Community calendar

January 26, 2010

By Staff


Ceilidh dancing returns 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. File

The 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.

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, all based on this year’s theme “vertebrate animals in nature.” Light refreshments will be provided. Call 641-2800.

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club hosts a winter, mid-week hike at 10 a.m. Jan. 29. Dogs are welcome. Meet at the Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St. Learn more at or call the individual hike coordinator.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.

Special Olympics Washington hosts its 2010 King County Regional Basketball Tournament from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at Eastside Catholic High School, 232 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. The tournament will feature more than 200 Special Olympic Washington athletes from King County ages 8-21, competing in more than 40 games with the opportunity to advance to the Winter Games, March 5-7 in Wenatchee.

Museum of Flight President/CEO and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, 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 William M. Allen Theater, at the museum, 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 admission to the museum. Call 206-764-5720 or go to

A family bird walk, sponsored by the Eastside Chapter of the Audubon Society, is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Children can also make a pinecone bird feeder and learn about wintering birds at a family activity at Lewis Creek Park.

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. RSVP at or call 206-774-2272. Event cost is $60 brunch, $180 friend, $360 patron.

Elder and Adult Day Services hosts a fundraising luncheon to support disabled adults and their families from noon – 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle. Keynote speaker is Art Thiel, sports columnist for Emcee is Jim Dever, from KING 5’s Evening Magazine. R.S.V.P. or learn more by calling 206-859-5708 or e-mailing

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 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.


“Overcoming Depression: Let Christ Set You Free” is the title of a live audio chat, in the Christian Science Reading Room, 195 Front St., at 11 a.m. Feb. 2. Popping pills may not be the answer to depression. Perhaps it is time for a spiritual solution. Bring your questions to this chat with an experienced Christian Science practitioner and find out how prayer can help to turn your life in a brighter direction.


Squak Mt. Greenhouses and Nursery offers the following free seminars at its Issaquah location, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E. Learn more by calling 392-1025 or go to

“Pruning for Health and Beauty” — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30

“Grow Fruit Trees in Small Spaces” — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13

“Successful Berry Gardening” — 10 a.m. Feb. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20

“Rose Care” — 10 a.m. Feb. 24 and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27

“Seeding Vegetables” — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27

The Providence Marianwood Foundation presents a free workshop — Preserve Family History through Photo Restoration and Repair — from 5-6 p.m. Jan. 28 at 3725 Providence Point Drive, S.E. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. by calling 391-2895.

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 are a first-time buyer or just 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.

“Painting for the Fun of It! with Ricco” from 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 27, $40

Tim McGruder, of the Eastside Chapter of the Audubon Society, presents a slide show and talk, “Winter Birds of the Cascade Foothills,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Issaquah REI store, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Financial Peace University, a 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey, begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Seattle Church of Christ, 205 Mountain Park Blvd., Issaquah. Call 206-407-8021 or e-mail to learn more or register.

“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.

A free introductory workshop, “What is Ayurveda?” is from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Fern Life Center, 710 Fifth Ave. N.W. This ancient science teaches how to understand your individual body type, which empowers you to lose weight, treat autoimmune illnesses naturally, reverse/slow aging, treat chronic conditions naturally, increase energy, treat sexual dysfunction, sleep restfully and treat depression naturally. Plus, enjoy a free Ayurvedic skin consultation and find out how to take care of your skin according to your constitution. Register by calling 391-FERN or go to

The AAA Driver Improvement Program is accepting reservations for its refresher course on defensive driving skills from 8:30-5 p.m. Feb. 18 at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way N.W. Cost is $16 per person. Pre-registration is advised. Call 206-243-3564.

Issaquah Library

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

Strategy Games Group meets at 3 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18.

Manga Group meets at 3 p.m. Feb. 22.

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 At this time, Study Zone Online is available only through a library computer.

Talk Time, for adults to practice their English conversation skills, is at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, 8 and 22 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The following programs for adults are offered:

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

Citizen classes, for adults to prepare to take the citizenship test, is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Opera preview of “Falstaff” is at 7 p.m. Feb. 10.

“Alternative Energies: The Multiple Choice” is at 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

“Plan Ahead Before You’re Dead” is at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Book discussion group reads and watches “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller at 6 p.m. Feb. 24.

Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, are at 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 and 24 and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2 and 23.

Young Toddler Story Times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, are at 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 and 24.

Spanish Story Times, for all ages with an adult, are at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 22.

Preschool Story Times, for ages 3-6 with an adult, are at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 and 22 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 and 23.

African Mask Making Workshop, for ages 8 and up, is at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6. Pre-registration required and limited to 30 participants.

Mission: Possible is from 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16. Learn the power of positive thinking in this magic show. One hundred tickets will be passed at 10 a.m. the day of the event at the front desk.


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.

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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