Driver improvement program: The AAA Driver Improvement Program is offering its refresher course on defensive driving skills from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Brookdale Foundation House, 32290 First Ave. S. The course gives practical guidance for traffic accident prevention and enhances driver safety and confidence. Course completion qualifies drivers 55 years and older for automobile insurance premium discounts. The cost is $18 per person. Pre-registration is required. Call 206-243-3564.
Dog owner forum: Park Pals Inc. will host Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dog? — a forum on responsible dog ownership at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Belmor Golf & Country Club, 2101 S. 324th St. The conversation on responsible dog ownership will feature representatives from animal control, city Parks Department, French Lake Off-Leash Dog Park, law enforcement, dog behaviorists, and a popular Federal Way blogger. The evening will begin with a social half hour at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, vendors on hand and dog training demonstrations. Bring the kids, but please leave Fido at home. For more information, email Park Pals at email@example.com.
Where the Water Begins: The King Conservation District will host a free workshop developed for property owners along the marine shorelines of King County from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the ecological, geological and vegetation management issues associated with owning property where the water begins. Hear presentations from local experts and stay for an optional field trip to see examples of all topics discussed. For more information or to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/where-the-water-begins-at-dumas-bay-tickets-45484797253.
Birthday celebration: South King Fire & Rescue will celebrate the 89th birthday of former Chief Bud Thorson at 1 p.m. Monday, July 16 at Station 62, 31617 First Ave. S. Thorson led the department for 35 years (1966-1990). The community is invited to attend.
Free workshops: In lieu of the PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival there will be two free workshops on Friday July, 20. The workshops are Milbre Burch’s “Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There” from 9 a.m.-noon and Sherry Norfolk’s “Tailoring a Tale to Carry Your Message” from 1-3:30 p.m. at PowellsWood Garden, 430 South Dash Point Road. Admission to the gardens will be free from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Friday July, 20, and Saturday, July 21. RSVP for the workshops online at https://powellswoodfestival.regfox.com/storytelling-workshops-with-milbre-burch-sherry-norfolk.
Summer arts festival: FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent Oppressed and Needy) will host its annual summer arts festival while celebrating its 25th anniversary from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. This charity event features food, drinks, entertainment, auctions, local artists and more to benefit transitional housing for homeless families in the community. Tickets are $75 before July 24 and $85 after. To learn more, visit www.fusionfederalway.org or call 253-874-1257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flavor of Federal Way: The Federal Way Diversity Commission, Advancing Leadership and the city of Federal Way will host the Flavor of Federal Way from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Town Square Park, 31600 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. The free event will include food, vendors and live entertainment that represent a range of ethnicities including the African-American, Hispanic, Indian, Filipino and Korean cultures. All cultural communities are welcome to participate. More information and applications for vendors, nonprofits, performers and sponsors can be found at cityoffederalway.com/page/flavor-federal-way.
Run With The Cops: Run With The Cops 5K, a fundraiser effort for Special Olympics Washington through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Campaign, is set for Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. The cost for adults is $25 in advance or $35 the day of the run. One child, age 10 or younger, can run for free with one paid adult. Registration for any additional children is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the run. A 1K kids run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, go to https://impact.sowa.org/event/run-with-the-cops-5k-federal-way/e173360.
Class reunion: The Federal Way Class of 1968 will celebrate its 50th reunion from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club, 3583 SW 320th St. Advance tickets required. Contact Marvin at email@example.com.
Farmers Market: The Federal Way Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27, at The Commons, 1928 S. Commons. For more information, visit federalwayfarmersmarket.com/.
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. Come 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. For more information, contact Mike Stanley at 253-279-6443.
South King Council of the Blind: This group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month in the back room of Denny’s, 2132 S. 320th St. They are a resource for people dealing with vision loss, their friends’ and families’ vision, or anyone interested in vision loss. For more information, contact Gaylen Floyd at 253-217-9586 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Marlaina Lieberg at email@example.com. More information is also available at www.southkingcounciloftheblind.org.
Bingo: Social bingo for all ages is held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Mondays and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St. For more information, contact Char Ashcraft at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-838-3604 or visit federalwayseniorcenter.org.
Talk Time Classes: Practice speaking English with other English language learners from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free and participants can join at any time. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Seniors In Motion: Seniors in Motion is a senior exercise class at the Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St. The class is held at 9:30 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The goal of the program is to focus on strengthening and conditioning the entire body. Participants will strengthen muscles, achieve better balance, improve overall body tone and enjoy a more positive self-image. For more information, contact Dorothy at 252-835-3529.
Book Donations: The friends at Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. are collecting used books, magazines and DVDs in new or like-new condition to support library programming. Donations are tax deductible. Ask library staff for details.
Federal Way Domestic Violence Task Force: Meets from 12 to 1:30 p.m. the fourth Friday of every month at City Hall in the Hylebos Room. The organization works towards ending domestic violence. For more information, contact Lana Mathew at 253-232-8096.
Cancer Patient and Caregiver Support Group: These professionally facilitated groups meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Virginia Mason Medical Center, 33501 First Way S. For more information, call Theresa Kelly at 206-709-1400 or email email@example.com or visit cancerpathways.org.
Freedom From Tobacco Support Group: If you are thinking about quitting tobacco, trying to quit, or wanting help from a friend, the Freedom From Tobacco Free Weekly Support Group is here. The group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at St. Francis Hospital, in the oncology waiting area. For more information, call Heidi Henson at 253-426-6746.
One-on-One Computer Help: Library volunteers provide assistance with basic level computer and software questions at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For dates and times, please call the library at 253-838-3668 or 253-839-0257.
English as a Second Language: Classes to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills with an experienced instructor will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, call Linda Faaren at 206-592-3670.
Legal Clinic: The King County Bar Association provides free 30-minute consultations with volunteer attorneys regarding civil legal issues from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. Attorneys cannot represent clients but can refer to other assistance. This event is available by appointment only. Please call 206-267-7070 between 9 a.m. and noon, Tuesday through Thursday.
Spanish Story Time: A family program where all ages are welcome. Games, songs and crafts for children in the Spanish language are included. This event is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday until the end of August at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit kcls.org or call 253-839-0257.
Citizenship Class: Learn how to become a United States citizen from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. Study for the interview and exam, and practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking English in a friendly environment. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Family Story Time: A family program for all ages with an adult from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Toddler Story Time: A family program for ages 2 to 3 years with an adult, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-839-0257 or 253-838-3668.
Preschool Story Time: A family program for ages 3 to 6 with an adult from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Young Toddler Story Time: A family program for ages 12 to 24 months with an adult from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursdays at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Infant Story Time: A family program for newborns to 12 months with an adult from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Fridays at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Study Zone: Drop-in during scheduled hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Game On: For middle school, junior high and high school students. Come play gamecube, xbox and wii video games at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. in the meeting room. Snacks and drinks are provided. This takes place most Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Does not meet July 9 or 23.
Rotary Club of Federal Way: The Rotary Club of Federal Way holds meetings at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday, and at 12:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Courtyard Marriott, 31910 Gateway Center Blvd S. For more information or to inquire about a membership, contact President Layne Barndt a firstname.lastname@example.org or visit federalwayrotary.org.
Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW Post 2886 meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Federal Way Library on 320th Street. For more information, contact Tom Leonard at email@example.com or call 253-927-1615.
Morning Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way meeets at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Denny’s, 2132 S. 320th St. The first Tuesday of the month is an evening meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each person pays for his or her own meal. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or greaterfederalwaykiwanis.org.
Lions Club: The Federal Way Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant on 320th. For more information, contact Bob Darrigan at 253-874-4282.
Noon Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Federal Way meets from noon-1p.m. Wednesdays, with lunch service beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Twins Lakes Golf and Country Club, 3583 SW 320th St. Dinner meetings are from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, with dinner service starting at 6 p.m. Info: email@example.com or federalwaykiwanis.com.