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A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Nov. 2-8, 2012.

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Animal events

Bobcats

FRI Learn about local bobcats, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $5-$7, preregistration required (425-316-8592 or www.streamkeeper.org/).

America's Family Pet Expo Washington

SAT-SUN Exhibits, vendors, educational presentations, entertainment, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $6-$12; active and retired military with ID and ages 5 and younger free (253-841-5045 or www.petexpowa.org).

Benefits

St. Bernadette auction

FRI Silent and live auction, kids' games, crafts, food available, 5:30 p.m. Friday, St. Bernadette School, 1028 S.W. 128th St., Seattle; free (www.stbernadettesea.org/auction/index.htm).

Quota International

of Kent Valley Dinner Auction

FRI Buffet dinner, auction, raffle, proceeds support Washington Women's Employment and Education, Kent and Highline school districts, community food banks and international charities, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; $45 at the door (www.quotakentvalley.com).

Project SWIRL, artEast Art Center Birthday Gala

SAT Auction including collectible art works and art experiences, food, wine, 6 p.m. Saturday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; $100 or $125 at the door, if available (www.arteastswirl.com).

Spaghetti Feed Benefiting

All Breed Equine Rez-Q

SAT All-ages event to support nonprofit horse-rescue operation, 4 p.m. Saturday, Craven Farm, 13817 Short School Road, Snohomish; $10-$30 (allbreedhorserescue.com).

COTA in honor of Eli

SAT Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) event supporting lifesaving transplant for local 9-year-old child, 7 p.m. Saturday, LeMay — America's Car Museum, Tacoma; $50 (www.COTAforEliO.com).

PurpleStride Puget Sound

SUN Puget Sound affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 5K run and 1K walk; 9 a.m. Sunday, registration 8 a.m., Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $10-$30, free for survivors and volunteers; preregistration requested (www.purplestride.org/pugetsound).

Get Your Rear in Gear for Colon Cancer

SUN 5K run/walk to support colon-cancer research and care, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, registration beginning 7 a.m., Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $30-$40 (www.getyourrearingear.com).

National Philanthropy Day

WED Honoring individuals, families, businesses and foundations making a significant difference in the community, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Westin Seattle hotel, Seattle; $85 (206-367-8704 or www.afpwashington.org/philanthropy-day).

Biking

Libraries and tips for hauling books by bike

SAT Spokespeople easy-pace, 10-mile ride to library, new riders of all ages and skill levels welcome, steady rain cancels, 2 p.m. Saturday, arrive by 1:45 if new to riding in a group, Wallingford Playfield, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle (206-547-9569 or www.cascade.org).

Birding

Bird tour

SAT Walk to learn about birds in park habitats, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3 (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Birding Basics 101

SAT Learn to spot and identify birds, for ages 10 and older, 8 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214529).

Family Bird Walk

SAT Birding adventure, kids create personal bird-watching guide, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $3-$5 (205-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214733).

Dance

Dance for women

FRI Women of Wisdom Qi Gong warm-up and free-form dancing for women, 8 p.m. Friday, Standing Stone Healing and Arts, 943 N. 89th St., Seattle; $5 (www.womenofwisdom.org).

Skandia dance

FRI Folk dancing with live music, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10, kids free (206-784-7470 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).

Heather Tartan Ball

SAT Scottish country dancing, silent auction, pipe-band performances, benefits Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association, 6 p.m. Saturday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-522-2541 or www.sshga.org).

Seattle Ceili

SUN Irish set dancing and potluck for all ages, with live music, no experience necessary, 4 p.m. Sunday, Doric Lodge, 619 N. 36th St., Seattle; suggested donation $10/family (seattleirishdancers.com/monthly-ceili).

Festivals/Expos

Day of the Dead Festival

FRI All-ages procession, meet at 5:45 p.m.; performances, community altar, art projects, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org/).

Seattle National College Fair

FRI-SAT Information about colleges and universities, counseling center, 9 a.m.-noon Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; free, preregistration encouraged (800-822-6285 or www.gotomyncf.com).

Cultural Crossroads Festival

FRI-SUN Ethnic entertainment on two stages, international bazaar and exhibits, 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).

La Conner Arts Alive

THU-SUN Art walk, 4-7 p.m. Friday, art exhibits and events, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday; artists reception, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Maple Hall, La Conner; most events free; reception $10 (www.lovelaconner.com/arts-alive).

Hmong New Year

SAT Explore the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the Hmong people of Laos and Thailand with performances, cultural displays, marketplace, children's activities, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, including concert, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Armory/Center House, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Food events

Pancake breakfast, Bothell

SAT Pancakes, eggs, ham or sausage, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $4-$5 (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org).

Road to Paradise Wine and Brew Festival

SAT Washington state artisan wine and microbrew tastes, entertainment, 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Ashford Lion's Hall, 27726 Highway 706 E., Ashford, Pierce County; $25 (www.road-to-paradise.com).

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, Scandinavian music and folk dancers, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$7 (206-283-1090 or www.swedishculturalcenter.org).

Onigiri Contest

SUN Japanese Cultural Day Bunja-No-Hi contest to make onigiri Japanese rice balls decorated with edible ingredients, with celebrity chef judges, prizes, Japanese food vendors, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle; free (www.jcccw.org).

Dishcrawl, Capitol Hill

WED Sample specialty dishes from four restaurants, meet chefs and owners at each location, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle; $39, preregister (206-719-3339 or dishcrawl.com/seattle).

Gardening

Chrysanthemum Show

FRI-SUN Evergreen Mum Association exhibit of large English chrysanthemums and Japanese floral arrangements, 1-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Furney's Nursery, 21515 International Blvd., Des Moines; free (206-624-0634).

Holiday Open House

and Arts Alive

FRI-SUN Art on display, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, bluegrass music, cheese tasting, cider press Saturday; holiday vine wreathing class, 1 p.m. Friday; garden art class, 11 a.m. Saturday, Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free; fee and preregistration for classes (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).

Green Elephant Plant Swap

SAT Gardeners share plants, seeds, garden accessories, new gardeners welcome, 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of the Holy Cross, 11526 162nd Ave. N.E., Redmond; free (425-223-7249 or www.holycrossredmond.org).

Hiking/walks

Issaquah Alps Club

SUN Tiger Mountain Tradition Loop, easy pace, 5 miles with emphasis on local history, noon Sunday, meet at Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, First and Bush Streets, Issaquah; free (www.issaquahalps.org).

Museum events

Life Sciences Research Weekend

FRI-SUN Northwest Association for Biomedical Research demonstrations, interactive exhibits and talks for school children, families and anyone interested in learning more about life sciences and the role research plays in our daily lives, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $9-$16 (206-443-2937 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Research-Weekends/life-sciences-research-weekend.html).

Dia de los Muertos, Tacoma Art Museum

FRI-SUN Dia de los Muertos exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $8-$10 (253-272-4258 or www.tacomaartmuseum.org).

Fort Nisqually Arts of the Fur Trade Living History Day

SAT Demonstrations of 1800s spinning, weaving, beading, blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking, musical entertainment, hands-on activities, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St, No. 11, Tacoma; $4-$6 (253-591-5339 or www.fortnisqually.org).

The Stories Old Buildings

Tell Us

NOV. 8 Museum open house, 6 p.m., lecture on local historic buildings, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, White River Valley Museum, Auburn; $1-$2, reservations required (253-288-7433 or www.wrvmuseum.org).

Park events

Mercer Slough Ranger Program: "Mercer's Minnows"

FRI Learn about the journey of minnows up the Mercer Slough, 2 p.m. Friday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free, no registration necessary (425-452-2565).

Carkeek Park History Walk

SAT In-depth look at park history for ages 12 and older, 10 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Colors of Deadhorse Canyon

SAT Guided forest walk for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeridge Park, Rainier Avenue South and 68th Avenue South, Seattle; free (www.seattle.gov/parks).

Buggin' Out

SAT IslandWood naturalists' adventure to explore bugs using microscopes, nets and buckets for families with kids of all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, Woodinville; free, preregistration required (206-263-8866 or bugginoutbrightwaterevent.eventbrite.com/#).

Free days at state parks

PLAN AHEAD Visit any Washington State Parks site for free, no Discover Pass required, Nov. 10-12 (www.parks.wa.gov/events/).

Free days at national parks

PLAN AHEAD Free entrance to national parks including Mount Rainier and Olympic, Nov. 10-12 (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

Sales/Bazaars

Holiday Marketplace

FRI-SAT Arts and crafts, jewelry, bake sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org).

Red Ribbons and Reindeer

FRI-SAT Handmade holiday gifts and decorations, food, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Hollywood Schoolhouse, 14810 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville (425-485-8293).

Christmas Craft Show

FRI-SAT Holiday décor, crafts by 95 vendors, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (www.countrycreation.blogspot.com).

Kent Holiday Craft Market

THU-SAT City of Kent Parks and Recreation arts and crafts from 70 vendors, Figgy Pudding Cafe and Bake Sale, entertainment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent (253-856-5150 or www.kent50plus.com).

Maple Valley Library Guild Book Sale

FRI-SAT Sale benefits programs, 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley (425-432-4620 or www.kcls.org).

Log House Museum book sale

SAT Large selection of used books about Seattle, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Montana, most $1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Log House Museum, 3003 61st Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-938-5293 or www.loghousemuseum.info).

Holiday Boutique

SAT Arts and crafts vendors, food, proceeds benefit children and families served by Catholic Community Services, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (206-524-3101).

Short Run small press fest

SAT Sale of comics, zines and art books from 100 small-press exhibitors, animation screenings by independent filmmakers, bake sale, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, The Vera Project, Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (www.shortrun.org).

Holiday Bazaar

SAT Holiday vendors, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, The Bellevue Club, 11200 S.E. Sixth St., Bellevue (425-688-3384 or www.bellevueclub.com).

Holiday Bazaar, SeaTac Senior Program

SAT Crafts from 80 vendors, photos with Santa, cafe, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. S., SeaTac (206-973-4680).

Artists United Art Fair

SAT Art demonstrations, raffles, paintings, prints, cards, jewelry by local artists, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Burien Community Center, 14700 Sixth Ave. S.W., Burien (206-988-3700 or www.artistsunitedclub.com/index.html).

Julefest Christmas Bazaar

SAT Norwegian needlework, ornaments, quilts, wall hangings, children's items, garden décor, bake sale, lunch, demonstrations of Scandinavian foods, benefits local food banks and mission projects, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Zion Lutheran Church, 25105 132nd Ave. S.E., Kent (253-631-0100).

Richmond Beach Holiday Bazaar

SAT Jewelry, baby quilts, bake sale, Christmas and kitchen items, Santa photos with kids, crafts, books, candy, lunch available, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, 18354 Eighth Ave. N.E., Shoreline (www.flrb.org).

Mountlake Terrace High School PTSA Holiday Bazaar

SAT Local crafters, artists and home-based businesses, benefits safe Senior Graduation Night Party, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace (www.edmonds.wednet.edu/MTHS).

Holiday Art Market

SAT Mukilteo Arts Guild gifts and art at affordable prices, 10 a.m. Saturday, Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo (www.mukilteoarts.org).

Bothell Sons of Norway Bazaar

SAT Norwegian craft vendors, bake sale, lunch available, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (www.bothellsonsofnorway.org).

Holiday Craft Fair

SAT Northshore's Special Education Parent/Professional Advisory Council (SEPAC) hosts 70 craft vendors, to support Northshore special-needs children and their families, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Woodmoor Elementary School, 12225 N.E. 160th St., Bothell (www.sepacnsd.org).

Hollyhills Holiday Bazaar

SAT Shopping from 50 vendors, bake sale, raffle, espresso, bounce house for kids ($2), benefits Hopelink and Hollyhills, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hollyhills Homeowners Clubhouse, 19200 Hollyhills Dr. N.E., Bothell (www.hollyhillsbazaar.com).

Polish Fall Bazaar

SAT-SUN Pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, bakery and dessert bar, Polish pottery, crystal, books, crafts and holiday decorations, delicatessen with sausage, sauerkraut, pickles, chocolates, noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Polish Home Association, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle; free admission (206-322-3020 or www.polishhome.org).

Swedish Cultural Center Holiday Bazaar.

SAT-SUN Scandinavian gifts, art and crafts, antiques, food, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $1 donation at door (206-283-1090 or www.swedishculturalcenter.org).

Newport Way Library Association Used Book Sale

SAT-SUN Huge assortment, most 50 cents to $1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue (425-747-2390 or www.kcls.org/newportway).

Holiday Craft Fair, Spanaway

SAT-SUN Arts, crafts, food from 180 vendors, entertainment, benefits school programs, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Spanaway Lake High School, 1305 168th St. E., Spanaway, Pierce County; $3 (253-683-5675).

Tacoma Buddhist Temple Fall Food & Crafts Bazaar

SUN Rice curry, udon noodles, sushi, teriyaki chicken, chow mein, beef kabobs and other Japanese American foods, $1-$9; sale of original sumi-e ink paintings and pottery by local artists, rummage and craft sale, bake sale, produce, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma (253-627-1417 or www.tacomabt.org).

Snow sports

Ski and Snowboard Sale and Swap

SAT Consignment sale and Sturtevants ski, snowboard gear and clothing sale, other sports gear, proceeds benefit school programs, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St., Mercer Island (mi-skiswap.com).

Everett Mountaineers Winter Course Night

WED Learn about Everett Mountaineers courses in avalanche safety, climbing, backcountry and nordic skiing,snowshoeing and winter camping, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Snohomish County Administration Building Plaza, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; free (206-551-1446 or www.everettmountaineers.org).

Special interest

KUBE Haunted House

FRI-SAT Flashlight nights, one flashlight provided for groups of 5-8 people in morgue-themed haunted house, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12 (206-762-2067 or seattlehaunts.com/georgetown-morgue).

Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds

FRI-SAT Horror-movie-themed scares, 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $5 (www.kitsaphauntedfairgrounds.com).

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

THRU NOV. 15 Ofrenda (altar) exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday, through Nov. 15, El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle (elcentrodelaraza.wordpress.com).

Travel events

Solo travelers

SAT Informal gathering to learn from each others' travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle (206-634-3453).

Rick Steves Travel Festival

SAT Ten travel classes:

• European Travel Skills with Rick Steves, 9 a.m.; France, noon; Packing Light and Right, 2 p.m.; Italy with Rick Steves, 4 p.m.; 1,000 Years of European Art and History with Rick Steves, 7 p.m., all Saturday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds;

• Greece, 9 a.m.; Croatia and Slovenia, 10:45 a.m.; Great Britain with Rick Steves, 12:30 p.m.; Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 2:15 p.m.; Ireland, 4 p.m., all Saturday at Edmonds Theatre, 415 Main St., Edmonds.

All classes free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).

Savvy Traveler seminars

SAT Guatemala and Belize, 10 a.m. Saturday; Southern Italy, 1 p.m. Saturday; Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).

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