Auburn-area calendar of events | Aug. 17

Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the Web site:

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Kim Haynes

Kim Haynes


Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the Web site:

Wallup in Puyallup – Worlds Biggest Outdoor Car & Truck Sale: Aug. 19–21, blue parking lot, Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. SW. Hours: Noon-9 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday. Free admission. Info: 253-301-4441,

Mt. Rainier Cruisers 7th annual Meet ‘n Greet: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 20, BB Magraws, 440 16th St. NE, Auburn. Car show, gift baskets, prize raffle, silent auction, live DJ, awards. Cost: $10 pre-registration fee per PT; $15 registration at the event. Info: www.mtrainiercruisers.  Also: Friday night Show ‘n Glow (Aug. 19, 6:30-9 p.m.

Western Regional Forklift Rodeo: 10 a.m., Aug. 20, Boeing Auburn, 2400 Perimeter Road. Professional forklift drivers compete in a series of contests. The top five individual competitors proceed to the finals held at the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. Regional rodeo presented by the Material Handling Committee of the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries. Info: 1-888-451-2004 or

76th Running of the Longacres Mile: 2 p.m. first post, Aug. 21, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn. The $250,000 Grade III Thoroughbred race is considered the industry’s Northwest jewel. Project Mile post is 6 p.m. For more information, call 253-288-7000 or visit

Inaugural Wine & Music (WAM) Festival: Aug. 27-28, downtown Auburn. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 27; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 28.  Presented by The Auburn Downtown Association (TADA) and Auburn Wine & Caviar.  Sponsored by Iron Horse Casino, Trade Route Brewery and eight wineries. Festival includes an art show, the Pirates of Treasure Island and a giant chess set. Rae Soloman, Gray Sky Falling, The Paul Marcus Band, On the Level Dance Band, Jim King & the Southsiders, The Dave Hoskins Jazz Quartet will perform. Tickets for the wine tasting are $20 for five tastes ($15 in advance). For more information call 253-939-3982 or 253-887-8530.

Mary Olson Farm summer drop-in hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during these weekends: Aug. 27-28; and Sept. 10-11. Mary Olson Farm, located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn, is a King County Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Significant features include an 1897 barn, a fully restored 1902 farmhouse, a century-old orchard, three salmon runs in Olson Creek and a remarkable collection of outbuildings, including a smoke house, outhouse and weaving house. The farm will operate as a living history and environmental learning site, and will also be available for community and special events. Admission for the summer drop-in hours is $5 adults,  $3 children/seniors and $15 for a household or family. For more information, visit

Auburn International Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sundays, through Sept. 25, 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 stands that are restaurant-based but feature a home-cooked taste. The market also includes free performances, guest chef demonstrations with farm-fresh ingredients, children’s activities, and classes on health, nutrition, and gardening. Upcoming programs: • Sept. 11, Remembrance Day – For Country and Community. VFW Honor Guard opening ceremony 9 a.m. A special thank you to military families. Chili cook-off; • Sept. 18, Senior Appreciation Day. Zumba Gold demonstration, bow-making demonstration, prizes. Information: 253-266-2726,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Boom A Ring: Sept. 1-5, Kent’s ShoWare Center. Show times: 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 1-2); 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.,7:30 p.m. (Sept. 3); 1 p.m., 5 p.m. (Sept. 4); noon (Sept. 5). A magical circus spectacular.  Ticket price levels: $15, $20, $40 (VIP) and $65 (VIP Gold). Kids tickets available for only $10 each (discount does not apply to VIP seating). Opening night tickets available for 50 percent off full ticket price (discount does not apply to VIP seating). Tickets available at the venue box office locations, by calling the ShoWare Center at 253.856.6999, or online at

Puyallup Fair: Sept. 9-25, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission: $11 adults; $9 students (6-18); $9 seniors (62 and older; 5 and under free. Parking: $10, Monday- Friday; $12 Saturday, Sunday.  Info:, 253-841-5045.


Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association: Aug. 19, Auburn Regional Medical Center, atrium, through the main entrance by Tully’s, 202 N Division St. Proceeds from the event, put on by the Auburn Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for many of the select items up for bid in a silent auction. The public will have a last chance to bid and buy raffle tickets from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 19, with the announcement of the winners expected at 1 p.m.

Dirt for Food: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 20, parking lot at A Street Northwest and West Main by the Auburn Farmers Market. Benefit for the Auburn Food Bank. Bring 20 pounds of nonperishable food and Icon Materials will provide a bobcat scoop of topsoil or crushed rock. Limit three scoops per person. Info: 206-575-3200.

Auburn Police Officers Association’s 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament: 2 p.m., Aug. 20, Washington National, 14330 SE Husky Way. The four-player scramble is considered one of the region’s largest law enforcement tournaments. Entry fee is $100 per person and includes golf, cart, box lunch, dinner with non-alcoholic beverages. There will be individual contests, team awards, a silent auction and raffle. For more information, contact APOA secretary Jamie Heslin at

Barbers Against Hunger 4th annual food drive:10 a.m.-8 p.m., Aug. 20, Auburn Valley Barber Shop, 316 E. Main St., and Salon Edwards, 29100 Pacific Highway S., Suite 6. Accepting all non-perishable food times. Proceeds benefit the Auburn Food Bank and Multi-Service Center of Federal Way.

Team Derek: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 21, Shell Station, 201 Auburn Way S., corner of Auburn Way South and 2nd Street SE (across from Safeway). A car wash to help with Derek Miller’s upcoming transplant. Proceeds to benefit the family with medical bills and treatment of their son, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Volunteers welcome. Any donation is gladly appreciated. A benevolent fund has been started for Derek by CK Worldwide, his employer and an Auburn business, and at any Columbia Bank in Derek’s name. Contact: Tammy Miller, 253-709-6728 or, or Malori Jones at 253-732-4196.

Barbers Roundup: Noon-5 p.m. (until school supplies are depleted), Aug. 26, The Pentecostal Church, 39731 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn. Back-to-school event, sponsored by the Auburn Food Bank, helping children in the community who do not have the means to buy books bags and school supplies. Donations of new coats, shoes, clothes, school supplies, book bags, paper, etc., needed. Organizers looking for barbers and beauticians who are willing to help children. Information: Cynthia Lozier, 253-394-1966.

“See Ya Later” Tour: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 12, Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia. Noon shotgun start for four-man scramble, followed by silent auction at 4 p.m., dinner at 6, evening festivities and oral auction at 7. Proceeds benefit the “See Ya Later” Foundation. Join the tournament as a golfer, sponsor, in-kind donor or inner guest. Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 1. Participation will be limited to the first 128 paid players. Basic player package, including lunch and dinner, is $150; or premium player package at $275. Register online at or make checks payable to: “See Ya Later” Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8,  Auburn, WA 98071. For more information:,, 253-332-5144.

Scramble for Safe Families Charity Golf Tournament: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Washington National, 14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn. Events include a four-person scramble, a hole-in-one contest, a putting contest, banquet, silent auction, raffles and awards. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Jennifer Beach Foundation, which provides education, advocacy and assistance to the community addressing issues related to child abuse and domestic violence. Entry: $120 for individual players, $480 for a four-person team. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and individuals who would like to support the event. For more information, to download a registration form, make a donation or to be a sponsor, please call 253-833-5366 or visit

Auburn Rotary Earl Averill Invitational Golf Tournament: 11:30 a.m., Sept. 23, Auburn Golf Course, 29630 Green River Road SE. Cost: $125 per player (includes dinner). Shotgun scramble format. Sponsorships available from $250-$2,500.  Contests: putting, $1,000 long putt, hole-in-one, roll the dice, pick your club and the super ticket scratch game. Proceeds go to charities in Auburn and around the world.


Cascade Regional Blood Center drives:  10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 25; Canterbury House, 502 29th St. SE, Auburn. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 1, Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 3, Lakeland Hills community, 1408 Lake Tapps Parkway E., Auburn. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 4. Northwest Family Church, 3535 Auburn Way S. 8-11 a.m., Sept. 7, Weyerhaeuser Technology Center, 32901  Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way; 8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 8, Weyerhaeuser Corporate, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit

Puget Sound Blood Center drives:  11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Aug. 25, Social Security, 1901 C St. SW, Auburn; 12:45-3:45 p.m., Aug. 25, GSA, 400 15th St. SW, Auburn; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Aug. 26, Auburn Regional Medical Center, mobile at 2nd Street entrance, Plaza I, 202 N. Division St.; 9:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, Aero Controls, Inc., 1610 20th St. NW, Auburn; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Sept. 1, Auburn City Hall (council chamber), 25 W. Main St.; 1-4 p.m., Sept. 8, Propet, 2415 W. Valley Highway N., Auburn; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Sept. 12, LDS Church, gym, 625 M St. NE; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Sept. 12, Messiah Lutheran Church, 805 4th St. NE, Auburn; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., Sept. 17, SuperMall, bus by Burlington Coat Factory, 1101 Supermall Way; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Sept. 20, Muckleshoot Tribal School, small gym, 15599 SE 376th St., Auburn; noon-2 p.m., 2:45-6 p.m., Sept. 22, Auburn Adventist Academy, Fireside Room, 5000 Auburn Way S. For more information, call 253-945-8667  or please visit

Healthy Cooking: Demonstrations, Outpatient Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, Medical Gym, 701 M St., Suite 102, Auburn. Come learn health from the experts. A $5 food donation is requested. For more information, call 253-833-8766.


ESL talk time group:  5-6 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 29, Auburn Valley YMCA, 620 Perimeter Road SW.  A free ESL (English as a Second Language) conversation group – a great opportunity for those to practice speaking English in a relaxed, friendly setting. A volunteer will plan and facilitate small group discussions on a variety of topics. The program is for beginning to advanced learners. Class is held in the kitchen by the family center. The class is open to the community. Participants need to bring identification to gain access to the building. For more information, call 253-833-2770 or visit

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training courses: Open to the pubic. Class sessions: • Aug. 23-25 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days. The class is held in downtown Auburn. • Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3 and 10 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. • The third is restricted to high school students in the Auburn School District and will be offered on Monday PLC days beginning Oct. 3 and will continue through the school year. (View and will be held at Auburn High School, 800 4th St. NE. This is the second all-high school course to be offered in Auburn. Presented by the City of Auburn Emergency Management Office, in conjunction with the White River Valley Citizen Corps Council and the Valley Regional Fire Authority. Class members will be required to provide some basic equipment, such as sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves. Other necessary supplies and equipment will be provided. A complete list of required equipment will be provided upon registration. Pre-registration is required for all courses and space is limited. For more information, or to register for any of these classes, please call 253-876-1925 or email Applications also may be downloaded at

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):  Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court.  Help make the legal system work toward a safe, permanent home for these children.  Must be 21, have excellent references and attend 28 hours of training. For more information and training dates, call 206-296-1120 or email

Online accounting program: Starting fall quarter, Renton Technical College.  Program builds on the fundamentals learned in the accounting paraprofessional program and provides additional training in specialized areas such as, managerial/cost accounting, governmental and non-profit accounting, and federal and state business taxes. Students enrolled in the accounting specialist program earn an associate of applied science-transfer (AAS-T) degree. Classes start Sept. 19. Registration now open. For more information, contact Martha Chamberlin at (425-235-2352, ext. 5585) or Peggy Moe at (424-235-2285).


Puppy raisers needed:  Brigadoon – Canines & Heroes for Independence (CHI) trains dogs to help veterans who suffer from PTSD, TBI and other physical disabilities. Volunteers are needed to prepare a puppy to go on to graduate school to become a highly trained service dog for a veteran. If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested in fostering a Brigadoon puppy, please visit or call 360-753-5388.


NOTE: The main Auburn Library has closed for yearlong expansion. It reopened at its temporary location, the former Herr Cabinets building, at 1140 Auburn Way S., , behind Big Daddy’s Drive-in. For program information, call 253-931-3018. Library events include:


Sleepy Story Times:: 7 p.m., Sept. 8, 15, 29. All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this 30-minute bedtime story time.

Monday Morning Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 12, 19, 26, Ages 2 to 6 with adult. Young children explore Early Literacy through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes.

Tuesday’s Bouncing Baby Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 27. Ages newborn to 24 months, one adult per baby. Get ready to bounce, sing and play with your baby. Early Literacy activities will be emphasized and a short play time follows.

Wacky Wednesday Family Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 28. Ages 3 to 6. Fun stories, flannel board and songs for kids and their families.


Teen Writers’ Group: 4:30 p.m., Sept. 13. Held in the Les Gove Park Multi-Purpose Building.  Working on a novel, short story, memoir, poetry or not even sure what you want to write? Join other teens to share your writing and gain ideas.

Teen Book Club Reads: 4:30 p.m., Sept. 20. “The Dead and Gone” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The first eight people who sign up to attend will receive a free copy courtesy of the Friends of the Auburn Library.

Geek vs. Geek: Choose Your Side: 4 p.m., Sept. 27. Held in the Les Gove Park Multi-Purpose Building. Who would win in battle?  You decide. Twilight vs. Harry Potter. Zombies vs. Unicorns. Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Dress up as your favorite character or mythological beast and defend your position in the ultimate geek showdown. Geeky music, door prizes, and food.


Share your Love of Reading with Someone Who Cannot Visit the Library: Volunteer to select, deliver and return library materials to a shut-in patron at least once a month, for one year.  You must be age 18 or older and have reliable transportation. Training is provided and takes about an hour.  For more information, contact Susan LaFantasie, 425-369-3235 or 877-905-2008.

English as a Second Language (ESOL): Due to the building remodel, the Auburn Library is no longer hosting ESOL classes. Classes are now being offered at the Green River Community College Downtown Auburn Center, 110 2nd St. SW, Room 145; phone number 253-833-9111. Additional classes continue to be offered at Algona-Pacific Library, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m., Sept. 3, 7, 10, 14, 18; 7 p.m., Sept. 12. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions.

Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13. Meet at Zola’s Cafe, 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Auburn. Please see for more information.

Computer classes: Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. • Microsoft Word Level 1, 10 a.m., Sept. 20. Held on the Techlab mobile classroom. Learn basic skills for entering, correcting and revising text. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard. Please register.  • Computer Class: Microsoft Excel Level 1: 11:30 a.m., Sept. 20. Held on the Techlab mobile classroom. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas with the fill handle and use Autosum for quick addition. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard. lease register.

The Friends of the Auburn Library Meeting: 7 p.m., Sept. 27. The Friends support the library and programs. Join us.


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


Early Literacy Parties in Spanish: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 19, 26. Spanish-speaking families with children ages newborn to 5. The “Fiestas” are workshops designed for Spanish-speaking families to prepare their children for kindergarten. In each of the ”Fiestas” we will provide families with information about early literacy, free books in Spanish, craft materials, snacks, beverages and the opportunity to socialize with other Spanish speaking families.

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Enjoy stories, activities and music while children develop pre-reading skills.

Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28. Newborn to 24 months with adult. Stimulate brain development with bounces, rhymes, stories and play time. One baby per lap, please.


Game On!: 3 p.m., Aug. 24. Teens in middle, junior high and high school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games.

Japanese Culture and Crafts: 1 p.m., Aug. 23. For teens entering or currently in middle school, junior high and high school. Learn about Japan while eating sushi and making a traditional Japanese craft. Also try your hand at making your own sushi out of candy.

Teen Zone: 3 p.m., Sept. 7, 21, 28. Drop in and get your game on, surf the Internet or hit the books. The Teen Zone is the place where you and your friends can snack, hang-out, study, play video games and pick up a good book.

Skateboard Maintenance with Gravity Sports: 4 p.m., Sept. 14. Open to teens in middle and high school. Mike from Gravity Sports in Renton will show you how to take care of your skateboard and fun mods you can do. All teens who attend will be entered into a drawing for a free skateboard.


English classes for immigrants (ESOL): 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays. In partnership with Green River Community College, the Algona-Pacific library offers regular, free English classes for adult learners.

One-on-one assistance for Spanish speakers: Spanish-speaking individuals can arrange for an hour of free assistance in Spanish to help them learn and use library (computer class, help with the catalog, databases, etc.).  Interested patrons may contact Jessica McClinton-Lopez at 253-91-3018 ext. 130 or

Computer Class: Registration required. Please sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554. • Microsoft Excel Level 2, 11 a.m., Aug. 20. Learn how to set up absolute cell references to copy formulas correctly. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of Excel and experience creating and saving spreadsheets. • Facebook Basics, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31. Learn the basics of the social networking web site Facebook. Instructor will demonstrate how to use the site, why it’s useful, discuss privacy, and help set up an account. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of the Internet and must have an email account.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners:  7:30 p.m., Sept. 12. “Travels with Herodotus” by Ryszard Kapuscinsk. Share your love of books and connect with fellow readers at our monthly book group. Copies of this title have been reserved for participants and are available for check out at the library. Join us. New members are always welcome.


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


Read•Flip•Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book … free.  The summer also will feature a video book review contest, Read•Flip•Win! Ask at the library for details.



Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a class, please call 253-931-6779.


Southwest King County Chamber August membership luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Aug. 26, Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd., SeaTac. Congressman Adam Smith will provide an update on the federal budget, the economy and other topics. Lunch is $20 pre-paid by noon on Aug. 25 or $35 at the door. Sponsored by Aesthetic Rejuvenation by Dr. Brecht, Clean Scapes, Cox Financial, Mendoza Law Center, and T-Mobile. Register by contacting the Chamber at 206-575-1633 or email

Suburban Cities Association Networking Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 21, Embassy Suites, 15920 W. Valley Highway, Tukwila. Guest speaker: Gov. Chris Gregoire shares her insights on the upcoming session of the Legislature, provides an update on the revenue forecast, and discusses medical marijuana and liquor sales. She also discusses the activities and expectations of the Connecting Washington Task Force. Early Registration: $45 per guest, $50 per guest after Sept. 16. SCA will bill member cities; non-members are asked to pay in advance. No credit cards, please. RSVP with meal selection by Sept. 16 by calling 206-433-7168, or emailing

Business Networking International: 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, meeting room, Round Table Pizza, 13036 SE, Kent-Kangley Road, Kent. Local entrepreneurs, sales-oriented small business representatives and others welcome. Information: Cheryl Richards, South Sound Business Referral Group. 206-575-4665.

Auburn Morning Toastmasters Club: 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursdays. Learn the fine art of communication in a supportive atmosphere. Toastmasters is an international organization helping people improve their communication and pubic speaking skills. New members welcome. Rainbow Café, 112 E. Main St., Auburn.

Auburn Area Chamber “Connecting for Success” Networking Breakfast: 8-9 a.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $5, includes continental breakfast. Auburn Area Chamber Board Room, 108 S. Division, Suite B. 253-833-0700.

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, Emerald Downs, Emerald Room (fourth floor), 2300 Emerald Downs Drive.  Register online through the chamber.


Soos Creek Botanical Garden  and History Center:  29308 132nd Ave SE, Auburn. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. As the docent program is developed,  visitors may take self-guided tours of the 22 acres, with a map  in hand. There is no charge to stroll the gardens, but donations are gladly accepted.  No pets or food are allowed on the property. Volunteers are always welcome to use their talents at the gardens. Info: 253-639-0949 or


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, $5.75 for those younger than 60.

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

• Open Jam Session: 10-11:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesday. All musicians are welcome.


Friday Night Summer Sounds & Cinema Series:  Presented by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, along with MultiCare. The lineup: (entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with the movies following at dusk.) • Friday, Aug. 19, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE. Concert: The unique sound of Shyanne. Movie: “Megamind” (PG).  Sponsorship packages are still available for this series and other special events. For more information, please contact Kristy Pachciarz, special events coordinator, at 253-931-3052 or For event information, contact the Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043.

“Zombies From The Beyond”: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 18, 19, 20, Theatre at Auburn Mountainview, 28900 124th Ave. SE. The Summer Alumni Theatre Co. presents James Valcq’s musical comedy celebration of American ideals and foibles in the Eisenhower era. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the high school drama students scholarship fund.

Triumph of the American Spirit, A 10-Year Commemoration of 9/11: 2:30 p.m., Sept. 11,  Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Concert honors first-responders through inspirational readings and the music of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are free but required for admission. Free tickets may be picked up in advance at the Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Administration Building, 910 Ninth St. SE, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cherry, Cherry, a Neil Diamond Tribute: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Tribute artist Steve Kelly and his eight-piece band present the music of the legendary singer and songwriter. Tickets: $20 general, $15 students, seniors. To order, call 206-707-6882 or email

Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s Ah, Youth!: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8; 2:30 p.m., Oct. 9, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., Auburn. ASO season-opening concert, featuring Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie Overture, Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto with 12-year old trumpet soloist Natalie Dungey, and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 1. Reserved season ticket seats – $95/adults; $75/seniors; reserved single ticket seats – $34/adults; $27/seniors; $10/students. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at

Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Also looking for talented musicians, singers or comedians to perform. Please contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.


Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra: Aug. 17, 18, 27, Sept. 1, Taylor Creek Church, 21110 244th Ave. SE, Maple Valley.  Audition fee: $10. Season performance highlights include masquerade concert, holiday concert, waltz gala ball, Seattle Thunderbirds hockey game and community events. 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: Aug. 29. Local choir is scheduling auditions for singers to join this fall. RYC has three leveled groups based on age and ability (grades 4 through college).  Rehearsals are held weekly in Covington.  Call 253-347-0180 to schedule an audition.  For more information, visit


Children’s Dance Theater:  Visit or call 253-887-8937 for program information. New location at 122 W. Main St.

Auburn Dance Academy:  Visit or call 253-833-1891 for program information.  The academy is located at 1811 Howard Road, Suite 100.


Black Diamond Historical Society Museum: Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays; noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 32627 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2142, or

White River Valley Museum:  918 H St. SE, Auburn. Exhibit: “Dead: Unearthing the Shift in Funerary Practices from Home to Mortuary,” on display Aug. 17 through Nov. 13. Related events: The following museum events are offered in conjunction with “DEAD.” Unless otherwise noted, admission is $2 adults, $1 seniors/children and includes museum admission. • A Death Denying Culture, Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Guest scholar Louise Hull will provide sociological insight into the effect of our culture’s denial of the inevitable. Gallery opens at 6 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m. • Family Program: Great Graves!, Oct. 1, 1 to 2 p.m. Drop in for some fright-free Halloween fun as the museum examines tombstones, graves and some of the oldest residents of Auburn’s Mountain View Cemetery through stories, games and crafts. Museum hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission: $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-288-7433 or visit for event information.


Auburn City Hall:  Throughout August: Good Ol’ Days Juried Exhibition. 25 W. Main St.  Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or

Cheryl Sallee Gallery: Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-5043 or





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Do you need to pay for your COVID hospital stay?

Washington state law requires hospitals to provide free care for certain income brackets.

Valley Regional Fire Authority truck. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
VRFA loses seven firefighters over vaccine mandate

Services aren’t expected to be affected by the personnel loss.

An Axon body-worn police camera. Courtesy photo
Auburn approves contract for police body cameras and Tasers

The new equipment will cost over $2.2 million.

Geographic dispersion of Washington State Patrol commissioned personnel who lost their jobs Oct. 18. (Washington State Patrol)
Rather than get vaccine, nearly 1,900 state workers lose jobs

Exactly how many people will be out of work for ignoring Gov.… Continue reading

King County Courthouse adjacent to City Hall Park (courtesy of City of Seattle)
County council votes to take dangerous park out of Seattle’s hands

City Hall Park, next to the courthouse in downtown Seattle, has had multiple reports of crime.

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