Don “The Reptile King” Riggs watches as 3-year-old Maddox Omana hops on Ramsy the tortoise during Riggs’ July 25 visit to Les Gove Park. His program aims to educate people – including children – and dispel myths about reptiles. He showcased some of the rarest and largest species, including Gakita, an albino Burmese python. The Kids Summerstage’s noon Wednesday outdoor series continues in August. Visit for more information. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Don “The Reptile King” Riggs watches as 3-year-old Maddox Omana hops on Ramsy the tortoise during Riggs’ July 25 visit to Les Gove Park. His program aims to educate people – including children – and dispel myths about reptiles. He showcased some of the rarest and largest species, including Gakita, an albino Burmese python. The Kids Summerstage’s noon Wednesday outdoor series continues in August. Visit for more information. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Auburn-area community calendar | Aug. 3

Entertainment, special events and benefit show listings

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31st annual NHRA Northwest Nationals: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3-5, 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.

Algona Family Fun Days: 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 4, Machett Park, 402 Warde St., Algona. Music, food, entertainment, vendors, children’s rides and activities, comedy show, beer garden. Open to the public. Info: 253-833-2897,

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

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.

Auburn’s Summer Cruise-In: 4-7:30 p.m. 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.


Melanie Christianson Memorial Race: 8 a.m. Aug. 11, Green River Saddle Club, 16321 SE Lake Holm Road, Auburn. Top barrel racers compete to honor the life of Christianson and help raise funds for paralysis recovery. Races start at 11 a.m. Christianson grew up on a horse, dedicating endless hours to the arena and the sport she loved. In 2010 she was critically injured while competing, sustained a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the chest down. In the aftermath of her injury, it was Melanie’s drive took her to Pushing Boundaries, a rehabilitative exercise therapy recovery center. Melanie passed away in 2013 but her passion continues through family and friends who organize the annual race. Silent auction and concessions available. For more information, visit

35th annual Auburn Rotary Scholarship Show, featuring Trent Harmon: Aug. 11 at the Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. 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.


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 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


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

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

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


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 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.



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

Lineup: • 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: • Aug. 8 – Mister G; • Aug. 15, Caspar Babypants. Note: In the event of rain, the concerts will be at the Auburn Community & Event Center.


4Culture and King County Parks sponsor outdoor concert and movie night.

6 p.m. Aug. 3, Sunset Park, 1420 69th St. SE: Joanie Leeds, a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, N.Y., plays fun music for kids. The Chris Anderson Band will follow, offering a spin on jazz, Motown and traditional pop song. Watch the screening of “Coco” (PG), a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure that follows an aspiring, young musician on an extraordinary adventure. Inflatable rides and an ArtRageous hands-on art activity. Arnold’s Happy Days’ Food Truck will sell burgers, salads and beverages. The Auburn Youth Council with sell hot dogs, chips, popcorn, drinks and other treats.

6 p.m. Aug. 10, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE: Latin Grammy winner, Mister G, performs his kid-friendly, bilingual songs, followed by Atomic Pop playing high-energy dance hits. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG), will be shown at dusk. Featured at the event are inflatable rides and an ArtRageous hands-on art activity. The event is coupled with the Almost 5K Poker Fun Run. There will be a beer garden and food vendor options. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.


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.

“The Wizard of Oz”: 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 4; 3 p.m. Aug. 4,Green River College Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Heavier Than Air Family Theatre Company’s summer program for students ages 14-17. All tickets are $12 advance purchase, $14 at the door. Call 253-833-9111, ext. 4966.


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. Aug. 6 program: Lucas Smiraldo and Cindy Hutchings. 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, 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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