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• The Cascade Foothills Chorale will present its Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Enumclaw High auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (or $5 each if in a group of four or more seniors) and $6 for students. For information, call 253-862-9303 or visit www.cfchorale.org.
• The Gateway Concert Band, under the direction of Jack Prindle, takes to the stage for its "Holiday Time" concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at White River High School auditorium and again at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Enumclaw High School auditorium. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is recommended.
• The White River Middle School winter concert begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the White River High School auditorium. Admission is free.
• "Wish Upon A Christmas Eve" by Ellen Rupel Hansen will be presented at Tuesday following the 10 a.m. meeting of the Plateau Area Writers Association at the Enumclaw Public Library. Admission is free, but PAWA donates to local food banks, so a contribution of a food item would be well received.
• Green River Community College Enumclaw campus gallery presents "Testing Boundaries," featuring artist Lisa Strauss. The exhibit runs through Dec. 22. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the quarter Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between quarters. For information, call 360-802-0239.
• The city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2008 features Enumclaw photographer Lisa Parsons with Journey to Andean Highlands and Jungles of Peru. The exhibit opens today, Wednesday, and runs through Jan. 7. An artist reception is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at City Hall. Following the reception, Parsons invites the community to view a slide show and South American wine tasting at Sip City Wines in Enumclaw. Sip City is located at 1040 Stevenson Ave., Suite A. Gallery 2008 is located in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave. Hours for the exhibition space are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesday of each week for municipal court proceedings. For information, contact the Enumclaw Cultural Programs office at 360-802-0239.
• A bazaar to benefit the American Cancer Society is planned for the Lake Sawyer Community Center. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Featured will be handmade items.
• Camp Fire holiday bazaar is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Moose Lodge, 24506 448th St. in Enumclaw.
• The Black Diamond Elementary PTA hosts a holiday craft bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium. Crafters and businesses are still being sought; if interested, contact Lorraine Howard at 425-738-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Estela Morgan at 360-886-1532 or email@example.com.
Enumclaw Expo Center
• Drop-in horse exercise through Feb. 27 in the covered arena. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
• Magical Morning from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the fieldhouse.
• Evenings on the Plateau at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the fieldhouse.
• Santa Claus is coming to the Black Diamond Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Caroling begins at 6:30 p.m. The tree will be lit at 7 p.m. After, community members are invited to join the staff and other community members at the Black Diamond Community Center for refreshments, cocoa and cookies. Tim Perciful and his sled dogs will be giving sleigh rides in the parking lot.
The “Share the Joy” Giving Tree will be available so that all of those community members who want to be Santa’s Little Elves can pick a card and give the gift of joy to a child or senior who needs a little help from Santa this year. All donations are tax deductible.
• The Greenwater Community Center and local merchants will host Greenwater Mountain Holidays Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a bazaar at the center all three days; a parade and caroling at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a performance by the Enumclaw Middle School choir and the Christmas tree lighting. Vendors are still being sought for the bazaar; if interested, call 360-663-2651.
• All are invited to an introduction to the Weigh Down Workshop, a faith-based weight-loss program. The session will run from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Enumclaw Public Library. For information, call 360-829-7850.
• Spend a day strolling through beautifully crafted nativity sets from all around the world at the Latter-day Saints Church's fifth annual Nativity Exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Maple Valley. A special viewing is available from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. This year, activities also include making Christmas cards, ornaments, dress up in nativity clothing and having their picture taken. This event is free. Visit the Web site at www.mvcreche.org for information and for a schedule of live musical performances and children’s events and activities. Directions to the building are also available. The address is 26800 236th Pl. S.E. – the building is located at Four Corners in Maple Valley.
The Nativity Exhibit, is extending an invitation to the community to participate in this years display. If you are a nativity collector or just have one or two nativities and want to showcase them, contact Bianca Collings at 206-617-4785. Last year, more than 400 creches from across the Puget Sound were available for viewing. A strict “no touch” policy is enforced during the event.
• Come join the fun at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Buckley Youth Activity Center, 251 S. River Ave. (next to the skate park) as a group of volunteers decorate and stuff Christmas stockings for disadvantaged children in the community. Enjoy some cocoa, cider and cookies too. Please RSVP to Julie Bevaart at 360-829-5883 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Enumclaw Guild of Seattle Children's hospital will host its annual Christmas luncheon and silent auction today, Wednesday, at the Moose hall. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased through Shirley Amburgey at 360-825-5080. Donations for silent auction can be given by calling Sandra Stergion at 360-825-2715. The social will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. D–uring this time people can bid on the auction. Money raised supports Seattle Children's uncompensated medical fun for parents who can't pay for their child's care.
• Daffodil Ramblers Good Sam RV Club is open to all who have a recreational vehicle. The group (mostly retirees) camps together, gathers monthly for dinner meetings and supports two charities. For information, 253-845-3486.
• Future Vision, Enumclaw's Guide Dogs for the Blind club meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Porter Street. People of all ages are welcome to come see what Guide Dogs is all about. Contact Jana Decker at 360-802-9858 for information.
• The Buckley Eagles Auxiliary No. 1387 hosts meetings at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 29021 state Route 410 in Buckley. Call 360-829-0465.
• Washington State Animal Response Team meets quarterly at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday in the Enumclaw KeyBank community room. WASART is a nonprofit organization focused on animal-related disaster response needs. For information call Gretchen McCallum at 360-886-7276 or visit www.washingtonsart.org.
• The Enumclaw Plateau Human Life group meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Enumclaw Public Library.
• Members of Buckley’s Retired Eagles Activity Club (REAC) meet at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month. A country music jam follows from 3 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. For information, contact Mary F. Stu at 360-897-2244.
• Mount Rainier Detachment No. 989 of the Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Enumclaw. For information, call Bruce Bartling at 360-802-0169.
• The Sons of Italy in America Lodge No. 1809 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at the Community Center in Black Diamond, 31605 Third Ave.
• Enumclaw Lions Club meets at noon every Tuesday at New York Catering, 1626 Railroad St. For information, contact Emerson Bishop at 360-825-6328 or email@example.com.
• Buckley Youth Center Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the White River High School library. Anyone with ideas, suggestions, resources or donations is urged to attend, along with those wishing to volunteer.
• The Pierce County Amateur Radio Communications Services, Zone 6, meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month, excluding holidays, at the Bonney Lake Library, 18501 90th St. E. All amateur radio operators are welcome. For more information, call 360-897-6576.
• Enumclaw Post 1949 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the post home, 44426 244th Ave S.E. Call Commander Darren Dyer for more information at 253-740-0688. The Auxiliary meets for a noon luncheon and 1 p.m. meeting on the second Thursday of the month. For information call Janie Lau at 360-829-4348.
• Enumclaw Rotary Club meets at noon every Thursday at the Four Seasons Restaurant, 820 Griffin Ave. in Enumclaw. For information, visit www.enumclawrotary.com.
• The Enumclaw Morning Toastmasters meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at KeyBank in Enumclaw. For information call Bill Young at 253-670-1166.
• Mount Rainier Business Builders meets at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge, 42810 264th Ave. S.E. in Enumclaw. For information, call 360-825-6604 or e-mail jan@RainierPlazaAccounting.com.
• Enumclaw Kiwanis Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday of each month at Four Seasons Restaurant, 820 Griffin Ave. in Enumclaw. For more information, call 360-829-5451 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the museum, 1837 Marion St.
• Leaders of Girl Scout Service Unit No. 022 meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Enumclaw Youth Clubhouse, 1225 Battersby Ave. They invite anyone interested in being a Girl Scout volunteer to join them. For information contact Jennifer Fink, service unit manager, at 253-350-1225.
• The Kiwanis Club of Buckley meets at 6:45 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Buckley Eagles. The schedule will change for January only with meetings scheduled for Jan. 8 and Jan. 22. For information call 360-829-0175.
• The Enumclaw Civil Service Commission meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave.
• A multiple sclerosis self-help group meets at 1 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Buckley library. For information, call 360-829-6655.
• The Crescent Lodge No. 109, Free and Accepted Masons, meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Masonic Temple, 42810 264th Ave. S.E. (state Route 169) in Enumclaw. For information contact Ray Limbo, 360-825-4835.
• The Crystal Chapter No. 68, Order of the Eastern Star, meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Masonic Temple, 42810 264th Ave. S.E. (state Route 169) in Enumclaw. For information contact Judy Nielsen, 360-825-3359.
• The American Sewing Guild meets the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at The Calico Cat in Auburn. For information call Teri Horton at 360-825-3200.
• Boy Scout Troop 546 meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Moose Lodge on Roosevelt Avenue in Enumclaw. The troop is recruiting adventurous boys 11 to 14 years old. For information, 360-825-4129.
• Enumclaw Trailriders chapter of Backcountry Horsemen meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall on 244th Avenue Southeast. For information, call John Vandevoort 360-825-9207.
• The Enumclaw chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at members’ homes. All music teachers are invited. For information, call Shala Gunnells at 360-802-8907 or Luanne Kauppila, 360-825-8870.
• Enumclaw Moose Lodge 1543 general meetings are enrollment are the second Tuesday of the month. For information, call 360-825-4873.
• Youth interested in learning about beef cattle are invited to join the Ganados 4-H Club. For information, call Paddy Lewis-Irwin at 360-825-3194.
• The Wilkeson Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 1409 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month. Call Bill Summers at 360-829-0917 for more information.
• The Enumclaw Danish Sisterhood meets the second Saturday of the month. Call 360-825-3554 for more information.
• The Buckley Eagles meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month. The auxiliary meets on the second and fourth Thursday. REAC meets at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of the month. The RV club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday. The REAC card group meets at 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Dancing is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Bingo is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Non-smoking club dance 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call 360-829-1151 for more information.
• The Enumclaw Youth Club House board meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the clubhouse, 1225 Battersby Ave.
• A support group for military families will meet at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1535 Washington Ave. in Enumclaw. For information, contact Valerie Cunningham at 360-825-6561.
• “Share and support” is available for those with friends and family in the military. For information, call Linda Kittleson at 360-825-4236 or Linda Crusen at 360-825-1502.
• The Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society museum, 1837 Marion St., is open 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. The museum can host group tours by appointment; call 360-825-2294. Admission is free.
• The Foothills Historical Museum, 130 N. River Ave. in Buckley, is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tours are available by request; call 360-829-1291. Admission is free.
• The Black Diamond Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave., is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours can be arranged by calling 360-886-2142. Visit www.blackdiamondmuseum.org; the museum’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
• The White River Valley Museum includes displays about the Enumclaw Plateau. The museum is at 918 H St. S.E. in Auburn and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students and senior citizens (except Wednesdays, when admission is free).
• Plateau area residents interested in properly discarding their worn and tattered American flags, can now drop them at Radio Shack in Enumclaw during regular business hours. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1949 will pick up the flags and properly dispose of them.
All activities are at the center, 1350 Cole St., unless otherwise noted. More information about any of the ollowing programs or activities is available by phoning the center at 360-825-4741.
• Japanese stretch embroidery from 1 to 3 p.m today, Wednesday, and Dec. 10.
• Haircuts by Char for $5 Thursday. Haircuts are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. by appointment only.
• At 1 p.m Firday, learn about Medicare and what is new with Regence BlueShield for 2009. Bring your questions about Medicare, Prescription Part D and Medicare Advantage Supplement plans.
• The Wellness Committee will be serving a nutritious tray of fresh fruits or vegetables or other appetizers at 11 a.m. Monday.
• Humana Medicare Plan options will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• Lucky Eagle Casino trip Tuesday. There is a $2 trip charge payable when registering. Motor coach arrives at the center at 9 a.m. and returns about 4:15 p.m.
• Holiday shopping trip to Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer or Target in Bonney Lake leaves the center at 9 and returns about 11:45 a.m. Dec. 10. A $3 van fee is required.
• Snoqualmie Casino trip departs at 9 a.m. Dec. 11.
• Christmas dinner includes entertainment by Craig Gammon at 11 a.m. followed by a visit from Santa Claus at 11:45 Dec. 19. Suggested $3 donation and reservations are required.
• Cruise aboard the Star Princess for seven nights with Travel Leaders formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates to Alaska. Prices start as low as $1,022. For information call Susan Knapp at 253-200-0260.
• The Singing Christmas Tree is an inspirational play highlighted by wonderful singers and an orchestra, as well as beautiful lights and decorations. The center is planning a trip at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in Puyallup. Lunch is on your own. The price is $26 for play, transportation and payment is made upon registering.
Buckley Senior Center
The Buckley Senior Center is at 811 Main St. and can be reached at 360-829-0190.
• There will be a Christmas card making class at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday. The cost is $1 for supplies.
• The final Diabetes Awareness class will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The class is free and a variety of topics and questions will be discussed.
• A trip is set to see Life Center’s Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 19. The cost is $20 (plus dinner on your own) and the van leaves the center at 4:30 p.m.
• The Buckley Senior Center offers free van transportation from home to the center for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Friday weekly. Seniors who live within the White River School District are eligible to have the van come pick them up. The van also takes seniors to the post office, food bank, drug store and Farm Fresh Produce. Call the center to schedule a pick-up time.
The Black Diamond Community Center is at 31605 Third Ave. For information call 360-886-1011; for senior citizen programs, unless otherwise noted, call 360-886-2418.
• Randy Castro from Regence Blue Shield will be leading a free informational seminar on medical insurance plans from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
• Community Tree Lighting festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Bring the grandkids for caroling, pictures with Santa, and cocoa and cookies.
• An AARP Defensive Driving Class with Rich Taylor is scheduled for Tuesday and Dec. 10. It's $10 per person. Class runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch provided with a $3 donation Tuesday; bring a lunch on Day 2.
• YoungLives offers fun and support for teenage mothers. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1725 Porter St. in Enumclaw. Free dinner and childcare are provided. For information, contact Amy Bonzon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-951-1792.
• The Living with Diabetes Support Group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the Enumclaw Regional Hospital conference room. Facilitator is Heidi Roberts, registered dietitian and diabetes educator. For information, call 360-802-3272.
• Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who provide care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Enumclaw Public Library, 1700 First St. For information, call group facilitator Gwen Waller at 253-334-8814.
• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered, 12-step program for people with hurts, habits or hang-ups meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Wabash Church, 18325 S.E. 384th St. Auburn. For information call 253-9391330.
• Al-Anon Family Group, a 12-step support group for relatives and friends of alcoholics, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 p.m. Fridays in Buckley’s Community Presbyterian Church. An Enumclaw meeting is at 6 p.m. Sundays at Calvary Presbyterian Church.
• Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a support group for those wanting to lose weight or keep it off, meets in Enumclaw, Buckley and Black Diamond.
There are two Enumclaw clubs: TOPS No. WA112 meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Gateway Christian School; call 360-825-1265 or 360-825-9472. TOPS No. WA1248 meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in the Mountain Villa Estates community center in Enumclaw. Come between 9 and 9:55 a.m. to enroll. Call 360-829-0062 or e-mail email@example.com for information.
The Black Diamond group meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Black Diamond Community Center; call 360-886-1011 for information.
• The YWCA/Enumclaw Domestic Violence Support Group meets weekly for women who are, or have been, in a domestic violence situation. For information, contact Celia Forest, community domestic violence advocate, at 425-226-1266 ext. 1017. Leave your name and number (if it is safe to do so) and she will return your call right away. Messages can also be left with Plateau Outreach Ministries, 360-825-8961.
• Grief Talk is 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Enumclaw Public Library. For information, call 360-825-2505, ext. 3006.
• For information about local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, call 360-825-2681, 360-825-2809 or 360-829-0154.
• A free parent grief support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. For information call Catherine at 360-825-3548.
The Buckley Youth Activities Center is open 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It is located on River Avenue next to the post office. For information call 360-829-6534 or visit the Web site at www.cityofbuckley.com.
• Free tutoring for grades six to 12 is offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays for grades kindergarten through eight.
• Play-Dayz offers toddler music classes at 10 a.m. Mondays; art classes at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and toddler yoga at 11:40 a.m. Wednesdays.
• Craft night begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Come make stockings and fill them with goodies.
• A pool tournament is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
• A work source presentation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16.
• Movie night starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Admission is free. The movie will be "Elf," rated PG.
• The center will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.