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• Washington state artist Eric Wiegart, and author of "Watercolor – Free and Easy," will offer a four-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13-16 at Green River Community College's Enumclaw campus. Wiegart is an exhibitor at the Frye Museum, Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists, National Arts Club and Butler Institute of American Art. The estimated cost for this workshop is $65 per day per student. To register, or for more information, contact Lynn Trantow at 360-825-5571, 253-232-6861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A $50 deposit is due March 18 to reserve a spot.
• The Enumclaw High art show is scheduled for 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the school's library. An awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. There is a $2 suggested donation.
• The Gateway Concert Band will perform at 2 p.m. March 22 in the White River High auditorium and 7 p.m. March 23 in the Enumclaw High auditorium. The concert is free, however donations are gladly accepted.
• Arts Alive! is putting out a call for artists for the Aug. 1-2 Art in the Garden, which will take place at Cathy Matson's Country Garden Bouquets in Enumclaw. Interested artists can visit the Web site www.plateauartsalive.org for information and an application or contact Lori Twiggs at email@example.com or Susie Teierle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Photographer Jan Wieser presents "The Open Lens" beginning today, Wednesday, and running through April 1 at the city of Enumclaw's Gallery 2009. Gallery 2009 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. City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public Tuesdays for municipal court. For information call 360-802-0239.
• The city of Enumclaw and Green River Community College Enumclaw campus gallery features "Of This Earth," paintings by Diana Whitney through April 26. The gallery is open during the quarter 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between quarters from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 360-802-0239.
• A Community Women's Conference is planned for Friday and Saturday, hosted at Hillside Community Church in Enumclaw. For more information, contact Carolyn Yerxa at 253-833-1528 or visit www.hillside-communitychurch.org.
• All are invited to a free showing of the PG-rated movie "Fireproof" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Hope Lutheran Church, 1316 Garfield St. in Enumclaw. Childcare will be available for kids younger than 5.
Enumclaw Expo Center
• Sirius 4-H Club dog practice 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and March 24 in the rabbit barn.
• Evenings on the Plateau, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the fieldhouse.
• Troup 422 dinner and auction from 5 to 9 p.m. March 20 in the fieldhouse.
• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet 4 to 10 p.m. April 4 in the exhibit hall.
• Washington State Animal Response Team livestock shelter exercise 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4 in the livestock and horse barns.
• 4-H Leaders Gaming Show 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 in the arenas.
• Drop-in horse exercise in the covered arena has been extended through today, Wednesday, March 18 and March 25. Hours are 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
• Evergreen Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation will host a Relay For Life chili cookoff fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.
• Friends of the Black Diamond Library need plant donations for their 43rd plant sale. Bring plants to the Black Diamond Library, located at 24707 Roberts Dr., by April 5. The Friends group will pot the plants.Proceeds from the Plant Sale support the library’s children and youth programs. For information, or to volunteer, call Marilyn Mascis at 360-886-7206.
• Neighbors Health Fair is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Intent Yoga facility at J.J. Smith Elementary. Activities include massage therapy, blood pressure screening, a health maintenance and prevention presentation by Dr. Mary Ballard and a gentle stretching and guided relaxation class. A potluck dinner will be offered at the 7 p.m, conclusion. Enter J.J. Smith from Marshall Avenue. Sponsors are Amaterasu Massage and Spa, Neighbors for Peace, Dr. Mary Ballard and Intent Yoga. Call 206-719-1577 for information. The free event is open to the public.
• The Enumclaw Hometown Book Club will host Larry Colton, author of "Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn," at 7 p.m. March 23 in the Enumclaw High School library.
• The city of Buckley will host a father-daughter Spring Fling from 5 to 7 p.m. March 21 at the Buckley Youth Activity Center, 251 River Ave. S. Tickets can be purchased at the youth center. The cost is $15 per couple before Saturday and $18 after. There is a $5 extra charge for each additional daughter. For information, call 360-829-6534.
• A spaghetti feed and auction to benefit Nate Peterson and Mary Riedel is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the City Hall Saloon in Cumberland. The cost is $6 a plate. Live music by the Foothills Band. For information 206-941-4239, 360-886-1248 or 360-886-0569.
• Boy Scout Troop 422 of Enumclaw will host its third annual troop dinner and auction at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Enumclaw Expo Center (Pete’s Pool). Cost for the evening is $5 and includes dinner, beverages and an auction card. Tickets are available through members of Troop 422 at their Monday night meetings at Enumclaw’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 44426 244th Ave. S.E. and at the door. For information you can contact Scoutmaster Tom Crews , committee member Monica Bainter, or auction coordinater Heidi Hines.
Proceeds from the auction will support the troop’s monthly outdoor trips and activities, summer camp and a planned canoe trip in Minnesota in 2010.
• The Friends of Black Diamond Library are hosting a quilt raffle with tickets selling for $1. The star quilt, titled “The Raspberry Thief,” was handmade by Enumclaw resident Karin Renaud. The quilt is currently on display at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Dr.
The drawing will be on March 20.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Black Diamond Library to support programs at the Library. For information, call 360-886-1105.
• 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. The quilts are $55 and calendars are $10. All proceeds benefit the Wilkeson Centennial celebration and town momunent.
• The Tacoma Art Museum will present a free workshop, Short Stories, Little Books, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Buckley Library, 123 S. River Ave. Each participant, age 6 and older with an adult companion, will create and produce an illustrated storybook, and learn to make folded books. The program is based on the work of David Macaulay, author of "The Way Things Work" and "The Way We Work," which is currently featured in an exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum. This hands-on program will explore one of the many ways that books work. Registration is required. Register in person at the Buckley Library or call 360-829-0300.
• Retired Public Employees Chapter 1 will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday in the basement of Enumclaw Regional Hospital. Those needing transportation can call Dale Clark at 360-829-0245 or Beulah Martin at 360-829-1774.
• Collins High School, 2160 Collins Rd., Buckley, will host an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This is an informal informational meeting and a chance to hear about recommendations for changes to the program. There will also be an opportunity to meet staff, get current Washington Assessment of Student Learning and math program information. A spaghetti dinner, prepared by students, will be available.
• The Homeschoolers’ Support Association presents storyteller, musician and historic re-enactor Karen Haas and her presentation Westward Ho! at 2 p.m. March 21 in the J.J. Smith Elementary auditorium. This event is designed for elementary-aged students through adult. This event is free for Homeschoolers’ Support Association members and their families. There is a $5 fee for others. Please contact Cheryl Dunning at email@example.com to register.
• White River School District kindergarten registration will be March 18. Children must be 5 years of age by Aug. 31 to qualify. Parents or guardians are encouraged to registration childrend at their home elementary school, even if they are planning to request an intradistrict transfer. Registration is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. at each school’s main office.
To find out in which elementary boundary a student resides, call the district office, 360-829-0600, with a street address.
For information, call the district at 360-802-7125.
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.
• Income tax appointments will be available by appointment at the center. Remember to bring in last year’s 2008 tax return and 2008 tax papers. All appointments will be at the youth center next door.
• Friendship Tea is a special event open to friends, mothers, daughters, nieces, aunts or that wonderful person in your life. Come for a delicious food and savory teas at 1:30 p.m. April 17. Bring a tea cup and saucer. Sign up in office for this event. An $8 payment must be made upon signing up.
• Make reservations for The Seattle Symphony's 2009-10 concert series. Prices vary depending on seat selection and ticket includes transportation from the center aboard a motor coach. The Seattle Symphony has a deadline of March 27. Please see Donna in office.
Buckley Senior Center
The Buckley Senior Center is at 811 Main St. and can be reached at 360-829-0190.
• The center has new hours. It is now open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. This schedule will allow the center to continue to serve lunch daily and still comply with the city’s new work schedule.
• Free income tax assistance will be offered at the center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 18 and April 8. No appointment is necessary.
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.
• The Sons of Italy meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
• The Sons of Italy will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 2 p.m. Sunday.
• Tuesday is the center's St. Patrick's dinner featuring corned beef and cabbage. The party starts at 11 a.m. The $3 tickets must be purchased in advance.
• March birthdays will be celebrated March 19. Also that day, foot care appointments will be available with Karen Poppleton, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $25.
• The Investment Club meets at 10 a.m. March 23.
• Salvation Army assistance for Puget Sound energy bills is available Families, seniors and disabled persons with an urgent or final notice in Black Diamond, Green River Gorge, Ravensdale, Selleck, Buckley, Enumclaw, Maple Valley and Covington may be eligible for energy assistance. We can pay up to the last $150 on gas or electric service. Please call 360-886-1011 to make an appointment for assistance.
Assistance is also offered as gasoline vouchers, propane vouchers, rental assistance and other essentials, to those who reside in the area.
• 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 7 p.m. Tuesdays; for information, call Jouella at 360-825-1265 or Lois at 360-825-9472. TOPS No. WA1248 meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in the Mountain Villa Estates community center, 1099 Mountain Villa Dr. in Enumclaw. Come between 9 and 9:55 a.m. to enroll. Call 360-829-0062 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The Black Diamond group meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave.; call 360-886-1011 for information.
• 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 Plateau Poultry Club is a 4-H group for kids 6 to 17 who are crazy about their chickens. They learn about their poultry in fun ways and work toward entering them in the King County Fair. 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.
• White River Community Outreach meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Tuesday, March 19, March 24, March 26 and March 31.
• Arts and crafts are 3:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, and March 25.
• The monthly teen meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 19.
• The scrapbook workshop begins at 2:30 p.m. March 27.
• • Early 3's Preschool is offered from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays.
• 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.