Covington balloonists Vic and Mandy Johnson visited Enumclaw’s Dwight Garrett Park last week in order to dry out their equipment for the winter, but ended up treating many residents to some impromptu tethered balloon rides. Photo courtesy Tracy Delphia

Covington balloonists Vic and Mandy Johnson visited Enumclaw’s Dwight Garrett Park last week in order to dry out their equipment for the winter, but ended up treating many residents to some impromptu tethered balloon rides. Photo courtesy Tracy Delphia

At a glance | January 2020 events

January isn’t a busy time of year, but there are still a few events to attend for kinds, families, and adults.


The Very Merry Christmas House is still showing its free holiday light show for all comers, but ends on Jan. 3. To view the show, which has more than 50,000 lights synchronized to music, head to the home at 30211 176th Ave. SE Covington between the hours of dusk and 11:30 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food donation, as they will go to benefit the Black Diamond Community Center and food bank.


During the entire month of January, the community (individual, group or business in Enumclaw) is invited to share ideas and become a 2020 Community Creator. Local librarians will select winning submissions then partner with you to sponsor and develop a program so it can be brought to the community for free.

To apply, submit a paper entry to the Enumclaw library or enter online by Jan. 31 for a chance to have your idea brought to life. Winning submissions will be announced Feb. 14.

Contact or call the Enumclaw Library at 360-825-2045 for more information.


Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro meets with the public the first Monday of every month. From 9 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 6 he invites the public to stop for a cup of coffee, ask question and share concerns about the city. The session takes place in council chambers at City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave.


The Enumclaw library will host Toddler Story Time at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. It’s for ages 2 and 3 with an adult. Enjoy stories, songs and other fun, followed by social time.

Story Time for infants and young toddlers (newborn to 24 months) is planned for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29.


“The Life We Bury,” by Allen Eskens, will be the featured selection when the Enumclaw Book Group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Newcomers are welcome.


Do you need help from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services?

The department provides the basics of daily living to Washington residents who are in need of some assistance. DSHS and its partners provide protection, comfort, food assistance, cash assistance and a host of other services.

Stop by the table at the Enumclaw library to ask questions, get advice and sign up for assistance. DSHS staff will be available a noon Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29.


Reach Enumclaw is a free legal clinic open to all local residents on a first come, first served basis.

Washington attorneys will meet with clients via the Internet for a half hour to consult on legal issues including: family law, landlord tenant, creditor debtor, contract disputes and others. Criminal case related matters may be reviewed if there is no current case pending. We also offer referrals to other agencies that may resolve client’s problems. Sessions are planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23.


Create custom vials of Gillyweed, Skele-Gro and Amortentia to wear as charms or keep as decorations. It’s part of a “magical apothecary crafts” session, set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Enumclaw library.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it’s designed for ages 12 and older. Costumes and wizarding apparel is encouraged.

Space is limited. The doors will open at 1:45 and seating will be on a first-come basis until the class is full.


Plateau Wine and Beer is hosting a Highlands Paint and Sip event on Jan. 25, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is designed for people who want to get in touch with their artistic side, but don’t know where to start. Tickets are $45 and can be bought at the store on Cole Street or online at; tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Materials are provided.

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