Arts and crafts, trains, nature and lights | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of Dec. 14-16, 2012, include a sale of holiday gifts by local artists, the Great Train Expo, Winter Wonderland Family Saturdays and Seattle Holiday Walk. Films opening include “The Hobbit” and “Hyde Park on Hudson.”
Holiday Sale: Sale by 35 local artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett (425-259-5050 or www.schack.org).
The Great Train Expo: Traveling train show with operating model trains, vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, kids’ riding train and play area, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $9, ages 11 and younger free (253-841-5045 or www.greattrainexpo.com).
Winter Wonderland Family Saturdays: Hot chocolate and cider; make nature inspired holiday arts, crafts and gifts; learn about plants, animals and birds in winter; shop at Nature Gift Store, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).
Seattle Holiday Walk: Guided walk through four downtown districts to see holiday lights, window displays, 6 p.m. Saturdays and Dec. 20-23, Pacific Place Mall, 600 Pine St., Seattle; $14-$18 (206-508-7017 or seattlebyfoot.com/seattle-holiday-walk).
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”: The world has been waiting nine long years for Peter Jackson’s prequel to his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and (hooray!) it’s finally here. It has midnight previews Thursday and opens Friday at theaters everywhere (at many in 3D).
“Hyde Park on Hudson”: British royals visit the home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) in this historical drama from director Roger Michell. It also stars Laura Linney and opens Friday at the Egyptian and Lincoln Square.
“Any Day Now”: Alan Cumming stars as a late-1970s drag queen who raises an unwanted teenager in the new drama that opens Friday at the Harvard Exit.
“Deadfall”: Eric Bana stars in this crime drama that follows a serial killer in dead-of-winter Michigan. It opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre.
“Fred Won’t Move Out”: This indie drama from writer/director Richard Ledes follows an elderly man (Elliott Gould) who doesn’t want to leave his home. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.
“Central Park Five”: This documentary examines the 1989 case of five teenagers convicted of raping a woman in Central Park. It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.