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Seattle Children’s celebration, stargazing | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of March 16-17, 2013, include Seattle Children’s Open House and Family Fest, Seattle Tilth March Edible Plant Sale, and Irish Parade and Festival.

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Seattle Children’s Open House and Family Fest

Celebrate the opening of new Building Hope: Cancer, Critical and Emergency Care Expansion with tours, activities for 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 www.seattlechildrens.org/healthfair).

Cool City Pets: 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 (206-386-7387 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).

Irish Parade and Festival: St. Patrick’s Day parade, 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Westlake Park, Seattle; festival with music, 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).

Kids Day at NAAM: 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).

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale: 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/).

Stargazing: Seattle Astronomical Society public parties to view the sky through telescopes, identifying celestial objects, all ages welcome; 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).

Shop to Make a Difference: 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, Saturday-Sunday, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $25 (206-523-0622 or www.uvillage.com/events).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie. For more community events listings, go to seattletimes.com.

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