In addition to our monthly meetings, our members also get together in smaller groups to share some of their mutual special interests in
greater depth. These groups include:
Foodies & Fun
Mah Jongg Group
To All Hikers & Walkers!
MARCH MONDAY MORNING WALKS & HIKES
MONDAY, March 4th, 9:30 a.m. WALK! Larsen Lake Gardens. We will meet in the parking lot of Kelsey Creek Starbucks (180 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue), where there is ample parking and we can relax with a beverage after the walk. We will walk the Lake to Lake trails around Larsen Lake and the blueberry fields (all part of the Lake Hills Greenbelt) to Phantom Lake, where we can explore the Bellevue Demonstration Garden and the Community Gardens (tBUG) as well as beautiful Phantom Lake. Our walk will be on level dirt and paved pathways with the round trip estimated to be 3.5 to 4 miles.
MONDAY, March 11th, 9:30 a.m. WALK! Downtown Issaquah to trails behind Issaquah High School. We will meet in front of the Issaquah Library (10 W. Sunset Way). There is a big parking lot next door. We will then walk to the Issaquah Community Center and take the Rainier Trail to 2nd Avenue where we will get on the trails that take us behind the high school and take a big loop back to the library. We will have a chance to wave to Issaquah's troll along the pathway. The walk will be about 3 miles.
MONDAY, March 18th, 9:30 a.m. WALK! Snoqualmie Valley Trail--Crossing the Trestle. This is an old favorite and an easy beginning for any new members. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Tokul East (4333 356th Drive SE, Fall City) is a lovely flat walk on a wide gravel path that allows a look back into the history of the old railroad line, and we get to cross the original trestle. This is a good place to tarry, looking down onto the rolling river rapids. We usually turn around at the underpass, making this a 5-mile walk. For those looking for more chat time, we can detour to Aroma Coffee in Fall City after the morning walk.
MONDAY, March 25th, 9:30 a.m. HIKE! Lakemont Walk in the Park. Lakemont Park to Lewis Creek Park and back to Lakemont Park--2 to 3.5 miles on paved paths, good dirt trails, and wide gravel paths. The longer route has a gentle but steady uphill section for about a mile, so be prepared for some elevation gain. Park at Lakemont Park, 5170 Village Park Drive SE, Bellevue. From I-90, go up Lakemont Boulevard. Just past Lakemont Shopping Center (Town & Country Market) turn left at the light onto Village Park Drive SE. Make another immediate left onto the drive leading to the parking. The park is located at the end of this drive. There is a Starbucks in the Lakemont Shopping Center, which makes for a nice spot for coffee and conversation after the walk.
THURSDAYS AT 4:30 P.M.
The afternoon walks return for spring! We will meet at 4:30 p.m. on two Thursdays per month to welcome those for whom Monday mornings are just too too! Kick-off after the Spring Equinox.
THURSDAY, March 28th, 4:30 p.m. WALK! High Point Trailhead. We will meet at High Point Trailhead parking lot. You will need a Discovery Pass for parking. Take exit 20 off I-90 and take your first right heading up the road to the parking lot. It is a gentle hike through beautiful forests, with a lake view and an old abandoned bus. The walk is only a few miles, but we can always explore other trails if we want to add more miles.
A BONUS APRIL WALK
MONDAY, April 1st, 9:30 a.m. WALK! Gilman Village to Troll and Back. We will meet in the Gilman Village parking lot behind Lucky You! (Juniper Street) at 9:30 a.m. and walk toward the Issaquah Community Center. We will pass the Issaquah Troll and walk to Second Avenue. This is a flat, well-paved walk (3 to 4.5 miles) with lots of the community to see along the way. On our return to Gilman Village, we hope to check out the new pastry shop, Crumble & Flake. If open, it is the newest addition to the charming Gilman Village complex.
March Art Group Meetings
Dates/Times: Tuesday, March 5th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday, March 19th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual gathering on Zoom
Lead: Barb Bruemmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Art Group will have an open session, working on our individual projects, sharing painting tips, and encouraging and supporting our fellow artists.
March Book Club Meeting
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 26th, at 1:00 p.m.
Hostess: Susan Calhoun
Book: The Book of Gutsy Women by Hilary Clinton
Lead: Susan Calhoun at email@example.com
Please call or email Susan to RSVP and to get directions.
Also, don't forget our book exchange this month. Please bring a book to share and come home with a new (to you) book to read! You must bring a book to take one home.
March Craft Group Meeting
Date/Time: Sunday, March 17th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sandy Cobel's Home on Cougar Mountain
On Sunday, March 17th, the Craft Group will meet at Sandy Cobel's home to work on a craft project and enjoy afternoon tea together. We will be making British "fascinator" hats! After our "fascinators" are finished, we will have a proper tea with china cups and saucers and a wide selection of teas. And of course, we will wear our new fascinators! Be sure to look up "fascinator" on the internet to find oiut what we are talking about. You don't want to miss out on the fun and frivolity of this crafting get-together! All necessary materials will be provided. A small donation is requested to cover the cost of materials. If you have questions about the Craft Group, please contact Susan Hartrer or Sandy Cobel.
FOODIES & FUN
March Foodies & Fun Meeting
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 20th, at 1:00 p.m.
Lead: Heidi Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 20th, at 1:00 p.m. at Heidi's condo's social room. The theme is St. Patrick's Day, and Arla and Natalie will be our leaders for this session of foodie fun. All are welcome!
March Garden Group
Lead: Sandy Cobel at email@example.com
Please note that there will be no Garden Group meeting in March. We will resume our gatherings in April.
March Happy Hour
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 13th, at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Big Picture, 35 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah
Lead: Bobbie Izuo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us! The more the merrier!
March Lunch Bunch
Date/Time: Thursday, March 28th, at 11:45 a.m. (note change from usual time)
Location: Flavor of India Bar & Grill, 984 NE Park Drive, Issaquah
Organizer: Camille Kelling, email@example.com
March Lunch Bunch will meet at Flavor Of India Bar & Grill in the Issaquah Highlands on Thursday, March 28th, at 11:45 a.m. It's in the former location of Big Fish Grill, 984 NE Park Drive, Issaquah. There will be a sign-up sheet at the March membership meeting.
MAH JONGG GROUP
March Mah Jongg Group Meetings
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 8th, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday, March 22nd, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Third-floor community lounge of Diane Edwards's building
Lead: Diane Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mah Jongg is an interesting and challenging tile game of luck and skill. If you'd like to join, we can teach you. Questions are encouraged, so if you have any interest, please contact Diane. If you like a challenging game, you will enjoy learning Mah Jongg. Everyone is welcome to join, experienced or new!