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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, March 28-April 3, 2014.


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Benefits

Issaquah High School Fashion Show and Auction

FRI Fashion Show and auction support school programs, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., Issaquah; $5-$50 (issaquahfashion.com ).

Three Cups of Coffee — A Fundraiser for Education Across Borders

SAT Latin music, desserts, guest speaker, silent auction, benefits programs in the Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. Saturday, St. Anne School, 101 W. Lee St., Seattle (educationacrossborders.org).

NEST presents: NE Seattle Treasures

SUN NEST (North East Seattle Together) dinner and conversation with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher; proceeds benefit programs for local seniors, 5 p.m. Sunday, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $75 (206-525-6378 or www.nestseattle.org ).

Langley Whale Center benefit cruise

SUN Charter boat, wine, food, possible whale sightings; proceeds benefit Orca Network’s new Langley Whale Center, 5 p.m. Sunday, Langley; $75 by reservation (www.orcanetwork.org ).

Biking

Belated Valentines Sweet Treats

SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 8 miles, easy pace ride, riders of all ages welcome, stops for sweets, 11 a.m. Saturday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-769-6549 or www.cascade.org/node/16954).

Monroe/Snohomish Pastures and Bakeries

SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 32 mile, steady pace ride; steady rain cancels, 9 a.m. Saturday, Skykomish River Centennial Park, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe (www.cascade.org/node/17017 ).

Ride to Lake Forest Park

APRIL 4 Cascade Bicycle Club 25 mile, leisurely paced ride with lunch stop, new riders welcome, showers cancel, 10 a.m. April 4, Gas Works Park, Seattle (www.cascade.org/node/16929).

Birding

Sandhill Crane Festival

FRI-SUN Lectures on wildlife including wolves. Sandhill Cranes, owls, squirrels, tours, hours vary Friday-Sunday Othello and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge; $7-$25 (othellosandhillcranefestival.org).

Bird tour

SAT Explore the park to look for birds, bring binoculars if you have them, minimum age 8, children accompanied by adult, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3 preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks ).

Birding basics

SAT Learn about bird watching techniques, helpful apps, binoculars, practice skills in the park, minimum age 12, children accompanied by adult, 9 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Dance

Folk Dance benefit for Northwest Folklife

SAT International folk dance benefit for Northwest Folklife Festival, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 minimum donation requested (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org ).

Bollywood dance

SUN Learn dance moves from Dance with Bollywood Seattle, 3 p.m. Sunday, Burien Library, 400 S.W. 152nd St., Burien; free (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/fitness ).

Fairs/Festivals

Seattle Vegfest

SAT-SUN The largest vegetarian food festival in the country, hundreds of foods to sample, chefs’ cooking demos, health lectures, bookstore, free health checks, activities for kids, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $8 at the door, cash or checks only; ages 12 and younger free (206-706-2635 or www.SeattleVegfest.org ).

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

APRIL 1-30 Tulip fields in bloom (dates vary, updates available on website), display gardens, events, April 1-30, Mount Vernon, La Conner and surrounding area (www.tulipfestival.org); fields, display garden, indoor flower show, cafe, trolley tours of fields, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily in April, Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon; admission $5, ages 9 and younger free, trolley $1-$2 (360-424-8152 or www.tuliptown.com); display garden, field, cut flowers, bulbs, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily in April, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon; admission $4-$5, ages 10 and younger free (866-488-5477 or www.tulips.com ).

Food events

Waffle Dagen (vffeldagen)

FRI Swedish holiday with tradition of eating waffles because the religious holiday for the day, vrfrudagen, sounds like vffeldagen (waffle day); waffles served in the bar, noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Friday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; donation suggested (206-283-1090 or www.swedishclubnw.org ).

Capital Food & Wine Festival

SAT Wine and beer from Washington state, food music; proceeds support student scholarships, noon Saturday, St. Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey; $10-$15, ages 12 and younger free (www.capitalfoodandwinefestival.com).

First Thurs Wine-Mead-Spirit Walk

APRIL 3 Several wineries, a distillery and a meadery tasting room samples, bring your own glass, 4 p.m. April 3, Hollywood District, Woodinville; $20-$25 (www.thetastyvacation.com/).

Community breakfast

APRIL 4 Pancakes, strawberry compote, eggs, ham, biscuits, beverages, all welcome, 7:30 a.m. April 4, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds; $5 at the door, no reservations (425-774-5555 or edmondssc.org).

Tortillas and beans cooking class

APRIL 5 Make beans and flour tortillas, 11 a.m. April 5, El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S., Seattle; $50 (206-957-4611 or www.brownpapertickets.com/e/590549).

Gardening

Dahlia Tuber Sale

FRI-SAT Huge selection of tubers at low prices by the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E., Seattle (www.pugetsounddahlias.org).

Starting Your Vegetable Garden

SAT Advice on planning, preparing, and amending soil, what to sow outdoors, 10 a.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com).

Spring Garden Walk

SAT Tour of English style gardens next to the nursery, waterproof shoes recommended, 1 p.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free, reservations requested (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).

Great Plant Picks for Shade

SUN How to select plants that thrive in the shade, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com).

Hiking

Issaquah Alps hike

SUN Views from the western side of Cougar Mountain on 5-mile, moderate pace hike with 600-foot elevation gain, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Issaquah Alps Trails Club, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (issaquahalps.org).

Hobbies

Emerald City Comicon

FRI-SUN Pop culture convention with guests, exhibits, artists, gaming, vendors, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; sold out (www.emeraldcitycomicon.com ).

Science Fiction and Fantasy book exchange

SAT Trade your gently used sci-fi or fantasy books or buy books, $1-$2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org).

Emerald Spiral Expo

SAT Speakers to explore creativity, enjoy life, metaphysical topics, vendors including crystals, books, art, clothing, food; tarot and astrological readers, chiropractic services, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; admission free, fees for readers and healers (206-508-1270 or emeraldspiral.com).

Northwest Rodarama Rod & Custom Show

SAT-SUN Hot rods and custom car display, sale, accessories, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $13-$16 ages 12 and younger free (253-841-5045 or www.nwrodarama.com).

Museum events

Drawn to Seattle Family Day

SAT Celebration of “Drawn to Seattle” exhibit with special guests, activities and demonstrations for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org).

Brews & Clues: Tapping the IPL

SAT Undercover espionage, be a secret agent for the evening with access to new exhibit, SPY: The Secret World of Espionage on opening night, sample Pyramid Breweries’ new India Pale Lager, dancing, 7 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Science Center, Seattle; $35-$40 (206-443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Events/21-and-over-events ).

Fireside Chat

SAT Presentation on the Fremont public art collection, 3 p.m. Saturday, History House of Greater Seattle, 790 N. 34th St., Seattle; free (206-632-3170 or www.historyhouse.org ).

Olde Town Mine History Hike

SAT Issaquah History Museums walk to explore historic mining sites, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah; $5, preregister (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org ).

Slider Cook-Off

SAT Slider cooking competition and tastings, 1950s rock and roll music, glassblowing demonstration, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $30-$100 (253-284-4708 or museumofglass.org/slidr2014 ).

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage

SAT-SUN Opening weekend of first exhibit from the collections of the CIA, the FBI, the National Reconnaissance Office and H. Keith Melton, author, historian and international authority on spy technology; see real gadgets and artifacts from spies and spy catchers, observe spy technologies and learn the tools-of-trade, some recently declassified, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 1 by timed entry tickets, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $20-$33 (206-443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org).

Free First Thursday, MOHAI

APRIL 3 Admission free on the first Thursday of every month, special activities for all ages, including docent-led Atrium Tours and evening performances by musicians from Cornish College of the Arts, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 3, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or mohai.org ).

First Thursday, Museum of Flight

APRIL 3 Free admission, 5-9 p.m. only April 3, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).

First Thursday, SAM

APRIL 3 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 3; reduced admission price to special exhibits, $6-$9, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

First Thursday, the Burke

APRIL 3 Free museum admission, activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 3, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).

Free Day, the Wing

APRIL 3 Free admission for all, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 3, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org ).

SAAM free day

APRIL 3 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 3, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

Park events

Lincoln Park Spring: Blooms, Migrants, Eagle & Owl Nesting, Butterflies

SAT Spring learning and experiencing, flowers, owl and eagle nest trees, 11 a.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-932-7225 or www.stewardshipadventures.com/).

Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder

SAT Interactive exhibits, crafts, science experiments, scavenger hunts, 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/ ).

History event, Olmstead Place State Park

SAT-SUN Draft horse plowing events in traditional horse-drawn farming equipment on site of a historic farm homesteaded in 1875, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Olmstead Place State Park, 921 N. Ferguson Road, Ellensburg; free, no Discover Pass needed for parking (www.parks.wa.gov).

Arboretum Walk

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).

Free First Thursdays and Saturdays

APRIL 3 Free admission first Thursdays and first Saturdays each month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 3 and 5, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-322-4112 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org ).

Amorous Amphibians Night Hike at Brightwater

PLAN AHEAD Learn about native frogs, indoor presentation, outdoors wetland walk, for adults and families with children ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m. April 4, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, Woodinville; free, preregister, space limited (206-263-8866 or islandwood.org/event/amorous-amphibians-night-hike-brightwater).

Performances

Third Place Commons Weekend Music

FRI-SAT Little Bill and the Blue Notes, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sound of Swing Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (www.thirdplacebooks.com).

Sing Peace concert

SUN Seattle Girls’ Choir and the SFBC Sanctuary Choir perform The Peacemakers, oratorio with texts by iconic historical peacemakers; proceeds benefit Washington CeaseFire and Peace for the Street by Kids from the Street, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, donations collected (206-325-6051 or www.SeattleFirstBaptist.org/Peace).

Northwest Scottish Fiddlers

SUN Music of Scotland, Nova Scotia and the Shetland Islands, 2 p.m. Sunday, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett (425-257-8000).

Watoto Children’s Choir

SUN Contemporary gospel music and traditional African music and dance by African children’s choir, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah; free (www.watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir).

Sales/Shopping

Book sale

FRI-SAT Book sale to benefit the library, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle (425-255-0111 or www.kcls.org).

Just Between Friends Kids / Maternity Consignment Sales Event

FRI-SAT New and gently-used children’s and maternity items at bargain prices, clothing, toys, baby equipment, strollers, cribs, joggers, nursery gear, sporting goods, maternity wear; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Gold Creek Church, 4326 148th St. S.E., Mill Creek (www.lynnwood.jbfsale.com).

Rummage Sale, Auburn

FRI-SAT Bargains, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 809 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn (253-931-3016 or www.auburnwa.gov).

Mercer Island Friends of the Library Book Sale

FRI-SUN Mini book sale, 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (206-236-3537 or www.kcls.org).

Best of the Northwest Spring Show

SAT-SUN Sale of new works by 100 artists, music, artists’ demonstrations, food vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $6, admission specials online; ages 12 and younger free (www.nwartalliance.com).

Lakeside School Rummage Sale

SAT-SUN 65th year of Seattle tradition, 25,000 square feet of new and gently used clothing, books, art, furniture, household goods at bargain prices, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, half price 9 a.m.-noon Sunday; Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave. N.E., Seattle; free shuttle Saturday from North Jackson Park and Ride, 14711 Fifth Ave N.E., Seattle (206-440-2925 or www.lakesideschool.org/rummage?rc=0 ).

StashFest

SAT-SUN Sale of unique fabrics for quilting, fashion and home décor, wearable items, proceeds benefit La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 S. Second St., La Conner; free; early bird admission 10-11 a.m. Saturday, $12 (360-466-4288 or www.laconnerquilts.org).

Pickering Barn Spring Craft Show

APRIL 3-5 Spring and garden décor, children’s items, Easter, specialty foods, Antique and Vintage Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (425-413-1004 or www.countrycreation.blogspot.com).

Superfluity Sale

APRIL 3-5 Collectibles, plants, books, children’s clothes, toys, games, housewares, electronics, sports equipment; proceeds support several local charities; Grand Opening, 7-9 p.m. April 3, $5 admission; sale, free admission, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 4, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-524-2322 or www.universityucc.org ).

Sports

Safeco Field Open House

SUN Watch the Mariners’ first game of the season in Anaheim on the big screen, free T-shirts, food specials, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, first pitch 7:05 p.m.; admission benefits Northwest Harvest, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $1, ages 14 and younger free (www.mariners.mlb.com).

Special interest

Edible Book Festival

SAT Bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers create books made of food and inspired by a book or pun on a book title that’s exhibited, judged for awards, then consumed, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-417-4645 or www.facebook.com/events/753204431372375/).

Family Celebration powered by Vroom

SAT Hands-on activities for all ages from local social service agencies, including magicians, the Reptile Man, Woodland Park Zoo, health services information, free food, music, food, arts and crafts, story time, entertainers, photos, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila; free (www.joinvroom.org).

Vashon Library Opening

SAT Ribbon cutting for expanded, renovated library with tours, refreshments, music, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Vashon Library, 17210 Vashon Highway S.W., Vashon Island (206-463-2069 or www.kcls.org).

Walkable Washington Symposium and Award Ceremony

APRIL 3 Speakers, awards to support and recognize projects that create healthy, livable, walkable communities around the state, lunch included, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 3, Pike Place Market Atrium, Seattle; $60 (www.feetfirst.org ).

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Eastern Turkey and Black Sea region, 10 a.m., wines and adventures in Africa and Argentina, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).

Volunteer

SAMMI Awards Celebration

FRI Event celebrates and promotes community volunteerism, honoring community members for their dedication and service, 6 p.m. Friday, Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish; free (www.sammiawards.org).

Green Kirkland

SAT Help care for trees and native plants and plant more, 9 a.m. Saturday, Juanita Heights Park, 89th Place Northeast, Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org).

Service and Community

SUN Bring your own gardening tools and gloves for landscaping maintenance and improvements at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, with guided tours of the site, some hosted by internment survivors, lessons on making origami peace cranes, 11 a.m. Sunday, Pritchard Park, Taylor Avenue, Bainbridge Island (206-855-9038 or www.bijac.org ).

Workshops

Frogwatch USA Citizen Science Workshop at Brightwater

FRI IslandWood hosts FrogWatch USA experts from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums FrogWatch USA program to learn how to volunteer to take part in a nationwide citizen research project to help protect and conserve our local amphibian populations, for adults or older youth with an interest in amphibians, science and research, noon Friday, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 State Route 9 Southeast, Woodinville; free (206-263-8866 or islandwood.org/).



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