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All About Raccoons

SAT Look for signs and sightings of raccoons, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, Seattle; $8/person (206-386-4237 or

Summer at Woodland Park Zoo

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WED-SEPT. 30 Summer zoo hours, admission prices and events start Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. through Tuesday), Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.75-$12.75 through Tuesday, $11.75-$18.75 Wednesday-Sept. 30; check website for admission discounts on rainy days (206-548-2500 or


Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 29th Anniversary Celebration

FRI Dinner, entertainment, proceeds to benefit Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, 5:30 p.m. Friday, The Westin, Seattle; $125 (

Save The Frogs Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

SAT 5K fun run and walk to promote awareness and raise funds for endangered amphibians, all proceeds benefit Save the Frogs worldwide conservation efforts, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $25-$65 (

Dreams for Tibet

SAT Traditional and contemporary Tibetan music and dance, auction, to benefit the Tibet Fund: Preserving Tibetan Culture, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, OmCulture, 2210 N. Pacific St., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-713-7325 or

Faces for Life

SAT Celebration of the contributors, patients, volunteers and donors behind Puget Sound Blood Center’s lifesaving services with live and silent auction, 6 p.m. Saturday, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $250 (206-292-2544 or

CERDAS Foundation Fundraising Dinner

SAT Keynote speaker; proceeds fund scholarship program in Indonesia, 7 p.m. Saturday, North Bellevue Community & Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; $25-$30 (

CanDo 5K/10K

SAT Northwest Special Families hosts fundraiser for people with and without disabilities, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, North Creek business Park, 19200 120th Ave. N.E., Bothell; $40 (

Rotary Club of Kent Escapades

SAT Dinner, auction to benefit scholarships and other local and international charities, 5 p.m. Saturday, ShoWare Center, 625 West James St., Kent; $75 (

Equine Fashion Show and Auction

SAT Auction, wine and cheese, runway show of the equestrian fashions, equipment, proceeds benefit Warrian Family Retreats program for veterans, 7 p.m. Saturday, Patterson Creek Farm, 31022 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City; $25, by reservation (425-222-7911 or

YWCA Seattle Inspire Luncheon

TUE Speaker Geena Davis to benefit YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish programs for women and families, noon Tuesday, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $150, preregister (206-490-4378 or


Women Only Cycle Clinic

FRI-SUN Team In Training and Real Rehab expert female coaching to learn cycling skills, meet and greet with coaches, 5 p.m. Friday, Seattle; class and bike riding, 9 a.m. Saturday, Carnation; optional group ride, 9 a.m. Sunday, Mercer Island; $50, preregister (206-957-4571 or

Dust Off Days Bike Tune-Up

SAT Volunteer mechanics provide 20 minutes of free labor per bike and a full diagnosis; bring cash to purchase needed replacement parts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; free (

East Shore Singles Marymoor-Red Hook Bike Ride

SUN Singles over 45, first ride to Red Hook Brewery for lunch stop, 10 a.m. Sunday, Marymoor Park east parking lot, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond (

Fall City-Carnation

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 20 mile, leisurely paced, mostly flat ride with lunch stop, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Fall City Community Park, Fall City (206-522-3222 or


Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

FRI-SUN Birding tours, walks and field trips, Friday-Sunday, fees and advance registration required for some activities; Birding Marketplace and Nature Fun Fair, lectures, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; shorebird viewing at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, shuttle bus available between Refuge and festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Hoquiam (

Discovery Park Bird Tour

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

Introduction to Birding

SUN Learn introductory skills, followed by 30-minute guided bird walk, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).


Seattle Balkan Dancers

FRI Balkan dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., Balkan line-dance party, partners not required, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $12/lesson and dance, $5/dance only (

Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginner’s dance workshop, 7 p.m., dance, no partner necessary, all dances taught, don’t wear cologne, perfume or other scented products, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or

Motown Party Fundraiser

SAT Dance to ’60s Motown hits, silent auction to benefit the clubhouse, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th St., Seattle; $15-$25 (206-755-7017 or


Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

FRI-SUN Traditional and contemporary Japanese taiko drumming, dance and music, food vendors, games and kids’ activities, artist demonstrations, marketplace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Evergreen State Spring Festival

FRI-SUN Carnival, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; entertainment, food and commercial vendors, state barbecue championships with samples, flower display and gardening information, beer garden, root beer garden, horse show, swap meet, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; free admission, parking $5 (

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

FRI-TUE Tulip and daffodil fields in bloom in a 15-mile area bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River and Swinomish Channel, bloom dates vary; tulip show gardens, cut flowers, Roozengaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, $4-$5/person admission, ages 10 and younger free; and Tulip Town 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (later if weather permits), $5/admission, ages 10 and younger free; events at several venues in Mount Vernon, Anacortes and surrounding area through Tuesday; Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Office, 311 W. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon (360-428-5959 or

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

SAT Healthy snacks, bounce house, nutrition information, safety demonstrations, play time, tours, games, health screenings, pool events, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Meredith Mathews East Madison, University and West Seattle YMCA, Seattle; and Bellevue, Newcastle, Shoreline, Bothell, SeaTac, Auburn and Snoqualmie Valley YMCA; free (206-382-5022 or

Sheep Shearing

SAT Sheep shearing, sheep herding and fiber-craft demonstrations, Eastside Heritage Center activities, tractor-pulled hayrides, farm animal exhibits; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; free admission, fees for some activities (425-452-7688 or

Hama Hama Oyster Rama

SAT Tideland farm tours, oyster sports competitions, u-pick oysters and clams at discounted rates, shellfish feast, music, beer garden, proceeds benefit local charities, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Hama Hama Oyster Farm, 35846 N. US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup; $10 (888-877-5844 or

International Children’s Friendship Festival

SAT-SUN Children’s groups music and dance performances representing more than 40 countries; cultural displays, activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-684-4758); outdoor activities, healthy diet and active lifestyle for kids, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-386-1919 or

U Village K.I.D.S.

SUN Police cars and firetrucks, educational activities for kids of all ages and parents, music by Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies and The Not-Its, pet adoptions, kids’ yoga, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; free (206-523-0622 or

Food events

Japanese Baptist Church Sukiyaki Dinner

SAT Sukiyaki dinner, take out, 2-7 p.m.; dine in service, 4-7 p.m.; bake and craft sale tables, ikebana display, Japanese Baptist Church, 160 Broadway, Seattle; $8-$13 (206-622-7351 or

Mt. Rainier ‘Road to Paradise’ Wine and Brew Festival

SAT Variety of artisanal wines and microbrews from small Washington producers, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mt. Rainier Lions Club, 27726 SR 706th E., Ashford; $20 (877-617-9951 or

Bainbridge Barrel Tasting Weekend

SAT-SUN Wine tasting seven island wineries, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bainbridge Island; tasting fees at some venues (


Olympic View Elementary Plant Sale

FRI-SAT Vegetable and fruit starts, herbs, annuals, perennials, garden art, proceeds benefit school programs, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., Seattle (

Eastside Audubon Native Plant Sale

SAT Flowering plants, berries, shrubs, trees, kids’ crafts, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Kirkland Children’s School, 5311 108th Ave. N.E., Kirkland (

Lake Forest Park Plant Sale

SAT Plant sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Forest Park Elementary School, 18500 37th Ave. N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-362-5475).

Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale

SAT Annuals, perennials, tomatoes, hostas, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lakeshore Garden Club, 5724 N.E. 190th St., Kenmore (

Sky Nursery

SAT Growing fruits, vegetables and herbs in containers, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or

Snohomish Garden Club Plant Sale

SAT Perennials, annuals, water-garden plants, small trees, shrubs, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, The Farm at Swan’s Trail, 7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish (

FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale

SAT-SUN Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, edibles from dozens of specialty nurseries, proceeds support the Arboretum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle (206-325-4510 or

University of Washington Herbarium Tour

TUE Native Plant Appreciation Week Event, tour of Herbarium 650,000 pressed and dried plant specimens from around the world with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest native plants, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Hitchcock Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free, preregister (

Master Gardener Plant Sale

PLAN AHEAD Vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, perennials, trees, shrubs, native plants by Master Gardeners and several vendors, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5; Preview Party and sale with wine, food, 3:30 p.m. May 3, $35; Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle (


Walk for Wolves

SAT Three-mile walk to bring awareness of the wolf conflict in Washington and to support protecting wolves, 11 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free (

Outdoor Essentials

SAT Learn outdoor survival skills from a Ranger, including orienteering, basic knots, essentials for a day hike, come dressed in outdoor gear, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225 or

Puyallup Riverwalk

SAT Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walk on scenic path along the river, start anytime 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Goodwill Store, 1200 Fourth St. N.W., Puyallup; free (

Issaquah Alps Club

SAT-SUN Tiger Mountain Tradition Loop easy 5-mile hike with emphasis on spring blooms, 1 p.m. Saturday; Cougar Mountain easy 2-3 mile flower walk, 10 a.m. Sunday; water, food, daypack, hiking footwear required; Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (

Walk for Water

SUN Educational program by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; followed by 4-mile walk around creeks of Lake Forest Park (206-366-3302 or


Seattle Scale Model Contest and Show

SAT Display of hundreds of scale model cars, military vehicles, aircraft, ships, historic figures, science fiction; model seminars, kids’ make and take, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; $5-$10 (

Rock and Gem Show

SAT-SUN West Seattle Rock Club rock, gem and mineral exhibits and activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alki Masonic Temple, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (

Puyallup RV Show

MAY 2-5 RVs and manufactured display and sale, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. May 2-3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $7-$10, ages 12 and younger free with adult (253-541-5045 or

Museum events

Quest: Fantasy Exhibit Opening Adventure

FRI-SUN Premiere of exhibit “Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic” with sword-fighting demonstration, talks, fantasy-themed games, photo ops, samples of mead, grog, cider, 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, $6-$22; exhibit opening weekend, fantasy genre in literature, films, television and video games with costumes from 1939 film “Wizard of Oz,” artifacts from J.R.R. Tolkien, “Game of Thrones,” “Xena: Warrior Princess” and the Harry Potter series, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily starting Saturday, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-770-2700 or

Hands-On Day

SAT Learn about the tradition of May baskets and make one to take home, 11 a.m. Saturday, Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-542-7111 or

Sewing To Sowing Living History Day

SAT Experience the gardening and sewing of the mid-1800s with activities for all ages in restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma; $5-$7.50 (253-591-5339 or

First Thursday, Museum of Flight

MAY 2 Free admission, Space Day activities for all ages, 5-9 p.m. May 2, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; free 5-9 p.m. only (206-764-5720 or

First Thursday, SAM

MAY 2 Free admission, tours, music, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 2; discount admission to special exhibit “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” May 2, $6-$10; Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or

First Thursday, The Wing

MAY 2 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 2, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or

First Thursday, Burke Museum

MAY 2 Free admission, activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 2, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; free (206-543-5590 or

First Thursdays, MOHAI

MAY 2 Free admission first Thursday of each month, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 2, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or

First Thursdays, Seattle Asian Art Museum

MAY 2 Free admission on first Thursdays, 10 a.m. 9 p.m.; first Saturdays free for families, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle ((206-654-3100 or

Park events

B’Earth Day Party and Center Anniversary

SAT Celebrate the Center’s fifth anniversary and Earth Day with cupcakes, nature themed arts and crafts, bird feeder building and other activities and games for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, Seattle

SAT Join people worldwide for free Tai Chi and Qigong class and demonstration, all welcome, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, Seattle; free (206-321-0613 or

The Nature of Green Lake

SAT Guided walk around the lake to discover birds, trees and other 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

World T’ai-Chi & Qigong Day, Everett

SAT Global event to promote the benefits of the traditional Chinese-medicine exercises, 10 a.m. Saturday, Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; free (425-348-5207 or

Low tide family beach walks

SAT-SUN Guided exploration of the beach at low tide, wear shoes that can get wet, 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, Me Kwa Mooks Park, 4503 Beach Dr. S.W., Seattle (206-684-7434); and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (206-386-4237 or

Arboretum walk

SUN Casual “Buds & Blooms” walk to see signs of spring, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or

Kubota Garden Art Walks

SUN Feet First walking advocacy group hosts tour of Japanese garden for all ages, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kubota Garden Park, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle (


Magical Mac and Cheese

FRI Magic show, macaroni-and-cheese dinner, 6 p.m. Friday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $5-$20, preregister (206-386-4283 or

International Children’s Day

WED Outdoor family acoustic concert, music of Latin America and the Caribbean with Los Flacos, 4 p.m. Wednesday, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend; free (425-888-0554 or


Basically New Consignment Sale

SAT-SUN Men’s, women’s and teen clothing and household items, gently used; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Modern Mfg Warehouse, 2900 Lind Ave S.W., Renton (

Book Sale

SAT-SUN Friends of the Library book bargains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S., Federal Way (253-838-3668 or

Spring Book Sale

SAT-SUN Friends of Issaquah Library used books, 10 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-392-5430 or

Columbia City Farmers Market

WED Opening day of the season, local produce, flowers, food, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 37th Avenue South and South Edmunds Street, Seattle (

Special interest

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

SUN Inspiring mathematical activities for fourth- to 12th-grade students, led by mathematicians, teachers, and volunteers, 1 p.m. Sunday, Husky Union Building (HUB), Stevens Way at University of Washington, Seattle; $5-$15 (

Cinco de Mayo at Northgate Community Center

PLAN AHEAD Party with food, piñata, 5:30 p.m. May 3, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $5-$20, preregister (206-386-4283 or


Northwest Green Home Tour

SAT Family-friendly open house at 25 Seattle area green homes. energy retrofits, solar and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; free (

Architecture Greatest Hits

SAT Walking tour focusing on the construction, context and culture that shaped our skyline; 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (206-667-9184 or

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Patagonia: Chile and Argentina, 10 a.m.; Responsible Travel India, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or


McCormick Park Earth Day

SAT Plant trees to help Sound Salmon Solutions Snoqualmie River restoration, 10 a.m. Saturday, McCormick Park, 26200 N.E. Stephens Street, Duvall; free, preregister (425-252-6686 or

Watershed Walks training

SAT Watershed Walks training, learn how to lead informative walks in your community to benefit the health of local watersheds and neighborhood residents, 10 a.m. Saturday, Southwest Library, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, preregistration required (206-652-2310 or

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