP: 6:30 p.m. March 15, Dick Scobee Elementary School, 1031 14th St. NE, Auburn. Auburn Association of Educational Office Professionals’ third annual scholarship fundraiser. Want to register to play?  Visit the events page at www.auburnaeop.org or call Ann Gilbert at 253-931-4984. We encourage graduating seniors to apply for educational scholarships.

ARHS Booster Club Auction: 5-10 p.m. March 23, Green River Community College,“Come Sail Away” event benefits Auburn Riverside student activities, clubs, sports and scholarships. Tickets: $35. To order, contact auction chair Kristie Ayers at 206-255-5811 or kristie@kristieayers.com.

The Auburn Mountainview Booster Club Auction – “Off to the Races”: 6-10 p.m. March 29, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Money raised supports the school’s clubs, sports and activities, in addition to scholarships and InvestED. Auction tickets $35 (buffet dinner, silent and live auction). Donations for auction are appreciated. A tax deduction letter is available. Please send donations to: AMHS, 28900 124th Ave. SE, Auburn, WA 98092 – c/o AMBC 2013 Auction. 0eFor more information, contact Tracy Arnold at 206-679-8929 or tracyarnold@comcast.net.

Health

Cascade Regional Blood Center drives:  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 2, Lakeland Hills Community, 1408 Lake Tapps Parkway E.; 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 21, West Auburn High School, 401 W. Main St.; 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26, Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

Puget Sound Blood Center drives:  9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m. Feb. 28, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St.; 8:30-11 a.m. March 5, Aero Controls Inc., 1610 20th St. NW, Auburn; 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 5, GSA, 40015th St. SW, 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, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 108 S. Division, Suite B. Learn the fine art of communication and public speaking in a friendly supportive atmosphere.  Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 253-735-1751.

Hitch-N-Go RVers meeting: 1-2:30 p.m. Feb 26, Kent Library, 212 2nd Avenue N. Monthly mid-week camping outings. Lunch following at a local restaurant. Visitors welcome. For information, contact 206-243-0163.

Classes

CERT: The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office – in conjunction with the White River Valley Citizen Corps Council and the Valley Regional Fire Authority – offers a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course to area residents. The training, a four-week course, meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to noon. Classes are: March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, with the final drill and graduation on March 28, from 8 a.m.-noon. Classes will be held in downtown Auburn. Pre-registration is required for all courses and space is limited. For more information, or to register for this class, please call 253-876-1925 or email emergencyprep@auburnwa.gov. Applications may also be downloaded from the Internet by visiting www.auburnwa.gov/services/emergency.

Auburn Citizens Academy: Begins March 6. Auburn Police Department, 340 E. Main St., Suite 201. Evening sessions explore the inner workings of the police department and give citizens direct, candid, first-hand information. The academy consists of 11 Wednesday evening class sessions from 6:30 to 9:30 and one Saturday session from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Graduation is May 15. Registration is open. The academy is offered free of charge to any Auburn citizen 18 years or older. Applications are available at http://www.auburnwa.gov/page951.aspx. Applicants must pass a background check prior to being admitted to the class. For more information, call 253-804-3124.

Faith

Family History Expo “Who Do You Think You Are?”: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Star Lake Meetinghouse, 28616 48th Ave. S., Auburn. Family and ancestors made us who we are today. Find their stories, find yourself. Guest speakers, exhibits, lunch. Guest teachers will lead classes on a variety of family history subjects. Cost: $3 suggested donation for lunch. For more information, contact Annette Pratt at 253-941-8204, aneatap@comcast.net.

Libraries

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Monday Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Monday Preschool Story Times: 11:15 a.m. Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25. Ages 3 to 7 with adult.

Wednesday Infant Story Times: 10 a.m. Feb.  27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. Ages newborn to 24 months with adult.

Spanish Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Feb.  23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. All young children welcome with adult.

Play & Learn: 10:30 a.m. March 26. Newborn to age 5 with caregiver. Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing.

Beauty and the Beast: 11:30 a.m. March 2. Presented by Auburn Actors Guild of Auburn High School. Be our guest for a Story Time and activity hosted by Belle and her enchanted friends from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This event will best delight ages 5 to 10 and the young at heart.

TEENS

Teen Zone: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. Snack, hang out, study, play video games and pick up a good book.

Study Zone: 3 p.m. Feb.  26, March 5, 12, 19, 26; 5 p.m. Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25; 6 p.m. March 6, 13, 20, 27. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Teen Library Council: 3:30 p.m. March 11. The Teen Library Council gives you the opportunity to have a say in what goes on at the library for teens, develop planning and leadership skills and earn community service hours. Volunteer application and parental permission required. For more information ask at the Auburn Library or call 253-931-3018.

Teen Book Speed Dating: 4 p.m. March 18. Spend a minute with several books to find your true book love to take home.

Teen Book Club: 4 p.m. March 19. “We Were Here” by Matt de la Pena.

Meet the Authors: 3:30 p.m. March 20. Megan Bostic (“Never Eighteen”), Helen Landalf (“Flyaway”) and Kim Derting (“The Bodyfinder” series). They will share from their books, talk about writing and answer your questions. An opportunity to meet the authors, purchase books and have your books signed will follow.

Monday Afternoon Movie: 3 p.m. March 25. Enjoy movies and popcorn at the library.

ADULTS

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

English as a Second Language (ESL) : 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. No class on Feb. 18. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

Computer classes: Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. • Word Level 1, 10 a.m. Feb. 23; • One-on-One Computer Assistance,10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. March 12; • Introduction to Computers, 10 a.m. March 16; • Microsoft Publisher, 10 a.m. March 20; • Facebook Basics, 10 a.m. Monday, March 25; • Microsoft Word Level 2, 10 a.m. March 30.

Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m. March 2, 6, 9, 20. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions.

AARP Free Tax Help: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26. For taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Stop by or call the library to register.

Auburn Reads Pride and Prejudice: The library celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s classic with a variety of lectures, films, book discussions and events. For details, please ask at the library. • Auburn Loves Austen Film Series, 2 p.m. Feb.  23, March 2; • Book discussions, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22; 4 p.m. Feb. 25. • Jane Austen Lecture - A Return to Civility, 4 p.m. Feb. 21; • Jane Austen Film Series Mansfield Park (1999), 2 p.m. March 2; • Jane Austen Lecture: Life aboard Naval Vessels of the Regency Period, 4 p.m. March 4; • Book Discussion: Pride and Prejudice, 4 p.m. March 7; • The Bushwick Book Club Performs Pride and Prejudice, 2 p.m. March 9; • Jane Austen “Regency-Style” Afternoon Tea, 2 p.m. March 10. At Auburn Senior Activity Center. Registration required.

American Indians in Cinema: 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The public image of American Indians has been more defined by cinema than that of any other people in history. This conversation, led by cinema scholar Lance Rhoades, will prompt us to address the formidable role cinema has played in producing, perpetuating and challenging perceptions of American Indians, past and present.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 3 p.m. March 9, 13, 17. Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Auburn Library Book Club: 6:30 p.m. March 12. “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak.

A Place at the Table: KCLS invites everyone to find A Place at the Table. We’ll toss around fresh ideas about food, cooking, nutrition and growing and using locally produced food. In addition to offering new food ideas, preparation and planning skills, and handy online classes, videos and resources, the series will help everyone create a nourishing table by accepting non-perishable food donations, to be distributed to local King County food banks. www.kcls.org/cooks.

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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. 26, March 5, 12. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Feb. 26, March 5, 12. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Spanish Story Times: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19. All young children welcome with adult.

TEENS

Teen Zone: 3 p.m. Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. Stop in to play Xbox, PlayStation and Wii games, get online, do homework, hang out or read a book.

Study Zone: 6 p.m. March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Digital Storytelling: 3:30 p.m. March 5, 12, 19, 26. Learn how to create your own digital story using pictures, photographs, and a story that you narrate. This class will take place over four weeks. Please bring a flash drive with any photographs that you would like to use.

Limited to the first six participants.

Teen Book Club: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26. 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.

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. • Microsoft Word Level 1, noon, March 4; • One-On-One Computer Assistance, 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. March 18.

One-On-One Computer Assistance: 2 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Do you need extra help on the computer? Have a special project you’re working on? Want to create an email account? A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL): 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Presented by Green River Community College. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m. March 20. “Anthem” by Ayn Rand.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 4 p.m. Feb. 26, March 26. Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

A Place at the Table: KCLS invites everyone to find A Place at the Table. We’ll toss around fresh ideas about food, cooking, nutrition and growing and using locally produced food. In addition to offering new food ideas, preparation and planning skills, and handy online classes, videos and resources, the series will help everyone create a nourishing table by accepting non-perishable food donations, to be distributed to local King County food banks. www.kcls.org/cooks

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

COMPUTER CLASSES

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

OTHER

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 6 p.m. March 5. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Network

Auburn Area Chamber “Connecting for Success” 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.

14th Annual Greater Auburn Area Career Conference: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 27, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. For more information, contact Pegi Moll, 253-833-0700.

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.

Auditions

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26; call-backs at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.  Auburn Community Players’ production of a hilarious tale of adolescent overachievers’ angst played out at the spelling championship of a lifetime. Performers 18 and older (due to mature content). Bring a resume and a prepared musical theater song, 16-32 bars, no a cappella. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist will be provided. The show run is 7:30 p.m. May 31, 7:30 p.m. June 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 9.  For more information, contact Jim Kleinbeck at 253-804-5057.

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:  Exhibit: Through April 14 –  I Do! Traditions of the American White Wedding. The American white wedding is every little girls dream-the perfect beau, the elegant white gown, tiers of wedding cake and something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Many of today’s wedding standards are steeped in traditions originating in religious ceremony, royal fashion and ancient history. I DO! uses antique wedding gowns and accessories to explore the histories and myths surrounding the customs of the American white wedding. 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.

I DO! EVENTS:

• Textile Preservation for Wedding Gowns: 7-8:30 p.m. March 12. Registration required at www.wrvmuseum.org or at 253-288-7439

Galleries

Auburn City Hall:  Through Feb. 26. Kathy Lobdell who captures the the imagery of the face in encaustic and layer upon layer of melted wax.  This exhibit is paired with John Breitweiser who alters, rearranges and reimagines designed commercial portraits through collage and cutting apart existing imagery. 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.

Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery: 108 S. Division St., Auburn. Hours:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m., Saturday. www.facebook.com/auburnvalleycreativearts.

AVCA monthly meetings: 7 p.m., second Tuesday of each month, 108 S. Division St., Auburn.  Monthly meetings and demos.  Board meetings are at 5:45 p.m. Open to anyone wishing to volunteer and help steer AVCA to future goals.  Program lineup: • March 12, Di Faria (fused glass); April 9, Mike Greely (photography); May 14, Greg Watson (American Raku pottery).

 

 

 

 

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