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May Day Madness Dinner and Auction: 6-10 p.m. May 1. Auction items include hot air balloon and flight simulator rides. Sponsored by the Covington Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $50 per person; reservations required. Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. S.E., Kent. 253-631-6117, or

Blood drives

Puget Sound Blood Center: 1 to 7 p.m. April 16, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 20730 272nd St., Covington. Information: Puget Sound Blood Center, and 1-800-398-7888.


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.

• Creative movement and dance: 3:45-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Open to ages 4-9. Cost: $25 per month. Details: 360-886-1011.

• Get on Track (GOT): 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to students ages 13-17 who are in danger of entering the Juvenile Justice System. A session qualifies as 1.5 hours community service. Interview required. Call 360-886-9844.

• Tutoring: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Details: 360-886-1011.


Business Networking International: Networking organization for entrepreneurs, sales-oriented small-business representatives and others. 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

Covington Days Festival Committee: 1:30 p.m. April 11 and 25; May 2 and 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.

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. SE.

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 SE. 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.

Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce: Membership meeting, April 16, 11:30 a.m., Lake Wilderness Lodge. Information: 425-432-0222,

Maple Valley Creative Arts Council: 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. 23905 S.E. Kent-Kangley Road, Suite 2, Maple Valley. or

Maple Valley Library Guild: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month. New members are welcome. Library meeting room, 21844 SE. 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, or

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

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

Rainier Audubon Society: 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month. Topics: April 21, “Birds and Wildlife from Ecuador, Argentina and Malaysia.” 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.

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. Cost: Free, donations welcome. St. George Episcopal Church, 24219 Witte Road S.E., Maple Valley. 206-818-0549.


Rainier Christian Schools 11th annual Auction: 5-9:30 p.m. April 12. Theme: “Running the Race.” Program includes prime rib and salmon dinner, and silent and live auctions. Cost: $55. Proceeds go toward school programs, projects and scholarships. Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent. 425-255-7273 or

Foster Kids Shoe Drive: Through April 13. Donors can bring new shoes for foster children to any Sleep Country location. Call for details, directions. 888-887-5337 or

Friends of the Library Annual Plant Sale: 9 a.m. May 3. Native plants, shade-loving ground covers, perennials, shrubs and trees.


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

• Friends of the Black Diamond Library: 7 p.m. April 16.

• Black Diamond Brown Bag Book Bunch: 12:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Open to ages 8-12, and parents and siblings. Topic: April 22, “No Talking” by Andrew Clements.

• Annual poetry contest: Submissions due April 25. Contest open to all ages. Pick up entry forms at the library.

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

• Covi Adult Book Group: 2 p.m. April 10. Topic: Mary Oliver’s poetry.

• Covington Grass—A Bluegrass Concert: 1 p.m. April 12.

• Meet the Author—Pennie Morehead: 7 p.m. April 17. Morehead to discuss her book, “Green River Serial Killer-Biography of an Unsuspecting Wife.”

• Annual poetry contest: Submissions due April 25. Contest open to all ages. Pick up entry forms at the library.

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

• Between the Covers Reading Group: 10 a.m. April 9. Topic: “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother” by James McBride.

• Annual poetry contest: Submissions due April 25. Contest open to all ages. Pick up entry forms at the library.


Spay/neuter: 8 a.m. April 9. Sign in: 6:30 a.m. The Spay Station, a mobile spay and neuter clinic, will offer free or low cost services to pet owners. Microchipping also available. Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond.


Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-1011. Activities include:

• Drumming meditation class: 6:45-8:45 p.m. April 9.

• “History of Black Diamond”: 11 a.m. April 10. Includes ham lunch and special presentation. Registration required.

• Sons of Italy dinner: 6:30 p.m. April 11.

• Metro Bus Workshop Part 2: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16. Trip to the International District in Seattle. Cost: Free. Bring lunch money. Registration required.

• Senior Birthday Day: April 17. Free lunch for all seniors with April birthdays.

• Reiki Wellness Clinic: 1-5 p.m. April 17. Cost: $15 donation. Call for appointments.

• Nutrition lunch: Noon Mondays-Tuesdays and Thursdays. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. Cost: $3 donation.

• Blood pressure checks: 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

• Games: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Adult Day Health: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. Caregivers can bring seniors 55 and older for activities, lunch and companionship. Cost: $3 donation for meal.

• Meals on Wheels: Senior Services’ program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. Cost: $3. Call for details.

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

• Senior trips: 9:30 a.m. April 10, “Style in the Aisle” at the Museum of Flight. Cost: $6, plus $13 admission and lunch money. 9 a.m. April 12, Tulip Festival and PACCAR open house. Cost: $20. Trips depart from the community center. Reservations recommended.

• AARP Meeting: 1:30 p.m. April 14. Representative from the Federal Communications Commission will talk about the national switch to digital television in February 2009.

• Sock-knitting class: 10 a.m. Mondays through April 21. Cost: Free. Bring your own materials.

• Acrylic painting workshop: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays through April 23. Cost: $65.

• Root Beer Floats: April 25. Enjoy a root beer float after lunch, courtesy of Prestige Living.

• New games: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Enjoy ping pong, air hockey, shuffleboard, foosball and more. Cost: $1.

• Senior Rights Assistance: The third Wednesday of the month. Answers to insurance questions offered by appointment only.

• Senior Lunch: Noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $3 donation.

• Birthday Party: The third Wednesday of the month. The Senior Program buys lunch for registered seniors with birthdays. Call the center for details.

• Meals on Wheels: Senior Services’ program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. Call for details.


Outreach services: 3:15-6:15 p.m. April 15 and May 13. 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.

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