Holida briefs

Humorous drama looks at love

The Duvall Arts Commission and Cascade Performing Arts presents "The Truth About Love and/or Marriage" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center, 29000 N.E. 150th St., Duvall.

From the anguish of a teenaged boy phoning a girl to ask for a first date to why people should have to take written marriage license tests to what a woman really means when she says, "Fine," Nils Ling's one-man show takes a humorous look at human relationships. Those who have ever been through the "character-building" experience of being dumped, been jolted awake by a mate's ice-cold feet or attempted to inflict interior decorating on an unwilling partner will identify with this show.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors with those under age 5 admitted free. To buy tickets in advance, go to or Duvall Books, Gardens & Sunspaces, Cherry Valley Veterinary Hospital or Yarn Addiction in Duvall; Simply Grand in Carnation; or Fiddler's Bluff Coffee Co. in Monroe.

* For information, visit or call (425) 788-2983.

Recycle Christmas trees in Snoqualmie

The city of Snoqualmie will be providing a place to drop off Christmas trees for recycling. Starting Sunday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 9, trees may be dropped off at the vacant lot next to Adventure Bowling Center at 7970 Falls Ave. Trees must have decorations removed: no wreaths, wire or artificial trees will be accepted.

* For information, call (425) 831-5784.

Find holiday cheer at Snoqualmie Inn

From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, the Snoqualmie Inn will be serving a prime rib buffet dinner with dancing to celebrate New Year's Eve.

The evening includes a complimentary bottle of wine per couple from Woods Lake Winery, a champagne toast, noisemakers, hats and appetizers at midnight. Semi-formal attire is expected.

Space for this special evening is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $75 per person. A four-course salmon or steak dinner will be available from 4-7 p.m. at a cost of $29.95 per person that will include a glass each of champagne and wine.

* The Snoqualmie Inn is located at 950 384th Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. For information, call (866) 316-9399 toll free or (425) 888-9399 or visit

Come to Christmas Eve celebration

Experience the joy of Christmas at the North Bend Community Church on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24. Two celebrations will be offered, one at 7 p.m. and another at 11 p.m. A variety of music will be shared for all ages. The church is located on the corner of Third and Ballarat next to the library.

* For information, call (425) 888-2711.

Pass snowshoe walks begin Jan. 8

Guided U.S. Forest Service snowshoe walks on Snoqualmie Pass offer a chance to experience winter's beauty while learning about snowshoeing and winter ecology. This moderately-paced walk meanders through extraordinary old-growth forest that opens to occasional views of surrounding snow-capped peaks.

This year the walks will begin Jan. 8, 2005, and run through March 27 every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The walks generally last 90 minutes.

Group size is limited to 20 people and reservations are required. Children under age 10 cannot be accommodated. Snowshoes are provided for all walks. In order to offset the costs of the program, a $10 donation per person is suggested. Sturdy, waterproof boots and insulating layered clothing are recommended.

This year, a longer snowshoe hike is offered for those interested in a half-day outing in Gold Creek Basin. These walks will be led by forest service volunteers three days this winter and group size is limited to six participants.

The dates for these extended tours are Jan. 16, Jan. 29 and Feb. 6. These ventures require a higher level of fitness and winter preparedness.

* For information or to make reservations before Dec. 10, call Kim Larned at the Cle Elum Ranger District (509) 852-1062. After that date, make reservations by calling the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center at (425) 434-6111, Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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