Comedy night features local talent | Federal Way calendar

Federal Way resident Cheri Hardman will perform at a comedy show Oct. 24 at Billy McHale’s, 1320 S. 324th St., Suite A10. According to Cloud Nine Comedy’s website: “When not performing comedy in the Seattle area, Cheri Hardman can be found finagling senior citizen discounts at local restaurants. Her sassy style keeps audiences wondering how she got lucky so many times in the 70s and 80s and why she’s still bragging about it.” Courtesy photo

Cloud 9 Comedy Night: National touring comedians are coming to Federal Way for a new monthly comedy show every third Tuesday of the month at Billy McHale’s, 1320 S. 324th St., Suite A10. First event begins at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and features headliner Jose Bolanos, who is known for crazy stunts and high energy. Also featuring Federal Way’s own Cheri Hardman and hosted by Narin Vann. Admission is $5. To learn more, visit or email

Single seniors: The next monthly Single Seniors Dine Out dinner is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Black Bear Diner’s private backroom, 32065 Pacific Highway S. No agenda and no RSVP necessary. Event is for single seniors ages 55 and up. To learn more, email or cal 253-332-4126.

Free repair: A free event called a “repair cafe” invites people to bring electronics, furniture, clothing and other household items for skilled “fixers” to repair them from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 Eighth Ave. S. Residents are encouraged to sign up in advance and describe what small household items they want to bring. Walk-ins are welcome and everyone will be assisted as time is available. The event is sponsored by the King County EcoConsumer program, City of Federal Way and the South King Tool Library. The goal of this event is to keep stuff out of the landfill while conserving resources and saving people money. Info: 206-477-4481 or

Souper Supper: A raffle and soup dinner supporting the Federal Way Caregiving Network will run 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Christian Faith Center, 33645 20th Ave. S., Federal Way. Cost is $30 per person or $250 for a table of eight. The network’s goal is to help families stay in their homes. Info: 253-228-1482 or

Haunted pool party: The King County Aquatic Center is hosting a Haunted Pool Party featuring a costume contest, recreation swimming, coin dive, “ghoul ball,” canoe rides, a haunted tunnel, giant inflatable turtle and more. All children leave with a prize. Sessions run 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at 650 SW Campus Drive in Federal Way. Cost is $5 per session. Info: 206-477-4444.

300-pound pumpkin: Master sculptor Russ Leno will carve a 300-pound pumpkin and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Branches Garden Center, 3909 S. 320th St. Leno has been featured on national TV shows and in magazines. He has received awards for the world’s largest giant pumpkin sculpture and the world’s tallest and longest sand sculptures. The public is invited and all ages are welcome. To learn more, email or call 253-941-7705.

Pumpkin patch: Light of Christ Community Garden’s mud-free pumpkin patch is open through Oct. 31 at 34249 21st Ave. SW in Federal Way. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Take photos, play games, take a tractor ride and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Weekends will include a bake sale. This is a fundraiser that supports the garden. For info, call 253-326-7166 or email

Fall Foliage Festival and Plant Sale: The free event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21-28 at the world-renowned Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way. Fall color tours, speakers, demonstrations and deals on rhododendrons, companion plants and ferns. With every $50 purchase of plants, customers will be rewarded with one free admission “Garden Pass.” For more info, visit or call 253-838-4646.

Jet Cities Chorus at the PAEC: The Jet Cities Chorus will bring its four-part, A cappella barbershop-style harmony to the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center for two shows Oct. 28. The performance will feature the GQ Quartet, a Baltimore-based female barbershop-style group that has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Shows start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35. The venue is located at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. For tickets and info, visit or call 253-835-7010.

Pixie and the Grocer: Thistle Theatre returns with Hans Christian Anderson’s “Pixie and the Grocer” at noon Oct. 28 at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. The classic story focuses on a Pixie who lives with a greedy grocery and observes a poor poet give up food in exchange for an old book. The Pixie see the beauty of poetry dance before his eyes and contemplates switching his services from the grocer to the poet in exchange for a less comfortable life. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for ages 17 and under. Call 253-661-1444 or visit

Kronos Quartet at the PAEC: At 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet will present its spin on contemporary and classical compositions that combine “a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet.” Kronos Quartet has been performing for more than 40 years and has performed with an eclectic range of artists. The show will continue with that tradition, described by The New Yorker as proving that a string quartet “could become a kind of all-terrain vehicle in contemporary culture.” Tickets are $44-$79. Visit or call 253-835-7010.

Aquarium fun: The Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) Aquarium is open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S. (next to Salty’s). Admission is free. In addition to science lectures, the facility features a 3,000-gallon open-flow aquarium with marine creatures, touch tanks, a grey whale skeleton and more. Visit for more info.

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