Covington Community Calendar | July 16

A look at what's going on throughout the Covington community.

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Open Farm Tour at Alpacas at Morning Star Ranch: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27; also noon-4 p.m. Sept. 28. 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

Blood drives

Puget Sound Blood Center: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19 at Safeway, 26916 Maple Valley Highway, Maple Valley; noon-6 p.m. July 25 at MultiCare Clinic, 17700 S.E. 272nd St., Covington; 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 30 at Maple Valley Fire and Safety, 22225 S.E. 231st St., Maple Valley. Information: 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.


A Small Victory: Garage sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-20. Items include furniture, children’s clothing, and kitchen tools. Proceeds benefit A Small Victory, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and bereavement packages to parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss. 26953 189th Ave. S.E., Covington.

Vine Maple Place golf tournament: Sept. 19, 1 p.m., at Lake Wilderness Golf Course in Maple Valley. Proceeds benefit Vine Maple Place, a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services for homeless children and their families. Entry fee: $100 fee. Registration will begin Aug. 1. Information: Tom Frets at (206) 715-3860 or Steve Englund at (425) 432-9405.

Covington Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic: Aug. 22, Elk Run Golf Course. Information: (253) 631-6117.

Maple Valley Library Guild: Donations of books, DVDs, CDs, game cartridges and videos are needed for ongoing sales. Proceeds benefit library programs. Donations can be dropped off at the library during open hours, or in the book-return slot at the library. 21844 SE. 248th St. Information: 425-432-4620.


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

Fitness classes at Black Diamond Community Center: Include Jazzercise, creative dance movement and more. 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, mornings and evenings. Call for details. Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-413-8800 or


Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive. 360-886-1105 or Library events include:

• “Insects In Your Own Backyard”: 10:30 a.m. July 17. Presented by Nature Vision. Open to ages 4 and older. Registration required.

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

• Game On!: 4 p.m. Wednesdays, July 16 and Aug. 6. Teens can drop in to play video games on GameCube and Xbox.

• “La Cucaracha”: 10:30 a.m. July 17. Marco Cortes to share songs and stories in Spanish and English.

• Country and Gospel Songs: 2 p.m. July 19. Charlie Ellis sings country and gospel songs.

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

• “Buzz, Smack, Splat–the Dangerous Lives of Bugs”: 2 p.m. July 18. Presented by Charlie Williams, the Noiseguy.


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

• Western Day: July 17. Pot roast lunch and live entertainment. Registration required.

• Reiki Holistic and Wellness Clinic: 1-5 p.m. July 17. Appointments required. Cost: $15 donation; free for first time.

• Sons of Italy Picnic at Mud Mountain Dam: July 20. Van shuttle available from community center. Call for details.

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

• Ice Cream Sodas: Noon July 18. Free treats provided by Expressions of Enumclaw.

• AARP Safe Driving Class: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 18 and 21. Both days required for insurance credit. Cost: $10.