December 6, 2012

By Staff

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Holiday Kickoff and Tree Lighting Celebration, presented by Chiropractic Wellness, is from 5-6 p.m. Dec. 7 at 6965 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. There will be hot chocolate and candy canes, with a chance to win a free massage. Call 641-7470.

The Hazen Players present “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 7-8 at 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton. Call 204-4200.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Guest speaker is to be determined. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

A 5-Chamber Networking Breakfast, with members from the Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island and Snoqualmie Valley chambers of commerce, is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at The Egg & Us, 375 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Make reservations at

The Newcastle Weed Warriors are hosting photos with Santa and free gift-wrapping from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 21 at KeyBank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway. There will be five photo packages available starting from $15. Learn more at

Get photos with Santa from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Chiropractic Wellness, 6965 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Call 641-7470 to schedule a time.


Public meetings

All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444.

  •  Economic and Community Development committee — 8-9 a.m. Dec. 11
  •  Parks Commission — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12
  •  City Council meeting — 7 p.m. Dec. 18
  •  Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19

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



The Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages. Get a complete schedule by calling 282-1500 or go to

  •  Last Minute Holiday Gifts, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12, $10 for members/$15 for nonmembers
  •  Snowflake Lane family dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, $3 for ages 3-13, $5 for ages 13 and older
  •  Fun with Food: Holiday Cookie Craze, for a ages 3-10, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Dec. 19, $5 for members/$10 for nonmembers
  •  Teen Winter Break: Snow Tubing and Teen Leadership, for ages 10-15, 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 21, Snoqualmie Pass, $40 for members/$50 for nonmembers
  •  Teen Winter Break: Holiday Art at KTUB and indoor rock climbing, 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 21, Snoqualmie Pass, $40 for members/$50 for nonmembers
  •  Teen Winter Break: Holiday Festival and Family Fun Center, 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 27, Snoqualmie Pass, $40 for members/$50 for nonmembers
  •  Teen Winter Break: Teambuilding at Bellevue Square and swimming, 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 28, Snoqualmie Pass, $40 for members/$50 for nonmembers
  •  Tumbling: Mommy/Daddy & Me, for ages 1-3, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, $5 for members/$9 for nonmembers
  •  Diabetes Prevention Program, for ages 18 and older, starts Jan. 1, call for times or to sign up
  •  Swimming lessons, for ages 3 and older, $54, call for age group times and dates
  •  Itty Bitty T-Ball, for ages 3-4, Jan. 2 to Feb. 27, 4:30-6 p.m., $30-$56
  •  Tae Kwon Do, for ages 5 and older, Jan. 5 through March 28, $28-$54, call for age group times and dates

Library events

The Friends of the Newcastle Library meets from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The Newport Way Library is at 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. Libraries will be closed Dec. 24 for the Christmas Eve holiday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day, Dec. 31 for the New Year’s Eve holiday and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. The following programs are offered the rest of the month:

  •  Korean Language Story Time Series, for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 14
  •  Chinese Story Times Series, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10
  •  Friends of the Newport Way Library Association meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10
  •  Drop-in to learn about eBooks, for adults, 6 p.m. Dec. 11
  •  SAT Skills & Strategies, for teens, 1 p.m. Dec. 15
  •  Opera preview: “La Cenorentola,” for adults, 7 p.m. Dec. 18
  •  Computer class: “Internet Level 1,” for adults, noon Dec. 19
  •  Chinese Story Time @ Kidsquest Museum, for ages 3-5, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20
  •  Volunteer informational meeting, for teens and adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 2
  •  Study Hall, for teens, children and families, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 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 6:30 p.m. the first Monday September through May at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 747-2953.



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



Newcastle Weed Warriors: Volunteers are needed to staff the information booth at Newcastle Days at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way. Learn more at

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 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


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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