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Celebrating the outdoors, heritage | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of Sept. 14-15, 2013, include the grand opening of the New Zealand Forest at the Washington Park Arboretum, and the grand reopening of the Snoqualmie Falls Park.

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New Zealand Forest Grand Opening

Official opening of 2-acre forest with 10,000 trees, shrubs and grasses of New Zealand, 11 a.m. Sunday; procession from Pacific Connections meadow to New Zealand Forest, 11:40 a.m., ribbon-cutting, 11:45 a.m.; performance, tours, noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org).

Fiestas Patrias: Celebration of Mexico’s and other Latin American countries’ independence; parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, on South Henderson Street to South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle, followed by community fiesta health fair, children’s activities until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sea Mar Plaza, 9635 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Seattle; fiesta with music, food, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or www.seattlefiestaspatrias.org).

Snoqualmie Falls Park Grand Reopening: Celebration of redeveloped park and trail enhancements; tours, food vendors, kids’ activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; hiking trail to the river and observation platform opens to the public Sunday, Snoqualmie Falls, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie (pse.com/aboutpse/ToursandRecreation/Pages/Snoqualmie-Falls-Celebration.aspx ).

Hummingbird Super Saturday: Celebrate and learn how to help protect hummingbirds, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/ ).

Jefferson Park Jubilee: Activities for all ages, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, followed by outdoor movie screening, Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle (206-255-6500 or www.jeffersonparkjubilee.com).

Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl and Medieval Festival: Medieval village, pony rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alexander Farm, 43rd Avenue Southeast and Ebey Island Road, Everett; $7.50, ages 4 and younger free; parking $5 (www.festivalofpumpkins.org/the-pumpkin-hurl.asp ).

Seattle Greek Festival: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle; free parking and shuttle service from Seattle Prep parking garage and Montlake Elementary School (206-325-4347 or www.seattlegreekfestival.com ).

Washington State Fair: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 22, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $9-$12.50, ages 5 and younger free (253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com).

Madeline McKenzie: mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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