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Animal events

Cool City Pets

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

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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


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 (

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 (

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


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 (

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


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

Skandia Dance

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

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

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

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


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

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

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 (

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

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 (

Mariners FanFest

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 (


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

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

“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

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

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 (


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

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

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 (

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

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

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

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 (

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 (

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County

MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (

MLK Day of Service

MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (

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 (

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 (

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

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

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 (

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 (

Museum events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Park events


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

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

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 (

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 (

Arboretum walk

SUN Ancient Tree Species-themed guided walk, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or

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 (

State Parks Free Day

SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday (

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 (


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

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 (

Snow sports

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

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

Special interest

AAUW Brunch

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 (

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

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 (

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 (

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 (


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 (

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

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 (

Travel events

Gutsy Women

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

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 (

Travel seminars

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


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


Auto Leaks

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 (

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