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Public tour at Alpacas at Morning Star Ranch: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3. Come see a working alpaca ranch. View raw fiber from the animals, finished alpaca products, and adult and baby alpacas. Call or e-mail for directions. Morning Star Ranch in Ravensdale. 360-886-9639 or email@example.com.
“Solutions Through Purpose”: 7 p.m. May 8. Community meeting to help reduce student alcohol and substance abuse. All are welcome. Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St. 425-891-0603.
Toddler Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at Gracie Hansen, next to Ravensdale Park. 425-432-1272.
Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave. Center offers a variety of youth programs, including:
• Before and After School Kids (BASK): 6-8:45 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m. weekdays. Childcare program for kindergarten-sixth grade. Cost: $3.75-$8 per session. Discounts available. Details: 360-886-9844 or 360-802-7587.
Boating course: 7-9 p.m. May 5 and 8. Boating safety course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary through the Tahoma Learning Community. Course satisfies the state’s new boater education requirements. Cost: $5, plus $25 materials and testing fee. Registration required. Call for details, location. 425-413-3405.
Tahoma High School flea market: 9 a.m.-noon May 3. Also includes dog wash, children’s carnival, bake and plant sales. Tahoma High School, 18200 S.E. 240th St., Covington.
Maple Valley Pony League food drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3, 10 and 17. Donors can bring non-perishable food for Maple Valley Food Bank and Black Diamond Community Center. Black Diamond baseball field.
Tahoma Cooperative Preschool Fiesta Family Night and Silent Auction: 6-9 p.m. May 3. Features taco bar, children’s crafts, entertainment by Musically Minded, auction items and more. Cost: $5. Greater Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-584-7776.
McLendon Hardware Food Drive and Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10 a.m. May 3. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost: Free; donations for local food bank welcome. Event at all store locations, including: McLendon Hardware, 23662 104th Ave. S.E., Kent. 425-264-1535 or www.mclendons.com.
Friends of the Black Diamond Library plant sale: 9 a.m. May 3. Native plants, shade-loving ground covers, perennials, shrubs and some trees available for purchase. Black Diamond Library, 24301 Roberts Dr.
Military donations: May 3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wilderness Shopping Center. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will collect granola and energy bars, beef jerky, popcorn and similar food items, and items such as sun screen, disposable razors and mosquito wipes for shipping to U.S. military personnel overseas. Information: 425-432-1373.
Military care package donations: Noon-5 p.m. May 10. Contributors of 10 or more items can get a 10-percent discount on tattoo. Suggested donation list available at www.thepinupangels.com. Sponsored by the Pinup Angels. Maple Valley Tattoo, 23220 Maple Valley Hwy. SE.
“Great Expectations” dinner and auction: 6 p.m. June 6. Features auction items donated by local businesses. Presented by the Rotary Club of Covington. Cost: $60. Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE. 253-634-9238.
Business Networking International: Networking organization welcomes local entrepreneurs, sales-oriented small-business representatives and others. Only one member allowed per business category. Covington meetings: 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesdays. Round Table Pizza, 13036 Kent-Kangley Road. 253-322-4218. Maple Valley meetings: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays. Mama Passarelli’s Dinner House, 24306 Roberts Drive. 425-432-7077.
Covington Chamber of Commerce: Membership luncheon: 11:45 a.m. the second Thursday of the month. Networking breakfast: 8 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Radcliffe Place, 13510 S.E. 272nd St., Kent. 253-631-6117 or www.covingtonchamber.org.
Covington Days Festival Committee: 1:30 p.m. May 23; June 13 and 27; and July 11, 18 and 22. Volunteers welcome. Covington City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271st St.
Covington Lions Club: Noon the first Tuesday of each month; 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Covington MultiCare Clinic, 17700 S.E. 272nd St. 425-432-1598 or 425-432-1087.
Covington Rotary Club: Noon Fridays. Covington City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271st St. www.covingtonrotary.org.
Fibromyalgia Support Group: 6:55-8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Group features faith-based, positive atmosphere and much more. Alliance Bible Church, 19320 S.E. 240th St., Covington. 425-432-2546 or 425-360-0597.
Friends of the Black Diamond Library: 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. Baker Street Books, 32709 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-1105.
Friends of the Covington Library: 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Covington Library meeting room, 27100 164th Ave. S.E.
Kent Guild, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center: Noon the third Friday of the month. Luncheon in members’ homes. New members welcome to join volunteer group raising funds for uncompensated care. Call for location. 253-852-7390.
Kiwanis Club of the Foothills: Noon Tuesdays. Covington City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271st St. 253-856-4482.
Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club: 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the month, except July-August and November-December. Club provides emergency communications for Southeast King County. Maple Valley Fire Station No. 81, 22225 S.E. 231st St., Maple Valley. www.kc7key.org.
Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce: 425-432-0222, www.maplevalley.org
Maple Valley Creative Arts Council: 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. 23905 S.E. Kent-Kangley Road, Suite 2, Maple Valley. MVCAC@comcast.net or www.maplevalleyarts.com.
Maple Valley Library Guild: 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. New members are welcome. Library meeting room, 21844 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley.
Maple Valley Luna Moms Club: Friendly group of moms with children of varying ages. Activities include playgroups, book club, moms’ night out, walks and more. Call or e-mail for details. 800-569-1624, www.moms.meetup.com/2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maple Valley MOMS Club: 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of the month. Group activities include speakers, playgroups, seasonal parties and special activities for mothers and their children. Light of Life Church, 28525 216th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley. 360-886-1934.
Maple Valley Rotary Club: 7:15 a.m. Fridays. Henry’s Switch Restaurant, 25400 Witte Road S.E., Maple Valley. 425-432-1912 or http://rotary5030.org/maplevalley.
MOPS Kent-Covington: 9:15-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, September through May. Faith Baptist Church, 25636 140th Ave. S.E., Kent. 253-631-0990 or www.fbcmops.org.
Rainier Audubon Society: 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month. Federal Way United Methodist Church, 29645 51st Ave. S., Auburn. 253-854-3207.
PFLAG: 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is open to anyone having issues about acceptance of a gay or lesbian loved one, or oneself. Meetings are confidential. Group is not associated with any religious organizations. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Wells Ave. S., Renton. 425-235-4139.
Retired RV owners: Local group of Good Sam RV enthusiasts welcomes new members. Group travels to nearby RV parks a few days a month for sightseeing, games, dinners and fellowship. Monthly meetings take place at the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. 253-854-5226 or 253-852-3927.
Rotary Club of Covington: Noon Fridays. Covington City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271st St., Covington.
Solo Squares Club: Square dances: 7-9 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month. Cedar Grange, 22531 S.E. 218th St., Maple Valley. 206-525-2198.
Sons of Italy: 6:30 p.m. May 9. Italian dinner and meeting. Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond.
South King County Genealogical Society: 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month. First Baptist Church of Kent, 11420 S.E. 248th St. 206-948-4286 or www.skcgs.org.
Spirit Song Flute Circle: 7-9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Free lessons: 6:30 p.m. An accepting place to play, listen, experience and grow together with Native American style flutes. Free; donations welcome. St. George Episcopal Church, 24219 Witte Road S.E., Maple Valley. 206-818-0549.
Lake Wilderness Arboretum Spring Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10. Features wide variety of native, specialty and other plants, along with garden accessories and craft vendors. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. 22520 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. www.LakeWildernessArboretum.org.
Great Gardens Save Water—Plants, Combinations and Designs that Work”: 7-8:30 p.m. May 15. Speaker: Marty Wingate. Cost: Free. Tahoma Junior High School, 25600 Summit Landsburg Road, Ravensdale. 253-631-0565, ext. 170, register@LakeWildernessArboretum.org, www.covingtonwater.com or www.LakeWildernessArboretum.org.
Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave. S.E. 253-630-8761 or www.kcls.org. Library events include:
• Friends of the Covington Library: 7 p.m. May 6.
• Covi Adult Book Group: 2 p.m. May 8. Topic: “The Sea” by John Banville.
• Songwriting Workshop: 1 p.m. May 10. Help to complete and perform an original song to be recorded by Levi Burke.
• Covington Grass: 7 p.m. May 12. Bluegrass concert open to all ages.
Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St. 425-432-4620 or www.kcls.org. Library events include:
• Maple Valley Library Guild: 7 p.m. May 7 and June 4.
Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-1011. Senior activities at the center include:
• Cinco de Mayo celebration: 11 a.m. May 6. Mexican-themed lunch served at noon.
• Rainier View Meeting: 10 a.m.-noon May 7.
• Mother’s Day Luncheon: 11 a.m. May 8.
• Caretaker Spa Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9. Free event for caregivers includes massages, lunch, nature walk and more. Registration required by May 6.
• Stained Glass Class: May 12. First class of six-week session. Registration required.
Greater Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-432-1272. Center offers transportation to people within the Tahoma School District who would like to attend the seniors’ program. Community center programs include:
• Senior trips: 9:30 a.m. May 6, Lakewood Gardens. Cost: $10, plus $3 admission and lunch. • 10 a.m. May 27, Chocolate 101 at Dawn’s Candy & Cake Supply in Lynnwood. Cost: $12, plus $15 for class and lunch. Trips leave from the senior center.
Outreach: 3:15-6:15 p.m. May 13 and June 10. Veterans and their families can get assistance in applying for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs from a Disabled American Veterans Service Officer. Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N. 253-859-6439.