Animal events

Bamboo Forest Reserve Opening Celebration

SAT Grand opening of new exhibit of tropical Asia with Asian small-clawed otters, songbirds, sloth bear cubs, kids’ nature play area, special events including keeper talks, crafts, bouncy houses, music and Radio Disney activities for kids, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; gates open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., grounds open until 7 p.m. daily, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $11.75-$18.75 (206-548-2500 or

Average Joe Cat Show

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SAT Awards for cats, cat photo contest, vendors, cat behavior experts, cat and kitten adoptions, kid’s activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Spartan Recreation Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $5/person or $12/family (360-652-9611 or

Puyallup Pups & Purrs pet adoption event

SUN More than 100 dogs and cats for adoption, noon; free workshop by reservation to help decide what type of pet is best for you, 10 a.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 10309 156th St. E., Puyallup (


Taste for a Cure

FRI Wine procurement party, sampling of Northwest wines, food, entertainment to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Hutch Holiday Gala, 6 p.m. Friday, Hotel 1000, Seattle; $50-$60 (206-667-6680 or

Etta Projects 10-Year Anniversary Auction Celebration

SAT Entertainment, food, auction to benefit sustainable solutions to poverty in Bolivia, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard. S.W., Lakewood; $65 (

Fight for Air Walk

SUN American Lung Association in Washington 2.5-mile walk, games, contests, doggy parade, to fight lung disease, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$35, ages 12 and younger free, suggested fundraising goal $100 (206-512-3281 or

Walk for Water

SUN Women’s Enterprises walk to experience a Kenyan woman’s daily search of water on routes from 2.5 to 10 miles with cultural experiences, African music, snacks; proceeds help bring water supplies to villages, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $15-$25 (

Alzheimer’s Association A Reason to Hope Breakfast

WED Learn about and support the Alzheimer’s Association, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle; contribution requested (206-529-3865 or

YWCA Snohomish Inspire Luncheon

May 9 Keynote speaker Elizabeth Gilbert, author of memoirs, “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Committed;” noon May 9, Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett; $150 (

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Benefit Luncheon

PLAN AHEAD CCFA Northwest Region celebrates inspiring patients, help raise research funds, 11:30 a.m. May 10, Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle; $150 suggested donation (

Kirkland Chamber Auction & Gala

PLAN AHEAD Hollywood themed performances, dancing, auction, food, to benefit Studio East youth performing arts, 6 p.m. May 10, Inglewood Golf Club, Kenmore; $100-$150 (425-822-7066 or

The Chorus Rocks

PLAN AHEAD Music, appetizers, wine, auction to benefit Northwest Chamber Chorus, 6 p.m. May 11, Mount Baker Community Club, Seattle; $60 (206-523-1196 or


Sound Cycling

SAT-SUN How to get started biking in Seattle, 2 p.m. Saturday, Montlake Library, 2401 24th Ave. E., Seattle (206-684-4720); how to get where you need to go by bicycle, 2 p.m. Sunday, Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle (206-684-4711); free, no registration required (

Bicycle Sunday

SUN Scenic boulevard closed to motor vehicles, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park, Seattle (206-684-4075 or


Discovery Park bird tour

SAT Walk to discover park birds, bring binoculars if you have them, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3 (206-386-4236 or

Birding Basics/Family bird walk

SAT Field identification, binocular and scope selection, walk learning to spot and ID birds, for ages 10 to adult, 8 a.m. Saturday, $3-$5 (; family bird walk with activities for ages 5 to 10, 1 p.m. Saturday, free (, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; preregister (206-652-2444

Spring Migrations

SAT Stories of migratory birds, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225 or


Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day

SAT Windermere Cup crew races with amateur, high school and college teams, 9:55-11:40 a.m.; parade of decorated boats with “Hawaiian Magic” theme, noon Saturday, Montlake Cut, Seattle (

Mukilteo Yacht Club Opening Day

SAT Blessing of the fleet, decorated boat parade with “Finding Nemo” theme, noon Saturday, from Port of Everett to Mukilteo Lighthouse and back (

Opening Day Boat Parade, La Conner

SAT All boaters welcome, 3 p.m. Saturday, Swinomish Yacht Club, North First Street, La Conner; free (


Skandia dance

FRI Folk dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., dancing to live music, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 kids free (206-784-7470 or

Lifelong Recreation Dance

TUE Seattle Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation Program for 50s+ dance for seniors to tunes of 1930s-’50s, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle; $4 (206-935-2162).


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

SAT Music and dance performances, children’s activities, crafts and Mexican food vendors, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle; free, call to register (206-957-4605 or

Taco Truck Challenge and Fiesta 5K Ole

SAT 5K fun run/walk, 9:30 a.m.; family area, beer and margarita garden for ages 21 and older with ID, food trucks featuring tacos and taco themed items, entertainment, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle; $33-$40/run, beer garden free for run participants, $5/non-runners (

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

SUN Asian-Pacific Islander visual arts, performances including martial arts, youth drill teams, Taiko drumming, music and dance, 11:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or

Celebrate Israel @ 65

SUN Explore Israel and celebrate its 65th anniversary, culture and traditions, food demonstrations, art activities, music, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free (206-232-7115 or

Food events

Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk

FRI Music, art events, wine tasting at several locations on Front Street, 5 p.m. Friday, Hailstone Feed store, 232 Front St., Issaquah; $20-$25 (425-391-1112 or

Double Vision Wine Release Party

SAT Double Vision wine paired with appetizers, noon Saturday, Woodinville Wine Cellars, 17721 132nd Avenue N.E., Woodinville; free (425-481-8860 or

Dining at Downton Abbey

SAT Food historian explains the manners, menu and accouterments of a formal dinner 100 years ago, 1 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; free (425-885-1861 or

Olympic Peninsula Wineries

SAT-SUN New wine releases and ciders paired with cheeses, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at eight wineries in Port Townsend, Sequim and other locations; $5-$30 (800-785-5495 or

Swedish Pancakes

SUN Pancakes, ham, beverages, music and folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 (206-283-1090 or

Seattle Chocolate Salon

SUN Chocolate tasting, chef demonstrations, speakers, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle; $10-$20 (


Dahlia tuber sale

FRI-SAT Puget Sound Dahlia Association sale of thousands of tubers, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave N.E., Seattle (

Spring into Gardening

FRI-SAT Annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, garden art; proceeds benefit Sno-Valley Senior Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Remlinger Farms, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation (425-333-4152 or

Broadview Garden Club Plant Sale

SAT Perennials, annuals, vegetables, native plants, information, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Broadview-Thomson Elementary School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-954-0321).

Kubota Garden Spring Plant Sale

SAT Evergreen and deciduous trees including varieties for containers, information, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Kubota Garden Park, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle (206-725-5060 or

Black Diamond Library Spring Plant Sale

SAT Native plants, perennials, ground covers, proceeds benefit the library, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond (360-886-1105 or

Creating Habitat Features in the Landscape

SAT Native Plant Appreciation walk around the nursery and surrounding fields and woods, ways to support animals, birds and insects, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Tadpole Haven Native Plants, 20322 197th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; free (425-788-6100 or

Master Gardener Plant Sale

SAT-SUN Huge selection of vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, perennials, trees, shrubs, native plants by Master Gardeners and several vendors, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; Preview Party and sale with wine, food, 3:30 p.m. Friday, $35 by reservation; Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle (

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale

SAT-SUN Sale of local, organic vegetable, herb and edible flower plant starts, proceeds support Seattle Tilth education programs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Meridian Park, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-633-0451 or

Spring Color and Entertainment Weekend

SAT-SUN Seminars including garden color year-round, 10 a.m. Saturday; color with annuals, noon Saturday; plant clinic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Ciscoe’s favorite perennials and shrubs for color, 11 a.m. Sunday; author talks and book signings, demonstrations, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or

Nathan Hale High School Spring Plant Sale

TUE-MAY 11 Organic vegetable starts, fuchsia baskets, tomatoes, bedding plants grown by horticulture students, 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and May 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11, Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave. N.E., Seattle (


Issaquah Alps Club

SAT North Bend Cedar Butte easy 5 miles with 900-foot elevation gain, 9 a.m. Saturday; Echo Mountain easy, slow-pace 5-mile flower hike, 9:30 a.m. May 10; water, food, daypack, hiking footwear required, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (

Blakely Harbor Park Walk

SAT Volkssport 10K (6.2 mile) walk on trail and waterfront promenade, start anytime 8 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 5 p.m. Saturday, Blakely Harbor Park, Bainbridge Island (

Quiet Water: Wetland Ecology

PLAN AHEAD Hike to explore wetland habitat, includes rugged terrain, for adults only, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend; $15 (206-733-9421 or 425-831-6780 or


Puyallup RV Show

FRI-SUN RV and manufactured display and sale, campground information, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $7-$10, ages 12 and younger free (253-541-5045 or

Red Square Car Show

SAT Sigma Phi Epsilon car show to benefit PAWS, 1 p.m. Saturday, Red Square, University of Washington, Seattle; free (

Free Comic Book Day

SAT National free giveaway of a variety of comic books for all ages, The Comic Stop, 1307 N.E. 45th St., Seattle (206-632-0989) and 16444 N.E. 74th St., Redmond (425-760-4230); Golden Age Collectables, Pike Place Market, Seattle (206-622-9799); Zanadu Comics, 1923 Third Ave., Seattle (206-443-1316); Comic Dungeon, 319 N.E. 45th St., Seattle (206-545-8373); Arcane Comics, 5809 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-781-4875); Dreamstrands Comics, 115 N. 85th St., Seattle (206-297-3737); Alter Ego Comics, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-643-9222); Bel-Kirk Stamp, Coin & Comics, 11232 120th Ave. N.E., Kirkland (425-827-4790); more information and locations (

Free Comic Book Day, Federal Way Library

SAT Free comic books, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S., Federal Way (253-838-3668 or

Free Comic Book Day, Shoreline Library

SAT Free comic books while supplies last, meet Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline (206-362-7550 or

Free Comic Book Day, Auburn

SAT Free comic books while supplies last, 1 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn; (253-931-3018 or

NW Decoy Show

SAT NW Decoy Collectors display and sale of decoys and hunting related items, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Coast Hotel, 625 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (206-963-8800).

Introduction to Bird Photography

SUN Eastside Audubon on gear, places and techniques using your digital SLR, 10 a.m. Sunday, Omega Photo, 210 105th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; $30 (425-455-2126 or

Weaving Class

SUN Swedish weaving class for all levels, 10 a.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-283-1090 or

Museum events

DIY History Workshop: Oral History

SAT Technology and topics for documenting family history for memoir, film, or podcast, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-324-1126 or

A Festival for May

SAT-SUN Medieval holiday celebration with craft demonstrations and vendors, entertainment, dancing, noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Bors Hede inn open for lunch, noon-3:30 p.m., no reservations required, May Feast, 6 p.m. by reservation ($45), Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $4-$6 (425-788-8624 or

Edmonds Historical Museum reopens

SAT-SUN Museum reopens after remodeling featuring exhibits including “Growing Season: Farming in Snohomish County,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; regular hours 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds; $2-$5 (

Arty Party

SUN Art adventures and activities for kids, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., family concert with Caspar Babypants, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10, free for children (206-543-2280

Park events

The Nature of Green Lake

SAT Guided walk around the lake to discover natural features, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or

Wildflower Walk

SAT Learn about local wildflowers, children welcome with adult, 3 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or

Lincoln Park Sunset Hike

SAT Evening hike to learn about nature, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $10-$15, preregister (206-932-7225 or

Botany Walk, Bridle Trails State Park

SAT Nature walk to learn about the plants of this natural area, 9 a.m. Saturday, Bridle Trails State Park, Northeast 53rd Street and 116th Avenue Northeast, Kirkland; free, preregister (425-827-6595 or

Banana Slug Hunt and Round-up at Camp Long

SUN Look for slugs, salamanders, spiders, butterflies, nettles, trilliums, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $10-$15, preregister (206-932-7225 or

Mercer’s Minnows

SUN Ranger program to learn about minnows and watersheds, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).


Regional Native Program

SAT Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians and the Blue Heron Heritage Family Organizations dancers, drummers, storytelling and puppet show, 1 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; free, donation to support the Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum requested (253-854-4330 or

Celebration of French music

SAT Jazz concert for children and families, 1 p.m. Saturday, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah; free (425-392-5430 or

Legend, Song and Dance from Hawaii

SAT Storytelling, hula dance performances, 2 p.m. Saturday, Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-386-1908 or

Jazz Vespers

SUN Casual, all ages concert featuring Bluestreet Jazz Voices, 6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, no reservations required; free will offering collected for musicians (

Northwest Scottish Fiddlers

SUN Traditional Scottish music and dancing, 2 p.m. Sunday, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8000).


Artists Collective Show

FRI-SAT Glass art, paintings, cards, photography to benefit Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, AdLib Studio, 8798 N. Mercer Way, Mercer Island (

Rummage Sale

FRI-SAT Housewares, toys, tools, furniture, antiques, sporting goods, electronics, books, clothes, collectibles; presale, 6-8 p.m. Friday, $10 admission; sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (

Rummage Sale Extravaganza

FRI-SUN Furniture, estate jewelry, antiques, books, art, linens, sports, garden, tools, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of Bellevue, 1934 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-869-2585 or

Moshier Pottery Sale

SAT Handmade mugs, bowls, garden art, jewelry, planters, cash or checks accepted, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S. 156th St., Burien (206-988-3700 or

Friends of Skyway Library book sale

SAT Book bargains, proceeds benefit library programs and activities, 10 a.m. Saturday, Skyway Library, 7614 S. 126th St., Seattle (206-772-5541 or

Cottage Bakers Market

SAT Local bakers sell handmade specialty sweets, breads, traditional and gluten-free, vegan-friendly and Paleo diet-inspired baked goods and foods, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and May 11, Northwest Art Center, 9825 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue (

Girls’ Night Out

MAY 9 Shopping, food, store promotions, sales, refreshments, noon-9 p.m. May 9, Bainbridge; $10 (206-842-2982 or

Special interest

Cinco de Mayo, Northgate Community Center

FRI Party, food, piñata, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $5-$20 preregister (206-386-4283 or

Fremont Shotgun Wedding

SAT Community celebration, couples get married or renew their vows in a festive environment, couples sign up to participate, public welcome to attend, noon Saturday, Wine Tea Chocolate, 3417 Evanston Ave. N. #102, Seattle; free (206-372-4747 or

May Day

SAT Celebration of international working-class holiday, gumbo feast, 6 p.m.; program “Clara Fraser: The Original Socialist Feminist,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $3/program, $10/food (206-722-2453

Physicians for a National Health Program Public Meet

SAT “Health Care is a Human Right: Beyond the ACA” health care reform forum, 7 p.m. Saturday, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free (

Dia de los Niños

SAT Celebration of Children’s Day/Book Day with stories in English and Spanish, Latin American Music Journey, free book for kids while supplies last, 1 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-6203 or

Honoring our Mothers

SUN Celebrate the lives of mothers who have died with education, facilitated discussion, meditation and ritual, 2 p.m. Sunday, Providence Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle; free, registration recommended, not required (206-749-7702 or


Puget Sound Croquet Club Open House

SUN Open House on three putting greens, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Puget Sound Croquet Club, 10229 136th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; free (


Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle’s Style

SAT Walking tour on design elements of buildings, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (206-667-9184 or

Harvard Belmont District: The Rich Life on Capitol Hill

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of upscale, early 20th century buildings, 10 a.m. Saturday, Merrill Court Townhouses, 901-917 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle; $15-$25 (206-667-9184 or

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

SAT-SUN Self-guided tour of 23 art studios with displays and sales including blown glass, jewelry, woodwork, candles, pottery, tile and mosaic, sculpture, prints, paintings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and May 11-12, Vashon Island; maps available at Island businesses; free (

Stadium District Walk & Talk

WED Walk to learn about making the area safe and inviting for walking, followed by reception, speakers, hosted by Feet First, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, King Street Station, 303 S. Jackson, Seattle; free, reservations required (206-652-2310 or

Travel events

Solo Travelers

SAT Informal gathering to learn from other’s travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).

Travel seminars

SAT Ports of Spain: Barcelona and Mallorca, 10 a.m., Paris: Art beyond the Louvre, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or

Galapagos “Exploring in Darwin’s Footsteps”

MAY 9 Escape Your Everyday Travel Series on Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, 6 p.m. May 9, Columbia Sportswear, 290 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-650-5795 or


Auburn Clean Sweep

SAT Volunteers work on projects, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St., Auburn; preregister (253-931-3043 or


Beginning Puppetry

SAT Learn foundations of good stage puppetry and a simple practice puppet to take home, 1 p.m. Saturday, Tin Can Studios, 3130 Airport Way S., Seattle; $30-$35 (