Auburn-area community calendar | Aug. 2

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30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-6, Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave. SE, Kent. The NHRA Drag Race Series’ annual summer stop. Pro and sportsmen categories. Tickets available through or or by calling Pacific Raceways at 253-639-5927.

Auburn International Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 24, Auburn Sound Transit Plaza, 23 A St. SW. More than 40 vendors offering a variety of fresh locally grown farm-based foods, hand-crafted items and concession stand that are restaurant-based but feature a home-cooked taste. Market coordinated by the City of Auburn. It includes free performances, guest chef demonstrations with farm-fresh ingredients, children’s activities, and classes on health, nutrition and gardening. For more information, visit

Pacific Police Department Open House: 4-8 p.m. Aug. 11, Centennial Park, 100 Third Ave. SE, Pacific. Public safety fair includes State Patrol, Airlift Northwest, Valley Regional Fire Authority, AFIS Fingerprint Division, Valley Com 911, child ID kits, Valley Swat. Booths, the Reptile Man, face painting, food. All ages welcome.

AuburnFest: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 12, Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE, Auburn. Family-fun event featuring two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food concessions, craft and specialty vendors, community and nonprofit vendors, a car show, inflatable rides, a rock wall, train rides, pony rides, mini golf and much more. The festival also includes a Friday night 5K fun run, concert and movie and a Saturday parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Auburn.

Auburn’s Summer Cruise-Ins: 4-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE, Auburn. Staged at the former Big Daddy’s Drive In site at Les Gove Park and hosted by the Solid Rock Cruisers. Bring the family down for music and great classic cars. Participants must enter from 12th Street SE & J Street SE. Solid Rock Cruisers accepting donations for the Auburn Food Bank. For more information contact: Solid Rock Cruisers, 206-409-3747,

Jim Marsh Classic at Emerald Downs: Aug. 19-20, Emerald Downs parking lot, 2300 Ron Crockett Drive, Auburn. Three-on-three basketball tournament for players of all ages and abilities. Raising awareness and funds for youth mentoring and Parkinson’s. Entry: $120 per team. Each team is guaranteed at least three games. For more information or to register, visit Registration ends Aug. 13. Questions? Contact Kevin at


Seventh annual See Ya Later Golf Tournament: Aug. 12, Auburn Golf Course, 29630 Green River Road SE. Schedule: 12 p.m., lunch, check-in opens; 1 p.m., golf rules and opening ceremony; 1:30 p.m., shotgun start; 6:30 p.m., dinner, silent raffle and prizes. Fee: $125 basic player package; $200 premium player package. Sponsorships available, levels vary from $100 to $2,500; hole sponsorships $500. Donations of items to help the foundation raise funds through a silent raffle or from a golfer prize inventory are greatly appreciated. Contact Wendy Buchanan at or 253-951-6491 regarding donations and raffle prizes. Register at The See Ya Later Foundation is a nonprofit, faith-based and nondenominational organization designed to help families fraught by a medical crisis.

Sixth annual Barkfest & Rover Romp: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road SE, Auburn. Fundraiser presented by the Auburn Valley Humane Society benefits homeless and abandoned animals in the community. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges prior to the event. Bring your dog for the 3K and 5K walk/run and enjoy demonstrations, a vendor village of booths, dog contests, inflatable obstacle course, adoptable pets and other activities. Entry: $35 for pre-registration $40 day of the event. For more information, call 253-249-7849 or visit

Revisit the Legend of Steppenwolf Concert: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 30, Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave SE, Auburn. Benefit to help lost, abandoned and homeless animals at Auburn Valley Humane Society. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a raffle and auction baskets; CD’s and T-shirts from the band. All-ages show. Ticket prices starting at $25. Pre-order sales ends at noon, Sept. 29. Remaining tickets available at the box office one hour prior to the show starting at 6. To purchase tickets or for questions, visit, or call AVHS at 253-249-7849.

Stand Up for Valley Cities: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Seattle Design Center, Georgetown, 5701 6th Ave. S., Seattle. Evening of comedy featuring David Granirer and his Stand Up for Mental Health comics, along with dinner, a silent auction, dessert dash, and fund-a-need, benefitting Valley Cities mental health and substance use treatment services. Tickets: $100 for individuals, two for $190, or be a table captain for $750 for a group of eight. For tickets, visit Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Scott Sciuchetti at For more information,


Bloodworks Northwest drives: 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m. Aug. 8, Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S.; 8:30-10:30 a.m., 2:30-11:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St.; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m. Aug. 29, Zones, Inc., 1102 15th St. SW. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-398-7888, or visit

Alzheimer’s Association Auburn Caregiver Support Group: Noon-1:30 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, Church of the Nazarene, 1225 29th St. SE, Room 15. Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. For information, call Val Brustad, 253-854-7658.


Auburn Valley Humane Society: 6-8 p.m., third Wednesdays of the month; 10 a.m.-noon, third Saturdays of the month, AVHS shelter, 4910 A St. SE, Auburn. Volunteer orientation and trainings. Stop by the shelter or AVHS thrift store, 1123 E. Main St., to pick up a volunteer application or download one from and bring it to the orientation. You may register to attend anyone of the sessions in the future by emailing For more information, call 253-249-7849 or visit


Clothing bank: 10-11 a.m. Saturdays, Northwest Family Church, 3535 Auburn Way S. Serving the community. Clients may come once a month. ID is required for new clients and proof of children (insurance card) is needed. If you have just moved into the area, then a bill with your current address will be sufficient. Homeless community is welcome. ID is required and not an address. The clothing bank is free and supported through donations from the community and church. The Clothing Bank serves Auburn, Algona and Pacific only. For more information, visit


Auburn Noon Lions: Meets Tuesdays, noon, Auburn Golf Course banquet room, 29630 Green River Road SE. $12 for lunch, $5 for dessert and beverage. For more information, contact Ed Butler at 253-929-9358 or

Auburn Garden Club: 10 a.m. Aug. 8, William C. Warren Building, Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. NE, Auburn. Special guest: Marianne Binetti, a nationally known horticulturist, author and newspaper columnist. For further information, please email or contact Dianne at 253-839-6023

Rotary Club of Auburn: Meets noon, Wednesdays, Auburn Golf Course, banquet room, 29630 Green River Road SE. Programs: For more information, visit

Kiwanis Club of The Valley: Meets every Wednesday morning at 7 at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 St. NE, Auburn. For more information, visit

Auburn Morning Toastmasters: Meets every Thursday morning, 6:30-7:30, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 420 E. Main St., beginning Nov. 3. Learn the fine art of communication and public speaking in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Visitors are welcome.

Soroptimist International of Auburn: Meets the first three Wednesdays of the month at noon at the Auburn Golf Course banquet room, 29630 Green River Road SE. For more information, visit or email

South King County Genealogical Society: 9:30 a.m.-noon, third Saturday of every month (except July, August and December), Wesley Homes-Lea Hill, J.W. McKenna Assembly Hall, 32049 109th Place SE, Auburn. Welcome genealogists or anyone interested in learning about family history.

Save Our Fish, Auburn Chapter, Puget Sound Anglers: Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except December), 6 p.m. Round Table Pizza, 4002 A St. SE. Learn fishing techniques and hot spots from guest speakers and chapter experts. For more information, visit


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


Family Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 2 to 7 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Family Pajama Story Times: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Ages 3 to 7 with adult, siblings welcome. Stories, songs and fun.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Mondays. Newborn to age 5 with caregiver. Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English but presenter speaks Spanish.


English as a Second Language (ESL) Class: 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Presented by Green River College. Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversations skills with an experienced instructor. Classes are free. Registration required. Registration required.

One-on-One Job Assistance: Do you need help starting the online job application process? Get a free email account, start a resume, start an online job search, or navigate the job application process during a 45-minute appointment. For more information or to set up an appointment, call the library at 253-931-3018.

Need Help from DSHS?: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Do you need help from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)? The Department of Social and Health Services is a lifeline providing the basics of daily living to Washington residents who need a helping hand. DSHS and its partners provide protection, comfort, food assistance, cash assistance and a host of other services. Stop by our table to ask questions, get advice, and sign up for assistance.No appointment necessary

RISE Employment Services through Neighborhood House: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays. RISE (Resources to Initiate Successful Employment) offers assistance in obtaining employment by providing services such as comprehensive case management, and employment and training assistance. Eligible candidates will have access to bus tickets or gas voucher for appointments, interview clothes, and community resource referrals for housing and childcare.

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

Note: The King County Library System will be closed Aug. 10 for an all-staff day.


Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Aug. 8, 15. Ages 1 1/2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Aug. 8, 15. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. A short play time follows program.

Build Big, Big Small Science Workshop: 11 a.m. Aug. 4. Presented by KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Ages 5 to 7. How high can you build with sticks? How small can you build with blocks? Experiment with large and small materials to create different shapes and structures. Please register.

Build It!: 2 p.m. Aug. 8. Family program, ages 6 and younger with adult. Have fun building with plastic bricks, straws, tech and more! Stay the entire time or come by for a few minutes. You bring the ideas and we will supply the building materials.

Family Story Time: 10 a.m. Aug. 11. At the Pacific Community Center, 305 Milwaukee Blvd. S, Pacific. All ages welcome, ages 6 and younger with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Reading with Rover: 6 p.m. Aug. 16. For school-age children accompanied by an adult. Build reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog in a welcoming environment. Reading with Rover is a community-based literacy program working with schools and libraries throughout the greater Seattle area.


Summer Cinema, “Moana”: 3 p.m. Aug. 3. Ages 8 and older. Looking for some screen-free time? Come to the library for an afternoon movie and snacks. Bring a pillow or blanket to sit on the floor.

Teen Zone, Summer Edition: 1 p.m. Aug. 17. For students in or entering middle or high school. Play video games at the library. Xbox, Playstation, WiiU and Gamecube games available for open play. Snacks provided.


Algona-Pacific Page Turners Book Club: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. “Trains and Lovers” by Alexander McCall Smith. Share your love of books and connect with fellow readers. Contact the library for book title. Copies of this title have been reserved for participants and are available for check out at the library. New members are always welcome.

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

Note: The King County Library System will be closed Aug. 10 for an all-staff day.


Boredom Busters: At the library and looking for something to do? Ask the staff at the front desk about Boredom Buster kits. Board games, crafts, coloring, etc. Kits available for all ages.

Get Into Gear with Lego Mindstorms: 10 a.m. Aug. 5. Presented by Bricks 4KIDZ South King County. For students in or entering middle school. Build and create using Lego Mindstorms Ev3 robotics kits. Learn to incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming your commands into a robot. Please register.


3No Networking: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 3No Networking is a casual weekly get-together set aside for members of the business community to drop in and get to know each other. The mixer rotates among Auburn venues. The series is made possible by a partnership between IPZ No. 15 Auburn, the City of Auburn Office of Economic Development, Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn Downtown Association. For more information, contact Doug Lein, IPZ administrator, at 253-804-3101. For a full schedule, visit

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Insider Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, Auburn Community and Event Center, 910 Ninth St. $25/members; $35/non-members (includes lunch). Register online through the chamber. For more information, contact Karen Wickstrom at 253-833-0700 or

Inaugural Community Resource Fair: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 5, Kent Regional Library, 212 Second Ave. N. Fee event. Participating organizations include C2education; Green River College; Auburn Food Bank; Kent Public Health Center; Michael P Anderson Aerospace Program; ANEW; YearUp; Bellevue College; Apple Coordinated Care; Denali Credit Union; Kent Smiles; Escape to Peace; and Valley Medical Center. Hosted by Eileen & Callie’s Place, a local nonprofit organization established to support young ladies, ages 18-24, who have aged out of the foster care system. For more information, contact the executive director, Dr. Natalie Ellington, at 567-233-2632 or via email at


Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or 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, $6 for those younger than 60.

• Movie Screenings: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 50 cents 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.


Volunteer opportunities: The center’s meals-on-wheels and respite programs need help to provide services to seniors. Please call 253-288-7441 or 253-931-3016, if interested.

Auburn Respite: Nonprofit adult day care program serving the community needs volunteers to help its senior participants. The group meets weekly at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. The program allows caregivers to enjoy a worry-free day off while the participant enjoys socialization, companionship and lunch. For more information, contact program director Sheila Pankratz at 253-229-7510.

Pacific Algona Senior Center, 100 Third Ave SE, Pacific, 253-929-1153.

Serving seniors: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No annual fee. Monday free lunch, Tuesday-Friday lunch provided by Catholic Community Services. Senior bus trips to local stores and events. Crafts and card making.



At 10 Auburn Ave. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or


At 702 Fourth St. NE. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or


Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Live music and wine tasting on the first Saturday of each month, 7-9 p.m. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.

“Pippin”: 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 5; 3 p.m. Aug. 5, Green River College Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Heavier Than Air Family Theatre Company presents award-winning musical. The show’s message is universal, revolving around a young prince whose search for happiness ultimately leads him to discover it can be found in the ordinary moments that happen every day. All tickets $10 advance purchase, $12 at the door. Call 253-833-9111, ext. 4966.

Auburn Symphony Chamber Music Series

7 p.m. Thursdays, Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road. Admission: $20 adults, $10 children, $48 for the three-concert series. Sunsets at Mary Olson concerts designed for families. Bring a picnic meal, lay back on the lawn and enjoy an evening of music. For more information, call 253-887-7777, email or visit

• Aug. 3: American Gems. ASO strings with principal cellist and Auburn resident Brian Wharton present a quartet concert filled with standards from American pop culture, including works by Philip Glass, Gershwin and more.


Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE, Auburn. Children’s outdoor concert series includes music, puppets, magic and fun. Spraypark and playground are close by. Pack a lunch, swimsuit and towels. ArtRageous hands-on art activities offered at all events. Presented by Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation: 253-931-3043 or

Aug. 9 – The Magic of Jeff Evans; Aug. 16 – Professor Banjo; Aug. 23 – Elephant Umbrella (bonus concert at Game Farm Park courtesy of Auburn Library)


Thursdays, 12- 1 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St. A lively, eclectic music series. Visit the plaza for lunch and a free outdoor concert.

Aug. 3 – The Fentons; Aug. 10 – Wally & The Beavs


Fridays, July 28-Aug. 11, various parks in Auburn. Live entertainment and blockbuster movies for whole family. All events feature food concessions/food trucks, inflatable rides and an ArtRageous hands-on art activity.

Aug. 4, Sunset Park, 1420 69th St. SE, 6 p.m. – Mister G; 7 p.m. – Hall Pass Band; movie at dusk – “Moana” (PG)

Aug. 11, Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE, 6 p.m. – Eric Ode; 7p.m. – Rain City Time Machine; movie at dusk – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13)


Poetry at the Rainbow Café: 7-9 p.m. first Monday of the month, at the café, 112 E. Main St. Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.

Auburn August Fest Literary Showcase: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 12, Community and Event Center, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE. Workshops; featured poet readings; local and regional authors; artists; book and small press fair; open mic poetry contest; prizes; and other activities. Free to the public.


Auburn High School Multi-Class Reunion Potluck: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5, Rio Verde Clubhouse, 1402 22nd St NE, Auburn. For additional information, call 253 880-2500.

Federal Way High Class of ’67: Aug. 5. Casual opportunity to catch up with old friends, enjoy a little barbecue, some music and memorabilia. Tickets: $10. For more details, see the reunion page on, or text or call Pam at 206-595-8438.

Auburn High Class of ’57: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 26, Auburn Fraternal Order of Eagles, 702 M St. SE. Celebrating 60-year reunion. For more information, contact Ruth Zahradnek Fletcher at 253-833-5276.

Auburn High Class of ’77: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 23, Green River College, Lindbloom Student Union Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. 40th class reunion. Cost: $50 per person. For more information, call 253-350-0071, email or visit


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

Rainier Youth Choirs: RYC has four leveled groups based on age and ability (grades 2 through 14). Call 253-315-3125 to schedule an audition. For more information, visit



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 or call 253-288-7439.


Salish Modern, Innovative Art with Ancient Roots: July 12-Dec. 17. Spotlighting contemporary pieces inspired by Coast Salish Native traditions. Kenneth (Greg) Watson guest curates. He has brought together artwork borrowed from galleries, museums, artists and collectors to provide a stunning overview of the surprisingly modern work of today’s Salish artists. Salish Modern is sponsored by: 4Culture, Association of Tribal Art Dealers of America (ATADA), City of Auburn Arts Commission, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Tulalip Tribe Charitable Contributions.


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.


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

Open hours: Noon-5 p.m. June 24-Aug. 27. Take your family on a trip back in time to Mary Olson Farm. Kids will love meeting the cow, chickens and mini donkeys and going on a tour of the Olson’s farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved historic farms in King County.

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.


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

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