Editor’s note: Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. To be certain of your plans, always call before you go.
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, April 25-May 1, 2014.
Seattle Times staff
Marine Mammal Mania
FRI-SUN Activities, talks and demonstrations, featuring Northern Fur Seals, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org ).
Seattle Pet Expo
SAT Pet related information, exhibits, vendors, entertainment, demonstrations, author readings/book signings, speakers, discounted dog vaccinations, microchipping and flea prevention, rescue groups’ mega-adoption event, pets welcome, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; free (seattlepetexpo.com ).
FRI Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer talks about his experiences climbing Mount Everest and other peaks and his volunteer work around the world; donations suggested for No Barriers, supporting physically challenging activities program for veterans, youth and people of all ability levels, 7 p.m. Friday, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free (888-570-7108 or geox.com/about/events ).
Hope Springs NW Children’s Fund Gala
SAT NWCF supports community organizations to help at-risk youth, strengthen families and help abused children, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., Seattle; $225 (nwcf.maestroweb.com/).
Adelante Dinner and Dance
SAT Dinner and dance to benefit Consejo Adelante family services in King and Pierce Counties, 6 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $75 (206-461-4880 or consejocounseling.org).
Ballard Beer Tasting & Silent Auction
SAT Sample 6 brews from 3 Ballard breweries, auction to benefit Sunset Hill Community Assoc. historic community building, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunset Hill Community Hall, 3003 N.W. 66th St., Seattle; $15 includes six samples; auction only admission free (sunsethillcommunity.org ).
Washington National Park Fund Auction & Dinner
SAT Dinner and auction benefiting Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Park, 5 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $150 (206-623-2063 or wnpf.org/).
March for Babies
SAT Walk to benefit March of Dimes; 9 a.m. Saturday, City Park, Third Avenue and Pine Street, Edmonds; also May 3, Seattle; suggested fundraising goal $250 (206-624-1373 or marchofdimes.com/washington/).
E-cycle for Education
SAT 3 R Technology electronic recycle pick up, suggested donation to benefit EvCC Foundation, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Everett Community College parking lot K, 2000 Broadway, Everett; $10 (everettcc.edu/foundation).
CERDAS Foundation Fundraising Dinner
SAT Keynote speaker Prof. Taufik, Director of Electric Power Institute at Cal Poly; proceeds fund scholarship program for kids in Indonesia, 7 p.m. Saturday, North Bellevue Community & Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; $25-$30 (cerdasfoundation.org ).
Building Families & Healing Hearts
SAT Stories, banquet to benefit Antioch Adoptions, 6 p.m. Saturday, Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish; free (antiochadoptions.org ).
Run With Faith
SAT Benefits Compassion House for families, 10 a.m. Saturday, Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., Issaquah; $15-$30 (425-392-5848 or iccweb.org/rwf5k.html ).
Call to the Wild
SAT Charity auction and dinner benefiting West Sound Wildlife Shelter, 5 p.m. Saturday, Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo; $125 (westsoundwildlife.org/Auction2014.html ).
Seattle Earth Citizens Walk
SUN Walk to raise awareness about the earth citizen movement, proceeds support sending Seattle residents to Earth Citizen School, 1 p.m. Sunday, Ravenna Park, Northeast 62nd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle; $10/registration only, $30/registration and T-shirt; ages 12 and younger free (SeattleEarthCitizens.org ).
Paws & Pours
MAY 1 Wine tasting to support Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, 6 p.m. May 1, Wine World & Spirits, 400 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $40-$50 (seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org/).
Style ’14 Fashion Show Benefit
MAY 1 More than 30 breast cancer survivors on the runway to benefit NW Hope & Healing, 7:30 p.m. May 1, Showbox SoDo, Seattle; $50-$1000 (206-215-2888 or nwhopeandhealing.org/events.html ).
Night Out for a Cure
PLAN AHEAD Madhouse Project hosts celebration benefiting Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), 7 p.m. May 3, Fremont Studios, Seattle; $100 (206-235-1527) .
Roaring 20s Auction
PLAN AHEAD Auction, dinner to benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 5 p.m. May 3, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Seattle; $55-$75 (206-783-2244 or phinneycenter.org/auction).
Silly Hill Walk/Ride
SAT All ages 2-4 mile bike ride/walk to explore potential greenway route options for northern segment of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway; participants divided into teams to ride or walk one of four route options while taking pictures for a scavenger hunt; 2 p.m. Saturday, Montlake Elementary School, 2409 22nd Ave. E., Seattle; finish line at Miller Park with kid-friendly games, prizes and refreshments, free (meetup.com).
SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 24 mile, leisurely paced ride to Washington Park Arboretum; steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Saturday, Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore; free (cascade.org/node/16953 ).
How to Buy a Bike
SAT Cascade Bicycle Club presentation on different types of bikes and what suits needs of riders, 1 p.m. Saturday, Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Ave. S., Des Moines (425-486-7811 or kcls.org ).
Sound Cycling biking info fairs
SUN Bicycle Rodeo for kids, learn about bike safety, ride obstacle courses, bikes, helmets provided, 10 a.m.-noon, and information from local cycling organizations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, NewHolly Library, 7058 32nd Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1905); information from local cycling organizations, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-684-4089); free (spl.org).
Biking Puget Sound
SUN Biking guidebook author recommends local and region rides and biking events, 3 p.m. Sunday, Burien Library, 400 S.W. 152nd St., Burien (253-859-3330 or kcls.org ).
Pedal It Forward
PLAN AHEAD Kathi Goertzen Foundation fundraiser for brain cancer research, 28 mile ride to West Seattle and back, finish line celebration, 8:45 a.m. May 3, 3555 W. McGraw St., Seattle; $25 (kathigf.ejoinme.org/pedalitforward).
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 seattle.gov/parks ).
SUN Bird songs, identification, good places to go birding, for ages 12 and older, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free, no registration needed (425-452-2565).
The Steamer Virginia V
PLAN AHEAD Opening Day of Boating Season aboard the historic Virginia V to ride in the parade procession through Montlake Cut and into Lake Washington, 11 a.m. May 3, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $55-$69 (206-624-9119 or virginiav.org).
Sno-King International Folk Dance Club
SAT Spring Fling dance party with live music, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org).
Lake City Contra Dance
MAY 1 Live band and caller, beginner’s workshop 7:30 p.m., dance 8 p.m. May 1, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $9, students and first-time dancers free (seattledance.org/contra/lakecity ).
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festlval
FRI-SUN Cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games, 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com ).
Evergreen State Spring Festival
FRI-SUN Carnival, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; fair with entertainment, Kids Zone featuring Science on Wheels exhibit, animal shoes, quilt show, reptile show, barbecue competition, beer garden, root beer garden, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; free admission (360-805-6700 or evergreenfair.org).
Kelsey Creek Farm Sheep Shearing
SAT Sheep shearing, spinning demonstrations, inflatables, 4-H exhibits, kid’s crafts, tractor rides, pony rides, food vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; free, fees for some activities, cash only; parking and shuttle service from Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114th Ave. S.E. and Bannerwood Sports Park, 1630 132nd Ave. S.E., Bellevue (425-452-7688 or parkstrails.myparksandrecreation.com).
SAT-SUN Outdoor adventure trade show with vendors, speakers, climbing wall, kids’ activity area, American Hiking Society Trails Pavilion, beer and wine garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Comcast Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $5-$10, ages 10 and younger free (425-322-2600 orgearupexpo.com).
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APRIL 30 Tulip fields in bloom, community events, display gardens, through April, Mount Vernon, La Conner and surrounding area; Tulip Festival Office, 311 W. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon (360-428-5959 or tulipfestival.org ); fields, display garden, indoor flower show, cafe, trolley tours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon; admission $5, ages 9 and younger free, trolley $1-$2 (360-424-8152 or tuliptown.com); display garden, field, cut flowers, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, RoozenGaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon; admission $4-$5, ages 10 and younger free (866-488-5477 or tulips.com).
FRI Tasting festival with 60 food purveyors, local breweries and wineries to benefit the Market Foundation, 7 p.m. Friday, Pike Place Market, Seattle; $35 (pikeplacemarket.org).
Magnolia Beer and Whiskey Walk
FRI Samples at 10 Magnolia Village venues, 6 p.m. Friday, register at Umpqua Bank, 2236 32nd Ave. W., Seattle; $25 (magnoliachamber.org).
LeMay Wine & Chocolate Affair
FRI-SAT Five tastes from local wineries, chocolate, candy and other vendors, display of dozens of vintage vehicles, 4-9 p.m., 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, LeMay Family Collection at Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma; $20-$25, $10 designated driver (253-272-2336 or lemaymarymount.org/lemay-wine-chocolate-affairs/).
SAT Sukiyaki dinner, curbside takeout, 2-7 p.m.; dining, bake sale, ikebana display, 4-7 p.m., cultural program, 7 p.m. Saturday, portion of proceeds benefit local charities, Japanese Baptist Church, 160 Broadway, Seattle; $9-$14 (206-622-7351 or jbcseattle.org).
SAT Taste from 60 varieties, appetizers, desserts; proceeds benefit scholarship fund, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St., Seattle; $25 (206-722-9696 or lspcc.org).
Spring Barrel Tasting
SAT-SUN Sample new vintage from the barrel and current releases at seven wineries, noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bainbridge Island; $5 (206-419-3355 or bainbridgewineries.com/ ).
Spring Fundraiser Chicken Teriyaki Dinner
SUN Chicken teriyaki dinner served cafeteria style or take out, bake sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N., Auburn; $12 (253-833-1442 or wrbt.org).
Spring Plant Sale
FRI-SAT Fuchsia baskets, vegetable starts, annuals, herbs, perennials, bring boxes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 2-3, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland (lwtech.edu ).
Alderwood Garden Club Plant Sale
SAT Perennials and veggie starts, proceeds support scholarship fund, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Church, 18527 60th Ave. W., Lynnwood (425-743-1430).
Growing Ornamental Vines/Native plants
SAT Add vertical accents with perennial and evergreen vines, 10 a.m. Saturday; W native shrubs, perennials, ferns and ground covers, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html).
SAT Secrets of growing bountiful tomatoes in the Northwest, 2 p.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com/seminars-events/).
Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale
SAT Annuals, perennials including tomatoes and hostas, shrubs, trees. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 5724 N.E. 190th St., Kenmore (lakeshoregardenclub.weebly.com ).
Marine Hills Garden Club Plant Sale
SAT Annuals, perennials, native plants for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 29301 Seventh Pl. S., Federal Way (253-839-4413).
Master Gardeners Eastside Edible Plant Sale
SAT Mostly tomatoes, peppers, and lettuces in many varieties, 9:30 a.m. Saturday; information on growing tomatoes, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue (425-485-5942).
Snohomish Garden Club Plant Sale
SAT Many varieties of perennials, annuals, blooming flora, water-garden plants, small trees, shrubs; supports community projects and scholarships, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, The Farm at Swan’s Trail, 7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish (www.snohomishgardenclub.com ).
FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale
SAT-SUN Arboretum Foundation hosts dozens of specialty nurseries selling locally grown ornamentals and edibles, all sales benefit Washington Park Arboretum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; (206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org).
Fuchsia and dahlia sale
SAT-SUN Sno-King Fuchsia Society and Seattle Dahlia Society sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).
SUN Introduction to container garden design, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com/).
North End Flower Club
SUN Plant sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Home Street Bank, 8050 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-285-1103).
SAT Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walk on path by the river and through neighborhoods, suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, start anytime 8 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, from Goodwill Store, 1200 Fourth St. N.W., Puyallup; free (www.daffodilvalleyvolkssport.com).
Rain2River Walk and Boat Tour
SUN Learn about gray and green infrastructure, sustainable practices, RainWise Program and what you can do to keep the Duwamish River clean, includes free ticket to go on a Rain2River Boat Tour at a later date, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S., Seattle; free (duwamishcleanup.org/).
Genealogy Treasure in Local Histories
SAT Karl Kumm shows beginning and intermediate genealogists how to find family data published in county and town histories, 10 a.m. Saturday, Fiske Genealogy Library, 1644 43rd Ave. E., Seattle; $5 (206-328-2716 or www.fiskelibrary.org).
Rock and Gem Show
SAT-SUN West Seattle Rock Club rock, gem and mineral-related exhibits for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-932-3292 or westseattlerockclub.org/wsrcgemshow.htm).
Stray Threads Quilt Guild “Jewels in the Garden” Quilt Show
SAT-SUN Showcase of quilts of many sizes and styles, vendors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cascadia Community College, 18325 Campus Way N.E., Bothell; $7 (www.straythreads.org ).
Area 51 Event
SAT Secret history of the top secret aircraft facility, with book signing, 10-11 a.m., presentation by author Peter Martin on Area 51, 11 a.m.-noon; historical tour of museum’s M-21 Blackbird, 1:30 p.m.; presentation by TD Barnes, author of several books on programs at Area 51, 2:30-4 p.m.; book signing, 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $11-$19 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org ).
Video Game Jam
SAT Play original games designed by Video Game Design Club students, learn how video games are made, for all ages, 1 p.m. Saturday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org ).
May Baskets — Hands On Day
SAT Learn the about the tradition of May baskets and make one to take home, 11 a.m. Saturday, Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-542-7111 or www.shorelinehistoricalmuseum.org).
Heritage Flight Museum Grand Opening
SAT Heritage Flight Museum, formerly located at Bellingham International Airport celebrates upcoming opening in new location with demonstration and formation flights, weather permitting, by the P-51 Mustang, AD-1 Skyraider and other historic aircraft of the Heritage Flight Museum and the Cascade Warbirds, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Heritage Flight Museum, 15053 Crosswind Drive, Burlington; suggested donation $3-$5 (360-424-5151 or www.heritageflight.org).
Dance Around the World
SAT-SUN Performances from around the world, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org).
Meeker Mansion Cellar to Attic Tours
SUN Celebrate the restoration of the Meeker Mansion on top to bottom mansion tours, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $3-$6 (253-848-1770 or wwwmeekermansion.org ).
Free First Thursday, MOHAI
MAY 1 Free admission, activities for all ages including tours and evening performances, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or mohai.org ).
First Thursday, Museum of Flight
MAY 1 Free admission, 5-9 p.m. May 1, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org ).
First Thursday, SAM
MAY 1 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 1; reduced admission price to special exhibits, $6-$9, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org ).
First Thursdays, the Burke
MAY 1 Free museum admission, activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
Free Days, the Wing
MAY 1 Free admission for all, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org ).
SAAM free day
MAY 1 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 1, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org ).
Dragon boat paddling
ONGOING Introduction to dragon boating, all equipment provided, no experience or reservations needed, for ages 18 and older and ages 12 and older with parent, 8 a.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, next to Kenmore Air, 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-715-7066 or www.seattleflyingdragons.org).
Lower Kinnear Celebration
SAT Celebrate park renovation including off-leash dog area, with ribbon cutting ceremony, park tours/walks, games, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Kinnear Park, 899 W. Olympic Pl., Seattle (206-233-7929 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Tales Among the Trees
SAT Stories about the forest, for ages 6 and older accompanied by adult, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder
SAT Birds of April exhibits, crafts, science experiments, scavenger hunts and self-guided nature walks for all ages, 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/).
Explore the Park in the Dark
SAT Explore the park like a nocturnal animal, for ages 6 and older accompanied by adult, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; $5, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Cougar Mountain Zoo Earth Day
SAT Green gardening and other Earth-friendly activities, entertainment, Bee Earth Friendly Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $9-$12.50 (425-391-5508 or www.cougarmountainzoo.org).
Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours
SAT-SUN Docent-led tour, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425- 452-2750 or www.bellevuebotanical.org).
SUN Casual walking tour highlighting rhododendrons in bloom, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org).
SUN Monthly event with harnesses, helmets and instruction to climb “Her Majesty,” a 110 foot tall red oak in the Northeast corner the park, for all ages 5 and older to ascend up to 60 feet in the tree, on the hour noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle; $25, preregister, walk-in if space available (774-270-2762 or www.canopyclimber.com ).
Free First Thursday
MAY 1 Free admission, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-322-4112 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).
Third Place Commons Weekend Music
FRI-SAT File Gumbo zydeco, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Kings of Swing big band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Seattle Labor Chorus
SUN Seattle Labor Chorus fundraiser to support Initiative 594 urging a criminal-background check for gun purchases, 4 p.m. Sunday, St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; free, suggested donation $20 (206-328-2969 or www.seattlelaborchorus.org).
Synchronized swimming performance
SUN Seattle Synchro swimmers performance, fundraising raffles, silent auctions, free try-synchro session at the end of the show, information on Seattle Synchro summer camps, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Juanita High School, 10601 N.E. 132nd St., Kirkland; free (www.seattlesynchro.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=81250 & team=zzssst ).
Sesame Street Live
PLAN AHEAD “Make a New Friend” stage show with Elmo, Grover, Abby and friends, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 2, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 3, 1 and 4:30 p.m. May 4, Comcast Arena, Everett; $10-$63 (866-332-8499 or www.comcastarenaeverett.com).
Heroes Half Marathon
SUN Heroes Half marathon (31.1 miles), 10K, 5K and kids’ run honors military and their families through support for the USO Northwest, 8 a.m. Sunday, Port Gardner Landing, West Marine View Drive, Everett; $5-$75 (www.heroeshalf.com ).
Seattle Urban Trek
PLAN AHEAD Urban Trek team adventure race, teams of three on a 6-7 mile course with check points, benefiting the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, 9 a.m. May 3, Safeco Field, Seattle; $150/team (seattleurbantrek.org).
Fiesta 5K Ole and Taco Truck Challenge
PLAN AHEAD 5K run, 9:30 a.m., finish line festival with Cinco de Mayo costume contest, 25 food trucks competing for best taco, beer and margarita garden, music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 9:30 a.m. May 3, Volunteer Park, Seattle; $33-$44; beer garden only, $5; access to food trucks free (www.fiesta5kole.com/taco-truck-challenge/).
Cinco De Mayo Half Marathon and 8K
PLAN AHEAD Half marathon, 8:30 a.m., $65-$75; Kids 1 mile, 8:45 a.m., $15-$20; 8K 9 a.m., $27-$37, May 3, Mount Si High School, Snoqualmie (www.runsnoqualmie.com ).
Just Between Friends
FRI-SUN Children’s consignment event, toys, maternity, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $3, ages 18 and younger free (253-376-2888 or www.bremerton.jbfsale.com ).
SAT Cookbooks, kids’ books, fiction, travel, history, crafts, CDs at bargain prices, 10 a.m. Saturday, half-price 2-3 p.m., Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, Lake Forest Park (206-362-8860 or www.kcls.org/lakeforestpark).
Finn Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale
SAT Garage sales, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Finn Hill neighborhood, Kirkland (finnhillalliance.org/).
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
SAT-SUN Bargains on gently used books, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S., Federal Way (253-838-3668 or www.kcls.org).
Spring Garden Boutique/Arts & Craft Show
MAY 1-3 Mother’s Day and wedding gifts, pottery, garden art, plants, jewelry, gourmet foods, home and garden accessories, all handmade by local artists, 5-8 p.m. April 30, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1-2, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. May 3, The Hollywood Schoolhouse, 14810 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville (206-909-4051).
Seattle Architectural History
SAT Two-part series on Seattle architecture from 1880 to the present, 1 p.m. Saturday and May 10, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
YMCA Healthy Kids Day
SAT Summer camp sign up, tours, information about YMCA activities, healthy snacks, games, art activities, gym time, safety demonstrations, teen, fitness and pool activities, free T-shirts for the first 100 kids at each location, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA, 1700 23rd Ave., Seattle (206-322-6969); University Family YMCA, 5003 12th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-524-1400); West Seattle Family YMCA, 4515 36th Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-935-6000); Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue (425-746-9900); Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Road, Newcastle (425-282-1500); Matt Griffin YMCA, 3595 S. 188th St., SeaTac (206-244-5880); Dale Turner Family YMCA, 19290 Aurora Ave., Shoreline (206-363-0446); Northshore YMCA, 11811 N.E. 195th ST., Bothell (425-485-9797); Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Road, Auburn (253-833-2770); Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie (425-256-3115); free (www.seattleymca.org ).
Green Home tour
SAT Self-guided tour features 30 new homes and remodels, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Seattle; free (www.nwgreenhometour.org/ ).
Architecture Greatest Hits
SAT Walking tour of Seattle architecture, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25, advance purchase recommended (800-838-3006 or www.seattlearchitecture.org).
21 Acres Open House & Green Home Tour
SAT Sustainability host site for Eco-Building Guild Green Home Tour and community open house, 11 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; free (425-481-1500 or 21acres.org).
SAT-SUN Ride a vintage train from Victorian-era depot museum, noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie; $10-$18 (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org).
Eye Spy Seattle Family Tour
PLAN AHEAD Walking tour of architectural highlights for all ages with activities for kids, 10 a.m. May 3, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave., Seattle; free, preregister (800-838-3006 or www.seattlearchitecture.org).
Rick Steves’ Europe
SAT Travel class; Village Italy, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com ).
SAT Adventures in Morocco, 10 a.m.; Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free. preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
Carkeek Park Earth Day
SAT Earth Day park improvement volunteer projects, 10 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (206-684-5999 or www.seattle.gov/parks/).
Stairway Spring Cleaning Day
SAT Volunteers choose among fourteen different public stairway locations, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Seattle; preregister (www.feetfirst.org/springclean).
Clean Sweep and Shred Day
SAT Gather for coffee, juice, doughnuts, get team assignment and working supplies to clean around the city, 8 a.m.; lunch, raffle for volunteers, noon, Burien Fire Station, 900 S.W. 146th St., Burien; shredding fundraiser, 9 a.m.-noon, 611 S.W. 152nd St., Burien (www.discoverburien.com).
Earth Day, Kent
SAT Help clear invasive weeds and plant ground cover, 9 a.m. Saturday, West Fenwick Park, 3824 Reith Road, Kent; preregister (kentwa.gov/comevolunteer ).
Green Kirkland Earth Day
SAT Work with EarthCorps to remove invasive plants, 10 a.m. Saturday, Juanita Bay Park; 9 a.m. Saturday, Juanita Heights Park, Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org ).