Auburn Tourism: For special events or to add a special event, go to exploreauburn.com.
Ice Skating Rink: Open through Jan. 10, City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Gather for nearest and dearest for some winter fun in the heart of downtown Auburn. Tickets are $6 for children (under 12) and $8 for adults (skates included). Purchase tickets across the street at Gosanko Chocolate.
Styrofoam collection: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5, Safeway, 101 Auburn Way S., Auburn. Residents who live within the city limits of Auburn can recycle their styrofoam blocks for free. Visit auburnwa.gov/recyclingevents for more details.
Aerospace Futures Alliance’s Aerospace Job Fair: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Jan. 7, accesso ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. Opportunity for employers to showcase their companies and job seekers to meet one-on-one with hiring mangers. Connect with aerospace, space and unmanned aerial vehicle employers in the state. Free for job seekers. Please register at afa-wa.com/jobfair.
First annual Auburn Adventure Film Festival: Jan. 18-20, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. More than a collection of exciting movies, the AAFF promises a unique experience for anyone who attends and opts to experience the movies. At AAFF, each package of films will be complemented by an adventure for the audience that relates to the film’s theme – whether playing tag with “professionals,” enjoying an exclusive session of ice skating, sampling the finest international street food, or getting an VIP tour of a mountaineering exhibit at the White River Valley Museum. Ticket are on sales on now. For more details and a full list of films, please visit AuburnAdventureFilmFestival.org.
Miss Auburn and Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship program: 6 p.m. Jan. 19, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. NE. Official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America Pageants. Tickets on sale at brownpapertickets.com. Official site: missauburn.com.
36th annual Tacoma Home & Garden Show: Jan. 24-27, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E D St. Show hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday- Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, speakers, seminars, workshops, featured gardens and art sales. Parking is free. Admission (box office): $12 adults; $10 seniors 60 and older; free to children 12 and under; (online) $10 adults; $10 seniors 60 and older; free to children 12 and under. Free admission to active or retired military, police, firefighters, nurses and paramedics on Friday. Free admission to teachers on Sunday. Please bring your valid ID to the box office to claim your free admission ticket. Please note this does not include a ticket for friends or family members. More info at tacomahomeandgardenshow.com.
The Bus Barn Bonanza: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 2. Held on the first Saturday of every month, October to December, February to June, 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.
Bloodworks Northwest drives: Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-398-7888, or visit bloodworksnw.org.
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 Michael Bower, 206-569-7287.
Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or auburnwa.gov. Senior activities include:
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.
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 www.3noNetworking.com.
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 email@example.com.
AUBURN AVENUE THEATER
At 10 Auburn Ave. Call Parks, Arts & Rec at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or brownpapertickets.com.
Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Ages 18 and over only. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 students, seniors.
AveKids, The Magic of Louie Foxx: 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Louie Foxx is the consummate kid that never grew up and it’s evident as you watch him interact with audiences of all ages. All tickets $10.
Randy Hansen, Jimi Hendrix Experience: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Hansen has been successfully performing since the ’70s. He channels the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and recreates the stage presence and skill of the legendary axeman. Tickets: $25 adults; $22 students, seniors.
Bluffett, Jimmy Buffett Tribute: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2. Featuring The Son Of A Sailor Band, the show provides vocals during the 100%-live-on-stage tribute to the legendary Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band. Tickets: $25 adults, $22 students and seniors.
Piano Conversations: 2 p.m. Feb. 10. A feast for the ears – boogie woogie, jazz, classical, Cuban, blues, neo-20th century and more. Join five touring pianists, Spencer Brewer, Chris James, Elena Casanova, Ed Reinhart and Elizabeth MacDougal, as they share the stage for a night of music and laughs. Tickets: $23 adults, $20 students and seniors.
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. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.
Youth Movement: 4 p.m. Jan. 20, St. Matthew/San Mateo Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn. Auburn Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series. Program includes works by Strauss and Mendelssohn, and performers Brittany Boulding (violin), Mark Salman (piano) and Brian Wharton (cello). Tickets: $20 general; $10 student. Call 253-887-7777 or visit auburnsymphony.org.
Golden Dragon Acrobats: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. The group represents the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Worldrenowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of skill and beauty. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. Tickets: $28 adults; $24 seniors and students; and $20 children.
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. Public is invited.
Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra: office, studio at 23220 Maple Valley Highway SE, Suite 201, Maple Valley. Auditions for four levels of orchestra begin in January. There are seats available in Debut, Philharmonia, Jr. Symphony and Symphony Orchestras. For more information, audition materials and registration, visit mvyso.org or call 425-433-6009.
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 info, visit wrvmuseum.org or call 253-288-7439.
Microcosms, the photography of George L. Kinkade: Opens Jan. 9, through April 28. Lifelong Auburn resident, pioneer mountain climber and prolific alpine photographer presents his work.
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.
Auburn City Hall: Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. 253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov.