Community calendar

November 25, 2008

By Staff


Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic’s annual Scholarship Luncheon is Dec. 3 at Overlake Golf & Country Club, 8000 N.E. 16th St., Medina. Bridge begins at 10 a.m.; the luncheon is at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $35 and includes a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Seating is limited. In 2008, 12 scholarships were awarded to college-bound Eastside high school senior girls. Learn more at

Listen to a live audio chat, “Worried About Flu? Illness is not Inevitable,” at 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Christian Science Reading Room, 195 Front St. N. 

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new 19,500-square-foot Sammamish library is at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at 825 228th Ave. S.E., adjacent to the Sammamish Commons. The new library should be completed in 2010. Call 369-3276.



The Music Works Northwest 2008 Annual Campaign Fund runs through Dec. 1. The goal is to raise $50,000 for the music organization, which includes many students from Issaquah. Donations can be made at the Music Works Northwest front desk (14360 S.E. Eastgate Way, Suite 102), by check or through the secure “Donate Now” button on its Web site — Call 644-0988.

The fifth annual Soldier Stocking Drive runs through November. Help send much needed toiletry items and other morale boosters to the troops stationed in Iraq. Drop off items at the Issaquah John L. Scott office, 1700 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 300. For a complete list of needed donations or to learn more, call 206-354-7394.

Providence Health & Services’ Senior and Community Services hosts a trio of O’ Christmas Tree events benefiting its seniors and hospice patients, including those served at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah. The events are:

4A Family Affair Treeview, featuring presenting artist Anna Skibska, from 3-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Event is free.

4Silver Bells Luncheon, featuring 1960’s pop singer Merrilee Rush, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 2, at The Westin Seattle. Cost is $50; reservation deadline is Nov. 28.

4O’Christmas Trees Gala Dinner and Auction — 5 p.m. Dec. 3, The Westin Seattle, Grand Ballroom. Price is $275 per person; reservations required by Nov. 27. 

Call 206-938-2788 or go to

Sammamish Presbyterian Church is sponsoring the 40 Degrees Project. Anyone can purchase a Homeless Compassion Kit filled with hygiene items for $10. The community is then invited to assemble the kits in two shifts from 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Kits will be delivered to Union Gospel Mission, Operation Nightwatch and Teen Feed. You can also donate hats, gloves and wool socks. To purchase kits or sign up to assemble them, go to Call 868-5186.



St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts a Thanksgiving Eve Community Service at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at Community Church, 205 Mountain Park Boulevard S.W. Call 392-3215.

First Church of Christ hosts a Thanksgiving service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at Scientist, 9806 238th Way S.E. Call 392-8140.

St. Michael and All Angels Church’s annual St. Nicholas breakfast is at 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at 325 S.E. Darst St. This family tradition includes traditional Christmas lore and a visit by the “real” St. Nicholas. Tickets are $3 per person. Call 392-3215.

St. Michael and All Angels Church’s annual Advent Scripture and Song is at 4 p.m. Dec. 7. This is a candle-lit program of joy-filled anthems and hymns foretelling Christ’s birth. A wine and cheese reception follows. Call 392-3215.

St Joseph Catholic Church offers the following Adult Faith Enrichment classes at its Issaquah location, 250 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. on Monday nights:

“Finding God During Advent: An Advent Retreat” with Friar Michael Dodds, from 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 1.

“Mass: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

“Advent Penance Service with Individual Confessions” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

“Taize Prayer Service” from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 22.

Call 392-5516.



A free “Meditation for Peace and Healing for Our Country and Our Planet” class is offered every Sunday from 10-11 a.m. at the Yoga Barn, 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Space is limited; call 427-0038 or go to to pre-register.

Friends of Youth’s Youth and Family Services hosts the Alcohol and Drug Information School from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at 414 Front St. N. Tuition is $90. Call 392-6367 or go to

The Stroum Jewish Community Center hosts a Wellness Lecture Series the fourth Thursday of the month at 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island. This month, Dr. Betsy Zuber, geriatric specialist from Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, speaks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. about “Memory Loss, It’s Not Always Alzheimer’s!” Go to


Issaquah Library

The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. 

The Strategy Games Group meets at noon Nov. 28.

The Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 to discuss the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life,” by Barbara Kingsolver.

The Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 19.

The Manga Club meets at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10. 

“Raising Financially Responsible Children” is 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9 in the meeting room. Help educate your children about the value and responsible use of money. The presenter, Eric Mullinix, is a financial professional with New York Life Insurance Co.

The opera preview of “The Pearl Fishers,” by Georges Bizet, is at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.

Talk Time for adults, an opportunity to practice your English skills in a fun and friendly environment, is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Mondays.

Preschool story times, for ages 3-5 with an adult, is at 11 a.m. Mondays and 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Spanish story times, for families with children ages 3-12, is at 7 p.m. Mondays.

Toddler story times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, is 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Young toddler story times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, is 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Study Zone is back in session for grades K-12 to drop-in for homework help. Find one near you at



The districtwide middle school dance is from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 5 at the community center. Fee is $5 at the door for students in sixth through eighth grade with a photo identification. Concessions are available. Parent volunteers are always needed. Call 837-3317.

Toddler Time, for children ages 1-3, is from 8 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday at the community center. At the indoor playground are cars, bikes, slides, wagons and lots more to discover. Parents are responsible for their own children. The cost is $2 per child. Call 837-3300.


Senior Center

Center hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities are open to people 55 and older. The center is at 75 N.E. Creek Way. Call 392-2381.

A book/article discussion group meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday. 

A conditioning and stretching class is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $16.

Line dancing classes are from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Fee is $5.

A drawing and painting class is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The fee for this eight-week course is $120.

Stay Active & Independent for Life classes are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 12. The fee is $35.

Appointments can be made for foot care clinics every Thursday. A new, lower fee is only $25 per person. Payment will now be made at the front desk. Remember to bring a small towel with you.

Line dancing lessons are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Cost is $5 per session or $18 per month.

A writers’ call is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday. 

Instructor Norma Foss leads a computer lab to answer basic questions about the computer 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

Artist open studio is from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and work with fellow artists.

Pinochle is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Bridge is at 10:55 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Happy Hookers needlework group meets from noon – 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Mah-jongg lessons are 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Play from 9:30 a.m. – noon. 

Tai Chi classes are 9-10 a.m. Mondays.

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