November 3, 2008 · Updated 2:45 PM
The free community calendar is published Wednesdays and Saturdays on a space-available basis, and includes free and nonprofit local events and groups. Submit items at least a week in advance of publication dates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Adult Dental Day: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 7. Adults 16 and older can receive free treatment for their one most urgent dental need: fillings, bonding, extractions, blood pressure, etc. No cleanings. Service is first-come, first-serve; no appointments. Vendeland Dental Professionals, Suite 400 in the Pacific Medical Building, 601 S. Carr Road, Renton.
Cross and Crown Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. Include handcrafted items, soup lunch, bake sale, homemade lefse (Norwegian flatbread) and a white elephant sale. Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 10940 S.E. 168th St., Renton.
St. Stephen Christmas Bazaar: Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 14; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15. Features arts and crafts, holiday music, Santa Claus, food and a 50/50 raffle. Exhibitors welcome, but no commercial products. Proceeds go to provide Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and less fortunate in our community. St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 13055 S.E. 192nd St., Renton. 253-856-7649 or email@example.com.
Bethlehem Lutheran Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15. Features handcrafted items, gifts, ornaments, jewelry, spices, soaps and baked goods. Lunch served all day. Vendor space available; call for details. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1024 Monroe Ave. N.E., Renton. 425-255-9772 or www.bethlehemlutheranrenton.org.
Evergreen Place Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15. Features approximately 25 vendors. Bring non-perishable food item for local food bank. Parking available at Sunset Market Place,
3208 N.E. Sunset Blvd. Shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes. Evergreen Place, 1414 Monroe Ave. N.E., Renton. 425-226-3312.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22. Includes crafts and gift items, bake sale, homemade lefse, raffle, Granny’s attic sale and gently-used boutique. 1700 Edmonds Ave. N.E., Renton. 206-242-6757.
Renton Church of the Nazarene Holiday Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22. Features handmade gifts and stocking stuffers. Table space available; call for details. Renton Church of the Nazarene, 850 Union Ave. N.E. 425-255-3158.
Red, White and Blues Post-Election Celebration and Fundraiser: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a free drink and entertainment, and check out the newly completed Coal Car Exhibit. Presented by the Renton Historical Society. Cost: $10. Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S. 425-255-2330.
Watershed Celebration: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 6. Auction to benefit the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. Cost: $35. Herban Feast, 3200 First Ave. S., Seattle. 206-297-8141 or www.cedarriver.org.
CrossBridge Mental Health Ministries Fall Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m. Nov. 13. Come learn how CrossBridge Ministries is helping those suffering from mental illness in our communities. Keynote speaker: Randy Revelle. Admission: Free; donations requested. Registration required by Nov. 6. Building H, Room 102, at Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St. 425-204-0111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Vincent de Paul Blanket and Coat Drive: Through Nov. 15. Donors can drop off new or gently-used blankets and coats for homeless and needy individuals. St. Vincent de Paul store, 2825 Sunset Blvd., Renton. 206-957-7241 or email@example.com.
Corner of Love’s Winter Dreams Auction and Gala: 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Doors open at 3 p.m. for previews. Includes silent auctions and live dinner auction. Cost: $100. Proceeds go toward mission work in Nicaragua. Spirit of Washington Events Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton. 206-419-1133 or www.corneroflove.org.
Renton’s 2008 FireBall: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Dinner and dance event commemorates 105 years for Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department. Proceeds benefit Memorial Aid Car Fund. Cost: $60. Spirit of Washington Event Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton. 425-430-4053 or www.brownpapertickets.com.
Sixth annual Benefit Toy Ride: 11 a.m. Dec. 13. All makes and models of motorcycles welcome. Escorted ride will go on, rain or shine. Ends with lunch, door prizes and raffle. Cost: Bring a toy to donate. Starts from Downtown Harley, 13001 48th Ave. S., Tukwila, and ends at RMC-Renton Motorcycle Company, 3701 E. Valley Road, Renton.
UNICEF Card Fundraiser: Through Dec. 24. Purchase UNICEF Christmas greeting cards at IKEA, and the store will donate all the proceeds, plus $1 per pack, to UNICEF. IKEA, 601 S.W. 41st St., Renton. www.ikea-usa.com/Seattle.
“Honoring Veterans” service: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Church will honor veterans past and present during morning service. Reception to follow at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome. Renton First United Methodist Church, 2201 N.E. Fourth St. 425-255-5403.
Cancer Support Group Bible Study: 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 10. Group offers hope, friendship, encouragement, laughter and Bible study. Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-271-2327.
KUMC Women’s Support Group: 11:30 a.m. the first Monday of the month. All women are welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Kennydale United Methodist Church, 3009 Park Ave. Renton. 425-255-4127.
Renton Day Women’s Bible Study: 9:25 a.m. Tuesdays. First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave. S.E. www.bsfinternational.org.
Seniors’ Bible Study: 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Non-denominational group is open to all. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. 425-430-6633.
Women’s Group Bible Study: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Room 110 at Highlands Community Church, 3031 N.E. 10th St., Renton. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org.
• “Dewey and Sketch Road Show”: 11 a.m. Nov. 6. See the official Early Literacy mascots in their very own puppet show.
• “Indian Princess Tales”: 7 p.m. Nov. 6. For ages 7 and older. Hear stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea, with a tribute to Chief Seattle’s daughter.
• Fairwood Afternoon Book Group: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12. Topic: “Flirting with Pride & Prejudice” edited by Jennifer Crusie, and “The Annotated Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, edited by David M. Shapard.
• Books and Bites: 7 p.m. Nov. 13. For teens. Come for free snacks and chat about the hottest new books.
• Lively Minds Book Group: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Topic: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen.
• Pakistan Slide Show: 7 p.m. Nov. 20. Ethan Casey, author of “Alive and Well in Pakistan,” will show slides from his work in Pakistan.
• NaNoWriMo: 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22. Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by writing a 175-page novel by midnight Nov. 30. Join us to write, share and socialize.
• Erwilian: 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Free concert for all ages.
• Master Gardeners: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
• ESL class: 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration required; call 253-838-6810.
• Story times: Library offers various story times for newborns to 6-year-olds and foreign language speakers. Call for details.
• Talk Time: 10 a.m. Saturdays. Improve speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group.
Renton Public Library, 100 Mill Ave. S. 425-430-6610. Library events include:
• Baby Signs: 10:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of the month. For mothers with babies 6-24 months old to learn sign language.
• Renton Library Book Group: 7-8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.
• ESL classes: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free classes for non-English speakers offered by Multi-Service Center. Registration required. Call 253-838-6810.
• PAWS to Read: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Children in fourth grade and younger can come to practice reading skills with a canine listener. Registration required. Call 425-430-6825.
• Story times: 7 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Open to ages 2-6 and parents.
• Talk Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults welcome to practice speaking English in a fun and friendly setting.
Highlands Library, 2902 N.E. 12th St., Renton. 425-430-6790. Library events include:
• Story times: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Open to ages 2-6 and parents.
Renton Chamber of Commerce, 300 Rainier Ave. N. 425-226-4560 or www.GoRenton.com. Chamber events include:
• Economic Forecast Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19. Holiday Inn, 1 S. Grady Way. Keynote speaker: Tom Flavin. Cost: $35; registration required.
11th District Democrats: 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. The executive board meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Carpenter’s Hall, 231 Burnett Ave. N., Renton. 206-396-1237 or email@example.com.
AARP Renton Chapter No. 414: 1 p.m. the third Friday of the month. All are welcome. Cost: Free. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. 425-430-6633.
Allied Arts of Renton: 6:30-8 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Kohlwes Education Center, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton.
Benson Hill Communities Progress Group: 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Group promotes good government, education, awareness and communication about quality of life aspects of the Benson Hill Communities. King of Kings Lutheran Church library, 18207 108th Ave. S.E., Renton. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar River Quilters Guild: 6-9 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. All levels of quilters welcome. Salvation Army, 720 S. Tobin St., Renton. 425-271-3671.
Cedar River Ramblers Toastmasters: 6:30-8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Lake Shore Retirement Residence, 11448 Rainier Ave. S., Renton. 206-618-3642, email@example.com or www.cedarriverramblers.org.
German Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: 1-3 p.m. Nov. 7. Topic: “Maps” presented by Jan Pancratz. Crossroads Mall Community Meeting Room, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. www.rootsweb.com/~wakcegs/.
Greater Renton Kiwanis Club: 7:27 a.m. Thursdays. Come join the group for fellowship, interesting programs and to find out how to make a difference in the community. Renton Technical College main campus, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., Renton. 425-235-2463 or greaterrentonkiwanis.org.
Kiwanis Club of Renton: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month; 7:30-8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Touchdowns Sports Bar and Grill, 423 Airport Way, Renton. 425-221-2028.
MOMS Club of Renton: Meet for playdates at parks and other locations. New activities daily. Non-profit & non-religious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families, and serves Renton, Tukwila, Seatac, Burien and Newcastle. www.momsclubofrenton.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-260-3079.
National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees, Chapter 1701: 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Renton Senior Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. RBrown4648@aol.com.
Networking: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. The Renton iTakeTheLead Business to Consumer Networking Breakfast. Plum Delicious, 3212 N.E. Sunset Blvd., Renton. 425-890-8045 or www.itakethelead.com.
Newcomers and New Friends of Greater Seattle: The second Wednesday of the month. Lunch meetings held at various locations throughout Puget Sound. Other activities include a fourth Thursday coffee, daytime gourmet, bowling, SoundBites Gadabouts and more. Call for details. 425-775-8608 or www.seattlenewcomers.com.
Order of Eastern Star Tyee Chapter No. 122: 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Renton. St. Andrew’s Masonic Lodge, 505 Williams Ave. S., Renton. 425-227-9766.
Puget Sound Business Professionals: 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Networking group is comprised of highly skilled professionals working together to attain independent business goals. Holiday Inn Select, 1 Grady Way, Renton. www.pugetsoundbusinessprofessionals.blogspot.com.
Renton Business and Professional Women: 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Luncheon meetings. Cost: $15-$20; advance registration requested. 4th Street Grill, 4004 N.E. Fourth St., Renton. www.rentonbpw.org.
Renton FUMC Children and Parents Playgroup: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. Open to parents and children of all ages. Renton First United Methodist Church, 2201 N.E. Fourth St. 425-255-5403.
Renton Historical Society: 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Call to confirm time and location. Renton Historical Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S. 425-255-2330.
Renton/Kent Women’s Connection: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month. Speaker: Nov. 19, Russ Clifford will speak on “How to Have Hope in Tough Times”; feature will be Brian Hinnenkamp and his guitar. Cost: $13.75, includes luncheon. No dues or memberships required. Golden Steer Steak ’n Rib House, 23826 104th Ave. S.E., Kent. 425-271-3198 or 425-226-7829.
Renton-Kent Newcomers Club: Luncheon meetings: The second Wednesday of the month. Social club welcomes new residents to the area. Call for details and hobby groups. 425-235-1819 or 253-638-0857.
Renton Lions Club: 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Group of civic-minded men and woman dedicated to fun, fellowship and service to Renton and the international community. Summer meeting location: Renton Lions Youth Camp, 21230 S.E. 184th St., Maple Valley. 425-226-2834 or email@example.com.
Renton Sailing Club: 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Kennydale Memorial Hall, 2424 N.E. 27th St., Renton. 425-228-0133, www.rentonsailing.org.
Renton Sons of Italy: 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. 505 Williams Ave. S., Renton.
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 Newcastle: 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $10 makeup fee for members; free for visitors. Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle. 425-455-1600.
Rotary Club of Renton: Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays. Club members give time, raise funds and enjoy fellowship, while serving local and international needs. Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. 425-466-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.rentonrotary.org.
St. Andrew’s Masonic Lodge No. 35 F&AM: 7:45 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. All Masons and interested gentlemen are welcome. 505 Williams Ave. S., Renton. 425-227-9766.
Soroptimist International of Renton: 12:30-1 p.m. the first Tuesday, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Open to women in all stages of careers. Club supports array of service projects locally, nationally and globally to improve lives of women and girls. Locations: First Tuesday at Salvation Army center, 720 S. Tobin St., Renton; third Tuesday at Merrill Gardens, 104 Burnett Ave. S., Renton. 253-630-1137 or email@example.com.
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.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 5:30 p.m. Mondays. TOPS group helps members as they take and keep pounds off sensibly. Cost: $24 annual fee, plus $5 monthly dues. Highlands Community Church, room 103, 3031 N.E. 10th St., Renton. 425-226-0473, 425-271-0247 or www.tops.org.
Teen MOPS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Free group for pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers. Childcare available. River of Life Fellowship, 10615 S.E. 216th St., Kent. 253-218-7420.
Toastmasters: 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. Come for a fun evening of sharpening your communication skills in a safe environment. First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave. S.E., Renton. 253-859-2842.
The Toast of Valley Toastmaster’s Club: Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays. All are welcome. Valley Medical Center, 400 S. 43rd St., Renton. 425-656-3810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV Toastmasters: Noon-4 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. Learn how to perform both in front and in back of television cameras. Puget Sound Access, 22412 72nd Ave. S., Building C, Kent. 253-854-1312 or www.tvtoastmasters.org.
Valley Newcomers: 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Group meets at area restaurants. Call for details, locations. 253-854-1831.
Western Bass Club: 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Kennydale Memorial Hall, 2424 N.E. 27th St., Renton. www.westernbassclub.com.