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.
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: email@example.com