SUN., OCT. 7
Centerstage Season Kickoff: 6 p.m. at the Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way. Join Centerstage Theatre to enjoy a sneak peak of their season. Songs and scenes from Centerstage’s 2018-2019 season will be performed by some of your favorite local actors. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, or by calling 253-661-1444.
MON., OCT. 8
Free Talks to Mark Indigenous Peoples Day: 10 a.m. to noon at Highline College, 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines. The public is invited to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. Two Native presenters will offer their unique perspectives. Both talks are free and open to all on the college’s main campus in Building 2.
WED., OCT. 10
Legislative forum: 6-8 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club, 3583 SW 320th St, Federal Way. The Federal Way Mirror is hosting a free public forum featuring candidates for the 30th Legislative District who will appear on the 2018 general election ballot. The race for state Senate features incumbent Mark Miloscia (R) and challenger Claire Wilson (D). State represenative position 1 features incumbent Mike Pellicciotti (D) against Linda Kochmar (R), while state representative position 2 features incumbent Kristine Reeves (D) against Mark Greene (R). For more information, email email@example.com.
FRI., OCT. 12
Back to School Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m. at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S., Federal Way. Join Communities in Schools Federal Way for their fundraising breakfast. Come learn more about CIS programs and hear stories of the work the organization does to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. Registration is free. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast service is provided by the Federal Way High School Culinary Program at 7:15 a.m. For more information, visit https://federalway.ciswa.org.
Souper Supper: Federal Way Community Caregiving Network will present its 19th annual Souper Supper from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Christian Faith Center, 33645 20th Ave. S., Federal Way. This is a fundraiser dinner with soup provided by local restaurants to support the network’s mission of helping families stay in their homes and stave off hunger. The network strives to provide some of the necessities that most people take for granted. Tickets are $30 per person or $250 for a table of eight. Visit www.fwccn.org to learn more.
SAT., OCT. 13
Composting & Gardening Event: 12-3 p.m. at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 333rd St. Learn more composting and gardening, meet gardening guru Ciscoe Morris, take home compost — all for free! From 12-2 p.m.: Learn about food scrap recycling, composting and gardening from a variety of organizations: Cedar Grove Composting, Federal Way Community Gardens, Garden Hotline / Tilth Alliance, Waste Management, and many more. Plus, kids can climb aboard a garbage truck and get a photo with the “Chuck-the-Cart.” At 2 p.m., Morris, from “Gardening with Ciscoe,” will give a free presentation about how to use compost as part of your fall yard care and answer your gardening questions. At 3 p.m., bring your buckets, shovels, tarp and pickup truck for the All-You-Can-Shovel compost giveaway, compliments of Cedar Grove Composting. First-come, first-serve until 25 cubic yards of compost is gone.
Bonsai Basics Class: 1-3 p.m., Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S. 336th St., Federal Way. Have you ever wanted to try bonsai? Here’s your chance. Get your hands dirty in this interactive class as you learn about the art of bonsai. First, explore Pacific Bonsai Museum with your instructor to learn about the history and basics of bonsai. Then, watch a live demonstration on how to plant and style a beginner bonsai tree. Finally, dig into the art yourself by creating your own juniper bonsai to take home, along with the knowledge of how to care for it — a great keepsake of the day that, with your loving kindness, you will have for years to come. This class is designed for novices of all ages looking to create their first bonsai and have a fun afternoon among the trees of Pacific Bonsai Museum. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $40 for museum members; $45 non-members. For more information, call 253-353-7345.
Organic gardening: The Federal Way Community Gardens are now part of Federal Way Community Caregiving Network, and there are opportunities to volunteer in their Senior Center and Truman community gardens. Learn organic gardening techniques as well as help in the growing and harvesting of organic produce for low-income seniors and community suppers in Federal Way. Volunteer opportunities are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Contact Mike Stanley at 253-279-6443.
Food bank volunteers: Multi-Service Center is seeking volunteers to help with food delivery. Volunteer drivers and driver helpers are needed for weekly routes. Routes are available Monday through Friday, beginning between 7:30-8 a.m. and generally last two-and-a-half to three hours. Drivers use vans or small trucks provided by MSC. You must have a clean driving record to volunteer to drive. Info: mschelps.org/getinvolved/volunteer/or 253.835.7678, ext. 105.
Clothing bank volunteers: Multi-Service Center’s clothing bank provides free clothing and small household items to people in need in our community. The clothing bank is seeking additional volunteers for open hours, as well as sorter/stockers. Shifts are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. There are also teams that come in on Tuesday/Thursday mornings to sort donations and restock the clothing bank. Info: mschelps.org/getinvolved/volunteer/or 253.835.7678, ext. 105.
Delivery drivers needed: Sound Generations is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens through the Meals on Wheels program. Drivers are needed to deliver meals in Federal Way on Thursday mornings, as needed when one of the regular drivers is unavailable. Routes start between 8 and 9 a.m. and typically take one to two hours. Mileage is reimbursable while making deliveries. Info: 206-448-5767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Society of Federal Way: Volunteer opportunities include collections care, greeting the public at public events, docents for historic Denny and Barker cabins, computer work, building maintenance and phone calling. For more information, contact Diana Noble-Gulliford at email@example.com or call 206-412-5545.
Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking Opportunities: Local nonprofit is seeking volunteers for various positions including website manager, funding coordinator, event coordinator, and graphic design coordinator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.