Community calendar

February 23, 2010

By Staff


Purim party ‘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 File

The Issaquah Highlands Toastmasters host an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Just Between Friends hosts a three-day Spring Event, a community consignment event that lets families earn cash quickly by selling new and gently used items they have outgrown. Families can also find great deals on thousands of items, including children’s and maternity clothing, baby equipment, furniture, DVDs, toys and much more. The event is at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Feb. 27 and from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 28. Admission is $2 Feb. 26 only and free the other two days.

Scottish Ceilidh dancing is from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

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.

Curves of Issaquah is participating in its annual Food Drive during the month of March by collecting perishable items and monetary donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Members who donate a full grocery bag or a minimum of $30 cash receive a reusable Curves grocery freezer bag. Nonmembers who do likewise receive a waiver on the cost of joining. The Issaquah Curves is at 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite L2. Call 427-0110.

Lake Sammamish Chapter, National Charity League Inc., hosts an informational night from 7-9 p.m. March 3 in the meeting room at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E. Find out more about the oldest and largest mother-daughter volunteer organization in the nation that provides opportunities for them to work together as volunteers for local nonprofit agencies. To be eligible, daughters must be in the sixth to 10th grades. E-mail or call 836-9441.

The East KingCo Rock Club’s 45th annual Rock and Gem Show is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 6 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. This free event features earth science, rockhounding, lapidary arts, and gem and jewelry artisans and dealers. There will be children’s activities; lapidary demonstrations and displays; local dealers and artisans; food; door prizes; and sales on jewelry, minerals, natural art and gemstones. E-mail, go to or call 206-612-3113.

Eastside Fire & Rescue hosts a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 12 at its headquarters station, 175 Newport Way N.W. In addition, EFR will also incorporate the Bone Marrow Registry for those who choose to become a bone marrow donor. The initial first step in the bone marrow donor procedure is swabbing the inside of your cheek and then filling out the appropriate paperwork. Donors must be in good health, 18 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Anyone 16 or 17 can also donate with written consent of his or her parent or guardian.

The Issaquah Rotary Club’s fourth annual Grape Escape is from 6-9 p.m. March 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah, 800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Sponsored by Swedish Hospital, this annual wine tasting and community social event funds scholarships for local graduates and brings the community together for bargains on fine and interesting wines not readily available in local outlets. Register at Admission is $50 per person with registration by March 7; $60 when registering after that.

Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic hosts its annual forum at 7 p.m. March 4 in Conference Room No. 1 at the Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know about sorority life. This event is free and open to high school girls of all grade levels and their parents. No reservations are required. Scholarship applications will also be available. Call 392-1821 or go to

Aegis of Issaquah hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Craft Bazaar from 4-6 p.m. March 17 at 780 N.W. Juniper St. There will be local vendors and a buffet of traditional Irish food and green beer. The Comerford School of Irish Dance will perform Irish dances from 5-5:30 p.m. Tickets for food and drinks are $1 and all the money will go to the staff’s Potato Soup Foundation. Call 392-8100.


Habitat for Humanity of East King County presents Everyone’s a Winner Casino Night, from 6-10 p.m. March 13 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 to reserve a table for eight. All proceeds go to benefit the Thrivent Builds home in Koinonia Ridge in Snoqualmie for the Beckvold family. Festivities include gaming and live music by The No Jive Band.


“Healing Incurable Disease — With Christian Science” is the title of a live audio chat which can be heard in the Christian Science Reading Room, 195 Front St., at 11 a.m. March 2. If you are looking for spiritual answers that will help guide your prayers for healing, join this chat with an experienced Christian Science healer and gain a better understanding of how Jesus healed.


ArtEAST offers the workshop “Painting for the Fun of It! With Ricco” from 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 24 at its Up Front [art] gallery, 48 Front St. N. Cost is $40. Call 996-8553.

The Parks and Recreation Department offers the following classes at the community center. For more information or to register, call 837-3300 or go to

“Handmade Menu Board,” ages 13 and older, 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 27, $22

“Discover Japan,” ages 6-9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 – April 14, free

REI hosts the following free classes at its Issaquah location, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Register online at

“Teen Art: T-Shirt Design” — 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 1

“Living and Recreating in Cougar Country” — 7 p.m. March 3

“The Wonderland Trail” — 7 p.m. March 9

“Best Desert Hikes — Washington” — 7 p.m. March 10

“Prep For Rainier” — 7 p.m. March 16

“Introduction to Triathlons” — 7 p.m. March 24

“Roll It, Take It, Leave It, Move It: Know Your Employer Retirement Plan Options,” a free 60-minute educational seminar by Sammamish Edward Jones financial advisor Jana Williams, is from 1-2 p.m. March 10 in the meeting room at Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Space is limited. Call 837-4686 to register.

Issaquah Library

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

Meet “Best Desert Hikes in Washington” author Alan Bauer at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Freeplay, all ages, borrow a Nintendo DS and games to play for up to two hours.

The following programs for adults are offered:

Talk Time, for adults to practice their English conversation skills, is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and at 1 p.m. March 1, 8 15 and 22.

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

Book discussion group reads and watches “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 and “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” by William Maxwell, at 6:30 p.m. March 24.

Women’s Self Defense Class, 7 p.m. March 23

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

“Hands on Henna” — 7 p.m. March 16, ages 8 and older; 18 and younger with an adult

Manga Group — 3 p.m. March 22, ages 8 and older; 12 and younger with an adult

The library offers the following programs for children:

Preschool story time, for ages 3-6 with an adult, 11 a.m. Monday

Spanish story time, 7 p.m. Monday

Toddler story times, ages 3-6 with an adult, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, 7 p.m. March 2, presented by the Issaquah High School Honor Society — enjoy food, activities and rhyming fun in English and Spanish

Young toddler story time, ages 12-24 months with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday

Puppets Please Marionettes, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. March 30, 100 tickets per show, available at the front desk


The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board presents Friday Night Recess from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the community center. Come for a fun night of games and sports, for students in grades two through four. Free. Preregister by calling 837-3300.

The Parks and Recreation Department presents summer day camp registration for Camp ‘Quah, Kindercamp, Mighty Mites and Guardstart. Numbered tickets will be handed out beginning at 8 a.m. March 6 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School. Call 837-3300.

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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