A student from the Bates Technical College Fire Recruit Academy helps a young boy spray a fire hose during South King Fire & Rescue’s open house on May 17 at Station 62. About 900 people attended the open house, which included demonstrations, hands-on activities, fire trucks, police cars and dogs. Courtesy Shelley Pauls

A student from the Bates Technical College Fire Recruit Academy helps a young boy spray a fire hose during South King Fire & Rescue’s open house on May 17 at Station 62. About 900 people attended the open house, which included demonstrations, hands-on activities, fire trucks, police cars and dogs. Courtesy Shelley Pauls

Start planning your summer now

Lots of events scheduled for Federal Way in coming months

  • Friday, May 25, 2018 5:25am
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The Mirror has a new online calendar. Check it out at events.federalwaymirror.com/cal. To add an event, go to federalwaymirror.com/pages/how-to-add-your-event-to-our-calendar/.

The Pajama Game: Centerstage Theatre presents its final show of the 2017-18 season, “The Pajama Game,” a golden age musical that transports the audience to the 1950s factory lifestyle through catchy songs, big dance numbers and more. The musical is based on the novel “7 ½ cents” by Richard Bissell that showcases the working classes’ struggles and triumphs. Show runs through June 3 at the following times: 8 p.m. May 25; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 26; 2 p.m. May 27; 8 p.m. May 31; 8 p.m. June 1; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 2; and 2 p.m. June 3. Shows are performed at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. Tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for seniors and military, and $15 for ages 18-25. To learn more, visit centerstagetheatre.com or call 253-661-1444.

Fed Fights Back: Attend a free self defense class from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Decatur High School, 2800 SW 320th St. The class, open to anyone in the community, is taught by world-class instructor Julia Valencia, of Raider Tactical. Info: paigedasher@gmail.com or 253-548-7503.

Marine mammal stranding informational session: The MaST Center will host a free information session about marine mammal stranding from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. The session will provide attendees with information on what to do if they encounter a stranded marine mammal. The Marine Science and Technology Center of Highline College, 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S., Des Moines, monitors roughly 40 miles of shoreline from Titlow Park in Tacoma to Brace Point in West Seattle and works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to respond to strandings and raise awareness for marine mammal protection. RSVP to citzenscience@highline.edu.

Fundraiser: The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary hosts a fundraiser, Secrets of a Lazy Gardener, featuring local garden columnist, Marianne Binetti, and Federal Way nursery Branches Garden Center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club, 3583 SW 320th St. The event includes dinner and no-host bar. Tickets cost $45. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase recliners for the families of patients who are in the hospital for extended critical care and for the future needs of CHI Franciscan Health’s St. Francis Hospital. For more information, call 253-640-9894 or visit www.chifranciscan.org/franciscan-foundation/foundation-events.

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 Southwest 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, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-the-water-begins-at-dumas-bay-tickets-45484797253.

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 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 info@fusionfederalway.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.

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 full details and information on becoming a vendor, 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.

Ongoing

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 gaylenfloy@gmail.com or Marlaina Lieberg at 1guidedog@gmail.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 shelleyp004@gmail.com 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.

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.

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