Activities for the whole family abound in Federal Way

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  • Friday, June 22, 2018 5:25am
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Activities for the whole family abound in Federal Way

Amateur Radio Field Day: The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club will take part in the 24-hour, worldwide Amateur Radio Field Day Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. The event, which begins at noon Saturday and wraps up noon Sunday, will be hosted on the outdoor field of Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 31919 6th Ave. S. More than 30,000 Ham Radio Operators from around the world will gather their equipment in various locations to simulate a disaster. Club members hope to share their hobby with the community.

Lunch and listening session: Federal Way City Councilman Martin Moore will host a Lunch and Listening Session from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Billy McHale’s, 1320 S. 324th St. As a part of his Saturday Morning Coffee and Conversation series, Moore will listen to resident’s concerns, complains and ideas for Federal Way and answer questions to help find solutions to challenges in the community. For more information, visit

Book group: The Between the Covers Book Group will discuss “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Federal Way 320th Library, 848 S. 320th St., Federal Way. All are welcome to join the discussion.

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

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

Story telling festival: The seventh annual PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, at PowellsWood Garden, 430 South Dash Point Road. Come experience world-class storytelling as a panel of six master tellers transform PowellsWood into a riveting garden theater. Workshops run Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The full lineup of tellers performs Saturday, with seven jammed-packed hours of riveting performances. Tellers rotate among the three festival tents to provide all attendees with a sampling of their unique telling style. Gates open at 9 a.m., telling from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. All-day Saturday tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children. A full-festival pass is $125. Individual workshop pricing ranges from $50.00 to $115.00. Pre-registration is required for workshops and the free children’s program. Saturday tickets may be purchased at the gate. All tickets may also be purchased at

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 or call 253-874-1257 or email

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

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

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

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

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.


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: 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: 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

Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking Opportunities: Local non-profit is seeking volunteers for various positions including website manager, funding coordinator, event coordinator, and graphic design coordinator. Email for more information.

Volunteer Chore Service: The Catholic Community Service Program is committed to providing in-home chore assistance to elders and adults with disabilities, helping them to remain in their own home for as long and as safely as possible. Volunteers provide assistance with the following tasks: transportation, shopping, housework, laundry, minor home repairs, communications and yard work. To learn more about this rewarding opportunity, contact Tiffany Perri at or 253-850-2525.

Drivers Needed: Volunteer drivers are needed to transport elderly residents in King County. Contact 206-326-2800 or


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 or Marlaina Lieberg at More information is also available at

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 or call 253-838-3604 or visit

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 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 or visit

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