Community calendar

November 17, 2009

By Staff


File Crafts on display The Vasa Park Christmas Craft Show, featuring more than 95 Northwest crafters and artists, is from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Nov. 19-20 and from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at 3549 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway, Bellevue.

Crafts on display The Vasa Park Christmas Craft Show, featuring more than 95 Northwest crafters and artists, is from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Nov. 19-20 and from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at 3549 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway, Bellevue. File

The Issaquah American Association of University Women is celebrating 30 years of service to the Issaquah community at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in the Eagle Room at the Issaquah Police Station. Guest speaker is Dixie Swenson, AAUW state president. RSVP to

The fourth annual Evo “Barnstorm” Ski/Snowboard Blowout Sale is from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Nov. 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The annual Christmas Tree Lot returns to the Issaquah Christian Church Nov. 27 at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Proceeds help support church missions, including building homes in Mexico. The lot is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24. There will also be hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookie treats with Christmas caroling. Call 392-5848 or go to Issaquah History Museums hosts a history hike of Grand Ridge Nov. 28. Hikers will visit the remains of mine entrances and other discernible mine features. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot for a brief presentation. There is a fee of $6 per person for the hike, or $3 per person for members of the Issaquah History Museums. Obtain a hike registration form by calling 392-3500, e-mailing or downloading a form at

The Fox Hollow Equestrian Center presents an Old Fashioned Country Christmas from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. every weekend Nov. 28 – Dec. 20 at 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Get a photo with Santa and a gift for every child, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. each day. Also enjoy the Christmas Market, with an assortment of home baked items, holiday decorations, ornaments and gifts. Decorate a gingerbread house or visit the arts and crafts table, where children can use their creativity to make homemade presents. Feed the furry friends special seasonal treats or enjoy pony rides. In the evening, there will be a huge bonfire, marshmallow roasting and hot apple cider. Call 206-383-4420 or go to

An information night for girls in grades nine through 12 interested in playing lacrosse is at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. New and prospective players and their parents are encouraged to attend. E-mail or


Banic Chiropractic Clinic and the Issaquah Food Bank present the second annual Give and Get Back Christmas. The clinic offers a complimentary adjustment or one-hour massage, up to a $75 value, to those who provide a Thanksgiving or Christmas basket to an adopted family. Call the food bank at 392-4123, have your family assigned and bring the paperwork to schedule an appointment. The offer is available to both current and new patients. Call the clinic at 313-9222 to schedule your free appointment.

This holiday season, soldiers from around the Seattle area will be participating in a toy drive to help the families and patients at Seattle Children’s. Throughout November, donations will be accepted at the five Army recruiting stations in the Seattle metro area, including the Issaquah location, 1145 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite G-2. On Black Friday Nov. 27, the Army will have tactical trucks parked at local Old Navy stores to fill with donations by the end of the day. The closest participating Old Navy is at 4037 Factoria Blvd. S.E., from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. E-mail

Help the DownTown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah Kiwanis drive out the cold in November. Put those gently used or outgrown coats aside and save them for the Coat Drive. There will be drop off days at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., through the end of Thanksgiving weekend. Learn more at


Our Savior Lutheran Church hosts A Deeper Well, an open discussion to meet old friends and make new ones, at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Issaquah Brew House, 35 W. Sunset Way.

A 10-foot Menorah, constructed from hundreds of candies for the first time in the Pacific Northwest, will be kindled at the fifth annual Chanukah Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands. The celebration will follow a public outdoor Menorah lighting in front of the hall. Mayor Ava Frisinger and other elected officials will light the Chanukah candelabra. The event is coordinated by Chabad of the Central Cascades and features traditional Chanukah latkes and doughnuts, children’s crafts and other activities for the entire family. Call 427-1654. Learn more about Chanukah and ongoing programs of Chabad of the Central Cascades at


“Grandma Moses and Women Folk Painters” is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Museo Art Academy, 195 Front St. N. Fee is $35. Call 391-0244 or go to

ArtEAST offers the following classes through November at its Up Front [art] gallery, 48 Front St. N. Call 391-3980.

“The Art of Seeing: Drawing What You See,” 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 30, $25 per class

“Painting for the Fun of It! With Ricco,” 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18, $40

“Play With Clay” — Nov. 23, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Youth Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., offered by the Issaquah Arts Commission. Register by calling 837-3310.

Ankhasha’s Temple Of The Western Gate offers the following classes at 155 E. Sunset Way. Register by calling 391-3825.

Is Your House Haunted? 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, $25

Discover Your Past Lives, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8, $25

Issaquah Library

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

Due to the impending remodeling of the library’s meeting room, the following events have been canceled:

Strategy Games Club: Rock Band Edition — Nov. 19

Manga Club — Nov. 30

Get a Website, Quick, Cheap and Easy! — Nov. 22

The Issaquah Library Book Group — Nov. 25

Move Over Wizards! Make Way for Steampunk! — Dec. 8

Talk Time, for adults to practice their English-speaking skills — 1 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Due to construction, the following story times have been moved to Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 71, 190 E. Sunset Way:

Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, 11 a.m. Nov. 18

Mother Goose Story Time, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, 10 a.m. Nov. 18


The Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department offers the following classes/courses at the community center. Learn more or register by calling 837-3300 or going to

“Parent & Me Art,” for ages 3-4, 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 18 – Dec. 9, $30; ages 4-5, 11 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 9, $34

“Holiday Card Workshop,” ages 5-9, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 21, $18, register at

“Write to the Edge” — One-day writers workshop, ages 15 and up, 11 a.m. -5 p.m., Dec. 5, Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front. St. N., $75

The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board presents the Middle School Dodgeball Tournament, for grades 6-8, from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the community center. There are six players per team in this co-ed double elimination tournament. Reserve a spot by calling 837-3317. Fee is $24/team.

The districtwide Middle School Dance, for grades six through eight with photo identification, is from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the community center. Cost is $5.

The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board presents Winter Wonderland Storytime, for families with preschoolers, from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 5 in the Issaquah Police Station Eagle Room. Create a wintertime craft and listen to some fun wintertime stories. Free, but donations will be accepted.

Youth Winter Basketball, for kindergarten through eighth grade. Sharpen skills and broaden basketball knowledge with an emphasis on fun, learning and good sportsmanship. Space is limited. Players will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at, by calling 837-3300 or walking in to the community center.

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 November:

Ladies Breakfast at Voulas Offshore Café, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Nov. 19, $5

Nordic Heritage Yulefest, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 21, $11

Wights Trees & Molbacks Poinsettia Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 30, $7

“Health & Wellness Presentation: Healthy Aging,” 11 a.m. Nov. 20

“Beginning MS Word,” 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays, $35

“Beginning Internet Surfing,” 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 3, $35

Christmas Tree trimming, noon Nov. 30. Help put up the tree and decorations for the holidays.

Intermediate SAIL, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, $35

“English as a Second Language: Intermediate Level” 10:15 a.m.-noon, Mondays

Line dancing classes, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, $5

Computer Lab Tutor, free basic skills, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays

Sit and Be Fit, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $20

Books and More, second and fourth Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Activity night, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays

Tai Chi, 9-10 a.m. Mondays, free

Learning Tai Chi, 10-10:45 a.m., Mondays, free

Cards (“Hand & Foot”), 8:30 a.m. Thursday

Bridge & Party Bridge, 10:55 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

Happy Hookers needlework group, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursdays

Mahjong, 9 a.m. – noon Tuesdays

Sing along, 11:15 a.m. Nov. 20

Writers Call, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 18

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