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Special events

Senior Housing Fair: 10 a.m.-noon May 13. Representatives will be available to answer questions about retirement homes, assisted living communities, senior apartments, low income housing, Housing Placement Advisor and Renton Housing Repair Assistance Program. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. 425-430-6633.

Pet spaying/neutering: 8 a.m. May 23. 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. Safeway, 200 S. Third St., Renton. 360-793-7729 or

The Big Screen: 9-11 p.m. Fridays, May 30, June 13 and Aug. 22. Open to ages 11-17. Bring a lawn chair and watch the latest PG or PG-13 movie. Food and snacks available for purchase. Admission: Free. North Highlands Neighborhood Center, 3000 N.E. 16th St., Renton. 425-430-6766 or

ComUNITY Festival: 4:30-9 p.m. June 5. Free event features food, music, performances, information, art and more celebrating diversity. Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., Renton. 425-235-2455.

IKEA Kids Health and Safety Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7-8. Rain or shine. Cost: Free. IKEA, 601 S.W. 41st St., Renton.

Westfield Southcenter Job Fair: Noon-4 p.m. June 7-8. Job seekers can connect with representatives from 75 new businesses opening in the mall this summer. 633 Southcenter, Tukwila. 206-246-0423 or

Fourth of July Celebration: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. Features activities and live entertainment throughout the day. Fireworks: 10 p.m. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton. 425-430-6600 or

Return to Renton Benefit Car Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 6. Includes entertainment, vehicle displays, art show, food and raffle. Piazza Park, at the corner of South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton. 425-430-7589 or


Fishing Kids Derby: June 7. Open to ages 5-14. Cost: $10; registration required by May 28. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton. 425-430-6700 or

Summer Fest 2008: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, June 23-Aug. 15. No program July 4 or 23. Open to ages 6-12. Free drop-in program includes crafts, games, contests and more at various city parks. Free summer lunch program also available. See Web site for details and locations. 425-430-6700 or

Play Day in the Park: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays July 9-Aug. 6. No play day July 23. Open to ages 2-12 with an adult for games, crafts and activities. Locations: July 9, Kiwanis Park, 815 Union Ave. N.E.; July 16, Philip Arnold Park, 720 Jones Ave. S.; July 30, Kennydale Lions Park, 2428 Aberdeen Ave.; Aug. 6, Tiffany Park, 1902 Lake Youngs Way S.E. 425-430-6700 or

Picnic Pizzazz: Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, July 10-Aug. 14. No event July 24. Free lunchtime entertainment for children includes: July 10, Roberto the Magnificent; July 17, Washington Owners of Flying Disc Dogs; July 31, Jeff Evans magic show; Aug. 7, The Noise Guy; Aug. 14, Eric Herman music show. Bring a picnic lunch. Kiwanis Park, 815 Union Ave. N.E., Renton. 425-430-6700 or


Biz School: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

May 10. Day-long business school. Cost: $15. Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., Renton. 425-235-2352, ext. 5727.

“Mandatory Distribution Rules—Retirement Plans and IRAs”: 9:30-11 a.m. June 4. Learn about the government penalties on taking less than the minimum withdrawals after age 70 and a half. Cost: Free. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. 425-430-6633.

“Will Your Money Last Through Retirement?”: 9:30-11 a.m. June 11. Workshop will discuss five basic risks that retirees face in planing for lifetime income. Cost: Free. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. 425-430-6633.

Sewing classes at Renton Technical College: College offers several sewing classes including beginning sewing, sewing lab, home machine embroidery, and quilting. Call for details, registration. Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St. 425-235-2352.

Renton Black Parents Association Community Tutoring Program: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Computer lab sessions. 13611 S.E. 116th Ave., Renton. 425-226-8443 or


Community Prayer Walk: 9-11 a.m. May 17. All are welcome to walk and pray through a 2-mile prayer path. Refreshments provided. Presented by Rainier Christian Schools. Cost: Free. Rainier Christian Schools Administrative Offices, 16707 174th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-255-7273 or

Renton Day Women’s Bible Study: 9:25 a.m. Tuesdays. First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave. S.E.

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.


Blood drives in Renton: 8-11 a.m. May 11 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds St.; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12 at Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20 at Renton City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way; 1:30-4 p.m. May 27 at Distant Lands Coffee, 801 Houser Way N.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30 at Providence Health and Services, 2001 Lind Ave. S.W., Suite 170; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31 at Latter-day Saints Renton Highland Ward, 11852 140th Ave. S.E. For Puget Sound Blood Center. 800-398-7888 or


Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-226-0522 or

• “Painless Pest Prevention”: 7 p.m. May 13.

• Fairwood Afternoon Book Group: 11:30 p.m. May 14. Topic: “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards.

• Rick Steves—Best of Italy: 7 p.m. May 15.

• Lively Minds Book Group: 7:30 p.m. May 20. Topic: “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingsolver.

• Hot Jobs for Teens: 7 p.m. May 27. Learn about the hidden job market, complete practice applications and learn interviewing skills. Registration required.

• Master Gardeners: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

• ESL class: 6:30 p.m. most 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:

• “Bugs, Ugh!” Summer Crafts: 2-4 p.m. June 30. Open to ages 5 and older.

• Game Day: 2-4 p.m. June 27. Open to students in sixth-12th grade. Come play “Dance Dance Revolution,” board games and more.

• Renton Library Book Group: 7-8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

• PAWS to Read: 2-3:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. 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.

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.


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

AARP Renton Chapter No. 414: 1 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Topics: May 16, “Visiting Angels: Living Assistance”; June 20, “How to Feel Good as You Age.” 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.

Cascade Soccer Club: Board meetings: The fourth Monday of the month. This non-profit organization serves the Fairwood and Greater Renton areas., 425-277-1582.

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. Formerly Tu-Lips Toastmasters. YWCA, 1010 S. Second St., Renton.

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

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.,, 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.

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,

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

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.

Renton Business and Professional Women: 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Luncheon meetings. Speakers: May 16, Nina Fenton and Shannon Hauser. Cost: $15-$20; advance registration requested. 4th Street Grill, 4004 N.E. Fourth St., Renton.

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. Topic: May 21, Darien Parson to present “You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too,” along with feature, “Hats Galore.” Nursery available with reservation. Cost: $13.75, includes luncheon. No dues or memberships required. Golden Steer Rib ’n Steak 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 Sailing Club: 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Kennydale Memorial Hall, 2424 N.E. 27th St., Renton. 425-228-0133,

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,, or

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: Noon-1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the 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. Salvation Army center, 720 S. Tobin St., Renton. 425-255-3210 or

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

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,

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

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

Valley Mothers of Multiples Club: 7-9:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, September-June. Nonprofit club provides support, resources and social activities for parents or guardians of twins and higher order multiples in Renton, Kent and Auburn areas. First Christian Church of Kent, 11717 S.E. 240th St. 253-796-0786 or

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.

Public Meetings

Advisory Commission on Diversity: 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. City Hall, Room 511, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

Civil Service Commission: 4:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Human Resources Training Room on the seventh floor of City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

Human Services Advisory Committee: 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Seventh floor council chambers at City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

King County Fire District No. 25: 4 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Commissioner’s meeting. Fire Station No. 16, 12923 156th Ave. S.E., Renton.

Library Board: 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Renton Public Library, 100 Mill Ave. S.

Municipal Arts Commission: 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Seventh floor of City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

Parks Commission: 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Various locations, including City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton. 425-430-6600.

Planning Commission: 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Council chambers at City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

Renton City Council: 7 p.m. the first four Mondays of the month. Seventh floor council chambers at Renton City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way.

Renton Housing Authority: 5 p.m. the third Friday of the month, through June. Monthly commissioners meeting. 2900 N.E. 10th St., Renton.

Renton Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee: 4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Fifth floor of City Hall, Room 511, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

Renton School District School Board: 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Kohlwes Education Center, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton.

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee: 10 a.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N.

Sister City Advisory Committee—Cuautla: 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month. Seventh-floor conference center at City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton.

Soos Creek and Water District: 4:30 p.m. the first, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month. District Office, 14616 S.E. 192nd St., Renton.


Renton High School Class of 58 Reunion: Oct. 25. Spirit of Washington Event Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton. 425-255-5023 or

Kent-Meridian High School Class of 1968 40th Class Reunion: Sept. 13. Fairwood Golf and County Club, 17070 140th Ave. S.E., Renton.

West Seattle Indians Class of 1958 50th Year Reunion: June 6-8. All school reunion will be June 6 at the high school. Weekend also includes golf, dinner and farewell brunch at various locations. West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. 253-931-1136.

Highline High School Class of 1953 55th Year Reunion: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 5. Call for details. Tukwila Doubletree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway. 206-948-8227 or


Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. 425-430-6633. Events and activities include:

• Creative Memories class: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 13 and June 10. Cost: Free; registration required.

• May Mixer: 4-7 p.m. May 16. Features live entertainment and a meatball dinner. Cost: $6; registration required by May 14.

• Free Legal Information: May 19 and 27, and June 16 and 24. Free yearly consultation for seniors. Call for appointments.

• AARP Driver Safety Program: 12:30-4:30 p.m. May 27 and 29, or June 24 and 26. Course completion qualifies seniors for lower insurance premiums. Cost: $10; registration required.

• Day of Games: 10 a.m. May 27. Join students from Talbot Elementary School for games and activities. Cost: Free.

• Senior trips: June 5, Senior Center Sampler; June 17, Tillicum Village; June 19, downtown Seattle; June 24, historic Tacoma; July 18, Lavender Festival; Aug. 6, Tacoma Rainiers vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; Aug. 27, Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins. All trips leave from the senior center. Call for details, cost.

• Father’s Day Homerun Derby: 11 a.m. June 13. Features games, prizes and special lunch. Cost: $3-$5.75.

• “Finishing Strong”: 12:30 p.m. June 17. Learn abou the Five Wishes program to document one’s medical care wishes. Cost: Free.

• “Transit Instruction”: 10-11:30 a.m. June 17. Seniors can learn how to get around on public transportation. Cost: Free.

• Summer Solstice Social: 4-7 p.m. June 20. Features live music, dancing and a barbecue chicken dinner. Cost: $6; registration required by June 18.

• Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor: June 23. Free consultations by appointment only.

• “End of Life Affairs”: 12:30 p.m. June 24. Learn about the pros and cons of cremation vs. burial. Cost: Free.

• Lunch: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Cost: $3 donation for ages 60 and older; $5.75 for those younger than 60. 425-255-7932.

• Health Assessment: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays. Provided by a visiting nurse.

• Bert’s Tuesday Trips: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. various Tuesdays. Registration: 9 a.m. Cost: $7.

• Computer Lab: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Open to seniors with some computer experience to use Internet and e-mail. Cost: Free.

• Ongoing activities: Center offers a variety of activities and games, including bocce, bridge, pinochle, crochet group, horseshoes, open painting, woodcarving and pool.

• Thursday Afternoon Dances: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free.

• Friday Frolics trips: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays. Registration: 9 a.m. Cost: $3.

• Foot Care: Service is limited to seniors who cannot manage their own foot care. Call to schedule or cancel an appointment: 425-430-6662 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays.

• Free Blood Pressure Checks: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Low Vision Education Group: 12:15-1:30 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month.

• Widowed Information and Consulting Service: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Meals-On-Wheels: Program provides frozen meals for homebound seniors. 425-255-7932.

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission: Mission offers Renton-area seniors a variety of activities, including Bible studies, road trips, themed luncheons, summer camp, food boxes, free hair cuts and volunteer opportunities. For details, call 206-322-6801 or


Al-Anon Family Group meetings: Meetings in Renton include:

• Saturdays and Sundays: 7:30 p.m. at Valley Medical Center’s Medical Arts Building, 400 S. 43rd St.

• Mondays and Thursdays: 7 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Prichard Hall, 99 Wells Ave. S.

• Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. Thursdays, at First United Methodist Church, 2201 N.E. Fourth St.

• Saturdays: 10:30 a.m. at May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 S.E. Renton-Issaquah Road.

Alliance for the Mentally Ill of South King County: 6:30-8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The Alliance Center, 515 W. Harrison St., Kent. 253-854-6264.

Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation: Trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly-diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Will attend consultations, chemotherapy and radiation appointments and have volunteers in your community. 206-417-3484, 877-417-3484 (toll-free), or

Angel Flight West: Volunteer pilot group offers free air transportation to those in need, especially medical care. 888-426-2643 or

Consumer Support Group: 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The Alliance Center, 515 W. Harrison St., Kent. 253-854-6264.

Domestic Violence: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. YWCA of South King County hosts support groups for women who have experienced domestic violence. Meets at a confidential location. 206-799-6209.

Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County: Program offers 14 varieties of healthy, nutritionally-balanced food packs to families and individuals with an immediate need for food. 206-329-0300 or

Gamblers Anonymous: 7-9 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church of Renton, 2640 Benson Road S.; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 10940 S.E. 168th St., Renton; 8-10 p.m. Fridays at Nativity Lutheran Church, 17707 140th Ave. S.E., Renton. 888-424-3577.

Hearing Loss Association: 12:30 p.m. the second Friday of the month. Group works to help people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N., Renton. or

Medical coverage assistance: Public Health Seattle & King County provides free assistance applying for benefits, including free or low-cost medical coverage for qualifying children. Call for details. English: 206-296-3944; Spanish: 206-296-3948 or 206-296-3943; Vietnamese: 206-296-3949.

Parkinson’s Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre, 104 Burnett Ave. S., Renton.

Renton PFLAG Meetings: 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 yourself. Meetings are confidential. Group is not associated with any religious organizations. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Wells Ave. S., Renton. 425-235-4139.

SHIBA Helpline: Statewide Heath Insurance Benefits Advisors is a network of trained volunteers that assists and advocates for consumer rights and options regarding health insurance, health care access and prescription access. Group is also accepting volunteers. 800-562-6900 or

South King County CHADD chapter: 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Discussion of issues that concern parents of children with attention-deficit disorder. New Horizon School, 1111 S. Carr Road, Renton. 253-631-8603.

Teen Camp Erin-King County: Applications now being accepted for free weekend camp. Open to teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp provides support, education and opportunities for fun and fellowship to grieving teens. Camp slated for Aug. 22-24 at Camp River Ranch in Carnation. Call for details. 206-749-7689.


Veterans 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.

RecruitMilitary Career Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15. Free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds. Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma.

Cascade Warbirds seeking WWII Vets: May 19-26. WWII bomber air crew and ground crew veterans invited to join the Cascade Warbirds in hosting the B-17 visit to the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Veterans will greet and share experiences with visitors during the exhibit’s run. Call or e-mail for details. 206-571-1777 or

American Legion and Auxiliary-Renton Fred Hancock Post No. 19 and Auxiliary Unit No. 19: 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, September through June. 3224 N.E. 12th St., Renton. 425-271-1439.

VFW Panther Lake Post 11329: 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. U.S. Army Reserve Center, 14631 S.E. 192nd St., Renton. 253-631-8151 or 425-254-1459.

VFW Post 9430: 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Ladies Auxiliary meetings: 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Family Hamburger Night: 6-7:15 p.m. Thursdays (except holidays). 7421 S. 126th St., Seattle. 206-772-9982.

VFW Renton Post 1263: 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Ladies’ Auxiliary: 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month; Men’s Auxiliary: 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. VFW provides support to veterans of foreign wars and their families through overseas troop support, volunteer programs, community service, legislative action, charitable donations and research, and helps veterans seeking governmental benefits. Frank R. Vaise Post 1263, 416 Burnett Ave. S., Renton. 425-255-9010 or

USS Maddox Destroyer Association Reunion: Sept. 3-7. For DD-168, DD-622 and DD-731. Reunion will take place in Oklahoma City, OK. For details, contact Cliff Gillespie at 337-616-8450 or

USS Hollister Destroyer Reunion: Sept. 17-21 in Branson, Mo. For DD-788. For details, contact Nelda Rupp. 503-656-4949 or

82nd Airborne Division Association reunions: Association is seeking veterans from the 82nd Airborne Division to join in conventions and other special events throughout the country. Call or e-mail for details: 937-898-5977 or

Military reunions: October, 2008, reunion for the former crew of the USS Yancey (AKA-93) in Seattle. For details, contact George Clifton, 708-425-8531 or June 24, 2009, reunion for former crewmen from the USS England (DLG/CG-22) in Seattle. For details contact Dennis O’Brien, 714-961-6840 or Veterans can find information about upcoming reunions across the country through Military Locator and Reunion Service. Call 828-256-6008 or visit


Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation: Breast cancer survivors needed to provide support for others battling cancer. Must be one year past the end of treatments and have good interpersonal skills. 206-417-3484, 877-417-3484 (toll-free), or

Green River Community College: College seeks volunteers in a variety of areas: ceramics, basic computing, court reporting and more. Professional experience is not required. Call 253-288-3346 or visit

Litter Patrol: Once a month, help patrol State Route 900 from Interstate 405. All gear supplied by the Washington State Department of Transportation. 206-351-6796.

Domestic Violence Unit: King County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking volunteers to provide legal advocacy to King County domestic violence victims. Volunteers needed for 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 206-296-9700.

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates is looking for volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in court. Must be 21 with excellent references. Volunteers must also attend 28 hours of training. Call 206-296-1120, e-mail or visit

Dining Program Volunteers: Currently seeking volunteers to help with the Senior Community Dining Program at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. Program hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Hours are negotiable. Food service experience is helpful and a food handler’s permit is required. When obtained the cost of the permit is reimbursed. 425-255-7932.

Family Law CASA of King County: May 15-16 and June 12-13, volunteer training. Children’s needs can get lost in the dispute between separating parents. Do you want to advocate for such a child? Volunteer for Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of King County. 206-748-9700 or

Friend to Friend: Volunteers are needed to visit residents in nursing homes, assisted living and retirement homes in the Puget Sound area. Call for details. 888-383-7818 or

Help Teach English: Volunteer tutors needed to help new immigrants and refugees learn English. Contact the City of Renton Community Services Department for more information. 425-430-6600.

Highline Hospice: Hospice is recruiting caring and compassionate people interested in supporting terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers provide patient support and companionship, caregiver respite, bereavement support or office help. Comprehensive training provided. Highline Hospice, 12844 Military Road S., Tukwila. 206-439-9095.

Meals on Wheels: Meal-delivery program has openings for volunteer drivers and co-coordinators at sites throughout King County. Time commitment for drivers averages three hours once a week, with 35-cent reimbursement per mile. Coordinators may work one or two days a week, four to six hours total. 206-448-5767 or

Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County Volunteers: MSA of King County is looking for people to assist those with MS in maintaining their independence and quality of life. People are needed to assist with water-therapy programs, visit isolated individuals, provide transportation, go shopping, do yard work or other household chores, teach computer skills and more. Volunteers are also needed to assist with an ongoing school-assembly program that educates elementary-school children about coping with the challenges of disabilities. 206-633-2606 or

Olive Crest Abused and Neglected Children’s Foundation: Group is looking for dedicated volunteers to join the auxiliary group. Members assist with Foster Family activities, fundraising activities and welcome baskets for children entering new homes. 425-462-1612, ext. 1314, or

Puget Sound Blood Center: Assist with blood drives and bone marrow registry drives. Must be available in the day or early evening twice a month and have reliable transportation. 425-462-4381, or

Red Cross Disaster Action Team: American Red Cross is seeking King County volunteers to respond to local disasters. Volunteers must be on-call one week out of six, and will receive free training. 206-726-3566 or

Special Transportation Program: Group Health Cooperative needs volunteer drivers to transport frail, elderly members to and from medical appointments in King County. Volunteers use their personal cars, are reimbursed for mileage and determine their own schedules, including when, where and how often they will drive. Volunteers do not need to be Group Health members. 206-326-2800 or

Stitches from the Heart: Volunteers are needed to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters, hats and booties for babies in need. Items go to hospitals across the country. Patterns available. Donations of yarn or money also appreciated. Call for details. 866-472-6903, or

Volunteer Chore Services: Volunteers needed to assist with chores for low-income elders and adults with disabilities. Services include shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, cooking and yard work. Program is a service of Catholic Community Services. 206-328-5787 or

Volunteer Literacy Program: Many people in our community struggle to communicate in the English language because they are new to the country. If you can volunteer three to four hours a week, you can help someone learn to read, write and speak English. Call Highline Community College: 206-878-3710, ext. 3303.