April Pools Day: 1-3:30 p.m. April 19. Features water safety training, prizes, refreshments and open swim. Cost: Free. Auburn School District Pool, 516 Fourth St. N.E. 253-815-0873.
Relay for Life fundraiser car wash: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Kent. Presented by Prudential’s Aggressive Cancer Kickers. Arco, 10402 S.E. 256th St., Kent. 253-630-1828 or 253-569-1058.
Fourth annual Crimson Bridge Dinner/Auction: 5 p.m. April 20. Features dinner, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Crimson Bridge’s world outreach projects. Cost: $10. Rainier Room at the Truitt Building, 102 W. Main St., Auburn. 253-939-6834 or www.crimsonbridge.com.
McTeacher’s Night: 5-8 p.m. April 24. Teachers from Valley Christian School will help serve dinner for students and parents. Also includes raffle and visit with local emergency services personnel. Part of the evening’s sales will benefit the school. McDonald’s, 702 Auburn Way S., Auburn. 253-833-3530.
“Paving the Road to Recovery” Auction and Community Awards Dinner: 6 p.m. April 25. Presented by Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation. Cost: $45. Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S., Auburn. 253-876-3422.
Vehicle Check-ups and Maintenance Education: Noon-4 p.m. April 26. Includes free vehicle inspections, snacks, prizes and car care demonstrations. Cost: Free; donations for Auburn Food Bank welcome. Auburn Muffler Brake & Radiator, 1301 Auburn Way S., Auburn. 253-939-1979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payback Day: April 26. Features $1 dunk tank, $5 pie-in-the-face and $10 car wash. Proceeds go toward Alison’s Angels and the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk. TOP Food & Drug, 406 Lake Tapps Parkway E., Auburn. 253-876-1700.
“Dahlias and Desserts” fundraiser: 6:30-8 p.m. May 1. Features dessert, coffee and tea, raffles, and speaker Mike Harbin. Cost: $20 donation. Proceeds go towards GriefWorks’s counseling and support programs. GriefWorks, 715 30th St. N.E., Auburn. 253-333-9420 or email@example.com.
Victorian May Tea at Neely Mansion: 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. May 3. Enjoy tea in the parlor with savories and sweets, listen to music and tour the historic house. Cost: $15; reservations required. Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn. 253-833-1230.
Clean Sweep: 7:30 a.m. May 10. Volunteers needed for annual community service projects in four local parks. Breakfast provided for volunteers at City Hall. Registration required. Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov.
“Prince Caspian” opening event: 2-4 p.m. May 17. Movie-goers can enjoy games, prizes, balloons and more celebrating the opening of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” Cost: Free. Regal Cinemas Auburn Stadium 17, 1101 Supermall Way. 253-735-8052.
The Ride of Silence: 6:30 p.m. May 21. Ride aims to raise awareness about cyclists, and mourn cyclists killed by motor vehicles. Wear black arm bands. Course runs through downtown Kent and Auburn. Cost: Free. Start and ending location: Kent Park & Ride, 902 W. James St. www.rideofsilence.org.
Natural Yard Care program: 7-9 p.m. April 24. Learn to minimize chemical pesticide use, conserve water and reduce yard waste going to landfills. Cost: Free. Mount Baker Middle School, 620 37th St. S.E.
“Homeschool Q & A” seminar: 7-8:30 p.m. April 24. Speaker Candice Childs will answer questions from parents interested in homeschooling. Cost: Free. Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 First Way S., Federal Way. 206-246-9227.
“Finding Female Ancestors”: 9-11 a.m. April 26. Genealogy class led by Beverly Bills and Myra Gormley. Cost: $10. Heritage Quest Research Library, 909 Main St., Suite 5, Sumner. 253-863-1805.
Green River Community College: Continuing education classes include: April 29-June 3, “Business Writing and Grammar”; April 29-June 5, “Customer Service Specialist”; May 3, “Starting a Home-Based Business”; May 3-17, “Screenwriting”; May 8-29, “How to Start a Small Business.” Call for cost, details. 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn. 253-833-9111, ext. 2535.
Buddhist Temple Spring Fundraiser Dinner: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20. Features sukiyaki or chicken teriyaki dinner. Cost: $10. White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N., Auburn. 253-833-1442 or www.whiteriverbuddhisttmpl.org.
“Power of Prayer” breakfast meeting: 9-11 a.m. April 26. Speaker: Greg Turk. Meeting marks World Day of Prayer. Cost: By donation. First Christian Church of Kent, 11717 S.E. 240th St. 253-852-1930.
United Methodist Women’s annual sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26. Includes furniture, clothing, collectibles, books and more. Proceeds to benefit mission projects. Auburn First United Methodist Church, 100 N St. S.E., Auburn.
Blood drives in Auburn: Noon-2:30 p.m. April 22 at C-Dory Marine, 25 37th St. N.E.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 at Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 at Auburn Regional Medical Center, 202 N. Division St.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 at Auburn Supermall, 1101 Supermall Way; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7 at Auburn High, 800 Fourth St. N.E.; 1-7 p.m. May 12 at Latter-Day Saints Auburn, 625 M St. N.E. For Puget Sound Blood Center. 800-398-7888 or www.psbc.org.
Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn. 253-931-3018. Library events include:
• Game On!: 3 p.m. Wednesdays through April 30. Teens can play Guitar Hero, DDR and other Wii and GameCube games at the library.
• Anime/Manga Club: 4 p.m. May 5. Open to teens to watch movies and practice drawing in manga style.
• Auburn Library Book Discussion Group: 7 p.m. May 13. Topic: “Thunderstruck” by Erik Larson.
• Teen Advisory Board: 4 p.m. May 19.
Algona-Pacific Library, 225 Ellingson Road, Pacific. 253-833-3554. Library events include:
• Northwest Carvers Association woodcarving demonstrations: 5-8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month through April. Free. Call for details: 253-569-2140.
• Read Three, Get One Free: Teens, ages 12-18, can read three books, write three short, thoughtful reviews and get a new paperback book free. Pick up an entry form at the library or online at www.kcls.org/read3.
“Tutu Tales”: 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, September-June. Free story time features a dance themed book, creative movement exercises and coloring pages. Children’s Dance Theater, 14 B St. N.E., Suites 1 and 2, Auburn. 253-833-7685 or www.geocities.com/childrensdancetheater.Outside Auburn
Puyallup Spring Fair: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 19; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 20. Features farm animals, garden show, NW Junior Livestock Show and Sale, racing pigs, entertainment, rides and more. Cost: $8 for adults; $7 for ages 6-18; free for ages 5 and younger. Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. 253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com.
IKEA Environmental Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19-20. Features information booths about ways to help protect our earth, air, water, plants and animals. Gardener Ciscoe Morris will be on hand 2 p.m. April 19. Also, individuals can bring electronics and kitchen appliances for recycling. Cost: Free. IKEA, 601 S.W. 41st St., Renton. www.ikea-usa.com/Seattle.
Defrost Kickoff: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-20. Vintage sports car racing event features race cars from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Presented by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts. Cost: $5-$10; free for ages 6 and younger. Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave. S.E., Kent. 425-277-3177.
Daffodil Arabian Horse Show: April 25-27. Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. 253-845-1899 or www.daffodilarabian.com.
Woodworking Show: April 25-27. Admission: $9. Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. 615-793-3290 or www.thewoodworkingshows.com.
Trains, Trains and More Trains: April 26-27. Cost: $4-$8; free for ages 6 and younger. Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. www.ttmtshow.com.
Dollhouse/Miniature Show and Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26. Admission: $3-$5. Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup. 253-848-1770 or www.meekermansion.org.
Puyallup Home and RV Show: April 30-May 4. Admission: $5-8; free for ages 12 and younger. Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. 425-277-8132 or www.mhrvshows.com.
American Roots Series—Horizon and Cabin Fever NW: 7:30 p.m. April 26. Two Northwest folk groups to perform. Cost: $15-$20. Auburn Riverside Theater, 501 Oravetz Road, Auburn. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com or www.rainierconcerts.com.
Auburn Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert—“The Bohemian Life”: 7:30 p.m. April 26; 2:30 p.m. April 27. Pre-concert lecture begins 45 minutes before performances. Cost: $20-$25. Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. 253-939-8509 or www.auburnsymphony.org.
“Sounds of Hawaii”: 7:30 p.m. May 16. Cost: $20; free for GRCC students with ID. Lindbloom Student Center, Green River Community College, 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn. 253-833-9111, ext. 2400.
“Lend Me a Tenor”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 27. When the star tenor passes out backstage, the manager scrambles to find someone else to step up and sing in this musical comedy presented by Auburn Regional Theater. Cost: $12-$15. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. 253-929-6680 or www.experience-art.org.
“Three Billy Goats Gruff”: 2 p.m. May 3. Puppet show by Thistle Puppet Theatre is part of the 2008 Avenue Kids Series. Cost: $6. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. 253-931-3043, 253-833-5678 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.
Comedy Night at the Ave: 7:30 p.m. April 24, May 15 and June 19. Performers: April 24, Ryan Wingfield, Gabe Rutledge and James P. Connelly. Not recommended for children. Cost: $15-$20. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.
Ballroom dance: 2-4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St., Auburn. 253-874-4270.
Salsa dance lessons: 8-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $10 per lesson; buy five get one free. Salon Villa, 130 W. Main St., Auburn. 253-833-4247 or 253-333-0757, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auburn Garden Club: 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Cost: $1 donation. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E. 253-874-5841 or 253-839-6023.
Puget Sound Dahlia Association Dahlia Sale: 9 a.m. -4 p.m. April 19. Sale features more than 15,000 locally-grown tubers. Kent Memorial Park, 850 N. Central Ave., Kent. 425-836-4487 or www.pugetsounddahlias.org.
Puget Sound Bonsai Association Auction: 1-4 p.m. April 26. Tree preview, entertainment opens at 11 a.m. Includes demonstrations, music, refreshments and live and silent auctions of trees by area bonsai artists. Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way. www.psba.us.