Bellevue PFLAG Thur Provides support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. Guest speaker: Kathy Sakahara from the Religious...

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Thur Provides support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. Guest speaker: Kathy Sakahara from the Religious Coalition for Equality. Feb. 15, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave N.E. (206-325-7724 or www.bellevue-pflag.org)

AGA-BOOM

Starts Fri Sophisticated clowning, juggling, slapstick, flying wads of paper and balloons of generous girth, 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 16-25; 5 p.m. Feb. 19; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $20-$40. (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

Late Night Music at Crossroads

Ongoing Live music, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Feb. 16: Latin tunes with Alma Villegas. Feb. 17: Roots in the Round. Feb. 23: Crème Tangerine plays Beatles favorites. Feb. 24: Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

The Fine Art of Showcasing Your Craft Collection

Fri Michael Monroe, chief curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, gives a lecture slide show on how to display craft pieces for the best effect, 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Cost: $5-$7 museum admission; lecture free. (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org)

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Sun Classical works, including pieces by Copeland, Ponchielli and Fauré performed by local musicians, 3 p.m. Feb. 18, Bellevue First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E. (206-622-6882 or www.lmcseattle.org)

Friends of the Library Book Group

Plan Ahead “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont” by Elizabeth Taylor, 10 a.m. Feb. 21, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765)

Master Gardener Workshop Series

Thru Oct. 20 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Lake Hills Greenbelt Urban Demonstration Garden, Southeast 16th Street and 156th Avenue Southeast. Feb. 24: Houseplants. March 3: Pruning Overgrown Shrubs. March 10: Bees to help your garden. March 17: Drought tolerant plants. March. 24: Ground covers. March 31: High color, low maintenance gardens. April 14: Planting and caring for roses. April 21: Container gardening. April 28: Growing tomatoes. (425-452-7225)

Birding the Hot Spots

Plan Ahead Audubon Society field trip to this month’s best local birding area, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 26. Meet before 9 a.m. at the north end of the Newport Hills Park & Ride, Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast and 113th Place Southeast. Cost: $2. (425-746-6351 or www.elwas.org/events”>www.elwas.org/events)

Newport Way Library Book Group

Plan Ahead “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, 1 p.m. Feb. 26, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. (register: 425-747-2390 or)

Open Mike Night

Ongoing Opportunity for acoustic musicians to perform, 6-9 p.m. with 5:30 p.m. sign-up, March 1, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.victorymusic.org)

Food Worker Card Training

Ongoing Training and testing session for food handlers needing a King County Food Worker Card, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. first and third Fridays, Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel Red Road N.E. Cost: $10 cash only; photo ID required. (206-296-4791 or www.metrokc.gov/health)

Bothell

Antiques Club

Thur Toys, games and sports equipment; bring cookies to share and a sandwich, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 15, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. March 15: Books and ephemera. (425-487-2441 or 425-823-6420)

Book Review Group

Fri “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World” by Tracy Kidder, 10 a.m. Feb. 16, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. March 16: “Breaking Clean” by Judy Blunt. (425-487-2441)

Vittles & VCR

Plan Ahead A home-cooked meal followed by the movie “Gigi,” 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$6 for dinner; movie free. March 29: “Murder She Wrote.” (register by Feb. 20: 425-487-2441)

Amedeo Modigliani Quartet

Plan Ahead International award-winning string quartet from France, 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $29.50. (425-489-6018 or www.npacf.org)

Portrait of Patsy Cline

Plan Ahead Joni Morris and her band After Midnight play a tribute concert to the country music singer, 8 p.m. March 2, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $34.50. (425-489-6018 or www.npacf.org)

Computer Clinic

Plan Ahead Bring in your ailing PC or Macintosh computer for help getting it running again, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 3, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org)

Carnation

Libbie & Lee’s Swing Dance

Sun Community swing dance, lesson and finger food potluck, 5 p.m. lesson, 6-9 p.m. dance; bring a snack to share, Feb. 18, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. Cost: $5 for lesson. (425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com)

Swil Kanim

Plan Ahead Storytelling, poetry and music with Native American violinist Swil Kanim, 8 p.m. March 3, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. (425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com)

Duvall

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Plan Ahead PoetsWest featured poets Nancy Dahlberg and Murray Gordon followed by open mike readings, 6 p.m. sign-up; 7 p.m. reading, Feb. 26, P&G Speakeasy Café, 15614 Main St. March 26: Jed Myers. (425-844-2766 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

Issaquah

“Shadowlands”

Thru Feb. 25 Tale based on the memoirs of author C.S. Lewis, a confirmed bachelor finds himself in love late in life; Village Theatre. Wednesdays-Sundays and selected Tuesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 25, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $15-$49. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

District-wide Middle School Dance

Plan Ahead DJ music, dancing and refreshments for youth in grades 6-8, 7-10 p.m. March 2, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Dress code enforced; no backpacks or skateboards; unescorted youth not permitted to leave before 10 p.m. Cost: $5; photo ID required. (425-837-3317)

41st Annual Rock and Gem Show

Plan Ahead Lapidary and mineral displays, jewelry making demonstrations, gem and specimen dealers, children’s activities and refreshments, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. (206-612-3113)

American Red Cross Instructor Training

Plan Ahead Introductory course covers basic teaching techniques and Red Cross activities, policies and procedures; ages 15 and older, 4-9 p.m. March 3, Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St. Cost: $45. (register: 425-837-3350 or www.issaquahparks.net)

Kenmore

Evening Book Group

Plan Ahead “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister” by Gregory Maguire, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org)

Slideshow: Gulf Coast

Plan Ahead Scenes from the Florida Keys to Galveston, noon-2 p.m. Feb. 27, Kenmore Senior Center, 6910 N.E. 170th St. Cost: $3 for lunch. (425-489-0707)

Kirkland

MasterMinds

Thru March 3 An exhibition of abstract works by faculty and alumni of the University of Washington Ceramics Program, through March 3 (closed Feb. 19), Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

Art of the Guitar: Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz

Fri An eclectic mix of rock, country, jazz and blues, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$29. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Life Drawing Open Studio

Ongoing 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. Cost: $8 model fee per session. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

NAMI Eastside Forum: W.R.A.P.

Tues Discussion of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), 7-9 p.m. Feb. 20, Evergreen Hospital Tan 100, 12303 N.E. 130th Lane. (425-885-6264 or www.nami-eastside.org)

United States Air Force Band of the Golden West

Plan Ahead The U.S.A.F. concert band’s repertoire ranges from military marches to Broadway favorites, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Free performance; tickets required. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Meet the Author: Debra Dean

Plan Ahead Debra Dean discusses and signs her debut novel “The Madonnas of Leningrad,” 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center,. (425-828-6546)

Artists Potluck

Plan Ahead Share a meal and constructive criticism with other area artists. Bring a dish to share and artwork to discuss, any visual art medium welcome, also musical compositions and short films, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. friendly critique, Feb. 23, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

Chicago City Limits

Plan Ahead Comedy sketches and improvisation created from audience suggestions, 8 p.m. Feb. 23-24, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$26. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Kingsgate/Woodinville Libraries Book Group

Plan Ahead “Things I Didn’t Know: A Memoir” by Robert Hughes, 10 a.m. Feb. 24, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or)

Help Your Teen Succeed in School

Plan Ahead Lecture series for parents 7 p.m. last Friday of the month, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. Feb. 26: Better Than Google: how to find the best online sources for information and how to tell between good and bad information. March 26: Research without Tears: how to help a student plan a research project to minimize unnecessary trips and last-minute emergencies. (register: 425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org)

Book Launch Party

Plan Ahead Release celebration for Deb Caletti’s new book, “The Nature of Jade,” set in part in the Woodland Park zoo, refreshments, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Reading Circle Bookclub

Plan Ahead “World to Come” by Dara Horn, 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Redmond

“Star on the Door”

Thru Feb. 17 Comedy of mistaken identity and misplaced revenge; Redwood Theatre, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Fred W Meitzer Stage, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $8-$12.50; cash or check only at the door. (206-525-3493 or www.redwoodtheatre.org)

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor”

Starts Thur Neil Simon comedy about a ’50s television variety show struggling to stay afloat despite meddling network execs, ratings and budget cuts. Opens with a pay-what-you-can preview 8:15 p.m. Feb. 15 with shows at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 16-March 10 and 2:15 p.m. March 4; two-for-one Saturday Feb. 17, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $18-$24. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

Poetry and Open Mike Night

Thur Features Jenifer Browne Lawrence and Dan Peters followed by open mike, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way. March 15: Chris Jarmick and Jack McCarthy. (425-881-5309 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

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. Feb. 16: J-Minus and Recess Monkey. (425-556-2389 or www.theoldfirehouse.org)

Sophisticated Swing Big Band

Fri Dancing to the music of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Cost. $3. (425-556-2314)

Breakfast with the Mayor

Plan Ahead No host-breakfast and informal discussion on local issues with Mayor Rosemarie Ives, 8-9 a.m. Feb. 23, Family Pancake House, 17621 Redmond Way. (425-556-2101 or thudson@redmond.gov)

Kids’ Drum Circle

Plan Ahead Children can learn basic drumming rhythms and generally bang on a variety of percussion instruments, 11-11:30 a.m. Feb. 24, SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way (425-881-5309 or www.soulfoodbooks.com)

Gray Gourmet

Plan Ahead Cooking demonstration and samples of heart-healthy recipes, 11 a.m. Feb. 26, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (425-556-2314)

Marymoor Park Bird Walk

Plan Ahead Watch for birds along the nature trail; bring binoculars, 8 a.m. March 2. Meet in the Southwest corner of parking lot D, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. Cost: $1 parking fee. (425-576-8805 or www.elwas.org)

Renton

“Romantic Comedy”

Thru Feb. 18 Bernard Slade’s story of unrequited love between collaborating playwrights; Valley Community Players, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Feb. 18, Carco Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Highway. Tickets: $13-$15. (425-226-5190 or www.valleycommunityplayers.org)

Seven Secrets to Supercharge Your Weight

Thur Chiropractor and wellness coach Dr. Debbie Thompson shares techniques for weight loss, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org)

Doc Severinsen and His Big Band

Sun Doc Severinsen and his band of “Tonight Show” musicians play jazz standard and big band classics, 3 p.m. Feb. 18, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. Tickets: $40-$45. (425-204-3455 or www.ikeapac.org)

Lively Minds Book Group

Tues “Madison House” by Peter Donahue, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. March 20: “The Glass Castle: a Memoir” by Jeannette Walls. April 17: “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Augrey Niffenegger. (425-226-0522 or)

Some Enchanted Evening

Plan Ahead Music of Rogers and Hammerstein, 7 p.m. March 3, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. Tickets: $20-$22. (425-204-3455 or www.ikeapac.org)

Sammamish

Sammamish Book Discussion Group

Wed “Woman at the Washington Zoo” by Marjorie Williams, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. (425-836-8793 or)

Mother/Daughter Book Club

Plan Ahead “Granny the Pag” by Nina Bawden; for daughters ages 9-12, 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. (425-836-8793)

Woodinville

Food Worker Card Training

Ongoing Training and testing session for food handlers needing a King County Food Worker Card, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. second and fourth Fridays, Sammamish Valley Grange, 14654 148th Ave. N.E. Cost: $10; photo id required. (206-296-4791 or www.metrokc.gov/health)

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Plan Ahead Sheri Harper, Michael Schein, Nancy Talley followed by open mike readings, 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 18025 Garden Way N.E. March 28: Luke Warm Water, Cathy Ross, Marit Saltrones. April 25: Katherine Grace Bond, Sarah Love, Laura Snyder, Joannie Kervran Stangeland. (206-682-1268 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

March Into Spring

Plan Ahead Wine tasting and herbal treats, craft and jewelry show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3-4, Columbia Winery, 14030 N.E. 145th St. Cost: $15-$20 at the door. (425-482-7348 or www.columbiawinery.com)

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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