Community calendar

February 2, 2010

By Staff


Bunny beauties The public is invited to the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club’s annual “Cupid’s Critters” rabbit and guinea pig show from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. A raffle and costume contest will be held at noon. Concessions will also be available. Call 221-5802. File

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.

The public is invited to a Trout Unlimited meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Issaquah Brew House, 35 W. Sunset Way. Hans Berge, King County Fisheries biologist, will give a presentation about the results and findings of the 2009 Kokanee Tagging Project. He will also talk about upcoming efforts to perpetuate the unique, wild, native Lake Sammamish Kokanee winter run. A prize drawing will be held for those who volunteer to count returning fry in Lewis and Ebright Creeks.

Storybook Farm Animal Sanctuary is looking for volunteers to plan and coordinate fundraising events to help build a sanctuary. A volunteer meeting is from 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the meeting room at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

Join Sassy Mei, the traveling boutique gone chic, on Valentine’s weekend from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Feb. 12 and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The event features more than 60 vendors, artisans and retailers selling furniture samples, home decor, designer clothing samples, baby everything, jewelry, handbags, teen accessories and more. Enjoy café-style dining and free childcare provided by Gymboree play and music. Free admission. Go to or e-mail

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.

Issaquah History Museums volunteer Stephen Grate will lead an interpretive hike of the Grand Ridge mine site Feb. 20. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Issaquah Depot for a brief presentation about the history of Grand Ridge’s mining actions, to be followed by a three-and-a-half-hour hike covering three miles over moderate terrain. There is a fee of $6 per person for the hike, or $3 per person for members of the Issaquah History Museums. The presentation at the depot is free to the public. Call 392-3500 or e-mail to obtain a hike registration form, or download a form at

“Purim In Israel” is Chabad of the Central Cascades creative twist on their traditional Purim party at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands. The celebration will begin with the Megillah reading (Scroll of Ester), followed by a buffet dinner of Israeli delicacies, entertainment, Israeli music, hamentashen and children’s program. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background. Pre-event registration with EZ-Pass Entry is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). At the door, adults are $20 and children are $15. Call 985-7639 or go to

Come watch the University of Washington and Washington State University in the lacrosse version of the Apple Cup at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Eastside Catholic High School, 232 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Admission is free. Both teams feature local high school talent playing at the collegiate level.


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 R.S.V.P. to 206-859-5708 or

A Night of Indulgence, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, is from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Newcastle Professional Building, 12835 Newcastle Way. 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.


The Community Center offers Yoga Classes from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. This yoga class is suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced, and taught in the Hatha Flow style. First class is free, then $10 per class after that. Bring a yoga mat, strap and water bottle to class. Call 890-5073.

Question and Answer day with Alayne Blickle, a spring workshop offered by the King Conservation District and Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water, is from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Issaquah Grange Supply, 45 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Call 831-1827.

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

-“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

“Winter Birds of the Cascade Foothills,” a slide show and talk presented by Tim McGruder of the Eastside Chapter of the Audubon Society, is 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. 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.

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

The following programs for adults are offered:

-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. Feb. 24 and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

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

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

Preschool Story Times, for ages 3-6 with an adult, are at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 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 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16. Learn the power of positive thinking in this magic show. One hundred tickets will be passed out at 10 a.m. the day of the event at the front desk.

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.

Saturday afternoon dance party, featuring local musical group The Studebakers, is at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27. There will be doo-wop, country and crooning/rock music. Admission is $5 per person at the door.

“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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