Community calendar

February 16, 2009

By Staff


Mountains to Sound Greenway is hosting multiple volunteer events for trail maintenance in the rugged Squak Mountain State Park Feb. 21. Events usually run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with half-day options also available. Great for individuals, families, groups, and work teams — no experience required. Find out more or sign up at or call 206-812-0122. The American Red Cross presents the ninth annual CPR Saturday Feb. 28 in honor of Renton Heart Month. This is open to everyone. Students will get free training and testing in adult CPR. Classes at Renton Technical College begin at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m. Spanish and ASL class start times are different. Participants must pre-register online at or call 206-726-3534.

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah celebrates its 80th anniversary at the 2009 community auction to benefit children at 5 p.m. April 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn. All proceeds raised go back into the community with Eastside Baby Corner being the evening’s “Fund an Item” recipient. Learn more at



The Issaquah Food Bank accepts online cash donations, nonperishable food and usable clothing items (especially children’s and infants clothing). Drop off food and clothing donations at 179 First Ave. S.E. Make online donations at The food bank is open to clients from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 5-7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month. Volunteers are also needed. Call 392-4123 or 392-5836.

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



A live audio chat, “Honesty in Government — and Everywhere Else,” is from 11 a.m. – noon Feb. 24 at the Christian Science Reading Room, 195 Front St. N. The talk will describe how prayers can speed up the transition from an “anything-goes” environment to one that truly values honesty. Call 643-2234.

St. Joseph Catholic Church offers the following faith enrichment opportunities beginning Lent with Ash Wednesday Masses and distribution of ashes on Feb. 25 at its Issaquah location, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. Call 392-5516. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Masses with distribution of ashes are at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb 25. Go to



Bellevue Community College’s Center for Career Connections is offering four free, public workshops on career planning and job hunting. Register by calling 564-2279 or e-mailing Learn more at

“Salary Negotiation” is from 12:30-2 p.m. Feb. 25. Learn nonconfrontational strategies that can add significant money to your lifetime career earnings.

“Cover Letter Review” is from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Feb. 26. Learn about cover letters, letters of inquiry and self-marketing letters and how to use them to be more competitive in the job market. 

“Are you LinkedIn?” is from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Mar. 3. This covers what recruiters say about LinkedIn and how job seekers can use it to generate more interest.

“Do More Than Survive, Make a Difference through Your Work” is from 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Mar. 12. This explores ways you can make a difference in your current or future life and work, including sustainable careers.

“Microcosmic! The Art of Paul Klee, Juan Miro and Hans Arp” is from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 25, at UP Front [art] gallery, 48 Front St. N. Fee is $30. Call 392-3191 or go to

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

“Prep for Rainier” is at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Issaquah REI, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 313-1660 for details.

Fern Life Center presents a free introductory workshop, “What is Ayurveda?” from 10 a.m. – noon March 7 at 710 Fifth Ave. N.W. Plus, enjoy a free Ayurvedic skin consultation. Register by calling 391-3376 or going to

The Mad Scrapper offers free scrapbooking classes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Each week features a new project. Call to register, as space is limited. Supply list, instructions and project samples are available in the store or see a sneak preview online at Call 427-8871. 


Issaquah Library

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

The Dungeon and Dragons Gaming Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

A free meditation workshop, “Learn to Meditate,” is from   7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Call 206-322-2600 to register.

The Manga Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Draw your own manga and get published in the Manga Club Zine.

The Issaquah Library Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 to discuss “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time,” by Greg Mortenson.

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 children ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult, is at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 and at 1 p.m. Feb. 24. 

Spanish story time is at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Toddler story time, for children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult, is at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 and at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25.

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



Issaquah Parks & Recreation offers preschool at the Issaquah Community Center and Memorial Park Center. Bring your child, meet the teachers and see our classrooms. Programs are offered for children ages 3-5. Children must be potty-trained and be 3 at the beginning of the school year. Call 837-3300 to register.

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.

Astoria Combo performs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Dessert will be served.

Income tax preparation appointments are available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. through April 14.

Eastside Fire & Rescue presents Safe Steps, about preventing falls and fire safety, at 11 a.m. Feb. 24.

The Senior Center offers the following day trips through the month of February: 

Sweet Sweet Tour to Theo’s Chocolates and lunch at Fremont Docks, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18 — $12

Imax “Mystery of the Nile”, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 23 — $12

Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum with lunch at Kent Station’s Duke’s Chowder House, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 26 — $10

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

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

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. Thursdays. Fee is $5.

Computer Lab Tutor teaches free basic skills from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays. 

Keyboard Music For Adults is from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays. Fee is $90. Keyboards will be provided. 

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

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

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. Thursdays.

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

Bridge is from 10:55 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

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

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

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

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

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