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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, March 8-14, 2013.

Seattle Times staff

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Animal events

How to Raise Chicks

SAT Seminar for backyard chicken farming, basic care of new chicks, 10 a.m. Saturday, Reber Ranch, 28606 132nd Ave. S.E., Kent; free (253-630-3330 or www.reberranch.com).

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

SAT-SUN Competition in conformation, agility, rally and obedience, performance events, Meet the Breed information, performance events, vendors, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; guided tours available 9 a.m.-1 p.m., CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $7-$14 (www.seattlekennelclub.org).

Adopt-A-Chihuahua Month

ONGOING $50 off adoption fees for Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes one year old and older through March, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or www.seattlehumane.org).

Benefits

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Dinner

FRI Salmon and seafood bake, entertainment, auction to benefit Elders Nutrition Program and youth home, 6 p.m. Friday, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; $125 (206-829-2219 or unitedindiansgaladinner.bpt.me).

Archbishop Murphy High School 5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast

SAT Run/walk and breakfast by AMHS Athletic Booster Club to support athletic programs; walk/run, 8:30 a.m., check in 8 a.m.; breakfast 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Archbishop Murphy High School, 12911 39th Ave. S.E., Everett; $5 (425-385-3464 or am-hs.org/parents-place/booster-club/events).

Cleveland High School Soaring Eagles Auction

SAT Cleveland High School auction to benefit student programs, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $60 (206-478-9038 or cleveland.schoolauction.net/2013).

Orphans Africa Benefit Dinner and Auction

SAT Celebrates charity’s three schools with dinner, auction, dessert dash to Orphans Africa, 5 p.m. Saturday, The Landmark Convention Center, 47 St. Helens St., Tacoma; $60-$100 (253-252-3544 or orphafri.ejoinme.org/OAauction2013).

Pawsitive Futures helping dogs and cats

SAT Chocolate sampling, snacks, door prizes, auction, proceeds support adoption events, spay/neuter and education resources, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Portage Bay Cafe, 391 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $45 (www.facebook.com/events/379234418835081).

Chocolate for Choice

WED Chocolate tasting. cake auction, to benefit NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Safeco Field First Base Terrace Club, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $40-$120 (206-624-1990 or www.prochoicewashington.org/events/chocolate-for-choice.shtml).

Bandage Ball

PLAN AHEAD Overlake Hospital Medical Center Auxiliaries dinner, dancing, auction fundraising gala to help establish new Heart & Vascular Center, 4 p.m. March 16, Hyatt Regency, Bellevue; $300 (425-688-5526 or www.overlakehospital.org/support-overlake/events/bandage-ball).

Celebration and Benefit

PLAN AHEAD School of Drama auction, food, to benefit programs for young artists, 6 p.m. March 16, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, 4045 University Way N.E., Seattle; $45-$85 (depts.washington.edu/uwdrama).

Biking

Ride to Bike Expo

SAT All ages and skill levels welcome on 10 mile, easy pace ride to see commuter cycling fashion show at Bike Expo, steady rain cancels; 11 a.m. Saturday, come at 10:45 a.m. if you’re new to group riding or need help adjusting your helmet or bike, Hub and Bespoke, 513 N. 36th St., Seattle (www.cascade.org).

Birding

Blue Heron Watch

FRI Eastside Audubon Society hosts viewing by scopes of herons and their nests, 11 a.m. Friday, Kenmore Park and Ride, 7346 N.E. Bothell Way, Kenmore, followed by talk and slideshow, noon, Kenmore Fire Station (eastsideaudubon.org).

Dance

Seattle Balkan Dancers

FRI Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., Balkan line dancing, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $5 suggested donation (425-883-0332 or www.seattlebalkandancers.org).

Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginner’s dance workshop, 7 p.m., dance, no partner necessary, all dances taught, don’t wear cologne, perfume or other scented products, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Folk dancing fundraiser for NW Folklife, bring finger food for potluck, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 donation suggested (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org).

Bollywood workshop

SUN Learn basic Bollywood dance moves, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E., Bothell; free (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org).

Expos

Active Senior Fair

SAT Hosted by Overlake Hospital Medical Center, fashion show, entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 10 a.m. Saturday, Westminster Chapel, 13646 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue; free (425-635-9191 or www.overlakehospital.org/services/senior-care/events/active-senior-fair).

Central Sound Science & Engineering Fair

SAT Science and engineering competition for ninth-12th grade students in King and Snohomish Counties displays, science and engineering activities, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue; free (425-564-3055 or www.bellevuecollege.edu/sciencefair).

Seattle Bike Expo

SAT-SUN Cascade Bicycle Club bicycles, gear, travel, health and fitness presentations, activities and vendors, food court, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle; $10/one day, $12/two days, cash only at the door; ages 15 and younger free (shop.cascade.org/content/events/expo).

Food events

Irish Soda Bread Contest

SAT Contest for amateur bakers, see website for rules, recipes, categories, 2 p.m. Saturday, deliver entries 12:30-1:30 p.m., T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 21 Mercer St., Seattle; free (206-321-4576 or irishclub.org).

Norwegian Male Chorus Dinner

SUN Traditional sausage and kumle (potato balls) dinner, entertainment, social 5:30 p.m., dinner, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $15-$20, Friday last day for reservations (206-783-1274).

Walla Walla Wine Series

MON Kick off Washington Wine Month with tastes of wine from Walla Walla, 5:30 p.m. Monday, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $50 (509-526-3117 or wallawallawine.com/seattle).

Gardening

Creating a Bird-friendly Habitat

SAT Plants that attract birds, feeder and birdbath options, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com).

NHS Spring Plant Sale & More

SAT Northwest Horticultural Society hosts plant sale by specialty nurseries, lecture by Dan Hinkley, panel discussion with local horticulturalists; benefits Elisabeth Miller Horticultural Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free, lecture $5 (206-780-8172 or www.northwesthort.org/plant_sales.html).

Vegetable gardening

SAT Valley Master Gardeners discuss seed selection, soil preparation, pest and weed prevention, 11 a.m. Saturday, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend; free (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org).

Christianson’s Nursery

SAT-SUN Cass Turnbull on pruning and renovating an overgrown garden, 11 a.m. Saturday, $10; rose pruning, 1 p.m. Sunday, free; Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; reservations required (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).

Snohomish Garden Club

MON Meeting, presentation on growing tomatoes, 7 p.m. Monday, Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., Snohomish (www.snohomishgardenclub.com).

Hobbies

International Gem and Jewelry Show

FRI-SUN Display and sale of jewelry, gemstones, watches, antique and estate jewelry, accessories, noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle; $8, free admission for active military and veterans with ID; children ages 8 and younger not permitted (206-684-7200 or www.intergem.com).

Washington State Political Items Collectors

SAT Political Items Collectors show and sale, political and nonpolitical buttons and items to buy, sell or trade, exhibits, door prizes, free appraisals, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Fire Station #9, 12412 Newcastle Way, Bellevue; free (206-550-2572).

Meeker Mansion Psychic Fair

SAT Discover your future or uncover your past, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $5 admission plus fees for readings (253-848-1770 or www.meekermansion.org).

Northwest Record and CD Show

SUN Show for music collectors of all ages, thousands of records, CDs, music memorabilia, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Shaw Room, Seattle; $3, $1 off admission with canned food bank donation (206-850-2162 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Museum events

The Life and Times of Tyrannosaurus rex

FRI Burke Museum hosts dinosaur paleontologist Dr. Thomas Holtz on T. rex in North America, 7 p.m. Friday, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free, advance registration required (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/trex_talk).

Women Fly!

FRI-SUN Women’s History Month events, Helicopter Fly-In and display of Army CH-47 helicopters, meet women crew members, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; Aerospace Career Event for girls, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday; Aerospace Community Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; Women Fly! Lecture: Bessie Coleman Story, 11 a.m. Saturday; lecture “From the Space Station to Mars with Women Who Have Been There,” 2 p.m. Saturday; Flight Attendant’s Day, free admission to all past and present flight attendants, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; flight attendant panel discussion, 2 p.m., “Flights of Fancy” concert 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).

Bring Your Artifacts to MOHAI Day

SAT Bring your historic artifact, textile, photograph, or document for information from museum staff and other historians and collections experts, no appraisals given; no firearms, maximum two items per person, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., final entry 3:30 p.m. Saturday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org).

Clan Heather dancers

SAT Join in an Irish jig with youth dance troupe, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $9 (425-258-1006 or www.imaginecm.org).

Dino Day

SUN Family Day with up-close view of the Burke’s paleontology collections, see and touch fossils, meet paleontologists, join a fossil dig pit for kids, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/dino_day2013).

Free first and second Thursdays at NAAM

MARCH 14 Free admission, 10-7 p.m. March 14, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org).

Paddle sports

Lake Sammamish kayak nature tours

PLAN AHEAD Guided tour, program on great blue herons, waterfowl and raptors, noon March 17 and 24, Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah; $12/person, reservations required; dry suits and life vests provided, kayak rental available, $12-$15 (206-527-1825 or www.kayakacademy.com).

Park events

Hummingbirds: Tiny Wonders Super Saturday

SAT Celebrate the tiny wonders of hummingbirds, welcome the Rufous back from his tropical winter vacation and help the Annas raise their broods, learn how to help protect hummingbirds, provide them with sanctuaries in our parks and backyards, with arts, crafts, games, activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., All day Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).

Mosses, Lichen, & Liverworts Presentation and Walk

SAT Join Master Urban Naturalist to learn about pioneer plant species and their importance to the forest ecosystem, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).

Guided Nature Hike

SAT Walk through the forest, look for migrating birds, spawning salmon, for ages 4 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/274475).

Tiny Critters

SAT Learn about the tiniest animals and view them under a microscope, for ages 6 and older accompanied by adult, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, preregister (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).

Lake Hills Greenbelt
Ranger Walk

SAT Guided 1-3 mile tour to learn park history, tour community gardens, discover local wildlife, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225).

Mercer Slough Nature Walk

SAT Guided one-walk walk to learn about slough history, plants and animals, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).

Seattle Japanese Garden photo exhibit opening

SUN Opening celebration of juried photo show “Autumn Impressions,” 1-3 p.m. Sunday; garden open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Streamkeeper Academy

MARCH 14 Presentation “The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane,” for ages 13 and older, 7 p.m. March 14, Northwest Stream Center, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett; $5-$7, be reservation (425-316-8592 or www.streamkeeper.org).

Performances

Show Brazil concert

FRI King County Library hosts concert on the MarketStage, 5 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-6203 or www.kcls.org).

Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Saturdays

SAT Family-friendly kids’ game time 5-7 p.m., Tim Noah at the Market Stage, 7 p.m., $1 off entry at WiggleWorks, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).

Irish Dance Championships

SAT-SUN Traditional Irish dance competition for all ages and levels of dancers, vendors of Irish dance supplies and other Celtic items, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Hilton Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center, 17620 Pacific Highway S., SeaTac; free (www.tonycomerford.com).

Music at Third Place Commons

SAT-SUN Hinds Street Quartet, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; cultural stories and world flute music with Gary Stroutsos, 4 p.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).

Balefire Irish Dancers

SUN Traditional Irish dancing, 2 p.m. Sunday, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E., Renton (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org).

Running

Kirkland Shamrock Run

PLAN AHEAD 5K run and walk, 9 a.m. March 16, Marina Park, Kirkland; $40 (425-822-7066 or www.kirklandshamrockrun.com).

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

PLAN AHEAD Leprechaun Lap 1K dash for ages 10 and younger, 4-mile run and walk, costume contest, beer garden, vendors, entertainment, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 17; proceeds benefit Northwest children’s charities; Seattle Center, Seattle; $35-$40, last day to register March 16 (www.stpatsdash.com).

Sales/Shopping

West Side Presbyterian Sale

FRI-SAT Quality clothing, housewares, furniture, jewelry; books, bake sale, proceeds benefit youth outreach programs, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-935-4477 or www.wspc.org).

RAGS Wearable Art Show and Sale

FRI-SUN Boutique-style show of creative clothing, fashion accessories, and unusual jewelry from more than 75 artists; portion of sale benefits YWCA’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, 4001 20th St. E., Fife; free (253-272-4181 or RAGSWearableArt.org).

Shop to Make a Difference

PLAN AHEAD Buy a Cure Card to save 20 percent at participating University Village merchants and support women’s cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, March 15, University Village Mall, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $25 (206-523-0622 or www.uvillage.com/events).

Snow sports

Guided snowshoe walks, Snoqualmie Pass

FRI-SUN Forest Service guided 90 minute walks to learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife on one-mile loop walk through old-growth forest, snowshoes provided, no experience necessary; 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; half-day hikes, 9 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).

Special interest

Green River Community College My Wedding My Way

SAT Wedding show with 40 vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green River Community College, 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn; free (253-333-6010 or bit.ly/mwmw2013).

Nordic Heritage Day

SAT Cooking and craft demonstrations, food samples, music, genealogy, Fjord horse, Scandinavian lunch and desserts for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-485-9085 or www.bothellsonsofnorway.org).

Seuss-tastic Fun with Cat in the Hat

SAT Dress like your favorite Seuss character, stories and activities for ages 3 to 8 with adult, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; free (425-392-3130 or www.kcls.org).

Seattle Public Library
Sunday opening

SUN All Seattle Public Library branches now open 1-5 p.m. Sundays; special celebration Sunday, International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1300 or www.spl.org).

Community Chinese Corner

WED Learn basic Mandarin Chinese conversation and culture in a casual environment, activities for all ages, mahjong, painting, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (confucius.washington.edu/event/ccc).

Tours

St. Patrick’s Day Underworld Tour

PLAN AHEAD Adults-only stroll through the old red-light district of Seattle’s underground birthday, party with Irish music, Guinness and Irish whiskey, 7 and 8 p.m. March 17, Seattle Underground Tour, Seattle; $25 (206-682-4646 or undergroundtour.com).

Travel events

Rick Steves’ Europe travel class

SAT Portugal, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).

Travel seminars

SAT Italy Day, northern and central Italy, 10 a.m.; southern Italy and Sicily, 11 a.m.; practical planning for travel to Italy, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).

Incredible India

TUE Imprint Tours on travel to northern India, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).

Namibia, Conservation & Adventure

MARCH 14 Escape Your Everyday travel series, tales, photos and how to plan a trip to Namibia, free parking, wine, giveaways, 6 p.m. March 14, Columbia Sportswear, 290 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-650-5795 or evergreenescapes.com/escape-your-everyday-travel-series).

Volunteer

Free Electronic Recycling Event

SAT Free recycling of appliances, metals, electronics, computers, machinery, electronic accessories, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Whole Foods Market, 2001 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-367-4111).

Downtown Volunteer Fair

SUN Representatives of 30 charities and agencies that serve poor, homeless, hungry people and those with special needs available to meet one-on-one with potential volunteers, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, 1902 Second Ave., Seattle (206-850-5412 or www.annualdowntownvolunteerfair.org).

Sew Thoughtful — Sew to make a difference

PLAN AHEAD Join Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors project all to sew Walker Bags for a rehabilitation center, pattern and fabric provided, bring your sewing machine, 10 a.m. March 15, McCollum Pioneer Park, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett; free (206-595-9717).

Workshops

Irish Genealogy

SAT Lectures by local genealogy experts, lunch, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave N.E., Seattle; $35, preregister (206-782-2629 or irishclub.org).

Chicken Coop Construction

SAT Learn how to design, build, and maintain a backyard chicken coop, 10 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $25-$29 (425-481-1500 or 21acres.org).

Swedish Easter decorations

SUN Easter decoration-making party of pskris (feathers and twigs) and semlor (Easter Buns), 1 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5, by reservation (206-283-1090 or swedishculturalcenter.org).

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