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Blood drives

Blood drives: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17 at Fred Meyer, 16735 S.E. 272nd St., Covington; noon-6 p.m. May 30 at MultiCare Clinic, 17700 S.E. 272nd St., Covington. For Puget Sound Blood Center. 800-398-7888 or


Cruise-In event: Fridays. Maple Valley Street Rats Car Club sponsors the Covington Friday Night Cruise-Ins for pre-1975 automobiles & pick ups only (No 4x4s) in a flagged show area at the Covington Wal-Mart parking lot. Cost: Free; donations accepted for Street Rats Scholarship fund. 206-763-1314.


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.


Soos Creek Spring Restoration Event: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17. Volunteers welcome. Bring sack lunch, work clothes, gloves and boots. Tools and snacks provided. Meet at trail head, near the corner of 148th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 266th Street. 253-639-3862 or


Maple Valley Pony League food drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17. Donors can bring non-perishable food for Maple Valley Food Bank and Black Diamond Community Center. Black Diamond baseball field.

Kentwood Band Boosters Garage Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17. Proceeds go toward band competitions, contest fees and other program costs. Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. S.E.

“Great Expectations” Dinner and Auction: 6 p.m. June 6. Presented by the Rotary Club of Covington. Cost: $60. Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE. Information: 253-634-9238.


“Kick It to the Core” training: 11 a.m. Thursdays through June 5. Focus on the core/abs while working to improve posture, strength and form. Cost: $99 for six weeks or $25 per appointment. Black Diamond Gym, 25551 Lawson St., Black Diamond. 425-413-8627 or

Nutrition Class and Weight Loss Challenge: 4 p.m. Thursdays through July 24. Nutrition class covers topics such as protein, water, carbohydrates and Omega 3. Cost: Free. Weight Loss Challenge cost: $39. Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond. 206-459-5950, or

Adult Jazzercise: 9:45 and 11 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays. Cost: $30 per month. Black Diamond Community Center Gym, 25511 Lawson St. 360-886-1011.

Adult Jazzercise Lite and Body Sculpting: 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $37.50. Greater Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 SE. 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-413-8627.

Fitness classes at Black Diamond Community Center: Center offers a variety of health and fitness classes, including Jazzercise, creative dance movement and body conditioning. Call for details. 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-1011, or

Iyengar Yoga: Maple Valley Parks and Recreation Department hosts yoga classes for all ages and ability levels at Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-413-8800 or

TOPS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a non-profit weight loss support group. New Hope Church, 21115 S.E. 272nd St., Maple Valley. 253-631-3567 or


Black Diamond Library, 24301 Roberts Drive. 360-886-1105 or Library events include:

• New library opening celebration: 10 a.m. May 24. Library will relocate to the new building at 24707 Roberts Drive.

Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave. S.E. 253-630-8761 or Library events include:

• Belly Dancing: 2 p.m. May 17. Performance by the Raqs el Sehr Shamal.

• Young Readers Lunch Book Bunch: 12:30 p.m. May 17. Open to students in first-third grade. Topic: “Mouse Soup” by Arnold Lobel. Bring a sack lunch.

Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St. 425-432-4620 or Library events include:

• Between the Covers Reading Group: 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Topic: May 14, “100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century” edited by Mark Strand; June 11, “Caramelo” by Sandra Cisneros.

• “Pacific Northwest Climate and You”: 7 p.m. May 14.


Greater Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-432-1272. Activities include:

• “The Ins and Outs of Reverse Mortgages”: 1 p.m. May 21. Speaker: Rod Halverson of Cedar River Mortgage.

• Memorial Day Barbecue: 11:30 a.m. May 23.

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