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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, May 9-15, 2014.
Seattle Times staff
All About Beavers
FRI Information on local beaver dams, movie, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; free, reservation required (425-316-8592 or streamkeeper.org).
SAT Adoption event for cats and kittens from Seattle Animal Control foster-care; adoption fees $45-$195, noon Saturday, Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell St., Seattle (206-386-7387 or seattleanimalshelter.org).
Average Joe Cat Show
SAT Hosted by Purrfect Pals cat sanctuary, dozens of cats compete in many categories, photography show, shelters and rescue groups, food, vendor fair, silent auction to support Purrfect Pals, 10 a.m. Saturday, Spartan Recreation Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $5/person, $12/family (averagejoecatshow.org/).
Greyhound Roofest Spring Fling
SAT Silent and live auction, raffles, vendors, food, adoptable greyhounds, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E., Graham; free (253-927-5043 or gnwgreyhounds.org/).
SUN Celebrate Mother’s Day and Orion the Kookaburra’s 5th hatchday; open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., bird show 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $9-$12.50 (425-391-5508 or cougarmountainzoo.org ).
Haiti Babi Mother’s Day Fundraiser
SAT Wine tasting, Caribbean food, music, auction to benefit Haiti Babi nonprofit to create living-wage jobs for mothers in Haiti, 5 p.m. Saturday, Impact HUB Seattle, 220 Second Ave. S., Seattle; $25 (haitibabi.org/legacy).
Bluegrass and Beer Festival
SAT Live music, beer samples, proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest, 5 p.m. Saturday, Hale’s Brewery and Pub, 4301 Leary Way N.W., Seattle; $25-$30 (206-782-0737 or northwestharvest.org/bluegrass-beer-festival).
Wings of Courage 5K Walk — Angel Care Foundation
SAT 5K Walk for all ages to benefit Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation, 9 a.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $35 (206-417-3484 or angelcarefoundation.org ).
SAT Food, beverages, bingo, karaoke, everyone over 21 welcome, proceeds benefit senior center, 6 p.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $15 (425-487-2441 or northshoreseniorcenter.org ).
West Coast All-Star Classic
SUN Basketball tournament with top high school basketball players from the Northwest and around the country, special guests Seahawks, NBA players, former Sonics, benefiting Rainier Beach Foundation and Urban Family Center; slam dunk contest, 3-point challenge, 3-5:30 p.m.; all-star game, 6 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue; $10-$20 (wcaclassic.com/ ).
Women and Beer Thirsty Sisters Event
MON Tastes from women-owned breweries, distilleries, wineries, restaurants, cheese makers, bakers, proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, 6 p.m. Monday, Pike Brewing Company and Pub, Seattle; $35 (206-812-6604 or brownpapertickets.com/event/620166 ).
Sounders FC Celebrity Waiter event at Metropolitan Grill
TUE Dinner to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), Washington Chapter, Sounders FC players wait on guests, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Metropolitan Grill, 820 Second Ave., Seattle (206-624-3287 or themetropolitangrill.com/news/ ).
MAY 15 Get Hitched Give Hope celebration of local microbreweries to benefit featured charities granting end of life wishes for those with terminal diagnoses and supporting young women with breast cancer, 6:30 p.m. May 15, The Foundry by Herban Feast, 4130 First Ave. S., Seattle; $15-$55 (4thannualhopebrew.eventbrite.com/ ).
Mental Health Matters
MAY 15 Promoting awareness for community mental health, “An Evening For Our Veterans,” focusing on veteran mental health programs, 5:30 p.m. May 15, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle; $150 donation suggested (206-302-2200 or smh.org/Registration).
Spring Celebration Luncheon
MAY 15 Speaker Matt Harding, proceeds support elderly residents at Providence Marianwood, 11:30 a.m. May 15, Bellevue Hilton; $50 (425-391-2895 or washington.providence.org/donate/marianwood-foundation/events/marianwood-spring-luncheon/).
Washington Brewshed Alliance Ballard Pub Crawl
MAY 15 Discounts on beer tastes, proceeds tickets benefit Washington Wild to protect and restore wild lands and waters in Washington State, 5 p.m. May 15, Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 N.W. Leary Way, Seattle; $15 (206-633-1992 or wawild.org ).
Men in Kilts Fundraiser
MAY 15 Vote for your favorite men in kilts, $25 per vote to benefit Ronald McDonald House, though May 15; celebration, last-minute voting and crowning of “King of the Kilt,” open to all, 5:30 p.m. May 15, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 1916 Post Alley, Seattle, free admission (206-838-0613 or meninkilts.rmhcseattle.org ).
Building Foundations Auction
PLAN AHEAD Food, drink, auction to benefit veterans services by Rebuilding Together South Sound (RTSS) and Master Builders Association of Pierce County, 5:30 p.m. May 16, Courtyard Marriott Tacoma, Tacoma; $75 (2014buildingfoundations.eventbrite.com ).
Taste of West Seattle
PLAN AHEAD West Seattle Helpline benefit, sample dishes, desserts, drinks from local establishments, 6:30 p.m. May 17, The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $50-$95 (206-932-2746 or tasteofwestseattle.org ).
ALR Seattle Walk
PLAN AHEAD Walk to benefit Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), 10 a.m. May 17, Seward Park, Seattle; free, minimum $25, $150 goal fundraising/donation encouraged (lupuswalkseattle.org ).
Womens’ Living the Dream Bike Ride
SAT Ride thru Snohomish County, all levels welcome, three courses, 8 a.m. Saturday, Snohomish; $50-$150 (livingthedreamfoundation.com).
SUN Bicycle or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard, closed to motorized traffic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park to Mount Baker Beach, Seattle (206-684-4075 or seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday/ ).
Migratory Bird Day, Discovery Park
SAT Early bird tour, 7-9 a.m.; stationary bird tour, sit and watch birds, 7-11 a.m.; bird tours, 8-10 a.m.; $3 per event, preregister; wildflower walk, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, free, preregister, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; (206-386-4236 or seattle.gov/parks ).
Spring Bird Walk, Carkeek
SAT Migratory Bird Day walk for all levels of birders, beginners welcome, bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, minimum age 6, children accompanied by adult, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or seattle.gov/parks ).
Bird-watching, Camp Long
SAT International Migratory Bird Day walk to learn about migratory songbirds and birding for all levels, beginners welcome, bring binoculars and field guide if you have them, minimum age 6, children accompanied by adult, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or seattle.gov/parks).
International Migratory Bird Day, Magnuson Park
SAT Guided walks, talks, activities for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; preregister (magnusonnatureprograms.com ).
International Migratory Bird Day, Snohomish County
SAT Pilchuck Audubon events; daylong field trip to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet near transit facility, Everett Mall; bird walks, bring binoculars, 9-11 a.m., Corson Wildlife Refuge, 10114 54th Pl. N.E., Lake Stevens; Edmonds Marsh, meet at viewing platform next to Blue Collar Dog House in Harbor Square Business Complex off 180 W. Dayton St., Edmonds; Spencer Island, Everett; North Creek Park, 1011 183rd St. S.E., Mill Creek; also, build owl nest boxes, 1-3 p.m., Willow Creek Demo Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds, donations to offset cost of materials welcome (pilchuckaudubon.org ).
International Migratory Bird Day, Woodinville
SAT Exhibits, art activities, Audubon Society experts for all ages to learn about migratory birds and why they’re important. 9 a.m.-noon, bird walks 9 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 State Route 9 Southeast, Woodinville; free (206-263-8866 or islandwood.org/event/international-migratory-bird-day-brightwater).
Vaux’s Swift Watch
SAT Bring a blanket or lawn chair, binoculars recommended, to watch thousands of swifts expected to yearly migratory roost into school chimney, 8 p.m. Saturday, Frank Wagner Elementary School, 639 W. Main St., Monroe (pilchuckaudubon.org ).
Mother’s Day Sails aboard the schooner Adventuress
SUN Mother’s Day aboard historic schooner Adventuress, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Elliott Bay Marina, 2601 W. Marina Pl., Seattle; $25-$55 (360-379-0438 or soundexp.org ).
Emerald City Contra Dance
FRI Beginner’s workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music, caller, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.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 ).
Tuesday Evening Dancing
TUE Beginner level informal teaching first half-hour, waltz, ragtime, tango, polka, line dances, no partner needed, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $8-$10 (www.mountaineers.org/seattle/folkdance ).
WED Learn Scandinavian folk dancing, no experience required, weekly through June 18, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $55 (206-782-3734 or skandia-folkdance.org ).
Lake City Contra Dance
MAY 15 Live band and caller, beginner’s workshop 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. Thursday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $9, students and first-time dancers free (seattledance.org/contra/lakecity).
Backyard Wildlife Festival
SAT Arts and crafts marketplace, educational displays, native plant sale, Kids’ Garden Party, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; guided bird tour along the Duwamish River, 9:30 a.m.; attracting birds to your garden, 10:30 a.m.; Plants for Everyone with Ciscoe Morris, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila (206-768-2822 or backyardwildlifefestival.org ).
Penn Cove Water Festival
SAT Northwest canoe races, native arts and crafts, storytelling, native music and dance, educational displays, activities for children, Saturday, Coupeville (www.penncovewaterfestival.com).
Spirit of West Africa
SAT Music and dance performances from cultures of West Africa, fashion show, African marketplace, Senegalese cuisine, dance workshops, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Seattle Maritime Festival
SAT-SUN Harbor open house, tugboat races. work boat parade, vessel tours, free harbor tours, chowder cook-off, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pier 66 and surrounding area; Family Fun Day Boat Building Championships, Survival Suit Races, vessel tours, kids’ boat building, music, displays, free ship canal boat tours, bounce houses, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Lake Union Park, Seattle (www.seattlepropellerclub.org ).
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
SAT-SUN Large selection of locally grown flowers, Saturday-Sunday, Pike Place Market, Seattle (www.pikeplacemarket.org ).
Remlinger Farms Country Fair
SAT-SUN Opening weekend of the season, farm animals, kiddie rides, steam train, hay jump, pony rides, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; $10.75-$12.95; market and restaurant open daily, Remlinger Farms, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation (425-333-4135 or remlingerfarms.com).
Olympia Wooden Boat Fair
SAT-SUN Display of all types of wooden boats including power, sail, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes, arts and crafts vendors, Food Alley, entertainment, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Percival Landing Park, 217 Thurston Ave. N.W., Olympia (olywoodenboat.org/ ).
Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival
WED-MAY 17 Pet parade, 4:30 p.m. May 15; Kiddies parade, 3:30 p.m., bed races, 6:30 p.m. May 16; Rhody Festival grand parade, 1 p.m. May 17; carnival, May 15-17, Port Townsend (www.rhodyfestival.org).
PLAN AHEAD Viking Village, entertainment, craft and food vendors, road race, parade, May16-18, Poulsbo (vikingfest.org).
Seattle Beer Week
FRI-MAY 16 Beer events at many venues, Seattle (seattlebeerweek.com).
SAT Meat, vegetable and fruit pierogi and other Polish food, beer garden, performances, workshops, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle (polishhome.org).
TUE Beer paired with multicourse tasting menu, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Quinn’s Pub, 1001 E. Pike St., Seattle; $130 (206-325-7711 ).
Seattle Beer Week Brewer’s Dinner
MAY 15 Beer-paired dinner, discussions with Head Brewer and Head Chef, sample special beers, brewery tour, growler with fill of your choice, 6 p.m. May 15, Pyramid Alehouse, Seattle; $50 (sbwbrewersdinner2014.eventbrite.com/).
Nathan Hale High School Plant Sale
SAT Organic vegetable starts, herbs, fuchsia baskets, geraniums, grown by high school students, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nathan Hale High School Greenhouse, 10750 30th Ave. N.E., Seattle (halehs.seattleschools.org).
Soos Creek Botanical Garden spring Plant Sale
FRI-SAT Perennials, ground covers, shrubs, Japanese Maples, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Soos Creek Botanical Garden, 29308 132nd Ave. S.E., Auburn (253-639-0949 or sooscreekbotanicalgarden.org).
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Mother’s Day Sale
FRI-SUN Sale of trilliums, natives, unusual bulbs, ferns, garden art; garden in spring bloom, tours, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, kids’ activities Saturday-Sunday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-1281 or kruckeberg.org/msk ).
King County Iris Society Iris Show
SAT Early Iris show, mostly bearded varieties, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (www.kcis.org ).
Orca School Plant Sale
SAT Veggie starts, berries, herbs, native perennials, shrubs, ground covers, garden art, garden books, music, proceeds support school gardening and education, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Orca K-8 School, 5215 46th Ave. S., Seattle (orcagarden.wordpress.com).
Pine Lake Garden Club Plant Sale
SAT Many plant varieties grown by members, information, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Rd., Sammamish (pinelakegardenclub.org ).
Prince of Peace Plant Sale
SAT Homegrown annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, houseplants, Mother’s Day gifts, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. N.E., Shoreline (206-363-8100 or www.princeofpeaceshoreline.com).
Redmond Garden Club Plant Sale
SAT Perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetable starts, crafts, planters, garden-related yard sale, information, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Redmond Garden Club, 14010 180th Ave. N.E., Redmond (redmondgardenclub.com ).
Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser for the Friends of the Conservatory
SAT Blooming plants including orchids, unusual cactuses, tropical houseplants, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-322-4112 or volunteerparkconservatory.org).
Food grown in your backyard
SAT How to design and construct an organic vegetable garden, 1 p.m. Saturday, Magnolia Library, 2801 34th Ave. W., Seattle; free (206-386-4225).
SAT-SUN Exhibition of Japanese flower arrangements by Sogetsu ikebana artists, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or IkebanaByMegumi.com).
Spring Celebration and Plant Sale
SAT-SUN Plant sale with 30 varieties of lavender, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals from local growers, entertainment, food vendors, “All about Lavender” talk, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Woodinville Lavender, 14223 Woodinville Redmond Road N.E., Redmond (425-398-3785 or www.woodinvillelavender.com/Events.html ).
SAT Techniques for finding African-American ancestors, 10 a.m. Saturday, Pioneer Hall, 1642 43rd Ave. E., Seattle; $5 (206-328-2716 or www.fiskelibrary.org ).
Antique Show and Vintage Trailer Gathering
SAT Farm and Frills antique show with 40 vendors, 25 vintage trailers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; $7 (visitrainier.com).
Redmond Historical Society
SAT Commercial development of Redmond by Buff and Mike Nelson, 60-year local realtors, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; $5 suggested donation (redmondhistoricalsociety.org ).
Mother’s Day events
Mom & Me at the Zoo
SAT Activities for moms and families to celebrate moms of all species, half-price admission for moms, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $11.75-$18.75 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/momandme).
Mother’s Day Weekend
SAT-SUN Music and food in the garden, Garden Nursery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $5-$8, ages 11 and younger and active and retired military with ID free (253-838-4646 or rhodygarden.org).
Moms’ Day, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
SAT-SUN Half-price admission for all moms, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Marvelous Mothers celebrating mothers of every kind, enrichment treats for zoo animals, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $6.75-$17 (www.pdza.org).
Mothers Ride Free at Northwest Railway Museum
SAT-SUN Scenic ride through the Cascade foothills on vintage train to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, mothers ride free accompanied by a paying child of any age, 11 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie; $10-$18 (425-888-3030 or TrainMuseum.org ).
Mother’s Day Open
SAT-SUN Garden in bloom, music, tea in the Garden Room, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, PowellsWood, 430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way; $5, ages 11 and younger free (253-529-1620 or powellswood.org/mothers-day-2014/ ).
Mother’s Day at Falling Water Gardens
SAT-SUN Free plant for mothers, snacks, free pond building class, specials in the giftshop, presentations, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Falling Water Gardens, 17516 SR-203, Monroe; free (360-863-1400 or fallingwatergardens.com).
Mother’s Day at Lakewold Gardens
SAT-SUN Art exhibit, food vendors, garden in bloom, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive, Lakewood; $6-$9 (253-584-4106 or www.lakewoldgardens.org/mothers_day_weekend.html ).
Mother’s Day at the Aquarium
SUN Celebrate animal and human moms, complimentary espresso drink for moms, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org ).
Mother’s Day, Seattle Children’s Museum
SUN Art activity, Mommy and Me Story Time, free admission for moms and mother-figures with at least one child age 10 or younger paying regular admission, per group, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org/mothers-day).
Mother’s Day Social
SUN Open house, light refreshments, music, 1 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org ).
Mother’s Day at Lakewold
SAT-SUN Art exhibit, food vendors, garden in bloom, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive, Lakewood; $6-$9 (253-584-4106 or www.lakewoldgardens.org/mothers_day_weekend.html).
Nature’s Nurturers: A Celebration of Mothers
SUN Celebratory look at wild animal mothers, nature program for all ages, hike the trails, Mother’s Day Tea with sweet and savory fare, 1 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, Bainbridge Island; $10-$20, reservations required (206-855-4384 or islandwood.org/event/natures-nurturers-celebration-mothers ).
Astronomy Day, Pacific Science Center
SAT Science Stage demonstrations, planetarium shows, youth programs, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or pacificsciencecenter.org).
Crafts of the Past, Fort Nisqually
SAT-SUN Displays and demonstrations of crafts of the 1800s, focus on spinning, weaving, knitting, sheep shearing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4-$9 (253) 591-5339 or fortnisqually.org).
$1 Third Thursday, KidsQuest
MAY 15 Discounted admission, 5-8 p.m. May 15, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $1 (kidsquestmuseum.org ).
Northwest Paddling Festival
FRI-SAT Paddlesports retailers and manufacturers displays, market, demonstrations, seminars; sea kayak tours, SUP on-water classes, Northwest Paddling Challenge race, outdoor-related organizations, food trucks, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St., Issaquah; free admission; canoe, kayak and SUP demos, $7; parking requires Discover Pass or $10 (northwestpaddlingfestival.com).
Dragon boat paddling
ONGOING Join paddling crew for 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 seattleflyingdragons.org ).
Bounce House Family Night
FRI Bounce toys for all ages, 6 p.m. Friday, International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; $2 (206-233-0042 ).
SAT Journey through space and time to look back at the infancy of the universe; if the sky is clear, astronomers provide telescopes for stargazing, 8 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org ).
Wild Waves Theme Park
SAT-SUN Thrill rides, kiddie rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and May 17-18, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99, parking $10-$20 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.com ).
Arboretum Flower Power
SUN Casual walking tour featuring flowering plants in blossom, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org).
Adult Enrichment at Mercer Slough: Wetland Wildflowers
SUN Informal Mother’s Day wildflower walk, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565 or www.bellevuewa.gov/mseec.htm).
State Parks Free Day
SUN Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required, Sunday (www.parks.wa.gov ).
Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Pickled Okra bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Left Turn on Blue blues, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (www.thirdplacecommons.org).
Highline Community Symphonic Band
MON Jazz big band concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila; free (www.highlineband.org).
Girls on the Run 5K
SAT Girls on the Run of Puget Sound community run/walk and graduation 5K for program participants, 10 a.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $20-$40 (www.girlsrun.org ).
Run Like A Mother 5k
SUN Flat, scenic course, post race party for all ages, food, kids’ activities, 9 a.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $35-$55 (runlikeamother.com/events/seattle-wa/).
Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K
SUN Run or walk Half Marathon or 5K, finish line festival wine and mimosa garden, 7 a.m. Sunday, Juanita Beach Park, 9703 N.E. Juanita Dr., Kirkland; $40-$75 (momsdayhalfmarathon.com ).
Thrift Store benefit sale
FRI-SAT Half-off sale, proceeds benefit local charities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, 12451 116th Ave. N.E., Kirkland (425-882-1877 or ecathriftshop.org ).
UW Night Market
SAT Student-run market celebrating the spirit of Taiwan with cultural performances, games, vendors including Taiwanese food, cash or presale tickets, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Red Square, University of Washington, Seattle (uwnightmarket.com).
Book sale, Issaquah
SAT-SUN Book bargains to benefit library programs, 10 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-392-5430).
Lake Forest Park Farmers Market
SUN opening day of the season, 9roduce, flowers, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org ).
Mrs. WA/OR International Pageant
SAT Preliminary to the Mrs. International Pageant, women ages 21-54 who have been married at least 6 months compete in judges’ interview, fitness wear and evening gown, 7 p.m. Saturday, IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton; $25-$50 (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/612552).
Camlann Medieval Village
SAT-SUN Low-key portrayal of life in a medieval English village with craft demonstrations, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $5, cash only (425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org).
Beverly Ann White
SUN Practical advice to achieve any realistic dream, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; free (www.beverlyannwhite.com ).
Seattle Central Library 10th Anniversary Celebration
MAY 15-23 Joshua Prince-Ramus, library co-architect, on the impact the library has had on other buildings and public spaces, 7 p.m. May 15; “Authors Gone Wild: A Celebration of Bookish Proportions” music, entertainment, performances, author readings by Seattle7Writers and the band The Rejections, 7 p.m. May 17; 10-year anniversary celebration with music, free cupcakes, commemorative items, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org/central ).
Golf Tournament to benefit Extraordinary Futures
SAT Four-person team scramble, proceeds benefit Extraordinary Futures Program, 8 a.m. Saturday, The Golf Club at Echo Falls, Snohomish; $125 (206-748-7777 or www.3ptproductions.com/golf-tournament-registration).
SAT Walking tour of public art, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.seattlearchitecture.org).
Spring Farm Tour
PLAN AHEAD Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland bus trip to farms in Skagit Valley with focus on technology in Skagit agriculture, 8:30 a.m. May 16, Dike District #3 Headquarters, Mount Vernon; $20-$30 by reservation (360-336-3974 or www.skagitonians.org/).
Walking the Cotswolds
SAT Program on walking routes in England’s Cotswolds, 2 p.m. Saturday, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/fitness).
Rick Steves’ Europe
SAT Travel class, Portugal, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com ).
SAT Exotic India, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
Teen Action Fair
SAT Youth-led celebration with student speakers, learn about volunteer opportunities, find your inspiration to give back, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (gates.ly/teenfair ).
Rattlesnake Ridge Walk
SAT Volkssport 20K (12.4 miles), 13K (8 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) routes on dirt trail to viewpoints, start anytime 8 a.m.-noon, finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Rattlesnake Mt. Trail trailhead, 27580 Winery Road, North Bend; free (fourplushikers.org/).
She’s Geeky Seattle 2014
FRI-SAT Networking conference for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, 8:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $90-$160 (eventbrite.com/e/shes-geeky-seattle-2014-may-9-10-tickets-10999045441 ).
Built Heritage Research Series
SAT Historic Seattle series on primary research materials in archives in Seattle and King County, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, National Archives and Records Administration, 6125 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5-$10/session (historicseattle.org).