Community Calendar

December 29, 2008

By Staff


Sponge and Cookalicious Club, two groups with a mission to bring fun and learning into children’s lives, present New Year Nibbles, an afternoon of cooking, classes and crafts, from 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 18, at Sponge’s Eastside location, 375 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Mini language classes in Spanish, Mandarin, French and Japanese are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The event is free and geared toward children up to age 7 and their families. RSVP by calling 274-5188 or e-mailing Be sure and specify which language you are interested in for the class. Learn more at


Krispy Kreme and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul are hosting a winter warm coat drive through Jan. 6 at participating Krispy Kreme restaurants, including the Issaquah location at 6210 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Warm coats collected during the drive will be distributed by the society to individuals in need within each community. Guests who contribute to the warm coat drive will receive one 5-cent coffee and an additional cup at the same price for a friend. Go to or

This is the last week for the Merry Christmas Issaquah Emergency Aid Fund to reach its goal of $50,000 by Jan. 1. All donations will go to those in need. The fund was founded in 1981 by The Issaquah Press and has raised more than a half-million dollars since. Send donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027.  

IHOP plans to raise $1 million for local children’s hospitals and charities during National Pancake Day on Feb. 24. From 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., the Issaquah IHOP, 1433 N.W. Sammamish Road, offers a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests are asked to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes, or more, to local children’s hospitals and other local charities. Since the first National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $2 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. In 2008, IHOP gave away more than 1.5 million pancakes and raised more than $875,000 in support of Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities, far exceeding its goal to raise $750,000. Go to



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.



Yoga Barn offers a free intro to qigong, from noon – 1:15 p.m. Jan. 4, at 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd. This gentle practice from the ancient Chinese health care system incorporates movement, breath and focused intention. Space is limited, so call 427-0038 or go to to preregister.


Issaquah Library

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

The library will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve.

The Dungeons and Dragons Gaming Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 26. 

The Manga Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 28.

“This Land is Our Land: Artists Paint America” is at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. This presentation takes you on a journey from the East Coast to the West Coast, focusing on early to mid-century artists who portrayed the American landscape.

The Strategy Games Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

The Issaquah Library Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 for “Loving Frank,” by Nancy Horan.

“Starting a New Business: Options to Consider” is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Join Ed Moizan, Seattle SCORE business counselor and learn how to build a successful startup plan.

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

The center offers the following day trips in January:

Muckleshoot Casino, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 7, $6

Ghosts of Pike Place Market, 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 23, $18

Seattle Police Museum & Fire Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 14, $8

The Seattle Public Library Tour, 9:15 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 21, $6

Crossroads Mall, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26, $5

Lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28, $5

An AARP Driver Safety Course is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21. Fee is $14, or $12 for AARP members.

Starting Jan. 15, lunch bunch features an easy, healthy lunch option, based on the Healthy Living Lecture Series. Fee is $3.

The Winterizing Your Home: A Cold Weather Guide to Your Utilities seminar is at 11 a.m. Jan. 27.

The free class “Fearless Phoning: Cell Phone Help For You” is at 2:45 p.m. Jan. 28.

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

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

A basic drawing class is from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 5-26. Fee is $50.

Stay Active & Independent for Life classes are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays Jan. 7 – Feb. 6. Fee is $35.

Computer lab tutor teaches free basic skills from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday. 

Still Life Painting Class, for all levels of experience, is from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 2-23. Fee is $50.

Keyboard Music For Adults is from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26. Fee is $90. Keyboards will be provided. 

Activity night is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Open Craft Time is at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Appointments can be made for foot care clinics every Thursday. Fee is $25.

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

Cards are played at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Pinochle is from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday.

Bridge is from 10:55 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. 

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

Mahjong is from 9 a.m. – noon Tuesday.  

Tai Chi classes are from 9-10 a.m. Monday.

A Sing Along is at 11:15 a.m. the third Friday.

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