Community Calendar

January 12, 2009

By Staff


The East King County office of the state Department of Revenue hosts a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E., Room No. 1E-113. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. All receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to Department of Revenue rules and regulations. Register by going to or calling 489-1723.

Issaquah History Museums volunteer Stephen Grate will lead an interpretive hike of the Issaquah-Superior mine site Jan. 17. This two and a half hour walking tour focuses on the operations of the Issaquah and Superior Mining Co. from the 1860s until the 1920s and includes remains of mine entrances from this era. Meet at the Issaquah Depot at 10 a.m. for a brief presentation about the history of Issaquah’s mining operations. The hike, held rain or shine, covers easy to moderate terrain. Bring appropriate clothing, foot gear, water and a sack lunch, and leave animal companions at home. The cost is $6 per person or $3 for members of the Issaquah History Museums. The presentation at the depot is free to the public. Call 392-3500 or e-mail to obtain a hike registration form, or download one at

Sponge and Cookalicious Club, 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 Go to 

The Issaquah REI has partnered with the city of Issaquah and Mountains-to-Sound Greenway to host a day of wetland cleanup, invasive plant removal and native plant staking at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd., directly behind the REI store. Bring rubber boots and dress warmly. Register at

Appointments are being taken to donate blood when the Puget Sound Blood Center blood mobile comes to the Issaquah Community Center all day Jan. 30. Sign up by calling 1-800-398-7888 toll-free.



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, joins restaurants nationwide to offer 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. Go to



St. Joseph Catholic Church offers the following faith enrichment opportunities at its Issaquah location, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. (Call 392-5516):

9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 19 — The Rev. Mike Fones will speak about “Making Disciples,” focusing on how church ministries can help foster people’s personal relationship with the risen Christ. He will also speak about the structure of a parish.

7 p.m. Jan. 26 — The Rev. James Eblen will speak about “Ecumenism in the 21st Century,” focusing on ways in which Christian churches can grow closer as the body of Christ.

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.



ArtEAST offers the following workshops at UP Front [art] gallery at 48 Front St. N. (call 392-3191 or go to

Lunch with the Masters — Georgia O’Keeffe, noon – 2 p.m. Free.

Art Appreciation — Women Surrealists from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26. Fee is $30. The Lonely Light of Edward Hopper, from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28. Fee is $15.

Jewelry from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 16. Fee is $40. 

Creative Earrings from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Jan. 21. Fee is $40.

Paint Your Cake & Eat it Too! Plein-air Pastries, Introduction to Oil Paints from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 31. Fee is $55.

Author Dan Nelson discusses his book, “Snowshoe Routes Washington,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Issaquah REI store, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. After the free class, Nelson will answer questions and sign copies of his book. Call 313-1660.

The free seminar, “Pruning for Health and Beauty,” presented by city horticulturist Alan Haywood, is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at Squak Mt. Greenhouses and Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E. Call 392-1025.

“Divorce Recovery,” a seminar for those going through separation or divorce or trying to move on after divorce, is Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 – April 21 at Pine Lake Covenant Church 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Register by calling 392-8636 or going to Child care is available by pre-registration only. 


Issaquah Library

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

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

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.

The King County Library System presents a special program series for adults, Fiscal Fitness. Kicking off the series is “eBay I — The ‘Basics’ of eBay Selling” from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Issaquah Library. 


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 in January:

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.

A 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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