Community calendar

February 23, 2009

By Staff


The Cascade Ridge PTSA presents Festival of Cultures from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the school, 2020 Trossachs Blvd. S.E., Sammamish. Be greeted in 18 different languages, taste exotic food, learn new information from around the globe, see displays, touch artifacts, enjoy entertainers from Ireland, India, Korea and Cascade Ridge’s own choir. Admission is free. 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 Homeschoolers’ Support Association hosts “Nutrition and Feeding Your Family” at 7 p.m. March 3 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Speakers include a representative from PCC Natural Markets and Paula Harper-Christensen, home-schooling pioneer and mother of four. The discussion will cover nutrition, picky eaters and healthy food choices. Bring your favorite recipes to share. Call 837-9293.

An open house for Pickering Barn and Tibbetts Creek Manor is from 4-8 p.m. March 4. Stop by either location for a free tour of the facility and receive rental information. Call 837-3367.

Fantasy Friday is from 7-9 p.m. March 6 at the community center. Bring the entire family and enjoy fun carnival games and a professional magic show. Fee is $10 per family, $4 per adult and $3 per youth.

The East Kingco Rock Club 44th annual Rock and Gem Show is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 7 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 8. There will be children’s activities, lapidary demonstrations and displays, food, door prizes and deals on jewelry, minerals, natural art and gemstones. Call 206-612-3113.

5 Star Athletics hosts a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. March 7 at the Liberty High School commons. Full breakfast is $5 or $15 for a family of four. Wear your Liberty or 5 Star Uniform and get $2 off. 



The Issaquah Rotary Club presents Grape Escape 2009 from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. This year’s event features wines of the Columbia Gorge region in Washington. Proceeds from a silent auction and wine sales go to the Issaquah Rotary Scholarship fund, which helps graduating seniors in the Issaquah School District take the next step in their college education. Tickets are $50 per person. Learn more at

The King County Library System hosts a fundraiser March 7 at the Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. The Master of Ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, author of “Book Lust.” The keynote speaker is Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Running in the Rain.” The reception starts at 6 p.m. with a book sale, silent auction and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150, with $120 tax-deductible. Call 369-3448 or e-mail

Friends of Youth, a Redmond-based nonprofit agency, presents Dave Pelzer as the keynote speaker for its third annual fundraising luncheon Celebration of Youth from noon – 1:30 p.m. March 19 at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel. Registration is free; there is a suggested donation of $150. For reservations, call 869-6490, ext. 326.



St. Joseph Catholic Church offers faith enrichment opportunities at 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. Call 392-5516 or go to for daily and weekend Mass times. Lent begins Ash Wednesday. Masses, with distribution of ashes, are at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 25.



The city of Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department is offering the following upcoming classes/courses. For more information or to register, call 837-3300 or go to

Lifeguard Exhibition — 6:30 – 9 p.m. Feb. 27. All ages. Fee is $10 per family, $4 per adult and $3 per youth.

Day Camps — Registration begins from 9-11 a.m. March 7 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School. Online registration begins at 6 p.m. March 7.

Discover This: Hands-on Science — 11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m. March 5-19 at the community center. For ages 3-4. Fee is $39.

Equine Medicine and Surgery offers the following free classes on Horse Care Talks, Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at Eastside Fire & Rescue, 175 Newport Way N.W. Call 222-7555.

March 1 — Keeping it Affordable: Wide spectrum of updated horse care, issues include parasites, nutrition, vaccination and dental care, with a focus on getting the most out of your budget.

March 15 — Colic: We’ll examine causes and prevention strategies.

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

The Squak Mt. Greenhouses and Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E., offers the following free seminars. Call 392-1025 or go to

Successful Berry Gardening — 10 a.m. Feb. 25

Rose Care — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28

Seeding Vegetables — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28

Incredible Edibles — 10:30 a.m. March 7

Herbs at the Back Door — 10:30 a.m. March 14

Herb Garden Design — 10:30 a.m. March 21

Garden Design with Bulbs — 10:30 a.m. March 28

The Yoga Barn offers a free Sunday class from 1:30-3 p.m. March 1 and 29 at 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C6. Call 427-0038.

“Dances of the Middle East,” presented by Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle, is at 1 p.m. March 14.

Bob Miller teaches the free class Fix a flat at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. Class size is limited to 12, so register by e-mailing Participants must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult, bring a bike, tire levers and a tube patch kit.

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


Issaquah Library

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

The Manga Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 11. 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.

Tune Tales is at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. March 5 for children ages 2-3 with an adult. This 30-minute class includes shakers, jingle bells, sticks and other instruments giving your child a chance to be the music-maker.

The Dungeons and Dragons Gaming Group, for middle- and high-school students, meets at 2:30 p.m. March 9 and 23. Bring your own dice and guides. 

Promoting Infant and Toddler Language Development is at 7 p.m. March 12. Registration begins Feb. 26.

Middle Eastern Dance is at 1 p.m. March 14. Discover traditional dances from the Arabian Peninsula, Africa and Egypt. 

The Teen Book Group meets at 2:30 p.m. March 18. Talk about books you’ve read recently and hear about books other teens have enjoyed.

The Issaquah Library Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. March 25 to talk about “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie.



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.

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

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

4 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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