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• The White River Middle School winter concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the White River High School auditorium. Admission is free.
• 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.
• A compilation of poems from the first year of the Plateau’s Poetry Jam titled "Raining Words" is available at the Arts Alive! Gallery in Enumclaw for $14.95.
• The city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2008 features Enumclaw photographer Lisa Parsons with Journey to Andean Highlands and Jungles of Peru. The exhibit 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. 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.
• The Arts Alive! Gallery, 1429 Cole St., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Arts Alive! also offers classes at the gallery; for a full class schedule or more information, contact Arts Alive! at 360-802-6787 or visit the Web site at www.plateauartsalive.org.
• 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. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be handmade items.
• Camp Fire holiday bazaar is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 24506 448th St. in Enumclaw.
• Ridge Explorations will offer a free avalanche awareness clinic from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Greenwater Community Center. The course is designed for backcountry snowshoers, skiers and sledders. For informaiton e-mail email@example.com or call 253-891-0149.
• Plateau Scottish Country Dancers meet from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Danish Hall, 1708 Porter St. in Enumclaw. Learn the social dances of Scotland. Cost is $3 per session. For more information, call Jim and Pat McDonald at 360-825-6572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Free karate classes are offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Mount Rainier Christian Center, 43801 244th Ave. S.E. in Enumclaw. Class is for those 8 and older, but kids ages 5 through 7 can be admitted with instructor’s permission. For information, call 360-825-2007.
• Square dance lessons are given every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Buckley Hall, 127 River Ave. Cost is $2.50 per lesson. For information, call 360-829-0251 or 360-829-2826.
• The Donald Loomis Memorial Clothing Bank in Buckley gives away clothing and other items to those who live within the White River and Carbonado school districts. The clothing bank is located behind Glacier Middle School around the back bus loop; follow the signs off River Avenue.
It is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon, the first and third Saturday of each month; and 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. The bank is closed during school closures and holidays. Donations are accepted during regular hours. There is a special need right now for boys’ pants. For information, call Sheila Smith at 360-825-5696.
• The Enumclaw School District’s clothing bank operates at the former J.J. Smith Elementary School, 1640 Fell St. It is open from 4:30 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday.
• The city of Buckley maintains a short-term dog pound. Animals are kept for three days, then taken to Pierce County facilities. Anyone with a missing dog can call 360-829-3157.
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.
• Evenings on the Plateau at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the fieldhouse.
• Helping Hand is offering holiday food baskets to families with children. Gifts are also available through Enumclaw toys for tots. Recipients must live in the Enumclaw School District. Those who are in need of this program may contact Shirley DalSanto at 360-825-3908. The deadline to register is Saturday. Food and gifts will be handed out Dec. 20.
• 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.
• The Wilkeson Centennial Committee announces the availability of centennial quilts and 2009 calendars showcasing Wilkeson's history. Both are selling fast so stop by or contact town hall at 360-829-0790 or Donna Hogerhuis at 360-829-4281 by Dec. 24. The quilts are $55 and calendars are $10. All proceeds benefit the Wilkeson Centennial celebration and town momunent.
• The Rainier Plateau Junior Rugby Club is selling Christmas trees from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of state Route 410 and Ryan Road in Buckley.
Health and Fitness
• The Obesity Surgery Discussion Group meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. For information call 253-275-6030.
• The Senior Mobility Program makes electric wheelchairs available to senior citizens and the permanently disabled at no cost to the recipient if they qualify. No deposit is required. Call 1-800-451-0971 to see if you qualify.
• High Point Village offers a free blood pressure clinic for senior citizens from 10 to 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at High Point, 1777 High Point. Call 360-825-7780 for more information.
• The Enumclaw Tennis Club welcomes new members. Members pay a lifetime fee of $35 per family. ETC sponsors round robin play for ladies, all year. For information, contact Barbara Hickey at 360-825-3911.
• The Retired Public Employees Council Chapter 1 will host its December Christmas party at 11 a.m. Thursday in the basement of the Enumclaw Regional Hospital. The chapter will furnish meat, potatoes, gravy, coffee and the table setting. Members should bring either a salad, vegetable or dessert and a drink. There will be an optional gift drawing, not to exceed $10. For those who need transportation, call Dale Cark at 360-829-0245 or Beulah Martin at 360-829-1774.
• 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 meet at 7 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 a.m. Thursdays. Club dance is 3 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Call 360-829-1151 for more 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. Public is welcome to attend.
• 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, except July and August, at the Masonic Temple, 42810 264th Ave. S.E. 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, except July and August, at the Masonic Temple, 42810 264th Ave. S.E. in Enumclaw. For information contact Judy Nielsen, 360-825-3359.
• 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.
• 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 Enumclaw Youth Club House board meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the clubhouse, 1225 Battersby Ave.
All activities are at the center, 1350 Cole St., unless otherwise noted. More information about any of the following programs or activities is available by phoning the center at 360-825-4741.
• Japanese stretch embroidery from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Wednesday.
• 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. today, Wednesday. A $3 van fee is required.
• Snoqualmie Casino trip departs at 9 a.m. Thursday.
• 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 a.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.
• The center has a trip planned to go to Spanaway Park to see Fantasy Lights tonight, Wednesay. The van leaves the center at 4 p.m. and will stop for dinner (on your own) on the way. Call the center to RSVP
• A Christmas decorating party is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday. Come in and help decorate cookies for the Christmas dinner, make a special holiday box, and have fun.
• The annual Christmas dinner and raffle will be on Dec. 17. The morning will start with Christmas entertainment from Raleigh J and a visit from the man in red. Enjoy a holiday dinner. Please call the center to RSVP.
• 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 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.
• Thursday foot care appointments are available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with Karen Poppleton. The cost is $25.
• The Sons of Italy meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the center.
• Join Judith and Leslie Monday for an evening of Christmas lights. No walking involved. BDCC van will pick up participants and drop them off at their house.
• Senior Christmas party is 10 a.m. Dec. 18. Prime rib and all of the trimmings. Dina Blade will entertain, also the little Black Diamond Dancers. Sponsored by local businesses and the Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rotary, so lunch is free. There will be a gift exchange for those interested, please limit gifts to $5. Space is limited, so sign up.
• 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 email@example.com 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. 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 more 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, 152 Cottage St. An Enumclaw meeting is at 6 p.m. Sundays at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1725 Porter St.
• 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. It’s professionally facilitated. 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.
• A Caregiver Support Group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Enumclaw Public Library. Call 360-802-3272 for information.
• Enumclaw Youth and Family Resource Center sponsors a teen support group for youth 13-17 who want help staying clean and sober. The group meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1356 Cole St. For information call 360-825-4586.
• For those who love puppies and are looking for a rewarding way to volunteer their time to help others, Guide Dogs for the Blind might be the perfect opportunity. Enumclaw's club Future Vision is looking for puppy raisers of all ages to train puppies for people who are legally blind. Contact Jana Decker at 360-802-9858 for more information.
• The Black Diamond library is looking for adult volunteers. To apply, call 360-886-1105.
• Rainier Rabbits 4-H Youth Club is accepting new members in kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn about rabbits and showmanship. Learn about environmental stewardship. Call Janet at 360-825-3676 for information about either project.
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.
• A pool tournament is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today, Wednesday.
• A work source presentation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• 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.