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,O B6 WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER 9, 2009 THE IS SAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. 4, DECEMBER 0 Troy KIIne, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St., 391-1424 It Visiting Sonlrd Sedes pres- ents Jackle RYSu Quartet, 7:45-10 p.m. Dec. 11-12, Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $20 Ventura Highway Revisited, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella 2 Paul Green, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha Chds Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella t6 Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m. Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 7 Lena Bundy and Steve Rice duet, 7-11 p.m., Vino Bella 8 Paul Green and the Straight Shots, 7:30- 11:30 p.m. Vino Bella To My Santa "NIK" Shop Mascot and Santa's helper 1430 NW Mall St. Issaquah (Just behind McDonalds) 425-391-3600 PHOTOS BY GREG FARIIAR At left, Santa Claus feeds apple slices to Olive at the barn attached to Santa's House during Cougar Mountain Zoo's Reindeer Festival. The lydcs to 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer include 'All of (Olive) the other rein- deer: who used to laugh and call Rudolph names. Above, Vixen (foreffound) and Rudolph rest in their enclosure at Santa's House Dec. 4. Santa returns for 21st annual Reindeer Festival By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter echnically, Cougar Mountain Zoo is closed for the winter season. How- ever, when you have a guest whose reputation is built around the holi- day season, allowances are made. Thus, Robyn Barfoot, zoo manager and head elf, is proud to provide the facility of choice for Santa Claus to host his 21st an- nual Reindeer Festival. As evidenced by the attendance figures, it's one of the zoo's best-attended attractions of the year. "It's extremely popular. We get 10,000 visitors in the month of December," Bar- foot said. "That's quite a lot for our zoo. And we have quite a few families who've made it a holiday tradition, including one from Wenatchee." With so much going on during the fes- tival, it's easy to see how it attracts visi- tors from around the region and beyond. Starting with the big cheese himself, Santa hosts guests to his house daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (with a mid-day break to visit his reindeer). Speaking of the reindeer, everyone is invited to purchase treats for Santa's nine reindeer. Unfortunately, it has to be from behind the pen fences. "We ask you throw the treats over to the reindeer to make them run for it, to keep fit," Barfoot said. "After all, they have to stay in shape, cause they'll be flying soon." Next, kids of all ages are free to pen a letter to Santa and either drop it off in his official mail box or walk it hand and deliver it to the jolly old e[ : his house atop the festival hill. Once families have seen the sights, Bar- foot invites them to stop in for story read- ing time, performed by one of Santa's many festive elves. And as a keepsake, feel free to take a seat for a photo oppor- tunity in the sleigh Santa uses to journey around the world on Christmas Eve. Barfoot, as head elf, said she has found herself needing to reveal elf secrets to the more curious youngsters. "Yes, we've had the occasional ques- Kitten -C..,.a. O'ConnoO I know it has been a rough year, but you bring the love andjoy to us. Your smile and you laughter have kept Christmas alive at our home. I love you my Iit, t, le 5anl;a helper Love Forever, Your Miko (Miohael O'Connor) \\; It's the time of the year for holiday cheer! Wishing you the best for 2010. - your fro'ends at Morgan Motors \\; / ] yourvote! [ \\; / IBest o_flssaquah:0091 \\; 9TONS " peutoCare.om PHOTOS BY GREG FAI:CIAR Above, Cupid walks across the pasture in front of Santa's House at Cougar Mountain Zoo during this year's Reindeer Festival. Below, Camille Meyers, of Fall City, a Santa's elf intern working at Cougar Mountain Zoo, wears one of her face-painted Christmas designs that she gives to young and young-at-heart visitors to the annual Reindeer Festival. ON]HEWEB Learn more about Cougar Mountain Zoo's 21st annual Reindeer Festival and older attractions at www.cougarmountainzoo.org or e-mail e head elf at cougarmzoo@aol.com. tion of how Santa delivers all those pres- ents in one night," she said. "We tell them that's just the magic of Santa." Also, with all nine of Santa s reindeer in attendance, including Rudolph, Bar- foot said some have the temerity to ques- tion why his nose isn't red. "Obviously, Rudolph is into conserva- tion, saving energy," she explained. "He only turns it on when he needs it. Just like we recommend to kids to do with lights in their own home." With 21 festivals under Santa's belt at Cougar Mountain Zoo, Barfoot said zoo workers try to add an occasional new fea- ture to keep the proceedings fresh. This year, staff members will present trees and presents to open for the zoo's two newest Bengal tier cubs at I p.m. Dec. 23. And, oi( ou rse, visitors are invited to explore the rest of the zoo grounds to view the other animals hardy enough to stick around for the Issaquah winters. Barfoot reminds everyone that if you bring in a new, unwrapped present to the festival to be donated to the Toys for Tots program, you'll receive one free child's admission to the zoo for your next visit. Catch 'Smoke Signals' for free at the Issaquah Depot Museum The city Arts Commission and 4Culture -- King County's cultural services agency -- will screen a third free movie Dec. 12 in the Films @ the Train Depot! program. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the historic train depot, 50 , Rainier Blvd. N. "Smoke Signals is the December selection. 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