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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, March 15-21, 2013.

Seattle Times staff

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Animal events

Bring a Buddy Guided On-Leash Nature Walk

SAT Bring your dog on guided nature walk through the park to learn about coyotes, wolves, foxes, children welcome, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310423).

Cool City Pets

SAT Information, meet rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, reptiles, ferrets for adoption, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle; adoption fees $15-$40 (206-386-7397 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).

Woof walks in nature

SAT Bellevue Parks rangers guided walk for all ages, leashed dogs welcome, 10 a.m. Saturday, Weowna Park, 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 19th Street, Bellevue; free (425-452-7225).

Benefits

A Night for Brazil

SAT Capoeira and Latin dance performances, music, food, all ages welcome, benefits Community Network to fight poverty in the Brazilian Amazon, 7 p.m. Saturday, Tully’s Coffee Factory Arts Loft, 3100 Airport Way S., Seattle; $10 (www.facebook.com/events/341934075911305).

Bandage Ball

SAT Overlake Hospital Medical Center Auxiliaries dinner, dancing, auction to help fund Heart & Vascular Center, 4 p.m. Saturday, Hyatt Regency, Bellevue; $300 (425-688-5526 or www.overlakehospital.org/support-overlake/events/bandage-ball).

Celebration and Benefit

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

Friends of St. Patrick Banquet

SAT St. Patrick’s Day dinner, dance, proceeds support local charities, 7 p.m. Saturday, Harbor Club, 801 Second Ave., Seattle; $120 (425-290-7839 or www.fosp.org).

Exotic Wines Festival

TUE Taste varietals and blends from 25 Washington wineries, performances, to benefit Teatro ZinZanni and ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts 6 p.m. Tuesday, Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle; $35 (dreams.zinzanni.org/ewf.htm).

Brinner: Breakfast for Dinner

MARCH 21 Kiwanis Club pancakes and sausage dinner, benefits Kiwanis International and UNICEF programs to eliminate tetanus, 4 p.m. March 21, Maggie’s on Meeker, 317 E. Meeker St., Kent; $5-$10 (downtownkentwa.com/calendar).

Cancer Lifeline 40th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon

MARCH 21 Keynote speaker Debra Jarvis, author of the book “It’s Not About the Hair;“ proceeds support people affected by cancer, noon March 21, The Westin Seattle; $150 minimum donation (206-832-1273 or www.cancerlifeline.org).

Deep Roots, a benefit bash for Nature Consortium

MARCH 21 Music, local food, emceed by Jet City Improv, proceeds fund youth engagement and habitat restoration programs, 6 p.m. March 21, Sodo Park, 3200 First Ave. S., Seattle; $75 (206-923-0853 or www.naturec.org).

Providence O’Christmas Trees Procurement Kickoff Party

MARCH 21 Tasting from Washington wineries, microbrewers and microdistilleries, 6 p.m. March 21, The Westin Seattle; $50 (206-938-2788 or www.providenceochristmastrees.org).

YWCA Eastside Inspire Luncheon

MARCH 21 Features actress and humanitarian America Ferrera; proceeds benefit YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish assistance for women and families, noon March 21, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue; $150 minimum donation requested (206-490-4378 or www.ywcaworks.org).

Dance

Skandia St. Urho Celebration and Dance

FRI Folk dance lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance with live music, no partner required, buffet, wear green and/or purple, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10, kids free (206-784-7470 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).

Dancin’ at the Barn

SAT Swing dance lesson, 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Dance Party dance to rock/pop, ballroom, country, swing, Latin and nightclub music for ages 18 and older with the Dancin’ DJ; 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $15/lesson and dance, $12/dance only (425-255-9211).

Seattle Family Dance

SUN Dance with your children to live folk music, all dance taught, for ages 9 and younger and their families, no partner or experience necessary, 3 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$18 (206-330-7408 or seattledance.org/family).

Fairs/Expos

Green Stripe mini-parade

FRI All welcome to join in laying a green stripe along Fourth Avenue to mark the route of Saturday’s St. Patrick Day parade and shamrock painting and ceili Irish dance party at Westlake Park, 7 p.m. Friday from Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street or 6:30 p.m. to board flat bed truck at F.X. McRory’s Steak, Chop & Oyster House, 419 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (www.irishclub.org).

Irish Parade and Festival

SAT-SUN St. Patrick’s Day parade, 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Westlake Park, Seattle; festival with music, singing, dancing, genealogy and Irish language workshops, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, Irish and Celtic themed vendors, Irish Reels Film Festival, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.irishclub.org).

Summer Camp Fair

SAT Information on a variety of summer camps for ages preschool through teens, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, The Evergreen School, 15201 Meridian Ave. N., Shoreline; free (www.parentmap.com).

Earth Smart Green Fair

SAT Exhibits, workshops, vegetable seeds and other giveaways, free alkaline battery recycling, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).

Daffodil Day

WED Pike Place Market celebrates the first day of spring by passing out 10,000 daffodils, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at several downtown Seattle locations including Westlake Park and outside Pacific Place, Benaroya Hall, Seattle Public Library, City Hall and City Centre, Seattle (www.pikeplacemarket.org).

Food events

Red Mango Free Frozen Yogurt Event

SAT Red Mango celebrating the reopening of newly remodeled location, free small yogurt with their choice of toppings, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Red Mango, 16515 NE 74th Street, Redmond; free (425-558-3953 or www.facebook.com/RedMangoRedmond).

Shamrock Wine Walk

SAT Taste wine at 18 shops, 5 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $20 (www.bothellchamber.com).

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Cruise

SUN Irish buffet, Celtic music, cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Waterways Cruises, 2441 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $53 (206-223-2060 or www.waterwayscruises.com).

Gardening

Plant Shack

FRI-SUN Seasonal nursery opening weekend with roses, houseplants, seeds, annuals, perennials, soils, vegetable starts, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Plant Shack, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood (www.plantshacknursery.com).

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale

SAT Wide selection of organically, locally grown veggies, herbs, fruit shrubs and trees, seeds; all proceeds benefit Seattle Tilth educational programs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Market Center, 6100 Fourth Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org/special_events/marchedibleplantsale2013).

Caring for Roses in Puget Sound

SAT Selecting proper varieties, planting and care of rose plants, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition

SAT-SUN Display of Japanese style flower arranging, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, demonstration 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island; free (425-558-0889 or www.misogetsu.org).

Christianson’s Nursery

SAT-SUN Yoga for gardeners, 11 a.m. Saturday, $5; spring walk to see flowering trees and shrubs, 1 p.m. Sunday, free, followed by tea, $21.95 (tea reservations (425-765-0046), Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; reservations required (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).

Meerkerk Gardens
Big Spring Rhodie Sale

SAT-SUN Nursery opening sale of hybrid, species and heritage rhodies, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Whidbey Island; free admission to the garden (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).

Spring Garden Weed Control

SUN Snohomish County Noxious Weed Coordinator helps get a handle on weeds, bring samples to identify, 1 p.m. Sunday, The Plant Farm, 15022 Twin Lakes Ave. N.E., Marysville; free (360-652-3351 or theplantfarm.com/events.htm).

Smart Garden Planning

WED Create a bountiful four-season vegetable garden plan, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $25-$36 (seattletilth.nonprofitsoapbox.com).

Hobbies

Pokémon Trading Card Game State Championships

SAT Players, supporters, and fans welcome, competitors vie for championship, registration 8:30-9:30 a.m., event continues throughout the day Saturday, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms, north side of KeyArena, Seattle; free (www.seattlecenter.com).

Stargazing at Green Lake and Paramount School Park

SAT Seattle Astronomical Society public star parties at two locations to view the night sky through telescopes, talks identifying celestial objects, all ages and skill levels welcome; instruction on use of personal telescopes available; inclement weather may cancel, 7 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle and Paramount Park, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 155th St., Shoreline; free (www.seattleastro.org).

Rock and Gem Show

SAT-SUN Rock vendors, displays, activities, demonstrations, displays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.NorthSeattleRockClub.org).

Swap Meet and Car Show

SAT-SUN Buy, sell and trade new and used vintage car part, vintage classic car show, antiques and collectibles sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5/Saturday, $3/Sunday, ages 12 and younger free with adult (253-541-5045 or www.gertieas.org).

Puyallup Doll & Teddy Bear Show

SAT-SUN Doll and teddy bear show and vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $4-$8; early bird admission 8:30 a.m. $10 (253-841-5045 or www.dolls4all.com/shows.asp).

Museum events

Kid’s Day at NAAM

SAT Celebrate NAAM’s fifth birthday with a performance by the Ugandan Orphan’s Choir, 2:30 p.m., all-ages art activities and picture book time, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org).

Soaring Expo

SAT-SUN Seattle Glider Council display of full-size and radio-controlled gliders, lectures, movies and glider flight simulators, information, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).

Weekend Activities @ the Burke: Dinos & Other Fossils

SAT-SUN Explore how fossils ranging from the largest dinosaurs to the tiniest plant pollens help us learn about prehistoric life on earth, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).

History Cafe: The Civil War in Washington Territory

MARCH 21 Historian Lorraine McConaghy on how the Civil War impacted Washington Territory, 7 p.m. March 21, MOHAI Cafe, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org).

Park events

Bird walk

SAT Walk to learn about birds in the park habitats, bring binoculars if you have them, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Bellevue Parks Ranger Hike

SAT Green Spaces 3-mile hike, explore the unknown trails of South Bellevue, 10 a.m. Saturday, Lattawood Park, 4530 155th Place S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).

Green Hour

SAT Observe and explore the park with creative, science-based ideas for ages 5 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, registration recommended (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).

Mercer Slough Adult Enrichment: “Orcas and Bellevue”

SAT Presentation on orcas, orca conservation, and how Eastsiders can help save them by conserving salmon streams, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).

Performances

Recess Monkey

SAT Family concert with Recess Monkey, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, High Point Community Center and Field, 6920 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $3/advance, $5/day of show per person, $20 family maximum (206-684-7422).

Ugandan Orphans Choir

SAT Choir of ten children ages 11-14 from Uganda, Shoreline Community College Campus Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline; $8 (206-417-4645 or www.shorelinearts.net).

Puget Brass Spring concert

SUN Marches and symphonies by British style brass band, 2 p.m. Sunday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; free (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org).

Running

Kirkland Shamrock Run

SAT 5K competitive run, fun run, walk, costumes encouraged, 9 a.m. Saturday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; $40 (425-822-7066 or www.kirklandshamrockrun.com).

St. Paddy’s Day Family 5k and Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast

SAT 5K run/walk, breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday, Enumclaw High School, 226 Semanski St. S., Enumclaw; $5-$30 (360-825-7666 or www.enumclawchamber.com).

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

SUN Leprechaun Lap 1K dash for ages 10 and younger, 8 a.m. Sunday; 4-mile run and walk, 8:30 a.m.; awards ceremony and costume contest, 10:15 a.m.; Post Dash Bash beer garden, vendors, entertainment, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, proceeds benefit Northwest children’s charities; Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle; $40, no day of race registration, last chance registration 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Olympic Room, Seattle (www.stpatsdash.com).

Mercer Island Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

PLAN AHEAD Half marathon walk, half mile Kids’ Dash, 10K run, half marathon run, 5K run and walk; proceeds benefit colon cancer prevention and Rotary charities, 8 a.m. March 24, Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Island; $30-$70 registration, $100 minimum fundraising goal suggested; Kids’ Dash $10 (mercerislandhalf.com).

Sales/Shopping

Spring Craft and Garden Show

FRI-SAT Arts and crafts from 80 vendors, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Vasa Park Resort & Ballroom, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue (www.countrycreation.blogspot.com).

Shop to Make a Difference

FRI-SUN 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, Friday-Sunday, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $25 (206-523-0622 or www.uvillage.com/events).

Fashion Trunk Show

WED New spring fashions, 20 percent of sale proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Leroux Specialty Clothing Store, 3220 W. McGraw St., Seattle (www.lerouxmagnolia.com).

Seasonal

Easter Bonnet Making Workshop

FRI Bring a hat to decorate, materials and assistance provided, for all ages, kids accompanied by adult, 2 p.m. Friday, Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second Street, Snohomish; free (www.cityofsnohomish.com).

KC Seattle Easter Egg Hunt

SAT King’s Chapel Seattle hosts hunt with thousands of eggs and prizes, meet the Easter bunny, sections for ages 3 and younger, 4-6, 7 and older; no pets allowed, 2 p.m. Saturday, Renton Stadium, 405 N. Logan Ave., Renton; free (425-306-4991 or www.kingschapelseattle.org/event/easteregghunt).

Lake Whatcom Railway Easter Trains

PLAN AHEAD Easter bunny on board, egg hunt, 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. March 23, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $10-$20 (360-393-7540 or lakewhatcomrailway.com).

Special interest

Seattle Children’s Community Open House and Family Fest

SAT Celebrate the opening of new Building Hope: Cancer, Critical and Emergency Care Expansion with tours, activities for ages 3 to 8 and families, bring a teddy bear for a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic, explore inside an ambulance, get fitted for a free bike helmet for ages up to 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s Main Campus, 4800 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-987-1569 or seattlechildrens.org/healthfair).

Skyway Screening — Fixing the Future

SAT West Hill Business Association joins cities and towns nationwide to host a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, spurring action toward strengthening local economies to start a local conversation about sustainable economies, with breakfast, 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Skyway VFW Post 9430, 7421 S. 126th St., Seattle; free (360-903-3744 or www.skywayscreening.brownpapertickets.com).

Spring Carnival

SAT Games, prizes, arts and crafts, cup cake walk, clowns, treats for kids and families, 2 p.m. Saturday, Gilda’s Club, 1400 Broadway, Seattle; free, preregister (206-709-1400 or www.gildasclubseattle.org).

Pratt Fine Arts Center Open House

SAT Artists’ demonstrations, tours, kids’ activities for ages 5 and older, information on classes, studios, instructors, 6 p.m. Saturday, Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., Seattle; free (206-328-2200 or www.pratt.org).

Lynnwood-Everett Wedding Show

SAT Vendors to plan an LGBT wedding fashion show, 10 a.m. Saturday, Zahn Event Center at The Manor, 13032 Admirality Way, Everett; free, by reservation (425-745-4020 or www.manor-events.com).

Seattle Public Library Sunday opening

SUN All Seattle Public Library branches now open 1-5 p.m. Sundays; celebration 2 p.m. Sunday, University Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-684-4063 or www.spl.org).

Tours

St. Patrick’s Day Underworld Tour

SUN Adults-only stroll through the old red-light district of Seattle’s underground birthplace, 7 and 8 p.m. Sunday, followed by party with Irish music, Seattle Underground Tour, 608 First Ave., Seattle; $25, by reservation (206-682-4646 or undergroundtour.com).

Travel events

Gutsy Women

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

Rick Steves’ Europe travel classes

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

Travel seminars

SAT Thailand, 10 a.m. Saturday; Bali, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).

Meaningful Trip: Turkey and Tuscany

TUE Meaningful Trip presentation on travel adventures and providing support to health, education and hunger programs, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).

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