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alley Cities acquired the former Recovery Centers of King County building in Kent that will provide a portion of the mental health and substance abuse treatment programs that were slated to be delivered as part of a campus of integrated services at the proposed Woodmont Recovery Center in Des Moines.

The Federal Way organization postponed plans for the comprehensive campus after receiving backlash from legislators and the community in August. Valley Cities agreed to work with city, county and state officials to research alternate sites following a public outcry in the Des Moines community regarding the proximity to a library and Federal Way school district elementary school.

“We listened to the community’s concerns about the Woodmont site and explored other options,” Ken Taylor, Valley Cities CEO, said in a media release. “We know that we’re good neighbors and have a positive impact on the communities we serve. But unfortunately, that’s not enough to overcome the stigma facing our clients. We were lucky to find something that will meet some of the spe-

cific needs of people living with mental illness, but this is a very partial solution.” In addition, this site is ideally located in close proximity to the Valley Cities offices in downtown Kent that houses the agency’s administrative offices and provides outpatient counseling services. Valley Cities is proud to have served the people of Kent for almost 50 years and looks forward to continuing a

Ashley House opens new offices

Habitat for Humanity, Delta dedicate home to family

Nonprofit provides medical care and normalcy for children

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Ashley House, a nonprofit dedicated to caring for medically fragile children in home-like settings, is set to open its new 5,400-squarefoot administrative offices on Dec. 2 in Federal Way. Located at 33811 Ninth Ave. S., the new two-story building will serve as the home base for Ashley House’s 75 employees. “Our administrative offices will include the executive office, accounting and human resources,” said Ken Maaz, Ashley House chief executive officer. “There will be room for ongoing staff training and new staff orientation, which will be a great benefit.” Ashley House was founded in 1989 by a group of parents and health care advocates who recognized the gap in quality, costeffective, comprehensive care for Washington state’s medically fragile children. [ more CHILD, page 12 ]

cooperative relationship with the Kent community for many years to come. King County has only 201 involuntary treatment beds. People from South King County must travel long distances to access services in downtown Seattle, Kirkland or Burien. The Kent facility, at 505 Washington Ave. S., is within easy access to Interstate 5 and lo[ more CENTER, page 5]

Above, Tirngo Webe and her husband cut the ribbon in celebration of their new Federal Way home at a house dedication ceremony on Nov. 19. Habitat for Humanity and Delta Air Lines volunteers helped renovate the home for the couple and their five children. Webe came to America in 2002 from Ethiopia. Left,Yibeltal Redie celebrates his family’s new home during a dedication ceremony that drew Mayor Jim Ferrell and other elected officials. Photos courtesy of Rebecca Ellison Photography

Due to the complicated immigration process, Tirngo Webe came to America in 2002 alone, without her twin daughters she had just birthed, her husband and her other children. “I moved to Seattle to live a better life and I have a better life now,” the Ethiopian native said. “It took me a little while to get citizen[ship] and to understand the culture, a little bit difficult for me.” Her family wouldn’t join her until 2011. “We had just a small house and lived the Ethiopian lifestyle,” she said. “We don’t have that much hard time or that much rich, it was good to live with our family and it was a good education too, but we just looked forward to [moving] to America.” In the meantime, her husband, Yibeltal Redie, and mother took care of her twin daughters and her older two went to live in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, for school. Webe worked as a laundry aid in south Seattle and received help from a close friend. When her family finally joined her, they packed into a two-bedroom apartment with mold and water damage. The apartment’s location had also been deemed a high crime area. Learning of Habitat for Humanity through a friend who had received [ more HOME, page 5 ]


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Fast paced, colorful, fun entertainment abounds during the current production of “Godspell” produced by Federal Way United Methodist Church and Rosebud Community Theater. A Broadway show in the 1970s, “Godspell” was written by Stephen Schwartz and is based on the gospel according to Matthew. This is an updated version, complete with cell phones and Facebook, and features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age through parables, games and tomfoolery. The spotlight shines on local talent, with Joshua Jerard in the lead role of Jesus. Jerard is accompanied by capable vocal soloists; Jennifer Landaverde, Michelle Thompson, Ilona

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Newsmakers, shakers of 2015 The biggest political story emerging in Federal Way may not be the one you think it is. History likely will look back to this era and identify the two biggest political stories as the groundbreaking for the Performing Arts and Events Center, and Sound Transit’s selection of Interstate 5 over Highway 99 as the preferred route into Federal Way for light rail. And they are certainly major news events. The events center has been a longheld dream of many in the community, but also one of the most polarizing issues in the community for two decades. New Director Theresa Yvonne will be under a microscope as many will watch to see how the budget works and whether the facility will be an economic asset or a financial drain. That alone will keep it in the public eye for several years. The light rail selection was also controversial and, as with the events center, we may not know for several years if the correct decision was made. Keeping the costs down won out over providing service to needed population groups and on-location service to Highline College. Will the next generation applaud our fiscal conservatism or question our sanity for excluding service

to people who need it? Mayor Jim Ferrell sits in the biggest chair in town and everything he does, good and bad, is magnified by his position. But, for every accomplishment — and there have been several — there is always a counterbalance of poor decisions or behavior that overshadows the accomplishment. He pushed the events center and the downtown park, but he also contributed to the controversy surrounding each. And there were those moments of temperamental behavior. Both sides of the mayor raise his profile as a newsmaker. But the biggest story of the year isn’t about an individual, but a gender, and the emergence of a strong set of women leaders. There has always been a cross section of gender leaders in Federal Way’s public life, but it appears that strong leadership-oriented women with their own goals have started to put a mark on the community. The selection of school Superintendent Tammy Campbell brings star quality to the leadership of the district. She brought a new spirit of cooperation, compassion and a belief that ALL students matter and we can get away from our stormy past and our fear of growth by working

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Upset to learn that recovery center is relocating As a Federal Way resident, I was alarmed and upset to learn that Valley Cities’ Woodmont Recovery Center has been forced

to relocate to a location that does not fully meet its needs. I was further concerned when I read Sen. Mark Miloscia’s letter to the editor supporting the relocation of Woodmont Recovery Center, which seems to sum up the argument for relocation. Sen. Miloscia says that “we need a solution that does not put our children and safe public spaces at risk,” thereby reinforcing a harmful stereotype that people with behavioral health concerns are dangerous and should not be around children or the general public. Fear-mongering and stigma such as this is ex-

actly what prevents people with treatable illnesses from reaching out for help and reinforces the isolation and silencing of people with mental and substance use disorders. This position also creates concrete barriers to services as well, an example being that Valley Cities has been forced to relocate the Woodmont Recovery Center to a location it feels will not as effectively serve the needs of its clients. In reality, people with mental illness are much more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of violence. About 60 percent of U.S. adults living with mental ill-

ness received no treatment for their disorder in the past year; both stigma and lack of access to services contribute to this. Setting aside for a moment the problematic language of labeling people with behavioral health disorders as “the ill,” a solution that “balances the growing needs of the ill with community safety” would be a solution that recognizes community safety is best served by welcoming and supporting people with behavioral health concerns, instead of further stigmatizing and marginalizing them and creating even more barriers to treatment. About 25 percent of U.S.

adults are now experiencing a mental illness and almost 50 percent will experience at least one mental illness in their lifetime. They are not “the ill.” They are us.

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www.federalwaymirror.com process of what we did upstairs.” [ HOME from page 1] a home in White Center, she applied for one in Rainier Vista but was unsuccessful. She re-applied for a home in Renton but then found out she was pregnant and would need a larger house. “They said, ‘We’re looking for one but right now we don’t have one, just hold on until we find one,’” she said. Webe recalls she was so desperate for a house to fit her family that she was willing to move far away from her church and job. When the Federal Way house, in the 32800 block of 26th Place SW, was available, she accepted it right away. “I visited the house in the driveway, didn’t go inside and I told them that I like it,” she said. “Even if I don’t like it, I want to move in. It’s far from Seattle but I’d rather have that instead of living in three bedrooms.” Habitat for Humanity and Delta Air Lines volunteers began work on the house on Oct. 19 and it was dedicated to the family Nov. 19. The foreclosed two-story house had “truckloads” of garbage and personal possessions left inside from the previous owner. “We demolished the kitchen, bathrooms, driveway, floors and a few walls in the process,” said Greta Tjeltveit, an AmeriCorps construction volunteer lead for Habitat for Humanity. “We insulated the home, which had previously not been insulated. I can only imagine what winters were like here before.” The house was re-shingled, the electrical was updated and many other improvements were made. “We completed the entire exterior and first floor of the home in the short timeframe we were given but will continue to work on the basement to be finished when the family buys the house in March,” Tjeltveit said. “Currently, we just have it with drywall and we’re waiting to clear everything out … and continue the

Mayor Jim Ferrell welcomed the family to Federal Way during the dedication, recalling his own memories of moving into a new home as a child. “Sixty-three homes have been built in this city as the result of the partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” he said. “Now, you know, for some, that’s just a number, 63, but when you really think about it, think about the impact, the geometric impact that has on a community. “I’ll tell you the most important number, and that’s one. Because we have one family that’s moving into this one house and this will be one of the most significant events in their life, a real turning point for their family.” Mike Medeiros, the vice president of Seattle Delta Air Lines, said they plan to come back to Federal Way next year to help more families find homes with Habitat for Humanity. The Federal Way project is part of Delta’s nationwide initiative this fall where more than 2,400 Delta employees are working on seven homes in six cities, including Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York and Seattle. After Webe and her husband move in with their four teenage daughters and infant, Webe’s goals for her family will be to focus on education for her daughters. “My kids, their school. That’s my goal, I want them to go to better school, better life, not like me,” she said. “I want them to [have a] better life.” Webe said her daughters will likely change their minds about what they want to be when they grow up, but she’s heard them express wanting to be nurses, doctors and engineers. “I’m not sure [what] they’re going to do next,” she said, noting she’s thankful for work that’s been done on her new home. “I support them in whatever they want to do.”

[ CENTER from page 1] cated in the South King County area. Valley Cities purchased the site for $1 million and will operate mental health evaluation and treatment services out of the facility. There will be 32 beds available to address a serious shortfall in residential services for people in mental health crisis. Previously operating as the Recovery Centers of King County, the facility provided intensive inpatient detoxification services for low-income individuals for more than 32 years but ceased delivering services earlier this year due to lack of funding. The facility has the proper permitting and zoning to operate as a mental health treatment facility but requires an estimated $7 million in improvements to meet the state’s licensure and certification requirements. Valley Cities is currently working with the state of Washington, notably, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, Sen. Karen Keiser and Rep. Tina Orwall on an approval to move the $5 million awarded for Woodmont improvements to finance updates to the Kent facility. “We will continue to work together to address the stigma against people with mental illness or substance abuse problems so that community based treatment will be accessible to all communities,” Keiser said. The site only recently became available and, at only 13,481 square feet, is not a viable option for Valley Cities’ full “campus” design that would place all components of mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery in close proximity. The Woodmont Recovery Center plans included an evaluation and treatment facil-

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hen the Federal Way Senior Center has needed a helping hand, Dorothy Wells has always been there to lend hers the past seven years. “It’s a very homely place,” said Wells, who the Mirror nominated as this month’s Citizen of the Month. “Everybody here was just understanding and nice. I just asked what I could do and I went from there.” Wells began volunteering at the senior center shortly after her husband passed away. “After I lost my husband, I was just looking for a way to feel included,” Wells said. “It gives me a routine for a day, which I enjoy.” On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, she can be found leading the senior exercise program. The program is designed for seniors to help with stretching and flexibility. She started working with the exercise program through Group Health. She was involved with the program through them until they decided they no longer wanted to sponsor it. Luckily, the senior center was looking for a program like that right around the same time. On Fridays, she can be found helping out at the Bread Room, a shop where seniors can pick up breads and pastries. Last Thursday, she helped decorate the build-

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ing for Thanksgiving. While she is not at the senior center on Wednesday, it does not stop her from volunteering. She still volunteers with Group Health, working in the gift shop, the snack bar and helping out with the consignments. When she has time to spare, she’ll often stay helping out well beyond the hours they ask of her. “It’s given me a good outlook on life to be able to help people,” Wells said. “It also enables me to be in a social position with other people.” Wells moved to Federal Way after spending 37 years in St. Louis, Missouri. She lived in the Seattle area for 10 years prior to the move to Missouri. She is currently a resident at Belmor, where she participates in their bingo, pinochle and bunco clubs. “I was so glad to get back here,” she said. “I love the people here. I love the wide-openness and the beautiful scenery. It’s just a very comfortable place to live.” She has two sons and six grandchildren. When she is not volunteering, her time is mostly spent with her two grandchildren who live in the area. Her other grandchildren reside back in St. Louis. Wells has no intention of slowing down in her volunteer work in the near future. She is interested in helping the senior center to receive more funding. “Right now, I’m very concerned about our seThe Professional Photographers of Washington announced that applications are being accepted for the 2016 Student Photographer of the Year Award, which is open to all high school seniors in Washington state

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through an incredibly rocky time as president of the school board and helped bring stability at a needed time. She then served a productive and successful year in the state House of Representatives. Then there is Republican state Representative and former Mayor Linda Kochmar, who joined with Gregory on several issues that brought benefit to Federal Way. Even though Ferrell occupies the mayors office, community speculation has at least three women considering giving him a race. Deputy Mayor Jeanne Burbidge isn’t one of them, although she may decide she would like to be deputy mayor for another two years. Or it could be relative newcomer Susan Honda, who led most of the questioning of the events center. Completing her first year as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce, Becca Martin is going to push and pull this town into that great big world

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at 12:30 p.m., by the way. But Mrs. Federal Way has informed Mr. Federal Way that not everyone has the luxury of recovering from a turkey coma and some may actually need to take advantage of good deals in order for there to be any Christmas at all. So, without further ado, Mr. Federal Way presents “2015’s best and worst retailers for Black Friday Deals,” courtesy of

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A: Excuse me, Mr. Federal Way had to wipe off his monitor after snorting out a diet coke through his nostrils from reading this question. It won’t be at the new park, unless you want to bring boots to trudge through the muck. Just in case you’ve been living in the trees, you may not know that this park is all torn up to be replaced by a new one. Mr. Federal Way won’t tell you the price. It’ll only ruin your holidays. Truth is, Mr. Federal Way will have to get the Mirror crack crew to look this one up. Hard telling where this is going to be this year but Mr. Federal Way heard rumors of a Wild Waves event. All Mr. Federal Way knows is that this city government will spend more on it than the one that lands at 30 Rock or the White House this year. Probably combined. Sadly. Here’s an idea. Go get Weyerhaeuser to donate a tree as an olive branch for leaving the city. Certainly

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charges after pit bull suffers hypothermia: At 12:09 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the 1700 block of S. 281st Place, the manager of Mariposa Apartments called police to report a sick dog had been kept outside on a resident’s 4-story balcony in the rain and wind for a few days. The dog owner confirmed she owned the 1-and-a-half-year-old female pit bull named Cookie. When police asked if they could see the dog, she said no but opened the door wider for police to see to the balcony. They then saw what appeared to be feces on the deck and half of the sliding glass door was coated with a “mud-like substance.” There were streaks and paw prints on the door as well. The owner defended herself, saying that the dog was still a puppy and wasn’t potty trained but police told her it was considered animal cruelty to leave the dog outside in this manner. She agreed to give Cookie a bath and buy an indoor kennel. The officers left, but soon returned after the woman reported Cookie was defecating something black and was very thin and weak. The woman was crying as she agreed to surrender her dog, stating she “didn’t know she let her get this bad.” Police took Cookie to an emergency veterinarian in Renton, who confirmed she had low blood pressure and low body temperature. She was treated for hypothermia and malnutrition. Animal cruelty charges were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office. Man alleges mother uses drugs in front of baby: At 12:50 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the 31000

block of Third Place SW, police were called to check on a man’s 1-and-ahalf-year-old niece. He told police that the girl’s mother had been arrested in Federal Way for theft and he alleged she was caught smoking Oxycodone in the girl’s bedroom. When police arrived, they were invited in. The mother’s father was there to help her enroll in a rehabilitation program. The apartment was “extremely clean” and the officer was invited to check on the sleeping baby. He reported no marks or injuries on the child. The mother, her father and her boyfriend all denied the reporting party’s allegations that she did drugs inside the child’s bedroom and suggested he had called out of spite because she was currently in an argument with her mom. Police determined there was no evidence of drug use or danger. Suicidal man committed: At 2:21 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway S., a man who was under the influence of alcohol told police he didn’t want to live anymore because everything he loved is gone. He need assistance with standing and walking and had mood swings from laughing to crying. He called 911 to report himself as suicidal and was involuntarily committed. Teenage boy shoots girl in face: At 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the 3600 block of SW 336th St., police responded to a report that a 7-year-old girl was shot in the face with a BB gun. At the scene, police were approached by a teenage boy who said he was at Brigadoon Elementary School with his friends

when he set his backpack down with three BB guns inside it. Somehow, the boy said, an unknown male took a BB gun and walked away. He said he was unaware that this had happened until he heard the BB gun fire and a girl scream. But police later discovered he was lying and had told three of his friends to lie as well. The boy admitted to accidentally shooting the girl and hiding the BB gun in a bush. Mother alleges child abuse from father: At 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at an unknown address, a mother called police to report she suspected the father of her 3-year-old child abused their child. The child was visiting her father in Federal Way for a scheduled visit. The girl’s mother picked her up at the Fred Meyer as scheduled and noticed nothing out of the ordinary. However, once home the mother observed several small scratches to the right side of her daughter’s neck and shoulder area. Suspect kicks in door: At 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the 100 block of SW 332nd Place, police contacted the victim at his apartment in regards to a malicious mischief report. The victim reported that an unknown suspect knocked in his door around 5:30 a.m. and left before he saw who was there. He said that his girlfriend left for work shortly after this and then someone returned and attempted to kick in his door, which cracked the frame. The victim yelled out to the person who was kicking his door and he or she left the area before he could see who it was. The victim did not have any idea who the suspect might be. The case was closed pending additional leads or suspect information. Man comes at police with

bat: At 6:42 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the 27000 block of 23rd Ave. S., a man exited an apartment with an aluminum baseball bat and began to approach officers. He appeared to be intoxicated and had a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He spoke limited English but acknowledged that he was trying to hurt himself. A witness called 911 to report that the man had been consuming alcohol all night, had been awake talking to himself and hitting the walls all night. The witness was afraid of the man and hid until police arrived. The witness advised police the man had been using drugs and drinking steadily for three weeks. Robbery at Jamba Juice: At 10:40 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the 1400 block of S. 348th St., an unidentified male called 911 to report that he or she was robbed at gunpoint at Jamba Juice in Federal Way. He advised that he was following the suspect’s vehicle described as a grey Chevy Tahoe, which was occupied by a male driver and two or three males in the back seat and that all of them were armed with guns and knives. The male reported that he followed the suspect’s vehicle to a dead end in the area of South 375th Street and 16th Avenue South but then failed to provide any further information to dispatch, including his name. Further attempts to contact the reporting party by phone or in person through extensive area checks were negative. Woman tries to get out of ticket: At 9 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the 32000 block of 46th Place SW, a police officer was dispatched to a “fraud” report. The reporting person stated her sister’s girlfriend gave an officer the reporting party’s name during a traffic stop

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www.federalwaymirror.com centrally located in Federal Way makes more sense. The location is easily accessible by Ashley House employees and closer to Seattle Children’s Hospital and Mary Bridge Hospital, two medical centers regularly referring children to Ashley House. In addition to their four homes located in Tacoma, Kent, Olympia and Enumclaw, Ashley House is in the process of opening a new home in Edgewood catering to the long-term care of young adults ages 18 to 30. “We wanted a new young adult home, because there are not a lot of resources as they age out of the children system,” Maaz said. “The alternative is for them to go to a nursing home or an adult family home. But those are gauged for geriatrics. This new home is geared more toward the young

Washington state, and recognized worldwide. Health care professionals from countries including Russia and Japan have come to observe Ashley House’s work. Since 1989 Ashley House has operated a 10,000-square-foot mansion on six acres of property in Enumclaw. At one time, up to 16 children were housed on the first floor, with administrative offices on the second floor. Over the years licensing requirement changes has reduced the number of children down to six. Freeborn said the board has decided to eventually vacate that home in Enumclaw and move the children to one of Ashley House’s four operating homes. The administrative offices have been moved to the new Federal Way location. Freeborn said having the administrative offices

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Caring for medically fragile children and teaching parents how to care for their child is a central part of Ashley House’s mission. Courtesy of Ashley House

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cial place to visit. But as she’s met with volunteers and senior center members over the past several weeks, she’s said she’s discovered the center’s biggest challenge — the facility is Auburn and Federal Way’s best kept secret, she said. “Right now, since I’m new coming in, we’re trying to get more people to know more about the senior center because so many people have said they don’t know about it,” Puariea said, who previously operated the Federal Way Boys & Girls Club before she came to the senior center. One issue involves the center’s location. “This used to be in Federal Way,” said Char Ashcraft, the senior center’s associate director, noting when she moved to Federal Way in 1969 the center was located in that city. “But when the city annexed, then this part became Auburn and is now three blocks outside of the city of Federal Way. The center’s been in existence for 35 years.” Ashcraft said the Federal Way Senior Center kept its name with the transition but it has an Auburn address. “But Auburn has a senior center and sometimes there’s confusion about that. There’s a really well-funded senior center in Auburn — the city [of Auburn] funds them.” Another challenge the Federal Way Senior Center faces is funding. The center receives a nominal nutritional grant from the city of Federal Way of nearly $19,000 per year. Puariea said the grant pays for the center’s full-time chef and a part-time kitchen staff for one day per week, however, the funds from the city do not take care of most of the center’s needs. Over the years, the center has relied mostly on donations and volunteers to keep it going. One of Puariea’s goals is to get the word out about the senior center so more seniors age 55 and over are aware of all the hidden treasures the center has to offer. “Everyone here, they come to maintain relationships and build friendships and get involved in the community,” she added. “People tell me this is their happy place.

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Joan Tofstad, 78, plays songs on the piano such as “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” and “Side by Side” in the corner of the senior center’s cafeteria, as she recalls her beginnings at the senior center. The 78-year-old Auburn resident has been playing the piano at the center since 1989, when her neighbor suggested she play at the center. “I like the get-together, the camaraderie,” Tofstad said. “You know what music does to people, I just can’t describe what it does to you — you can’t get it anywhere else.” That’s why twice per month, residents from various assisted living facilities come to the center to get their fill of music. On that afternoon, two private adult family homes from Auburn came out to celebrate Kiku Mooie’s 90th birthday. Mooie sat with other residents at a table with her birthday cake set up as they tapped their toes to the music. Senior center members also come to enjoy one of the best lunches in town. The center serves an average of 150 lunches every week. The center’s gourmet cook Donna San Jose serves up a hot lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon every weekday. There is a suggested $3 donation for members and $4 suggested donation for non-members. The center also offers many activities, from dance classes and walking excursions to sewing and social bingo. Federal Way resident Curt Beech volunteers at the center on Wednesday, when they offer social bingo at 10 a.m. “What we mean by social bingo is that we don’t charge for the cards, everything is free and the prizes are just absolutely priceless,” said Beech, 67. “They range everything from a dozen eggs to chocolate cake,

to cupcakes, to all kinds of festive sweet things.” In between each bingo card, Beech tells members “really bad jokes” and trivia questions. “What do you get when you cross a policeman with a skunk?” Beach asks. “Law and odor. And what do you call a fake noodle? Im-pasta.”

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The center also offers a food pantry that is open from 8:15-11 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and serves over 500 people per week. The food pantry serves those in need who reside in zip codes 98001, 98003 and 98023. Federal Way resident Mike Riley, a food pantry volunteer, said food recipients have to sign up for food pantry membership, however, there is no age limit. Families can select from milk, eggs, cheese, bread, pastries, canned and frozen goods, fresh produce and meat. “We let them pick,” Riley said. “Most other food banks you don’t pick; you are handed a box.” The senior center also sells gently used household goods and other knickknacks at the Treasure Chest, where Ashcraft volunteers when its open from 8:15-11 a.m. on Mondays and Thursday. She added that “every penny raised” at the Treasure Chest goes to the senior center, which is always seeking donations. And seniors who want to learn new computer skills can come by the center’s computer lab, which offers classes from Facebook basics to navigating the Internet. Jim Lee, 83, began volunteering at the computer lab and repairing computers in 1998, when a friend asked him to teach a computer class. “I need something to do then because I was retired anyway, you get bored,” said Lee. “It keeps me busy. It gets frustrating once in awhile, but if I don’t stay busy, I’m going to start getting old — I don’t want to do that.” The senior center is located at 4016 S. 352nd St., Auburn. For information, call 253-838-3604.

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who commits genocide without starting by being taught to engage in the first level of the pyramid, which is belittling and dehumanizing others. It’s like the story that says if you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out. But if you put the frog in cool water and slowly turn up the heat, the frog will boil to death. If you start killing people because they are gay or trans, that’s a hate crime — akin to genocide. Most people wouldn’t consider doing anything like that. They’d jump right out of the water. But what about bullying kids who don’t conform to gender norms? What about teasing them? What about discrimination in the workplace because of the way someone expresses their gender? What about laughing at or telling those jokes? Those are the slow-boil activities. Hatred starts with dehumanizing certain people. We can do better. Seriously.

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Humanity’s Future in Space: Sean McClinton, organizer of Space Entrepreneurs, will explain what is happening in space right now, from SpaceX to NASA at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www. kcls.org/mindmatters or call 253838-3668.

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Federal Way Tool Library Meeting: Come discuss the possibility of a tool library in Federal Way from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 Eighth Ave S. For more information, contact Jeanette Brizendine-Jurgensen at recycle@ cityoffederalway.com or call 253835-2771.

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school drumline and a visit from Santa. Free entry and parking for residents within the Federal Way school district. For more information, visit cityoffederalway.com.

Holiday Tree Lighting: The city of Federal Way will present the annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S. Festivities include caroling, a high

‘Sleeping Beauty’: Centerstage Theatre will present their traditional English Christmas “panto” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Knutzen Family Theatre, located at 3200 SW Dash Point Road. Admission is $15-50. For more information contact Alan Bryce at aabryce@hotmail.com, call 253-661-1444 or visit www.centerstagetheatre.com. ‘Christmas Belles’: Rosebud Community Theatre presents its fifth annual community theatre holiday show “Christmas Belles” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Todd Beamer High School, located at 35999 16th Ave S. Admission is $10-15 online and $13-18 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Holly Rose at info@rosebudctc.org or visit www.rosebudctc.org.

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Warm Coat Drive: Front Porch Outreach and South King Fire and Rescue are collecting clean, gently used coats until Jan. 1, 2016 at South King Fire and Rescue, Station 65, located at 4966 S. 298th St., Auburn, and Front Port Community Outreach at Federal Way United Methodist Church, located at 29645 51st Ave. S., Auburn. For more information, contact Katherine Kerr at katherinekerr@outlook.com or call 360-489-0849. Sleeping Bag, Tent and Tarp Drive: Boy Scout Troop 336 and Group Health Employees are collecting sleeping bags, tents, tarps and sleeping pads for the homeless throughout November. Contact Sharry Edwards at sharryedwards@ comcast.net or call 253-315-1804 to find out where to drop off any new or ready to use sleeping bags, small tents, tarps and sleeping pads. Boy Scout Troop 336 will collect and distribute the donated items to the Multi-Service center for those in need this winter. Community Coffee at MaST Center Aquarium: Enjoy coffee and refreshments from 8:30 to 11 a.m. every second Monday of the month at the MaST Center Aquarium located next to Salty’s on Redondo Beach. Community members can tour the museum and listen to guest speakers. For more information, contact Jillian Mayer at jmayer@highline.edu,

call 941-321-9430 or visit mast. highline.edu. Talk Time Classes: Practice speaking English with other English language learners at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free, participants can join anytime. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-839-3668. Super Wednesday Afterschool Adventures: Students K-12 can come for super activities each week at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Federal Way 320th Library, located at 848 S. 320th St. Snacks provided. For more information, visit www. kcls.org or call 253-839-0257. Study Zone: Drop-in during scheduled hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. and the Federal Way 320th Library, located at 848 S. 320th St. For more information, visit www. kcls.org or call 253-838-3668 or 253-839-0257.

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