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Wed Information on the intersection project at Bel-Red Road and Northeast 30th Street, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Ardmore Elementary School multi-purpose room, 16616 N.E. 32nd St. Information: 425-452-2845


Anime and Manga Appreciation Club


Wed Drawing techniques, character and story discussions and information on new titles for ages 12-18, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. Information: 425-747-3350


Book Discussion


Wed “When the Emperor Was Divine,” by Julie Otsuka, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 16, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-450-1765


How Free Is Our Will?


Thur Discussion led by Northwest Branch of the Theosophical Society, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Bellevue Regional Library 1111 110th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-644-7725


Treehouse Hope Chest Drive


Ongoing Donations of household items such as plates, pillows, sheets and utensils are needed for young adults leaving foster homes, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through March 21. Factoria Mall Information Booth, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Information: 425-747-7344


Eastside Mothers and More


Thur Provide support, education and advocacy for mothers, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 17, East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St. Topic: Recipe swap and chapter elections. Information: 206-948-2142 or www.eastsidemothersandmore.org


Conversation Cafe


Ongoing Drop-in conversation with common-sense ground rules, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, near Starbucks in the Eastside Public Market at Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. . Information: 425-888-9609 or www.conversationcafe.org


Kiwanis Club of Bellevue Lunch Meeting


Thur Dr. Herbert Ellison of University of Washington presents “Putin’s Russia — where is it headed?” noon Thursday, March 17, Ramada Inn Bellevue Center, 818 112th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-453-9948


Ethnobotany


Thur Discussion about the historic uses of native plants and resources, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Winters House, 2101 Bellevue Way S.E. Information: 425-450-1049


Country Crafts


Thur-Sat Handcrafted folk art, gourmet foods, home furnishings and garments and accessories, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Vasa Park Resort, 3549 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Information: 425-888-1798


P.F.L.A.G. Meeting


Thur Provides support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E. Information: 206-325-7724


St. Patrick’s Day Dance


Thur Live music by Sound of Swing, 8-10 p.m. Thursday, March 17, North Bellevue Community and Senior Center, 4063 145th Ave. N.E. Cost: $5. Information: 425-452-7681


Town Hall Meeting


Sat Sen. Luke Esser and Congressman Dave Reichert discuss key issues of the 2005 legislative session, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road. Information: 360-786-7694


2005 Washington State Men’s Gymnastics Championships


Sat-Sun Boys ages 6-18 will compete for individual and team state championship titles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave. N.E. Cost: $5-$15. Information: 206-890-7246 or www.northshoreboysgymnastics.org/wastate05.htm


Ladies Musical Club Concert


Sun Performance of music by Paine, Brahms, Frescobaldi, Purcell, Handel, Schubert and Fauré, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-673-5564


Book Group


Mon “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” by Susan Vreeland, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Information: 425-747-2390 or www.kcls.org/npw/programs.cfm


Blooming Garden


Starts Mon Display of paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography and ceramics by 17 local artists opens Monday, March 21 and continues through April 24, East Shore Gallery, 12700 S.E. 32nd St. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information: 425-747-3780


Conscience and the Constitution


Tues Film screening and discussion about a group of Japanese Americans during World War II, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. Information: 425-462-9600


Bootstraping: Creative Financing for Early-Stage Companies


Plan Ahead Seminar presented by Northwest Entrepreneur Network, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. Room N201. Registration: 425-746-1973 or www.nwen.org


Teen Advisory Board


Plan Ahead Volunteers ages 12-18 are needed to help plan teen-related events; community service hours available, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. Information: 425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm


Spring Egg Hunt


Plan Ahead 9:15 a.m. for ages 3 and under; 9:30 a.m. for ages 4-5; 9:45 a.m. for ages 6-8; 10 a.m. for ages 9-12, Saturday, March 26, Crossroads Community Center, 16000 N.E. 10th St. Information: 425-452-4874


Great Singers of the Century


Plan Ahead Opera lecturer Norm Hollingshead discusses the life and accomplishments of Enrico Caruso, 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-450-1765


Building Your Poetry Suitcase


Plan Ahead Writing workshop led by local poet and author Janet Wong; part of Teens Write It Out! 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Registration: 425-747-2390


High School/College Conference Tour


Plan Ahead Admissions information for Washington’s public and private universities and community and technical colleges, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Thursday, March, 31, Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. Information: 425-564-2205


How Can We Work Together to Bring the Troops Home from Iraq?


Plan Ahead Discussion by 710 KIRO talk show host Dave Ross, 6 p.m. live music and refreshments, 7 p.m. discussion, Friday, April 1, Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-454-5001


Sheep Shearing Event


Plan Ahead Sheep shearing, tractor and pony rides, demonstrations, crafts and food, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Kelsey Creek Community Farm Park, 13204 S.E. Eight Place. Information: 425-452-7688


Bothell



Catching the Moment: From Sketch to Canvas


Ongoing Display of paintings by Lyla Jacobsen continues through March 29, Kaewyn Gallery at FrameWright Custom Picture Framing, 10101 Main St. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 425-483-7385


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration


Fri Corned beef and cabbage dinner, 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 18, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $5-$8. Reservations: 425-487-2441


Music for the Whole Child: Movin’ and Groovin’ with Singing and Sign Language


Plan Ahead Workshop for parents and educators on songs to teach in sign language and how to integrate music into curriculum to encourage literacy skills, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. Adults only; STARS credit available. Registration begins March 19: 425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/stars/registration


Easter Dinner


Plan Ahead Baked ham dinner, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $6. Reservations by March 23: 425-487-2441


Writer’s Workshop


Ongoing Author and writing instructor Frances Dayee, will lead workshops which can be taken as a series or individually, 2-4 p.m. Fridays, April 1-28, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm


Issaquah



Play It By Heart


Ongoing Village Theatre presents a musical about a country singer struggling to stay true to the music she loves, opens March 16 and continues through April 24 with shows 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (except March 26); 7 p.m. Sundays (except March 20 and April 24); 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, followed by a post-show discussion, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $32-$45. Reservations: 425-392-2202


Revolution Gallery


Ongoing Exhibit of new block prints by local artist Amanda Kindregan continues through March 31, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. #26. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-392-4982


Business After Hours


Wed Music, prizes and refreshments, presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 Sunset Way #C. Cost: $10-$15. Reservations: 425-392-7024


Rapture


Ongoing Display of paintings, collages and sculptures by Issaquah artist Dixie Parker-Fairbanks continues through March 30, University House at Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Information: 425-557-4200


Leprechaun Hunt


Thur Crafts, games and snacks, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Cost: $10. Registration: 425-837-3300


Town Hall Meeting


Sat Sen. Cheryl Pflug and Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne will discuss key issues of the 2005 legislative session, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Issaquah Library, 825 228th Ave. Information: 360-786-7608, 360-786-7897 or 360-786-7852


Conversation Cafe


Mon Drop-in conversation with common-sense ground rules, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 7 and 21, Issaquah Library meeting room, 10 W. Sunset Way. Information: 206-383-1900 or 425-836-8846 or www.conversationcafe.org


Last Exit


Plan Ahead Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE Company presents an original teen musical about a school trip that ends in tragedy, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays March 25-April 2, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 27 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, Village Theatre’s First Stage, 120 Front Street N. Not recommended for children ages 13 and under. Tickets: $8-$9. Reservations: 425-392-2202


District-wide Middle School Dance


Plan Ahead For youth in grades 6-8 with ASB card, 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 25, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Dress code enforced. Cost: $5. Information: 425-837-3300


Kenmore



Writer’s Workshop


Ongoing Encouragement, positive critique and inspiration led by Frances Dayee, 1 p.m. Thursdays through March 24, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm


Evening Book Discussion Group


Plan Ahead “Three Junes,” by Julia Glass, 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-486-8747


Kirkland



Last


Ongoing Final display of artwork at the Kirkland location continues through March 27, Berozkina Gallery, 9 Lake St. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-803-5032


Release and Capture


Ongoing Display of contemporary works on paper by seven local artists continues through May 7, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. Gallery hours: ?? Information: 425-822-7161


Organic in Nature


Ongoing Exhibit of mixed media works by Seattle artist Lynda Meurk Anderson and charcoal works by Lori-ann Latremouille continues through April 10, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 127 Lake St. S. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 425-827-2822 or www.gunnarnordstromgallery.com


Teen Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club


Wed “The Ill-Made Mute,” by Cecilia Dart-Thornton, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Information: 425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm


A Slice of Life


Ongoing Display of new paintings by 18 artists continues through April 3, Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane, Kirkland. Information: 425-889-8212 or www.howardmandville.com


Bamboo Orchestra


Fri Music by wind, string and percussion instruments made of bamboo, 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$29. Reservations: 425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org


Parklane Gallery


Ongoing Display of new paintings by Ricardo Campagnoli and Susan Lusa continues through April 3 130 Park Lane. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Information: 425-827-1462


Town Hall Meeting


Sat Sen. Luke Esser and Attorney General Rob McKenna discuss key issues of the 2005 legislative session, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 19, BEST High School, The Commons, 10903 N.E. 53rd St. Information: 360-786-7694


Centennial Sunday — Music 100 Years Young


Sun Washington Old Time Fiddlers present music inspired by Kirkland’s Centennial; for school age children and older, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Registration: 425-822-2459


Pysanka: Ukrainian Written Eggs


Plan Ahead Hands-on workshop on how to design and create decorated eggs using traditional Ukrainian methods; for ages 11 to adult, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Bring two raw eggs, candle, candleholder and pencil. Registration: 425-821-7686


“Kids, Parents and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime”


Plan Ahead A Tools for Parents lecture presented by author and educator Mary Sheedy Kurcinka on how to use power struggles as a way to connect with children and teach life skills, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $12-$15. Reservations: 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com


Li’l Sprouts Spring Fling Fair


Plan Ahead Games and activities for children ages 5 and under with a parent, 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 25, North Kirkland Community Center, 12421 103rd Ave. N.E. Cost: $7. Registration: 425-587-3336


Egg Hunt


Plan Ahead Stories and crafts, followed by egg hunt; for children 12 and under, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 26, Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-885-3311


Teen Concerts


Plan Ahead Live music by One Carper Green, Mon Frere, Junobot, Slightly Faded and Coma Berenices, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26, Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9: Turner Core, Lucky for Nothing, Sub-Motive and Blane. Cost: $5. Information: 425-822-3088


French Conversation Club


Plan Ahead All ages welcome, 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 28, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Information: 425-822-2459


Beat the New SAT


Plan Ahead Two-part workshop with practice test and a score back session; for high school juniors and seniors, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2-9, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Registration: 425-821-7686


Medina



Return to Glory


Plan Ahead Lecture and slide show about the restoration of the Sistine Chapel with music performed by the Seattle Choral Company, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. N.E. Information: 425-454-9541


Mercer Island



Public Meeting


Wed City of Mercer island Parks and Recreation Department seeks comments on park improvement plans for the off-leash dog area at Luther Burbank Park, 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Luther Burbank Park off-leash area, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Information: 206-236-3279


Purim Carnival


Sun Celebration with carnival booths, entertainment, prizes, refreshments and a Purim costume contest, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Information: 206-232-7115


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China


Plan Ahead Slide show preview of the Seattle Art Museum exhibit, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Information: 206-236-3537


Live Jazz at Lunchtime


Plan Ahead Music by pianist Richard Dean, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Cost: $1 for refreshments. Information: 206-232-7115


Food for the Optimal You Lecture Series


Plan Ahead “Mental Gymnastics: Food and Mood,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Cost: $15. April 14: Power Eating: Build Muscle, Boost Energy, Cut Fat. Registration: 206-232-7115, ext. 272 or karlaa@sjcc.org


Redmond



Teen Dinners


Ongoing Hot food for teens ages 13-19, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Information: 425-556-2370


Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center Gallery


Ongoing Display of new works by Flora Ramirez-Bustamante and Jessica C. Phrogus continues through April 2, 1660 NE 80th St. Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 425-556-2316


Kind Hearts and Coronets


Ongoing SecondStory Repertory presents a comedy about a would-be Duke who murders his way up the line of succession, continues through April 2 with shows 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a 2:15 p.m. matinee, Sunday, March 27, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $16-$20. Reservations: 425-881-6777


Sophisticated Swing Big Band


Fri Dancing to the music of the 30s, 40s and 50s, 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, March. 18, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Cost. $3. Information: 425-556-2314


All Ages Concert


Fri Live music by Bizarro, TOP, Fade Away and Boondoggle., 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, Old Fire House, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Information: 425-556-2389


Town Hall Meeting


Sat Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Rodney Tom will discuss state budget priorities, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Old Redmond Schoolhouse, 16600 N.E. 80th St. Information: 360-786-7936 or 360-786-7848


Redmond Toddler Group Carnival


Sat Games and activities for children ages 1-5, raffles and food, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Evergreen Junior High School, 6900 208th Ave. N.E. Cost: $5 admission/ family; 50¢ game tickets. Information: 425-836-1335


Introductory Orienteering Event


Sun Use a map and compass to navigate through a preset course, 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, March 20, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. Cost: $6. Bring a compass. Information: 425-822-6254


Living with Fibromyalgia


Mon Presentation by Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 21, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Registration: 425-556-2314


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China


Mon Slide show preview of the Seattle Art Museum exhibit, 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. Information: 425-885-1861


Glory of Easter Pageant


Plan Ahead Presented by Washington Cathedral, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Saturday; 9, 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24-27, Washington Cathedral, 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E. Free; tickets required. Childcare available. Reservations: 425-869-5433


Renton



Daytime Book Group


Wed “Seven Sisters,” by Margaret Drabble, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. Information: 425-226-0522


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video of China


Thur Slide show preview of the Seattle Art Museum exhibit, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. Information: 425-226-0522


Teen Advisory Council


Plan Ahead An opportunity for youth ages 12-18 to earn community service hours and gain leadership experience, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. Information: 425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm


See How They Run


Plan Ahead Valley Community Players presents a farce set in English vicarage about mistaken identities, opens April 1 and continues through April 23 with shows 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, Carco Theater, 1717 Maple Valley Highway. Tickets: $12-$14. Reservations: 425-226-5190


Sammamish



Book Discussion Group


Wed “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-836-8793


Town Hall Meeting


Sat Rep. Toby Nixon, Rep. Larry Springer and Sen. Bill Finkbeiner will discuss key issues of the 2005 legislative session, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, Fire Station 82, 1851 228th Ave. N.E. Information: 360-786-7720, 360-786-7225 or 360-786-7516


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China


Plan Ahead Slide show preview of the Seattle Art Museum exhibit, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Information: 425-836-8793


Snoqualmie



Town Hall Meeting


Sat Sen. Cheryl Pflug and Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne will discuss key issues of the 2005 legislative session, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Snoqualmie Police Station, 34825 S.E. Douglas St. Information: 360-786-7608, 360-786-7897 or 360-786-7852


Woodinville



Town Hall Meeting


Sat Rep. Toby Nixon, Rep. Larry Springer and Sen. Bill Finkbeiner will discuss key issues of the 2005 legislative session, 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Woodinville City Council Chambers, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E. Information: 360-786-7720, 360-786-7225 or 360-786-7516


The Mayor Is In


Sat Woodinville mayor Don Brocha and city council members will discuss city programs, events and issues, 9-11 a.m. Saturday March 19, April 2 and 30, City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E. Information: 425-877-2267 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us


Woodinville Women and Wine


Plan Ahead “Que Syrah, Syrah” wine tasting presented by Betz Family Winery, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Hollywood Schoolhouse, 14810 Northeast 145th St. Cost: $35. Information: 425-424-2902. Reservations by March 18: www.annealberg.com/woodinvillewomenandwine

Compiled by Angie Ma

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