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Stuff to do in Nov. and Dec.: Holiday concerts, plays and bazaars
FWHS theater alumni: “You Can’t Take It With You,” the first play directed by Lois Gorne more than 30 years ago at Federal Way High School, will also be her last play. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at the school’s Little Theater, and features a cast of FWHS graduates from 1981 through 2010. Proceeds benefit the FWHS speech and debate team. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students.
Pink Ribbon Bazaar: Annual fundraiser runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Belmor clubhouse, 2101 S. 324th St., behind The Commons mall. Crafts, decorations and gift ideas. Call (206) 261-3245.
All about gardening: Master gardener Julie Montiel will give a free program at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2501 SW 320th St. Sponsored by AAUW. Snacks provided. (253) 927-5758.
Community social gatherings: State Rep. Roger Freeman will hold Community Social Gatherings from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Poverty Bay Cafe, 1108 S. 322nd Pl. in Federal Way, and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Dave’s of Milton Restaurant and Lounge, 1502 11th Ave., Milton. Contact (206) 651-7620.
Free dental treatment: Community Dental Day runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Art of the Smiles, 1706 S. 320th St., Suite E. First come, first served. Free cleaning, fillings or simple extractions. Call (253) 839-4048.
Kloshe Illahee Holiday Bazaar: Free event runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at Kloshe Illahee, 2500 S. 370th St. Variety of vendors and merchandise available. Lunch available for purchase. Raffle benefits the Federal Way Senior Center. Event will feature a handwriting analysis station to raise donations for the Red Cross.
Jazz LIVE at Marine View: This month’s free show features guitarist Dan Balmer from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. Call (253) 229-9206. Balmer was the youngest inductee (of only 5 musicians) into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame. He has credits on over 80 CDs (including 8 of his own) and has had his music featured both in airplay and in movies and television in the U.S. and internationally. His versatility, ranging from jazz to rock to country to blues has served him well. In the '80s and '90s, Balmer had a successful collaboration with pianist Tom Grant, resulting in several chart-topping recordings. For his Marine View appearance Balmer will be joined by impressive instrumentalists George Mitchell on keyboards, Jeff Leonard (1979 Lakes High School graduate returning to his hometown Tacoma) on bass and Micah Kassell on drums.
2014 Federal Way Relay For Life: This annual cancer fundraiser will hold its kickoff at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Federal Way Community Center. Visit www.relayforlife.org.
Downsizing and home organization for seniors: Learn innovative ideas in a free class at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at The Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE, Tacoma. Register at (253) 404-3900.
Transit open house: Sound Transit will host an open house in Federal Way to seek public input on the transit agency’s long-range plan environmental process. The event will run 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St.
Free green cleaning workshop: Residents interested in greening-up their cleaning routine are encouraged to attend the free Green Cleaning Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at City Hall Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S. Workshops are held monthly. To register, visit www.cityoffederalway.com/greenliving or call (253) 835-2700.
Twin Lakes Elementary PTA 2013 Holiday Bazaar: Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at 4400 SW 320th St. Browse aisles filled with gifts designed by local artisans and crafters. Goodies available. Admission is two canned goods or $1 donation per person. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Visit http://twinlakesbazaar.weebly.com/index.html.
Gluten Intolerance Group of S. King County: Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Marlene’s Market and Deli, 2565 S. Gateway Center Plaza. Email email@example.com.
Bird lovers: Rainier Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Federal Way United Methodist Church, 29645 S. 51st Ave. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Club of Federal Way: Monthly meeting will be 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Program will feature singer Marcia Kester. Cost is $15 for lunch. RSVP at (253) 927-2766.
Mitchell Place Holiday Bazaar: Event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at 1001 S. 336th St. Free parking and admission. Shop for handmade items for all ages along with vintage jewelry and more. Bake sale and lunch items available for purchase. Call (253) 517-9435.
Silver Lake PTA holiday bazaar: Event will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at Silver Lake Elementary School, 1310 SW 325th Pl. To rent a vendor booth and sell your handmade creations, contact Paul Reid at (253) 740-7577.
Aladdin: Get ready for some family fun as Centerstage Theatre tells the traditional tale of “Aladdin” through the prism of traditional English Christmas panto. The show features great songs, riotously bad jokes, dastardly villains and hilarious routines that have had audiences rolling in the aisles for over three centuries. Show runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 22 at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. For tickets, visit centerstagetheatre.com or call (253) 661-1444.
Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory: The comedy “Inspecting Carol” will be performed the first two weekends in December at the Thomas Jefferson High School Little Theatre, 4248 S. 288th St., Auburn. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The cast features local talent in a story about a disastrous production of “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets: www.rosebudctc.org.
Federal Way Chorale: “Many Moods of Christmas,” a joyful celebration of the season, includes many Christmas favorites. Concert runs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Luke’s Church, 515 S. 312th St. Tickets are $15-$18 with youth 18 and under admitted free. The group will perform several works by composer John Rutter and will showcase “Gloria” along with the Hallelujah Chorus. Call (253) 250-3326 or visit www.fwchorale.com.