Summer is coming to an end and we are transitioning our way into
fall and a great line up of activities and events for the whole family.
We were very happy with the success and turnout of the Summer                         Ci t y
Drop In Day Camp, Go Hawaiian Pool Party, Strawberry Feed and                      Of f i c ia ls
Band Concert, Picnic and Movie in the Park, new Derby Days, Car
Show, National Night Out, and Fircrest Fun Days events. I would                      Fircrest City Council
also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our generous donors              David M. Viafore, Mayor
and volunteers. Without the on-going financial support of our
donors and the dedication from our volunteers, many of our events           Robert Thaden, Mayor ProTempore
would not be possible. The Fircrest Community Center Advisory                            Chris Gruver
Committee continues to meet the third Tuesday of each month at
7PM at the Roy H. Murphy Community Center. Please feel free to                          Matthew Jolibois
drop in and check out a meeting. We are continuously looking at                         Kathy L. McVay
ways to improve old programs, create new ones, and make the
Community Center the heart for community activities.                                    Mike Weinman
The enclosed brochure has information about our Fall 2011                                Denny Waltier
Recreation Programs at the Community Center. Your Recreation
Staff, working with input from volunteers, citizens, and the Advisory
Committee have put together an active and exciting fall line-up of             Re c r ea ti on
new classes, exciting special events, and youth sports. Keep                       St a f f
yourself and your family informed on what is going on at the Roy H.
Murphy Community Center. Information is posted regularly at                          Recreation Director                                     Jeff Grover 253-238-4160
If you have any questions, concerns or ideas to share, please feel            Email:
free to contact me at the Fircrest Recreation Center at 253-564-
8177.                                                                              Recreation Coordinator
                                                                                   Chris Wells 253-238-4161
Sincerely,                                                                     Email:

                                                                              Recreation Office Coordinator
Jeff Grover, Recreation Director
                                                                               Jenny Huntsman 253-238-4162
Fall Hours
                                                                            Important Numbers
Monday-Thursday        8 AM - 9 PM
                                                                            City Hall                253-564-8901
Friday                 8 AM - 10 PM
                                                                            Public Works             253-564-8900
Saturday               9 AM - 5 PM
                                                                            Police Non-Emergency 253-565-1198

Cover Photo Contest                                                         Fire Non-Emergency       253-564-2581
If you have a photo of a Fircrest event you’d like to see featured on the   Municipal Court          253-564-8922
cover of our brochure, please submit a high resolution file to For more information contact Jeff Grover at      Community Center         253-564-8177
(253) 238-4160.
                                                                            Pool                     253-564-8188

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             Community Events
Haunted Trails                                                        Youth Night
October 20, 7:00 - 8:30PM                                             Join us for music, snacks, fun and games the first Friday of
Join us for a spooky walk down the trails at Thelma Gilmur            each month. Bring a friend and enthusiasm and be ready
Park on Thursday, October 20th, 7 PM to 8:30 PM.                      for a good time from 6:00 to 10:00pm.
Volunteers are needed to haunt the trails! Contact the                September 9      Youth Overnight Lock-In
Community Center for more information. Bring a canned food            October 7        Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt
item for the local food bank!! $3 suggested donation.                 November 4       Basketball Extravaganza
                                                                      December 2       Movie Night
Pumpkin Patch
October 31, 6 - 8PM                                                      Support your Community
Come to the Community Center to play games and enter the
costume contest which will be held at 6:30 PM. This event is
for children ages 10 and under. Receive a spooky grab bag             FIRCREST KIWANIS
with $1.00 donation.                                                  Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Fircrest
                                                                      Recreation Center at 7:00 PM.
6th Annual “Watch Your
                                                                      FIRCREST COMMUNITY CENTER ADVISORY
Speed” 5K Run & Walk                                                  COMMITTEE
November 5, 9AM                                                       The Fircrest Community Center Advisory Committee is
Participants will receive a t-shirt with registration. Registration   working hard and has come up with some great ideas to
forms are available in the Community Center office or City            enhance our beautiful parks and family programs. I invite
Hall. Registration fee is $20 before October 7 and then $25           you to stop by and sit in on a meeting. They meet the third
thereafter. Register early limited space available.                   Tuesday of the month at 7 PM at the Community Center.

Holiday Bazaar                                                        INSTRUCTORS WANTED!
                                                                      Here is your opportunity to teach youth/adult/senior
November 19 & 20                                                      classes in arts & crafts, dance, science, health, fitness,
The Community Center gym will be full of original craft and           sports & hobbies at our Community Center. If you have an
gift items. Hours of the event are Saturday, November 19th            idea, please send us your resume & brief course
10 AM -5 PM, and Sunday, November 20th, 11 AM-3 PM                    description to the Community Center.
                                                                      555 Contra Costa Ave
Tree Lighting Ceremony                                                Fircrest WA 98466
December 4, 7PM                                                       VOLUNTEER
Tree lighting will take place at Alice Peers Park.                    If you are interested in volunteering for any or all of these
Refreshments and entertainment to follow at the Community             upcoming special events contact the staff at the
Center. Santa will be in town for photos.                             Community Center, 253-564-8177.

Facility         Daily Rental Rates                           Deposit                                             After Hours Fee

o Gym            $ 350 Res /$575 Non-Res                      $250 Res / $500 Non-Res                             $15 hour

o Sr. Rm.        $ 55 Res/ $80 Non-Res                        $100 Non-Res                                        NA

o Rm. B          $ 55 Res/ $80 Non-Res                        $100 Non-Res                                        NA

o Rm. C          $ 55 Res/ $80 Non-Res                        $100 Non-Res                                        NA

o Pavilion       $ 50 Res/ $100 Non-Res                       $100 Non-Res                                        NA

o Whittier       $ 100 Res/ $185 Non-Res                      $100 Non-Res                                        NA

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           Yo u t h A c t i v i t i e s
Fircrest Youth Basketball                                                                Creative Movement
Join our popular recreation basketball league which concentrates on teaching the         Taught by Damaris Caughlan-Artistic Director,
basic skills of basketball through practice and games. Practice is once or twice a       Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma. Her approach and
week with games once a week. Players will improve their skills in a safe and posi-       style with teaching young dancers is to help them
tive environment while learning valuable life skills. Volunteer coaches will deter-      express their inner joy of movement. Ms. Caughlan
mine practice days, times, and location. Practices will begin the week of Decem-         introduces disciplines such as self control, listening
ber 5th and games will start in early January. This league is scheduled in coopera-      skills, and patience along with basic ballet fun in this
tion with the City of University Place Recreation Department.                            wonderfully creative class. MBT is accredited through
                                                                                         Columbia Virtual Academy and home school class
Registration Dates: October 3 - November 18                                              may count as one PE credit.
Co-Ed Leagues: K/1st and 2/3rd Grade                                                     Session I - September 15 - December 1
Boys Leagues: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Grade
                                                                                         Day: Thursdays
Girls Leagues: 4/5th and 6/7th Grade                                                     Ages: 3.5 - 5 years old
Fee: $20/Residents and $65/Non-residents                                                 Time: 9:00 - 9:45 AM
                                                                                         Ages 5 - 9 years old (Home School Class)
                                                                                         Time: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Kindermusik– See What I Saw                                                              Fee: $66.00 per session
In this class, preschoolers use their real experience of playing in the park to create
imaginative, storytelling scenarios with music. Each week provides participants
with one uninterrupted session of play that’s guided in a very specific, sequential
way with a special sharing time with parents in the last 15 minutes of class.            Toddler Sports Time
                                                                                         The gym will be reserved for toddlers only. We will
Day: Mondays                                                                             have toddler sized sports equipment for children.
Ages: 3 - 5 years old                                                                    Child must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Time: 9:00 - 9:45 AM                                                                     Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Fee: $160 per 10 week session                                                            Time: 10:30- 11:30 AM
Dates: October 3 - December 5

                                                                                         Kidz Love Soccer
Youth Gymnastics                                                                         KLS is dedicated to teaching children the world’s most
Cartwheels and Smiles strives to bring a structured quality gymnastics program           popular sport within a nurturing, recreational
into your community. It is our goal to make this exciting sport easily accessible to     environment. Each session will include age
all who wish to learn and benefit from our program. We teach recreational gym-           appropriate activities, skill demonstration, fun games,
nastics classes, toddlers through age 12. Sign up today!                                 and instructional scrimmages.

Day: Tuesday                                                                             Day: Wednesdays
Dates: September 6 - 27, October 4 - 25                                                  Dates: October 12 - November 16
November 1 - 22, November 29 - December 20                                               Location: Fircrest Community Center Gym
Location: Fircrest Community Center, Room B
                                                                                         Mommy/Daddy & Me (ages 2 - 3.5)
Toddler Gymnastics (Parent participation required)                                       Time: 4:00 - 4:30 PM
Ages: Walking to 4 years old                                                             Fee: $50
Time: 4:00-4:30 PM
Fee: $25                                                                                 Tot/Pre Soccer (ages 3.5 - 5)
                                                                                         Time: 6:15 - 6:45 PM
Preschool Gymnastics                                                                     Fee: $50
Ages: 3-5 years old
Time: 4:30– 5:15 PM                                                                      Soccer 1 (ages 5-6)
Fee: $40                                                                                 Time: 4:45 - 5:30 PM
Beginning Girls Gymnastics
Ages: 6-12 years old                                                                     Soccer Skillz & Scrimmage (ages 7-11)
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM                                                                       Time: 5:30 - 6:15 PM
Fee:$50                                                                                  Fee: $58

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         Adult Activities and Classes
Men’s 4X4 Basketball League
This self-officiated league is for men 30 years and over. Space is limited to first 12 teams. Team registrations are due no later than
September 8th. Eight (8 ) league games and a single elimination end of season tournament are included. Teams are to provide their
own uniforms.

Days: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays
Fee: $100 per team
Additional $10 for each non-resident player

Old School Basketball                                            Noon Hoops                                Table Tennis
Lost a step or just don’t want to compete with the        Come join us for some noon basketball         Join us for table tennis every
younger players? Then this is for you!! Come play         on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays           Tuesday from 8 to 11 AM. There
with the veteran Fircrest basketball players to prove     from noon-3pm. All are welcome!               are lots of men and women playing
you still got game. 50 years and older only.                                                            Table Tennis and you can join in
                                                                                                        the fun!
Days: Mondays & Fridays
Time: 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Fee: Free residents / $1 non-residents                    Fee: Free residents / $3 non-residents        Fee: $1.00

                           Contact Chris Wells at (253) 238-4161 or for more information

Gun-Fu Karate                                      Stress-Free Weight Management
This adult class emphasizes self-defense and       Not like other weight management programs! No diets to follow. Eat regular food
physical conditioning. Gun-Fu models itself on     including those on your “do not eat” list! You will have more energy than ever.
the movement of animals and the direct             Days: Wednesdays
execution of instinct in a self-defense            Time: 7:00 - 8:15 PM                                                   Women
application.                                       Fee: $43 per 8-week session
                                                   Session: September 21 - November 9                                      Only
Days: Tuesdays 7 - 9 PM
      Saturdays 10 AM - 1 PM
Fee: $20.00 per month                                                                              20.20.20
Instructor: Bill McCabe
Belly Dancing                                      Ditch the workout, join the party! This fun     Join us for twenty minutes of rhythmic
                                                   and exciting class will be taught by a          stretching and Pilates to benefit core
This popular Middle Eastern dance form will be     certified Zumba instructor and offers a fun     posture. Twenty minutes of aerobic
offered for all levels, beginning to advanced.     way for you to get in shape while learning      movement designed to strengthen major
                                                   some great Latin moves! Must pre-register       muscle groups and the cardio vascular
Day: Wednesdays                                    at the Community Center.                        system. Twenty minutes of strength
Time: Beginner-6:15 PM,                                                                            training using free weights and exercise
                                                   Days: Mondays & Wednesdays                      ball, followed by a cool down.
Intermediate-7:15 PM,
                                                   Time: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Advanced- 8:15 PM
                                                   Fee: $35.00 per session / $10.00 Drop-In        Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Fee: $50 per session
                                                                                                   Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Session 1:                                         Session 1: October 3 - 26                       Fee: $5.00 per class
November 16 - January 4                            Session 2: November 2 - 30
Instructor: Debbie Anderson                        Session 3: December 5 - 28                      Instructor: Diane Moseid

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           Adult Activities (Continued)
Clubs & Meetings                                Watercolor Painting                                    Pinochle and
We host a variety of clubs and meetings         This fun class is open to all levels.                  Bridge
such as the Chrysanthemum and Dahlia            Wednesdays, 10 AM - 12 PM                              Do you enjoy playing cards and meeting
Societies, the Facetors (rock hounds), the
                                                Cost: $20.00 per month                                 new people? We have a friendly group
Railroad Club, Watercolor         and Sumi
                                                Instructor: Patsy O’Connell                            that plays every Thursday from 10 AM-2
painting classes, Calligraphy class, Red Hat
                                                                                                       PM at the community center. Bring a sack
Ladies, Al-Anon, plus many more.
                                                                                                       lunch. Everyone is welcome.
Come check us out!
                                                Tea Ceremonies
                                                                                                       Cost: $1.00
                                                Do you hastily order a cup of
Beginning and                                   coffee at your local espresso place?
Intermediate                                    Join us as we slow down and learn about the
                                                history, types, and the manners of drinking teas
                                                                                                       Hand and Foot
Knitting                                        in the Korean, Chinese, Japanese and other             Canasta
Learn to read and complete patterns.                                                                   Active senior singles group meets Monday
Supplies Needed: 1 pair of # 8, 10 inch         Dates: 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3                          mornings at 11:00 AM to play this fun and
knitting needles and a 7 ounce skein of         Time: 10-11 AM                                         interesting card game. Beginners wel-
“Red Heart” knitting worsted.                   Cost: $10                                              come. Bring a snack to share.
                                                                                                       Join anytime!
Dates: October 3 - 24
Time: Mondays, 6 - 8 PM                         Instructor: Patsy O’Connell
Cost: $30                                       Asian Pacific Cultural Center                          Cost: FREE!!
Instructor: Judy Hoban

Art Classes with Janet Fagan
Janet graduated fro the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MFA from the
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her practice explores mixed media painting and wood block printmaking. Most recently, Janet
has exhibited work in the Boston Young Contemporaries juried exhibit and the Grand Rapids Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. She
teaches out of her studio in Seattle as well as at the Seattle Art Museum. See her classes offered below.

Drawing Basics                     Portrait Drawing                       Relief Printmaking                      Acrylic Painting
In this one day immersion,         Using dry media, participants will     Learn basic relief printmaking          Explore the versatility and ex-
participants will use charcoal,    investigate and learn techniques       techniques and create fun gifts at      citement of acrylic painting as
pencil, and colored pencil to      to help them discover the charac-      the same time! In this class, par-      you create 3 paintings which
explore shape, form, value,        ter and likeness of the models.        ticipants will learn how to carve,      investigate technique and crea-
and line. Learn to draw with       Students will take turns modeling      register, and print relief blocks       tivity. Composition, the element
increased confidence and           for the class and opportunity to       and create crafts for the holidays.     of art will be addressed. Come
pleasure.                          share or trade work with others.                                               create!

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24           Date: Saturday, Nov. 12                Date: Saturday, Nov. 19                 Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 12, 19
Ages: 13 years old & up            Ages: 13 years old & up                Ages: 13 years old & up                 Ages: 15 years old & up
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM            Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM                   Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM                    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $80                           Fee: $80                               Fee: $80                                Fee: $140

Worm/Compost Class                                                        Honey Bee Hive Class
In this class participants will learn how to use garbage to make fer-     Interested in setting-up and maintaining a bee hive? Then this class
tilizer for your plants and how to make your own organic compost.         is for you! Participants will learn what “beekeeping” is, how a hive
Students will also learn how to set up and maintain a worm com-           works, where to get bees, what kind of bees to look for, and how to
post bin.                                                                 avoid swarming and other issues that come while working with bees.
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 3               Dates: Monday, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 5
Ages: All ages are welcomed                                               Ages: All ages are welcomed
                                                                                                          Note: Please check with your local
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM                                                 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM            government before setting up a bee hive.
Fee: $30 per class                                                        Fee: $30 per class

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     Senior Activities (55+)

Bellevue Square
                                                                                                          Join us for
Wednesday, September 14                                                   9:00 AM –3:30 PM                our exciting
A superb collection of over 200 shops and restaurants, major stores and intimate boutiques.
Lunch on your own.                                                                                        senior trips!
Tulalip Casino
Wednesday, September 28                                                   9:00 AM – 3:30 PM               Our Senior Trips are a
Fun is the name of the game. Participants will enjoy some of the best gaming in the area. Come hun-       great way to meet peo-
gry and enjoy their dining specials! Lunch on your own.                                                   ple in our community
                                                                                                          and save money on
King 5 TV “New Day Northwest” & Seattle Center                                                            gas.
Wednesday, October 12                                                     8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
We will be a member of the live studio audience at the popular morning show hosted by Margaret            Register in the office
Larson. After taping it is off to the Seattle Center for lunch. Lunch on your own.                        for up to 3 trips.
North Bend Outlet Stores                                                                                  Non Residents may
Wednesday, October 26                                                     9:00 AM – 3:30 PM               register two weeks af-
Get a present for yourself or a head start on your holiday shopping at these 50+ outlet stores.           ter Fircrest residents
Lunch on your own.
                                                                                                          receive their brochures.
Windmill Gardens & Sumner Shopping
                                                                                                          All trips cost $10.00 per
Wednesday, November 9                                                     9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Discover your own garden lifestyle at Windmill Gardens! Whether you need plants, pottery, or garden
accessories you can find it here. Next stop downtown for shopping and lunch. Lunch on your own.
                                                                                                          Payment is due at time
Southcenter Mall                                                                                          of registration and is
Wednesday, November 23                                                    9:00 AM – 3:30 PM               non-refundable for par-
Featuring 75 new stores, five sit-down restaurants, a state of the art 16 screen AMC theatre..and         ticipant cancellations.
much more. Lunch on your own.
                                                                                                          There may be addi-
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)                                                                                  tional fees for trips due
Friday, December 2                                                        9:00 AM – 3:30 PM               to entrance fees or
SAM is all new!! See the extensive new permanent collections, exciting international exhibitions and      ticket costs.
diverse programs. This is a self-guided tour so enjoy the museum at your leisure. $15 suggested
donation for 61 years and under. Free Day for seniors age 62+. Lunch on your own.
                                                                                                          253. 564.8177
Molbak’s Nursery & Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville
Wednesday, December 14                                                    9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
This is a must see during the holidays! A colorful array of flowers and garden supplies too tempting to
resist. There’s a quaint coffee shop for snacks. Save room for lunch at the Red Hook Brewery.
Lunch on your own.

Muckleshoot Casino & Auburn Super Mall
Wednesday, December 28                                                    9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Your choice….“The Biggest and Best in the Northwest” come enjoy the day at the casino or “Get
More Spend Less” at the Super Mall in Auburn. Lunch on your own.

                                                                                                          LET’s GO!

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555 Contra Costa Ave
Fircrest WA 98466                                                             Presorted Standard
Phone: 253-564-8177
Fax: 253-238-4173                                                             U.S. Postage Paid

                                                                              Tacoma, WA

                                                                              Permit No. 236

       Come join us at the recreation center to enjoy Gym Games, Arts & Crafts,
       Video Game Challenges, Homework Help, Ping Pong, Foosball, and other fun
       Days: Monday - Friday
       Ages: 6 - 13 years old
       Times: 3:30 - 6:30pm
       Fee: Free!!

       If you would like to volunteer and assist with our after-school program, please call 564-8177

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