Community calendar

January 19, 2010

By Staff

Anniversary speech Museum of Flight President/CEO and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar (far right), of Issaquah, shares her unique perspective and experiences of Space Shuttle Mission STS-32 on its 20th anniversary at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in the museum’s William M. Allen Theater, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle. The presentation will include photos and videos taken during the mission, followed by a question-and-answer session. The presentation is free with museum admission. Call 206-764-5720 or go to File


A free open house for Pickering Barn and Tibbetts Creek Manor is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Stop by either location to tour the facility and receive rental information. Call 837-3367.

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club presents its winter 2010 hike schedule. Meet at the Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St. Learn more at or call the individual hike coordinator.

East Bellevue’s parks and green spaces — 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23, Ralph Owen, 746-1070

Cougar Loop — 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24, Richard Mann, 281-8465

Midweek hike — 10 a.m. Jan. 29, dogs welcome hike

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce New Member Coffee is at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road. RSVP at least 24 hours before by calling 392-7024.

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is seeking comments at a public hearing from 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 25 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W., on a draft rule that describes procedures for considering recreational safety when placing large wood in rivers, done to improve habitat for fish and wildlife and stabilize stream banks. The draft rule and supporting documents are available online at Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presents “Social Media Marketing: It Has Already Changed – What You Must Do Now and How!” from noon – 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sip, 1080 N.E. Park Drive. Preregistration is $30; $40 at the door. RSVP by calling 392-7024 or e-mailing

The AAA Issaquah Office hosts a free cruising presentation at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 102, about Holland America cruises with itineraries to Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe and many other destinations. Free to all attendees; no membership required. Call 557-0222.

Come participate in Scottish Ceilidh dancing from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Eagles Club, 175 N. Front St. Fee is $5. Call 313-0331.

The annual International Children’s Art Show is from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 28-29 at Cougar Mountain Academy, 5410 194th Ave. S.E. The free show features artwork from students in the private school’s pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade programs; the artists will be on hand to explain their works. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 641-2800.

The Issaquah Highlands Contribution Club hosts a blood drive for the Puget Sound Blood Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Highlands Fire Station, 1280 N.E. Park Drive. E-mail to schedule a donation.

Sponge invites families to a free cultural event celebrating the Chinese Lantern Festival from 10 a.m. – noon, Feb. 6 at its Issaquah campus, 375 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The festival features an array of arts and crafts projects, including a chance for kids to make and decorate their own paper lanterns, and an opportunity for families to sample dumplings. In addition, native-speaking teachers from Sponge will offer New Year-themed mini language classes in Mandarin, Spanish, French and Japanese.

Father-daughter Valentine Dance, for girls in grades one through five with their dads, is from 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Cost is $16 per couple. Cookies and punch will be provided. Photo packages will be available. Pre-registration only. Call 837-3300.


Dare to Dream at Connections 2010, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s annual signature outreach and fundraising event for Jewish women in the greater Seattle area, is from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue Place. This event brings hundreds of Jewish women together to connect, enjoy brunch and hear guest speaker Alina Gerlovin Spaulding, a dynamic, young Soviet émigré now living the American dream. Come listen and be inspired as Alina tells her family’s heartfelt tale of survival. There is no minimum gift to attend. RSVP at or call 206-774-2272. Event cost is $60 brunch, $180 friend, $360 patron.

Newcastle residents Mauricia Spring and Gina Masoero have organized A Night of Indulgence, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Newcastle Professional Building, 12835 Newcastle Way. The evening will feature unique opportunities to shop for Valentine’s gifts, participate in wine and chocolate pairings, and a raffle drawing with luxurious prizes. Raffle tickets are $10 each with drawings throughout the evening. Admission is free.

Hope on the Hill Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital’s first fundraiser is Feb. 23 at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 Northeast Park Drive in the Issaquah Highlands. Twenty percent of all in-restaurant sales made from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. will go toward supporting uncompensated care so children can receive medical treatment regardless of their ability to pay. Hope on the Hill Guild is comprised of 11 Issaquah women, most of who are moms who live in the Issaquah Highlands. Donations can be also be sent to: Hope on the Hill Guild, c/o Amy Trenary, 1839 12th Ave. N.E., Issaquah, WA  98029. Donations should be sent no later than March 2.


A Deeper Well, hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church, is an open discussion to meet old friends and make new ones starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.


The Fern Life Center hosts a Sufi meditation class from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18 at 710 Fifth Ave. Practice meditation, breathing practices and prayer to cultivate the inner spiritual message that is the secret of all religions. From this will flow a deeper understanding of the purpose of your life. Call 391-3376.

Coldwell Banker Bain of Issaquah presents a free homebuyer seminar from 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way. If you’re a first-time buyer or need a refresher course, this comprehensive seminar provides a broader and richer understanding of buying real estate, breaking down the process into manageable and understandable steps, including pre-approval, home search, negotiations, closing, tax credit and much more. Sign up by calling 888-689-6763.

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. 27, $40

“Divorce Recovery,” a seminar for those going through separation or divorce, or trying to move on from divorce, is Tuesday evenings Feb. 9 – April 27 at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. This is open to the community. Register by calling 392-8636 or going to Childcare by pre-registration only.

Issaquah Library

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

Win a signed copy of “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye,” for ages 12-18. Tell library staff which book by local author Deb Caletti you love the most and you could win an autographed copy of “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye.” Entry forms are available at the library. The winning entry will be selected in a drawing Feb. 1.

Preschool Story Times, for ages 3-6 with an adult, is at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26.

Spanish Story Time is at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, are at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26, and 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 21 and 28.

Citizen classes, for adults to prepare to take 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. 20 and 27.

“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 or call 392-5430.

Book discussion group: “The Other,” by David Gutterson, is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27.


Districtwide middle school dance, for grades six through eight with photo ID, is from 7-10 p.m. Jan. 22 at the community center. 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. For more information or to register, call 837-3300 or go to

Kindermusik Our Time, for ages 16 months to 3 years, 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 29 to May 21; $260 for 15 classes, now can be paid in four payments of $65. Encourages your toddler to be creative and to respond to music in his or her own unique way.

Kindermusik Village, ages 1-16 months, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 29 to May 21; $260, now can be paid in four payments of $65. A very special class for you and your baby, which provides you a unique place for learning with other parents and babies through music and movement.

Kindermusik Demo Class, ages 16 months to 3 years, 9:45-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. Jan. 22; free. Meet Kindermusik teacher Rebecca Heib, of The Musik Nest.

Super Sitters, for ages 11-16, Memorial Park Center, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 30, $40. This class focuses on babysitting skills and will cover caring for infants, age-related activities, basic first aid, accident prevention, emergencies and parents’ expectations.

Teen Art — 3-D Pop-Out Cards, ages 11-18, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 1; free. Make a 3-D pop-out Valentine card.

Preschool Open House, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Jan. 26, Issaquah Community Center and Memorial Park Center.

Karate, for ages 6-12, Beginning 5:15-6 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 2 – April 8 and Continued 6-6:45 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 2 – April 8. Fee is $88 for eight classes.

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.

“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

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