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Octopus Week at Seattle Aquarium

FRI-FEB. 23 Daily octopus feedings, talks, kids activities. Octopus Blind Date, decorations, roses and romantic music as two giant Pacific octopuses meet, noon Friday; live octopus release under the pier with video feed, noon Saturday and Feb. 23; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or

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FRI-SUN Half price adoption fees and adoption gift certificates for dogs and cats ages 3 and older, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or

Cool City Pets

SAT Small animals for adoption including rabbits, hamsters, birds, reptiles, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-7387 or


Gay Bingo

SAT Bingo, bridesmaids theme, wedding attire encouraged; proceeds benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance helping people with life-challenging illnesses, 7 p.m. Saturday, Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., Seattle; $50-$69 (

West Seattle Veteran Center Benefit Gala

PLAN AHEAD Entertainment, cocktails, appetizers, silent auction, proceeds benefit landmark building serving veterans, 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Pershing Hall, 3618 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle; $50-$75 (253-241-5446 or


Valentine’s Day Ramble

FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 22-32 mile, leisurely paced ride with food stop; showers/icy conditions cancel, 10 a.m. Friday, Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore (

Critical Lass Bikes, Chocolates, Drinks

SAT Women’s bicycle group gathers for chocolate samples followed by 7-mile, slow paced ride to the Locks, Fishermen’s Terminal, food/beverage stop, noon Saturday, Theo Chocolate, 3400 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (

Leisurely Chill on the Hills

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 24 mile, hilly, leisurely paced ride to get ready for Chill Hilly (Feb. 23); steady rain cancels, noon Sunday, Farrel McWhirter Park, 19545 N.E. Redmond Rd., Redmond (


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

Red and White Ball

SAT Nightclub two-step dance lesson, 7 p.m., DJ dance music, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12 (

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 to live traditional music, all dances taught, no experience needed, 3 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$18 (206-330-7408 or


Women of Wisdom Conference

SAT-MON Women’s conference for rejuvenating and empowering with workshops, speakers, presentations, artists, musicians and ceremonies, all events priced separately; 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday ending with a banquet; evening events open to men; North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle; $5-$295 (206-782-3363 or

Seattle Home Show

SAT-FEB. 23 Hundreds of home and garden displays, daily “Meet the Experts” seminars, “Made in America” feature, wine tasting area, model kitchens and bath vignettes, building products and materials, landscape displays, living green, arts and crafts and home decorating ideas, appearances by art and antique appraiser Dr. Lori; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday through Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 23, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$12 (425-467-0960 or


Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby

SAT-MON Over a wide area from west of Port Angeles to Whidbey Island, 7 a.m. Saturday-Monday; free (

Food events

Red Wine & Chocolate, Whidbey Island

FRI-MON Red wines paired with locally crafted chocolates, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday, Whidbey Island Winery, 5237 Langley Road, Langley; $10 (360-221-2040 or

Meet the winemakers

SAT-SUN Meet the winemakers at seven wineries, noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bainbridge Island; $5 (206-419-3355 or

Red Wine & Chocolate Wine Tour

SAT-MON Pairing of red wine and chocolate at Olympic Peninsula wineries, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Port Angeles; $5-$30 (800-785-5495 or

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

PLAN AHEAD Showcase for wine and food, displays, tastes, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle; $55-$65 (


Free Range Chicken Gardens

SAT Basics to design a habitat for chickens in your garden, 10 a.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-838-2737 or

UW Botanic Gardens: Urban Foraging: Weeds and Wild Foods

SAT Learn how to identify and gather common edible weeds and wild foods, discussion about ethics, rules, safety, recipes, 10 a.m. Saturday, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle; $25-$30 (206-685-8033 or

Organic gardening 101

SAT Organic vegetable garden basics, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Tilth Association, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $35-$45 (

Winter Color With Hellebores

SUN New varieties available, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-838-2737 or


SAT Growing hellebores, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or


Lewis Creek to Lakemont Community Park Ranger Hike

SAT Five mile trail hike between two parks, rated difficult (750 feet elevation), 10 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or


Quilts in Bloom

FRI-SAT Kitsap Quilters display of 200 quilts, demonstrations, vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $5 donation (

Seattle International Motorcycle Show

FRI-SUN 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. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $6-$24 (206-219-4501 or

Early Bird Auto and Collectibles Swap Meet

SAT-SUN Buy, sell, trade new and used cars and parts, antiques and collectibles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Event Center, Puyallup; $5, ages 11 and younger free (253-841-5045 or

Museum events

“Revealing Queer” opening night celebration

FRI Celebrate opening of new exhibit “Revealing Queer” with Seattle’s LGBTQ community, food, drinks, performances, 7 p.m. Friday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$12 (206-324-1126 or

Free Day, the Wing

SAT Free admission for all, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Saturdays, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or

Short takes on dam science

TUE Burke Museum hosts ten experts, each with 20 slides and 6 minutes to talk about the removal of the Elwha Dam, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th, Seattle; $5 (

History Cafe: LGBTQ History

FEB. 20 Third Thursday discussion about local history, 7 p.m. Feb. 20, MOHAI Compass Cafe, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or

Third Thursday, KidsQuest

FEB. 20 Free admission, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 20, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue (

Park events

Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder

SAT Explore exhibits, craft activities, 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

Walk when the moon is full

SAT Guided walk to explore the park like a nocturnal animal, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 7 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $5, preregister (206-386-4236 or

Park at Dark

SAT Learn about, look for and hoot for owls, see stars if it’s clear; check website for possible rain cancellation, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-932-7225 or

Green Hour

SAT Observe and explore the park, an hour of unstructured play and interaction with science-based ideas, for children ages 5 and older and parents, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or

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 (

Fees waived, National Parks and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

SAT-MON Fee-free days National Parks and National Forest day-use sites for Presidents Day weekend including Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park, Saturday-Monday (

Community Critter Dive

SUN Beach naturalists guide exploration for sea stars, sea cucumbers, urchins, marine worms, close-up look at critters brought up by volunteer divers; wear boots; no dogs, 10 a.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; free, preregistration required (206-855-4384 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 (


Music, Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Grupo Amorosu bossa nova, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Moonlight Swing Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

Snow sports

Snowshoe walks, Mt. Baker Ranger District

FRI Ranger guided snowshoe walks, 10 a.m. Fridays through Feb. 21; Glacier Public Service Center, Mt. Baker Highway 542, Glacier; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-599-9572).

Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks

FRI-SUN Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one mile walk through old growth forest, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography outings for photographers for all abilities, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15, March 1, 15, 29; Kids in the Snow, 90 minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; $25/half-day and photo hikes (425-434-6111 or

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, through March 1, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station, Skykomish; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-677-2414 or

Big Four Ice Cave Snowshoe Walk

SAT-SUN Four-mile, 5-hour snowshoe hike for ages 16 and older in good shape, no snowshoe experience required, 8:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls; $20 suggested donation, reservations required (360-436-1155).

Mount Rainier snowshoe walks

SAT-SUN Guided 1.5 mile, 2 hour walk to learn 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

Introduction to Snowshoeing

WED Information on techniques, safety and destinations, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Muckleshoot Library, 39917 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Auburn; free (206-362-7550 or

Special interest

One Love Wedding Showcase

SUN Wedding information for all couples, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 Eighth Ave., Seattle; free (

105th George Washington Wreath Laying Ceremony

MON Greater Seattle DAR Chapters hosts program with color guard and speaker at the LDS meeting hall, 10 a.m., 3925 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; then to the George Washington statue on the UW campus for a traditional wreath laying ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Monday, University of Washington campus, Seattle; free (206-920-5676 or

Sherlock Holmes — The First CSI

MON Forensic scientists join Paul Bernays, filmmaker of the new documentary “How Sherlock Changed the World,” to reveal the fictional detective’s impact on criminal investigations, 7 p.m. Monday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free (

Preserving stained glass

PLAN AHEAD Historic Seattle studio tour showing stained glass repair techniques, 10 a.m. Feb. 22, Seattle Stained Glass, Inc., 2510 N. 45th St., Seattle; $10-$25 (

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

Travel classes

SAT Europe Through the Back Door travel class; Spain, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or

Travel seminars

SAT Northern and Central Italy, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or

Sailing Eastern Indonesia

TUE Information on remote travel experience, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).

Valentine’s Day

Cocktails at the Conservatory

FRI Friends of the Conservatory cocktail tasting experience featuring spirits from The Hardware Distillery in Hoodsport, Washington, appetizers, entry times 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Friday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-384-4311 or

Valentine’s Day Tango

FRI Intro dance lesson for couples, 8:30 p.m.; Argentine wine tasting, 6-9 p.m.; tango dance, 9:30 p.m. Friday, The Tin Table, 915 East Pine Street, Seattle; $20/lesson and dance; $15/dance only, at the door (

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance

FRI Dinner, DJ, belly dance, games and prizes, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10455 N.E. Eighth St., Lincoln Square, Bellevue; $80 (425-274-9350 or

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

FRI-SAT Cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington, Champagne toast, dinner, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Seattle, Saturday, Kirkland; $76-$84 (206-223-2060 or

Argosy Valentine’s Dinner Cruise

FRI-SAT Elliott Bay cruise, Champagne greeting, seated dinner, music, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Argosy Cruises, Pier 55 and 56, Seattle; $115 (206-623-1445 or

Valentine’s Express Train

SAT Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad adults-only vintage train excursion, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., All day Saturday, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway E., Elbe; $35-$39 by reservation, space limited (888-78312611 or


Auto Leaks class

SAT Seattle Public Utilities event, car inspected for leaks, information on repairs, 9 a.m. Saturday, South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free preregister, space limited (

Preserving stained glass

PLAN AHEAD Historic Seattle studio tour showing stained glass repair techniques, 10 a.m. Feb. 22, Seattle Stained Glass, Inc., 2510 N. 45th St., Seattle; $10-$25 (

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