December 9, 2008

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The Golf Club at Newcastle offers a Santa brunch from 10 a.m. –  2 p.m. Dec. 7. Children will be invited to sit on Santa’s lap, tell him their wishes and capture the moment with a photo. Cookie decorating in

 the restaurant and visits with a live reindeer on the grounds add to the fanfare. Cost is $38.95 for adults and $19.95 for children 4-12; children 3 and under are free.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. -12:15  p.m. Dec. 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Celebrate the season by sharing favorite stories about your holidays and participate in a giving tree from Vision House. The cost is $20. RSVP at 206-888-6922 or


The Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn offers dance classes at 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton. Go to 

Walk for Life is a free, ongoing program to exercise safely and effectively. Meet friends, learn information and advice, and get monitoring from on-site expert staff members every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. at Bellevue Square Mall. Enter at Skybridge No. 4. Call 206-645-3673.



The following events take place at the Lake Heights Family YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Call 644-8417.

Mini-Leaguers Floor Hockey signups 

The program is designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and meets once a week so players can learn skills, practice and play a game in a noncompetitive environment. Parents/adult chaperones must be in attendance while practice is in session, and are encouraged to participate alongside their child. Volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Practices and games will be held for one hour (30 minutes of practice and a 30-minute game) between 9 a.m. and noon Saturdays, Jan. 10 – Feb. 28, at the Lake Heights Family YMCA gymnasium, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Cost is $45 with current membership. Call 644-8417 or go to


Youth Basketball 

The league is designed for 7- to 12-year-olds. Volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Practices are 45 minutes between 6 and 8 p.m. Seven to 9-year-olds practice Tuesdays and 10- to 12-year-olds practice Thursdays; games are played Saturdays. The league runs from Jan. 6 to March 7 at the Lake Heights Family YMCA Gymnasium, 12635 SE 56th St. Cost is $55 with current membership. Call 644-8417 or go to




The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822.

MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 255-0895.

Newcastle Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15550 Six Penny Lane. Call 206-947-5741. 

Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238.

An international dinner, sponsored by Bahá’í Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047.

Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E. Go to 

Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue (not church affiliated). Go to

Hill ‘N Dale Garden Club meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday  at the Newport Way Library 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. Call 255-9705.



Lake Heights YMCA Older Active Adult Program meets from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the YMCA facility, 12635 S.E. 56th St., in Newport Hills. Activities include community service projects, crafts, pinochle games and field trips. Bridge groups play from 9 a.m. – noon and from noon – 3 p.m. Wednesday. Sack lunches are available for $3. Reserve one in person early that day. Call 644-8417.


Library events

The following events take place at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Call 747-2390 or go to

Storyteller and musician Karen Haas performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Game On! Play Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 and Game Cube video games, 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

The Newport Way Book Group will discuss “The Senator’s Wife,” by Sue Miller, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15.


Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation-trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Go to 


Eastside Bluebills, a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that provides opportunities to help others in need and assist charitable and nonprofit organizations, meets from 10 a.m. – noon the third Wednesday at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. 

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have their own transportation and be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235.

Places to go

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, is a 3,000-acre park with more than 30 miles of trails and the site of the 1880s coalmines. Go to

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