December 22, 2009
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. through Dec. 23 and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Visit Santa’s reindeer team. Have your face painted by one of the happy elves from noon – 2 p.m. daily. Leave a letter for Santa at Santa’s Post Office. Enjoy hot chocolate, kettle corn, apple cider, cookies, candy canes and more. Don’t forget — bring a new, unwrapped present for Toys for Tots and receive a free child’s admission to the zoo for after the festival. Go to www.cougarmountainzoo.org or call 392-6278.
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.
Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will pot thousands of native, bare-root seedlings to replenish the Greenway Native Plant Nursery in Issaquah Jan. 9 and 16. Sign up to volunteer at www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer, call 206-812-0122 or e-mail email@example.com. Full-day and half-day shifts are available.
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.
Icon Covenant Church invites you to a candlelit Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Learn more at www.iconchurch.com.
“A Deeper Well” — Our Savior Lutheran Church hosts an open discussion to meet old friends and make new ones at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. Anyone and everyone is welcome.
Jazzercise is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W. Class includes warm-up, aerobic, toning and stretch routines combining dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kick-boxing and more. Call 800-FIT-IS-IT.
Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron is teaching “Basic Boating Class,” for ages 12-30, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Bellevue Golf Club conference room, 5500 140th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. A box lunch will be provided for each participant. This class targets young boaters who are required to obtain a boater’s card if operating a boat or personal watercraft. Upon completion of the class and passing a test, a certificate is awarded with the application for the boater’s card. Class fee is $30. Sign up online at www.bellevuepowersquadron.org/education.
ArtEAST offers the following workshops at UpFront [art] gallery, 48 Front St. N. Call 996-8553.
“Art Marketing in the Digital Age: A Weekend Workshop for Artists” — “Get Your Web Site up and Running,” from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 30 and “Online Marketing – The Future is Here!” from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 31, $85 per day or $150 for the weekend.
“Art as Yoga” from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 20, $30
“Painting for the Fun of It! with Ricco” from 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27. $40
“Elements of Photography” — “Seeing Photographs” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, “Photographic Composition” Feb. 9, “Photographic Exposure” March 16, $30 per class or $75 for all three
The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430.
Freeplay, all ages, borrow a Nintendo DS and games to play for up to two hours.
Study Zone online, for grades K-12, is at 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Join an online Study Zone classroom to get help in math, science, English and social studies from a volunteer tutor. Learn more at www.kcls.org/studyzone. At this time, Study Zone Online is available only through a library computer.
Opera Preview: “Il Trovatore,” by Giuseppe Verdi, 7 p.m. Dec. 29.
Holiday magic, with magician Jeff Evans, is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.
Talk Time, for adults to practice their English conversation skills, is at 1 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Preschool Story Times, for ages 3-6 with an adult, is at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 and 25, and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26.
Spanish Story Time is at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25.
Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, are at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26, and 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28.
Citizen classes, for adults to prepare to take a citizenship test, is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Young Toddler Story Times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, is at 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27.
STARS Workshop: Folksongs, Finger Plays, Felt Boards and Fun is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Learn how to incorporate music into early-childhood curriculum by using singing, poetry, stories, sign language, learning props and rhythm activities. Provides two and a half hours of STARS credit in curriculum development. Registration is required beginning two weeks prior to the event.
“Move Over Wizards! Make Way for Steampunk!” for ages 12 and older, is at 7 p.m. Jan. 19. In this visual introduction to Steampunk, art historian Susan Olds will present illustrations and excerpts from various Steampunk novels, short stories and children’s books.
“Get a Web Site Quick, Cheap and Easy!” for adults is at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
Manga Group is at 3 p.m. Jan. 25.
“Online Marketing 101,” for adults, is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Learn how to make use of free marketing tools online to sell items, promote your small business or start a business online. Register online at www.kcls.org or call 392-5430.
Book discussion group: “The Other,” by David Gutterson, is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27.
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.
“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
“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
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