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Auburn area calendar of events | March 25

Evan Murray, 5 and his mom, Alisa Murray, play the board game, Life, during the Mother and Son Date Night at the Auburn Valley YMCA last weekend. The special evening for moms and their kids included dinner and other activities. For more program information at the YMCA, call 253-833-2770. - Rachel Ciampi/For the Reporter
Evan Murray, 5 and his mom, Alisa Murray, play the board game, Life, during the Mother and Son Date Night at the Auburn Valley YMCA last weekend. The special evening for moms and their kids included dinner and other activities. For more program information at the YMCA, call 253-833-2770.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/For the Reporter

Events

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

Artist talk and opening reception: 5:30 p.m., April 1. Meghan Urback and Patti Bowman will discuss their artwork as part of an opening reception at the City Hall Gallery, 25 W. Main St. Free and open to the public. Exhibit is open through April 30.

Barrier-Free Playground & Sensory Garden groundbreaking ceremony: 10:30 a.m., April 5, Les Gove Park, 910 9th Street SE. Public is invited. The barrier-free playground features include universally accessible pathways and surfacing; play structures configured to support all levels of development; transfer stations; water and sand play, interactive play areas and auditory elements.

Auburn Arts Cooperative: 7 p.m., April 8, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. A public informational meeting for community members working to form a new organization for the Arts. Refreshments and prizes. For additional information, please contact Lela Brugger: lelalu@yahoo.com

Emerald Downs opening night: 6 p.m., April 9, season opener for the 89-race date meet, the 15th at Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Racing will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Thursday racing will begin June 10 and continue through Aug. 26. For information, visit www.emeralddowns.com.

Puyallup Spring Fair: April 15-18, Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours: 2-10 p.m., April 15; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., April 16-17; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., April 18. Admission: adults $9; students (6-18) $7; free student admission April 15; 5-and-under free. For more information, call 253-841-5045 or visit www.thefair.com.

Healthy Kids Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 17, Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Road SW. Featuring more than 60 different activities for kids, plus health and wellness resources for families. Also, an Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run competition is being held for ages 7-14 with the help of the Green River Community College Athletic Department. Free to the public. The first 100 kids will receive a free T-shirt and the first 700 kids will receive free hair cut coupons from Gene Juarez Academy or SportClips. There will be 1,000 free Cliff bars, a drawing for a free one-year family membership and many other great prizes. For more information, call 253-833-2770.

Easter

Community Easter egg hunt: Noon, March 27, Les Gove Park, 910 9th St. SE. Auburn Elks Lodge No. 1808 welcomes children 10 years and younger. Egg hunts established for age brackets 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Clowns, candy, treats and fun for all ages.

Auburn Noon Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt: 1 p.m., April 3, Les Gove Park, 910 9th St. SE. Children up to 12 years of age are encouraged to attend the event, hunt for candy and other prizes. There is no registration required. Call 253-735-5340, e-mail ChiefJohnson@comcast.net or visit www.AuburnLions.com.

Easter Sunrise Service: 6:30 a.m., April 4, Mountain View Cemetery, 2020 Mountain View Drive, Auburn. The service is open to all faiths. The Rev. John Olsen of Messiah Lutheran Church will preside over the service, which also will include music and an Easter message. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 253-931-3028 or visit www.mtviewcemeteryauburn.com.

Benefits

Rummage sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 27, Senior Activity Center, 808 – 9th St. SE, Auburn. A variety of items priced to sell. Anyone interested in donating items for the sale should bring them to the center beginning March 23. For free pickup of donations or for more information, please call 253-931-3016.

Rock the Green Clean: 2-7 p.m., March 28, Crystal Bistro Lounge and Sushi, 1324 Roosevelt Ave. E, Enumclaw. Middle Green River Coalition, “Clean the Green” and Washington Recreational River Runners sponsoring the benefit to help raise awareness about the Green River Gorge conservation efforts and raise money to support two annual cleanup events – May 1, Aug. 21 along the gorge and Green River Valley. Live music by Howling Rain, Foothills Band, The Kevin Jones Band, Jake Nicholas, and others. Raffle, spaghetti feed, native plant displays, along with whitewater, mountain biking, and Green River Gorge videos. For more information, visit: www.mgrc.org/rockthegreenclean.html

Curves of Auburn Food Drive: Throughout March, 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.

Food drive: Though March 31, Apple Physical Therapy, 720 12th St. SE, Auburn. Collection site for non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest. To find the Apple Physical Therapy location near you, visit www.applept.com or contact the administrative office at 253.840.6448.

Golf and spa event fundraiser: Auburn Gateway School is now accepting registration for its inaugural golf and spa event on May 16. Sign up now to golf, attend the spa event or to sponsor or make a donation. Proceeds support the non-profit school, including student scholarships. For more info, visit www.auburngateway.com, e-mail auburngatewayschool@gmail.com or call 253-735-2242.

Dog adoption fundraiser: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., April 25, Tiki Tails, 106 11th St. SE, Auburn. Animal First Foundation, Motley Zoo and Puget Sound Dog & Goat Rescue will provide 30-40 dogs for adoption. Public is welcome. Raffling prizes. Tickets $1. Do not have to be present to win. Taking appointments for grooming dogs. Proceeds will benefit the three on-site rescue organizations. For more information, call Michelle and Nikki at 253-288-1199.

Classes

Disaster preparedness workshop for adult family home operators: 10 a.m.-noon, March 30, Auburn City Hall Council Chambers, 25 W. Main St. Presented by the City of Auburn Office of Emergency Management. Workshop features a one-hour disaster preparedness presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Adult family home operators will have the opportunity to have their plans reviewed; they are encouraged to bring current copies with them. Space is limited and participants should RSVP by March 25 by calling 253-876-1925 or e-mail rrelfe@auburnwa.gov to reserve a seat.

Biodiesel basics: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., April 19-28, ending May 1, from 9 a.m.-noon, Green River Community College main campus. Continuing Education Department is offering a spring quarter class on how to process biodiesel at home. A two-week classroom and hands-on learning course will be taught by James Burke. Course will include how to assemble, troubleshoot and maintain a biodiesel manufacturing unit, how to manufacture biodiesel from waste vegetable oil and explore how WVO biodiesel manufacturing can create self-sustaining communities worldwide. Fee for the 15-hour class is $119. For more information, call 253-833-9111, ext. 2535.

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 e-mail auburngatewayschool@gmail.com.

Valley Christian School: 1312 2nd St. SE, Auburn. School now accepting registrations for preschool through eighth grade. There is licensed child care before and after school. DSHS accepted. For more information, call 253-833-3541 or visit www.valley-christian.com.

At the Hop: 12:30-1:15 p.m., April 3, Les Gove Park Multipurpose Building, 1020 Deal’s Way SE Auburn. For ages 2-5 and parents. Movement, music, crafts and stories with bunnies. Class fee is $8 for residents, $10 non-residents. Register for classes and programs via Auburn@Play online at www.auburnwa.gov, in person at the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration building at 910 Ninth Street SE or by calling 253-931-3043.

Exhaustive workshop with Patti Bowman: 1-5 p.m., April 24, Veterans Memorial Building, 405 E. St. NE. Fee: $36 residents, $45 non-residents. $20 supply fee payable in class. To register, call 253-931-3043, or in person at the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, 910 Ninth St. SE, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Drawing and painting classes for youth: Ongoing art classes for young artists, ages 6-12, available through the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. Call 253-931-3043 to receive a quarterly brochure listing classes for all ages or register for classes. You also may do so in person at the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, 910 Ninth St. SE, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Health

Blood drives for Cascade Regional Blood Center: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., April 23, ‘Pint for a Pint’ event, Trade Route Brewing & Taphouse, 1091 Valentine Ave. SE, Pacific. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ‘Pint for a Pint’ event, Trade Route Brewing & Taphouse, 1091 Valentine Ave. SE, Pacific.

Puget Sound Blood Center blood drives: 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; 8:30 am.-4:30 p.m., April 2, Boeing Auburn 17-44, west side of Cafe 17-44, 700 15th St. SW; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., April 5, Messiah Lutheran Church (The New Gathering Hall), 805 4th St. NE; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., April 9, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Plaza 1, 202 N. Division St., (mobile at 2nd Street entrance); 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., April 14, Social Security, 1901 C St. SW, Auburn; 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 21, West Auburn High School, 401 W. Main St. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org.

Journey to Freedom: 4-6 p.m., Sundays, April 21-Aug. 1, Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Road SW. Health and wellness classes. Space limited. Open to non-members. Sign up by calling 253-833-2770 or online at www.auburnvalleyymca.org.

Libraries

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

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Toddler ABC Story Times: 10:15 a.m., March 29, April 12, 19, 26. 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.) March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27. Newborn to 24 months with adult.

Preschool ABC Story Times: 11 a.m., March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26. Ages 3 to 5 with adult, siblings welcome.

Spanish-English Story Times: 7 p.m., April 5, 12, 19, 26. Ages 3-8.

Wacky Wednesday Family Story Times: 10:15 a.m., March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. Ages 3 to 6, siblings welcome.

Sleepy Story Times: 7 p.m., April 1, 8, 15, 22, 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.

Book Club Party for Kids: 4 p.m., April 16. “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo. Grades 3-8. Join us for a lively and fun discussion, includes ice cream and juice.

Book Buddies: 4 p.m., April 7, 14, 21, 28. Teen volunteers are available in the children’s area to assist elementary school students with their reading.

TEENS

Study Zone: 5 p.m., March 29; 6 p.m., March 23, 30; 4 p.m., March 25; 4 p.m., April 1, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, 29. 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.

Teen Book Club: 4:30 p.m., April 20. “The Wednesday Wars” by Gary Schmidt.

Writer’s Workshop: 3:30 p.m., April 8, 29. Designed to help writer’s create a character or start their life story.

Game On!: 3:30 p.m., April 7, 14, 21, 28. Play your favorite games for the Wii, Xbox 360, GameCube and PS2.

Poetry Cafe: 6:30 p.m., April 15. Bring your poetry, short stories or song lyrics to share. Light refreshments will be provided.

What Smart Girls Know, Empowerment for Girls: 5:30 p.m., April 1. Girls ages 11-18. Author Deborah Reber will share with girls a healthy way to deal with life, love, friendship, health, emotions and everything in between through the use of affirmations that begin with the three words: smart girls know. Covering everything from how media portrays girls to reigning in out-of-control emotions, this program empowers girls by showing them what they already know in a way that provokes questions and gives them insight into the power within them.

Twilight Prom: 6 p.m., April 2. Attention Twihards. Celebrate the release of the “New Moon” dvd with games, trivia, a photo opportunity and snacks. Formal wear encouraged but not required.This is an after-hours event in the library meeting room. No in-and-out privileges.

ADULTS

AARP Tax-Aide: 4 p.m., March 30, April 6, 13. 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., April 27. The Friends support the library and programs. Join us.

Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m., April 3, 7, 10, 14, 28; 7 p.m., April 12. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions.

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.

Talk Time: 6:30 p.m., April 1. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this free English conversation group.

Citizenship Class: 3 p.m., March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24. Get help with the citizenship interview process.

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.

Computer Classes: Sign up at the information desk or call 253-931-3018. • Microsoft PowerPoint: 10 a.m., March 27; • Introduction to Computers: 10 a.m., April 1; • Microsoft Excel Level 1: 7 p.m., April 1; • Internet Nivel 1 (Clase en Español): 7 p.m., April 5; • Microsoft PowerPoint: 7 p.m., April 6; • E-mail Level 1: 10 a.m., April 10; • Microsoft Excel Level 1: 7 p.m., April 13; • Facebook & LinkedIn: Social Networking Basics: 10 a.m., April 14; • Microsoft Excel Level 2: 7 p.m., April 15; • Internet Level 1: 10 a.m., April 19; Excel Level 3: 10 a.m., April 22; Microsoft Word Level 1: 10 a.m., April 24.

Resume Help: 10 a.m., April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30. Receive one-on-one assistance on your resume. Beginning March 21, sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018.

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

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., April 6, Starbucks on Auburn Way South and M Street. “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan. Please see http://blogs.kcls.org/auburn/adults/ for more information.

STARS Training, Making Science Fun: Noon, April 24. Presented by Ed Sobey. Teachers, caregivers and parents will learn how to engage children in learning science through hands-on activities that are enquiry-driven and open-ended.

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

CHILDREN

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. 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, April 12, 26. 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.

TEEN

Study Zone: 3:30 p.m., April 14, 21, 28. Grades K-12. Drop in during scheduled Study Zone hours for homework help from volunteer tutors.

Game On!: 3 p.m., March 24, April 7, 14, 21. Teens in middle, junior high and high school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games.

Anime Club: 3 p.m., March 31, April 28. Teens in middle and high school.Watch anime videos and practice your manga drawing. Check out the library’s collection of manga material too.

ADULTS

Citizenship Workshop: 6:30 p.m., April 5. Presented by Washington New Americans. Ask and receive answers to your questions regarding U.S. Citizenship.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m., April 21. Share your love of books and connect with fellow readers at our monthly book group. Copies of the book have been reserved for participants and are available for check out at the library. New members welcome.

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

STORY TIME

Stories and Strings: 11 a.m., April 7, 14, 21, 28. 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. • 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. • Internet Level I, 10 a.m., April 20. Learn about a browser, type Web addresses, click links and navigate pages and sites.  This class prepares students for the Internet Level 2 class. • E-mail Basics, 6 p.m., April 22. Create a new email account. Learn how to open, and read, and reply to messages.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Reading in the Woods Book Group: 7 p.m., April 12. Join us for a lively thoughtful discussion. This month’s book is “the Beloved Dearly,” by Doug Cooney. Light refreshments will be served. Please come to the Service Desk at the library to obtain a copy of the book.

TUTORING

Study Zone: 5-7 p.m., April 13, 20, 27. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors.

TEEN SPECIAL PROGRAM

Muckleshoot Poetry Café: 6:30 p.m., April 8. Share your poetry, song lyrics, or short stories at our Poetry Cafe, hosted by Joel Keeline. This month’s theme is “A Time of New Beginnings.” Light refreshments will be provided.

Network

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.

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 tickets and more information, contact Pam Taylor at 253-205-0604 or ptaylor@valleycities.org

Recognition of Service Dinner: 5:30 p.m., April 14, Copper Falls Restaurant Banquet Room, Auburn Golf Course, 29630 Green River Road SE. Opportunity to build relationships among elected officials and business community. Sponsored by Comcast & The Boeing Company, Waste Management. Cost: $35 per person. Please RSVP by April 7 by contacting. Betty Cannon, Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, 253-833-0700.

The First Tee! National School Program: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 29, Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave . SE, Kent. Lunch and four-person, 18-hole golf scramble supports organization for Auburn schools. Dinner, raffle and silent auction follow golf. Fee: $800/team with half of the entry fee going directly to The First Tee; $400 is a tax-deductible donation to the organization. Fee includes golf, range balls, carts, tee prize, lunch, dinner, competition and prizes. Men and women mixed teams are invited to play. Field limited to the first 32 teams. For information, call 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: 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.

• Open Jam Session: 10-11:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Jessie Powell is the organizer of the musicians, but anybody is welcome to come and play with the group.

• Wii bowling: 9:30 a. m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays.

Music, theater

“Return to the Forbidden Planet”: 7:30 p.m., March 25, 26, 27, Auburn Mountainview Theatre, 28900 124th Ave SE, Auburn. Presented by the Auburn Mountainview Theatre Company. A jukebox musical by director Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and the 1950s science fiction film “Forbidden Planet” (which itself drew its plot loosely from The Tempest). Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students.

“The Music Man”: 7 p.m., March 25-26-27. Green River Community College, Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Presented by Heavier Than Air Family Theatre. Tickets: $10. For more information, call 253-833-9111, ext. 2400.

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.

‘All Creatures Great and Small’ : 7 p.m., March 27, Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 SE 248th St. Rainier Youth Choirs will present its spring choral concert, showcasing its three auditioned groups, Bella Voce, Colla Voce and Consonare, spanning grades 4 through college age youth. Members come from Covington, Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn, Federal Way, Enumclaw and Renton. Tickets are $12 and $10 purchased in advance and $15 and $12 at the door. For ticket orders and more information about Rainier Youth Choirs, visit www.rainieryouthchoirs.org.

“The Battle on the Ice”: 7:30 p.m., April 10-11, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Auburn Symphony Orchestra concert, a tribute to Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokoviev, including the music of Kyra Humphrey, contralto; The Federal Way Chorale, Laird Thornton, director. A free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m., both days. Reserved seats: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at www.auburnsymphony.org.

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.

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.

Sunday night jazz: 8 p.m., every Sunday, Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S., Club Galaxy. Darren Motamedy and guests. 21-and-over. No cover. 253-939-7484, www.muckleshootcasino.com.

Gateway Concert Band rehearsals: 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Enumclaw Middle School, 550 Semanski St. S. Welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. The band, led by Jack Prindle, will perform its next concerts March 28-29 at White River Enumclaw high schools. For more information, visit www.gatewayconcertband.org or contact Jack Prindle at 360-825-5369 or jfprindle@comcast.net.

Auditions

‘Cinderella’: 7-9 p.m., March 30, April 1, Performing Arts Building, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Heavier Than Air Family Theater, Green River Community College’s resident community theater, will hold open auditions for an upcoming production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”.Informal read-through type auditions will be held for adults, ages 18 and older. Auditioners should, but are not required to, bring a picture and lead sheet. Needed are community actors and actresses with strong singing, dancing and acting skills. Rehearsals will be every Tuesday and Thursday starting April 8, with performances June 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2010. For more information, call 253-833-9111, ext. 4966.

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 Coffee 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: 14 B St. NE, Nos. 1, 2, Auburn. Call 253-887-8937 or visit www.auburnchildrensdancetheater.com for more info.

Ballroom dance: 2-4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St., Auburn. 253-874-4270.

Creative Dance Movement: 10 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Dance movement class for ages 3-5. Ballet classes for older children available 4-5 p.m and 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $25 per month. Black Diamond Gym, 25511 Lawson St. 360-886-1011.

Museums

Black Diamond Historical Society Museum: Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays; noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 32627 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2142, museum@blackdiamondmuseum.org or www.blackdiamondmuseum.org.

White River Valley Museum: • Exhibit: Jan. 13-April 18. “On Track: The Railroad Photographs of Warren McGee.” Collection chronicles and pays tribute to 20th century Northern Pacific trains from Montana to Washington state. Jointly sponsored by Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association, Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Historical Society, the exhibit features nearly 40 stunning photographs taken by McGee over a 60-year period, beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1990s. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission: $1-$2; free on Wednesdays. 918 H St. S.E., Auburn. 253-288-7433 or www.wrvmuseum.org.

Galleries

Auburn City Hall: • Exhibit: March 1-31. Featuring the art photography of Mick Klass and Shek Lun Ho, 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. S.E. 253-931-5043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

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