Federal Way Community Calendar | May 10 edition

Coming up this weekend: FW Farmers Market opening, BonsaiFEST and more.

Touch-A-Truck 10 Year Anniversary Celebration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Wild Waves Theme and Water Park. This free event is back and bigger than ever. Gather your children and make your way to the Wild Waves parking lot, where you can experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with an impressive array of service trucks of all shapes and sizes.

Farmers Market opening day: The 2024 season of the Federal Way Farmers Market kicks off on Saturday, May 11. The season runs through October 26 and is held in the parking lot of the Commons Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each week.

Historic cabins open for visitors: Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 11, head over to entrance to the Hylebos Wetlands at 411 S. 348th St. to gain access to the historic Barker and Denny cabins via the Federal Way Historical Society. The buildings have historic artifacts relevant to the time period in which they were used and represent and important part of local history.

BonsaiFEST: On Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of bonsai culture. Join us for our family-friendly BonsaiFEST! featuring hundreds of living works of art, three bonsai exhibitions, bonsai-making demonstrations, guided tours, games, food trucks, shopping, and more, all with free admission. May 11 is also opening day for the Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2024-25 special exhibition, bringing textbooks to life with 41 living bonsai trees. Through anime-inspired illustrations, emojis, and text-like exchanges, the exhibition bridges the gap between textbook STEM education and real-world fun.

FWPS School Board meeting: 6 p.m. May 14 at TAF @ Saghalie, 33914 19th Ave. SW.

Coffee with a Cop: For National Police week the Federal Way Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 15. Come meet your local police officers over some coffee! This casual gathering is a great opportunity to chat, ask questions, and learn more about the work our officers do in our community. Enjoy a relaxed, agenda-free gathering at the Starbucks (in Target) at 2201 South Commons in Federal Way.

Senior Health and Resource Fair: Meet vendors and access resources available in the senior community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC), 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South in Federal Way.

Multi-Service Center Auction: From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 18, join the Multi-Service Center for an evening full of fun and fundraising to support MSC’s programs and services. The Spring into Action gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at 1053 Lake Washington Boulevard North, Renton. Visit mschelps.org.

South King County Scholar Athlete Fund Annual Breakfast: On May 18, the South King County Scholar Athlete Fund is hosting the reunion of legendary Seahawks Steve Largent and Steve Raible at Emerald Downs, 2300 Ron Crockett Drive in Auburn, as they raise money for high school sports programs and scholar athletes. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the silent auction and coffee, and a full buffet breakfast opens around 9 a.m., with a program featuring Seahawks Legend Steve Largent and “Voice of the Seahawks” Steve Raible around 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

Hot off the presses: The Federal Way Mirror invites you to join the paper from 1-2:30 p.m. May 21 at Poverty Bay Café for informal conversation and coffee. You’ll be able to ask the newspaper staff about their work or talk about issues affecting the region, such as homelessness, addiction and development, all while supporting a local business and the work of nonprofit FUSION to serve families in need. Poverty Bay Café is located at 1108 S. 322nd Place in Federal Way, north of Celebration Park. Questions? Email editor@fedwaymirror.com.

Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith: Centerstage’s latest production opens on May 24 and runs through June 16. Multi-award-winning playwright Yussef El Guindi’s humorous and surprising family comedy brings just the right amount of chaos and poignancy as it depicts universal themes of belonging, desire, culture, and faith. This show will consistently upend your expectations as you gain an insider’s look at a family navigating the ups and downs of life while trying their best to keep it all together. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to complex themes and brief language.

3rd Annual Island Bowl: Join Federal Way Warriors Athletics on May 25 for a rugby event at Saghalie Park, 33914 19th Avenue Southwest in Federal Way. Those interested in representing Washington this year for the high school boys and girls side can reach out now to fwwarriorsathletics@gmail.com.

FWPS School Board meeting: 6 p.m. May 28 at Star Lake Elementary, 26812 40th Ave. S.

Community Coffee Chat with Valley Cities: From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. May 29, come together to learn about the fentanyl crisis and learn what Valley Cities is doing with community leaders to combat it. This event will take place at the Valley Cities Administrative Building, located at 33405 8th Avenue South in Federal Way.

Arts Explosion Festival: The Arts Explosion Festival is back for round two this year with an extended event schedule and new features. The event will take place at the Performing Arts and Event Center from May 29 to June 3. For more information, visit www.cityoffederalway.com/content/Arts-Commission. Also contact cassie.swan@cityoffederalway.com or 253-835-6928.

Senior Commission Connection: Join the Federal Way Senior Commission from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at the Federal Way Community Center to learn about their activities and participate in a discussion on a new topic each month.