Auburn-area community calendar | March 18

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City of Auburn’s Domestic Violence Task Force: Noon-1:30 p.m. March 19, City Hall, 25 West Main St., second floor, Room 3, Auburn. Presenting “a walkthrough a domestic violence case – beginning to end,” with the 911 dispatch call and officer’s response. Guest speakers – an officer and detective – present their role in a domestic violence call from 911. The task force will continue monthly with the roles of prosecutor, the advocate, the defense attorney, the judge, the treatment agency, the medical and the community agencies. Is it free and open to the public. The task force is a community action organization committed to justice, accountability and safety through collaboration, education and prevention of domestic violence. For more information, contact Shelly David, domestic violence legal advocate, City of Auburn Prosecutor’s Office, at 253-931-3072 or

9th annual Auburn School District Early Learning Fair: 6-7:30 p.m., March 26, Washington Elementary School, 20 E St. NE, Auburn. Free event offers learning activities, provides families with the opportunity to connect with community resources and features kindergarten transition activities. Pre-registration is required. Families can pre-register by contacting Lauri Rogojin at email at or by calling 253-931-4950.

Future Freshman Night: 6-7:30 p.m. March 31, Auburn High School, 711 E Main St.; 4-8 p.m. April 23, Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Students and parents can tour the school, find out about activities and athletics, meet future teachers and more. For more information, call Auburn High at 253-931-4880 and Auburn Mountainview at 253-804-4539.

American Heart Association National Walking Day: April 1, downtown Auburn. Presented by the Auburn Downtown Association and Auburn Valley YMCA. Participants start at the Auburn City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St., between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., for a 30-minute walk. A walking map and water will be provided. Come rain or shine, walkers can go on their own or join a group hosted by Auburn Valley YMCA’s fitness staff. Restaurants will offer healthy dine-in or take-out options, and special promotions for the day. Free red shoelaces will go to the first 100 walkers and 500 pedometers will be given to the first 500 walkers. For more information, call Laura Westergard at 253-939-3982 from the Auburn Downtown Association or Amy Jahn at 253-876-7557 from the YMCA.

26th Washington State Spring Fair: April 16-19, Washington State Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours: 2-10 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Animals, the Northwest Junior Livestock Show, free entertainment, kids’ activities, shopping, Motorsport Mayhem. Adult tickets are $10 at the gate, $8 students (6-18 years). Children 5 and under are free. Kids, 0-18 years, free gate admission on opening day. Discount gate tickets are available March 23 at participating Fred Meyer stores, Safeway stores, and South Hill Mall for $7.50 (adults) and $6.50 (students 6-18 years). Parking is free. For more information, visit


Auburn Valley YMCA’s Pillowcase Drive: Through April 15. For Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Auburn Children’s Charities. Help put a smile on the face of a child by bringing fun pillowcases to the Y, 1620 Perimeter Road. Donors can use their imagination to sew, embroider or decorate pillowcases or simply buy them from the store. Children can choose a pillowcase to become a comfort item for chemotherapy, surgery, tests or traumatic life changing circumstances. This year’s campaign goal is 1,300 pillowcases. For more information, call Christine Gifford, of the Y, at 253-876-7563 or 253-833-2770 or email

Second Annual Pastapalooza Dinner & Dessert Auction: 6:30 p.m. March 21, First United Methodist Church, 100 N St. SE, Auburn. Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 401. Cost: $10 per person. Entertainment provided. Contact Mary Wilson at 253-653-8775 or for tickets and more information.

Festival Concert and Silent Auction: 7-8:45 p.m. March 23, Auburn Riverside Theater, Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Road. All-band concert and auction fundraiser for band students. Free admission. For more information, contact AHS Band Director Anthony Paustian at

Rummage sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. A variety of items priced to sell. Anyone interested in donating items for the sale can bring them to the center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Tuesday, March 24, through 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Those interested in donating can call 253-931-3016 to arrange for free pick up.

Lights! Camera! Auction! Sixth annual Auburn Mountainview Auction: 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 27, Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE, Kent. A fundraiser for more than 25 clubs and sports programs, as well as Invest Ed, formerly the Saul Haas Foundation. Cost: $40 for dinner, live and silent auctions. Donations (monetary and items) welcome and appreciated. Auction items are due by March 13. For more information, contact Jennifer Kickner at or

AVHS Winner’s Circle Gala: 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 28, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Way, Auburn. Benefit for the Auburn Valley Humane Society. Help fund the needs of the lost and abandoned animals in the community. Event includes a silent and live auction, heads and tails, 50/50 raffle, balloon pop and wine ring toss. Tickets: $75. Purchase a table of eight for $500. For tickets, order online at or stop by the shelter at 4910 A St. SE. Call 253-249-7849 or for more information.

Bowl Throw: 2-6 p.m. April 1, Green River College, art department, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Bowls are needed to sell. If you have any pottery skills, come make a bowl. Bowls support the fourth annual Empty Bowls event on May 1. For more information, contact Paul Metivier at 253-833-8925 or or Debbie Christian at

The Bus Barn Bonanza: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4. Held on the first Saturday of every month, February to June, October to December, 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, visit

White River Buddhist Temple Teriyaki Chicken Dinner and Bake Sale: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19, White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N., Auburn. Teriyaki chicken dinner served cafeteria style or take-out. Bake sale featuring mochi, manju, pies and more. Cost: $12. 253-833-1442.

Clothes for the Cause: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25-26, Auburn Mountainview High School, parking lot, (east side, off 132nd), 28900 124th Ave. SE, Auburn. Clothing and textile fundraiser for the Lions Booster Club. Truck open for drop-offs. Accepting new and gently used clothes; shoes paired only; towels; stuffed animals; hats; sheets; blankets; quilts, bedspreads; drapes; purses; belts. All items must be dry and clean. Not accepted: glass; breakables; electronics; pet beds; bed pillows; carpeting; uniforms; or hotel linens or items previously for sale at a thrift store.

Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Event: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. Local artists, businesses and restaurants come together to help Auburn’s hungry. A $15 suggested donation will get you a handcrafted pottery or wood bowl made by local artisans to keep and lunch provided by Auburn-area restaurants and schools. Proceeds benefit the Auburn Food Bank. For more information, contact Gail Spurrell at, or contact the food bank at 253-833-8925 or


Mary Bridge Children’s Center for Childhood Safety: Car safety seat inspection on the first Wednesday of each month at MultiCare Auburn Urgent Care, 202 Cross St. SE, Auburn. Please call 253-403-1417 to schedule an appointment.

Auburn Alzheimer’s Association Support Group: Noon-1:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month, Church of the Nazarene, 1225 29th St. SE, Room 15, Auburn. Caring for someone with memory loss? Group provides a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, research and treatment options. Free. Contact group facilitator Val Brustad at 253-854-7658 for details.

Living Tobacco-free Weekly Free Support Group: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, second floor, Heart Care Center classroom, 202 N. Division St. Free one-hour weekly support group meeting open to adults and teens wanting to quit tobacco, newly quit, struggling with relapse or helping a friend quit tobacco. For more information, contact Heidi Henson at 253-223-7538 or

Patient and Caregiver Cancer Support Group: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, 121 N. Division St., No. 100, Auburn. Gilda’s on the Go in partnership with the cancer center offer support group for patients and caregivers. You may drop in to this professionally facilitated group. No matter where you are being treated, or have been treated, for cancer, this group is free and open to you. Please join us.

Southeast King County Parkinson’s Disease support group: Meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, 25810 156th Ave. SE, Covington. Group’s monthly lunches are on the first Tuesday of the month at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE, Auburn. For more information, contact Stephanie Lawson at 206-579-5206.

Gamblers Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call toll free the Gamblers Anonymous Hotline 1-855-222-5542. Visit or for additional information.


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


Zen Shin Meditation Service: 9-10 a.m. Sundays, White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N. For more information, visit

Clubs, programs

Striped Water Poets: Meets every Tuesday, 7- 9 p.m., at Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. A roundtable critique and welcoming of new poets.

Auburn Noon Lions: Meets Tuesdays, noon, Longhorn Barbecue, 635 C St. SW. $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. Speakers: • March 25, Gary Cassill, Michael Hart (managing your portfolio in a rising rate environment); • April 1, Kevin Anderson (CEO, Wesley Homes). For more information, visit

Auburn Morning Toastmasters: Meets every Thursday morning, 6:30-7:30, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 25 Second St. NW.  Learn the fine art of communication and public speaking in a friendly supportive atmosphere.  Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 253-735-1751 or visit

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

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association: 6:30 p.m. March 25, Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive. Meetings are on the last Wednesday of every month, except holidays. The association is an unincorporated area community service group formed by local citizens for the purpose of addressing common issues, safety measures and ideas for improvement. Featuring Capt. Scott Somers of the King County Sheriff’s Department speaking on rural personal and property protection, increasing traffic concerns, adapting Block Watch in rural areas and ways residents can support the precinct’s deputies. Refreshments served. For more information, contact’s Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway with Seattle Children’s Hospital: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28, Renton Community Center, 1715 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Offering free bike helmet fittings and giveaways.


Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. 253- 931-3018.  Library events include:


Play & Learn: 10:30 a.m. March 23 and 30. Newborn to age 5 with adult. Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English.

Afternoon Family Story Times: 1:45 p.m.  March 23 and 30. Ages 3 and older with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Build It!: 4-5 p.m. March 23 and 30. Ages 6 and older with adult. Play with blocks and bring your friends for constructive, creative fun at the library. Engage in the challenge of the day, or just build something special from your own imagination.

Infant and Young Toddler Story Time: 10:15 a.m. March 25. Ages newborn to 24 months with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. March 19 and 26. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m. March 19 and 26. Ages 3 to 7 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Spanish Story Times: 7 p.m. March 19 and 26. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Stories, songs and fun.


Study Zone: 3-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Teen Zone: 3:30-5 p.m. March 25. Middle and high school ages. Play video games, snack, get online, hang out, study, or pick-up a good book.

Teen Writers’ Group: 3:30 p.m. March 20. Meet other teen authors, share what you’ve been writing, improve your craft and have fun. Snacks will be served.

Real Life CSI, Behind the Crime Scene Investigation: 2 p.m. March 21. Middle and high school ages. Join forensic pathologist Carl Wigren as he discusses the field of forensic science and real life CSI. He will talk about strategies and methods used by technicians in the field and the lab.

Harry Potter Book Club, Year 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 3:30 p.m. March 31. Ages 10 to 14. Each month, focus on a different book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Join fun discussions and activities. Food too. Receive a Harry Potter Reading Club Card and earn a stamp at each meeting. At the end of the 7 month series, enter prize drawings with your club card based on your number of stamps earned. Register online or drop-in.


AARP Tax Help: 2-9 p.m. March 24 and 31. Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers. No age or income limits. Please bring picture I.D., documented proof of Social Security Number, and last year’s return as well as any current tax documents. Call or stop by the library to schedule an appointment, 253-931-3018.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Registration: 5 p.m. March 25. To register for ESL classes: • please arrive on time; • registration will be first come, first serve; • space is limited; • allow 3 hours to complete registration; • bring picture ID; • please, no children.

English as a Second Language (ESL) : 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.  Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversation skills with an experienced instructor. Classes are free.  Students must come to the following testing day: March 25, 5 p.m. Classes start Monday, March 30 and end Wednesday, June 10. For more information call the Auburn Library.

Third Thursday Afternoon Book Club: 2 p.m. March 19. “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman.

Mind Matters – Nurturing the Parent-Child Relationship with Home Organization: 7 p.m. March 19. Stacy Erickson, professional organizer, early childhood specialist and owner of Home Key Organization addresses the common problems of families-clutter. Topics include stress reduction, de-cluttering tactics, identifying family values as they relate to possessions and simple, practical organizing tips for you to try at home.

Tablets 101: 2 p.m. March 20. Learn how to use your new tablet. This class teaches the basics, how to turn off your device completely, wifi connection, security and app installation. All operating systems covered. Need to bring your own device.

Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a computer class, please call 253-931-3018. ; • One-On-One Computer Help: 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. March 28; • Microsoft PowerPoint, 3 p.m. March 23; • Microsoft World Level 2, 10 a.m., March 28

Friends of the Auburn Library Meeting: 7 p.m. March 24. Discover how you can support your library.


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


Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. March 24 and 31. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. March 24 and 31. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Build It at the Library: 2:30 p.m. March 21. Family program, ages 6 and younger with adult. Have fun building with plastic bricks, blocks and straws. Create around a theme or build what you like. You bring the ideas and the library will supply the building materials.

Family Story Time: 10 a.m. March 27. Held at the Pacific Community Center, 305 Milwaukee Ave., Pacific. Family program, all ages welcome with adult.Stories, songs and fun.


Study Zone: 4-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Teen Zone: 3:30-5 p.m. March 19 and 26. Play video games, snack, get online, hang out, study, or pick-up a good book.


Computer Class: Registration required. Please sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Registration: 5 p.m. March 24. To register for ESL classes: • please arrive on time; • registration will be first come, first serve; • space is limited; • allow 3 hours to complete registration; • bring picture ID; • please, no children.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL): 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversation skills with an experienced instructor. Classes are free. Students must come to the following testing day: March 24, 5 p.m. Classes start Tuesday, March 31 and end Thursday, June 11.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 2-3 p.m. March 23. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m. March 18. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger”

Tablets 101: 3:30 p.m. March 27. Learn how to use your new tablet. This class teaches the basics, how to turn off your device completely, wifi connection, security and app installation. All operating systems covered. Need to bring your own device. Please register.

Mind Matters – Improve Your Memory Right Now: 11 a.m. March 28. Charles Kraus will demonstrate easily learned techniques for improving your ability to memorize information. Many of the techniques can be mastered instantly. While your brain is not a muscle, it does need care, feeding and exercise to keep it in top shape. The 2015 King County Library System adult series, Mind Matters, offers free programs, classes, tips and reading suggestions to stay sharp. It’s your mind. KCLS can help you take care of it.


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


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


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: • First Thursday of the month – Iron Horse Casino, 333 15th St. NE; • second Thursday – Auburn Wine & Caviar Company, 2402 A St. SE; • third Thursday – Station Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125; • fourth Thursday – Zola’s Café, 402 E. Main St. Suite 120. 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.

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Insider 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.

47th District Democrats monthly meeting: 7-9 p.m. first Wednesday of the month, Auburn IAM Hall, 201 A St. SW, next to the Auburn Transit Station. Diverse group welcomes the public to join them to meet candidates and leaders in the community to discuss topics, pass resolutions and just have a great time. Free. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

Auburn Valley YMCA Summer Hiring Fair: 2-5 p.m. March 21, Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Road SW. The Valley Y is looking to hire a summer staff for the following programs: camp Counselor (day/overnight); school age camp counselor; and climbing instructor. Part of the interview will be engaging in group games and part will be with a panel interview. Please bring a resume.

Free income tax preparation: Through April 18, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Highline Outreach Center, 23835 Pacific Highway S., Kent), Building 99, room 251. Highline, United Way of King County host free tax preparation services to the public. Households that make less than $60,000, with tax returns that do not involve business taxes, rental income, or sale of property or stocks, are eligible for this free service. Participants will need to bring their Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return, photo ID, and all tax statements, such as W-2 forms, 1099 forms or SSA-1099 forms. Bringing bank account numbers, routing numbers and a copy of last year’s tax return is also highly recommended. Those participants filing returns with spouses must both be present to e-file. No appointments are necessary. For questions or more information, visit or call 800-621-4636.


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, $6 for those younger than 60.

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


Mini-Taste of Technology and Resource Fair: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 21, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. Free conference showcases the latest advancements in assistive technology and services for people with different types of special needs or disabilities (hearing, speech, vision, mobility, and cognitive). A great opportunity for professionals and agencies working with clients who have various types of special needs for daily living. For more information, contact Cindy Campbell at 877-577-1825 or, or visit

Volunteer opportunities: The center’s meals-on-wheels and respite programs need help to provide services to seniors. Please call 253-288-7441 or 253-931-3016, if interested.

Auburn Respite: Nonprofit adult day care program serving the community needs volunteers to help its senior participants. The group meets weekly at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. The program also serves clients on the second and fourth Tuesday, from 10 to 3. The program allows caregivers to enjoy a worry-free day off while the participant enjoys socialization, companionship and lunch. For more information, contact program director Sheila Pankratz at 253-875-9163.

Pacific Algona Senior Center, 100 Third Ave SE, Pacific, 253-929-1153.

Serving seniors: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No annual fee. Monday free lunch, Tuesday-Friday lunch provided by Catholic Community Services. Senior bus trips to local stores and events. Crafts and card making.

Second Annual Citizens Appreciation Dinner: 5-7 p.m. March 28, City of Pacific Gym, 305 Milwaukee Ave.  Tickets: $10. Proceeds support youth and senior programs. For more information,  contact Darcie Thach at 253-929-1153 or



Auburn Avenue Theater, 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 online at

AveKids, Ancient Superheroes: 2 p.m. March 21. Mythology comes to life in this exciting, adventure-filled play featuring Theseus and the minotaur, Helen of Troy, Odysseus and the cyclops, Sisyphus, and all 12 labors of Hercules. Tickets: $8.

March Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m. March 21. Three comedians with a featured headliner, Andy Haynes. Ages 18 and over only. Tickets: $17 regular; $15 student/senior.

Laura Dean – Across the Borders: 2 p.m. March 22. Pianist Laura Dean weaves together music, story and travel photos into an engaging experience that is nostalgic, romantic and timeless. Her performances shine a light on composers including Mexico’s less know Manuel Ponce and Ricardo Castro, and American standouts, including Louis Gottschalk, Samuel Barber, and George Gershwin. Tickets: $10.


Chamber series: No Passport Required: 4 p.m. March 29, St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn. The orchestra concludes its chamber series with musicians of the Puget Sound Wind Quintet: Karla Flygare (flute), Dan Williams (oboe), Jennifer Nelson (clarinet), Francine Peterson (bassoon), and Rodger Burnett (French horn). Musical journey includes several far-flung locations – Italy (Giuseppe Cambini), Denmark (Carl Nielsen), France (Jacques Ibert), Argentina (Astor Piazzolla), and Egypt (Gamal Abdel-Rahim). Concert is sponsored in part by the City of Auburn and the Garneau-Nicon Foundation. Tickets, festival seating: $17 adults,      $10 students. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at

Concert season: Performances at the Theater at Auburn Mountainview, 28900 124th Ave. SE, Auburn. ASO announces its 18th season of programs in its temporary home while the Auburn Performing Arts Center is being renovated. Concert lineup: • A Grand Tour of Europe: 7:30 p.m. April 25, 26; 2:30 p.m. April 26. Season and single tickets available. Reserved season ticket seats $95 adults, $75 seniors. Reserved single ticket seats $34 adults, $27 seniors, $10 students. To purchase, call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at


“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”: 7-9 p.m. March 19-21, Auburn Riverside Theatre, Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Road SE. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences throughout the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. Admission: $5 for students, seniors, military; $10 general admission. For more information, contact Katy Nuttman at 253-804-5154 or

“Lucky Stiff”: 7:30 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, and March 26, 27, 28. Theatre at Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE, Auburn. Auburn Mountainview Theatre Compny presentation. A musical farce full of hilarious action, music and plot twists. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students. For more information, contact Paula Jeffery at

“Footloose, the musical”: 7 p.m. March 20, 21; 2 p.m. March 21, Auburn High School Commons, 711 E. Main St. Presented by the Auburn High Actors’ Guild and featuring the Auburn High Band. Teenager Ren McCormick from Chicago, who belongs to a dance club, finds himself moving with his mother to the small town of Bomont, where the local preacher and town council has banned dancing. To the rhythm of Oscar and Tony-nominated music, “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Tickets available at the door. $12 general admission, $5 for seniors, youth/students and military. Parental guidance recommended.

Spring Concert and Dinner: 5:30 p.m. March 31, Theater at Mountainview and the Commons, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Auburn Mountainview bands and the Rainier Middle School eighth-grade band combine for a concert. Pre-concert dinner is from 5:30-6:30 with a concert at 7. Dinner is $7. Concert is free

Music at The Station Bistro: 6-8 p.m., Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. • March 21: Titusville Station, evening of fun music from the ‘60s through the ‘90s, featuring old and new favorites.

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, 7-9 p.m. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.

Shrek The Musical’: 7 p.m. March 27, 28, April 3; 3 p.m. March 28, 29, April 4, Green River College, Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Presented by Heavier Than Air Family Theatre. Everyone’s favorite ogre, and unlikely hero, finds himself on a life-changing journey with a wisecracking Donkey and feisty princess. This hilarious stage version is based on the Oscar-winning film. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call 253-833-9111 or visit


Poetry at The Station Bistro: 7-10 p.m., first Wednesdays of each month, Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Poets featured at the open mic venue. Presented by The Station Bistro, the Northwest Renaissance, Auburn Striped Water Poets. Open to poets of every age and skill level. March 4 program: Michael Smeltzer and Morgan Sagdahl. For more information, contact


Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra: Taylor Creek Church, 21110 244th Ave. SE, Maple Valley.  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: RYC has three leveled groups based on age and ability (grades 4 through college).  Call 253-347-0180 to schedule an audition.  For more information, visit



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.


Of a Feather, Artists, Birds and the Northwest: Jan. 14-June 7. Powerful art exhibit of works featuring and inspired by birds. Collection reveals artists inspired by place and nature, by birds as metaphors for the human experience and hope, and by more than a touch of the divine and mystical. The stunning and eclectic works come from generations of the Northwest’s leading artists, including some of the most influential pioneer modernists active from the 1940s through the 1960s.


Auburn City Hall:  Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. 253-931-3043 or

The Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery: 222 E Main St. E, Auburn. The group has monthly meetings and art demonstrations which are open to the public. To learn more, visit