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Backpack Meals for Kids Fundraiser

FRI Silent auction, dessert, music to support Backpack Meals for Kids, 6 p.m. Friday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4315 129th Pl. S.E., Bellevue; free (

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FRI Bingo to benefit senior center and American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 6:45 p.m. Friday, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe; $7 (360-794-6359 or

Grapes for Apes

SAT Taste and buy wine to support Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, home to chimpanzees and advocates for all great apes, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, 11909 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; $15-$20 (

Pawsitive Futures to benefit Pawsitive Alliance

SAT Wine tasting, buffet dinner (vegan/vegetarian), auction, dessert dash, 6 p.m. Saturday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $60 (206-486-4738 or

Stranger than Fiction Pre-Mardi Gras Gala

SAT Come as your favorite author or character (optional), food, cash bar, music, costume contest, to benefit library programs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; $10 (

Stand-Up Against Cancer

SAT Comedy show to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; $12-$18 (

Thomas Jefferson High School RPM Auction

SAT Dinner, auction, 5 p.m. Saturday, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn; $50 (

Seattle Children’s Museum Birthday Celebration

SAT Food, beverages, music, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $100, by reservation (206-441-1768 or

Academy Awards Party

SUN Gay City Health Project and Three Dollar Bill Cinema party, Academy Awards on big screens, appetizers, no-host bar, 4 p.m. Sunday, Fred Wildlife Refuge, 127 E. Boylston, Seattle; $35-$100 (

Walk the Red Carpet for Seattle Children’s Hospital

SUN See the Academy Awards on big screens, wine, appetizers, silent auction, Champagne on our red carpet; for ages 21 and older, 4 p.m. Sunday, The Parlor Collection, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Lincoln Square, Bellevue; $50 (206-987-4876 or

Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award Breakfast

MARCH 6 Proceeds benefit Center for Children & Youth Justice to improve Washington’s foster care and youth justice systems, 7 a.m. March 6, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle; $150 minimum donation requested (206-696-7503 or

Fado Irish Pub St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head-Shaving Event

MARCH 6 Shave your head, volunteer, or donate to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund childhood cancer research, 6 p.m. March 6, Fado Irish Pub, 801 First Ave., Seattle (

Food Truck Cook-Off: An Evening of Food & Philanthropy

MARCH 6 Wine, appetizers, teams prepare dishes based on food truck themes, benefits Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center, 6:30 p.m. March 6, Blue Ribbon Culinary Center, 2501 Fairview Ave E., Seattle; $130-$145 (

Project Grace Guild- Building Hope Event-for Seattle Children’s Hospital

MARCH 7 Auction, dinner, beer and wine, proceeds benefit uncompensated care for Seattle Children’s Hospital, 6 p.m. March 7, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah; $65 (425-681-1292 or

Matt Talbot Center St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

MARCH 9 Irish Week fundraiser to benefit Matt Talbot Center addiction treatment program serving the homeless and mentally ill, 6 p.m. March 9, F.X. McRory’s, 419 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $100 (206-256-9865 or


Blue Heron walk

MARCH 7 Audubon Society provides scopes to view herons at the north end of Kenmore Park and Ride, 11 a.m.-noon; slideshow noon-1 p.m. March 7, Kenmore Library, 6531 N.E. 181st St., Kenmore; free (425-486-8747 or


Youngstown Thrive

SAT Celebrating the eighth year of arts and cultural hub with all-ages event, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 21+ dance party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., food, drink, Youngstown merchandise available; proceeds benefit youth programming, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle; $5-$10 (206-935-2999 or

Bollywood dance

SAT Learn dance moves from Dance with Bollywood Seattle, 2 p.m. Saturday, Foster Library, 4060 S. 144th St., Tukwila; free (425-822-2459 or

Sammamish Kiwanis Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive

SAT Sammamish Kiwanis host dancing with Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra, raffles, silent auction, beer, wine, appetizers, to support several Sammamish nonprofits, 6 p.m. Saturday, EX 3 Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; $15 (


Seattle Golf and Travel Show

FRI-SUN Exhibits by 200 golf and travel businesses on travel destinations, golf, noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$14, ages 12 and younger free (

Food events

Beat the Winter Brews Fest

FRI Local breweries pouring an assortment of beers, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; $25 (425-392-0661 or

Pancake Breakfast

SAT Pancakes, eggs, ham, 8 -11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $4-$5 (425-487-2441 or

Irish Soda Bread Baking Class

SAT Irish Heritage Club baking class with speaker on nutritional value of Irish food, 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Patrick’s Church and Hall, 2702 Broadway E., Seattle; $10, reservations required, space limited (

Snohomish Wine Festival

SAT Taste and buy wine from Washington and Italian wineries, 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second St., Snohomish; $25 (

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham, Scandinavian folk music performances, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, genealogy help available afterward, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 (206-283-1090 or


Green Elephant Plant Swap

SAT Gardeners exchange and share plants, seeds, accessories, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Church of the Holy Cross, 11526 162nd Ave. N.E., Redmond; free (425-223-7249 or

Safe and Healthy Edible Gardening

SAT How to select seeds, fertilize, handle pests, disease and weeds, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Winter Field Day

SAT Grafting and mason bee workshops; pruning demonstrations; presentations on growing apples, fruit for a healthy diet, tours of seven acre Fruit Display Garden with antique apple trees, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Garden, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon; $15/person or $30/family (

Chase Garden

SAT-SUN See early blooming plants including 100,000 snowdrops, plants for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Chase Garden, 16015 264th St E, Orting; $5 (

Terrarium Workshop

SUN Containers and plants available for purchase or bring container, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $20, preregister (206-782-2543 or

Perennial Vegetables & Small Fruits

SUN How to grow asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, artichokes, berries, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or

The Shade Garden

SUN Foliage and flowers to grow in shade, 1 p.m. Sunday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; $8 reservations required (360-466-3821 or


Seattle Miniature Show

SAT-SUN Dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes and exhibits, vendors, classes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Doubletree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; $7, ages 11 and younger free (503-362-6012 or

Museum events

Family Adventures/Evergreen City Ballet

FRI-SAT Family activity, learn about simple circuits to build a robot, 6 p.m. Friday, $7-$10; Evergreen City Ballet performance preview of their upcoming ballet “Tea for Ruby,” workshop of dance basics, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, $8-$13; KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue (425-637-8100 or

Tooth Fairy Day/Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

FRI, SUN Learn about keeping teeth healthy, Tooth Fairy story time, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; Dr. Seuss stories, make green eggs and ham, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or

What Crows Talk About

SAT Observations and images of a community of crows by West Seattle author and photographer Judy Lane; talk, 1-2 p.m., Pop-Up Art Show prints of crows and other birds from the Duwamish area, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or

Free First Thursday, MOHAI

MARCH 6 Admission free, activities for all ages including Atrium Tours and evening performances by musicians from Cornish College of the Arts, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 6, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or

First Thursday, Museum of Flight

MARCH 6 Free admission, 5-9 p.m. only, March 6, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5720 or

First Thursday, SAM

MARCH 6 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 6; reduced admission price to special exhibits, $6-$9, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or

First Thursday, the Burke

MARCH 6 Free museum admission, activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 6, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or

Free Day, the Wing

MARCH 6 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 6, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or

SAAM free day

MARCH 6 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 6, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or

Unearthing Africa’s Crocs, Dinosaurs & Ancient Civilizations

MARCH 7 Journey back in time with National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and University of Chicago professor Paul Sereno, 7 p.m. March 7, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free, preregistration recommended (

Bellevue Arts Museum First Friday

MARCH 7 Free admission, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 7, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue (425-519-0770 or

Polar Science Research Weekend

MARCH 7-9 Activities, exhibits, scientists from the coldest part of the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 8-9, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or

Park events

Lewis Creek Ranger Hike

SAT Join a Ranger to look for signs of local wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild, all ages welcome, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or

Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder

SAT Interactive exhibits, craft stations, science experiments, scavenger hunts, self-guided nature walks for all ages with theme Shifting Landscapes: Geology, Ecology and Climate Change, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours

SAT-SUN Docent-led tour, 2 p.m. every Saturday-Sunday, Visitor Center, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (

Seattle Japanese Garden First Viewing

SUN Opening day of season at 3.5 acre formal garden with plants, trees, water, bridges, waterfalls, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, traditional Shinto blessing at noon; “A Celebration of Spring” photography show, 1-3 p.m., Tateuchi Community Room, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Boulevard E., Seattle; $5-$10; regular hours start Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in March, admission $-$6 (206-684-4725 or

Arboretum Walk

SUN Weekly walk highlights docent guides’ favorite plants, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or

Magnuson Park Camp Fair

TUE Information on a variety of summer camps for all ages at the park, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, The Brig at Magnuson Park, 6344 N.E. 74th St., Seattle (


Music, Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Alice Stuart and the Formerlys blues, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dina Blade jazz, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

Dancing with the Northshore Stars

SAT Six local stars perform with Utah Ballroom Dance Company, help select the winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell; $17-$30 (425-984-2471 or

Tears of Joy Puppet Theater

SAT Steam punk version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Shoreline Community College Campus Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline; $8 (

Seattle Jazz Vespers

SUN Casual, all ages concert with Fathia Atallah Quintet, 6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, Seneca and Harvard Streets, Seattle; free, donations for musicians collected (

Festival of Bands

MON Highline Community Symphonic Band hosts concert with Kennedy Catholic Symphonic Band and Mount Rainier High School Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien; free (


Lake Sammamish Half-Marathon

MARCH 8 Run/walk on smooth gravel surface and pavement, benefits Cascade Challenge providing leadership and outdoor adventure opportunities to youth, 7:30 a.m. March 8, Marymoor Park, Redmond; $55-$75 (


Antiques & Great Finds Sale

SAT-SUN Antiques or old treasures featuring Scandinavian items, item donations accepted to benefit the Club, 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-283-1090 or

Snow sports

Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks

FRI-SUN Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one mile walk through old growth forest, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography outings for photographers for all abilities, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and March 15, 29; Kids in the Snow, 90 minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; $25/half-day and photo hikes (425-434-6111 or

Big Four Ice Cave Snowshoe Walk

SAT-SUN Four-mile, 5-hour snowshoe hike for ages 16 and older in good shape, no snowshoe experience required, 8:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, 11 miles east of Granite Falls, Granite Falls; $20 suggested donation, reservations required (360-436-1155).

Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks

SAT-SUN Guided 1.5 mile, 2 hour walk to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier, for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided or bring your own, 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park; $4 plus snowshoe rental or bring your own, sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk (360-569-6575 or

Snowshoe walks, Mt. Baker Ranger District

SUN Ranger guided snowshoe walks, 10 a.m. Sundays through March 16, Glacier Public Service Center, Mt. Baker Highway 542, Glacier; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-599-9572).

Special interest

Art, Design and Play: Ideas from around the World

MARCH 7-8 Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Waterfront Seattle, artists, designers, historians and advocates explore and discuss the nature of play and how it could effectively be used on Seattle’s developing waterfront, 6-8 p.m. March 7, Seattle Art Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Seattle City Hall, 6 p.m. March 8, Seattle (

Travel events

Solo Travelers

SAT Informal gathering of travelers to share their travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or

Travel classes

SAT Europe Through the Back Door travel class, Belgium and Holland, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or

Travel seminars

SAT Spain’s Camino de Santiago walk, 10 a.m., Croatia, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or


Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

SAT Lecture, demonstration and exhibit by Green Lake Association for Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636).

Built Heritage Research Series

MARCH 8 Historic Seattle eight-session series on primary research materials in archives in Seattle and King County, 10:30 a.m. March 8, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Suzzallo/Allen Library, Seattle; $5-$10 (

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