December 7, 2009

By Staff


The 21st Issaquah Reindeer Festival returns to the Cougar Mountain Zoo with activities throughout December. Meet Santa Claus in his house from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit Santa’s reindeer team. Have your face painted by one of the happy elves from noon -2 p.m. daily. Leave a letter for Santa at Santa’s Post Office. Enjoy hot chocolate, kettle corn, apple cider, cookies, candy canes and more. Don’t forget — bring a new, unwrapped present for Toys for Tots and receive a free child’s admission to the zoo for after the festival. Go to or call 391-5508.

Holiday Makeover Teleclass, featuring Jackie Foskett, of Healing Hypnotherapy, is from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. E-mail or call 227-8210 to enroll.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, featuring a representative from the Washington State Department of Transportation discussing the Eastside Corridor Tolling Study, is from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dec. 9 at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Cost is $20. R.S.V.P. to

Weed Warriors Chocolate Pairing Fundraiser is from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 12 at Sweet Decadence. A percentage of sales will go toward Weed Warriors, a group of volunteers who improve Newcastle parks, trails and open spaces. Go to

Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation celebrates Chanukah, the Feast of Dedication, also known as the Festival of Lights, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at 7935 136th Ave. S.E. Call 793-3000.

The Newcastle Weed Warriors offer holiday gift-wrapping from noon – closing Dec. 18 and 19 at the Newcastle Professional Building, 12835 Newcastle Way. E-mail or call 228-7927.


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

  • 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- and 4-year-olds; and from 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 5- and 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.

Atheist Church of Truth meets at 7 p.m. every other Saturday in a Newcastle home environment. Open discussion of wide-ranging topics of general group interest. Seating is limited, so call 206-228-7925.

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 (not church affiliated).

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 will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas holiday. It will close at 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

Newport Way Library Association Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Study Zone, for grades K-12, is at 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Drop by for free homework help from qualified tutors.

“Paper Marbling,” for ages 5-11, is 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Use Japanese dyes to create beautiful, decorative papers suitable for writing, bookmaking, origami or even wrapping that special gift.

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. Dec. 16.

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-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.

Talk Time, for adults to improve English-speaking skills, is at 10 a.m. Dec. 7.


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


The Coal Creek Family YMCA Seniors Program needs volunteers. Call 282-1500 to learn more.

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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