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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Sept. 6-12, 2013.
Seattle Times staff
Harbor Seal Day
SUN Seal Sitters host “Year of the Seal: Sentinels of the Sound” educational event with information, kids’ activities, 1-4 p.m., dedication of bronze statue of harbor seal mom and pup, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Alki Bathhouse Studio, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle (www.sealsitters.org ).
Summer at Woodland Park Zoo
ONGOING Summer hours continue through Sept. 30; attractions include new Bamboo Forest Reserve, four lion cubs in the African Savannah, twin sloth bear cubs, baby giraffe born Aug. 6; programs include daily keeper talks; Family Farm Contact Area, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; historic carousel, $2; Willawong Station Bird Feeding Experience, $1/seed stick; Rain Forest Food Pavilion; zoo open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $11.75-$18.75, parking $5.25 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org ).
Edmonds Classic Car Show
SUN Display of 300 classic cars, auto-related vendors, entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Edmonds; free for spectators (www.edmondswa.com ).
Walk/Bike For Sickle Cell
SAT Benefit for people affected with Sickle Cell, 26-mile bike ride, 8:30 a.m., opening program, 10 a.m., 3-mile walk, 10 mile family bike, 11 a.m., barbecue, noon Saturday, Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $15-$30, ages 11 and younger free (www.nwsicklecell.org ).
CAGJ Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner
SAT Happy Hour 5-6:30 p.m., music, appetizers, information from food justice, community development and food workers’ rights groups, silent auction, dinner, dessert auction, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $40-$100, kids $10 (206-405-4600 or www.seattleglobaljustice.org/2013/07/sept-7-7th-annual-strengthening-local-economies-everywhere-dinner/#more-4272 ).
Cats Uncorked — Purrfect Pals wine fundraiser
SAT Wine tasting, silent auction, admission and portion of sales of Purrfect Pals private labeled wines benefit cat rescue, 1 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, 11909 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; $10-$15 (www.northwestcellars.com/events/details/314-cats-uncorked-fundraiser-for-purrfect-pals.html ).
SAT Lecture by plant explorer Steve Hootman, silent auction, appetizers, wine, dessert, 5 p.m. Saturday, M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland, Island County; $50 (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).
Bike MS Washington
SAT-SUN 22- to 97-mile route options, food, music, beer garden, Saturday evening rally, 7:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon; $250 (800-344-4867 or www.bikeMSnorthwest.org).
Giant “Fun Fridge”
SUN Darigold food samples, family entertainment, 16-foot refrigerator full of surprises each time it opens, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Fremont Sunday Market, North 34th Street and Evanston Avenue North, Seattle; free, nonperishable food donations encouraged to be donated to Northwest Harvest (www.facebook.com/darigold ).
Haircuts to benefit animals
MON Haircut for donations to Seattle Humane Society, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday by appointment, Mark Allen Salon, Bellevue; $20 suggested donation, walk-ins welcome if space available (425-688-1436).
SEPT. 12 Horticulture expert Marianne Binetti, bingo, dessert, plants and garden prizes, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12, Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey, Thurston County; $20 (mgftc.org/sales/bloomin-bingo/).
Pacific Northwest Awards
SEPT. 12 Honor the heroism of the men and women of the Coast Guard serving in the Pacific Northwest, tours, cocktail reception, silent auction at 4 p.m.; search and rescue-training demonstration, dinner, awards program, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12, Seattle; $350 (www.coastguardfoundation.org/events/calendar/event/21).
Magnolia Bike the Bluff
SUN Ride or walk 5- or 7-mile loop, proceeds benefit Catharine Blaine K-8 School’s fifth-grade camp, 10 a.m. Sunday, Catharine Blaine K-8 School, 2550 34th Ave. W., Seattle; $10-$20 (www.bikethebluff.org).
Ride Around the Sound
PLAN AHEAD Ride for the American Lung Association, with 30-, 75- and 100+ mile options, Sept. 14, South Seattle Community College, Seattle; $40 registration, $100 fundraising suggested (206-512-3283 or www.ridearoundthesound.org ).
Ballroom Dance Party
FRI Social-dance class at 6:30 p.m., dance party from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave. N.E., Redmond; $13 (425-641-5123 or www.briora.com).
Emerald City Contra Dance
FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music and caller, 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).
FRI Scandinavian folk dancing with live music, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7-$10, kids free (206-784-7470 or www.skandia-folkdance.org ).
Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
SAT Live music dance for all ages, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $15 (206-706-9164 or www.nwdance.net).
Back to School Sock Hop
SAT Jitterbug dance lesson, 7 p.m., dance to tunes from the 1950s and ’60s, vintage-attire costume contest, for ages 18 and older, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12/dance only, $15/lesson and dance (www.seattledanceinfo.com).
SUN Rehearsals to participate in the worldwide Thrill the World Thriller dance event Oct. 26, 1 p.m. Sunday, Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle; free, donations for the Alzheimer's Foundation collected (www.seattlethrillers.com ).
Boogie Woogie Swing Dance
SUN ROCKiT Arts all-ages dance with live music, 7 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; $8/advance, $10/at the door (206-323-7733 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/436876).
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
FRI-SUN Craft vendors, 3-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; food vendors, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; entertainment, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; fishing derby, 8-10 a.m. Saturday; children’s parade, grand parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; fireworks, dusk Saturday; lighthouse tours, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; children’s activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St., Mukilteo (425-353-5516 or mukilteolighthousefestival.com ).
Puget Sound Bird Fest
FRI-SUN Celebration of birds and nature with guided walks, exhibits and vendors; opening reception and keynote speaker, 6 p.m. Friday, Edmonds Plaza Room; workshops, speakers, field trips, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Edmonds; fees and preregistration for some events, many free (425-771-0227 or www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org ).
Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
FRI-SUN Regattas, races, 200 wooden vessels, presentations, Kids Cove carousel, craft activities, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; free outdoor dances until midnight Friday and Saturday evenings, Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., Port Townsend (360-385-3628, ext. 104 or www.woodenboat.org ).
Washington State Fair
FRI-SEPT. 22 Entertainament, carnival rides, 4-H animals and displays, vendors, food, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 14, 9 a.m. 10 p.m. Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16-19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 22, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $12.50, $9/ages 6-18 and ages 62 and older, ages 5 and younger free (253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com).
Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair
SAT Celebrate local food and urban farming, activities for all ages, minigoats, chickens and honeybees, organic farmers marketplace with produce, plants, books, garden supplies, crafts; live music, food vendors, educational workshops, community organizations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, kids parade at noon, Meridian Park, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; free, donations appreciated (206-663-0451 or seattletilth.org/special_events/harvestfair2013 ).
Fishermen’s Fall Festival
SAT Celebrating our local fishing fleet, industry-related exhibits and competitions, salmon barbecue, children’s activities, music; all proceeds benefit Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Ave. W., Seattle (www.fishermensfallfestival.org).
Salmon Return Family Festival
SAT Arts and crafts demonstrations and activities, salmon lifecycle journey exhibit, Northwest Native American storytelling, entertainment, food trucks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; park tours, noon and 1 p.m.; salmon lifecycle walks, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; all-ages yoga class, 10:30 a.m., Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle; free (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org ).
Seattle Night Market & Moon Festival
SAT Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances, urban craft vendors, beer garden, entertainment, food trucks offering a special $5 Asian themed food or menu item, International Dance Party with Japanese and Korean pop music, 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Union Station Square, Jackson Street and Third Avenue South, Seattle (206-382-1197 or www.facebook.com/seattlenightmarket).
SAT Church fundraising event, vendors, bake sale, bouncy house, quilt raffle, music performances, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 15220 Main St., Bellevue (425-746-0322 or www.resurrectionbellevue.org/index.php/happening/fair).
Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession
SAT Lantern making, artist installations, face painting, music, performers, food trucks, dance party, 5-10 p.m., lantern procession, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dottie Harper Park, Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street, Burien (206-988-3700 or www.burienwa.gov/GLOW ).
Red Rooster Route’s Corn Festival
SAT Farm-centered activities, corn roasts, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm, 3328 Highway 530 N.E., Arlington (www.redroosterroute.com).
Skagit River Salmon Festival
SAT Celebrating partnerships between local, state and federal governments, Tribal Communities, local utilities, businesses and nonprofit organizations to inspire conservation of the Skagit River, its cultural history and natural resources, with youth activities and crafts, recreational and educational displays, live music, arts, crafts and food vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Edgewater Park, Baker Street and Highway 536, Mount Vernon (360-428-5972 or skagitriverfest.org ).
Japanese Cultural Arts Event (Aki Matsuri)
SAT-SUN Japanese cultural and educational events for all ages with performing arts, martial-art demonstrations, puppet shows, tea ceremony, Ikebana demonstrations, exhibits, Japanese gardening and Bonsai workshops, Japanese-style flea market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue; free; fees for some workshops and concert (www.enma.org ).
San Gennaro Festival
SAT-SUN Festival honoring Italian saint with entertainment, Italian food vendors, wine garden, proceeds donated to Puget Sound Blood Center, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Mascio’s Italian Specialty Food, 1225 S. Angelo St., Seattle (www.sangennarofestivalseattle.org ).
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
SUN Culture and celebration of Native Hawai`i with music and hula on two stages, historical exhibits, films, Hawaiian craft workshops, Hawaiian marketplace, children’s activities and ono food, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlelivealohafestival.com).
Seattle Greek Festival
PLAN AHEAD Traditional Greek food, beer, wine, music, dancing, marketplace and culture, church tours, noon-9 p.m. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 14, noon-7 p.m. Sept. 15, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle (www.seattlegreekfestival.com).
Taiwanese cooking workshop
FRI Taiwanese cuisine and culture including chefs’ fruit- and vegetable-carving demonstration, in Mandarin Chinese and English, 2 p.m. today, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free, no registration needed (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org ).
Community Harvest Breakfast
SAT Burritos, muffins, fruit and beverages, supports Wallingford Community Senior Center, 9 a.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $3-$6 (206-461-7825 or www.wallingfordseniors.org/).
Cheeses of France Pop-Up Event
SAT Sample a variety of cheeses of France, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, samples, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Piranha Shop, 1022 First Ave. S., Seattle; free (CQ">www.cheesesoffrance.com/whats_happening.php?expandable=0&show=dma819&sel=dma819).
SAT Bellevue Brewing Company hosts complimentary tastings of their local brews, noon Saturday, Total Wine & More, 2701 184th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-640-4510 or www.totalwine.com).
Lunchbox Bootcamp Class
SAT Bring your child for ideas on healthy school lunches, samples, no processed foods; proceeds benefit Whole Kids Foundation, 10 a.m. Saturday, Whole Foods Market, Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St., Seattle; $10, preregister (206-985-1500 ext. 0 or www.wholefoodsmarket.com/events?store=6699 ).
SUN Pancakes, ham, beverages, music and folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 ages 4 and younger free (206-283-1090 or www.swedishculturalcenter.org).
Farmer at the Table
SUN Supper with cider pairings, meet farmers and producers, 4 p.m. Sunday, Whole Foods Market, 17991 N.E. Redmond Way, Redmond; $35, preregister (425-881-2600 or www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/event/farmer-table-supper-event ).
SEPT. 12 Washington state artisan wineries wine and food pairings, 60 wines with appetizers, wine store, silent wine auction, 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Ray’s Boathouse, 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle; $55 (509-996-2888 or www.fwws.eventbrite.com ).
Kubota Garden Fall Plant Sale
SAT Conifers, deciduous trees including Japanese maples, ginkgo, native plants and perennials at bargain prices, information, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Kubota Garden Park, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle (206-619-2183 or www.kubotagarden.org ).
Seattle Audubon Fall Plant Sale
SAT Native and wildlife-friendly plants from Botanica, Discovery Gardens, Fairmeadow Nursery, Madrona Gardens and Tadpole Haven Native Plants, portion of sales benefit Seattle Audubon programs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-523-4483 or www.seattleaudubon.org ).
Late Summer and Fall Blooming Perennials
SAT Perennials and how to plant them, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
Heronswood Garden Open & Plant Sale
SAT Vendor plant market, tour the garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., entrance closes 4 p.m. Saturday, Heronswood Botanical Garden, 7530 N.E. 288th St., Kingston, Kitsap County; free (206-842-8922 or www.heronswood.com ).
SAT Taste tomatoes grown in the greenhouses, share recipe ideas, 10 a.m. Saturday, The Brothers Greenhouses, 3200 S.W. Victory Drive, Port Orchard; $10 (425-610-8293 or tomatotasting.brownpapertickets.com/).
NEPO 5K Don’t Run
SAT Art walk celebrating diverse neighborhoods to Nepo House on Beacon Hill with 60 art installations, 1-6 p.m., register noon-3 p.m., food trucks, beer garden, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle; $10, kids free (www.nepohouse.org).
Sports Trading Card Show
SAT Trading cards and other sports memorabilia, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Marketplace @ Factoria, 4092 Factoria Mall S.E., Bellevue (www.marketplaceatfactoria.com).
Washington Koi & Water Garden Society Koi Show
SAT-SUN Koi competition and judging, fish sales, auctions, vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, fish viewing 2-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.washingtonkoi.org).
Yoga at MOHAI
SAT Hatha Yoga class, practice the ancient postures of yoga surrounded by iconic objects of Seattle’s past; open to all levels, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org/visit-us/mohai-calendar/eventdetail/573/-/objects-of-meditation-yoga-mohai ).
Museum of Flight events
SAT Formal dedication of permanent exhibition of Vietnam War-era Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star, 1:45 p.m., followed by lecture and discussion featuring pilot retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. George Walker, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Celebration of Heroes banquet and reception honoring American fighter-pilot aces of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, 6 p.m. Sept. 14, $60; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; admission $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
SAT Hands-on activities and conversation with local science-based professionals, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org ).
Northwest Railroad History Forum
SAT Presentations on Northwest railroads by local historians and longtime railroad employees, program includes the Northern Pacific Railway, the Milwaukee Road, logging railroads of the Olympic Peninsula and Sound Transit’s recent rail extension from downtown Tacoma to Lakewood, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $20-$25 (206-920-1066 or www.railheritage.org ).
Weekend Activities at the Burke: Insects & Arachnids
SAT-SUN Explore insects and arachnids from the Burke’s collection, craft activities, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, “Best of the Burke” guided exhibit tours, 1 p.m. Saturdays, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/weekend_activities_insects ).
Camlann Medieval Village
SAT-SUN Living history museum experiences, interpreters portraying 14th century English village life and activities, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $5 (425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org).
Free days, SAAM
SAT, SEPT. 12 Free admission and activities for families, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; free admission, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 12, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Northwest African American Museum free day
SEPT. 12 Free admission, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 12, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or 015ada3.netsolhost.com/index.html).
Hops & Crops Harvest Festival
PLAN AHEAD Craft-beer garden, music, craft and farmers marketplace, kids’ activities, benefits continued restoration and educational programming at the Mary Olson Farm, noon Sept. 14, Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn; $15/advance, $20/gate includes 5 tastes, $7/admission only, ages 12 and younger free (253-288-7433 or wrvmuseum.org/hopsandcrops.html ).
SAT LifeWise Health Plan of Washington fitness event, yoga workout for all levels, 9 a.m. Saturday, registration 8:30 a.m., Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (www.activelynorthwest.com/fitness/fitmob-event-series/).
Birding 101: the Basics
SAT Short lessons in field identification, binocular and scope selection, walk to learn to spot and identify birds, 8 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $3-$5, preregister (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/).
SAT Walk to learn how spiders catch insects, for ages 5 and older with adult, noon Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or www.seattle.gov/parks ).
Guided Nature Walk
SAT Discover birds, plants, wildlife in old-growth forest and along the shores of Lake Washington, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/).
Lewis Creek Ranger Hike
SAT Explore natural history, look for signs of wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild; all ages welcome, wear sturdy shoes, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, no registration needed (425-452-4195 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm ).
SAT Celebrating the city’s 19th birthday with live music, 8 pay-to-play rides, free area with toddler inflatables; pony rides; 3-on-3-basketball tournament; beer garden, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or www.ci.newcastle.wa ).
SUN Casual, two-hour guided walk highlighting the new planted New Zealand Forest that officially opens Sept. 15 in the Pacific Connections Garden, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org).
Hot Topics in WA Conservation: “The Wilderness Act”
SUN Learn about Washington state’s wilderness areas, controversies and the future of our wilderness lands, for ages 12 and older, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
New boardwalk, Lake Sammamish State Park
SEPT. 12 Ribbon-cutting event for new boardwalk along the beach, celebration for Friends of Lake Sammamish organization, walk around the park, 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 SE 56th St., Issaquah (425-649-4275 or www.parks.wa.gov/events/).
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
SAT Traditional and modern Chinese songs and folk-dance performances, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-684-0849 or www.spl.org ).
SAT Concert, cocktails, silent auction, appetizers, benefits Norse Home retirement community, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $33 (206-781-7400 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/421436 ).
Seattle Peace Concert
SUN Local bands, all ages welcome, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free, nonperishable food-bank donations requested (www.seapeace.org).
Cottage Lake Tri and Tri again Super-Sprint
SAT Individual or relay 400-yard swim, 9-mile bike, 1.6-mile bike; kids event, 25-yard swim, .65 mile bike, 240-yard run, 8 a.m. Saturday, Cottage Lake Park, 18831 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville; $50-$180 (www.marymeyerlifefitness.com/triathlonEvents/).
Farmers Market on Pike Place
FRI-SUN Additional space for farmers to sell produce along Pike Place with some blocks closed to vehicles, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Chefs on the Cobblestones cooking demonstrations noon and 2 p.m. Sundays, Pike Place Market, Seattle (www.pikeplacemarket.org ).
Seattle Design District Sidewalk Sale
SAT Vendors including individual designers, showrooms and merchants selling furniture, décor, collectibles and antiques including many not usually selling to the public, food trucks, music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; free (www.seattledesigndistrict.com/).
Promise Summer Celebration
FRI Performances, keynote speaker Dr. Susan Enfield, food trucks including $2 food, free backpacks for kids while supplies last, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Greenbridge Plaza, 9800 Eighth Ave. S.W., Seattle; preregister (www.whitecenterpromise.org/2013-white-center-promise-celebration/ ).
SAT Celebrating DigiPen’s 25th anniversary, activities for all ages, student-work display, industry talks, games, life-drawing session, tie-dye a T-shirt, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, DigiPen Institute of Technology, 9931 Willows Road N.E., Redmond; free, preregister (www.digipen.edu/digipen-day/).
Lynnwood Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo
SUN Celebration of Marriage Equality in Washington state with LGBT-friendly wedding professionals, music, planning tips, samples, resources, 1 p.m. Sunday, Lynnwood Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood; free (www.samelovesamerights.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116&Itemid=146 ).
Inspiring Diversity in the Outdoors
SUN Y’s Girls Outdoor Leadership (GOLD) and Boys Outdoor Leadership (BOLD) programs host celebration of Expedition Denali, the first predominantly African-American expedition to attempt to summit Denali, with field games, speakers, 2 p.m. Sunday, YMCA Cascade People’s Center, 309 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-659-0231).
TUE Share your ideas and questions with city librarian Marcellus Turner, learn about current and future Library services systemwide, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (www.spl.org).
Inside and Out of the Arts & Crafts Home
PLAN AHEAD Historic Seattle hosts two lectures on emerging research into Gustav Stickley’s work and regional Arts & Crafts period architect E.E. Green and presentation on color for exterior painting, 1 p.m. Sept. 14, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $35-$45/all or $10-$20/one lecture (www.historicseattle.org ).
FRI-SUN Last weekend of the season for outdoor Big Pool with 50-foot corkscrew slide, shallow Little Pool, hours vary Friday-Sunday, Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd Ave. W., Seattle; $3.75-$6.50, slide additional $1 (206-684-4708 or www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/Pools/mounger/schedule.htm).
SAT-SUN Last weekend of the season for outdoor, saltwater, Olympic-size pool with giant tube slide, lap swim noon-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; public swim 1:45-4:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lincoln Park, 8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $3.75-$6.50, slide additional $1 (206-684-7494 or www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/colman.htm).
Seattle Architecture Foundation
SAT Walking tours, Architecture’s Greatest Hits, 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday; Architecture 101, 10 a.m. Sept. 13; Art + Architecture, 10 a.m. Sept. 13, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org).
Harvard Belmont District: The Rich Life on Capitol Hill
SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of upscale, early 20th century buildings, 10 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Merrill Court Townhouses, 901-917 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle; $15-$25 (206-667-9184 or www.seattlearchitecture.org).
Seattle Modern Home Tour
SAT Self-guided driving tour of eight contemporary homes in Seattle, the Lake Sammamish area and Bainbridge Island, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; $30/advance, $40/day of event at some tour homes, ages 12 and younger free (seattle.modernhometours.com).
Issaquah Valley Trolley
SAT-SUN Half-mile ride on historic trolley, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, weather permitting, Issaquah Valley Trolley Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah; by donation (www.issaquahhistory.org/issaquah-valley-trolley).
Grandparents Grand Excursion
SAT-SUN Grandparents ride free with paying child of any age on scenic antique train ride through the Cascade foothills, noon, 1:30, 3 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Snoqualmie Valley Railroad, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org).
South Lake Union Neighborhood Tour: Extreme Makeover Edition
PLAN AHEAD MOHAI and the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) exploration of historical and architectural stories on neighborhood’s dramatic changes, 10 a.m. Sept. 14, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, Seattle; $15-$20 (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org/visit-us/mohai-calendar/eventdetail/471/-/neighborhood-history-tours-south-lake-union-extreme-makeover-edition).
SAT Northern and Central Italy, 10 a.m. Saturday; Southern Italy and Sicily, 11:30 a.m. Saturday; practical planning for a trip to Italy, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, call for reservations (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com ).
WED Tips to create your own Italian adventure, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; free (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org).
Issaquah Salmon Days Volunteer Sign-Up Party
TUE Volunteer sign-up options for every schedule and interest at Salmon Days, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (425-392-0661 or www.salmondays.org/volunteers.html ).