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Celebrations of heritage and parks | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of March 23-24, 2013, include Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day, Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day and a World Dance Party.

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Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day

Sons of Norway hosts Norwegian food, folk costumes, craft demonstration, Scandinavian vendors, genealogy, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; free; and the Leif-to-Leif 5K Fun Run/Walk from the Leif Erikson statue in Ballard to the Leif Erikson statue on Shilshole Bay; portion of proceeds benefit the Ballard NW Senior Center, 9 a.m. Saturday, register 8:30 a.m.; $10 (206-783-1274 or www.leiferiksonlodge.com).

Tour the Trees in Freeway Park: 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; free (www.seattle.gov/trees).

Bridle Trails celebrates State Parks 100th Birthday: Centennial nostalgia, nature activities, horse-logging demo, state park officials, kids activities, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Benjamin Franklin Elementary, 12434 N.E. 60th, Kirkland; free (www.bridletrails.org).

Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day: Kick it Forward Day explores how soccer inspires community engagement locally and globally, activities include making soccer balls from recycled materials, 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).

Licton Springs Garden Fling: 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/).

World Dance Party: Multicultural, multigenerational dance party, learn dances from around the world, bring potluck dish to share, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; free (worlddancepartyseattle.org).

Polish Spring Bazaar: Polish borscht, pierogi, sausage, cabbage rolls, bakery and dessert bar, pottery, crystals, books, jewelry, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle (206-322-3020).

Vegfest: Healthy vegetarian-food information, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, book sale, 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).

French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures: Performing and visual arts, activities for all ages, cars, marketplace, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.

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