The Washington State Fair returns Aug. 31, with big fun, big food and big concerts. Many of the fair’s favorite foods, rides, vendors and entertainment will return. COURTESY PHOTO, state fair

The Washington State Fair returns Aug. 31, with big fun, big food and big concerts. Many of the fair’s favorite foods, rides, vendors and entertainment will return. COURTESY PHOTO, state fair

Auburn-area community calendar | Aug. 17

Event listings, including fundraisers and museum programming

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Events

Auburn Tourism: For special events or to add a special event, go to exploreauburn.com.

Auburn International Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 30, Les Gove Park, 1140 Auburn Way S, Auburn. Featuring more than 40 vendors offering a variety of fresh farm-based foods, hand-crafted items, baked goods and hot ready-to-eat foods. Free to enter. Vendors will be selling products on site, prices vary. For more information, visit auburnfarmersmarket.org.

Washington State Fair: Aug. 31-Sept. 23. Closed Tuesdays and Sept. 5, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Concerts, rides, food, vendors, rodeo, animal exhibits, art and culture, interactive fun, special attractions. Labor Day weekend hours: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday. Post-Labor Day hours: 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Pre-fair gate admission (ends Aug. 30): adults $11; students (ages 6-12) and seniors $9.50; 5 and under free. Regular admission prices (starting Aug. 31): adults $14; students (ages 6-12) and seniors (62 and older) $11; 5 and under free. Information: 253- 841–5045 (24-hour hotline), 253-845-1771 (office), or thefair.com

Cascade Gem & Mineral Show: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23, Green River College Student Union Building, 2401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Kids activities, demonstrations, more than 20 dealers, and a free rock for every child. Free parking. No admission. Info: cascademineralogicalsociety.org

Benefits

The Bus Barn Bonanza: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 1. Held on the first Saturday of every month, February to June, October to December, 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 nonprofit organization’s scholarship fund for Auburn School District seniors. For more information, call 253-227-7789.

Third annual Auburn Mountainview Football Mattress Fundraiser: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9, Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE, Auburn. Top brands in all sizes. Proceeds support the Lions football program. Hosted by Custum Fundraising Soluntions. For more information, visit bit.ly/Beds4AuburnMtview.

Third annual Hot Rod Garage Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15, 615 15th St. SW, Auburn. Oddfellas Pub & Eatery presents the scholarship fundraiser, part of the Bus Barn Bonanza Bazaar and Flea Market. Food, music, prizes and awards. Free T-shirts and dash plaques will go to all vehicle entries. Vehicle entry time is 8 a.m. Registration fee is $20. For more information, call Tracie at 206-356-5359. Table spaces are available for $10. Vendor doors open at 8 a.m.

Programs

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) Resource Fair: 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 29, Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. SW, Burien. For new and expecting parents in Renton, Kent, Burien and surrounding South King County neighborhoods. Check out local resources for parents and see what they have to offer new families. Visit with local providers, hear about support and resources, enter to win a door prize. Featuring Families of Color Seattle: FOCS, NAPS Doulas, Nurturing Pathways, PALS Doulas, PEPS, Puget Sound Birth Center, Southwest Youth and Family Services, Valley Medical Center, Westside Baby. Free. To learn more and to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/new-expecting-parent-resource-fair-tickets-48700114353. To learn more about PEPS, go to peps.org.

Seniors

Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or auburnwa.gov. Senior activities include:

ACTIVITIES:

Senior Coffee Hour with Mayor and Councilmembers: 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month.

Lunch: Monday-Friday. Salad bar begins at 11:30 a.m., Main meal served at noon. Cost: $4 suggested contribution for ages 60 and over, $6 under age 60.

Movies: Wednesdays, 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Monday Social Dinner: 4:45-5:30 p.m. Second Monday of the month. $7 for all ages.

Meals on Wheels: Sound Generations program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. For more information call the center at 253-931-3016.

PROGRAMS

Auburn Respite: Nonprofit adult day care program, meets on Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For those seniors who are unable to utilize the senior center on their own and have special needs, the Respite Program may be just what you’re looking for. Call Sheila Pankratz at 253-229-7510 for more information. There is a nominal fee, which may be negotiated upon request. They are always looking for new volunteers too.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Senior Center could not operate at the level is does without volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please call the center to find out what the current volunteer needs are.

Museums

White River Valley Museum

Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and the first Thursday 6-8 p.m. Regular admission is $5 adults, $2 seniors and children. Children 2 years of age or younger are free. Free admission on the first Thursday and third Sunday of the month. For more information, visit wrvmuseum.org or call 253-288-7439.

EXHIBITS

Sasquatch, Ancient Native Perspectives on the Mysterious Beings of the Woods: Opens July 11, through Dec. 16. It examines ancient Native oral histories documenting the possible presence of mysterious humanoid beings that live deep within the Pacific Northwest forests.

EXHIBIT EVENTS

Big Foot Does Not Like Birthday Parties, Story and Song Time with Eric Ode: 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Free (no registration, but space is limited). Recommended ages: 3 and up

PROGRAMS

Late Play Date: 6-8 p.m., first Thursday of every month. Drop-in for free admission and themed activities perfect for families with children 3-12 years of age. No registration required.

MARY OLSON FARM PROGRAMS

Located at 28728 Green River Road SE, Auburn. Call 253-288-7433 or visitwrvmuseum.org for event information and tickets.

8th annual Hops and Crops Music & Beer Festival: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 16. The 21-and-over event includes a beer garden with 30-plus craft brews and ciders from local breweries and live music performances that showcase the eclectic Northwest music scene. Bands represent roots, indie-Americana, reggae/ska and garage funk. Guests can bring camp chairs or blankets to sit back and enjoy the music, take a tour of the historic farmhouse, learn more about hops at the Hops Craze exhibit or try their hand at classic lawn games. All proceeds from the event support educational programming at the farm. Tickets: $15 online in advance, $20 at the gate. Hops & Crops is sponsored by Reber Ranch.

ALSO

Hops in the Valley: 1 p.m. Aug. 18. Learn about hops history with museum curator of collections Hilary Pittenger and modern beer making with Arthur Cohn from Scamp Brewing. Free.

Galleries

Auburn City Hall: Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. 253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov.

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