City Chickens 101
SAT How to raise a flock of hens in the city, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Tilth Association, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org
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SUN Hosted by Eastside Rabbits and Cavies (guinea pigs) 4-H Club show with many breeds of rabbits and cavies, costume contest at noon with celebrity judges, raffle, concessions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah; free (www.erc4h.org
Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner to support Lake Washington Institute of Technology
PLAN AHEAD Gourmet dinner paired with local wines; proceeds benefit culinary-arts student scholarships, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland; $75 (425-739-8134 or www.lwtech.edu/winedinner
PLAN AHEAD Bingo, guests encouraged to wear bridesmaids dresses or wedding attire; proceeds benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance work helping people with life-challenging illnesses, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., Seattle; $50 (llaa.org/gaybingo
Eastside Getting Ready to Ride
SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 20-mile, leisurely or steady paced ride with information about bike-riding skills; steady rain cancels, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; free, reservations appreciated (www.cascade.org/node/16445).
Party and Dirt Junkie Mountain Bike Video and Photo Contest
SAT Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance all-ages fundraiser for education program to get more kids riding bikes with voting on video- and photo-contest entries, raffles, silent auction, beverages, 7 p.m. Saturday, Gerk’s Ski and Cycle, 1875 N.W. Poplar Way, Issaquah; $20 (winterstokemtb.bpt.me
Seattle Bike Swap
SUN Bicycle garage sale, new and used bikes and bike related items of all kinds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $5 at the door, ages 15 and younger free, everyone free 1-2 p.m. (www.cascade.org
South End Getting Ready to Ride Series
SUN First of a series of Cascade Bicycle Club rides to prepare for big bike events; 22 mile leisurely (10-12 mph) or steady (12-14 mph) pace groups, on the Cedar River Trail; steady rain cancels, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, meet 1:15 p.m. in parking lot, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton (www.cascade.org/node/16415).
Poulsbo Winter Rendezvous
SAT Boating event and winter festival with marine swap and shop, brewery tour, art walk, historical tours, Saturday, Poulsbo, Kitsap County (www.visitkitsap.com/default.asp?ID=292
FRI Scandinavian-dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., dance to live music, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $15, kids free (425-954-5262 or www.skandia-folkdance.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).
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).
Northwest Flower & Garden Show
FRI-SUN Celebrating the Garden Show’s 26th anniversary, display gardens with “Art in Bloom” theme, 120 free seminars with local gardening experts, 350 vendors, exhibits, hands-on activity area for kids and parents, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $5-$22 (253-756-2121 or www.gardenshow.com
Seattle RV Show
FRI-SUN Display and sale of new RVs, seminars, exhibits, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $8-$12, ages 12 and younger free (theseattlervshow.com
Seattle Neighbor Appreciation Day
SAT Community events including open house at Seattle fire stations, 11 a.m. Saturday, Seattle (www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/events.htm).
Puget Sound Women’s Show
SAT Fashion, wellness and beauty tips, chair massages, aromatherapy, giveaways, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma; free (www.facebook.com/events/393396327472609/).
Edison Bird Festlval
SAT-SUN Guided birding shuttle tour of Skagit Valley, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, reservations required, Chicken Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, art activities, bird talks, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Edison; free (edisonbirdfestival.com
Women of Wisdom Conference
PLAN AHEAD Women’s conference for rejuvenating and empowering with speakers, workshops, presentations, artists, musicians and ceremonies, Feb. 14-17, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle; $5-$295 (206-782-3363 or womenofwisdom.org/conference-2014).
Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk
FRI Live music, art happenings, snacks and local wines, 6 p.m. Friday, along Front Street, Issaquah; $25 (425-417-6697 or www.downtownissaquah.com/events-and-music/wine-walk/).
Enumclaw Wine and Chocolate Festlval
FRI-SAT Twenty-four Washington wineries pouring 80 wines, chocolates from 20 vendors, entertainment, food available, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; $15-$20 (www.enumclawwineandchocolate.com).
South Park Pancake Breakfast
SAT Neighborhood Appreciation Day breakfast for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-684-7451).
Valentine Cookie Decorating for Kids
SAT Creative drop-in activity for kids, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $5 (206-838-2737 or www.swansonsnursery.com
Red Wine & Chocolate Wine Tour
SAT-SUN Pairing of red wine and chocolate at Olympic Peninsula wineries, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Feb. 15-17; $5-$30 (800-785-5495 or www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org/redwinechocolate.php
Hiawatha pancake breakfast
SUN All-you-can-eat pancakes to benefit scholarships for center programs, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-7441).
Women Stars of Food and Wine
SUN Appetizers and wine by Northwest women chefs, winemakers and sommeliers, fundraiser for Women’s Funding Alliance, 2 p.m. Sunday, Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $50-$55 (www.wfalliance.org/events/
SUN Food and drink from 80 vendors; 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Pike Brewing Company and Pub, 1415 First Ave., Seattle; $45-$50 (206-812-6604 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/535304
Walla Walla Wine @ McCaw Hall
MON Sample wines from Walla Walla valley wineries, meet winemakers, 5:30 p.m. Monday, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $50 (www.wallawallawine.com/seattle-washington-wine-tasting/).
Simply Seasonal Series- Winter Soups
TUE Simple recipes featuring locally harvested ingredients, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $59 (425-481-1500 or 21acres.org
Valentine’s Day Cocktails at the Conservatory
PLAN AHEAD Friends of the Conservatory special cocktail tasting experience with appetizers, entry times 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-384-4311 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555656).
Orchids for Beginners
SAT How to grow and care for orchids, 1 p.m. Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html
UW Botanic Gardens: Barking Up the Right Tree
SAT Learn about tree bark and its varied forms in the Arboretum, 1 p.m. Saturday, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle; $25-$30 (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/calendar.shtml?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D108015373
SAT Fruit-tree selection and care, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or skynursery.com
Redmond Historical Society
SAT Sherry Grindeland speaks on all things flying related to the Eastside, early airports, World War II and Cold War air defense, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; $5 suggested donation (www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org).
Greater Seattle Vintage Postcard and Paper Show
SAT-SUN 15 dealers display and sale of thousands of old postcards, paper collectibles, stamps, travel brochures, photographs, aviation, auto, railroad, ship, movie memorabilia, Western Americana, free appraisals of all old paper collectibles available, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; $5 (www.postcardshows.com).
Seattle International Motorcycle Show
PLAN AHEAD The latest in gear, aftermarket products, new models from major manufacturers, free seminars, entertainment for all ages, custom-bike competition, pro-rider appearances, 3-8 p.m. Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 16, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $6-$24 (atnd.it/5733-0
Quilts in Bloom
PLAN AHEAD Kitsap Quilters display of 200 quilts, demonstrations, vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 14-15, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $5 donation (www.kitsapquilters.com).
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 www.bellevuearts.org).
Earl Livermore: Native American Artist
SAT Opening reception and artist talk; exhibit continues thru March, 1 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or www, duwamishtribe.org
R/C Model Hydroplane Show
SAT Display of 50 hydroplane models, lunch available, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, 5917 S. 196th St., Kent; $5 (206-764-9453 or www.thunderboats.ning.com).
Museum of Flight events
SAT-SUN Popsicle Bridge Building Contest, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, part of Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Northwest Scale Modelers Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Robot Dreams: meet R2-D2 and R2-M5, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $11-$19 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.com
Great Photos with any Camera
TUE Series of classes to learn photography basics including camera functions, composition and image editing, how to maximize your camera to get great photos, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 18, 25, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $40 (253-288-7439 or wrvmuseum.org/downloads/PhotoWorkshop.pdf
FEB. 13 Social gathering for people interested in exploring what, besides the “Seattle Freeze,” defines the character of this city, different local topic each month with guest presentations from individuals and organizations, 6 p.m. Feb. 13, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).
Revealing Queer opening night Celebration
PLAN AHEAD Celebrate opening of new exhibit “Revealing Queer” with Seattle’s LGBTQ community, food, drinks, performances, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, MOHAI, Seattle; $10-$12 (206-324-1126 or mohai.org
FRI Showing of PG movie “Hoot” based on the young-adult novel, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; free, reservations required (425-316-8592).
Join the birds
SAT Explore winter flocks at the park, bring binoculars if you have them, for adults and families with children ages 8 and older, 9 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks
Magical lives of evergreens
SAT Walk to learn about evergreen trees, for adults and families with children ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder
SAT Big carnivore themed exhibits, craft stations, science experiments, scavenger hunts, self-guided nature walks, for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in February; Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/).
Planetarium Show “Mercury: the Fastest and Smallest Planet”
SAT Astronomer Steve Ruhl describes a planet of fire and ice; if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for stargazing, 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org).
Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours
SAT-SUN Docent-led tour, 2 p.m. every Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, meet at Visitor Center, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (www.bellevuebotanical.org).
Winter Bird-Watching Walk
SUN Explore the shores of Rattlesnake Lake for winter birds and 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/).
UW Botanic Gardens Wednesday Walks
WED Dr. Wott leads walking tour of history, design changes over time of the Arboretum, suited to those with limited mobility, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Graham Visitor Center, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle; $15-$20 (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/calendar.shtml?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D107888639).
Winter Adventure Hike
PLAN AHEAD Easy, 2-mile hike to explore the Rattlesnake Lake area, for all ages, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend; free, preregister (www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/).
Fees waived, National Parks and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Music, Third Place Commons
FRI CocoLoco Latin, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (www.thirdplacecommons.com).
SAT Musical performances, theater including Tim Noah, The Not-Its!, Alex Zerbe Juggling, Book-It Repertory Theatre (“The Phantom Tollbooth“) and Thistle Theatre, arts-education workshops and activities for kids, food vendors, bouncy houses, Seattle Shakespeare Company costume photo booth, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-275-9595 or www.ec4arts.org).
SAT Concert for kids and families, 11 a.m. Saturday, Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island; $10-$12 (206-842-8569 or www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org
African American Odyssey
SUN Cultural heritage of the black experience in American culture with dance, song and spoken word performances by Northwest Tap Connection and Color Lines Dance Ensemble, 3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636).
Thrift Store benefit sale
FRI-SAT Half off sale benefits local charities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, 12451 116th Ave. N.E., Kirkland (425-882-1877 or ecathriftshop.org).
Chocolate Tasting Tour
SAT Taste a variety of complimentary chocolates at several shops, 2 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; free (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com/).
SAT Friends of Black Diamond Library bargain books to benefit the library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Black Diamond Library, 24301 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond (360-886-1105 or www.kcls.org
Snowshoe walks, Mount Baker Ranger District
FRI Ranger guided snowshoe walks, 10 a.m. Fridays; Glacier Public Service Center, Mount Baker Highway 542, Glacier; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-599-9572).
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
FRI-SUN Snow conditions permitting, learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one mile walk through old-growth forest, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; Kids in the Snow, 90-minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays, Snoqualmie Pass; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger (425-434-6111).
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; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-677-2414
Big Four Ice Cave Snowshoe Walk
SAT-SUN Four-mile snowshoe hike for ages 16 and older in good shape, no experience required, 8:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Verlot Public Service Center, Granite Falls; $20 suggested donation, reservations required (360-436-1155).
Mount Rainier snowshoe walks
SAT-SUN Snow conditions permitting, guided 1.5 mile, 2-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, Jackson Visitor Center, Mount Rainier National Park, sign up starting an hour before each walk; reservations available for groups of 10-25 people only (360-569-6575 or www.nps.gov/mora/).
Glow in the Park — Young Professionals of Seattle 3-Year Anniversary Party
FRI Appetizers, cocktails, red-carpet photos, DJs; wear dressy cocktail attire, 8 p.m. Friday, Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle; $40-$60 (www.youngprofessionalsofseattle.com/#!glow-in-the-park/cke).
Go Red For Women at Alderwood mall
FRI American Heart Association and Alderwood mall host activities including yoga, Zumba, blood-pressure screenings, Hands Only CPR, Center Court, 11 a.m. Friday, Alderwood mall Center Court, 3000 184th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (206-632-6881 or www.pugetsoundgoesred.org
Passport to Imagination
SAT For families of young children introducing new Imagination Playground, Build and Grow workshop, Lego exploration, healthy snack, parents accompany child at all times, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/northgate.htm
The Scoop on Poop
SAT IslandWood and King County activities to explore the world of poop and the science behind it for families with kids of all ages, 10 a.m.-noon; Brightwater Center Treatment Facility King County Waste Water Treatment Process tour available for ages 9 and older, 10 a.m. Saturday,
Education & Community Center at Brightwater Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 State Route 9 Southeast, Woodinville; free, preregister (206-263-8862 or scooponpoop2014.eventbrite.com).
Urban Character: Seattle Neighborhood, Then and Now
TUE Seattle Architecture Foundation reception, speakers on Pioneer Square neighborhood, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Impact HUB Seattle, 220 Second Ave. S., Seattle; $10-$15 (www.seattlearchitecture.org).
Magnolia Boulevard: The Not So Secret and Secret History of the Street and Homes
FEB. 13 Presentation on the 100 years of history and development of Magnolia Boulevard, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Ave. W., Seattle; free (206-284-2430 or www.magnoliahistoricalsociety.org
Mountaineer Naturalists Lecture Series
FEB. 13 Nature lecture presentations; The Importance and Conservation of Bees, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5 (www.mountaineers.org/seattle/naturalists/
Stairway Walks Day
SAT Feet First hosts 18 guided neighborhood walks in public greenspaces with stairs, based on the book “Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up and Down Guide to City Neighborhoods” by Cathy and Jake Jaramill, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 8, Seattle, Bellevue and Burien; free, $5 suggested donation, preregister (206-652-2310 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/554911
Valentine’s Express Train
PLAN AHEAD Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad adults-only vintage-train excursion, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 15, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Elbe, Pierce County; $35-$39 by reservation, space limited (888-78312611 or www.mrsr.com
SAT Information on Walking Adventures International upcoming trips, 11 a.m. Saturday, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island; free, reservation required (800-779-0353).
SAT Europe Through the Back Door travel class; packing light and right, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
SAT Patagonia: Chile and Argentina, 10 a.m.; Borneo and Indonesia, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com
TUE Basics of traveling through Peru, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).
Auto Leaks class
PLAN AHEAD Seattle Public Utilities event, car inspected for leaks, information on repairs, 9 a.m. Feb. 15, South Seattle Community College, Seattle; free, preregister, space limited (www.fixcarleaks.org).