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Book signings: 7 p.m. May 14, Jane Porter to sign “Mrs. Perfect”; 6:30 p.m. July 23, Garth Stein to sign “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Free. University Book Store Bellevue, 990 102nd Ave. N.E. 425-462-4500.
Family Movie Afternoon: 2-4 p.m. May 14, “Planet Earth: Caves”; 2-4 p.m. June 18, “Winged Migration.” All ages are welcome; ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free; advance registration required. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue. 425-452-4195.
Highland Center Skate Plaza Opening: 3:30-8:30 p.m. May 16. Features ribbon cutting, skating demonstrations, refreshments and more. Cost: Free. Highland Community Park, 14224 Bellevue-Redmond Road, Bellevue. 425-452-2722.
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. Cost: $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. Cost: Free. Crossroads Park International Playground, 16000 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue. 425-452-6881.
Father’s Day Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 11. Enjoy lunch, watch a video about a 1931 coast-to-coast Model A road trip, and check out some restored vehicles. Cost: $3 donation for ages 60 and older; $6 for ages 59 and younger. Registration required by June 9. North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 425-452-7681.
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. Admission: Free. Crossroads Park, 16000 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue. 425-450-1049 or www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org.
Career workshops: 10:30-11:20 a.m. May 15, “Do More Than Survive, Make a Difference”; 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.
“Safe Surfing—Old Threats, New Technologies”: 7-9 p.m. June 18. Learn about what dangers are out there, strategies for responding to online dangers, and tips and tools to help kids safe. Presented by Youth Eastside Services as part of its 2008 Microsoft Parenting Lifeline Community Speakers Series. Cost: Free. Interlake High School, 16245 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue. 425-747-4937 or www.youtheastsideservices.org.
Northwest Branch of the Theosophical Society: 7:30-8:45 p.m. May 15. Topic: “Facing Illness.” Free. Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. 425-644-7725.
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.
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.
“Understanding Dementia and Memory Loss in Your Aging Parents”: 7-9 p.m. May 14. $10; advance registration recommended. Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue. 206-861-8784 or email@example.com.
“Brain Attack—What You Should Know about Stroke”: 6:30-8 p.m. May 14. Dr. Henry Williams to discuss ways to decrease one’s chances of brain attack and what symptoms to watch for. Free for YMCA members; $5 for non-members. Registration required. Bellevue YMCA, 14230 Bellevue-Redmond Road. 425-688-5259.
Beginning Yang-style tai chi class: 9:45-10:45 a.m. Mondays through May 19 or Saturdays through May 24. South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. 425-452-4240.
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. For Puget Sound Blood Center. 800-398-7888 or www.psbc.org.
North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 425-452-7681. Center offers various health and fitness activities, including:
• Jazzercise: 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8 a.m. Saturdays. Call for details: 425-894-4111.
• Enhance Fitness: 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays-Fridays. For seniors. $30 per month.
• Gentle Yoga: 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. For seniors and adults.
• Footcare: Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Will trim toe nails by appointment.
Toning Circle: 7-8:30 p.m. second Thursday of month. Toning and chanting with a group. $10. WomanSpirit Center, 1400 112th Ave. S.E., Suite 100, Bellevue. 425-641-1527.
Free Meditation Workshops: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Features sahaja yoga. Crossroads Bellevue Community Room, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. 425-753-0634.
Walk for Life: 8-9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Offers safe, effective exercise with on-site experts who provide information, advice and monitoring. Free. Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Square. Enter at Skybridge 4. 425-454-8096.