December 15, 2008

By Staff


The Marine Corps League Puget Sound Detachment 336 hosts a Toys for Tots collection from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Dec. 17 at the Myrtle Lodge 108, 57 West Sunset Way. New and gently used, unwrapped toys will be accepted, as well as cash and checks made out to “Marine Corps League — Toys for Tots.” Volunteers are needed to deliver the toys Dec. 20. Learn more by calling 440-9506.The families of Eastridge Christian Assembly are giving away 1,000 turkeys to families in need from 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 20 at 24105 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. There is nothing to fill out, no questions will be asked and they’ll even carry the turkey to your car for you. If you’d like to donate turkeys for the event, go to Learn more by calling 392-3253. 



Chabad of the Central Cascades assembles a 10-foot balloon Menorah, the largest in the Northwest, at 5 p.m. Dec. 21, the eve of Hanukkah, at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, in the Issaquah Highlands. Once constructed, Mayor Ava Frisinger will light the Menorah. There will be traditional latkes served, as well as doughnuts, music and games for children. A suggested donation of $5 can be made at the door. Call 985-7639.

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish welcomes nationally known singer-songwriter Angus McDonell for a night of Advent music stories and reflections for the entire family at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. A free-will offering will be taken with net proceeds going to the Issaquah Food Bank. Attendees are also encouraged to bring canned goods for the food bank. Call 391-1178.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., offers the following schedule of services through December (call 392-4169):

Taize-based Advent Service at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 21

Sunday School/Children’s Christmas program with holy communion at 11 a.m. Dec. 21

Christmas Eve Service of the Word, Carols and Candlelight at 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24 

Service of Carols and Candlelight, with holy communion at 11 p.m. Dec. 24

Christmas Day Service, with holy communion, 10 a.m. Dec. 25

St. Joseph Catholic Church offers the faith-enrichment class “Taize Prayer Service” from 7-8 p.m. Dec 22 at its Issaquah location, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. Call 392-5516.

Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road, offers the following free classes (register at 

Kabala Class — Topics in Kabala with Rabbi Berry Farkash from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 

Caffeine for the Soul — Women’s Torah Class, with Nechama Farkash, from 11 p.m. – midnight, Tuesdays. 

Lunch and Learn — Talmud Class, with Rabbi Berry Farkash, from noon – 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays.



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


Issaquah Library

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

The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas and will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 29 for New Year’s Eve.

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

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



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.

The center offers the following day trips for December:

4Snoqualmie Casino — from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 17. Fee is $5. 

4Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park — from 4-8:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Fee is $12. 

A holiday sing along is at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 19. Join pianist Carmen to sing holiday favorites or just enjoy the music.

The senior center will be closed after lunch at 1 p.m. Dec. 23 for the holidays and reopens Jan. 5.

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.

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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