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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, March 14-20, 2014.
Seattle Times staff
St. Catty’s Day Adoption Discount
FRI-MON Wear the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and adopt a cat a year old or older for $17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org ).
London Calling — A Benefit for AMHS Drama Students
FRI Food and entertainment to help Auburn Mountainview High School drama students raise funds to go to the UK this summer, 6 p.m. Friday, Auburn First United Methodist Church, 100 N St. S.E., Auburn; $12 (mycompany.name/amtc).
Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge Redmond
SAT Take a dip in cold water to raise funds to support of Special Olympics Washington, 9 a.m. Saturday, Idylwood Park, 3650 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $50 minimum donation (206-362-4949 or www.specialolympicswashington.org/).
’80s Kick-Off Party for Providence O’Christmas Trees
MARCH 20 1980s style party with dancing, beer, wine, costume contest to benefit Providence O’Christmas Trees, 6 p.m. March 20, The Westin, Seattle; $50, reservation required (206-938-2788 or washington.providence.org/donate/pscs-special-events/special-events/kick-off-party/).
Star Guild Gala and Auction
MARCH 21 Star Guild dinner, entertainment, auction to support Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care, 6:30 p.m. March 21, Golf Club at Newcastle, Newcastle; $55 (www.americangirlfashionshow.org/starguildgala.html).
Sno-King International Folk Dance Club
SAT Dance lesson, folk dancing; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org ).
Seattle Family Dance
SUN Dance for families with children under age 10 to live traditional music, all dances taught, no experience needed, 3 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$18 (206-330-7408 or seattledance.org/family ).
Wings Over Water Birding Festival
FRI-SUN Celebrates the variety of migratory birds that visit Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay, and Drayton Harbor with field trips, nature cruises, wildlife demonstrations, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, expert wildlife speakers, Friday-Sunday, Blaine (wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com/).
St. Patrick Day’s Parade
FRI-SAT Mini-parade to put a green stripe down the Fourth Avenue parade route, meet at F.X. McRory’s at 6:30 p.m. Friday to ride covered truck, all ages welcome, leaves City Hall Park at Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street, 7 p.m. Friday, to Westlake Park for informal Irish ceili dance; parade, registration required for participating groups. Individuals can join in behind the banners representing areas of Ireland, seniors and others who can’t walk the distance can ride the Seniors Shamrock Shuttle in the parade, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, on Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Westlake Park, Seattle (irishclub.org ).
SAT-SUN Irish music, singling, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, vendors, children’s activities, genealogy and Irish language workshops, Irish Reels Film Festival, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com ).
MARCH 20 Pike Place Market celebrates the first day of spring by handing out 10,000 daffodils at several locations around downtown Seattle, noon March 20, Seattle (www.pikeplacemarket.org ).
Northwest Women’s Show
MARCH 21-23 Fashion, fitness, food exhibits, wine tasting, fashion shows, celebrity appearances, Firemen Sizzle Shows, seminars, speakers, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle; $15 (425-605-4131 or www.nwwomenshow.com ).
Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival
MARCH 21-23 Tours, pub crawl, parade, lectures, vintage steamboat rides, fashion shows, Victorian teas and Ball, March 21-23, Port Townsend (www.vicfest.org ).
Taste of Ireland
FRI-SUN Sample Irish whiskeys and liqueurs, 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Total Wine & More, 2701 184th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-640-4510 or www.totalwine.com).
SAT Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee or tea, all ages welcome, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $4-$5 (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org).
St. Paddy’s Day Bash
SAT Corned beef, cabbage, colcannon, soda bread, beer, whiskey, Irish and Celtic music, all-ages crafts and activities, fundraiser for SnoValley Tilth and Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation; $5-$20 (www.snovalleytilth.org/st-paddys-day-bash/).
St. Patrick’s Day Banquet
SUN Irish Community Happy Hour, two drinks, appetizers, Irish music and stepdancers, Seattle Police Pipes and Drums, 5-7 p.m., $20 by reservation; happy hour and dinner, dancing, $125 by reservation, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $125 by reservation, Harbor Club, 801 Second Ave., Seattle (425-821-3044 or www.irishclub.org/friends.htm).
Ivar’s 109th Birthday $1.09 Dining Deals
TUE Buy one regularly-priced entree and wish Ivar “Happy Birthday,” receive a second entree for $1.09 from a special birthday menu, Tuesday at all Ivar’s Seafood Bars, Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing (www.ivars.com/birthday).
Dishcrawl the World in Seattle
TUE Progressive dinner at three Queen Anne restaurants, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle; $45 (bit.ly/1h5TbG7).
Washington Cask Beer Festival
PLAN AHEAD Cask-conditioned beers from 40 Washington breweries; fundraiser for the Washington Brewers Guild; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. March 22, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle; $40-$45 (www.washingtonbrewersguild.org).
Spring Kickoff, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
FRI-SUN Sale on spring ephemera’s, native bulbs and companion plants, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday; introductory tour of the garden, 1 p.m. Sunday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-1281 or kruckeberg.org/msk ).
Edible Plant Sale
SAT Seattle Tilth sale of organic, locally grown starts including strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries, fruit and nut trees, herbs and cool-season veggies, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Market Center, 6100 Fourth Ave. S., Seattle (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org ).
SAT How to plant dahlias, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank; $10, preregister (360-678-1912).
Spring Bulbs for Summer and Fall Color
SUN Tips on growing dahlias, glads, begonias, lilies, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Nicolay Lecture “Olmsted Lives!”
SUN The story of Frederick Law Olmsted, one of the founding fathers of landscape architecture, 1 p.m. Sunday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $5-$10 (425-647-6004 or www.northwestperennialalliance.org/Lectures_2014.php ).
Indoor Seed Starting
SUN When, how, and why to start your transplants, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com ).
Weowna Park Ranger Hike
SAT Three mile, moderately difficult hike with bridges, waterfalls, and Bellevue’s oldest trees; parking very limited, carpools encouraged, 10 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Free Days, the Wing
SAT Free admission for all, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org ).
Car Club Presidents Meeting
SAT Representatives from local car clubs to learn about upcoming car club activities at Lemay America’s Car Museum, 11 a.m. Saturday, America’s Car Museum at Club Auto Kirkland, 11200 Kirkland Way, Kirkland; free, reservations required (425-246-5222 or www.lemaymuseum.org/events.php?eid=1355
TUE Bezos Center for Innovation curator and UW historian Margaret O’Mara on “It Takes a City: Seattle and the Alchemy of Innovation,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$10 (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org ).
History Cafe: Baseball in Seattle
MARCH 20 Discussion with local sports historians, 7 p.m. March 20, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org ).
$1 Third Thursday, KidsQuest
MARCH 20 Discounted admission, 5-8 p.m. March 20, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $1/person (www.kidsquestmuseum.org ).
Vogue Knitting Live Seattle
FRI-SUN More than 200 classes, huge yarn marketplace, fiber art gallery, fashion shows, special tribute to host city “Emerald Aisle” display of fibers in all shades of green, Friday-Sunday, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; $20-$599 (www.vogueknittinglive.com/ehome/66411/127534/).
Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bears Show & Sale
SAT-SUN Show and sale for all ages, dolls, teddy bears, antiques, miniatures, clothes supplies, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $4-$7; early bird admission 8:30 a.m. Saturday, $9 (253-841-5045 or www.crossroadsshows.com ).
North Seattle Rock & Gem Show
SAT-SUN Explore rocks, junior activities, demonstrations, club member displays, vendors, door prizes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.NorthSeattleRockClub.org).
Sogetsu Mercer Island Branch Ikebana Exhibition
SAT-SUN Display of Ikebana Japanese style flower arranging, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, demonstrations 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island; free (www.misogetsu.org ).
Alderbrook Resort St. Paddle’s Day
SUN Competitors of all ages and skill level invited to bring their own watercraft, or rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards at a reduced rate; games, activities, traditional Irish fare and live fiddling, 11 a.m. Sunday, Alderbrook Resort and Spa, 10 E. Alderbrook Drive, Union; free, advance registration suggested, not required (360-490-5748 or www.alderbrookresort.com/area-activities/whats-happening/).
Great Blue Herons
SAT One mile walk to see and learn about one of the largest rookeries in the Seattle area, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 10 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder
SAT Interactive exhibits, crafts, science experiments, self-guided nature walks, for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/).
SAT Search under logs and in ponds for the three types of salamanders found at Camp Long, for ages 6 and older, children accompanied by adult, 3 p.m. Saturday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Owls and Other Organisms — Lincoln Park at Dark
SAT Learn about, look for and hoot for owls, see stars if it’s clear; check website for possible rain cancellation, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-932-7225 or www.stewardshipadventures.com/).
Wearin’ O’ the Green
SUN St. Patrick’s Day and coming of spring forest walk to learn about native plants, for age 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 2 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or www.seattle.gov/parks ).
SUN Weekly walk highlights docent’s favorite plants, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org ).
Living With Wildlife: Coyotes
SUN Learn about urban coyotes, their habits and how to prevent conflicts with coyotes, for ages 10 and older, 1 p.m. Sunday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Bluegrass with Roundhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Latin with Salsa Rosa Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; (www.thirdplacebooks.com ).
Watoto Children’s Choir
FRI-SUN Contemporary gospel music and traditional African music and dance by African children’s choir, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Normandy Christian Church, 902 S. 200th St., Des Moines; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, 17110 140th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; Tukwila; free (www.watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir ).
St. Patrick’s Day Dash
SUN Run, walk, jog to celebrate the arrival of spring and the Irish in us all, proceeds benefit Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Inspire Youth Project, and the Healing Center; costume contest, Leprechaun Lap 1K for ages 10 and younger, 8 a.m.; dash in four waves starts 8:30 a.m.; Post Dash Bash beer garden, entertainment, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle; $10-$35, Saturday last day to register, no day of race registration (www.stpatsdash.com ).
Leif to Leif Fun Run
PLAN AHEAD Run to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole and back, post-race waffle with jam; part of Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day; portion of proceeds benefit Ballard Senior Center; 9 a.m. March 22, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $5-$10 (www.leiferiksonlodge.com ).
West Seattle’s Biggest Indoor Sale
FRI-SAT Quality clothing, houseware items, furniture, jewelry; books from 200 families, proceeds benefit youth outreach church programs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-935-4477 or www.wspc.org ).
Vasa Park Spring Craft Show
FRI-SAT Easter, spring and other home and garden décor, accessories, children's items, specialty foods from 80 vendors, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Vasa Park Resort & Ballroom, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue; free (425-413-1004 or www.countrycreation.spotblog.com ).
Spring Gift Show at Everett Mall
FRI-SUN Craft vendors, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Everett Mall, 1402 Everett Mall Way, Everett (www.elegantcraftshows.com).
Magnolia Cooperative Preschool Toy and Clothing Sale
SAT Gently used baby and children’s clothes, toys, games, books, strollers, highchairs, car seats, most items half price 1-2 p.m.; bake sale; please leave young children at home, 9 a.m. Saturday, Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W. McGraw St., Seattle (www.magnoliacoop.org ).
West Seattle Gear Swap
SAT-SUN Buy and sell used and new skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, kayaks, SUPs, accessories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, West Seattle American Legion, 3618 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle; preregister online to sell (www.m2soutfitters.com).
Almost Spring Swap Meet
SAT-SUN Antique cars and parts, antiques, collectibles, crafts, food from 400 vendors, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $3-$5 (253-841-5045 or gertieas.org ).
Passion Vineyards Winery
SAT-SUN Tasting & sales on 13 varietals, wall art and wine accessories, 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Passion Vineyards, 13228 202nd Ave S.E., Issaquah; $5 (206-334-0178 or www.passionvineyards.com).
Shop & Dine to Make a Difference
MARCH 21-23 Buy a Cure Card for 20 percent discount at 60 participating shops and restaurants to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, March 21-23, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $30 (206-667-4149 or www.fredhutch.org/uvillage).
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
FRI-SUN Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one mile walk through old growth forest, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography outings for photographers for all abilities, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and March 29; Kids in the Snow, 90 minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center, Snoqualmie Pass; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; $25/half-day and photo hikes (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5443826).
Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks
SAT-SUN Guided 1.5 mile, 2 hour walk to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier, for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided or bring your own, 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park; $4 sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk (360-569-6575 or www.nps.gov/mora/).
East County Health Fair
FRI-SAT Health checks, 1-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday; pancake breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, health fair with vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe; breakfast $3-$5 (360-794-6359 or www.eastcountyseniorcenter.org).
Community E-Waste Roundup
SAT Computers, laptops, monitors, TVs, cellphones accepted free of charge; washers, dryers, VCRs, printers accepted for a small fee; collected cellphones used to raise funds for a Susan G. Komen event to the help in the fight to end breast cancer, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Community College Staff Parking Lot A, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood; (425-754-1825 or www.facebook.com/events/1444478309119906/).
North Seattle Camp Fair
SAT Information on summer camps for preschoolers to teens, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, The Evergreen School, 15201 Meridian Ave. N., Shoreline (www.parentmap.com).
ASID Architectural Tour Series
WED Presentation on the design and building processes and the whiskey-making process, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Westland Distillery, 2931 First Ave. S, Seattle; $5-$25 (asidwa.org/news-events/events/architectural-tour-series-westland-distillery/ ).
Bellevue Walk & Talk
MARCH 20 Speakers and one-hour walk to showcase plans to create healthy, walkable places in downtown Bellevue, 5:30 p.m. March 20, Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 Northeast 10th St., Bellevue; free, reservations required (206-652-2310 or www.feetfirst.org ).
SAT Informal gathering of women to discuss their travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com ).
SAT Packing like a savvy traveler, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; $5, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
SAT Help remove invasive plants, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Arbor Lake Park, 12380 Second Ave. S., Burien; or help remove invasive plants and plant small trees, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Salmon Creek Ravine, 12540 Shorewood Dr., Burien (burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=134 ).
Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County
WED Information session for people interested in becoming volunteers, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett; preregister (425-261-4815).