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Overlake Hospital Bandage Ball—“Whirlygig”: 5:30 p.m. May 17. Features reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will go toward building a helipad on the hospital campus. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue. 425-688-5529 or www.overlakehospital.org.
Child Safety Fair and Baby Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17. Includes Operation Safe Child ID program, free or low-cost bicycle helmets and fitting, and free car seat checks. Sponsored by Bellevue Police and Fire departments. Factoria Mall, 4055 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue. 425-688-5259 or www.overlakehospital.org/classes.
2008 Drive for Dreams Golf Classic: May 19. Golf tee-off, 11:30 a.m.; dinner and auction, 5 p.m. Presented by Overlake Service League. Proceeds benefit Focus on Youth programs for students in Bellevue. The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle. 425-451-1175 or www.overlakeserviceleague.org.
Bellevue Kiwanis All Sports Awards Banquet: 11:30 a.m. May 21. Banquet will honor an athlete and coach from every sport at Bellevue high schools. Guests welcome. $15. Highland Community Center, 14200 Bellevue-Redmond Road, Bellevue. 425-453-9948.
Crossroads Water Spray Playground Grand Opening Celebration: Noon-3 p.m. June 7. Features ribbon-cutting ceremony, entertainment and refreshments. Free. Crossroads Park International Playground, 16000 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue. 425-452-6881.
Strawberry Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 29. Features history displays, vendor booths, entertainment, strawberry shortcake-eating contests, food and more. Free. Crossroads Park, 16000 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue. 425-450-1049 or www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org.
“Outlook and Opportunities—Understanding Volatile Markets”: 6 p.m. May 21. Free finance seminar. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue. 425-747-0604.
Career workshops: 10:30 a.m.-noon May 22, “Careers with a Future”; 12:30-2 p.m. May 28, “Salary Negotiation.” All are free. Bellevue Community College Career Center, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. 425-564-2279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic Literacy Program: 11 a.m. Thursdays through May 29. Open to parents to learn how to read with their children. Free. University Book Store Bellevue, 990 102nd Ave. N.E. 425-462-4500.
“Little Ditties” Toddler-Preschool Music Classes: 9 and 10 a.m. Fridays, June 6-20 and July 11-25. Open to ages 1-5. Registration required. Bellevue Boys & Girls Club, 209 100th Ave. N.E. 425-454-6162 or www.bgcbellevue.org.
Adult Forum: 10:20 a.m. May 18. Cindy Jackson to discuss “Compass Center: Opportunities for Discipleship.” Fireside Room at Grace Lutheran Church, 9625 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. 425-747-5924 or email@example.com.
Buddhist Meditation Classes: 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays through May 28, “Improving Family Relationships”; 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays through May 18, “The Path to Enlightenment.” $5-$10. Northwest Arts Center, 9825 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue. 206 526-9565 or www.MeditateEastside.org.
Bellevue Zen Sitting Group: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays. $5-$15 suggested donation for drop-ins. Academy of Koei-Kan Karate-Do, 1910 132nd Ave. N.E., Suite 11, Bellevue. 425-753-5084 or www.zen.meetup.com/10.
Celebrate Recovery: 7 p.m. Thursdays. Christ-centered 12 step recovery program features worship, testimonies and small share groups. Crossroads Bible Church, 15815 S.E. 37th St., Bellevue. 425-392-8084 or Hauser.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation music evening: 7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Features spiritually inspiring music a la Taize’ for meditation. Bellevue First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E. 425-454-2059.
Blood drives in Bellevue: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20 at Skyline Tower, 10900 N.E. Fourth St.; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21 at Eastside Catholic High School, 11650 S.E. 60th St.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21-22 at Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. For Puget Sound Blood Center. 800-398-7888 or www.psbc.org.
Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. 425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org. Events include:
• “Exploring Community Supported Agriculture”: 7 p.m. May 19. Owner of Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation to speak.
• Bellevue Friends of the Library Book Group: 10 a.m. May 21. “March” by Geraldine Brooks.
Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd., Bellevue. 425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org. Events include:
• Teen Anime and Manga Appreciation Club: 3:30 p.m. May 21.
• Game On!: 3:30 p.m. May 22. Teens can play Wii video games and board games at the library.
Library Connection @ Crossroads, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Suite K-11, Bellevue. 425-644-6203. Events include:
• Early Literacy Parties in Spanish: 10 a.m. Tuesdays through June 3. Open to Spanish-speaking families with children age newborn-5 years to learn and practice essential Early Literacy skills.
• English for Spanish Speakers: 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Free class for adults. Children’s story time offered during class.
• Story times: Library offers story times for preschoolers, and for foreign language speakers (Mandarin and Spanish).
Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. 425-747-2390 or www.kcls.org. Events include:
• “Organic and Sustainable Foods”: 2 p.m. May 17.
• Newport Way Book Group: 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month. Topics: May 19, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Registration recommended.
• Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m. May 20.
• “Living Sustainably—Green Building and Remodeling”: 7 p.m. May 27.
• “Garden Art from Found Objects, Salvage and Really Good Junk”: 7 p.m. June 3. Beth Evans-Ramos from the Salvage Studio to discuss ways to reinvent found objects.
• Game On!: 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Middle through high school students can play video games at the library.
• Study Hall: 3:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and Thursdays. Open to teenagers.
• Talk Time: 10 a.m. Mondays. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group.
• Story times: Library offers story times for children, families and foreign language speakers.