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Weekend calendar: What's happening, all over Western Washington, this weekend

Animal events Blessing of the Animals SAT Bring your animals, on leash or in carrier, or photos or stuffed animals, to have them blessed...

Animal events

Blessing of the Animals

SAT Bring your animals, on leash or in carrier, or photos or stuffed animals, to have them blessed in honor of St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cascade Playground Park, 333 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-749-7652 or www2.providence.org/kingcounty/facilities/).

Fabulous felines

SAT Seattle Animal Shelter cats available for adoption, $152-$157, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-386-7387).

Catoberfest

SAT Celebration of cats for all ages, with food, crafts, raffle, silent auction, sponsored by South County CATS spay/neuter assistance organization, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; free, donation of canned cat food or non-clumping litter welcome (www.southcountycats.petfinder.org).

Woodland Park Zoo

Fall/Winter programs

ONGOING Willawong Station bird-feeding experience, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, seed sticks $1 each; Zoomazium programs; historic carousel, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8-$11 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).

Benefits

Shuck & Swallow

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Oyster Challenge

THU Shuck and eat team competition, oyster, wine and beer specials, Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums performance; benefits families of fallen firefighters through Seattle's Bravest Charity, 3 p.m. Thursday, McCormick's Fish House, 722 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free admission (206-682-3900 or www.iaff27.org/sbc).

"Ocean" Couture

Fashion Show

FRI Runway show benefiting Seattle Children's hospital, 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $125-$500 (206-245-6996 or www.lulyyang.com).

Primm ABC Child Care Center 40th Anniversary Celebration

FRI Child-care center celebrating 40 years of operations and honoring the achievements of director Fannie Williams, 7 p.m. Friday, New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle; $20 (206-723-2038).

ReWA's 25th Anniversary:

When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move

FRI Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA) 25th anniversary celebratory gala with Mayor Mike McGinn, reception and raffle, cultural performances, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $75 (www.rewa.org).

Fire Ball

SAT Seattle firefighters ball open to the public; dance, dance lesson, silent auction, no-host bar; all proceeds benefit Seattle's Bravest Charity, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cirque Event Center, 131 Taylor Ave. N., Seattle; $75 (206-285-1271 or www.iaff27.org/sbc).

Biking

Overweight and out of shape

SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 20-25 miles, steady-pace city ride with some hills; steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Saturday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (206-522-3222 or cascade.org).

Bike and Bird at the beach

SUN Bike tour with master birder and bakery stop, families and beginning birders welcome, for ages 8 and older, under 16 must be accompanied by adult; bike rental available, 9 a.m. Sunday, Jack Block Shoreline Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; $25, registration required (206-684-7434).

Birding

Bird Lovers Weekend

FRI-SUN Artists' demonstrations, bird-related activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $5-$12 (253-284-4750 or www.museumofglass.org).

Lake Hills birding

SAT Park-ranger walk to discover local birds, how to identify common species, 9 a.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free, preregistration required (425-452-7225 or www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/).

Fall Migration Cruise

SAT Port Townsend Marine Science Center cruise on enclosed motor yacht to Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge to observe birds, 1 p.m. Saturday, Point Hudson Marina, Port Townsend; $50-$55 (800-566-3932 or www.ptmsc.org).

Ridgefield Birdfest

and Bluegrass Festival

SAT-SUN Celebrating the fall migration and return of sandhill cranes; bluegrass music, family activities, birding marketplace, food vendors, bird display, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Davis Park and downtown Ridgefield; Audubon-guided bird walks and bus tours, kayak and canoe tours, photography walks, guided tours of Cathlapotle village archaeological site, Saturday-Sunday, Ridgefield, Clark County; advance registration for some events (www.ridgefieldfriends.org).

Dance

Lake City Contra Dance

THU Live band and caller; beginners workshop, 7:30 p.m., dance, 8 p.m. Thursday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $5-$8, kids and first-time dancers free (206-525-0932 or seattledance.org/contra/lakecity).

Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI No partner necessary, all dances taught, 7 p.m., dancing with live music and caller; request no perfume or other scented products; 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 Octoberfest dance party, ethnic costumes suggested, bring finger food to share, 7:30 -10:30 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (sno-king.org).

Seattle Thrillers

SUN Practice sessions to learn Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video dance to participate in the Oct. 23 global Thrill the World dance, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; free, donations for Seattle Children's hospital and Make-A-Wish Foundation suggested (www.seattlethrillers.com).

Fairs/Festivals

Seattle Home Show 2

FRI-SUN Hundreds of displays of home and garden products; "Meet the Experts" seminars; cooking demos by well-known local chefs; the newest in building products and materials; landscape displays; living green; wine tasting; arts and crafts and home decorating, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$10 (425-467-0960 or www.SeattleHomeShow.com).

Oktoberfest Northwest/

Scandinavian Heritage Fest

FRI-SUN Munich-inspired Festhalle Biergarten with traditional German food, beer, polka bands and other entertainment, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; ages 21 and older only after 7 p.m., Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; free admission 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; $8/after 3 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday; $4/Sunday; ages 12 and younger free all weekend (253-841-5045 or www.oktoberfestnw.com);

• Scandinavian cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, music, food, folk dancing, vendors, craft demonstrations, raffle; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Kelsey Creek Farm Fair

SAT Entertainment by Cowboy Buck, heritage demonstrations by Eastside Heritage Center, tractor-pulled hayrides, 4-H and Kelsey Creek Farm animals, pumpkin decorating, inflatables, pony rides, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kelsey Creek Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; free admission, charges for activities (425-452-7688 or bellevuewa.gov).

Fin Fest

SAT Celebrate the fall return of salmon to Puget Sound with films, art, displays and storytelling, noon Saturday; UW professor David Montgomery on the history of chinook, 4 p.m.; NOAA Fisheries biologist Brad Hanson on orcas and the importance of endangered chinook salmon to the survival of the endangered orcas, 7 p.m. Saturday, Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Ave., Freeland; $5 (360-579-1272 or www.orcanetwork.org/news/events.html).

Taste of Old Russia

SAT-SUN Bazaar, sample foods from Russia/Ukraine, beer and vodka, church tour, books and icons for sale, take out meals, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1714 13th Ave., Seattle; $3-$18 (www.saintnicholascathedral.org/).

Utsav South Asian

Performing Arts Festival

SAT-SUN Traditional and contemporary performing arts of India and neighboring countries, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Harvest Festival

at Country Village

SAT-SUN Fall decorations, pumpkin painting, scarecrow-making contest, arts and crafts, pony rides, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell,com).

Dungeness Crab

and Seafood Festival

SAT-SUN Crab feed, entertainment, vendors, cooking demonstrations, environmental, marine and agricultural exhibits, children's activities, Family Day events Sunday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Port Angeles (crabfestival.org).

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

SAT-SUN Music, German food, arts and crafts, family activities, Bavarian clothing sale, beer, Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 15-16, Leavenworth (www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com).

Fall/Harvest events

Green Your Halloween

Costume Exchange

FRI Redmond Girl Scout Troop costume-recycling event; bring gently used, clean costume and exchange for another donated costume; dress-up items, theater costumes, anything that an infant to 13-year-old could wear for Halloween also accepted; donations of nonperishable food for Hopelink collected; 4-6 p.m. Friday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-868-2811).

Frightfest

FRI-SAT Booville trick-or-treat town for children, 5-7 p.m.; rides, attractions, Scream Factory Haunted House indoor and outdoor maze for ages 12 and older, 5-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 16, Fridays-Sundays Oct. 22-31, Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $34.99-$39.99 (www.wildwaves.com).

Corn Maze at Dr. Maze's Farm

FRI-SUN Pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals, kids' activities, farm stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; flashlight maze nights, until 10 p.m. Fridays- Saturdays, Dr. Maze's Farm, 15410 N.E. 124th St., Redmond; $7/corn maze, $2/hayrides (425-869-9777 or www.drmazesfarm.com).

Fairbank Animal

and Pumpkin Farm

SAT-SUN Farm animals, trail to Pumpkin Land, tiny maze and hay tunnel, harvest theme, nothing scary, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Fairbank Animal and Pumpkin Farm, 15308 52nd Ave. W., Edmonds; $2.50/person admission; pumpkins $1 and up (425-743-3694 or www.fairbankfarm.com).

Remlinger Farms

Fall Harvest Festival

SAT-SUN Family Fun Park with steam train, rides for ages 12 and younger, farm animals, corn maze, pumpkin patch, food, farm market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; Remlinger Farms, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation; $14.16-$16.61 (425-333-4135 or www.remlingerfarms.com).

Camp Korey Fall Festival

SAT-SUN Corn maze, pick-a-pumpkin patch, hay rides, food, activities for kids of all ages, alpacas and ponies, music, proceeds benefit Camp Korey programs to support children with serious and life-threatening illnesses, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Carnation Farm, 28901 N.E. Carnation Farm Road, Carnation; corn maze $7 (425-844-3100 or www.campkorey.org).

Seattle Public Library

Fall Festival

SUN Learn about the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with craft activities, for children ages 5 and older, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Scary Sounds from the Noiseguy for ages 4 and older, 2-3 p.m.; scary story time for ages 4 and older, 2:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).

Serres Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

ONGOING Pumpkins in 8-acre patch, corn maze, 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Serres Farm, 20306 N.E. 50th St., Redmond; corn maze $4/person or $10/family (425-868-3017).

Enciso Family Farms

U-Pick Pumpkins

ONGOING U-pick pumpkins; animals; vintage tractors; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 30, Enciso Family Farm, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton (253-740-2036 or www.encisofamilyfarms.com).

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze

ONGOING Two corn mazes, acres of pumpkins, hayrides, produce stand, 9 a.m.-dusk daily, 277th Street and West Valley Highway, Kent (253-854-5692 or www.carpinito.com).

Mosby Farm Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch

ONGOING Pumpkin patch, corn maze, 10 a.m.-dusk daily, weather permitting, Mosby Farm, 12754 S.E. Green Valley Road, Auburn; corn maze $5-$8 (www.mosbyfarm.com).

Fall City Farms

ONGOING Pumpkin patch, wagon rides, hayrides, music, produce market, noon-6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; bring your own shopping bags; no pets, Fall City Farms, 3636 Neal Road, Fall City (425-222-4553 or www.fallcityfarms.com).

Biringer Farm Pumpkin Country and Corn Maze Adventure

ONGOING Farm Scene Investigations (FSI) corn mazes, $7; trolley to acres of pumpkins, hay-bale maze, kids' activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $3; pony rides on weekends; u-pick pumpkin patch only, free admission, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Biringer Farm Pumpkin Country, 4625 40th Place N.E., Everett (425-259-0255 or www.biringerfarm.com).

Carleton Farm

Pumpkin Patch/Haunted Swamp corn maze

ONGOING Farm store, pumpkin patch, farm animals, corn maze, 9 a.m.-dusk daily; hayrides, pumpkin cannon, Saturdays-Sundays; haunted corn maze for ages 12 and older, 7-11 p.m. or until sold out Fridays-Saturdays; no pets allowed, Carleton Farm, 830 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E., Everett; maze $4.50-$6.50; night maze $13 (425-334-2297 or www.carletonfarm.com).

Craven Farm Pumpkin Patch

ONGOING Pick your pumpkin from 20-acre field, farm animals, corn maze, Harvest Market produce and gift shop, 9:30 a.m.-dusk daily; tractor-drawn hayrides, weather permitting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Craven Farm, 13817 Short School Road, Snohomish (360-568-2601 or www.cravenfarm.com).

Farm at Swan's Trail Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch

ONGOING Corn maze, petting farm, story trail, hay maze, pumpkin patch, cafe on weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Swan's Trail Farm, 7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish; free admission, fees for some activities (425-334-4124 or www.thefarm1.com).

Bob's Corn and Pumpkin Farm

ONGOING Pumpkin patch, country store, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; corn maze, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $6-$10, Bob's Corn, 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish (360-668-2506 or www.bobscorn.net).

Pumpkin sale

to benefit food bank

ONGOING All proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit Snohomish Food Bank, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Machias Nursery, 3730 S. Machias Road, Snohomish (425-335-3915).

Foster's Pumpkins & Spooktacular Corn Maze

ONGOING Charlie Brown's Giant Pumpkin Patch, Spooktacular Corn Maze ($5.50 per person/ages 3 and younger free), kids' hay maze, wagon rides, pumpkin slingshot, gift barn, animal farm, cider, berry pies, fall nursery items, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Foster's Produce and Corn Maze, 5818 SR 530 N.E., Arlington (360-435-6516 or www.fosterscornmaze.com).

Gordon Skagit Farms

ONGOING Autumn market stand celebrates Halloween and the fall season with heirloom pumpkins, squash, apples, cider, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 9 a.m. Friday, Gordon Skagit Farms, 15598 McLean Road, Mount Vernon (360-424-0363 or www.gordonskagitfarms.com).

Food events

Ivar's Food and Wine Adventures

THU Wine selections from Milbrandt Vineyards paired with Northwest fare, 5 p.m. Thursday, Ivar's Acres of Clams, 1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle; $20-$25 (206-624-6852 or www.ivars.com/).

Tour Dinner

FRI Reception, dinner by award-winning chefs, wine pairings, 7 p.m. Friday, Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $130-$150 (www.celebritycheftour.com/events/seattle.html).

Celebrate Woodinville Wines

SAT Eight wineries on-site, how to harvest and preserve herbs, outdoor fall container demonstration, 2 p.m. Saturday, Molbak's, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; $10-$15 (425-483-5000 or molbaks.com/">www.molbaks.com).

Oktoberfest Dinner

SAT Oktoberfest celebration with music, bratwurst and hot German potato meal or traditional steak, salmon, or chicken, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation; $15 (425-333-4152 or snovalleyseniors.org).

Fall celebration

SAT Social hour, 5 p.m., bratwurst, German potato salad, red cabbage, apple strudel dinner with beer, wine, live polka band; proceeds benefit restoration of the hall, 5 p.m. Saturday, Danish Hall, 1708 Porter St., Enumclaw; $35 (425-432-1510).

Food University Culinary Tour

SUN Pacific Northwest top chefs cooking tips, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ikea, 600 S.W. 43rd St., Renton; free (www.myfoodu.com/).

Gardening

Drawing & Painting Wildflowers

THU Presentation by botanical artist Linda Ann Vorobik, 7 p.m. Thursday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free (206-527-3210 or www.wnps.org/cps/schedle.html).

Tour of Seattle P-Patches

SAT Van tour to visit community gardens in Seattle neighborhoods, Central, 1-3 p.m. Saturday; Central Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S. Jackson St., Seattle; free, reservations required (206-386-4123 or www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/tour.htm).

Dahlias

SAT Lecture on to how to store tubers, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, King County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th Street, Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Sky Nursery-Harvest Fest

SAT Fall decorating tips, treats, animals, kids' activities, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline (206-545-6485 or skynursery.com).

Going Batty

SAT Bats Northwest on common species of bats, tips on how to coexist with them in your yard, 10 a.m. Saturday, Molbak's, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or molbaks.com).

Dunn Gardens

Fall Foliage Festival

SUN Tours, silent auction, cider, chestnut roasting, blown-glass pumpkins, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dunn Gardens, 13533 Northshire Road N.W., Shoreline; $20 suggested donation (206-362-0933 or www.dunngardens.org).

Hiking

Mountainfilm on Tour Seattle

THU-SAT Outdoors for All Foundation, Mountainfilm on Tour and First Ascent/Eddie Bauer award winning films and climbing legends Ed Viesturs, Jim Whittaker and Leif Whittaker, different films each night; Saturday film Bag It with guest speaker and local artist Chris Jordan; 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, doors open 6 p.m. Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-838-6030 or www.outdoorsforall.org/).

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

FRI, SUN Dogs-welcome 3-5 mile hike, 10 a.m. Friday; Tiger Mountain 3-4 mile hike and trail work, bring work gloves and pruners, 10 a.m. Sunday; daypack, water, food, rain gear, hiking shoes/boots required, dogs on specified dog walks only, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, First and Bush Streets, Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org).

Hobbies

Viking Cars, Viking Boat, Viking Bank

SAT Celebrate Leif Erikson Day with vintage Swedish cars and the Nordic Heritage Museum's Viking Boat in Viking Bank parking lot, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Viking Bank, 2237 N.W. 57th St, Seattle; free (206-778-1081 or leiferikson.org).

Leif Erikson Day

Dinner & Program

SAT Leif Erikson Day smorgasbord dinner and program by Viking museum curator from Iceland, Elisabeth Ward, on archaeological research "Sailing Into the Afterlife: The Viking Burial Tradition," 6 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $35 (206-778-1081 or leiferikson.org).

Redmond Historical Society Monthly Meeting

SAT Program on proposed tourist train from Redmond to Woodinville, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; free (425-885-2919 or www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org).

Healing Hearts Psychic Fair

SAT Psychics and healers, tarot, channeling, aura readings, massage, reiki, entertainment, vendors; donations benefit Healing Hearts Fund, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Bremerton Masonic Temple, 875 Fifth St., Bremerton; fees for services (tinyurl.com/3aeufl5).

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

SAT-SUN Used, rare, collectible and out-of-print books, maps, posters, prints, photography, comics and ephemera by 100 exhibitors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $5 (206-323-3999 or www.seattlebookfair.com).

Rocktoberfest Gem

and Mineral Show

SAT-SUN Marysville Rock and Gem Club exhibits, demonstrations, sale, door prizes, food service, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Totem Middle School, Seventh Street and State Avenue, Marysville (425-238-8222 or sites.google.com/site/marysvillerockngemclub/).

Fall Mushroom Show

SUN Display of more than 150 wild mushroom species, bring in your own mushrooms for experts to identify, demonstrations on cultivation, sales of arts and crafts, T-shirts, books, mushroom dehydrator demonstration, for all ages, sponsored by the Snohomish County Mycological Society, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Forest Park, 802 Mukilteo Blvd., Everett; free (www.scmsfungi.org).

Museum events

Fire Safety at MOHAI

THU Story times with firefighters, demonstration by arson dog, fire safety activities for kids, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).

First Thursday at SAM

THU Free admission, tours, music, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

First Thursday, Northwest African American Museum

THU Exhibits illustrating the history, culture and art of the region's African-American community, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free first and second Thursdays (206-267-1823 or naamnw.org).

First Thursday,

Burke Museum

THU Free admission Thursday, "Life and Times of Washington State," "Pacific Voices," 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590).

First Thursday, MOHAI

THU Free admission, exhibits include artifacts and exhibits on the growth of the Puget Sound region, Seattle in the 1880s, Great Seattle Fire; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).

First Thursday,

Museum of Flight

THU Free admission, Astronomy Day with planetarium program, information from local astronomy clubs, 5-9 p.m. Thursday; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; regular admission $7.50-$14 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).

First Thursday,

Wing Luke Asian Museum

THU The history, culture and art of Seattle's Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian communities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 719 S. King St., Seattle; free (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org).

First Thursday,

Asian Art Museum

THU Art from China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries, free admission 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

Free First Thursday at KiDiMu

THU Free-admission day, discover a variety of hands-on exhibits, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Kids Discovery Museum, State Route 305 and Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island (206-855-4650 or www.kidimu.org).

KidsQuest

Children's Museum

FRI Indoor treehouse, garage workshop, waterways activities, free admission 5-8 p.m. Fridays, Factoria Mall, 4091 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue (425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org).

Picasso at SAM

FRI-JAN. 17 More than 150 extraordinary paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs from virtually every phase of Picasso's legendary career, from the collection of the Musée National Picasso in Paris, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday; regular hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Jan. 17; Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $18-23, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org);

• Free tickets for the first 100 guests wearing blue Friday through Monday;

• Derrick Cartwright, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, and Chiyo Ishikawa, Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at SAM, talk about the women in Picasso's life and how they impacted the artist's work and legacy, 7 p.m. Friday, $5-$10;

• Guided tours of the exhibit, 1 and 2 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday;

• Discounted admission 5-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, $15-$20.

Museum of Flight events

SAT Airline Collectibles Show and sale from hundreds of collectors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, admission $6 or $4/ages 6-15, includes $2 off museum admission; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $8-$15 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org);

• Museum of Flight Library Book Sale with low prices on thousands of books, magazines, posters and memorabilia, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday;

• "China Clipper, Pan American Airways and Popular Culture" lecture and presentation on luxurious air travel in the 1930s and 40s, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Boo Bash with

Caspar Babypants

SAT Caspar Babypants singalong songs for kids and adults, explore the Museum; doors open at 5:30 p.m., music 6:15-7 p.m., museum open until 8 p.m. Saturday, KidsQuest Children's Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $8-$10 (425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org).

Family Day: Crazy Quilts

SAT Exploration of quilting with demonstrations and activities for all ages, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $1-$2 (253-288-7433 or wrvmuseum.org).

Frye Art Museum new hours

ONGOING Art museum open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays, closed Mondays, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250).

Mindbender Mansion

ONGOING Puzzles, brainteasers and interactive math, science, technology challenges for adults and children, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (closed Tuesdays), through Jan. 2, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $7-$14 (206-443-2001 or www.pacsci.org).

Paddle sports

Experience Rowing with

Lake Washington Rowing Club

SAT Crash course in rowing in 3 hours, rowing machines (ergometers) and onto Lake Union in an 8-person team boat, for ages 18 and older, 9 a.m. Saturday, Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $35 (206-547-1583 or lakewashingtonrowing.com/classes/).

Park events

Tiny Wonders Super Saturday

SAT Explore nature's details through microscopes, enlarged photos, games, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org);

• Tiny Wonders 1-2 mile hike, using a magnifying glass to look at park plants and insects, noon Saturday, $3-$4.

Family Movie:

The Secret World of Bats

SAT Movie for all ages, under age of 12 must be accompanied by adult, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-6885 or myparksandrecreation.com).

Kukutali Preserve

SAT Swinomish Tribe and Washington State Parks guided tour of the island's forests, meadows and shorelines of the area previously known as Kiket Island, Skagit County, 9 and 11 a.m. Saturdays, by van ride to site; free, reservations required (360-661-0682).

Lewis Creek 5 K Walk

SUN Family walk to see colors of fall, 10 a.m. Sunday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-7106 or bellevuewa.gov).

Performances

Folklife Flavor Release Party

SAT Official release of "Clusters of Folk" ice cream with cinnamon and granola, family-friendly performances by The Not-It's! and Caulfield and his Magical Violin; a portion of the Clusters of Folk ice cream sales benefit Northwest Folklife, noon-2 p.m., Full Tilt Ice Cream, 9629 16th Ave S.W., Seattle; free (206-684-7300 or www.nwfolklife.org/).

"The Garden"

SAT Explore urban agriculture; showing of Oscar-nominated documentary "The Garden," gardening panel discussion with representatives from the Seattle City Council, Urban Garden Share, Seattle Tilth, Urban Land Army and the Seattle University Grounds Department, musical performance from the Seattle Fandango Project, 7 p.m. Saturday, Seattle University Pigott Auditorium, 1016 E. Marion St., Seattle; $9.99 (thegardenseattle.org).

Circus of Dreams

SAT-SUN Aerial arts shows to benefit Seattle Children's pediatric brain-tumor research, 4 p.m. Saturday, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$100 (206-882-0632 or www.circusofdreams.org).

Running

Pace Race Kirkland

SUN Scenic 10K run through Kirkland neighborhoods, 5K run/walk along the shores of Lake Washington, 1-mile Fitness Walk, Kids Run, supports the Prostate Conditions Education Council's education about and treatment of prostate cancer, 9 a.m. Sunday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; $30-$40 (425-821-4301 or www.paceracewa.org).

Sales/Shopping

Kids Clothing

and Equipment Sale

SAT Families of Multiples' gently used kid and baby clothing and equipment, cash and local checks only, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aurora Church of the Nazarene, 1900 N. 175th St., Shoreline (seattlemultiples.org).

Fall Children's Clothing

and Equipment Sale

SAT New and gently used children's clothing and equipment sale, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood; free (snomoms.org).

Collectible books and movies

SAT Collectible books, music, movies at bargain prices to benefit the library, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. day Saturday, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E., Renton (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org).

Special interest

Washington State

Book Awards

FRI Washington State Book Awards ceremony, recognizing six outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2009, 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (www.spl.org).

Sports

Professional Bull Riders

SAT-SUN Bull-riding show, rodeo, for all ages, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $12-$47 (253-856-6999 or www.showarecenter.com).

Tours

Seattle Architecture Foundation

THU-SAT Walking tours from Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle, unless noted otherwise; $15-$20, preregister (800-838-3006 or www.seattlearchitecture.org);

• Design Details, including the Smith Tower's Chinese Room and Observation Deck, 10 a.m. Thursday;

• Architecture Greatest Hits, 10 a.m. Friday;

• Art + Architecture, 10 a.m. Saturday.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

SAT Motor-coach day trip to Leavenworth Oktoberfest, Saturday from Seattle and Bellevue; $77 (800-888-2535 or www.clippervacations.com)

Market Ghost Tours

ONGOING Night tours with stories, history, legends, 5 and 7 p.m. daily; also 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 93 Pike St., Seattle; $15, ages 9 and younger free on 5 p.m. tours; tickets available online, at the tour and at The Seattle Shirt Company at First Avenue and Pike Street (www.seattleghost.com).

Travel events

Savvy Travel seminars

SAT Patagonia and Beyond: Chile and Argentina, 10 a.m. Saturday; Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required, space limited (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).

Europe Through

the Back Door

SAT Basque region of Spain and France, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303, ext. 298 or www.ricksteves.com).

Visual arts

Seattle Art Walk

THU First Thursday preview of new shows at art galleries, 6 p.m. today, Pioneer Square neighborhood, Seattle (pioneersquare.org).

Sammamish Art Fair

SAT-SUN Jury-selected local artists, meet the artists and learn about their creative process, original paintings, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic art, various glass arts, ceramics, woodcarving, textile art for sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Place S.E., Sammamish; free (sammamishartfair.wordpress.com/).

Volunteer

Global Work Party at

Maple School Natural Area

SUN Habitat restoration, tools and refreshments provided, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Maple School Natural Area, 18th Avenue South and South Lucile Street, Seattle; free (www.350.org/maple-school-ravine-natural-area-invasive-plant-removal).

Eastside Audubon work party

SAT Part of 350.org worldwide activities to raise awareness about global warming, help with ongoing native plantings and other park improvements with Eastside Audubon, bring gloves, water, snack, 9 a.m.-noon, 9 a.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park Meadow Kiosk (parking lot G), 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; free parking pass provided (www.eastsideaudubon.org).

Ronald Bog Restoration

SUN Help remove invasive species and plant native species at 10 a.m.-noon work party, celebration with music, food, noon Sunday, Ronald Bog Park, 2301 N. 175th St., Shoreline (www.350.org/ronald-bog-park-restoration).

Duwamish Alive

SAT Habitat-restoration projects at 12 sites along the Duwamish River, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Tukwila; register online (www.duwamishalive.org).

Soos Creek Park Restoration

SAT Sierra Club South King County Group and Friends of Soos Creek Park habitat-restoration event, come any time and work as long as you like removing invasive plants and planting native species; bring gloves, boots, and work clothes, loppers, pruners, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Soos Creek Park, Southeast 208th Street and 136th Avenue Southeast, Kent (washington.sierraclub.org/southkingcounty/calendar.htm).

Wake Up for Wapato

SAT Friends of Wapato Lake hands-on activities to demonstrate the work that's being done at the lake, 10 a.m. Saturday, Wapato Lake Park, 6802 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma (253-305-1014 or www.metroparkstacoma.org/friendsofwapatolake).

Workshops

Beginning

Urban Chicken Keeping

SAT Introduction to keeping chickens in the city, 11 a.m. Saturday, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle; $25, preregister (206-386-1919 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

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