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• The Magic of Beads, jewelry by longtime Enumclaw artist Sylvia Hillberg, opens the Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2009 Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 3. The art show is in the entry lobby display case at City Hall. City Hall is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.
• Cascade Foothills Chorale is a non-audition choir. Rehearsals are 7 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays in the Enumclaw High choir room. For information go to www.cfchorale.org or call 253-862-9303.
• 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. 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 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.
• The public is invited to the Enumclaw Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge dealership at 726 state Route 410 in Enumclaw. The exhibit will last throughout 2008, with changes in the artwork every three months. The Chrysler Jeep Dodge Gallery is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• Plateau Area Writers Association will host a poetry jam from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of every month at the Arts Alive! Gallery, 1429 Cole St., Enumclaw. This event is an open microphone to share work with others.
• The Arts Alive! Gallery, 1429 Cole. St., Enumclaw, hosts a play reading featuring a local writers’ work from 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month. Read a role, or sit and enjoy the play.
• Members of the Cascade Recorder Consort meet at 9 a.m. every Saturday at the Enumclaw Public Library. Both new and experienced musicians are encouraged to attend the free sessions. For information, call Dan at 360-588-6981.
• The Gateway Concert Band meets weekly (even on holidays) at 7 p.m. Monday at the Enumclaw Middle School music room. Concerts are performed four times throughout the year. Instrumentalists are invited to join the group’s weekly concerts. More information is available at www.gatewayconcertband.com.
• Plateau Community Orchestra (PCO) rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the Enumclaw Middle School music room. This group is made up of adults and middle and high school students who love to play music. Musicians are welcome at any time during the school year. This is a non-audition group in need of string, brass, woodwind and percussion players. PCO plans several concerts. Musicians interested in playing can call Suzanne at 360-825-8520 for information or visit the Web site at www.plateaucommunityorchestra.org.
The Black Diamond gymnasium is located at 25511 Lawson St. (behind the Cenex gas station). Programs are provided by the Black Diamond Community Center.
• Teen gym basketball nights are free at the Black Diamond Community Center’s community gym, located at 25511 Lawson St., behind the Cenex gas station. The gym is open 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Adults are welcome to drop-in on Wednesday nights for $3 ($1.50 for teens on Wednesdays). Please bring court shoes to wear.
• Jazzercise classes are offered 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday mornings. The cost is $32 per month.
• Foothills United Methodist Church sponsors The Hanson Brothers for a one-hour concert at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Finn Hall, 10411 234th Ave. E., between Buckley and Bonney Lake. Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of a canned food item for a local food bank.
• All are invited to attend "Good Sense Financial Planning" seminars at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3333 Griffin Ave. in Enumclaw. Call 253-880-4384 for information.
• A miniature town display of Bedford Falls, from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," is available for all to view during the holiday season at Enumclaw's Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3333 Griffin Ave. For information, call 253-880-4384.
• Ridge Explorations will offer a free avalanche awareness clinic from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday 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.
• 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 on school closures and holidays. Donations are accepted during regular hours. There is a special need right now for coats. 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.
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.
• 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 momument.
Health and Fitness
• The Puget Sound Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Enumclaw. Staff will take a break from 4 to 4:45 p.m. For information or to sign up, contact George at 360-825-3657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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. New members are welcome. 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. (state Route 169) in Enumclaw. For information contact Ray Limbo, secretary, 360-825-4835. New members welcome.
• 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. (state Route 169) in Enumclaw. For information contact Judy Nielsen, secretary, 360-825-3359. New members welcome.
• 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 at 360-825-9207.
• Enumclaw Moose Lodge 1543 general meetings and 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.
• 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.
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.
• The Enumclaw Senior Activity Center will be closed Thursday and Friday.
• The kitchen will be closed, but the center will be open Friday and is serving pizza, salad with dressing and soda to drink at 11:30 a.m. There will be a $3 charge paid to the senior center day of luncheon.
• The first class for Platinum Pilates is free. Discover how this core conditioning exercise class can help participants attain better posture, develop stronger abdominal core strength, improve spinal stability, and gain muscle through toning. Movement is done standing, on a mat, an exercise ball, and/or a chair – all abilities welcome and modifications offered. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes, and bring a mat, hand towel, and water. Classes are 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at the field house (formally Pete's Pool). The cost is $3 per class. Visit the center's office for further details.
• A trip to the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis is planned for Tuesday. Sign up in the office. There will be a $5 van fee and lunch is on your own. Admission is $5 for adults and free for members.
• Make Dec. 31 a memorable day at the center with a New Year's Eve party. Sing Auld Lang Syne, a popular song of friendship and salutation and take pleasure in the performance of “1928” a dynamic duo beginning at 11 a.m. Organizers will uncork the bubbly for a toast to bring in the New Year with a countdown at noon.
• Cruise aboard the Star Princess for seven nights with Travel Leaders formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates to Alaska. Prices start at $1,022. For information call Susan Knapp at 253-200-0260.
Buckley Senior Center
The Buckley Senior Center is at 811 Main St. and can be reached at 360-829-0190.
• 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.
• Nurses from Good Samaritan Hospital are in the center the first Monday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give free blood sugar testing for diabetes, free blood pressure checks, free and low cost cholesterol tests and immunizations. No appointments needed.
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.
• Black Diamond Community Center’s Holistic and Wellness Clinic is offering new times and dates for The Reiki Connection, available from 1 to 5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The last appointment is at 4 p.m. The suggested donation for returning clients is $15 for a 30-minute session. The program is free for first time clients who would like to try it. All of the practitioners are certified and trained in Reiki. Call the center at 360-886-1011 for an appointment.
• The emergency food and clothing bank is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bank is always in need of donations of cold cereal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, mayonnaise and other sandwich making materials, as well as, pasta and spaghetti sauces, macaroni and cheese, soups, packaged meals and other nonperishable items.
• Power assistance is available for those seniors and families who live in Buckley, Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Covington. Please call 360-886-1011 for qualification information.
• 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.
• Plateau Outreach Ministry needs volunteers to help in its reception area, with the food bank, the Samaritan Project and thrift shop. Hours are flexible and no experience is necessary. If interested, call 360-825-8961.
• Cub Scout Pack 500 is looking for local Plateau adults to assist with its Scout programs. With the rapid growth of the Pack, the need for additional den leaders, assistant den leaders and other volunteers to assist with Pack events and operations is necessary. Most Scout leaders come from families in the Pack. Anyone interested in joining Cub Scouts or would like to contribute time to run a den or volunteer in some other way can contact Tom Crews, assistant cubmaster for Pack 500, at 360-825-5331.
• 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.
• Girl Scout Troop 4635 is open to girls ages 12 to 17 from the Buckley area. Call Beth at 360-829-2151 for information about this and upcoming activities.
• The Black Diamond Library Teen Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m., the second Monday of every month, to talk about books the library can purchase for the “young adult” section. Pizza and drinks are provided.
• The Plateau Poultry Club is a 4-H group for kids 6 to 17 who are crazy about their chickens. They learn about their poultry. The group meets twice a month. Call 253-631-2460 for information.
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.
• The center will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.