Community calendar

December 1, 2009

By Staff

Events

File Santa’s on his way The Issaquah History Museums annual holiday open house is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. This free event features homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa, arts and crafts activities for the whole family, and live music. Children may get photos with Santa from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Essie Blue Band performs traditional music (old time fiddle, bluegrass and country) from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 392-3500.Santa’s on his way The Issaquah History Museums annual holiday open house is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. This free event features homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa, arts and crafts activities for the whole family, and live music. Children may get photos with Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Essie Blue Band performs traditional music (old time fiddle, bluegrass and country) from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 392-3500.

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Visit participating merchants on Front Street and in Gilman Village for the Deck the Halls Downtown window decorating contest. Cast your vote for the best decorations in the ballot boxes located in stores. And all are invited to join the DownTown Issaquah Association for the annual tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Go to www.downtownissaquah.com.

Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Christmas Tree 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 at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Proceeds help support church missions, including building homes in Mexico. Call 392-5848 or go to www.iccweb.org.

The Fox Equestrian Center presents an Old Fashioned Country Christmas from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. every weekend through 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. Call 206-383-4420 or go to http://foxhollowequestrian.com.The 21st Issaquah Reindeer Festival returns to the Cougar Mountain Zoo with activities throughout December. Meet Santa Claus in his house from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit Santa’s reindeer team. Go to www.cougarmountainzoo.org or call 391-5508.

The Issaquah Highlands Government Affairs Committee presents “We the People: How Our Government Works” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Reps. Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson will be guest speakers.

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 mincinlauren@aol.com or Sharon@sharonandjeff.com.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Business After Hours event is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands. For more information or to register, call 392-7024.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust hosts tree-planting events at Lake Sammamish State Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer or contact 206-812-0122 or volunteer@mtsgreenway.org.

Our Savior Lutheran Church presents the Belle of Sound handbell choir concert performance “Let it Snow!” at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at 745 Front St. S. A suggested donation will be accepted at the door of $10 for adults and $8 for youths and seniors. Children younger than 8 are free. Call 432-0366.

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and The Issaquah Press present a Community Messiah Sing-Along at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 325 S.E. Darst St. All proceeds benefit The Issaquah Press’ Merry Christmas Fund. Bring your holiday spirit and your voice or instrument. Scores and stands are needed. Cheese and a beverage buffet follows.

The annual Issaquah Highlands Christmas Festival is from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Blakely Hall and Village Green in the Issaquah Highlands, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Proceeds from this year’s festival benefits World Vision. Festival attendees can also give a $75 donation to World Vision to gift a goat to a needy family in Africa.

Fun, Delicious and Inspiration Chachkes & Things is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road. The event features five local artists and vendors, a latke bar and tales of every day miracles from noon – 1 p.m. R.S.V.P. to NSFarkash@Gmail.com.

Fundraisers

Through Dec. 24, Barnes & Noble in Issaquah will give local children in need the chance to read by encouraging customers to donate a new children’s book to Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. Donate a book to Page Ahead by calling 206-461-0123 or going to www.pageahead.org.

Religious/spiritual

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. Call 427-1654. Learn more about Chanukah and ongoing programs of Chabad of the Central Cascades at www.chabadissaquah.com.

Classes

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, “Move Over Wizards! Make Way for Steampunk!” on Dec. 8 has been canceled.

Study Zone has moved online. Study Zone Online sessions are available from 3-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays and from 3:30-6 p.m. Sundays. Learn more by calling 369-3312 or e-mailing apoyner@kcls.org.

Manga Group, 3 p.m. Dec. 14

Talk Time, for adults to practice their English-speaking skills, is at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Youth

The districtwide middle school dance, for grades six through eight with photo ID, is from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the community center. Fee is $5. Concessions are available. Parent volunteers are needed. Call 837-3317.

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 www.issaquahparks.net.

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

“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 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.

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.

Nutcracker Ballet by the Ensemble Ballet Theater in Renton, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, sign up at the front desk for complimentary tickets

Special holiday singalong is at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 11.

Second Friday movie matinees “Sleepless in Seattle” 1 p.m. Dec. 11

Holiday brunch with a patchwork of holiday tales is at 10 a.m. Dec. 12. Purchase for $8 at the front desk.

“Smart Ways to Buy or Change Medicare Part D Drug Plans,” presented by Statewide Heath Insurance Benefits Advisor Tom Malmoe, is at 1 p.m. Dec. 15.

Party Prize Bingo is at 1 p.m. Dec. 17.

The center offers the following day trips in December:

Lunch at Claim Jumper, 11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, $5

Ladies breakfast at Seattle Sheraton, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3, $6

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

Dickens Carolers Argosy Cruise, 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 9, $42

Benaroya Hall Tour and “Holiday Sounds” organ recital, 11:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 14, $5

Neighborhood Lights With Gregory, 4-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16, $6

Fantasy Lights Spanaway Park, 4-8:30 p.m. Dec. 21, $13

AARP Driver Safety two-day course is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16; $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers.

“Beginning Computer,” 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 7-28, $35

“Beginning Internet Surfing,” 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 5-26, $35

Intermediate SAIL, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Dec. 18, $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 through Dec. 16, $20

Writer’s Call 10:30-11:30 a.m. first and third Wednesdays, free

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

Let’s Talk About It conversation group 11 a.m. Tuesdays

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

Mahjong, 9 a.m. – noon Tuesdays

Ping Pong 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays

Sing Along 11:15 a.m. third Friday

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