Family-friendly outdoor live entertainment and big name movies planned for this summer!

The Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, along with MultiCare is excited to announce the Summer Sounds & Cinema Series 2011 line-up. The combination of entertainment and movies will ensure Friday nights in Auburn are blockbuster evenings.

“We are thankful that MultiCare has come forward to support this outstanding outdoor entertainment series for our citizens,” says Parks, Arts & Recreation Director, Daryl Faber.

“We enjoy providing this outdoor concert and movie series,” explains Faber. “It gives Auburn residents the opportunity to meet their friends and neighbors for an unforgettable experience. The free event series has proven to be a family favorite and blends in with our family-approved programming.”

The series kicks off at Sunset Park on Friday, Aug. 5 with entertainment provided by One Eyed Jack and a screening of How To Train Your Dragon (PG). Food concessions, operated by Auburn’s Youth Council, will be available at the events for a nominal fee. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic blankets for a refreshing evening under the stars!

Be sure to enjoy the entire August line-up of outdoor entertainment and movies on the following dates:

(Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with the movies following at dusk.)

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunset Park, 1306 – 69th Street SE, Lakeland Hills
Concert: The classic rock sound of One Eyed Jack
Movie: How To Train Your Dragon (PG)

Friday, Aug. 12
Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE
Concert: The talented and widely popular A-Cappella group, The Coats
Movie: Big (PG)

Friday, Aug. 19
Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE
Concert: The unique sound of Shyanne
Movie: Megamind (PG)

Additional summer event information is listed on the City of Auburn’s official website at .

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Wow … what a blast from the past!  This is the Bellevue I remember! 

The photo that displays before the video begins (Strom’s Cleaners and Bob’s Texaco) was a view of the Southwest corner of NE 8th and Bellevue Way.  This is where our family always got gas for our car — remember full-service gas stations?  My mom would run into Strom’s with her dry cleaning while Bob filled the car with gas, cleaned the windows, and checked the oil level.

Now this corner is part of the Bellevue Square mall!

Posted by: Debi | March 26, 2011

Nature Classes for Kids and Adults (Padilla Bay)

I received an email notice recently about nature classes being taught at Padilla Bay (located at the mouth of the Skagit River up near Mount Vernon). When I got to their website, I discovered all sorts of interesting family-oriented classes and events for everyone from kids to adults.

A couple of years ago, they had a class on drawing in a Nature Journal … any of you who read my e-newsletters know I really love the idea of keeping personal Nature Journals.🙂

Padilla Bay Information

Posted by: Debi | March 25, 2011

Auburn Senior Activity Center Rummage Sale

Wow, it really is getting to be springtime — the local rummage sales and garage sales are starting up.  Love this time of year! 🙂

The Auburn Senior Activity Center is holding their annual rummage sale today and tomorrow,  March 25 & 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a variety of items priced to sell.

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City of Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 – 9th Street SE
Auburn, WA 98002

Posted by: Debi | March 24, 2011

Cheap Movies in Seattle/Tacoma area

Several years ago (July 2007), the Gateway 8 movie theaters in Federal Way began showing discount movies.  All shows are only $2 … except on Tuesdays when each show is only $1!  There’s a slight additional cost for 3-D movies.
Because Federal Way is centrally located for pretty much the entire Seattle/Tacoma region, I’m hoping their business will do well.  I really appreciate being able to take my three kids to the movies on Tuesdays for less than it costs us to rent a new DVD.
The movies come to the theater just before they’re released to DVD, so you’ll need to wait a couple of months to see the latest blockbuster on the big screen.  But the price is worth a little bit of a wait (to me, anyway). 🙂

Gateway Movies 8 – Map
2501 S. Gateway Center
Federal Way, WA 98003

Current Movie Listings:


The cost of drinks, popcorn, and candy is comparable to regular theaters, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive family activity in the Seattle/Tacoma area, be careful you don’t splurge on treats and consequently spoil your movie/entertainment budget completely.


Posted by: Debi | March 24, 2011

Seattle/Tacoma Announcements

Are you in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State?

If so, you might be interested in subscribing to this new blog — “Simply-Seattle” which will be home to quick announcements, activity ideas, and other bulletins from me about events of interest to local Puget Sound area families.

It seems I’m always stumbling across information about fun, inexpensive and/or educational things to do in our area, but other than a small mailing list of local moms, I don’t really have a place to share that information.

So if you live in the Puget Sound area (or know someone who does), feel free to sign up for Simply-Seattle by following the subscription information you’ll find at the top of the right-hand column of this blog.

Glad you stopped by … and welcome to Simply Seattle!  Let’s all get out there  and have some fun and learn a thing or two with our kids.  :-)