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A taste of Italy at Seattle Center fest | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of Sept. 28-29, 2013, include an Italian Festival, Family Day at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center and a day just for learning about bats.

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Italian Festival

Learn about the cultural roots and contemporary influences from Italy and Italian-Americans in the Northwest, Italian dog show, chef demos, entertainment, films, grape-stomping contest, bocce-ball tournament, classic Italian car show, vendors, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday including all-ages concert and dance at 6:30 p.m.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.festaseattle.com ).

Family Day: Kids Can: Learn ways kids can get involved in giving back, speakers, information on family-friendly volunteer opportunities, activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (gates.ly/13lS0gs).

Jackson Park Golf Course Perimeter Trail celebration: Unveiling of new artwork and completion of 2.25-mile trail, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at south entry to the trail, 1000 N.E. 135th St., Seattle (www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/jackson_park/golf.htm).

Bats of the NW Super Saturday: Information about bats, arts and crafts, games, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/).

FallAbundance Plant Sale: Trees, shrubs and perennials grown in the greenhouse and from local plant vendors, proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org ).

Nisqually Watershed Festival: Music, environmental education displays, nature hikes, food vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia (360-753-9467).

Bite of Broadview: Carnival rides, entertainment, beer/wine garden, arts and crafts vendors, Kids Zone, food vendors, rummage sale, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; classic-car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St., Seattle (www.biteofbroadview.com ).

Kirkland Oktoberfest: Munich-style biergarten with German bier, music, food, for ages 21 and older only, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; all-ages festival village entertainment, weiner-dog races, costume contest, dogs welcome, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; biergarten $20-$35, all ages village free (425-456-1111 or www.kirkland-oktoberfest.com).

Sustainable Ballard Festival: All-ages activities, sample Ballard craft brews and bites, prizes, solar-powered live music, chef demos, urban-farm animals, displays, workshops, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-701-7000 or www.sustainableballard.org/festival/).

Madeline McKenzie, mmckenzie@seattletimes.com.

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