Community Calendar

"ACTIVITIESThursday, Jan. 4C.L.A.S.S. open house: Instructors with Highline Community College's Cooperating, Learning and Searching Seniors (C.L.A.S.S.) program talk about new winter quarter classes during an open house. Interested seniors will also hear the sounds of the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers, enjoy refreshments and win door prizes at 1 p.m. at HCC's Federal Way campus, 33320 First Way S. To register, call (206) 870-3757.Saturday, Jan. 6Tree pick-up: Have your Christmas tree collected from your home by the Federal Way High School PTSA. The activity is a fund-raiser for the school's annual Senior Grad Party. Cost is $5. Tinsel must be removed; artificial or flocked trees not accepted. To reserve your pickup between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., call Liz Grim at 839-7602. Jan. 8 and 9Sound Transit open house: Talk with representatives of Sound Transit about the Sound Transit Link light rail project, its costs and completion schedule, and view information on display during two open houses. They run from 4 to 8 p.m. both days, with overview and public comment sessions at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., in the Great Hall at Union Station, Fourth Avenue and Jackson Street, Seattle. Call (206) 398-5000.Jan. 8 and 11Turning renters into owners: Find out how to shop for a home, obtain a mortgage and close on a loan, learn real estate terminology, credit reports and what you can afford to buy. Cal Scott of the Washington Community Housing Network leads this two-part workshop for future homeowners from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 First Way S. To attend, call 661-0904.BOOK ITThursday, Jan. 4Reader's Choice Discussion: Merrick by Ann Rice will be discussed at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 31325 Pacific Highway S. Call 839-2535.Monday, Jan. 8Oprah Book Club: Discuss Oprah's latest pick, House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 31325 Pacific Highway S. Call 839-2535.Tuesday, Jan. 9Fiction book group: Meets at 7 p.m. at Borders Books, 1824 S. 320th St. Call 946-5877.SUPPORTWednesday, Jan. 3Autism Society: Vanessa Lewis of Washington Parents Are Vital in Education is guest speaker at the Autism Society of South King County-Federal Way Support Group meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 31325 Pacific Highway S. This meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about autism or related disabilities. Call Laurel Taggart, (253) 952-3343. CLASSESThursday, Jan. 4Service Corps of Retired Executives: SCORE volunteers are available by appointment to advise future business owners on starting or expanding a business from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 First Way S. Free. Call 838-3668.Candle dipping: Families can create candles during Family Craft Time from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Federal Way Norman Center YMCA, 33250 21st Ave. S.W. Children must be with an adult. Cost is $5. To register, call 838-4708.Friday, Jan. 5Life Art Drawing Class: Bring your art materials and participate in this art class featuring costumed models. Class meets Fridays from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 31325 Pacific Highway S. Call 839-2535.Saturday, Jan. 6Flagger training: Green River Community College Continuing Education offers a class in flagger training. It meets from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fee is $40. For location information and to register, call (253) 833-9111, Ext. 2535.YOUTHThursday, Jan. 4Preschoolers: Stories will be read at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 31325 Pacific Highway S. Call 839-2535.Storytime: Hear Green Eggs & Ham at 11 a.m., Borders Books, 1824 S. 320th St. Call 946-5877.Saturday, Jan. 6Creative Minds: Hear winter stories at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Call 839-2535.CLUBSWednesday, Jan. 3Federal Way Kiwanis: Meets at noon at Old Country Buffet, 1816 S. 320th St. Call Ron, 941-3481.Federal Way Knights Lions: Meets at 7 p.m. at Old Country Buffet, 1816 S. 320th St. Call Pete Hupperten, 946-0634.30th District Democrats: Meets at 7 p.m. at Federal Way 320th Library, 848 S. 320th St. Call Bill Cole, 529-1784.Thursday, Jan. 4Town Criers Toastmasters Club: Meets at 6:45 a.m. Thursdays at Highline Community College Federal Way campus, Room 101. Call Stephen Percival, 839-5042.Federal Way Noon Rotary: Meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club, 3583 S.W. 320th St. Call Jack Butcher, (253) 804-8666.Federal Way Toastmasters: Meets at noon every Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser CCB Building in West Campus. Open to the public. Call Wendy Schonwetter, 838-5704.Federal Way Community Council: Meets from 7 to 9 p.m., first Thursday, in the Boardroom at the Federal Way Educational Service Center, 31405 18th Ave. S. Call Don Kasper, 941-6620.Saturday, Jan. 6Creativity discussion group: Rediscover your creativity at this discussion group at 11 a.m., first Saturday, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 31325 Pacific Highway S. Call 839-2535.Sunday, Jan. 7Green Party of South King County: The agenda includes forming action committees and seeking candidates for local offices. The monthly meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 First Way S. Call Ron Lansdell at (253) 887-9077. VOLUNTEERCASA: Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court and learn how the legal system works for these children. Must be 21 or older with excellent references, and participate in 24 hours of training prior to case assignment. Orientation/training is scheduled for Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at the Kent Regional Justice Center. To apply, call the King County Superior Court Dependency CASA Program at (206) 296-1120, three weeks prior to training dates.Puget Sound Blood Center: Seeks volunteers to help at mobile blood drives and at donation centers. Volunteer opportunities include registering people before they give blood, serving refreshments after they donate blood, and driving Blood Center vehicles to deliver blood and supplies. Valid Washington state license required. Hours are flexible. Call 1-800-266-4033.Adult literacy program: Tutors are needed for classes in English as a Second Language, basic literacy and GED Prep, and citizenship. A minimum six-month commitment of three hours per week is requested, and completion of a 12-hour training course is required. Call Stephanie at the South King County Multi-Service Center at 838-6810.Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Ombudsman advocates are needed to protect and promote the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. Volunteers are needed for three to six hours per week and must complete a 32-hour training course. Call Louise at the Multi-Service Center at 838-6810.Translators: If you can understand English and speak in another language, you can help at the Federal Way Multi-Service Center. Translators in all languages, especially Ukraine and Somali are needed. Call Denise or Bernie at 838-6810.Drivers: Volunteers are needed to drive Federal Way Multi-Service Center vans to pick up donations for the Food Bank. Regular shifts and fill-in drivers are needed. Valid driver's license required. Call Denise, 838-6810. Talk Time: Volunteers are needed to help people improve their English speaking skills during Talk Time, a program set to begin mid-September at the Federal Way 320th Library, 848 S. 320th St. Talk Time needs dedicated, creative individuals to lead conversations; no previous experience is necessary. Call the Talk Time/Literacy AmeriCorps office at (425) 369-3452 and leave your name and address to receive a volunteer packet or more information.Senior lunch program: The Klahanee Lake Community/Senior Center is seeking a volunteer host and/or hostess for the Senior Lunch Program in Federal Way. Volunteers are needed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday to meet and greet diners. Volunteers will be served a free lunch. Call Rebecca Waller at (206) 727-6249.USO Puget Sound area: Become a USO volunteer at centers located at Sea-Tac Airport and McChord Air Force Base, providing a home away from home for America's military and their families. The shifts are four- to six-hours long. Training and free parking are provided. Call (206) 246-1908 or e-mail: Community Hospital: Messengers and escorts are needed at Highline Community Hospital to welcome people entering the hospital, make deliveries throughout the hospital, deliver flowers and bring discharged patients to their transportation. Volunteers are also needed to assist with fund-raising sales during the year; proceeds are used to fund equipment or services for HCH patients and their families. The Family Childbirth Center at HCH seeks volunteers to distribute gift packs to new moms, take newborn photos, and assist moms and babies who are leaving. To volunteer, call (206) 988-5798 or (206) 988-5767.Mother Mentor Project: The Mother Mentor Project, run by Group Health Cooperative, matches experienced mothers with pregnant and parenting adolescents (age 13-21). Volunteers receive training and will be paired with one young mother to provide ongoing support throughout the pregnancy and for up to one year following the birth. Volunteers do not need to be Group Health members. Call 1-888-781-3571 or leave a message, (206) 326-4822.Volunteer Chore Services: Drive an elderly or disabled neighbor to the grocery store or use your housecleaning skills to assist a neighbor. Volunteer Chore Services of King County, a program of Catholic Community Services, seeks volunteers for a minimum of one hour per week to provide a variety of services and assistance to those who wish to continue living independently in their own homes. Call (206) 324-5247 or (800) 499-5979.Muscular Dystrophy Association: Volunteers, age 16 and older, are needed throughout the year to help reduce administrative expenses. Duties include taking tickets, helping with security, arranging food contributions, staffing MDA booths, visiting people with neuromuscular diseases, becoming a pen pal, and coordinating educational mailings. For information or to volunteer, call (206) 283-2183 or MDA national headquarters at (800) 572-1717.Food and Clothing Banks: Non-perishable food, new or gently used clothing, and financial contributions are needed for both the Food and Clothing Banks. Volunteers are needed to pick up donations and assist with distribution of food at the Food Bank. Food and Clothing Banks provide supplemental food and food stamp education to individuals and families living in the Federal Way school district to help stretch limited budgets. The Clothing Bank is open to all South King County residents who meet income guidelines. Call Denise at 838-6810.Housing Services: Donations of mattresses, new or gently used sofas, love seats, chairs, freezers and financial contributions are requested. Housing Services provides a range of living options ranging from emergency to transitional to permanent low-income housing through 113 united located in Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines and Auburn. Call 838-6810. Auburn Food Bank: Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions for a minimum of five hours per week (one shift) at the food bank, 930 18th Place N.E., Auburn. Call Pam at (253) 804-5696.ARE YOU GAME?Various datesEvergreen Bridge Club: The club meets to play bridge in Federal Way four times a week: at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The novice group meets at 10 a.m. Mondays. Cost is $4 per meeting. For location, call Georgine Fagerlund at 927-0244. Pinochle: Play pinochle every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St. Call 838-3604.Wednesday, Jan. 3Bridge group: The weekly bridge group meets every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Centre at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. in Northeast Tacoma. Call 661-3289.Chess Club: Compete with fellow chess lovers every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Federal Way 320th Library, 848 S. 320th St. The library provides the chess sets. Call 839-0257.Friday, Jan. 5TGIF Bridge Club: Meets weekly at 7:30 p.m. at a Federal Way residence. Cost is $4. Call 874-2231.EXHIBITSThrough Feb. 6Freighthouse Square: Freighthouse Artists at Home is the theme of this month's exhibit at the art gallery, 440 E. 25th, Suite 52 near the Tacoma Dome. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (253) 383-9765.Jan. 5-30Kent City Hall: The black and white photography of Northwest artist Jimmy Anderson is exhibited at the Kent Arts Commission Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Kent City Hall, 220 Fourth Ave. S. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anderson's collection includes the desolation of Alcatraz Island in year's past; local Seattle bands in concert in the 1990s; and the beauty of Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and surrounding areas. Call (253) 856-5050.Through Jan. 7'Out of Time...': The Washington State History Museum presents the national debut of Out of Time: Designs for the 20th-Century Future, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit featuring 60 futuristic visions dating from 1889 to 1961. The works explore the hypothetical future of American architecture, transportation, space exploration and robotics. The exhibit focuses on the artists responsible for illustrating the future from the late-19th through the mid-20th centuries and gauges the accuracy of their predictions. See underwater communities encased in glass domes, streamlined cities, bubble-top cars with back-seat cooking facilities and orbiting space stations and colonies on Mars. The museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Call 1-888-BE-THERE.Jan. 9-Feb. 17Seahurst Gallery: Watercolor florals and still lifes by Vera Beaumont; bright, jewel-like oils of Jo-Anne Rosenberg; and a collection of seascapes are exhibited at the gallery, 15210 10th Ave. S.W., Burien. Meet the artists at an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 and Feb. 10. Information, call (206) 244-7844. Through Jan. 13Burien Arts Gallery: Watercolor by Ruth Carpenter; Sumi collage and watercolor by Verla Turner; Sumi and watercolor by Margaret Wherley; and turquoise jewelry by Michael Wall are featured in the Christmas show at the Burien Arts Gallery. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 421 S.W. 146th St., Burien. The gallery will be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 4. Call (206) 244-7808.Through Feb. 18'Yo-Yo Mania': The Washington State History Museum presents Yo-Yo Mania, a celebration of one of people's oldest known toys. The 3,000 square-foot exhibit will feature several hundred rare antique and collector's yo-yos with individual values ranging from $25 to $2,000. Photo murals, posters and other printed materials documenting the yo-yo's influence on popular culture are also included in the exhibit. Drawings on ancient Greek ceramics date the yo-yo at 2,500 years old. It was first introduced to the United States by Filipino immigrant Pedro Flores in 1927 and later commercially popularized by Donald Duncan. The museum is at 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. Call 1-888-BE-THERE.Submit your calendar listings to Bonnie Graves, Federal Way Mirror, 1414 S. 324th St., B-210, Federal Way, 98003; fax: (253) 925-5750; or e-mail: Include event information, specific date, time and phone number for publication. "

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