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Nancy Backus privilege of working with them. Each department plays a unique roll to ensure our residents and citizens feel safe, secure and supported. It's easy to understand that our amazing Police Department keeps us safe - and I would put them up against any department in this country, but every one of you has a role to play in our City! If Human Resources didn't recruit and hire the right people and support us once we are hired with benefits, training and more; and Parks, Arts & Recreation didn't provide great programming, incredible events, live

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theater, beautiful artwork and well-maintained parks; and Community Development and Public Works didn't hold us to a high standard for our roads, new development, creative and compassionate code compliance and maintenance; and Finance didn't find creative solutions for our budgeting challenges, and make sure our paychecks are on time, our bills are paid, and ensure we have a reserve that could see us through difficult times; and Legal didn't oversee our contracts to ensure we are looking out for Auburn's best interests, prosecute those individuals who didn't make good choices, or assist with passports and those never-ending public records requests; and Innovation & Technology didn't provide us with great equipment, keep us connected, and know where everything is; and Administration didn't keep our facilities running, help those in need, our veterans supported, our emergencies under control,

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our City in everyone's mind when they decide where to locate their new development or to hold their next event, provide great graphics and documentation of our council meetings and events, and coordinate schedules and remember that a mayor or council's schedule is "merely a suggestion;" and City Council didn't pour over the budget to fully understand the City's needs, bring resident's concerns forward for discussion and resolution, and create the right policies to keep us running efficiently and effectively, well, we wouldn't be the great City and team that we are! Many of you that I get to meet have probably heard me say how much I love my job and that I believe I have the best job in the world. It’s because all of us here at the City of Auburn are here for you and we are here for each other. Let’s make 2016 our best year yet! Mayor Nancy Backus


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Welcome to the 2016 Resident’s Guide! I am confident that there will be many things you’ll find in the guide to enjoy in Auburn. I can’t say often enough how important it is for everyone to do, buy and enjoy things in Auburn! Our businesses require your support to keep their doors open and you will hear me say often and proudly, “If you can buy it in Auburn, you should!” As our community continues to grow, I hope that you’ll find our progress is positive. I can assure you that I strive each day to weigh all decisions with your best interest at heart. I know I can’t please everyone, but you have my word that I will reach the best decisions for the greater good with the information I have and if I am off the mark, I will work harder to make it right. I want everyone to know that the nearly 500 employees at the City of Auburn are at your service. They are dedicated, motivated, compassionate experts, and I am thankful each day that I have the


Auburn School District-Engage, Educate, Empower Welcome to the Auburn School District! We have 22 schools serving more than 15,600 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. All elementary schools provide free, full-day kindergarten to strengthen early learning. Our middle schools emphasize a relevant, individualized learning environment to accelerate learning. Our high schools offer comprehensive courses in Advanced Placement, career and technical education, honors, the arts and intervention courses. Several of our schools offer early learning opportunities with Head Start, ECEAP and peer-modeling preschool programs. Our district is approximately 62 square miles and bridges King and Pierce Counties and the cities of Auburn, Pacific, Algona, Lake Tapps and unincorporated areas of King County.

Elementary schools • Alpac 310 Milwaukee Blvd. N., Pacific 253-931-4976 • Arthur Jacobsen 29205 132nd Ave. SE, Auburn 253-630-2441 • Chinook 3502 Auburn Way S., Auburn 253-931-4980 • Dick Scobee 1031 14th St. NE, Auburn 253-931-4984 • Evergreen Heights 5602 S. 316th St., Auburn 253-931-4974 • Gildo Rey 1005 37th St. SE, Auburn 253-931-4952 • Hazelwood 11815 SE 304th St., Auburn 253-931-4740 • Ilalko 301 Oravetz Place SE, Auburn 253-931-4748


Schools are Professional Learning Communities to ensure individual instruction so all students will achieve high standards. Staff works collaboratively to meet each child’s needs. Time and resources are aligned to ensure student success. Community support is strong. Our community passed a $22 million technology levy two years ago that is providing learning opportunities just starting to be realized. The community also recently passed a 4-year Educational Program and Operations levy to continue to provide a world-class education for our students. We have strong community partnerships with Communities in Schools, Auburn Youth Resources, United Way, the YMCA, the City of Auburn and more, to provide academic and social supports for our students and families. Our

schools feature strong Parent Teacher Associations, Booster Clubs, family engagement liaisons and we encourage families to be involved in their student’s education. Our diversity continues to grow and enrich our community. Students in our district speak 65 different languages and come from all over the globe. About 14 percent of our students are English Language Learners, and we offer ELL instruction in all of our schools. We have extensive opportunities for students to engage in extra-curricular activities with comprehensive music programs, arts, robotics, service clubs, sports and much more. We believe in providing a wide array of choices for students to explore their passion. Our active school board provides strategic leadership in assuring our students are ready for college and career.

• Lake View 16401 SE 318th St., Auburn 253-931-4830 • Lakeland Hills 1020 Evergreen Way SE, Auburn 253-876-7711 • Lea Hill 30908 124th Ave. SE, Auburn 253-931-4982 • Pioneer 2301 M St. SE, Auburn 253-931-4986 • Terminal Park 1101 D St. SE, Auburn 253-931-4978 • Washington 20 E St. SE, Auburn 253-931-4988

Middle schools • Cascade 1015 24th St. NE, Auburn 253-931-4995 • Mt. Baker 620 37th St. SE, Auburn 253-804-4555

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Dr. Alan Spicciati As we look to the future, we will build on our success by enhancing our strong traditions and embracing our newest community members. I am honored to serve as superintendent of this great school district. If we cross paths around town, please say hello and let me know how we can best serve. Dr. Alan Spicciati, Superintendent

• Olympic 1825 K St. SE, Auburn 253-931-4966 • Rainier 30620 116th Ave. SE, Auburn 253-931-4843

High schools • Auburn High School 711 East Main Street, Auburn 253-931-4880 • Auburn Mountainview High School 28900 124th Ave. SE, Auburn 253-904-4539 • Auburn Riverside 501 Oravetz Road, Auburn 253-804-5154 • West Auburn 401 W. Main St., Auburn 253-931-4990 For more information about the Auburn School District, call (253) 931-4900, or visit


Auburn gives way to a popular furry festival in May. Animals of all kinds, sizes and descriptions flourish at a place fittingly called Game Farm Park. The ninth annual Petpalooza returns May 21 to the park. The day begins with a Dog Trot, a family-oriented fun run/walk event (above). The day includes entertainment. JD Platt from the K9 Kings

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Flying Dog Show (left) and Icicle perform a trick. The Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Department puts on the innovative, internationally award-winning festival. The free event offers live entertainment, pony rides, giveaways, an agility area, demonstrations, competitions, more than 150 vendors and other activities.

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Please call 253-288-2121 for the non-emergency number which is to be used to dispatch Animal Control Services to the citizens of Auburn. In the event of a life threatening Animal Control emergency, the number to be called is still 9-1-1. For questions regarding Animal Control or to speak to an Animal Control Officer, please call 253931-3062


PROUD TRADITION: VETERANS DAY PARADE Honoring veterans is a tradition in the City of Auburn. And for the past 50 years, the Veterans Day Parade has acknowledged the sacrifices made by American veterans, past and present, with one of the largest processions west of the Mississippi. The mile-long parade typically lasts about two hours, featuring marching bands, ROTC units, re-enactors, active military units and military vehicles from all eras. Last year's parade featured more than 200 entries and more than 5,000 parade participants, showcasing American strength of will, endurance and purpose. The parade included more than 35 marching bands. Auburn is designated by the Vet-

erans Day National Committee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a regional site for the celebration of Veterans Day. The 51st edition of the tradition is Nov. 5 on Main Street.

Scenes from the 2015 Auburn Veterans Day Parade, clockwise, from top: a military unit strides down Main Street; a mighty military vehicle on display; a war bird soars through the sky; and veteran Joe Leister greets Anya Yu, 4, along the Main Street parade route.



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Auburn Services Mayor's Office (Mayor and City Council) Mayor Nancy Backus Tamie Bothell, Executive Assistant to the Mayor

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Dana Hinman, Director of Administration


Duanna Richards, Community Programs Coordinator


Airport: 400 23rd ST NE


Airport Management Group - Kasey Maiorca Noise Complaint Form 253-333-6821 Cemetery: 2020 Mountain View DR 253-931-3028 Craig Hudson, Manager


City Attorney Dan Heid, City Attorney City Clerks

Chris Andersen, Environmental Services Manager

Josh Flanders, Water Distribution Supervisor


Jail (Provided by SCORE South)

Phil Ast, Water Operations Supervisor


Chad Jordison, Sewer/Storm Manager

King County District Court – South Division: 340 E Main ST 800-325-6165 X59200


Todd Bright, Storm Supervisor


Museum (White River Valley Museum) 918 H ST SE 253-288-7433

Terry Vandecar, Sewer Supervisor


Patricia Cosgrove, Director

Eric Cottle,Street/Vegetation Manager 253-931-3068


Community Development & Public Works: 1 E Main ST, 2nd floor 253-931-3090

Jeff Tate, Assistant Director


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Allen Hunter, Water Manager



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Doug Lein, Economic Development Manager Emergency Management: 1 E Main ST


Ron Tiedeman, Director


Webmaster 206-257-6200


Parks, Arts & Recreation: 910 9TH ST SE


Daryl Faber, Director


Brian Petty, Recreation Manager


Julie Krueger, Arts & Events Manager


Radine Lozier, Supervisor/Senior Activity Center

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Shelley Coleman, Director


Mike Miller, Parks Maintenance Manager

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Bob Lee, Police Chief


Eric Robertson, Administrator

Steve Stocker, Investigations Commander


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Daryl Faber, Director

Ingrid Gaub, Assistant Director & City Engineer

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Golf Course: 29630 Green River RD SE

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Records Clerk

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Randy Bailey, Assistant Director

Mark Bjork, Traffic Signal Maintenance

Dani Daskam, City Clerk

Darcie Hanson, Administrative & Business Services Manager


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Kevin Snyder, Director

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Auburn Public Transportation King County Metro Transit Metro Transit is the local transit operator for King County, providing local bus services that link destinations within the community and provide regional connections at the downtown Auburn Transit Center and the Auburn 15th ST NW Park & Ride. Metro Transit has more than ten bus routes serving Auburn, including some DART routes. Two transit routes have teamed up to provide Auburn residents and visitors access to some of Auburn's most popular destinations. Metro routes 910 and 919and provide service to the Auburn SuperMall, YMCA, Auburn Library, Auburn Senior Center, Downtown Auburn, and the North Auburn Business District.

DART DART (Dial-A-Ride Transit) offers variable routing in some areas within King County. By using vans that can go off regular routes to pick up and drop off passengers within a defined service area, DART service may allow you to arrange for transit service closer to a location. DART does not go door-to-door. It operates on a fixed schedule, but one that has more flexibility than regular Metro Transit buses. The cost for DART service is the same as regular bus rides on Metro and is available to everyone. To use DART, call toll-free 1-866-261-DART(3278) or 1-800-246-1646 (TTY). ACCESS Metro Transit also operates ACCESS Transportation, a paratransit service providing door-to-door, sharedride van transportation within most of King County. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires

curb-to-curb paratransit service as a safety net for persons whose disabilities prevent use of accessible noncommuter, fixed-route bus service. Complementary paratransit service is intended to offer a comparable level of service to that provided by regular bus service. SOUND TRANSIT (SOUNDER TRAIN) Sound Transit operates the Sounder commuter rail service on the Tacoma-Seattle route via the BNSF Railway. Sound Transit provides weekday peak-hour trips northbound to Seattle in the AM and southbound to Tacoma in the PM. Additional special-event service to and from games for the Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders FC is offered on selected weekends. Currently, nine trains operate in each direction between Tacoma and Seattle each weekday completing the commuter rail service specified in Sound Move, Sound Transit's Phase I investment package.

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New APAC The Auburn Performing Arts Center originally opened its doors in April 1981. It has since gained regional and national acclaim as a top notch, professionally managed performance venue, catering to school, community, and professional groups alike. The APAC is owned and subsidized by the Auburn School District and is located on the campus of the new Auburn Senior High School. The state-of-the-art, 950-seat theatre reopened in October 2015 after an extensive remodel. It is specifically home to the Auburn Arts Commission's Bravo! Series, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, the Miss Auburn Scholarship Pageant and the Auburn Rotary Scholarship Show.

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NEWCOMERS’ INFORMATION New to Auburn? Here’s where to go to get registered to vote, get your license plates, get married and get your mail. POST OFFICES



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Catholic Community Services (253) 854-0077

King County Housing Authority

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South King County Multi-Service Center

MultiCare Auburn Medical Center 202 N. Division St. 253-833-7711

MultiCare Clinic

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Urgent Care Center 202 Cross St. 253-876-8111

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City Hall 25 W. Main St. 253 931-3000 (Main phone)

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce:

City Council Council meetings are in the council chambers on the first floor of City Hall at 7 pm, on the first and third Mondays of each month.

25 2nd St NW, Auburn, WA 98001-4901 253-833-0700

The Auburn Downtown Association:

Council members:

• Public Works: 253-931-3010 • Finance: 253-931-3033 • Parks & Recreation Dept: 253-931-3043 • Planning & Community Development: 253-931-3090

Rich Wagner 253-261-3263

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Claude DaCorsi 253-329-4084

Auburn Tourism Board:

John Holman 253-261-5384

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Robert Baggett 253-457-2358 Bill Peloza 253-261-3235

Mayor Nancy Backus: 253-876-1941

Yolanda Trout 253-329-4029 Largo Wales 253-261-5421

Valley Regional Fire Authority & Police Department Valley Regional Fire Authority Administrator: Eric Robertson Deputy Chiefs: Mike Gerber, Tim Day, Brent Swearingen 1101 D St. N.E. 253 288-5800 Emergencies: 911

Station 31 1101 D Street N.E. Auburn, WA 98002 253-288-5800

Station 33 500 182 Ave E Auburn, WA 98092 253-288-5843

Station 35 2905 C St. SW Auburn, WA 98002 253-288-5860

Station 32 1951 R Street S.E. Auburn, WA 98002 253-288-5842

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Green River College 12401 SE 320th St. • 253-833-9111 Green River College was established in 1965 and is a two-year public college offering degrees and certificates in academic, professional and technical programs. There are also continuing education and developmental education courses available. On-campus living accommodates 340 students.

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SERVICE CLUBS Auburn Noon Lions Club Tuesdays @ noon

Auburn Optimist Club Every other Wed. @ noon

Auburn Soroptimist Club Wednesdays @ noon

Kiwanis Club of Auburn Thursdays @ noon

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Rotary Club of Auburn Wednesdays @ noon

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Area Recreation Golf Courses 29630 Green River Rd. SE 253-931-3005

Washington National Golf Club 14330 SE Husky Way 253-333-5000

Jade Greens Golf Course and Driving Range 18330 SE Lake Holm Rd. 253-931-8562

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Behavioral Health Services 253-939-2202 253-939-6946

Behavioral Health Services 1000 Auburn Way South, Auburn, WA 98002 253-939-2202

Childcare Services 253-939-0870 Arcadia Drop-In Services 253-350-2802 Youth Shelter 253-740-7189

ACAP Child & Family Services 100 N Street SE, Auburn, WA 98002 253-939-0870 Arcadia Youth Center 915 H Street SE, Auburn, WA 98002 253-350-2802 Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 1350 Cole Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022 360-825-4586 Executive Offices 936 Auburn Way South Auburn, WA 98002 253-351-6059

Outreach Services 253-939-2202 Behavioral Health Services • Homelessness • Child Care • Head Start • Homework Help


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GARY SHOWS THE PIONEER WAY Principal brings out the best in students and staff BY ROBERT WHALE


taff at Auburn’s Pioneer Elementary have a mantra – teach ’em until they don’t just get it right, teach ’em until they can’t get it wrong. Judging by how high their chicks fly each year, Principal Debra Gary and her hardworking crew must be onto something. Have a look. In the years 2010, 2011 and 2013, respectively, Pioneer student marks earned the Title I Distinguished School Award, the Title I Academic Achievement/Improvement Award and the Washington State Innovative School Designation. In the years 2012-2014, students garnered the school the Washington State Achievement Award, in 2011 and 2012 the Washington School of Distinction Award, and in 2011 and 2012 Pioneer was designated a Washington State Reward School. Pioneer consistently outperforms not only state averages but much more affluent Eastside schools in its demographic in math and reading. For a school in the 80th percentile of poverty, for a school with a student population that is almost 50 percent composed of ELL kids who need specialized instruction in English, that is almost unheard of.


Debra Gary has worked wonders as the multi-faceted principal at Pioneer Elementary School, whose students continue to outperform other schools throughout the state despite Pioneer’s high turnover and poverty rates. COURTESY PHOTO Gary explained the Pioneer Way, thus: break it down, make it simple, repeat, repeat, repeat until the kids never forget it. “We always feel an urgency with every kid because we have about a 40-percent turnover,” Gary explained. “Sometimes we only have them for a couple of months, so we have to reach into the child’s psyche and show them that they can succeed. If they stay here, they’ll succeed, they’ll meet all the benchmarks, the math benchmarks, the reading benchmarks. They’ll pass their state tests. “If they leave us and go somewhere else, we want them to know that all along the way, if they just keep trying, if they put in the tremendous effort, they will succeed. If they don’t meet success in elementary school, they’ll be that much more at risk for not meeting it in middle school and high school and beyond,” Gary said. For what she does, the Auburn

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Reporter is pleased to flabbergast this soft-spoken principal by naming her its Person of the Year. “It’s always wonderful to be honored, but I just wanted to say I’m the lucky one for being here. Coming to Auburn and to Pioneer Elementary has been the opportunity of a lifetime, really. Every day there are so many challenges, and part of my personality is problem solving. It’s really the organization that’s given me this opportunity,” Gary said. As she speaks, a line of student carolers passes by her office door, and she laughs with obvious delight at the sheer joy of being where she is, doing what she is doing with the little ones. “Every child who comes through this door here has tremendous potential, just like every other child in the world, but it falls on our shoulders, once they come into our school, and our staff [ more GARY page 17 ]

For Debra Gary, every child has potential, and it’s up to teachers and staff to find it and hone the student’s skills. ROBERT WHALE,

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[ GARY from page 16 ] knows that. It’s a calling for us. It’s really about my staff. We’re dedicated to using every minute. Time is our greatest resource, so we’re very well organized around the use of time, and very much on the lookout for anything that might take that time away from us because it adds up over the year,” Gary said. For Gary, in her 13th year as principal at the southend school, education is a calling bred in the bone. By age 7, Gary was writing curriculum for her neighbors, playing school, writing up text books, making her younger neighbors play school back in her native Ohio. “I love kids, always loved kids. I had like 41 cousins, and I was the little girl who carried around the babies all the time,” Gary said. “I started as a paraprofessional in Seattle when my kids were little, but even before that, I taught in a Montessori school in California where we’d lived. I already had my BA. The paraprofessional job looked good to me because I was raising my kids, I could still get in there and teach students, and it didn’t take all my time.” From there, it was a natural transition into teaching, and five years after that into

administration. She lauds the technological advances that allow a school to put special applications on tablets, applications catered to the individual student and his or her needs. “It’s always been my view ever since I was a paraeducator to look at the individual students within a class as my customers and ask the question, ‘How do we serve this individual person?’ There are students who come with individual pieces missing, there are students who come with a lot more knowledge. “…The taxpayers are also my customers. I feel like we’re entrusted with public money, and we’re supposed to be doing good for the public,” Gary said. Even after all these years in education, she said, she’s more excited now than she has ever been about the possibilities for kids to learn. “It’s kind of a new dawn. They love to come in. And to have everybody here on board that way is really where the power is,” Gary said. “You often hear the old adage, ‘If you can help just one child ….’ I don’t let anybody here voice that because no, one student is not good enough. We can’t leave anybody behind,” Gary said.

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Auburn Municipal Parks Auburn Environmental Park

Isaac Evans

15th St. NW to the north, the Interurban Trail to the East, West Main St. to the south and State Rte. 167 to the west.

29627 Green River Rd. NE

Auburn Golf Course 29630 Green River Rd. SE

Evergreen Way and Olive Ave. SE


Lee Hill

31700 108th St. NE

Jornada Park 1440 U Ct. NW

Lakeland Hills

SE 319th St. and 124th Ave. SE

Auburndale II

Les Gove

29700 118th St. SE

11th St. and Auburn Way S


Mill Pond

37th & R St. SE

600 Oravetz Rd.



611 28th St. NE

601 Oravetz Rd.

Cameron Lemon Tree Lane and Academy Drive

Rotary 27th St. and Alpine St. SE

Scootie Brown

Cedar Lanes 25th and K St. SE

8th St. and Henry Rd. NE

Centennial Viewpoint


402 Mountain View Dr.

21st St. and Hemlock St. SE

Discovery Playground & Sensory Garden


Les Gove Park: 11th St. and Auburn Way S

Terminal 12th St. and C St. SE

Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE. Sun Circle sculpture by Gerard Tsutakawa


Veterans' Memorial


1533 22nd St. NE

411 E St. NE

1306 69th St. SE

Forest Villa Mini Park

Cook Family Dentistry

17th St. and Fir St. NE

Fulmer 5th St. and K St. NE

Welcome to dentistry at your own pace. At Cook Family Dentistry, we understand that not everyone loves dentistry the way we do. Our priorities are safety, quality of care, professionalism and fun.

Gaines 11th St. NW and West Valley Hwy.

Game Farm 3030 R St. SE

Game Farm Wilderness

Whitening • Invisilign Clear Braces • Porcelain Crowns • Metal-free Fillings • Pediatrics • Implants

2401 Stuck River Rd.

GSA Park 15th St. & C St. 6th St. & Henry Rd. NE

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Complimentary anesthetic reversal agent to reduce the time you’re numb after your appointment. House calls for eldery/ disabled patients Now accepting new patients.

Amy Cook, DDS

321 4th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002 253.735.1106 •


Gaines Park, 11th St. NW and West Valley Hwy. COURTESY PHOTO

Indian Tom Park

Best of Auburn Restaurants Banquet Facility Rainier Room at the Truitt Building

Italian Athen’s Pizza & Pasta Mexican  Mazatlan Restaurant Pizza  Athen’s Pizza & Pasta Burgers  Frugal's

Coffee Stand Starbucks (Fred Meyer) Bakery/Desserts  Sun Break Cafe

Cocktail Lounge/Happy Hour Oddfella’s Pub and Eatery

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Mission: The Auburn Food Bank…providing food, referrals and emergency assistance to those in need within the Auburn School District. Eligibility: All who live within the boundaries of Auburn School District 408  Hours: Monday – Tuesday – Thursday – Friday  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 2nd Wednesday of each Month:  4:30 PM to 6:15 PM


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Breakfast Sun Break Café Lunch  Sun Break Café Dinner  Oddfella’s Pub and Eatery Fast Food  Frugal's Asian  China House


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Elected Officials KING COUNTY County Executive: Dow Constantine (206) 296-4040 Metropolitan King County Council Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, District 7, which includes Auburn (206) 296-1007 STATE General information (800) 448-4881

Sen. Mark Miloscia (360) 786-7658 Rep. Linda Kochmar (360) 786-7898 Rep. Teri Hickel (360) 786-7830

U.S. Representatives

Rep. Pat Sullivan (360) 786-7858

Adam Smith, 9th District, which includes west Auburn (425) 793-5180

NATIONAL Patty Murray (206) 553-5545

Dave Reichert, 8th District, which includes east Auburn (206) 498-8103

Maria Cantwell (888) 648-7328

Legislature - 31st District, Sen. Pam Roach (360) 786-7660 Rep. Drew Stokesbary (360) 786-7846

Gov. Jay Inslee (360) 902-4111

Rep. Christopher Hurst (360) 786-7866

Attorney General Bob Ferguson (360) 753-6200

Legislature - 47th District

Legislature - 30th District, which includes Algona and Pacific

Rep. Mark Hargrove (360) 786-7918

Sen. Joe Fain (360) 786-7692



8th District House Rep. Dave Reichert and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus

Selected again as a ‘TOP Dentist’ in the 2016 Seattle Met magazine survey.

Need to know where to RECYCLE or DONATE your unwanted household items? Visit the City of Auburn Solid Waste & Recycling website at, select Disposal & Recycle or Waste Prevention, Donate & Reuse (menu on left) or call 253-931-3038, option #2.

Need to SET UP or CHANGE your garbage, recycling or compostables service? Waste Management customers: 253-931-3038 Republic Services customers: 206-682-9735

Dispose of your HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE properly for FREE! The Auburn Wastemobile is open every Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Dr. SW (NW corner outside next to Sports Authority)

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Dr. Jennifer Fields

Voted as “Best of Auburn” in the Reporter and a “TOP Dentist” in Seattle Met magazine for 7 years running. Also the most reviewed 5 star dentist in the Seattle area on

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Changing hearts and minds about going to the dentist…smile after smile.

Senior center serves community The Auburn Senior Activity Center enhances the quality of life for senior adults in the community through social, recreational, health and wellness, educational, and nutritional services and programs. The center, at 808 Ninth St. SE, serves individuals age 50 plus with a variety of activities and social needs. The center is open MondayThursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center produces a regular activity brochure that lists upcoming classes, activities and events and also offers opportunities to get involved either as a volunteer or a participant. Recreational opportunities include hiking and nature walks, snowshoeing, dance and exercise classes, travel options, volleyball, bowling and drop-in play in the pool room.

The center hosts a variety of special events and luncheon celebrations. There is a daily lunch program and a monthly supper club. A food pantry is offered twice a month, providing access to a wide variety of items such as cereals, grains, cheeses, spices, raisins, juice and soup at bulk discount prices. Educational and learning opportunities are offered through book club, computer classes, driver's safety, Spanish classes, and art and creative writing classes. A variety of health and wellness programs are offered each session, including foot care, blood pressure clinics and massage. To learn more about the center, please call 253-931-3016, or visit seniors.

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Community Events 253-931-3043

10TH ANNUAL DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT An evening your little girl will never forget! Dads, grandfathers, uncles or big brothers, take your little girl (age 4-10) out for a night of fun, and her first date. Join us for a catered appetizer, dinner & dessert, music spun by a DJ, dancing, and fun activities. It's a perfect occasion to wear that party dress. Professional 5” x 7” photograph and party favor for girl included. Space is limited. Ticket sales begin in early December. Pre-registration Required. Tickets on sale in early December. For tickets call 253-931-3043. Friday, February 19 or Saturday, February 20, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00pm Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth ST SE $50/couple ~ $15 each additional daughter (nonresident fees apply) 253-931-3043 /

CLEAN SWEEP The annual community volunteering effort is back! Volunteers will work on various projects to beautify Auburn. Call 253-931-3043 to RSVP. Saturday, April 23, 2016 7:30am – Check-in and Breakfast, Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main Street 8:45am – Volunteers arrive at project location 253-931-3043 /

DOG TROT Dog Trot is a family-oriented Fun Run event that takes place in conjunction with the award-winning Petpalooza festival at Auburn’s Game Farm Park. The ‘chip-timed’ race will start and finish in the same location. Participants will follow a 3K or 5K route. The course is flat, easy and enjoyable for all ages and ability levels. Awards will be distributed to the top participant in five age groups. Hurry the first 100 participants to register receive a FREE event bag loaded with goodies!! The registration form and complete event rules/information are listed on the city’s website, petpalooza Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:30am (check-in and onsite registration begins at 8:30am) Game Farm Park, 3030 R ST SE


Early Registrations (on or before April 22) - $20 / entry (includes event T-Shirt) Late Registrations (April 23 – May 18) - $25/entry (includes event T-Shirt, while supplies last; sorry, no registrations May 19 & 20) On-site Registration (May 21) - $30/entry (includes event T-Shirt, while supplies last) 253-931-3043 / Petpalooza includes animal entertainment, the ‘Unleashed’ pet contest, petting zoo, demos, food vendors, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championship, over 150 vendors and much more! Held at Game Farm Park from 10:00am –5:00pm.

PETPALOOZA An event for pet lovers and a special day for your four-legged family member or other furry friend. The event kicks off with a Dog Trot Fun Run at 9:30am. The event also includes live entertainment, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, pony rides, an agility area, the ‘Unleashed’ pet contest, face painting and other children’s activities, over 150 vendor booths, pet adoptions, exams, vaccinations and other related services, give-a-ways, food vendors and lots of activities to keep both humans and pets entertained. Saturday, May 21, 2016 Dog Trot: 9:30am (registration fees apply) Petpalooza: 10am – 5pm Game Farm Park, 3030 R ST SE FREE event! 253-931-3043 /

AUBURN INT’L FARMER’S MARKET The Auburn International Farmers Market boasts more than 40 vendors offering a variety of fresh locally grown farm-based foods, hand-crafted items, and concession stand that are restaurant-based but feature a home-cooked taste. It will also include free performances, guest chef demonstrations with farm-fresh ingredients, children's activities, and classes on health, nutrition, and gardening. Sundays, June 5 – Sept. 25 10:00am – 3:00pm Auburn Sound Transit Plaza, 23 S Street SW FREE 253-931-3043 /

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KIDSDAY The perfect day for any child! Live entertainment, inflatable rides, mini golf, arts & crafts, face painting, activities and information fair featuring over 90 vendors, vehicle/equipment display, food concessions and more. Friday, June 24, 2016 11:00am – 4:00pm Les Gove Park, 1005 12th Street SE FREE 253-931-3043 /

4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL Celebrate our country’s birthday at Les Gove Park in Auburn. This hometown event features a kids’ bike parade, live entertainment on two stages, 8+ inflatable rides, a climbing wall and euro-bungy trampolines, a trackless train, a petting zoo and pony carousel, bingo, bocce, a car show, gaming stations, over 50 craft artists, a book sale, food concessions, a spray park and much more! The naturally shaded park will keep you cool during the afternoon. Purchase a wristband for $5 for unlimited activities! Wristband sales begin at 10:00am. Monday, July 4, 2016 11:00am – 4:00pm ***Wristband sales begin at 10:00am Les Gove Park, 1005 12th Street SE FREE entertainment and admission. Unlimited rides/activities for only $5. 253-931-3043 /

KIDS SUMMERSTAGE Exciting performances designed just for kids! This ‘kid-approved’ series is enjoyable for wee ones through tweens! Pack a lunch and enjoy the amenities Les Gove Park has to offer, including a new, state-of-the-art playground and a refreshing spray park, a 1/2 mile trail, the White River Valley Museum and more! Wednesdays 12:00 noon, July 6 – August 10 2016 Line-up: July 6 – The Chancy & Narly Show July 13 – Reptile Isle July 20 – Recess Monkey July 27 – The Magic of Jeff Evans August 3 – The Brian Waite Band August 10 – Eric Ode Les Gove Park FREE 253-931-3043 /



Auburn’s newest concert series - a lively, eclectic music series certain to quench your ears and appetite! Thursdays 12:00 noon, July 14 – August 11 City Hall Plaza & Plaza Park, 25 West Main Street FREE 253-931-3043 / Line up: Thursday, July 14 – Kit Bender – Contemporary Pop/Rock Thursday, July 21 – Jessica Lynne & The Cousins – County/Country Rock Thursday, July 28 – Nolan Garrett - Contemporary Pop/Rock Thursday, August 4 – Wings N Things – The music of Paul McCartney Thursday, August 11 – Wally and the Beavs – 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘n Roll

A Mother-Son date night you won’t want to miss! Saturday, September 24, 2016 253-931-3043 /

SUMMER SOUNDS AND CINEMA Great music and fun family movies make Friday nights in Auburn a real treat for the whole family. Fridays, 7:00 – 11:00pm, various parks in Auburn, FREE 253-931-3043 / Line up: (movies TBA’d in the Spring) • Friday, July 29, Lea Hill Park, 12305 SE 316th Street • Concert – Locust Street Taxi – Music you’ll love! Rock, SKA, Jazz & Funk • Friday, August 5, Sunset Park, 1306 69th Street SE • Concert – Po’okela Street Band – Pop Reggae Fusion of Top 40 Hits • Friday, August 12, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE • Concert – Magic Bus – Retro Rock & Roll

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S’MORE THAN YOU IMAGINED A unique outdoor event that is a nod to the City's tagline! S'mores, live music, storytelling by a bon fire. An evening of fun that you can't find anywhere else. Saturday, October 8, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Game Farm Wilderness Park, 2401 Stuck River Rd. FREE 253-931-3043 –


teams, community and scouting groups, as well as floats, antique cars and more. The day kicks off with a breakfast, sponsored by the American Legion, which is followed by a Remembrance Ceremony. A Static Display & Exhibit Showcase is held along the parade route from 9:00am – 2:00pm. The Auburn Noon Lions Luncheon and an open house at the VFW follow the parade. The day is complete after the state's largest Marching Band and Field Competition awards its winners at Auburn High School Stadium. Saturday, November 5, 2016 PARADE at 11:00 a.m. Parade down Main Street in Auburn FREE 253-931-3043 /


This haunting event will include games, crafts, face painting, scary cookies, cauldrons of punch. Your little goblin will not want to miss this event! Bring a can of food for admission to support the Auburn Food Bank. October 29, 2016 2:00-5:00 p.m. Community Center at Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE FREE (253) 931-3043 –

A festive and fun children’s parade, which is followed by a community caroling and the lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and City Hall lighting show. Pre-parade entertainment starts at 4:00pm in front of City Hall. Join us before the parade at the Snack and Craft event from 2-4pm at Washington Elementary. The Auburn Avenue Theater to host a special holiday performance after the show. Saturday, December 3, 2016 PARADE at 4:30pm Parade down Main Street in Auburn FREE 253-931-3043 /

51ST ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PARADE & OBSERVANCE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA One of the largest Veterans Day Parades west of the Mississippi. The mile-long Veterans Day Parade proceeds west on Main Street from E Street SE to A Street NW in Auburn and will include a military fly-over, marching bands, honor guards, military marching units and vehicles, veterans units, drill

Join us for a festive holiday breakfast and an opportunity to visit and take pictures with Santa. Our guests will also enjoy special entertainment. Sorry, no registrations will be taken at the door. Saturday, December 10, 2016 253-931-3043 /

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253.833.9501 336 4th St NE, Auburn, WA 98002 1518091

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The best pet accessory?

A license!

Apply for an Auburn pet license today! What happens if your dog or cat goes MISSING? An Auburn pet license is their ticket home!

$30 for altered pet/annually $60 for unaltered pet/annually $15 for seniors & disabled/annually

100% of all pet license fees go toward funding the Auburn Valley Humane Society! 1520707


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