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SAT Adoption event for small animals including rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, rats, reptiles, ferrets, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle; adoption fees $15-$40 (206-386-7387 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).
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WED Dan Nelson, author of “Best Hikes With Dogs, Western Washington,” on hikes to take with your dog and tips for sharing the trail, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Kenmore Library, 6531 N.E. 181st St., Kenmore (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org).
Rock the Bike Karaoke Benefit for Bike Works
SAT Karaoke to raise money to make bicycling accessible and affordable to the community; prizes for best performances; 9:30 p.m. Saturday, doors open 8 p.m., Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $10 suggested minimum donation (www.facebook.com/events/1450975845123782/?ref=22
Crab Feed fundraiser dinner and dance
PLAN AHEAD Dinner with crab or other entrees, dessert auction, no-host bar, music; proceeds benefit scholarship fund, 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/513479
Fight For Air Stairclimb
PLAN AHEAD Climb the building’s 40 floors, or more than once for 80, 120 or 160 floors, fundraiser for American Lung Association, 8 a.m. Jan. 25, Rainier Tower, 1301 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$40 plus required fundraising (206-512-3281 or www.ClimbRainierTower.org).
The Stinky Spoke
SAT 18-mile mountain bike poker ride on the statistically worst-weather day of the year; collect playing cards along the way to win a prize; proceeds benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, 9 a.m. Saturday, Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $60 (stinkyspoke.org
How to Buy a Bike
SAT Cascade Bicycle Club presentation on different types of bikes, choosing what suits your needs, 2 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E., Bothell (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org
Emerald City Contra Dance
FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music and 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).
FRI Lesson and dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7-$15, kids free (425-954-5262 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).
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).
Seattle Family Dance
SUN Dance for families with children under age 10 with live traditional music, all dances taught, no experienced needed, 3 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$18 (206-330-7408 or seattledance.org/family
Scottish Country Dance for All
SUN Learn beginner’s dances to live music and get exercise, no experience necessary, bring comfortable shoes, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue; free (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org/programs
Elma Chamber Wine & Seafood Festival
SAT Up to 25 wineries from the Northwest, seafood and other cuisine, vendors, silent auction, entertainment, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Satsop Business Park, 100 Technology Way, Elma; $10-$20 (360-482-3055 or elmachamber.org).
Skagit Eagle Festival
SAT-SUN Information station, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; activities include eagle-watching stations, Marblemount Hatchery tours, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Skagit Eagle Festival Information Station, 45821 Railroad Ave., Concrete (360-853-8784 or www.skagiteaglefestival.com).
Washington Sportsmen’s Show
JAN. 22-26 Family-friendly outdoor-recreation displays, education, vendors, Sport Fishing Boat Show, RVs, attractions include indoor Steelhead River, Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals, Camp Cooking Tent, Kids’ Free Trout Pond; noon-8 p.m. Jan. 22-24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5-$12 (www.thesportshows.com/wss/).
Tacoma Home & Garden Show
JAN. 23-26 Exhibits by hundreds of vendors, how-to seminars, gardens, Vintage Market, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 23-25; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 26, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma; $12, ages 16 and younger free (253-756-2121 or www.otshows.com/ths
Seattle Boat Show
JAN. 24-FEB. 2 Display of more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and accessories, indoors at CenturyLink, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 2; and outdoors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Chandlers Cove, South Lake Union, Seattle; $5-$12, ages 10 and younger free (www.seattleboatshow.com).
JAN 25-26 Meet Mariners players and staff, tour the clubhouse, throw a pitch in the bullpen, zip line, run around the bases, Kids’ Zone, taste of Safeco Field, virtual TV studio, season ticket choose-a-seat, Mariners Care garage sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25-26, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $10, ages 10 and younger free (seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/mariners_fanfest.jsp).
Starting Your Edible Garden
SAT Bill Thorness, author of “Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round,” advice on starting seeds indoors, preparing the beds, season extension techniques, 10 a.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-838-2737 or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Planning for a Vegetable Garden
SAT Workshop to plan and prepare your vegetable garden, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
Benefits of Indoor Plants
SAT Naturopath and botanical expert on which indoor plants most effective for cleaning the air, lowering health risks, 11 a.m. Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html
“Inspiration Is Where You Find It: From Ireland to Enumclaw”
SUN Northwest Perennial Alliance hosts Marianne Binetti on design ideas for your garden from gardens around the world; 1 p.m. Sunday, plant and seed sale at noon, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $10 (425-647-6004 or www.northwestperennialalliance.org/Binetti_lecture.php
UW Botanic Gardens Curator Talks
TUE Ray Larson, Curator of Living Collections, on witch hazels, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Washington Park Arboretum, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg
Backyard Beekeeping 101
WED Introduction to raising your own bees to pollinate your garden and produce honey, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle Tilth Association, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 1, Seattle; $25-$36 (seattletilth.org
Coin and Currency Show
SAT-SUN Boeing Employees’ Coin Club sale, trades and appraisals by 70 dealers, coin and paper money displays, kids’ activities, prize drawings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; free (253-737-6268 or www.seattlebecc.org).
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events
MLK Film Screenings and Dialogue at SAM
FRI Films, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “The Man Who Drove with Mandela,” followed by conversation on ways to volunteer in honor of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change; 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets available, or day of event on space-available basis starting at 6:45 p.m.; the museum, usually closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for the holiday, $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
FRI Seattle Community Colleges host keynote speaker NPR (National Public Radio) correspondent Michele Norris discusses “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (www.seattlecolleges.edu/mlk
Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy planting
SAT Plant trees in the park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks
Youth march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
SAT Seattle Parks and Recreation youth-organized march to celebrate the contribution Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive; march ends at Rainier Community Center for youth talent show and youth group-speak recitation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle; preregister online (206-233-3979 or www.seattle.gov/parks/teens/programs/mlkprogram.htm).
Share the Dream
SUN Concert to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and special guests, 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free freewill offering collected to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300 or www.emergencyfeeding.org).
MLK Unity Party
SUN KEXP hosts DJs for music, dance and celebration in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cause of freedom and equality for all people, for ages 21 and older, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$7 (www.kexp.org/events/details/9176
Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service
SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances feature a theatrical creation, spoken word, African drumming, group singing of civil-rights-era songs, awards for individual long-term service toward social justice, reception with resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (redeemingmlk.blogspot.com/).
MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County
MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/mlkday).
MLK Day of Service
MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (mlkday.gov).
Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast
MON Breakfast honors Seattle leaders with award presentation and keynote speaker Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development, and University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, 7 a.m. Monday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$35; tickets available by phone through Friday or at the door (425-775-3362).
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally, March
MON Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, keynote speaker Aaron Dixon, 11 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Westlake Park for brief outdoor rally, 12:30 p.m., rally approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday (www.mlkseattle.org
Fremont MLK Day of Service
MON Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a Day of Service in the Center with keynote speaker Lake Union District Council Member Ralph Frank Weathers, “I Have a Dream” speech and a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, assemble disaster hygiene kits and welcome baskets for Patrick Place Apartments, earthquake preparedness information, Community Service Volunteer Forum, for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (fremontmlkday.org).
MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum
MON Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, showing of “Sing Your Song,” a film on the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p. m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org
Crossroads MLK Health Fair
MON Performances, health and community information and exhibits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, speakers Bellevue mayor and City Council, 12:15 p.m., Market Stage and South Concourse, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com
MLK Day project, Kirkland
MON Help remove invasive plants, wear waterproof shoes, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m. Monday, Crestwoods Park, 1818 Sixth St., Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org).
University of Puget Sound Martin Luther King Day Celebration
TUE Keynote speaker leader and political activist of the Chicano civil-rights movement Carlos Munoz and other speaker, music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma (www.pugetsound.edu
KidsQuest Children’s Museum activities
FRI-SAT Family adventures in claymation, create a stop-motion animated film, 6 p.m. Friday, $5-$8, preregister; meet the creator of KidsQuest’s giant rubber band ball and learn how to start your own, explore the science of rubber bands, 11 a.m. Saturday, $8-$9 museum admission; Eata and Beats music for kids and families with Johnny Bregar Band, food available, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, $9-$14; KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue (425-637-8100 or kidsquestmuseum.org/).
Family Day at MOHAI
SAT Activities for kids of all ages, magic show, performances, guest appearances, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 12 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org).
Cougar Mountain in the Cold War
SAT Historic photos and replica of the NIKE missile used at Cougar Mountain site during World War II and the 1950s, 10 a.m. Saturday, Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah; free (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org).
Exceptionally Plane People
SAT Historian and educator Barry Latter reveals secrets from the archives of Vickers Supermarine, noon Saturday, Historic Flight Foundation Restoration Center, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo; $8-$12 (425-348-3200 or www.historicflight.org).
Hawaii in Your Own Backyard
SAT-MON Explore sea life of the Hawaiian islands, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Jan. 25-26, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Model Railroad Show
SAT-MON Dozens of highly detailed, creative model railroads scenic layouts, displays and activities, kids’ Iron Horse Railway rides under the arches, IMAX film Rocky Mountain Express adventure of a transcontinental railway, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or pacificsciencecenter.org/Special-Events/model-railroad-show
The Great Big Book Sale
WEDS-JAN. 26 Savings on hundreds of SAM exhibition catalogs and art books, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 26, Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3120 or www.seattleartmuseum.org
FRI Thirty-minute IMAX film on the life of beavers, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; free, reservations required (425-316-8592).
Walk when the moon is full
FRI Guided walk to explore the park like a nocturnal animal, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 7 p.m. Friday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $5, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Deep Forest and Eagle Habitat Experience
FRI-SUN Interpretive walk for all ages to explore eagle habitat on the park’s lower trails along the river in old-growth forest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Jan. 26, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; free, Discover Pass or $10 day pass required for parking Friday-Saturday (360-853-8461 or www.parks.wa.gov/events).
Great Blue Heron
SAT Learn about Project HeronWatch and local heron colonies, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park Visitor Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle; free (www.heronhelpers.org).
Winter Adventure Hike
SAT Easy, 2-mile hike to explore the Rattlesnake Lake area, for all ages, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free, preregister (www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/).
SUN Ancient Tree Species-themed guided walk, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org).
Winter Stories and Crafts
SUN Stories and crafts about local wildlife, for all ages, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free, preregister (www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/).
State Parks Free Day
SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday (www.parks.wa.gov/events
National Parks Free Day
MON Visit National Parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).
Performances at Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Phantoms of Soul blues, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Brian Lee and the Blues Orbiters, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).
Seattle University International Dinner
PLAN AHEAD International cuisine and performances from around the world with “Exploring our Cultural Roots” theme, 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Seattle University Campion Ballroom, Seattle; $20 (www.seattleu.edu/isc/).
Stevens Pass snowshoe walks
SAT Guided snowshoe walks, Junior Snow Ranger, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays; 90-minute guided nature walk to learn about the winter ecosystem, 11 a.m. and 2 -p.m. Saturdays, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station, on Highway 2 east of Skykomish; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-677-2414 or www.stevenspass.com/Stevens/the-mountain/sultan-shuttle.aspx).
Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks
SAT-SUN Depending on weather, guided 1.5-mile, two-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, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park; $4, sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk; reservations available for groups of 10-25 people only (360-569-6575 or www.nps.gov/mora/).
SAT Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur addresses AAUW (American Association of University Women), 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Ave. N., Seattle; $15 (aauw-seattle.org/programs/).
One Year Anniversary of NE Seattle Tool Library
SAT In celebration of our first year, community welcome to display of inventory of 2,500+ tools, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 N.E. 80th St., Seattle; free (206-524-6062 or neseattletoollibrary.org/).
Party On for Progressive Radio
SAT Festive rally to celebrate the future of progressive talk in the Pacific Northwest headlined by national progressive talk-show host Norman Goldman; appetizers, sweets, cash bar, raffles, 7 p.m. Saturday, Impact HUB Seattle, 220 Second Ave. S., Seattle; $19.90 (www.progressiveradionorthwest.org
Elwha River Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project
TUE Short meeting of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation followed by speaker Joshua Chenoweth, head botanist for the natural and managed revegetation of the Elwha River, part of the largest dam removal project in the U.S., 7 p.m. Tuesday, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline; $5 (www.kruckeberg.org).
Historic Seattle annual meeting
JAN. 23 Historic Seattle information about projects and community programs and Frye Art Museum history and tours, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free, donation suggested (www.historicseattle.org
Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase
MON High-school boys basketball tournament, Rainier Beach-O’Dea, Garfield-Franklin, Beamer-Jefferson (Portland), 3 p.m. Monday, doors open 2 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10 (garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/).
King Holiday Hoopfest
MON High-school basketball tournament, seven games and MLK tribute, 11 a.m. Monday, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue; $10.
King Showcase, ShoWare Center
MON High-school girls and boys basketball MLK Day tournament, eight games starting 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m. Monday, ShoWare Center, 625 West James St., Kent; $5-$10 (253-856-6990 or www.showarecenter.com
Sports Star of the Year Awards
WEDS Celebrating the achievements of Washington athletes, coaches, philanthropists and stories of the year, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $25; VIP reception and event, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, $100; Benaroya Hall, Seattle (www.seattlesports.org/site446.php
SAT Informal gathering of women to discuss their travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com
Test Drive a Tour Guide
SAT Slideshow presentations by Rick Steves and his tour guides to learn about independent travel and Steves’ guided tours in Europe, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Edmonds Center for the Arts; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Edmonds Conference Center; 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (www.ricksteves.com).
SAT Tigers and palaces of India, 10 a.m. Saturday; Turkey, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
TUES Presentation on adventure travel in Chile, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com
SAT Seattle Public Utilities event, cars inspected for leaks, information on repairs, 9 a.m. Saturday, South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, preregister, space limited (www.fixcarleaks.org).