November 6, 2009

By Staff


The Golf Club at Newcastle hosts Chef’s Night Out Nov. 8 to help families at risk of hunger and malnutrition. The event features five renowned Seattle-area restaurants and their chefs donating, preparing and serving a five-course meal paired with wine, exclusively for each of their tables of 10 patrons. The event benefits Solid Ground’s Operation Frontline program — a direct outreach program providing culinary, nutrition and budget planning classes to Washington state families at risk of hunger and malnutrition. Get tickets and more information at

Hazen and Liberty high school boys come to the free lacrosse clinic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Liberty High School stadium and experience the fastest sport on land. See for yourself why lacrosse is so cool. No equipment or experience required. Learn some basics. The club is looking for players for spring season, which begins in March. E-mail for more information.

Curves of Newcastle is offering a free 30-day diet plan, with half-hour classes at 2:15 or 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Open to members and nonmembers. Call 746-1717.


The following events take place at the Lake Heights Family YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. Get more information by calling 644-8417 or going to

  • Home school Gym and Swim, for ages 5-17, is from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 20.
  • Basketball clinic for children ages 6-12 and youths ages 13-17. The clinic includes four sessions through Nov. 22.
  • Kids Gym, an interactive class for ages 3-5, offers a variety of group games, including an obstacle course and tumbling exercises. Courses are from 11:15 a.m. – noon Wednesdays through Nov. 20.
  • Preschool sports — T-Ball is from 10-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or from 5-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 3- through 4-year-olds; and from 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 5- 6-year-olds.
  • Kids University is an after-school program that offers children ages 5-12 the opportunity to take classes with a specific focus, such as tutoring, creative writing, storytelling, geography and foreign languages. The schedule is from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Lake Heights Family YMCA for St. Madeleine Sophie School students and from 3-6:30 p.m. at Hazelwood Elementary School for everyone else. The before- and after-school program is from 6:30 a.m. until school starts and from 3-6:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Call 644-8417 or go to for fees.


Freethinkers United Network, Newcastle Chapter, meets at 7 p.m. every other Saturday in a Newcastle home environment. Freethinkers, humanists, agnostics and atheists welcome. There will be open discussion of wide-ranging topics of general group interest. Seating is limited, so call 206-228-7925.

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 or go to

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 Bahai 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 p.m. the first and Third Thursday of the month at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 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 .

Hill’N Dale Garden Club, meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month September through June at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 255-9705


Lake Heights Family YMCA Seniors Program has drop-in time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. in Newport Hills. Have lunch, socialize and have fun. Call 644-8417.

Library events

The following events are at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, unless otherwise noted. Register by calling 747-2390. The library is closed for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

Newport Way Library Association Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Study Zone, for grades K-12, is at 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Drop by for free homework help from qualified tutors.

“Wildlife of Our Parks,” for ages 4 and older, is at 7 p.m. Nov. 18.

“New Moon Party,” for teens, at the Mercer Island Library — party with the Twilighters from Mercer Island. Wear your prom gear or just blue jeans. There will be snacks, scavenger hunt and a photo op; watch scenes from the movie and other fun activities.

SAT Prep Series — 10 a.m. Saturdays. Get ready for the SAT with three prep sessions, a practice test and a review of test results. Students must attend all five sessions.

Study Hall — Drop by the meeting room to work on your homework at 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

New — Study Zone Online, for grades K-12. Use a library computer to connect with a Study Zone tutor online at

Game On! — Play video games at 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

Tech Time with KidsQuest, for grades four and up, is at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Combine technology and artistic skills to create a playful invention.

Mandarin Chinese Story Times, for ages 3-5 with an adult, are at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14.

Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5 with an adult, are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Baby Rhyming Times, for newborn to 12 months with an adult, are at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Pajama Story Times, for all ages with an adult, are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Young Toddler Story Times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, are at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

The library offers the following programs for adults through November:

  • Talk Time — Improve your English-speaking skills at 10 a.m. Nov. 9.
  • Newport Way Book Group discusses “Prayers for Sale,” by Sandra Dallas, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16.
  • “Interview Empowerment” — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. Registration required.
  • Computer Classes: Microsoft Word Level 2, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7; Internet Level 2, 7 p.m. Nov. 12; Microsoft Excel Level 2, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 23

Study Zone volunteer tutors are needed to assist students grades K-12. Contact Annie Poyner at 369-3312 or


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


Would you like to earn community service hours or spend some time outdoors with a bunch of fun folks? Newcastle Community Events needs help with:

  • Information table greeting
  • Distributing flyers
  • Taking event photos/videos
  • Handing out trinkets
  • Playing games
  • Decorating

If interested, e-mail Jules Maas at

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, 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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