Betty Nokes, president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, explained that this was an unusually busy week for the group. She was welcoming guests...

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Betty Nokes, president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, explained that this was an unusually busy week for the group. She was welcoming guests at the chamber’s monthly luncheon, yesterday at the Bellevue Double Tree Hotel.

Busy is an understatement.

By tomorrow the chamber will have held a board of directors meeting, a golf tournament, an auction to raise money for student scholarships and teacher grants, a young-executives program meeting, a business-after-hours event, a diversity-committee meeting and a Bellevue Economic Partnership recruitment meeting.

Tuesday, the same day as the golf tournament, the Chamber received replacement office furniture.

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As if that wasn’t enough, today is also Nokes’ birthday. “I’m 29 and holding,” she said.

Star gazing

Meg Ryan and a couple of friends dined at Kirkland’s Yarrow Bay Grill on Tuesday evening. The movie star arrived by boat.

The petite Ryan was charming, the restaurant staff said.

Interesting footnote: Lisa Nelson, who served Ryan’s table, is a local actress.

A good catch

Another group of Mariners hopes to score big time during tomorrow’s baseball game at Safeco Field. This team — the players’ wives — will raise money for Army Emergency Relief, a nonprofit organization that provides aid and emergency financial help to U.S. Army soldiers and their families.

The Mariner wives have put together 17 Favorite Things baskets. Each basket holds goodies selected by the players and their families.

Credit Sandra Beltre for what should be a hit with fans. She suggested the idea.

Beltre, who lives in Sammamish with her husband, Adrian, put in four tickets to Safeco’s exclusive Diamond Club, baseball memorabilia, a couple of DVDs and snacks. Look for the baskets on the Main Concourse near Section 128. Silent bids will be accepted through the end of the sixth inning.

Home on the road

A King County road-maintenance crew recently rounded up a few strays near Duvall. The crew, based in Fall City, discovered a herd of buffalo in the middle of Highway 203 at 6:30 a.m. The 20 cows and calves stopped southbound traffic as they wandered north, near Northeast 124th Street.

The maintenance crew and commuters, using trucks and cars, herded the buffalo into a farm. The owner completed the roundup later that day.

Ghost story

Lynn Bragg, a Mercer Island author, discovered a close connection when she researched her latest book, “Myths and Mysteries of Washington.”

She was checking property records and discovered that the brother of a good friend once lived next door to ghosts featured in the book. Although the brother has since moved to California, he verified some of the history of the Georgetown castle, a haunted house not far from Boeing Field in Seattle.

“Myths and Mysteries” is a departure from Bragg’s usual genre: historical women in the Northwest.

“I was a fan of “Unsolved Mysteries” on television,” she said. “It was fun to research real people’s mystery stories.”

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or