Library celebration, nature walks | Community Corner
Community events for the weekend of Jan. 5-6, 2012, include the Seattle Public Library Sunday Opening celebration, the Seattle Home Remodeling Expo and the last weekend of the Winterfest Ice Rink.
Seattle Public Library Sunday Opening
Starting this weekend, all Seattle Public Library branches will be open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Join in the kickoff celebration with Mayor Mike McGinn and City Librarian Marcellus Turner, children’s craft activity, snacks and information about the Check-Out Sundays Challenge, 1 p.m. Sunday at Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1908). Each branch newly open on Sundays will host a celebration on varying dates through May 5; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
Seattle Home Remodeling Expo: Displays, vendors and information on everything for your home, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $6, ages 17 and younger free (800-374-6463 or homeshowcenter.com).
Archaeology Fair: Activities, demonstrations in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) annual meeting in Seattle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (617-358-6098 or www.archaeological.org/events/10889).
Winterfest Ice Rink: Last weekend for indoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental, cash only (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Swedish Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes, ham, beverages, music and folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9, ages 4 and younger free (206-283-1090 or www.swedishculturalcenter.org).
Mochi Tsuki Celebration: All-ages event celebrating the Japanese New Year’s tradition of making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi, taiko performances, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; free; parking very limited at the site and nearby Blakley Elementary School; carpooling encouraged (www.bijac.org).
Family Bird Walk: Kids ages 5-10 create bird-watching guides, then walk through the park looking for birds, 1 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free, online registration requested (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310404).
Juanita Bay Nature Walk: Park rangers lead easy walk for all ages, 1 p.m. Sunday, Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market St., Kirkland; free (425-576-8805).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.
For more community events, go to seattletimes.com/listings (search “weekend calendar”).