December 1, 2011

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The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce presents the free teleseminar “How Not to Gain Weight Over the Holidays” from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Sign up at classes/free-teleseminar-5-tips-on-how-not-to-gain-holiday-weight. Contact Jackie Foskett at or 227-8120 to learn more.

Festival of the Nativities, featuring a display of more than 500 nativity sets from around the word, including contributions from Newcastle residents, is from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 and 12:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15205 S.E. 28th St., Bellevue.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is business coach Chad Rudolph. Cost is $20. RSVP by emailing

The Newcastle Weed Warriors next project is maintenance and restoration work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Lake Boren, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Public meetings

All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4363. City Hall will be closed Dec. 26 for holiday observance.

  • City Council — 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6
  •  Parks Commission — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14
  •  City Council — 7-10 p.m. Dec. 20
  •  Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21

Newport Way Library Association Meeting — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue

The Newcastle Trails board meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road.



The Coal Creek Family YMCA, located at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages throughout the summer. For a complete schedule, call 282-1500 or go to Pages/Home.aspx.


Library events

The Newport Way Library is at 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. It will be closed for the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 and 25. The following programs are offered the rest of the month:

  •  eReader and Digital Download Demonstration, for adults and teens, 1 p.m. Dec. 11
  •  Computer class: “Word Level 1,” for adults and teens, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14
  • Opera preview: “Attila,” for adults, 7 p.m. Dec. 27
  •  Baby Rhyming Time, for children and families, 10:15 a.m.
  •  Young Toddler Story Time, for ages 1-2 with an adult, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays
  •  Toddler Story Time, for ages 2-3 with an adult, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays
  • Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5 with an adult, 1 p.m. Tuesdays
  •  Baby Rhyming Time, for children and families, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays
  •  World Language Story Time, for children and their families, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays
  •  Study Hall, for teens, children and families, 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
  •  Study Zone, for teens, children and families, 3 p.m. Thursdays



East Shore Singles, a social group for single adults older than 45, sponsors monthly activities and special events on the Eastside. New members are welcome. Call 433-0558 for a monthly bulletin go to or

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 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 Baha’i 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 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 in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Go to

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



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



Work parties continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 18 on the May Creek Trail extension east to Coal Creek Parkway. Scouts from several troops will work on both ends of the new trail, but more volunteers are needed. Newcastle Trails is a nonprofit organization that can provide certificates of community service. Supervisors are also welcome. Adults who can move along the trail, keep people on task and answer questions are also needed. Contact Peggy Price at 829-2196 or for more information.

The Regional Coalition for Housing has a volunteer position opening on its Citizen Advisory Board. The board consists of 12-15 community residents and housing professionals that work with ARCH staff to evaluate local housing funding proposals and increase awareness of housing issues on the Eastside. The board meets one Wednesday evening a month for two hours. Learn more at Apply by contacting Arthur Sullivan at 861-3677 or

The Coal Creek Family YMCA Seniors Program needs volunteers for intergenerational opportunities, including rocking and comforting infants, teaching children to play bridge and reading to kindergartners. Call 282-1506.

Newcastle Weed Warriors: Volunteers assist city workers in removing noxious and invasive weeds from Newcastle parks, trails and open spaces. Youth groups, community groups and individuals are invited to participate in monthly environmental stewardship projects. Learn more at

Newcastle Trails – Trail Advocates and Builders for Newcastle: The group has built and maintained miles of trails for the public throughout the city, and has regular meetings and work parties. Call 453-9292, ext. 110. Learn more at

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.

Dependency CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): Community volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in King County. Call 269-3201.

DAWN (Domestic Abused Women’s Network): Provides services to survivors of domestic violence in King County. Call 795-1441.

Grace Children’s Charity: Provides essential school supplies for impoverished children. Call 430-0300.


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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