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Auburn area calendar of events | Feb. 11

Contestant Raquel Robayo-Krause preps for the Miss Auburn Pageant in the
Contestant Raquel Robayo-Krause preps for the Miss Auburn Pageant in the 'green room.' The pageant, held last week, drew 22 contestants. Auburn's Lindsay Tosch captured the crown.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/For the Reporter

Events

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

12th annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Feb. 13, Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 East D St. Free community event celebrating the Asia Pacific region through song, music and traditional dance. Children can participate in educational games, storytelling and hands-on activities. More than 60 booths will display arts and crafts, while the food court offers fare from India, Korea, China, Japan and Polynesia. www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org

47th District GOP caucus: 10 a.m., Feb. 13, Kentridge High School, 12430 SE 208th St., Kent. A pooled caucus for all precincts within the district. Come and discuss platform issues and elect delegates to the district legislative caucus on March 13. For more information, visit kc47gop.org

Early Bird Swap Meet & Car Show: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 13; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 14, Location: Americraft ShowPlex, Pavilion, Expo Hall (enter through Blue or Gold Gate), Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. SW. Tickets: $5. 253-863-6211, www.earlybirdswap.org.

Presidents’ Day Youth activities: Noon-4 p.m., Feb. 15, Pacific-Algona Community Center, 100 3rd Ave. SE, Pacific. The City of Pacific Community Services Department and the Park Board of Commissioners are sponsoring an afternoon of activities for youth from first-12th grade. Activities include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament (two age groups), East Room board games, computer lab games, Wii bowling tournament, photo contest, crafts and games for younger kids. Drawing for free Wii with completed Parks survey. Snacks provided.

4th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night : 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 19-20, Auburn Senior Activity Center, located at 808 Ninth St. SE. Presented by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. Girls age 4-10 years will enjoy an evening with their daddy or special date. Dancing, dinner and dessert are included in the $45 per couple registration fee ($10 each additional girl; non-resident fees apply). Visit the Parks, Arts & Recreation Office at 910 Ninth Street SE to register or call 253-931-3043.

The Harlem Globetrotters Magical Memories World Tour: 7 p.m., Feb. 19, ShoWare Center, 625 W James St Kent. For tickets, call 1-866-973-9613 or 253-856-6999, or visit www.showarecenter.com. For more details, visit. www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

NW Extreme Flat Track Racing LLC: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Location: Paulhamus Arena (enter through Green Gate), 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup. Tickets: $10, under age 6 free. 253-722-8009, www.mickeyfaysraces.com.

Washington Arms Collectors Show: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 20; 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 21. Pavilion, Expo Hall (enter through Blue Gate), 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup. Tickets: $8; active duty military $4. 425-255-8410 or 425-255-8410, www.washingtonarmscollectors.org.

Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Feb. 20; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 21, Americraft ShowPlex (enter through Blue Gate), 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup. Tickets: $5 (good for both days); age 18 and under free. 360-427-5599 or 866-922-7469, www.washington-aviation.org

The Auburn School District All School Food Drive: Feb. 22-March 5. Challenging each other to do more and replenishing the shelves of the Auburn Food Bank. Please drop off food donations at any Auburn public school or the food bank (930 18th Place NE) in the name of the school. For more information, call the food bank at 253-833-8925.

Sewing & Stitchery Expo: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb.25-28, Americraft ShowPlex, Pavilion, Expo Hall (enter through Gold or Blue Gate), 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; age 10 and under free. 253-445-4575, www.sewexpo.com.

ACAP annual breakfast: 7 a.m., March 12, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. For more information, contact Largo Wales at 253-939-0870.

Benefits

Mundell family benefit: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 12, Sports Page Tavern, 2802 Auburn Way N. Auction, benefit for family of slain Pierce County Deputy Kent Mundell. Raffle items may be sent to The Sports Page or brought directly to the tavern any time. People also may call 253-732-9818 and arrange for the donation to be picked up. The names of all donors will be listed in a letter attached to the final check, to be hand delivered to the Lakewood Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The raffle and silent auction will include music and appetizers.

Thomas Jefferson High School 6th annual auction: 7 p.m., Feb. 20, Emerald Downs. Sponsored by the Raider Parent Movement. Silent auction opens at 5 p.m., and the live auction/dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Proceeds to support special programs, purchase equipment and fund scholarships. Items include everything from dinner certificates to a trip to Italy. Entertainment by the TJ Band and Jazz Choir and special appearances by TJ alums are planned. For information about purchasing tickets or donating items please, visit the www.fwps.org/tj or call the Thomas Jefferson office at 253-945-5600.

Auburn Eagles crab feed: 3-5 p.m., Feb. 21, Auburn Eagles, 702 M St. SE. Tickets: $20, includes 1½ crab, cole slaw, salads, garlic bread, baked beans, hot butter, pop, coffee and beer. Tickets on sale at the bar. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 16. Non-members welcome. Proceeds go for building maintenance. For more information, contact Phil Peterson, 253-261-6761, or the Eagles at 253-833-2298.

Meredith Hill Elementary PTA auction: 6 p.m., Feb. 26, 5830 South 300th St., Auburn. Silent auction opens at 6 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m. Dessert available. Check out the many items available. Free admission. www.orgsites.com/wa/meredithhillpta

Help Haiti Relief Fund: 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Feb. 27, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Live music, free food. Organized by the Northwest Caribbean Connection in collaboration with the City of Auburn. Cash donations accepted at the door. For more information, call Randy (253-561-1798), Merna (253-312-8962), Jah Breeze (206-550-3905) or John (425-269-3990).

River Rush 5K Fun Run: 9 a.m., Feb. 27, Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road. Run to benefit Raven Crew, Auburn Riverside’s mentorship program. Open to all ages and fitness levels. 3.1-mile out-and-back course mostly flat with one gentle hill. Please bring a donation to support the Auburn Food Bank. Music and prizes at the run. Entry fee: $20 pre-registration by Feb. 17, $25 after. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration available in the high school main office. For more information, call 253-804-5154 or e-mail jmoberg@auburn.wednet.edu

Lake Meridian Chiropractic Food Drive: Throughout February, Lake Meridian Chiropractic, 12901 Kent Kangley Road SE. Donations go the Kent Food Bank. Cinic is offering a free exam for new patients in exchange for 10 donated items, to further encourage the community to help out. 253-630-1575, www.lakemeridianchiropractic.com

Curves of Auburn Food Drive: March 1-31, Curves of Auburn, 423 E. Main St., Collecting non-perishable items and monetary donations for food banks in the local area. Members who donate a bag of groceries or make a minimum donation of $30 during the month of March will receive a reusable Curves grocery freezer bag for free. Non-members who do likewise between March 8-20 can join Curves for free. For more information, contact Jeanne Pratt at 253-887-8959 or 9ZJVCE4A3@curvesmail.com.

Classes

Art with Artists series: Register in person at the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration Building, 910 Ninth Street SE (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) or by calling 253-931-3043. • Oil painting with a palette knife with Arlon Rosenoff: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 20; noon-4 p.m., Feb. 21, Les Gove Building, 1020 Deal’s Way SE. Ages 16 and older. Fee: $100 residents, $125 non-residents. Supply list to be provided upon registration.

Introduction to ICS (Incident Command System): 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 27. City of Pacific is offering a six-hour class on the ICS tool that is used in emergency management and response. ICS 100 and higher is required for all workers operating in emergency and disaster response. Class limited to 30. Pre-registration is recommended. Although first preference will be given to Pacific residents, class is open to all who wish to attend. There is no charge. Attendees who take the test online will receive a printable certificate from FEMA. For more information or to register, send name, address and contact information to pacificmayor@aol.com. A signup sheet also will be available at City Hall, 100 3rd Ave. SE.

Karate/self-defense: 3:30-4:15 p.m., Feb. 22, Auburn Gateway School, 410 H Street NE Auburn. A free after-school class is open to all elementary school-aged children living in the Auburn community. Class is taught by master Rick Dye and Sandan Jennifer Dye, experts from American Colleges of Mixed Martial Arts in Auburn. For more info or to register, call 253-735-2242 or e-mail auburngatewayschool@gmail.com

Auburn Gateway School registration: Now accepting registrations for students for their 2010-2011 school year for preschool through grade 6. For more information or to schedule a visit please, call 253-735-2242 or email auburngatewayschool@gmail.com

Health

Blood drives for Cascade Regional Blood Center: 1-4 p.m., Feb. 10, St. Francis Hospital, 34515 9th Ave. S, Federal Way. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 22, Valley Regional Fire Authority, 1101 D Street NE, Auburn. 5-9 p.m., Feb. 27, Cheyane Giving Back, 38051 49th Ave. S, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

Puget Sound Blood Center blood drives: 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Feb. 15, First United Methodist Church, 100 N. St. SE, Auburn; 2-8 p.m., Feb. 18, St. Vincent de Paul, 30525 8th Ave. S, Federal Way; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Feb. 22, Zones, Inc., 1102 15th St. SW, Auburn; 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 23, Jefferson High School, little gymnasium, 4248 S. 288th St., Auburn; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., March 2, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St.; 9-11:30 a.m., March 3, Aero Controls, Inc., 1610 20th St. NW, Auburn; 1-4 p.m., March 3, Auburn Mechanical, 2623 W. Valley Highway; 1-3:15 p.m., 4-7 p.m., March 8, LDS Auburn, 625 M St. NE; ; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., March 15, Light of Christ Lutheran Church, 2400 SW 344th St., Federal Way; 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., March 24, Muckleshoot Tribal School, 15599 SE 376th St., Auburn; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., March 25, Auburn Mountainview High School, auxiliary gym, 28900 124th Ave. SE; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., March 27, bus by Burlington Coat Factory, SuperMall, 1101 Supermall Way; 2-4 p.m., 4:45-8 p.m., March 30, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 3939 331st St. SW, Federal Way. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org.

Faith

Auburn Church Q/A: 5 p.m., Feb. 14, 421 E. Main, Auburn. Veteran evangelists Mike Brenneman and Rod MacArthur will be on the panel to give Bible insights to Bible questions. The public is invited. No collections will be taken. For information call Rod at 206-949-0325 or Mike at 253-520-0101.

Libraries

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Toddler ABC Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 22, March 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Explore the alphabet through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes.

Tuesday Baby Tales and Bounces Story Times: 10:05 a.m., (repeated at 11 a.m.) Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Newborn to 24 months with adult.

Preschool ABC Story Times: 11 a.m., Feb. 22, March 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages 3 to 5 with adult, siblings welcome.

Wacky Wednesday Family Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Ages 3 to 6, siblings welcome.

Sleepy Story Times: 7 p.m., Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18. All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this 30-minute bedtime story time.

Early Literacy Parties in Spanish: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 18, 25, March 4. A series of free workshops for Spanish-speaking families with children ages newborn to 5. Families learn about early literacy and how to prepare their children for kindergarten. Free books in Spanish.

Book Club Party for Kids: 4 p.m., Feb. 19, March 19. Grades 3-8. Join us for a lively and fun half hour discussion of our favorite books. Our party includes ice cream and juice.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: 10:15 a.m., March 1, for ages 2 to 3; 11 a.m., for ages 3 to 5, siblings welcome. Celebrate Read Across America Day with stories, rhymes and finger plays from Dr. Seuss.

Early Literacy Parties in Spanish: 10:30 a.m., March 4, Fiestas de Alfabetización Temprana En Español. Para familias hispanas con niños recien nacidos hasta 5 años. Series de talleres GRATUITOS. Las familias aprenden acerca de Alfabetización Temprana y como prepara a los niños para el kindergarten. Libros gratuitos en espanol. No se requiere registrase pero el espacio es limitado. Materiales y manualdades. Bocodillos y bebidas. Subvencionado por la Fundacion del KCLS.

TEENS

Study Zone: 5 p.m., Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 6 p.m., Feb. 9, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 4 p.m., March 4, 11, 18, 25. Grades K-12. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors. .

Study Zone Online Now Available: 3-8 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays; 3:30-6 p.m., Sundays. Grades K-12. Join an online Study Zone classroom to get help in math, science, English and social studies from a volunteer tutor.  For more information, www.kcls.org/studyzone. At this time Study Zone Online is available only through a library computer.

Game On!: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 17, 24, March 3. Play your favorite games for the Wii, Xbox 360, GameCube and PS2.

MarioKart Tournament: 3 p.m., March 10. Kick off your winter break with a MarioKart tournament. Winners at the 50, 100 and 150cc levels will receive gift cards. Registration begins at 3 p.m., game play at 3:30.

Teen Book Club: • 4:30 p.m., Feb. 23, “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers. • 4:30 p.m., March 23, “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson.

Writing Group: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 23, March 9, 23. Group meets twice a month to do writing exercises and discuss our work.

Anti-Valentine’s Days: Feb.14-18. Make hilarious anti-valentines, create break-up story mad-libs and change those mushy romance novels into something more exciting.

Anime/Manga Club: 4 p.m., March 1. Bring your favorite or new anime and manga to discuss.

CrunchyCo Chiptunes Concert: 3:30 p.m., March 12. Ever wondered how you can make music using just a GameBoy? The guys from CrunchyCo will perform a chiptunes concert and show you how to rock out tech-style.

ADULTS

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): 6 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 17, 22, 24. (No class Jan. 18). Presented by Green River Community College. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.

AARP Tax-Aide: 4 p.m., Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Free tax help for taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

Friends of the Auburn Library Meeting: 7 p.m., Feb .23, March 23. The Friends support the library and programs. Join us.

Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 24, March 3, 10, 13, 24; 7 p.m., March 8. 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. • Introduction to computers: 10 a.m., Feb. 13; • Microsoft Excel Level 2: 12:30 p.m., Feb. 13; • Microsoft Word Level 1: 10 a.m., Feb. 17; • Microsoft PowerPoint: 7 p.m., Feb. 23; • Microsoft Word Level 2: 10 a.m., Feb. 27; Internet Level 2: 12:30 p.m., Feb. 27; • E-mail Level 1: 10 a.m., March 2; • E-mail Level 2: 10 a.m. March 4; • Internet Nivel 1 (Internet Level 1): 7 p.m., March 9; • Microsoft Excel Level 1: 10 a.m., March 11; • Microsoft Word Level 1: 10 a.m., March 13; • Microsoft Excel Level 1: 7 p.m., March 16; • Microsoft Excel Level 2: 10 a.m., March 18; • Microsoft PowerPoint: 7 p.m., March 23; • Microsoft Excel Level 3: 10 a.m., March 25; • Microsoft PowerPoint: 10 a.m., March 27.

Share your Love of Reading with Someone Who Cannot Visit the Library: Volunteer to select, deliver and return library materials to a shut-in patron at least once a month, for one year. You must be age 18 or older and have reliable transportation. Training is provided and takes about an hour. For more information, contact Susan LaFantasie, 425.369.3235 or 877.905.2008.

Resume Help: 10 a.m., Feb. 17, 24. Receive one-on-one assistance with your resume. Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253.931.3018.

Talk Time: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this free English conversation group.

Citizenship Class: 3 p.m., Feb. 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. Get help with the citizenship interview process.

Bakra Bata Music and Dance Ensemble: 2 p.m., Feb. 21. Ensemble utilizes steel drums, dance and movement to present the musical traditions of the Caribbean, Africa and South America.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 7 p.m., March 2. Please see our blog http://blogs.kcls.org/auburn/adults/ for more information.

The Olympic Spirit: 4:30 p.m., March 26. Presented by Libby Ludlow. Join the former Olympian as she discusses her role as a member of the United States Ski Team in the 2006 Olympics and talks about the hard work, dedication and challenges young athletes face when they are competing on the world stage.

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

CHILD

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 16, 23, March 23, 30. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Feb. 16, 23, March 23, 30. 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. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Newborn to 24 months with adult. Join us for a special one-on-one bonding time with bounces, rhymes, stories and play time. One baby per lap, please.

Pajama Story Times: 7 p.m, March 8, 22. Ages 3 and older with adult, siblings welcome. Fun stories, music and activities before bedtime. You are welcome to attend in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed friend.

Wombat Stew: 11 a.m., Feb. 28. Ages 3 and older. Join us for a gooey, yummy, funny puppet show based on the book by Marcia Vaughan. Enjoy the Kookaburra song, listen to an Emu play a didgeridoo and bounce along with Wallaby Volleyball. Written and produced by Charlie Williams, the Noiseguy.

Kids Friday Movie Matinee: 1 p.m., Feb. 19. Ages 5 to 12, ages 8 and younger with adult. Join us in the afternoon to enjoy a great movie.

Rhyme Time: 11 a.m., March 2. Presented by Nancy Stewart.Join this musical celebration of poetry, as you sing, dance and play with words that rhyme. Following the performance, celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the master of rhyme, with cake and juice.

TEEN

Study Zone: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 24. Grades K-12. Drop in during scheduled Study Zone hours for homework help from volunteer tutors.

Game On!: 3 p.m., Feb. 17, March 3, 10, 17, 24. Teens in middle, junior high and high school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games.

Anime Club: 3 p.m., Feb. 24, March 31. Teens in middle and high school.Watch anime videos and practice your manga drawing. Check out the library’s collection of manga material too!

ADULT

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: • 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17. “Love in Black and White” by William S. Cohen. • 7:30 p.m., March 17, evening class by Maeve Binchy.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.

Friends of the Library Meeting: 6:30 p.m., March 17. Consider becoming a Friend of the Algona-Pacific Library. Share your love of the library and make new friends as you lend your talents to expand opportunities for kids, teens, adults and families in the community.

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

STORY TIME

Stories and Strings: 11 a.m., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17. Please join us for stories, sing-alongs and other fun activities.

COMPUTER CLASSES

Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a class, please call 253-931-6779.  • Internet Level I, 10 a.m., Feb. 23. • Word 2007 Level I, 6 p.m., March 4. Learn basic word processing skills such as entering, selecting and deleting text. This class prepares students for the Microsoft Word Level 2 class. • Word 2007 Level II, 6 p.m., March 28. Review basic word processing skills such as entering, selecting and deleting text. Learn how to select and format text, set margins, align paragraphs, and use cut and paste. Prerequisite: Microsoft Word Level 1.

Tutoring

Study Zone: 5-7 p.m., Feb. 16, 23. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors.

Teen Special Program

Poetry Night at Muckleshoot Library: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11. Share your poetry, song lyrics, or short stories at our Poetry Night, hosted by Joel Keeline. Light refreshments will be provided.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Reading in the Woods Book Group: 7 p.m., March 8. Join us for a lively thoughtful discussion. This month’s book is “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe. Light refreshments will be served. Please come to the Service Desk at the library to obtain a copy of the book.

Network

Auburn Area Chamber Hockey Night with the Thunderbirds: 5:05 p.m., Feb. 15. Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Vancouver Giants, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. Limit of two free tickets per company; you must be a Chamber member to qualify. Order by Feb. 5, or while supplies last. To order, call 253-833-0700.

Auburn Area Chamber after hours/mixer: 5-7 p.m., Feb. 18, Auburn Meadows, 945 22nd St. NE. 253-833-0700.

Fierce Job-Hunting Workshops: 3:30-5 p.m., every Thursday, White River Museum, 918 H Street SE, Auburn. Get free help finding a job, provided by JobBait.com and sponsored by the City of Auburn. Get more detail at http://jobbait.com/a/auburn-workshops.htm.

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.

Eleventh annual Greater Auburn Area Career Conference: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., March 23, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. For more information, contact Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce’s Nancy Wyatt at 253-833-0700 or nancy@auburnareawa.org.

Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation annual Community Awards and Auction & Dinner: 5:30 p.m., March 26, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn. All proceeds to help children, youth, adults, families and veterans in South King County. Tickets: $60 per person. For more information, vontact Pam Taylor at 253-205-0604 or ptaylor@valleycities.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: Noon Mondays-Fridays. Registration for lunch begins at 11 a.m. Choose from soup and sandwich or the main meal menu. Cost: $3 donation for ages 60 and older; $5.75 for those younger than 60.

• Movie screenings: 12:45 p.m. , Wednesdays. Refreshments provided. Cost: Free.

• Monday Supper Club: 5-6 p.m. the third Monday of the month. Cost: $5; registration required.

• Meals on Wheels: Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. For more information call the Auburn Senior Center at 253-931-3016.

• Enhance Wellness Program: Registered nurse and social worker are on-site to help individuals work towards their own health and wellness goals. Call for details.

Music, theater

Live jazz: 5:30-7:30 p.m., every Saturday, featuring local musicians. Pazzo Coffee, 3312 Auburn Way S., Suite A, Auburn. Free admission for anyone who likes jazz.

“McManus in Love”: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-13, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Live at the Ave presents McManus Comedies, “A wonderful cross between Mark Twain and Bill Cosby.” Tickets: $17-$15 college students. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/95097.

Theater Camp: Feb. 15-26, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Sign your children up for a fabulous opportunity to perform in a play. Ages 7 through ninth grade. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation: 253-931-3043.

Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Three standup comedians keep you laughing all night long. Comedy at The Ave is not recommended for children under 18 years. Tickets: $17, $15 college students. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/95085.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra “The World of César Franck”: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Conducted by Stewart Kershaw, featuring piano soloist Mark Salman. A tribite to César Franck, a widely-admired French composer. Free pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets: Reserved seats $25, adults; $20, students, seniors. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at auburnsymphony.org.

Barbara Duffy & Company “Stages”: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26. Stages incorporates song, dance, dialogue and improvisation into an evening of high-energy entertainment, paying tribute to the masters who shaped the tap dance as an art form, providing a unique perspective on its future, and celebrating life through the universal power of rhythm. Tickets: $18-16. Purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets or call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

“The Little Mermaid”: 2 p.m., Feb. 27-28, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Presented by Avenue Kids’ Theater Camp. Play based on Hans Christian Andersen beloved story of the little mermaid who wished to be a human girl, and featuring a cast of young Auburn performers . All tickets $6. Tickets only available through Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation, 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party Tour: 7:30 p.m., March 12, 13; 2 p.m., March 14. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Rock the night away with Buddy Holly (Ryan Coleman), Ritchie Valens (Paul Eddy) and The Big Bopper (Jim Kleinbeck) backed by a live eight-piece band. Hear favorites like “La Bamba”, “Chantilly Lace”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Maybe Baby”, “Peggy Sue” and “Oh Boy!” Summit Productions show. Tickets: $15-17. Group discount rate for 10 or more. Tickets soon will be available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/. Call 253-200-5905 to reserve tickets.

Frank & Malachy McCourt’s “A Couple of Blaguards”: 7:30 p.m., March 26. Performed by Howard Platt and Jarlath Conroy, “A Couple of Blaguards” is a bubbling stew of humor with dashes of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. Written by Frank McCourt (“Angela’s Ashes,” “Tis”) and brother Malachy McCourt (“A Monk Swimming”), “A Couple of Blaguards” is a fast-paced romp and the result of the McCourt brothers listening to stories of their elders, which tunes the ear, the eye and the tongue to give voice to even the most trivial of events. Tickets: $18-16. Purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets or call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Cabiri “Carpathian Dawn”: 7:30 p.m., April 24. The Cabiri performance troupe is a Seattle-based ensemble devoted to exploring the mysteries and tales of long-lost cultures from all around the world. These modern muses depict ancient myths and legends using theatre, music, aerial arts, dance, puppetry, and a little sprinkling of magic fairy dust. Discover the timeless tales and myths hidden in the dusty tomes of the long forgotten Land of Rus. The development of Carpathian Dawn is partially supported with funding from 4Culture of King County and The National Endowment for the Arts American Recovery Act Funds. (Single tickets for this event will be available after Jan. 30).

Calling all musicians: The Auburn Senior Activity Center will be hosting jam sessions for musicians on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Musicians who play acoustic and electric instruments are invited to play. Jam sessions will be conducted from 10-11:30 a.m. at the center, 808 9th St. SE. For more information, please call 253 931-3016.

That 80’s Show: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., every Tuesday, Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S., Club Galaxy, 21-and-over. No cover. 253-939-7484, www.muckleshootcasino.com.

Nightlife

Baker Street Books: 7-10 p.m. various Fridays and Saturdays, live jazz. Baker Street Books, 32709 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2131. All events are free, no cover.

The Royal Bear Pub and Eatery: 35731 W. Valley Highway, Algona. 253-833-6686.

Open mic night: Second Friday of the month, Kona Kai Coffe Co., 124 4th Ave. S, Kent. Public invited to perform and share talent with the community. Or come and enjoy listening to the local undiscovered talent perform. The event is regularly recorded and with permission, portions are aired on local Public Access Television. 253- 859-5662.

Dance

Children’s Dance Theater’s “The Queen of Hearts Tea Party”: Feb. 13, 14 B St. NE, Nos. 1, 2, Auburn. Forty-five minute parties will be held at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Participants will make a heart-themed necklace, dance to the “Queens of Hearts” variations and enjoy some tea and cookies. Recomended ages: 3-6. Cost: $10 per participant and advanced registration is required. Call 253-887-8937 or visit www.auburnchildrensdancetheater.com for more info.

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