COMMUNITY CALENDAR for December 8 through December 14

WEDNESDAY, December 8

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Toastmasters public speaking club meets at the Enumclaw branch of Green River Community College, 1414 Griffin Ave., from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Toastmasters provides an opportunity to gain confidence and achieve dreams. Contact Bruce DeJong at 360-825-2591 for information.

THURSDAY, December 9

RELAY KICKOFF: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Buckley is having a rally/sign up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buckley Multi-Purpose Center, 811 Main St. Teams can sign up for the discounted rate of $75, and get their team captain packet plus mingle with other relayers and vote on a theme for the 2011 Relay. For more information, contact Andrea Haeder at 253-297-2254 or

FRIDAY, December 10

‘NUTCRACKER’ BALLET: The Ballet Workshop and Plateau Ballet Repretory Theatre present their annual performance of the “Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 and 3 p.m. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at the Enumclaw High School auditorium. Tickets are $12, $10 and $8. For information, contact The Ballet Workshop at 360-825-2196.

SATURDAY, December 11

SONS OF ITALY: The Sons of Italy will celebrate their heritage with a meal at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Black Diamond Community Center. The cost is $5.

HOLIDAY LIGHT: The Cascade Foothills Chorale presents “The Darkness of Winter; The Light of the Holidays” concert at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the White River High School auditorium. Tickets are $10.

Monday, December 13

SCOTTISH DANCE: The Plateau Scottish Country Dancers meet from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Monday at the Danish Hall on Porter Street in Enumclaw. Learn the social dances of Scotland. The cost is $3 per session and a partner is not necessary. For information, call Jim and Pat McDonald at 360-825-6572 or

TUESDAY, December 14

POPULAR POET: The Plateau Area Writers Association will host Mike Hickey from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Enumclaw library. Hickey is a poet, novelist and creative writing instructor at South Seattle Community College.


CHRISTMAS PARTY: There will be a senior Christmas party at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Black Diamond Community Center. There will be Christmas carols and the Black Diamond Dancers, led by Deana Ostgard. Tickets are $5 for those who have already paid their 2010 annual donation. For the senior gift exchange, please limit gifts to a $10 value. Please purchase your ticket by Dec. 13 as space is limited.

ALUMNI LUNCH: The Enumclaw School District’s alumni luncheon honoring the class of 2010 is scheduled for noon Dec. 21 in the high school library. Enumclaw High School graduates will share with current middle and high school students their experiences transitioning to four-year private and public universities, community colleges, and military and technical school programs. Parents and their high and middle school students will have the opportunity to ask questions. There is no cost to attend the pizza luncheon.


MAGICAL MOMENTS: Plateau Area Writers Association announces the release of its Magical Moments and Unexplainable Events anthology. Copies are $6 each.

CHOICE PROGRAM: The Choice Program is accepting applications for third through 12th grade through the summer. Applications can be picked up at the White River District Office, 240 N. A St., Buckley at the Human Resources office.

GET ON TRACK: Get on Track runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave. The group’s focus is to educate youth ages 13 to 17 who are in danger of entering the Juvenile Justice System or who have court-ordered hours. Each session qualifies for 1.5 hours of community service time. Youth and parent are required to attend a two-hour intake prior to attendance. Call Judith or Leslie at 360-886-1011 to schedule an intake.

CHILD FIND: The White River School District provides Child Find screenings, at no cost to families, throughout the school year. This is an opportunity to have preschool-age children checked by professionals from Student Support Services in the areas of vision, hearing, speech/language, learning and motor skills. The purpose of the screening is to identify issues that could affect a child’s future success in school. Results of the screening are discussed with parents and further testing is recommended if necessary. To participate, call 360-829-3959.

MOMS IN TOUCH: Moms in Touch meets weekly to pray for one hour. For times, dates or more information, call Shari Hanbey at 360-886-0833.

MUSIC TEACHERS: The Enumclaw Music Teacher’s Association is a group of local music teachers who have joined together in an effort to promote and encourage the making and studying of music in the area. Meeting once a month, this local chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, also affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, gives a place for music teachers to gather and talk about teaching music and encourage one another in professional development. In addition to participating in the annual state level adjudications each spring, EMTA also plans cooperative events for its students like the Ribbon Festival Thursday. Local music teachers looking for a place to belong and share their talents are welcome. For questions about the group, contact Luanne Kauppila at or 360-825-8870.

GALLERY 2010: It’s a double feature for the Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2010, which will exhibit the paintings of Payette Still and the jewelry of Sylvia Hillberg. The shows continue through Jan. 4.

Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public Tuesdays for municipal court. For information, call the Enumclaw Cultural Programs office at 360-802-0239.

SOUP FOR ALL: The First Baptist Church in Enumclaw offers Soup For All, a free soup and bread dinner, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, beginning Jan. 13. The only requirement is to bring a bowl and spoon. For informatin, call 360-825-1111 or visit the website at

SOUP FOR ALL: The First Baptist Church in Enumclaw offers Soup For All, a free soup and bread dinner, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, beginning Jan. 13. The only requirement is to bring a bowl and spoon. For informatin, call 360-825-1111 or visit the website at

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