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Animal events

Marine Mammal Mania

FRI-SUN Activities, talks and demonstrations, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, featuring Orcas of Puget Sound, Friday-Sunday; Harbor Seals, April 11-13; sea otters, April 16-20; Northern Fur Seals, April 25-27; Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or

Woodland Park Zoo Party for the Planet

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SAT-APRIL 13 Earth Day celebration with environmental-focused eco-tours, 10:30 a.m. daily from the West Plaza; craft activities, penguin feeding, raptor flight demos, special keeper talks and animal enrichment, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Saturday through April 13, zoo open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.75-$12.75 (206-548-2500 or

Pie Social — Auction/Raffle

SUN Greyhound Pets, Inc fundraiser, slice of pie and beverage for $5 donation, silent auction, raffle, vendors, meet Greyhounds, 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Brightwater Education & Community Center, 22505 State Route 9 S.E., Woodinville; free (


Spring Fling

SUN Mini-concert, dinner, dancing to benefit Everett Philharmonic Orchestra, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Comcast Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $90 (206-270-9729 or

Light a Fire for Learning luncheon

TUE Northshore Schools Foundation fundraiser features students and teachers who have benefited from the program, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3819 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; $100 suggested donation (


Ride to Lake Forest Park

FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 25 mile, leisurely paced ride with lunch stop, new riders welcome, showers cancel, 10 a.m. today, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (

Sunday crepes ride

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 10 mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills with breakfast stop at Swedish Cultural Center ($9 cash); steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Sunday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (

Biking Puget Sound

APRIL 10 Biking guidebook author recommends local and region rides and biking events, 6 p.m. April 10, Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N., Kent (253-859-3330 or

Tulip Pedal

PLAN AHEAD Cascade Bicycle Club 22-25 mile, leisurely paced, mostly flat, social rides to see tulip fields and art venues; showers cancel, 10 a.m. April 11 and April 15, Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon ( and


Bird tour

SAT Explore the park to look for birds, bring binoculars if you have them, minimum age 8, children accompanied by adult, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3 preregister (206-386-4236 or

Family Discover Series: Introduction to Birding

SUN Learn about bird-watching, from hanging a feeder to learning bird songs, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565

Birding Class: Spring Shorebirds of Washington

TUE-WED Learn about spring shorebird migration, 6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, field trip April 12, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 Fourth Ave. S., Kirkland; $60-$80 (425-576-8805 or


Skandia dance

FRI Celebrate St. Urho of Finland with dance party, wear green and purple, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $15, kids free (

Country dance party

SAT Two-step dance lesson, 7 p.m., dance to current and classic country music for ages 18 and older, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12/dance only, $15/lesson and dance (425-255-9211 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


Daffodil Parade

SAT Floats decorated with thousands of daffodils, marching bands, in four locations; downtown Tacoma, 10:15 a.m.; Puyallup, 12:45 p.m.; Sumner, 2:30 p.m.; Orting, 5 p.m. Saturday (

World Rhythm Festival

SAT-SUN World music performances, workshops and programs for all ages, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Saturday Night Dance Party, 8-10:30 p.m.; Drum Circle closing ceremony, 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or

Washington State Spring Fair Puyallup

APRIL 10-13 Livestock, rides, vendors, entertainment, Northwest Living & Garden exhibits and displays, racing pigs, Auto Alley, KidZone, 2-10 p.m. April 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 11-12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 13; SlamFest Demolition Derby and Pit Party, 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 4 p.m. April 13; Monster Truck Show with pit party and monster truck rides, 7:30 p.m. April 11, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$10, discount on advance tickets; ages 18 and younger free April 10, food bank donation suggested; Military Appreciation Day free admission to active, reserve and retired military with ID and their dependents, April 11; free parking (253-841-5045 or


THROUGH APRIL 20 Supersized inflatable rides for ages 12 and younger, Toddler’s Zone, kids’ entertainment, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through April 20 (closes 2 p.m. April 17), Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; admission free, rides $1.50 each or $7.50/all day pass, $4.50/all day toddler zone pass, all rides free on Thursdays (206-684-7200 or

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

THROUGH APRIL 30 Tulip fields in bloom (dates vary, updates available on website), display gardens, events, April 1-30, Mount Vernon, La Conner and surrounding area (; fields, display garden, indoor flower show, cafe, trolley tours of fields, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily in April, Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon; admission $5, ages 9 and younger free, trolley $1-$2 (360-424-8152 or; display garden, field, cut flowers, bulbs, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily in April, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon; admission $4-$5, ages 10 and younger free (866-488-5477 or

Food events

Pancake Breakfast

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

Tortilla Making & Pinto Bean Classes at El Centro de la Raza

SAT Make beans and flour tortillas, 11 a.m. Saturday, El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S., Seattle; $50, preregister (206-957-4611 or

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

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

Seattle Uncorked Debuts and Discoveries

SUN Wineries in their first 3 years of releasing wines, distilleries, cideries, breweries and food trucks within their first 2 years, fundraiser for University Food Bank, 6 p.m. Sunday, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $30-$35 (


Spring Plant Sale

SAT Local nurseries including Botanica, Colvos Creek, Discovery Gardens, Fairmeadow, Madrona Gardens, Queenscup and Tadpole Haven with many native, bird and nature beneficial plants, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-523-4483 or

Edible Garden Series Kickoff

SAT Kickoff of Seattle Public Library series, information on gardening and growing food, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or

Dahlia Tuber Sale

SAT Tubers at low prices by the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA), 411 156th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (

All About Lavender

SAT How to select and care varieties of lavender, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Edible Garden Design

SAT Plan and repair your garden or container to grow organic vegetables, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or


SAT Sun and shade perennials in the garden and containers and simple bouquet ideas, 10 a.m. Saturday, favorite perennials and how to combine them with other plants to add style and color to your beds and borders, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or

Mini-Gardens: Good Things Come In Small Packages

SAT How to select plants for indoor and outdoor miniature gardens, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; free (425-334-2002 or

Bouquet Banque Epimedium open house

SAT-SUN Tour the gardens, sale of Epimediums, specialty woodland plants, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bouquet Banque Nursery, 8220 State Ave., Marysville (360-659-4938 or

Tacoma Grow Like a Pro Indoor Garden Expo

SUN Latest technologies of indoor gardening, samples, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma; $10 (


Spring on the Plateau walk

SAT Guided Volkssport 14K (8.7 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and 6K (3.7 miles) walks on Issaquah Highlands parks, trails and neighborhoods, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Central Park, 1907 Park Dr. N.E., Issaquah; (

Cedar Butte hike

SUN Issaquah Alps Club 4 mile, slow pace hike with 1,000-foot elevation gain to views from Cedar Butte, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (


SCUBA and H2O Adventure Show

SAT-SUN Exhibits, how-to clinics, adventure gear, travel information, beer garden, door prizes, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle; $10, free admission for ages 9 and younger and for active, reserve and retired military, police, fire and rescue personnel (

Kitsap Antique Show — History & Heritage

SAT-SUN Antiques, collectibles, appraisals ($5 per item), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $6 (360-479-6226 or

Northwest Record Show

SUN Records, LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs from 50 vendors, 10 a.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle; $3, $1 off admission with food bank donation (206-684-7200 or

Eastside Genealogical Society

APRIL 10 Tips and tools for planning genealogical research trip, 7 p.m. April 10, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free ( ).

Cruise In

APRIL 10 Classic cars on the plaza, show off your vehicle and see others, 2-for-1 museum admission for participants, 5 p.m. April 10, LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma; free (253-779-8490 or

Learn Your Way Around the Night Sky: Introduction to Amateur Astronomy Class

APRIL 10 Astronomy lectures, six sessions Thursdays, April 10 through May 15, minimum age 14, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $59, sign-up deadline April 7 (206-842-2306 or

Museum events

Bellevue Arts Museum First Friday

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

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend

FRI-SUN UW scientists and researchers host interactive activities and exhibits for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $11-$18, admission discounts for UW faculty, staff, students and UWAA members (206-443-2001 or

SAAM First Saturday

SAT Celebrating spring, create watercolor painting inspired by cherry blossom season artwork, kids’ movie “It Happens Every Spring,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; free admission (206-654-3100 or

Paddle sports

Learn to Dragon Boat

SAT Kent Dragon Boat Association clinic, try sport that promotes fitness, competition and community participation, wear layers and bring a water bottle, life jackets and paddles provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, meet 9:30 a.m., Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; free (253-332-9546 or

Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup

SAT-SUN Competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes and SUP (stand up paddle boards), outriggers benefiting the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team; on shore expo with manufacturers, clubs, retailers, nonprofit organizations, demos, clinics and workshops, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor (253-514-0187 or

Dragon boat paddling

ONGOING Join paddling crew for introduction to dragon boating, all equipment provided, no experience or reservations needed, for ages 18 and older and ages 12 and older with parent, 8 a.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, South Lake Union Park, next to Kenmore Air, 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-715-7066 or

Park events

Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder

SAT Spring birds themed interactive exhibits, craft, science experiments, scavenger hunts and self-guided nature walks, for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

Lewis Creek Ranger Hike

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

Free First Saturday

SAT Free admission first Saturday each month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-322-4112 or

Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours

SAT-SUN Docent-led tour, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (

Seattle Japanese Garden

ONGOING 3.5 acre formal garden with plants, trees, water, bridges, waterfalls, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or


First Friday Jazz

FRI Pianist Overton Berry, bassist Jeff Davies at Happy Hour, dinner with speaker Kurt Armbruster, author of “Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music,” the contributions of Swedes, Norwegians and Danes to Seattle’s musical history, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-283-1090 or

Watoto Children’s Choir

FRI, SUN Contemporary gospel music and traditional African music and dance by African children’s choir, 7 p.m. Friday, Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W. McGraw St., Seattle; 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Solid Rock Community Church, 25800 164th Ave. S.E., Covington; 5 p.m. Sunday, NW Life Church, 13120 S.E. 192nd St., Renton; free (

Third Place Commons Weekend Music

FRI-SAT Mark Whitman Band blues, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators vintage jazz, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

Stories of the Iu Mienh

SAT Dinner, performances, costumes and storytelling by Iu Mienh indigenous hill tribes of Laos and Thailand, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, NWLA Cultural Center, 5023 Langley Road, Langley; $65 (360-321-2101 or

Seattle Flute Society Flute Festival

SUN Workshop and recital featuring flutist and composer Ian Clarke, 11 a.m. Sunday, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3819 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; $5-$25 (

Jazz Vespers

SUN Casual, all ages concert the Jenny Davis Band, 6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, donations for musicians collected (

Spring Lu’au

PLAN AHEAD Celebration of Pacific Island culture with dinner, 6-8 p.m., stage show, 8 p.m. April 12, University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; $23/show and dinner, $12/show only, $15/dinner only (


Seahawks 12K Run at The Landing

PLAN AHEAD Blitz, the Sea Gals, Blue Thunder, Seahawks players at 12k run including around Seahawks training facility, 5K walk/run, kids’ half-mile run; Seahawks Spirit costume contest, raffle for Seahawks merchandise and gift certificates at Landing stores, proceeds benefit for A Better Seattle foundation led by coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks; 9 a.m. April 13, The Landing, Renton; $35-$45 (


Pickering Barn Spring Craft Show

FRI-SAT Spring and garden décor, children’s items, specialty foods, Antique and Vintage Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (425-413-1004 or

Superfluity Sale

FRI-SAT Collectibles, plants, books, children’s clothes, toys, games, housewares, electronics, sports equipment; proceeds support several local charities; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave. N.E., Seattle (

Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

SAT Sale of used gardening books and art to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle (

Special interest

Family Day: Food for Good

SAT Discover how to grow and prepare healthy foods from around the world through food samples, activities, music and storytelling, community organizations demonstrate how food gets from the farm to the table locally and globally, learn how kids of all ages can make a difference through volunteer programs, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (

Fly for Life — Ultimate Frisbee Event

SAT Friendly Frisbee competition for ages 8 and older, beginners to experienced league players, to benefit TRIO Northwest supporting organ and tissue recipients, donors and their families, register 9:15 a.m., youth games 10 a.m., competitive 11 a.m. Saturday, Central Park, 1907 Park Dr. N.E., Issaquah; $15-$30 (

Rainier Valley Pop-up Greenways

SUN Temporary installation to demonstrate and celebrate the effectiveness of neighborhood greenways on a proposed greenway route near the Columbia City light rail station, with food, walking tours, hands-on activities, games for all ages. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., on Ferdinand Street between 35 and 37th Avenue South, Seattle (

History of African American and Jewish Popular Music

SUN Musical journey reveals history of the connection between African-American music and Jewish music, life and culture, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; $8-$12 (


Snoqualmie train

SAT-SUN Ride a vintage train from Victorian-era depot museum, noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St, Snoqualmie; $10-$18 (425-888-3030 or

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 seminar

SAT Trekking in Machu Picchu, Nepal and Camino de Santiago, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or

Travel seminar

SAT Rick Steves’ Europe travel class, France, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 130 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-771-8303 or


Mulch and Munch Volunteer Work Party

SUN Help staff spruce up the garden for spring, edge and weed beds, lay mulch, plant trees and shrubs; bring snacks to share, families and school groups welcome, 1 p.m. Sunday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-1281 or

Carkeek Park

PLAN AHEAD Help EarthCorps plant native trees, shrubs and ground cover, remove invasive plants, 10 a.m. April 11, Carkeek Park, Seattle; pregister (206-322-9296, x 217 or


Preserving Your Old House

WED Historic Seattle educational programs for home repair and remodeling; kitchen remodeling for vintage homes, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Historic Seattle, 1117 Minor Ave., Seattle; $5, preregistration encouraged (

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