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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, March 22-28, 2013.
Seattle Times staff
Kids for Kids Walkathon
SAT Fundraiser for children with disabilities attending school at the UW’s Haring Center, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aviation High School, 6770 East Marginal Way S., Seattle; $25 (sites.google.com/site/kids4kidswalkathon).
Prosthetics Outreach Foundation Auction Gala
SAT Dinner, auction, inspirational program to benefit Seattle-based foundation to restore mobility to amputees and disabled people in the developing world, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, Seattle; $125 (206-726-1636 or pofsea.org/save-the-date-2013-auction-gala-2/).
NEST presents An Evening with Nancy Pearl
SUN Speaker Nancy Pearl, buffet, music, proceeds benefit NEST’s services for Northeast Seattle neighborhoods, 5 p.m. Sunday, Temple Beth Am, 2632 N.E. 80th St., Seattle; $75 (206-525-6378 or www.nestseattle.org/).
A Taste of Sonoma
WED Sample wine from 26 wineries in Sonoma County, Calif., meet winemakers, silent auction, all proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $40-$50 (northwestharvest.org).
Bellevue LifeSpring Benefit Luncheon
MARCH 28 Benefit Luncheon to support struggling families and at-risk youth, noon March 28, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue; preregister; suggested donation $150 (425-451-1175 or www.bellevuelifespring.org).
SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 20 mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills and brunch stop; steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Sunday, Southeast 36th Street and Factoria Boulevard Southeast, Bellevue (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.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).
Bainbridge Island Home & Business Expo
SAT Exhibits by 70 local vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Rd., Bainbridge Island; free (www.bainbridgechamber.com).
One Love Seattle
SUN Wedding planning information for all couples, vendors on planning a wedding, legal and financial support, noon Sunday, Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 Eighth Ave., Seattle; free, preregister (oneloveseattle.com).
Heritage Day and Taste of Norway
SAT Sons of Norway food, folk costumes, Norwegian craft demonstration, Scandinavian vendors, genealogy, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; (206-783-1274 or www.leiferiksonlodge.com).
Polish Spring Bazaar
SAT Polish borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, cabbage rolls, bakery and dessert bar, Polish pottery, crystals, books, jewelry, Easter delicatessen, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle (206-322-3020).
Best of the Northwest
SAT-SUN Arts and crafts sale by 140 Northwest artists including jewelry, clothing, paintings, and works of glass, wood, metal, clay; live music, artist demonstrations, kids’ activities, craft beer and wine, food trucks, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle; $6-$7/admission, $5/parking (www.nwartalliance.com).
SAT-SUN Healthy vegetarian food information, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, book sale, health information, kids’ activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $8 at the door; ages 12 and younger free (www.vegofwa.org/Vegfest).
Seattle French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures
SUN Performing and visual arts, activities for all ages, cars, marketplace to explore the French way of life throughout the world, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Balboa Wine Dinner
SAT Balboa wines paired with dinner, hosted by founder and winemaker Tom Glase, 7 p.m. Saturday, El Gaucho, 2505 First Ave., Seattle; $90 (206-728-1337 or www.elgaucho.com/Events/2013/EGS-Balboa.html).
Tour of Bainbridge Wineries
SAT-SUN Taste wine, meet winemakers, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, seven island wineries and tasting rooms including Island Vintners Tasting Room, 450 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge; tasting fee at some locations (www.BainbridgeWineries.com).
Dining at Downton Abbey
MARCH 28 Food historian explains the manners and menu of a formal dinner as would have been served at Downton Abbey before World War I, 7 p.m. March 28, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; free (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org).
Edible Books Festival
PLAN AHEAD As part of the International Edible Book Festival, bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers create edible books made of food and inspired by a book or pun on a book title that are exhibited, documented and then consumed, 11 a.m. March 30, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (shorelinearts.net/Arts-in-Culture-Series/arts-in-culture-series.html).
Washington Cask Beer Festival
PLAN AHEAD Washington Brewers Guild handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from 40 Washington breweries, noon-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. March 30, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle; $40/advance, $45/at the door if space available, per session; designated driver admission $5 at the door only (www.washingtonbrewersguild.org).
Spring Into Bed
SAT Just Garden Project to provide food-growing garden space, help with garden building, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., celebration with food, games, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way S.W., Seattle (springintobed.org).
Earth-Friendly Gardening Seminar and Plant Exchange
SAT Local organic farmer talks about soil conditioning, garden design, pruning, plant and seed exchange, children’s gardening activity, 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church of Bellevue, 1934 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (425-454-2059 or fumcgreen.wordpress.com).
Designing your edible garden/Mason Bees
SAT Timesaving ideas for new and experienced gardeners who want to grow organic veggies and herbs, 10 a.m. Saturday, how to raise mason bees, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com).
SUN Benefits and plans for an herb garden, 1 p.m. Sunday, The Plant Farm, 15022 Twin Lakes Ave. N.E., Marysville; free (360-652-3351 or theplantfarm.com/events.htm).
Mercer Slough Rain Garden Workshop
WED Learn more about rain gardens, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
ONGOING Peak bloom season for rhododendrons, conservatory, plant nursery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $5-$8, ages 11 and younger and military personnel free (253-838-4646 or rhodygarden.org).
Issaquah Alps Trails Club
SAT-SUN Tiger Mountain easy 6-mile hike with 1,200 foot elevation gain, 9 a.m. Saturday; Cougar Mountain 6.5 mile moderate hike with 1,350-foot elevation gain, 1 p.m. Sunday; Dogs Welcome easy 3-5 mile hike with 300-900-foot elevation gain, 10 a.m. March 29; water, food, day pack, hiking shoes or boots required on all hikes, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org).
Emerald City Insulator and Bottle Collectors Show
SAT Sale of insulators, bottles and other collectibles, bring items to be trade, sell, or get info about, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, North Seattle Friends Church, 7740 24th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-218-7936).
Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day: Kick it Forward
SAT Family Day to explore how soccer inspires community engagement locally and globally and tours of the interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center; activities include making soccer balls from recycled materials, stories about how playing soccer brings joy to kids around the world, pickup soccer game, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (on.fb.me/WN5Bcz).
Hands On Day
SAT Make “old-time” toys to take home, 11 a.m. Saturday, Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-542-7111 or www.shorelinehistoricalmuseum.org).
Spring Military Collectible Show and Sale
SAT Collectors and dealers display and sale of unusual or historic examples of field gear, uniforms, insignia and other military or aviation accessories, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Flight Museum, 7637 Old Hwy. 99 S.E., Olympia; $5 Early Buyer admission 8 a.m., $10 (360-705-3925 or www.olympicflightmuseum.com).
Weekend Activities @ the Burke: Dinos & Other Fossils
SAT-SUN Explore how fossils 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; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/).
KidsQuest’s Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt
SUN Crafts, games, 10 a.m., egg hunt, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $8-$12 (www.kidsquestmuseum.org/).
Only Fashion Spoken Here: Celebrating John Doyle Bishop
SUN Celebrating the 100th birthday of John Doyle Bishop, Seattle fashion icon from the 1940s through his death in 1980, presentation about his life and contributions to the fashion industry in Seattle and special viewing of garments from MOHAI’s costume collection, 1 p.m. Sunday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$10 (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org/).
KidsQuest’s Pysanky Egg Workshop
PLAN AHEAD Pysanky, ancient form of folk art from Ukraine, to decorate eggs with images and designs using beeswax and dyes, 5:30 p.m. March 29, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, Bellevue; $20-$25 (425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org/).
“The Art of Video Games”
ONGOING Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit explores the 40-year history of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 12, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org).
Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London
ONGOING Old Master paintings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through May 19, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12-$20, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Seattle Tree Ambassador tour of Freeway Park
SAT Botanical tour to learn about park trees, 9:30 a.m. in English, 11:15 a.m. in Spanish, Saturday, meet on the patio on the south side of the Washington State Convention Center (gateway to Freeway Park,) 800 Convention Place, Seattle Seneca St., Seattle; free (www.seattle.gov/trees).
Kubota Garden Art Walk
SAT Feet First walking advocacy group hosts tour of Japanese garden for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Kubota Garden Park, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle; free (feetfirst.org).
Licton Springs Garden Fling
SAT Groundbreaking of new P-Patch, 11 a.m.; celebration with food, music, tool exchange, bicycle tour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Licton Springs Park, 9536 Ashworth Ave. N., Seattle; free (www.lictonsprings.org/).
SAT Learn about frogs and how you can help their survival, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $8. preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
SAT Draw and sketch Northwest species from a collection of wildlife mounts, for ages 13 and older, materials provided, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $4-$5. preregister (425-452-4195/information, 425-452-6885/registration or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Bridle Trails Celebrates State Parks’ 100th Birthday
SAT Centennial nostalgia, nature, community photos, park-inspired art and projects by students, horse-logging demo, State Park officials, wildlife specimens, Lake Washington Saddle Club, Karelian bear dogs, kid’s activities, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Benjamin Franklin Elementary, 12434 NE 60th, Kirkland; free (www.bridletrails.org).
SUN Walk exploring tour guide’s favorite plants and garden areas, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or uwbotanicgardens.org).
SUN Learn about wildlife within Bellevue city limits, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
Renton High School Multicultural Show
FRI Performances by students of traditional dances, songs from many cultures, 7 p.m. Friday, Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton; $5 (www.rentonschools.us/Calendar_of_Events.aspx?EventDate=3/22/2013&department=Renton_IKEA_Performing_Arts_Center).
Latin American Musical Tour Concert
FRI King County Library hosts all-ages concert by Coco Loco, 5 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-6203 or www.kcls.org).
Sing-a-long “Sound of Music”
SAT-SUN Karaoke version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, wearing lederhosen, nun costumes or a few of your favorite things encouraged, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; $16-$20 (425-637-1020 or www.meydenbauer.com).
Leif to Leif 5k Fun Run / Walk
SAT 5k run/walk from the Leif Erikson statue in Ballard to the Leif Erikson statue on the shores of Shilshole Bay; portion of proceeds benefit the Ballard NW Senior Center, 9 a.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $10 (206-783-1274 or www.leiferiksonlodge.com).
Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run
SAT Dog-friendly run benefits the Karelian Bear Dog Program training dogs to work with handlers to help resolve bear-human conflicts, 10 a.m. Saturday, registration 8:30-9:30 a.m., Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek; $35, pet food donations for PAWS collected (wdfw.wa.gov/kbd5k).
Mercer Island Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk
SUN Half marathon walk, 7:30 a.m.; half mile Kids’ Dash, 8 a.m.; 10K run, 8:30 a.m.; half marathon run, 9 a.m.; 5K run and walk 9:30 a.m., registration 6:30 a.m. Sunday; proceeds benefit colon cancer prevention and Rotary charities, Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island; $30-$70 registration, $100 minimum fundraising goal suggested; $10/Kids Dash (www.mercerislandhalf.com).
Titlow Mud Run
SUN Family friendly fun run, 2 miles on trails, noon Sunday, Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; $15 (253-305-1022 or www.metroparkstacoma.org/races).
Kids and Maternity Consignment Sales Event
FRI-SAT Just Between Friends clothing, toys, baby equipment, sporting goods, maternity wear, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Gold Creek Church, 4326 148th St. S.E., Mill Creek; $1/Friday, free admission Saturday (www.jbfsale.com/lynnwood).
FRI-SAT Fundraiser rummage sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 809 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn (253-931-3016 or www.auburnwa.gov).
Lakeside School Spring Mini Rummage Sale
SAT-SUN Small rummage sale, clothing and softgoods, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, bargain day 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave. N.E., Seattle (www.lakesideschool.org/rummage).
Alliance Francaise book sale
TUE-MARCH 29 Sale of French and Francophone books, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-March 29, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (206-632-5433 or www.afseattle.org/event.html).
Brides for a Cause Charity Wedding Dress Sale
PLAN AHEAD Hundreds of discounted wedding gowns, benefits Wish Upon A Wedding nonprofit to provide weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation; VIP sneak peak, 9-10 a.m. March 29, $5/person; general admission 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30, free admission; Courtyard Tacoma, 1515 Commerce St., Tacoma (www.bridesforacause.com).
Children Celebrate Spring
SAT Easter egg hunt, crafts, story time, games for ages 3 through 12, 11 a.m. Saturday, Wedgwood Community Church, 8201 30th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-522-5778 or www.wedgwoodchurch.org).
KidsQuest’s Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt
SUN Crafts, games, 10 a.m., egg hunt, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $8-$12 (www.kidsquestmuseum.org/).
Dyeing Eggs Naturally
SAT Heritage Traditions class using organic vegetable dye, two participants per family to make one dozen eggs, for ages 5 or older, 1 p.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $15-$20 (425-481-1500 or 21acres.org).
Lake Whatcom Railway Easter Trains
SAT Easter bunny on board, egg hunt, 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $10-$20 (360-393-7540 or lakewhatcomrailway.com).
Egg hunts, Seattle Children’s Museum
MARCH 28-31 Kids hunt for plastic eggs to redeem for small prizes (no candy), 8:30 a.m. March 28-31, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $12.25/child, $8.25/adult; preregister, space limited (www.thechildrensmuseum.org/spring-egg-hunts).
Avalanche Safety Snowshoe Walks
SUN U.S. Forest Service walks to learn the basics of avalanche safety, snowshoes provided, 10:30 a.m. and noon Sunday, Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center, Snoqualmie Pass summit; $15/person donation requested, reservations required, space limited (425-434-6111).
Free Recycling Event, Bellevue
SAT Friendly Earth Recycling accepting washers, dryers, refrigerators, AC units, heating units, metals, computers monitors ($5), TVs ($10), speakers, stereos, cellphones, video players, machinery, electronic accessories, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 10 a.m. Saturday, Whole Foods Market, 888 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (206-367-4111 or www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bellevue).
Festival Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption
SUN For families who adopted from (or are in process of adopting from) any Eastern European/Central Asian countries, performance by Georgian dance troupe, potluck, crafts, national dress encouraged, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Carl Sandburg Elementary, 12801 84th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; $10-$20 (www.orgsites.com/wa/frua-inc/_pgg5.php3#section4).
Seattle Public Library Sunday opening
SUN All Seattle Public Library branches now open 1-5 p.m. Sundays; special celebration 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Wallingford Library, 1501 N. 45th St., Seattle; free (206-684-4088 or www.spl.org).
Community Chinese Corner
WED Learn basic Mandarin Chinese conversation and culture in a relaxed environment, participate in activities for all ages, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (confucius.washington.edu/event/ccc).
Tour of Architects
SAT-SUN Self-guided tour of custom homes, meet the architects who designed them, cooking demos and wine tastings at some locations, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Seattle area Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Bellevue and the Eastside Sunday; $25/day or $35/two days (206-819-3618 or www.TourofArchitects.com).
Rick Steves’ Europe travel classes
SAT Eastern Europe, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
SAT Packing Like a Savvy Traveler, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; $5, reservations required (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
WED Adventure On Travel seminar on how to navigate like a local in Rome, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; free (425-392-3130 or www.kcls.org).
Restoration is for Everyone
SAT Help remove invasive plants, plant native ones, and learn all about the native fauna and avifauna your work will support; gloves, tools, snacks provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).
SAT How to raise a flock of hens in the city, 10 a.m. Saturday; how to raise rabbits for food, fiber and fertilizer, 2 p.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $25-$40, preregister (206-633-0451 or www.seattletilth.org).
Introduction to Waterfowling
SAT Washington Outdoor Women introduction to waterfowl hunting includes all instruction, equipment, shotguns, clays, breakfast, lunch, Saturday, Monroe; $90, preregister (www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org/workshops-waterfowl.htm).