The Tacoma City Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” throughout December at the Performing Arts and Event Center. Courtesy Tacoma City Ballet

The Tacoma City Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” throughout December at the Performing Arts and Event Center. Courtesy Tacoma City Ballet

Community Calendar

Federal Way Farmers Market at Candy Cane Lane: Federal Way Farmers Market will be at the Holiday Gift Bazaar until 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17, and Monday through Sunday Dec. 18-24, at The Commons mall, 1928 South Commons. The Holiday Gift Bazaar is the perfect place to find unique handcrafted items, crafts, gifts, jewelry, oils, scarves, gloves, Seahawks items, Christmas decorations, and includes a kids’ activity area with photo booth. Info: federalwayfarmermarketevents@yahoo.com or 253-261-0207.

Beauty and the Beast: Centerstage Theatre presents a British Pantomime version of the classic fairytale “Beauty and the Beast.” The show runs through Thursday, Dec. 21, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road in Federal Way. There will be special holiday performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and Thursday, Dec. 21. Tickets cost $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and military personnel, $15 for age 18 to 25 and $12 for those age 17 and younger. Info: CenterstageTheatre.com or 253-661-1444.

O Emmanuel: The Federal Way Chorale presents “O Emmanuel,” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. This winter performance will present the beautiful sounds of the Christmas season, including pieces such as those in Bass’s “Feast of Carols” and Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and a few lesser-known compositions, including Nelhybel’s “Estampie Natalis.” Tickets $24 to $34 and $5 for students. Information at fwpaec.org, boxoffice@fwpaec.org or 253-835-7010.

Look to the Stars: Rainier Youth Choirs, featuring youth from throughout South King County, presents a holiday concert, 3-5 p.m., Dec. 9, New Hope Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave. SE, Kent. Tickets cost $15 and $12 for students/seniors. Door tickets cost $18 and $15 for students/seniors. Information at www.rainieryouthchoirs.org.

Old-fashioned Christmas tea: Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10 in the 1903 lightkeeper’s cottage at Browns Point Lighthouse Park, 201 Tulalip St. The free event, sponsored by the Points Northeast Historical Society, includes delicious goodies, refreshments, tours of the decorated cottage and the boathouse, ringing the original fog bell, singing carols around the antique pump organ and meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring a donation for the food drive. Parking is limited but passengers may be dropped off at the site. Additional parking can be found nearby. Info: pointsnortheast@comcast.net, 253-927-2536 or pointsnortheast.org.

Unified Community Response to Addiction and Mental Illness: Federal Way Municipal Court is hosting a forum on the impacts of addiction and untreated mental illness, 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 Eighth Ave. S. Info: communitycourt@cityoffederalway.com.

Reiki Share: Take part in an evening of emotional and physical healing and spiritual growth from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12 at South Sound Healing and Wellness, 34004 Ninth Ave. S., Suite A-11. A Reiki share is an opportunity for Reiki practitioners and others to come together with the intention of sharing the highest vibrations of unconditional love and light with one another. Participants will have the opportunity to both give and receive Reiki energy. No experience needed. All are welcome. Attendance is free, but love offerings are welcome and appreciated. Info: melodylitton@gmail.com, 435-512-2459 or healingforlifewa.com/community-events/.

Twin Lakes Toastmasters: Twin Lakes Toastmasters monthly meeting is taking place from 6:30-7:50 p.m. Dec. 13 at Brookdale Foundation House – Courtside Room, 32290 First Avenue South. Twin Lakes Toastmasters is a community-basedspeaking, listening, and communication development club open to all adults. This free event occurs every second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday. Info: twinlakestoastmasters@gmail.com, 425-241-4888.

Deaf Chat Night/Coffee House: Northwest Foursquare Church hosts deaf chat night from 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Northwest Foursquare Church, 34800 21st Avenue Southwest. This is a potluck event with plenty of food where deaf and hard-of-hearing community members, along with hearing, can come hang out, play games, and have great conversation. All are welcome to this free event, even if you do not sign. Info: asl@nwcfoursquare.org or 253-838-6321.

WakeUp4Wealth Toastmasters: WakeUp4Wealth is a business-focused Toastmasters Club that meets from 7-8:15 a.m. Dec. 15 at Keller Williams Puget Sound Realty, 33434 8th Ave S. #103, Federal Way. Guests are welcome. Contact Don Everly Smith at c4bnet@gmail.com or 425-241-4888.

Nutcracker: The Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 21 and 22, and 3 p.m. Dec. 17 and 23. Tickets are $34 to $104 and $18 for students. Info: fwpaec.org, boxoffice@fwpaec.org or 253-835-7010.

Polynesian Holiday Bazaar: Get into the holiday spirit with the second annual Polynesian Holiday Bazaar from noon-6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Green River College, 12401 SE 320th St. The free event includes vendors, entertainment, food and music. Info: leftcoastpromotions@gmail.com or 206-429-0509.

Sign Language Classes: Beginner sign language classes, 6-8 p.m., Through Dec. 13, Northwest Foursquare Church, 34800 21st Ave. SW, Federal Way. All are welcome to attend this free event. Information at asl@nwcfoursquare.org or 253-838-6321.

Winter Art History Class: This class, which will study the art of the prehistoric and classic periods of South and Central America and Mexico prior to the coming of the Spaniards, is from 9:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13 and 20, at the meeting room of the Fairfield Building on the Village Green Retirement Campus, 35419 1st Ave S. The first hour of each class will consist of a lecture, with the second hour showing slides covering what was discussed. Class fees are $40 for Village Green residents, $55 for non-residents. Contact Fay Weed at 253-838-3700 or Elizabeth at 206-789-1233.

Sign Language Interpreting Service: Northwest Foursquare Church offers sign language interpreted church services from 5-7 p.m. every Saturday, Northwest Foursquare Church, 34800 21st Ave. SW. Info: asl@nwcfoursquare.org or 253-838-6321.

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 www.federalwayseniorcenter.org.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring: Get assistance with computer, tablet or smartphone skills from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesdays at the Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St. Two volunteer computer tutors will be on site, welcoming you to use one of their eight computers. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments can be made by calling 253-838-3604.

Discovery Day at MaST Center Aquarium: The MaST Center is open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the MaST Center Aquarium, located next to Salty’s on Redondo Beach. Discovery Day is also open during the summer from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday until the end of August. See an aquarium that holds 3,000 gallons of seawater, view 250+ native Puget Sound species, see the 38-foot gray whale skeleton, and much more. Admission is free. For more information, contact Rus Higley at rhigley@highline.edu or call 941-321-9430 or visit mast.highline.edu.

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 1st 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 1st 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 theresa@cancerpathways.org or visit cancerpathways.org.

Freedom From Tobacco Support Group: If you are thinking about quitting tobacco, trying to quit, or wanting help, 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 Resume Assistance: A king County Library Assistant can provide 45 minutes of one-on-one to help write or update your resume. Make sure to bring a list of previous employment (name of business, address, phone number and position) and a current resume if you have one. Typing services are not provided. Registration required. For days and times, call 253-839-0257.

One-on-One Computer Help: Library volunteers provide assistance with basic level computer and software questions at the Federal Way Library, 34200 1st 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 1st 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 1st 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 1st 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 Monday at the Federal Way Library, 34200 1st 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 1st 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 1st 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 1st 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 1st 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 1st 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 1st Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.

Join the club

Interurban Runners Club: This weekly group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the east entrance of Weyerhaeuser trails parking lot. Walkers are welcome. After the run the runners meet up at Timeout Ale House for dinner and socializing. For more information, contact Larry Coyne at 253-653-4456 or email coyneld@aol.com.

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 1st Way S. in the meeting room. Snacks and drinks are provided. This takes place every from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21.

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 layne@nasvc.com 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 thomasc29@msn.com or call 253-927-1615.

Morning Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way meets for breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Denny’s Restaurant on 320th. On the first Tuesday of every month there is an evening meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the same location. For more information or to inquire about membership dues, contact Marie Sciacqua at sciacqua05@gmail.com or 253-941-7060or visit www.greaterfederalwaykiwanis.org.

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 the Twins Lakes Golf and Country Club, 3583 SW 320th St. Dinner meetings are the from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, with dinner service starting at 6 p.m. Info: kiwanisclubfederalway@gmail.com or federalwaykiwanis.com.

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.

Twin Lakes Toastmasters Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Brookdale Foundation House, 32290 1st Ave. S. No membership is required, the club is open to all interested parties. For more information, visit www.toastmasters.org or contact Don Everly Smith at Twinlakestoastmasters@gmail.com or call 425-241-4888.

WakeUp4Wealth: This business communications club meets from 7 to 8:15 a.m. on Fridays in the second floor training room of Keller Williams Realty, 33434 8th Ave. S. No membership required, the club is open to all interested parties. For more information, visit www.toastmasters.org or contact Don Everly Smith at Twinlakestoastmasters@gmail.com or call 425-241-4888.

The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary: Group meets at 6:30 p.m. with meetings beginning at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Medical Office Building, located next to St. Francis Hospital. For more information, call Andrea at 253-944-7960.

Crazy Quilters of Federal Way: This group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month at Avalon Care Center, 135 S. 336th Street. The Tuesday meeting is to discuss their program, and the one held on Thursday is to discuss business. For more information, call 253-927-1260.

Volunteer

MaST Center Aquarium: Volunteer opportunities and art display space are available at the MaST Center Aquarium located next to Salty’s on Redondo Beach. New volunteer orientations occur everythird Saturday of the month Admission is free. For more information, contact Rus Higley at rhigley@highline.edu or call 941-321-9430 or visit mast.highline.edu.

Historical Society of Federal Way: Volunteer opportunities include collections care, greeting the public at public events, docents for historic Denny and Barker cabins, computer work, building maintenance and phone calling. For more information, contact Diana Noble-Gulliford at diana@gulliford.com or call 206-412-5545.

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 info@fwcat.org 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 an as safe 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 TiffanyP@ccsww.org or 253-850-2525.

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

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 thomasc29@msn.com or call 253-927-1615.

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