Carol O’Neal and her grandson, Jak, came dressed and ready for the festivities at last year’s Fourth of July celebration. All the fun and games return to Les Gove Park on Wednesday, the Fourth. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Carol O’Neal and her grandson, Jak, came dressed and ready for the festivities at last year’s Fourth of July celebration. All the fun and games return to Les Gove Park on Wednesday, the Fourth. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Auburn-area community calendar | June 29

Farmers market honors seniors; Fourth of July Festival comes to Les Gove Park

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 8:23am
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Auburn International Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, all summer 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. Sunday, July 1: It’s Senior Appreciation Day. Seniors who visit the info booth receive a free market item. Live music from the Double Barrs Duo; a gardening demonstration from Marianne Binetti; afternoon with rock n’ roll by Steve and the Goodtimes. Free to enter. Vendors will be selling products on site, prices vary. For more information, visit

Fourth of July Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE. Event includes a noon bike parade (meet east of the bocce courts), entertainment on two stages, an arts & craft area with more than 50 artists, a car show, 17 inflatable rides, a rock wall, euro-bungy trampolines, train rides and other activities for children. Event also offers bingo, mini golf, bocce, a book sale and food concessions. Free (purchase wristband for $5 unlimited activities). Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome. For more information, visit

Community picnic: 6 p.m. July 12, Lea Hill Park, corner of 124th Avenue SE and 316th Street SE, Auburn. Also, July 19, Gaines Park, 1008 Pike St. NW. Mayor Nancy Backus invites the public for a fun, informal way for residents to communicate with City staff and elected officials. Italian Sister City group provides food. For more information about community meetings or programs in general, contact Erika Klyce, the Neighborhood Programs coordinator at or 253-876-1988.

Auburn’s Summer Cruise-In: 4-7:30 p.m. July 19 and Aug. 16, Les Gove Park (former Big Daddy’s site), 1140 Auburn Way S. Hosted by Solid Rock Cruisers. Every third Thursday, June-August. Free and open to everyone. Food and music along with classic cars. Donations for Auburn Food Bank will be accepted.

White River Buddhist Temple 49th annual Bon Odori: 4-9 p.m. July 28, 3625 Auburn Way N. Bon Odori is a festival in which young and old come together to dance, rejoice and remember their ancestors. Join the Japanese folk dances. Taiko drum performances. Food booths and a beer garden. Event is free and open to the public. Temple will be collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the Auburn Food Bank. For more information, visit

72nd Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 28, 29, Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 248th Ave. SE. Athletic competitions, old country field events, colorful pipebands, drummers, dancing, traditional Scottish food. Admission: Saturday and Sunday, daily, $20 adults; $15 seniors, active and retired military, children 5-17; under 5 free. Two-day, $30 adult; $20 seniors, active and retired military, children 5-17; under 5 free. For more information, call 206-522-2541 or visit

AuburnFest Almost 5K Poker Fun Run & Walk: 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Les Gove Park, , 1005 12th St. SE, Auburn. Family-oriented fun run associated with AuburnFest. The fun run will utilize the new big loop at the park. Five loops around is “almost” a 5K (short of a 5K by 1,138 feet). For each lap around the loop, participants will stop, draw a card and try to get the best poker hand with the five cards drawn. Instead of prize awards based on time, prizes will be awarded for the top poker hand in each age category. Prizes will be award from the stage at 8:30 p.m. Early registration fee: $20 (by July 29), $23 (July 30-Aug. 8) and $25 (day of event, on-site registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Register online at

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.


Messiah Lutheran Church Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 27-28, 410 H St. NE, Auburn. Several new and used items for purchase.

Eighth annual “See Ya Later” Golf Tournament: 1:30 p.m. July 28, Auburn Golf Course, 29630 Green River Road SE. The event includes 18 holes of play, lunch, dinner, a silent raffle and prizes. The event includes 18 holes of play, lunch, dinner, a silent raffle and prizes. Proceeds benefit the SYL Foundation’s work to help families in medical crisis. Sign up with a foursome or organizers can place you on a team. There are $125 basic and $200 premium player packages. Sponsorship opportunities range from $100-$2,500. Donations of items to help raise funds through the silent raffle or from the golfer prize inventory are greatly appreciated. Register at Look for SYL Washington Tournament. For more information, contact Brian Williams at, or 253-332-5144, or Wendy Buchanan at, or 253-951-6491.

Auburn Valley Kiwanis Club’s 33rd annual Golf Classic, “Helping Kids out of the Rough”: 7:30 a.m. Aug. 3, Auburn Golf Course, 29630 Green River Road SE. Shotgun start, scramble format. Fee: $100 per golfer and includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Prizes will be awarded at the luncheon. All proceeds from the tournament go back into the community. The Auburn Valley Kiwanis Club provides support to the elementary, middle and high schools and local organizations such as the Auburn Food Bank; Nexus Youth and Families; Children’s Home Society; Community Supper; Green River College Fund; and the Miss Auburn Scholarship program. For those who would like to support local youth by participating in the tournament, please contact the club at 253-891-2271, or

35th annual Auburn Rotary Scholarship Show, featuring Trent Harmon: Aug. 11 at the Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. Become a benefactor for local student scholarships and receive scholarship show specials, including tickets, a reception and recognition. Benefactors support student scholarships in difficult financial times. The program has raised $1 million in scholarship success and awarded more than 1,400 scholarships. To order tickets, visit For more information, call Auburn Rotary at 253-833-6633.

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.


Bloodworks Northwest drives: 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 Michael Bower, 206-569-7287.


Annual Auburn High School Multi-Class Reunion Potluck: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 4, Rio Verde Clubhouse, 1402 22nd St. NE, Auburn. Call 253 269-2948 to get the gate code for entry. For more information, call 360 489-0412.


Auburn Studio Tour: 1:30-6:45 p.m. June 30. Spend a fun, summer afternoon featuring private in-person tours into the art studios of four talented Auburn artists. Featured artists include: ceramicists Susan Lochner and John Harris, award-winning sculptor Marita Dingus, welder and sculptors Greg Bartol and Studio B, and Michelle Lassaline, the 2018 Mary Olson Farm artist in residence. Arrive early to Zola’s Cafe, 402 E Main St., No. 120, Auburn, to collect event map and driving directions for the studio tour locations. Register for free at


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


Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or 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.


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.



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

Auburn Community Junior Players, Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast Jr.”: 7 p.m. July 13, 14; 2 p.m. July 14, 15. Can the Beast learn to love, and be loved? This classic story of transformation and tolerance tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Tickets: $10.

Auburn Community Teen Players’ “Bring It On”: 7 p.m. July 27, 28; 2 p.m. July 28 and 29. Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most cheertastic – she’s been named captain of the squad. But an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring hard-knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition – the national championships. Tickets: $16, $13.


Concert series. Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., in July and August, on the Auburn City Hall Plaza, 25 Main St. Free.

Lineup: • July 12, Hook Me Up (variety jazz); • Thursday, July 19 – Darren Montamedy (smooth jazz – sax soloist); • July 26 – Ranger & The Re-Arrangers (gypsy jazz); • Aug. 2 – Culture Shock (Latin American music); • Aug. 9 – Wally and the Beavs (’50s & ’60s rock & roll). Note: In the event of rain, the concerts will be at the Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. For more information call 253-931-3043 or visit


Children’s outdoor concert series. Wednesdays, noon, July 11-Aug. 15, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE.

Lineup: • July 11, Mad Science’s Fire & Ice Show; • July 18, Recess Monkey; • July 25, Reptile Isle; • Aug. 1 – Steve the Pretty Good Magician; • Aug. 8 – Mister G; • Aug. 15, Caspar Babypants. Note: In the event of rain, the concerts will be at the Auburn Community & Event Center.


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. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.


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.


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 or call 253-288-7439.


Sasquatch, Ancient Native Perspectives on the Mysterious Beings of the Woods: Opens July 11, runs 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.


Native Storytelling with Roger Fernandes: 7 p.m. Aug. 2. Free (no registration, but space is limited). Recommended ages: 7 and up

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


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.

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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