Upcoming events: Town hall with state reps, free recycling, family history expo

30th District town halls: State Rep. Linda Kochmar (R-Federal Way) will hold town hall meetings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 16 at Federal Way City Hall; 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 16 at Algona City Hall; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 23 at Milton Community Center. All constituents are invited to attend. Visit State Rep. Roger Freeman (D-Federal Way) will host a community social gathering at 1 p.m. March 16 at Poverty Bay Cafe, 1108 S. 322nd Pl., Federal Way. Freeman will join Kochmar at the March 23 event in Milton.

Free recycling: City-sponsored event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at the old Toys R Us parking lot, 2141 S. 314th St. Items accepted include appliances, wood, mattresses, tires, electronics, Styrofoam blocks, batteries, fluorescent tubes, car seats and more. Contact

Family history expo: A genealogist can help you gain tools to begin or continue your search for people that may be lost or forgotten on your family tree. Seminar runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 28616 48th Ave. S., Auburn. Lunch available for $3 donation. To register, visit or contact Annette at (253) 941-8204. Visit

Role of the presidency: Free seminar titled “The Changing Role of the Presidency of the United States - From Arbitrator to Advocate” begins at 3:30 p.m. March 17 at the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S. Kurt Lauer will present an overview of the evolution of the presidency and the challenges and ramifications it presents today.  (253) 632-0961.

Birds: The Rainier Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 18 at Federal Way United Methodist Church, 29645 51st Ave., for a presentation by Dennis Paulson titled “Birds and Natural History of Costa Rica.” Newcomers welcome. Email

The Women’s Club of Federal Way: Monthly meeting begins at 11 a.m. March 20 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. The program will be a fashion show presented by Rottles Department Store.  Cost is $14. Newcomers welcome. Register: (253) 927-2766.

FW Kiwanis: The club meets at noon Wednesdays at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Learn more at Upcoming guest speakers include Le May Car Museum Docent Gerry Nutter (March 20) and U.S. Congressman Adam Smith (March 27).

Ham radio operators: The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club’s monthly breakfast take place at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Old Country Buffet. Next meeting is March 23. Contact or (206) 255-9891.

Scouting for Food: Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be in Federal Way neighborhoods March 23 asking for donations to help area food banks. Residents are also invited to stop by Jet Chevrolet, 35700 Enchanted Pkwy. S., on March 23 to drop off food donations and enjoy some racing action. Cub Scouts from the Hylebos District take to the track for the Pinewood Derby starting at 11 a.m. at Jet. Contact or (253) 682-2205.

Big Band Showcase: Decatur High School bands present their annual Big Band Showcase, featuring guest host John Keister, on March 23 at Our Savior’s Baptist Church. Keister is best known for his 15-year run as the host of the hit comedy show “Almost Live.” The Big Band Showcase is This fundraising event features both silent and live auction items. All proceeds will benefit the Decatur band program. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include a specialty dessert. Children ages 5 and under are free. Contact



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