COMMUNITY

January 2, 2009

By Staff

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Events 

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Jan. 14 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The featured speaker is Nick Sooy, chairman of the chamber. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 206-888-6922.

The Chamber of Commerce, The Golf Club at Newcastle and the Municipal League Foundation are hosting a candidate forum for the King County elections director position. The forum is at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the St. Andrews Ballroom of The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. The King County executive had appointed the position since the home rule charter was adopted in 1968. Two months ago, a voter-approved citizen initiative changed that. All candidates for elections director will compete for a partial term of two years in the nonpartisan countywide election; there will be no primary. Six candidates have filed for the county’s first all vote-by-mail election Feb. 3.

 

Classes 

The Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn offers dance classes at 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton. Go to www.learn2dance4fun.com. 

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.

 

Youth

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 are Saturdays for one hour (30 minutes of practice, 30-minute game) between 9 a.m. and noon, Jan. 10 to Feb. 28 at the gymnasium. Cost is $45 with current membership. Call 644-8417 or go to vhinds@seattleymca.org.
  • Youth basketball —

The league is designed for 7- to 12-year-olds. Volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Practices are 45 minutes between 6-8 p.m. Seven to 9-year-olds practice Tuesdays and 10- to 12-year-olds practice Thursdays; games are Saturdays. The league runs from Jan. 6 to March 7 at the gymnasium. Cost is $55 with current membership. Call 644-8417 or go to vhinds@seattleymca.org.

Clubs

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 www.drinkingliberally.org. 

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 www.eastsidemothersandmore.org.

 

Health

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

 

Seniors

Lake Heights YMCA Older Active Adult Program meets from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA, 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. Wednesdays. 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 www.kcls.org.

The Newport Way Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 to discuss the novel “1776,” by David McCullough.

Computer classes – A Microsoft Excel Level 1 course is at 11 a.m. Jan. 9; a Level 2 class is at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 26. A Microsoft Word course is at 10 a.m. Jan. 17.

Read-n-Sing stories and rhymes is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13. Join Nancy Stewart for music, nursery rhymes and stories for children 5 and younger accompanied by an adult.

Mandarin story times are at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30 at Kidsquest Museum at Factoria Mall, 4091 Factoria Blvd. S.E.

Volunteers

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 www.metrokc.gov/parks.

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