Bellevue Great Books Discussion Group Starts Wed Read and discuss classical selections from the Great Books Foundation, 7:30-9 p.m. first and third Wednesdays...

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Great Books Discussion Group

Starts Wed Read and discuss classical selections from the Great Books Foundation, 7:30-9 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-635-0828 or www.greatbooks.org).

Write On! Writing Group

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Wed Fun writing exercises and creative ideas for youths 12-18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm).

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Thur Live music, 6:30-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Sept. 8: Jeff Knoch. Sept. 22: Farida Goychayeva. Sept. 29: Larry Murante.(425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).

“Noises Off”

Starts Thur Bellevue Civic Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s onstage/backstage British farce about a troupe of players whose personal entanglements turn a touring grade-C sex comedy into a traveling disaster, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 8-18, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15-$26. (425-235-5087 or www.ticketwindowonline.com).

Live at Lunch Summer Concert Series

Ongoing Live music, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 15 at various downtown locations. Sept 8: Kennedy Brothers, folk rock; Bellevue Galleria, 550 106th Ave. N.E. Sept 13: Kellee Bradley, Award-Winning Songwriter; Skyline Tower, 10900 N.E. Fourth St. Sept 15: Dance Factory, disco; Bellevue Galleria, 550 106th Ave. N.E. (425-453-1223 or www.bellevuelive.com/liveatlunch).

Bellevue Farmers Market

Ongoing Fresh produce, meats, eggs, flowers, baked goods and other items, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 13, First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. Sept. 8: Cooking demonstration, 3:30 p.m., chef Randy Robinson of Pogacha Restaurant. (425-454-8474 or www.bellevuefarmersmarket.org).

“Gallagher and the Moonbeam Fairy”

Starts Fri Bellevue Youth Theatre presents an original, multi-generational production about a mischievous Leprechaun, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-17, and 1 p.m. Sept. 17, 16661 Northup Way. Tickets: $8. (425-452-7155).

Third Annual Bite of Crossroads

Fri-Sun Food booths, live entertainment, arts show and children’s activities; benefits the Crossroads Community Center, noon-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9-11, Crossroads Shopping Center, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Cost: $2-$15 for Bite Tickets. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).

Aki Matsuri

Sat-Sun Annual fall festival, with martial arts and cooking demonstrations; traditional drumming, dance and crafts; Japanese-style flea market, children’s activities and food, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10-11, Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle. (425-861-7865 or www.enma.org).

Mercer Slough Canoe Tours

Ongoing A four-mile, three-hour paddling tour for ages 5 and up, equipment provided, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 24, Enatai Beach Park, 3519 108th Ave. S.E. Cost: $10-$12. (register: 425-452-6885).

Pizza & Pages Book Group

Plan Ahead Pizza and book talk for youths 12-18, 3:30-5:30 Sept. 14, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm).

Open Mike Night

Ongoing Opportunity for acoustic musicians to perform, 6-9 p.m. with 5:30 p.m. sign-up, first and third Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.victorymusic.org).

P.F.L.A.G.

Plan Ahead Annual potluck features guest speaker Beryl Ingram-Ward, the new pastor of Bellevue First United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Sept. 15, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E. (425-483-6642 or www.bellevue-pflag.org).

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Plan Ahead PoetsWest featured readers Martha Clarkson, J. Glenn Evans and Lenae Nofziger, followed by open mike readings, 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 18, Factoria Mall, 4055 Factoria Blvd. S.E. (206-354-3233 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm).

Anime and Manga Appreciation Club

Plan Ahead Drawing techniques, character and story discussions; for youths 12-18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm).

Bothell

Ballroom Dance

Ongoing Dance to live music, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. (425-487-2441).

Writer’s Workshop

Ongoing Author and writing instructor Frances Dayee will lead workshops on how to write for publication; can be taken as a series or individually, 2-4 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 2-30 (except Sept. 16), Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm).

Bothell Farmers Market

Ongoing Locally grown produce, flowers, pasture-raised meats, hand-crafted items, live music and children’s activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 30, Country Village, 23718 Seventh Ave. S.E. (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).

14th Annual Koi Show

Sat-Sun Koi judging and information booths, hosted by the Washington Koi and Water Garden Society, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10-11, Country Village Bothell, 23732 Bothell-Evertt Highway. (425-483-2250 or www.washingtonkoi.org).

SCORE Business Counseling

Plan Ahead Volunteers from the Service Corps of Retired Executives offer advice to current and future small business owners, by appointment 1-9 p.m. Sept. 14, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (register: 425-486-7811).

Carnation

Northwest Farming for Humanity Work Party

Sat Help pick mixed vegetables for Hopelink food banks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10, Full Circle Organic Farm, 31904 N.E. Eighth St. (register: 206-783-3088 or www.hope-link.org/takeaction/volunteer).

Open Drumming Session

Sun An opportunity to explore the instruments and music of African-based rhythm; all experience levels welcome, 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. Cost: $5. (425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com).

Carnation Farmer’s Market

Ongoing Fresh produce and products from Snoqualmie Valley farms, 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 27, Tolt Avenue and West Bird Street. (425-333-6050 or www.carnationfarmersmarket.org).

Fall City

Remembering September 11th

Mon Celebrate community through stories, books and songs and learn to make paper cranes as an international symbol of peace, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place. (425-222-5951 or www.kcls.org/fc/programs.cfm).

Issaquah

Natural Wonders: Artistic Impressions

Ongoing 11 local artists’ interpretations of nature through photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, drawing and metal work, through Sept. 12, University House at Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road. Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. (425-557-4200).

Best Friends: Images of Animals and Their People

Ongoing Traveling exhibit of historical images from the Progressive Era (1880s-1920s), plus photos from the Issaquah Historical Society’s collection, through Oct. 15, Gilman Town Hall Museum, 165 S.E. Andrews St. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. (425-392-3500).

Issaquah Public Market

Ongoing Fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 15, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. (425-837-3311 ).

Strategy Games Club

Plan Ahead For students in grades 6-12; refreshments, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm).

Kenmore

Daytime Book Discussion Group

Mon “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, 1 p.m. Sept. 12, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm).

Kirkland

Kirkland Wednesday Market

Ongoing Flowers, crafts and produce, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 12, with extended hours and live music until 10 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Park Lane East between Third and Main streets. Free parking available in the Kirkland Library parking garage, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-893-8766 or www.kirklanddowntown.org).

Kirkland Art Walk

Thur 18 downtown Kirkland galleries within walking distance of each other have extended hours, with artists’ receptions at some galleries, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Maps available at the galleries. (425-889-8212).

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Thur Meet children’s authors Sara Hagar of “Dancing Matilda,” Barbara Jean Hicks of “Jitterbug Jam” and Julie Paschkis of “Here Comes Grandma,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, ParkPlace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546).

Poetry at ParkPlace Books

Thur An evening of open-mike poetry with published poets and novices, 7 p.m. Sept. 8, ParkPlace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546).

SCORE Business Counseling

Fri Volunteers from the Service Corps of Retired Executives offer advice to small business owners, by appointment 1-4 p.m. Sept. 9, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (register: 425-822-2459).

Concours d’Elegance

Sat Showcase of 80 classic and antique automobiles, showcasing a Fabulous Fifties display and a selection of cars from the famous Blackhawk Collection, plus display of a variety of vintage motorcycles and wooden boats; benefits Evergreen Hospital and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10, 1200 Carillon Point. Tickets: $20. (425-822-7066 or www.kirklandconcours.com).

Dog Days of Kirkland

Sat Dog show, pet resource fair and hot dog barbecue; dog contestants must be Kirkland residents (limited to 10 per category), 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 10, North Kirkland Community Center, 12421 103rd Ave. N.E. Cost: $5 contest fee, register at the door; spectators free. (425-587-3350).

“And Justice for All”

Sat Screening and discussion of this locally created film, which explores the government response to the events of 9/11 and the impact on civil liberties, human rights and our character as Americans; refreshments. A September Project event. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 10, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm).

Teen Concerts

Sat All-ages venue with local performers, 7 p.m., Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave. Cost: $5. Sept. 10: Oceans in Oblivion, The Number One Dads and Los Furios. Sept. 17: Autumn Poetry, Ancille and Beestings. (425-822-3088 or www.ktub.org).

U.S. Submarine Veterans Ceremony

Sat Formal military ceremony conducted by local submarine veterans from the 1930s through the 1990s to remember and honor Navy submarines and crewmen lost at sea, 2 p.m. Sept. 10, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza. (253-941-4133 ).

Concert d’Elegance

Sat The Seattle Repertory Jazz orchestra presents an evening of big band music from the “golden age” of jazz in honor of the Concours d’Elegance car show; benefits Evergreen Hospital and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, 8 p.m. Sept. 10, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $25-$30. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org).

Book Discussion Group

Mon “The Pieces from Berlin,” by Michael Pye, 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm).

Angel Care Celebration

Plan Ahead Release party, with wine, cheese and the 2006 Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation calendar models, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15, ParkPlace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546).

Socrates Café

Plan Ahead Monthly philosophical discussion group, 7 p.m. Sept. 16, ParkPlace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546).

Mercer Island

Escape From the Rock Triathlon

Sun Individual and relay event, with a half-mile swim in Lake Washington, 12-mile bike ride across the closed I-90 floating bridge express lanes and 2.5-mile run through Mercer Island, 8 a.m. Sept. 11, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Cost: $70-$150. (register: 206-232-7115, ext. 272 or www.envirosports.com).

Newcastle

Newcastle Days

Sat-Sun Car show, live entertainment, food, pie baking contest, family activities and fireworks, noon-9 p.m. Saturday followed by fireworks, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday with pie judging starting at 2 p.m., Sept. 10-11, Lake Boren Park, 10310 S.E. 84th Way. (425-649-4444 or www.ci.newcastle.wa.us).

North Bend

“Coyote Tales”

Fri Tears of Joy Puppet Theater presents two Native American tales about the wily trickster Coyote, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Si View Community Center (425-831-1900 or www.siviewpark.org).

North Bend Farmer’s Market

Ongoing Fresh produce, flowers, plants, crafts and entertainment, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays through Oct. 1, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S. (425-888-3434).

Redmond

Shoes For Orphan Souls

Ongoing Donations of new shoes, socks and shoelaces suitable for children ages 5-10 will be collected to benefit the Assistance League of the Eastside’s Operation School Bell program, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 30, Redmond Town Center Information Central, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-867-0808 or www.redmondtowncenter.com).

Morning Book Group

Thur “Housekeeping,” by Marilyn Robinson, 10 a.m. Sept. 8, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. Oct. 13: “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel. (425-885-1861).

South 47 Farm

Ongoing Organic U-pick and fresh produce, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 31, 15410 N.E. 124th St. (425-869-9777 or www.south47farm.com).

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

Ends Sat Three actors attempt to portray the history of the U.S. in 90 minutes, 8:15 p.m. Sept. 9-10, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $18-$24. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org).

Mommy & Me at the Farm

Fri Children 5 and under accompanied by an adult can learn about farm life, go on a hayride and pick something fresh from the fields, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays through October; check in at the farmstand at 10:15 a.m., South 47 Farm, 14510 N.E. 124th St. Cost: $5 per child. Sept. 9: Spiders. (425-869-9777 or www.south47farm.com).

Old Fire House Concerts

Ongoing All ages venue with local performers, 8 p.m., Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Sept. 9: Arabian Nighmare, Fools Fate and We Quit. Sept. 17: Waxwing with special guests. (425-556-2389 or www.theoldfirehouse.org).

Redmond Historical Society

Sat 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 10, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. (425-885-2919 or www.redmondhistory.org).

Corn Maze Celebration

Starts Sat Grand opening of this year’s maze cut in the shape of the classic American painting “American Gothic” features wagon rides, storytelling, pesto making demonstration, u-pick fruits and vegetables; refreshments, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and continues 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through September, South 47 Farm, 15410 N.E. 124th St. Cost: $4.50-$5.50. (425-869-9777 or www.south47farm.com).

Redmond Saturday Market

Ongoing Fresh produce, flowers, plants, organic meats and eggs, arts and crafts and entertainment, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29, 7730 Leary Way. Sept. 3: Customer appreciation day. Sept. 10: Music by Bonnie Birch. Sept. 24: Music by Jean Mann. (425-556-0636 or www.redmondsaturdaymarket.homestead.com).

Lake Sammamish AquaFest

Sat Wakeboard, surfing, barefoot waterskiing, rowing demonstrations; sand castle building contest, family games and Marine Patrol Dive Rescue, noon-4 p.m. Sept. 11, Idlywood Park, 3650 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. (425-556-2356 ).

Sophisticated Swing Big Band

Plan Ahead Dancing to the music of the 30s, 40s and 50s, 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Cost. $3. (425-556-2314).

Renton

P.F.L.A.G.

Wed Screening and discussion of “Fish Can’t Fly,” exploring the journeys of gay people of faith as they work to find harmony between their spirituality and their sexuality, 7 p.m. Sept. 7, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Wells Ave. S. (206-325-7724 or 425-235-4139).

Best Books for Teens

Thur Discuss the best books for 2005 and vote on “Hot Picks of the Month,” refreshments; for ages 12-18, 6 p.m. Sept. 8, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm).

Master Gardeners at the Library

Sat King County master gardeners will be available for questions, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 10, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm).

Master Gardeners Lecture

Tues Harvesting, storing and using herbs, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm).

Farmers Market at the Piazza

Ongoing Fresh local produce, gourmet food items, Master Gardeners booth, cooking demonstrations, music and children’s activities, 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 20, Piazza Park, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South. (425-226-4560 or www.renton-chamber.com/farmersmarket.asp).

Books at Lunch Bunch

Plan Ahead “The House on Mango Street,” by Sandra Cisneros; bring a sack lunch, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm).

Lively Minds Book Group

Plan Ahead “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” by Alexandra Fuller, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm).

Sammamish

Sammamish Book Discussion Group

Plan Ahead “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” by Betty Smith, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Oct. 19: “Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger. (425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/samm/programs.cfm).

Woodinville

Woodinville Farmers Market

Ongoing Fresh produce and local artists, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 15, Woodinville Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. Sept. 10: Corn Fest & BBQ. Sept. 17: Honey Fest. (206-546-7960 or www.woodinvillefarmersmarket.com).

Community Center Open House

Sat Information and conceptual drawings of proposed “extreme makeover” of the Woodinville Community Center and City Sports fields will be available for review and comment, 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 10, Woodinville Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. (425-489-2700, ext. 2286 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us).

Fall Recycling Event

Plan Ahead City residents may recycle tires, automotive products, batteries, electronic equipment, household goods and clothing, propane tanks, appliances, metal, porcelain toilets and sinks, cardboard and bulky wood items; fees and limits on some items, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17, Woodinville Park & Ride, 17800 140th Ave. N.E. (425-489-2700, Ext. 2240 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us).

Kingsgate/Woodinville Libraries Book Discussion Group

Plan Ahead “Girl With A Pearl Earring,” by Tracy Chevalier, 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 24, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. N.E. Oct. 29: “Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life,” by Queen Noor at Kingsgate. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm).

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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