The Washington State Fair in Puyallup opens Friday Aug. 31, with big fun, big food and big concerts. Guest can enjoy their favorite foods, rides, vendors and entertainment, while taking in many exhibits and touring the stables. COURTESY PHOTO, Patrick Hagerty, state fair

The Washington State Fair in Puyallup opens Friday Aug. 31, with big fun, big food and big concerts. Guest can enjoy their favorite foods, rides, vendors and entertainment, while taking in many exhibits and touring the stables. COURTESY PHOTO, Patrick Hagerty, state fair

Auburn-area community calendar | Aug. 30

Key events, programs and other listings

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:40pm
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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

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.

Eighth annual See Ya Later Dinner and Auction: 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Emerald Downs, 2300 Ron Crockett Drive. “Monopoly” theme. Dinner, live and silent auctions, prize drawing. Proceeds benefit the SYL Foundation, which helps families in medical crisis. Cost: $50 online or $60 at the door. Register no later than Sept. 30 to enter a prize drawing. Sponsors and donations wanted. Register at seeyalater.org.

The Bus Barn Bonanza: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6. 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.

Health

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.

Health screenings: Sept. 14, Grace Community Church, at 1320 Auburn Way S. Auburn-area residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with Life Line Screening screenings. Packages start at $149. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Volunteers

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 auburnvalleyhs.org and bring it to the orientation. You may register to attend anyone of the sessions in the future by emailing slavigne@auburnvalleyhs.org. For more information, call 253-249-7849 or visit auburnvalleyhs.org.

Clubs

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 edbutler0314@gmail.com.

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

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

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 www.siauburn.org or email info@siauburn.org.

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. www.skcgs.org

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 www.saveourfish.org.

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.

Network

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 karen@auburnareawa.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.

Entertainment

AUBURN AVENUE THEATER

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 brownpapertickets.com.

The ABBAgraphs: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Seattle-based band recreates the pop magic of ABBA’s chart-topping, classic pop hits of the ’70s and early ’80s. Tickets: $21 adults, $18 students and seniors.

BowieVision: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Combining vocals, musicianship, Bowie-inspired costumes and stage presence, the seven-piece musical group brings passion and precision to songs from nearly every phase of David Bowie’s eclectic career. Tickets: $21 adults, $18 students and seniors.

AveKids, Alex Zerve – Perfessional Zaniac: 2 p.m. Sept. 29. With the energy of 1,000 suns, The Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon. Jaws will drop as Alex bounces from one end of the stage to the other, juggling bowling balls, flaming torches and slices vegetables in half with a flying playing card. Every volunteer the Zaniac brings on stage becomes a hero and leaves with a memory that they’ll remember the rest of their life. All tickets $10.

Sweet Emotion: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Performing Aerosmith’s greatest classic hits the way they are meant to be heard – live and loud. Tickets: $21 adults, $18 students and seniors.

ELSEWHERE

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

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.

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. 15. 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.

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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