December 8, 2009
Fern Life Center’s Client Appreciation Holiday Open House is from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9 at 710 Fifth Ave. N.W. There will be fun mini experiences of yoga, massages and hand treatments to leave you centered, energized and relaxed. Receive a 10 percent discount off all products when you bring in a nonperishable food donation for the Issaquah Food Bank. Receive a vata skin cream for each adult friend you bring. Call 391-3376.
Eastside Catholic High School hosts an open house for prospective families from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at its campus, 232 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Go to www.eastsidecatholic.org or call 295-3001.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church presents A Little Night Music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. This special concert by local young classical musicians is to raise funds for the Ngateu Secondary School in Tanzania. Arthur Zadinsky, from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will share insights about the music performed, featuring a conductorless teenage string chamber orchestra and string quartet. The church is at 24850 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Offerings will be taken at the door.
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. There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookie treats with Christmas caroling. 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. 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. 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. Go to www.cougarmountainzoo.org or call 392-6278.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust hosts tree-planting events at Lake Sammamish State Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 12. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer or contact 206-812-0122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Each Barnes & Noble store celebrates the holidays by hosting a book drive to benefit a local literacy program. This year, Page Ahead is serving 54,635 children in 24 counties in Washington state with 161,192 new books and related literacy services, including students at Lake Hills Elementary School, Northshore Head Start and Cascade Elementary School. Donate a book to Page Ahead by calling 206-461-0123 or going to www.pageahead.org.
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 www.chabadissaquah.com.
Come hear a live audio chat, “Genuine Peace at Christmas,” at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 195 Front St. If you long to escape the commercialization of Christmas, let spending some quality time with God bring you the peace and confidence to maintain your joy during the holidays and spread peace to your friends and family.
ArtEAST offers the following classes at UpFront gallery, 48 Front St. N. Call 392-3191 or go to www.arteast.org.
“Painting for the Fun of It,” with Ricco DiStefano, from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 14, $40
“Winter Wonderland,” with Susan Olds, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 16, $15
The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430.
The library offers the following programs for teens:
Manga Group, 3 p.m. Dec. 14
Study Zone, for grades K-12, call for times
Freeplay — all ages welcome with a library card and ID, play Nintendo DS games
Read Three, Get One Free! — pick up an entry form at the library or online at www.kcls.org/read3.
Talk Time, for adults to practice their English-speaking skills, is at 1 p.m. Dec. 14, and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17.
Issaquah Library Book Discussion Group talks about “Monkeyluv,” by Robert Sapolsky, at 6:30 pm. Dec. 23 at the Fire Station 71 Community Room, 170 E. Sunset Way.
Opera Preview: “Il Trovatore,” by Giuseppe Verdi, 7 p.m. Dec. 29.
The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board presents Kids Night Out, for ages 5-11, from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the community center. There will be games, crafts and crazy activities with an Under the Sea theme. Fee is $20 per child or $30 per family. Register at www.issaquahparks.net or call 837-3300.
The Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department offers a free Kindermusik Music Class, for ages 16 months to 3 years, from 9:45-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Dec. 11 at the community center. Join Rebecca Heib, from The Musik Nest, to dance, sing, listen, laugh and play together.
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.
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 tickets for $8 at the front desk.
“Smart Ways to Buy or Change Medicare Part D Drug Plans,” presented by Statewide Health 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:
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