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Fish, lights and a bonfire: Community Corner
Community events for the weekend of Dec. 29-30, 2012, include the Seattle Aquarium’s Winter Fishtival, the Gates Foundation Family Day, the Lights of Christmas and the Redmond Centennial Bonfire.
Activities, talks and opportunities to learn about the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide-pool animals and marine mammals, highlighting a different sea animal each day including Clownfish and Friends Saturday, Puffins Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Gates Foundation Family Day:The Give Effect: Exhibits and activities for all ages to experience the joy of giving, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or www.facebook.com and search “Family Day: The Give Effect”).
The Lights of Christmas: Light displays, entertainment, train rides, pony rides, nativity, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, Stanwood; pay what you can (www.warmbeach.com/index.php/lights-of-christmas).
“Fish On”: Opening weekend of new exhibit exploring the history of boathouses and fishing resorts of Puget Sound, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free, donations gratefully accepted (www.cwb.org).
Seattle Center Winterfest/New Year’s at the Needle: Winter Train and Village display, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday, all ages dance 8:15-11:45 p.m. Monday, Armory; ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday, Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only; fireworks at the Space Needle at midnight Monday, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Celebration Lane: Snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, downtown Bellevue; free (www.magicseason.com/events).
Candy Cane Lane: Neighborhood Christmas display, lights and music from 4:30-10 p.m. through Tuesday, until midnight Monday, Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Harvest collected.
Redmond Centennial Bonfire: Celebrate Redmond’s 100 years, bonfire, music and luminaria, 5 p.m. Sunday, Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; free (www.100years.Redmond.gov).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.
For more community events, go to seattletimes.com/listings (search “weekend calendar”).