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Seattle Aquarium
Octopus Week

FRI-SUN Octopus feedings, talks, kids’ activities, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aquarium open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95 (206-386-4300 or

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SAT Department of Fish and Wildlife presentation on bears in Washington State, with three Karelian bear dogs who help resolve bear/people conflicts, 1 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $5-$7 (425-316-8592 or

Dog adoption event

SAT Everett Animal Shelter dog adoption event, 2 p.m. Saturday, Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett (

Homeward Pet Adoption Center Anniversary

SAT Pet adoption special, $23, to celebrate pet adoption center’s 23rd anniversary, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, 18800 Woodinville-Snohomish Road, Woodinville (425-488-4444 or

The Acatemy Awards

SAT-SUN Free adoption of black cats and tuxedo (black and white) cats in celebration of the Academy Awards, Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-649-7563 or


Cascade Bicycle Club Black History Month event

FRI Speaker Nelson Vails, the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in bicycling in 1984; benefits Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation Major Taylor Project to promote diversity in the local bicycling community, 7 p.m. Friday, REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$12 (206-522-3222 or

H’Arts Benefit Auction

SAT Auction of more than 300 works by local artists, benefits Schack Art Center nonprofit gallery and art studios, 5 p.m. Saturday, Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $95-$110 (425-259-5050 or

Seattle Urban League Young Professionals Gala

SAT Black-tie dinner, ceremony, entertainment, 6 p.m. Saturday, Marriott Hotel, 3201 S. 176th St., SeaTac; $70-$125 (206-725-5515 or

Zumba to Help Cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease

SAT Zumba class at all Seattle-area LA Fitness locations in support of Augie’s Quest nonprofit research initiative dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), 3 p.m. Saturday; $20 (

Oscar Experience Seattle

SUN Walk the red carpet to raise funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest with auction, snacks, jazz, telecast of the Academy Awards on large screens, dinner, wine, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; $200 (425-861-7827 or

Mardi Gras Dinner & Auction

PLAN AHEAD Silent auction, Cajun cuisine, New Orleans music, costumes or business casual, benefits Communities In Schools of Washington dropout prevention programs, 6 p.m. March 2, Seattle Design Center, Seattle; $75, registration closes Sunday (253-248-1991 or


Chilly Hilly

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island, 23 mile option available, start with ferry ride from Colman Dock, Seattle, 7-10 a.m., or on Bainbridge, 7:30-10:30 a.m.; course open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; $5-$28 (


Auburn Daddy Daughter Date Night

FRI-SAT Dads, grandfathers, uncles or big brothers take your girls ages 4-10 out for dinner and dancing, 6:30 p.m. Friday or Saturday, Auburn Senior Center, 809 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn; $45 (253-931-3043 or

Century Ballroom Sweet 16 Debutante Ball

SAT Celebrating 16 years of teaching and dances with 16 DJs, 16 performances in three halls, salsa, swing, tango; formal attire, tiaras and pink encouraged, swing and lessons 8:30 p.m., dance 9 p.m. Saturday, Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle; $8 (206-324-7263 or

Lake City Contra Dance

FEB. 28 Beginners’ dance workshop, 7:30 p.m., dance to live band with caller, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $7-$9 students and first-time dancers free (206-525-0932 or


Northwest Flower & Garden Show

FRI-SUN Display gardens with “The Silver Screen Takes RootGardens Go Hollywood” theme, seminars, 350 vendors, PlayGarden activities 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; $20, $5/ages 13-17, ages 12 and younger free; $10/admission after 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, after 2 p.m. Sunday (253-756-2121 or

Seattle Home Show

FRI-SUN 550 home and garden displays including model kitchens and bath vignettes, the newest in building products and materials, landscape displays, living green, arts and crafts and home decorating ideas, Idea Street homes, “Meet the Experts” seminars, “Made in America” feature, wine tasting, appearances by art and antique appraiser Dr. Lori, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$12 (206-284-8800 or

Langley Mystery Weekend

SAT-SUN Search the town for clues to solve the mystery for prizes, 10 a.m. Saturday-5 p.m. Sunday; visitor center open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday; Coroner’s Report, 1 p.m. Saturday, Langley Park; culprit revealed, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Langley Middle School, Langley; $8-$10 (360-221-6765 or

Beard & Stache Fest Opening Event

SUN Kicking off the monthlong event, see all 150 donation cans (and the furry faces they display) used for collecting donations to benefit Treehouse for foster kids, 7 p.m. Sunday, Hilliard’s Beer, 1550 N.W. 49th St., Seattle; free (206-414-8943 or

Russian Community Center Maslenitsa

SUN Traditional Russian Blini (pancakes) with caviar, butter, sour cream, lox, jam, syrup; Russian dance performances, art exhibit, noon Sunday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E., Seattle; free admission (206-323-3877 or

SJCC Purim Carnival

SUN All invited to celebration with “Purim Land” for kids 5 and younger, music, entertainment, costume contest, carnival games, inflatable toys, lunch for sale, noon Sunday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free (206-232-7115 or

The Bellevue Wedding Show

SUN Vendors to help plan your wedding, 1 p.m. Sunday, The Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $15-$20 (

Northwest Women’s Show

PLAN AHEAD Entertainment, fashion shows, celebrity appearances, Firefighters ‘Smokin’ Hot’ Show raising money for Firefighters Lifeline Foundation, wine tasting, shopping, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle; $15 (425-605-4131 or


Smelt Derby Festival

SAT Pancake breakfast, fishing for smelt on public docks; prizes by age and category, kids’ activities, raffle, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Maple Hall, 108 Commercial Ave., La Conner; $2-$6 (

Food events

Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival

FRI-SAT Premier beer, Scotch, wine and whiskey tasting benefiting the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., Seattle; $25-$50 (206-633-0422 or

PNA Wine Taste

SAT Washington wine samples, snacks, music, wine store; portion of the proceeds benefit Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) programs, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$30 (206-783-2244 or

Wine tasting

SAT Taste Italian Terre Margaritelli reds and whites, 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Arista Wine Cellars, 320 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free (425-771-7009 or

Irish soda bread baking

SAT Irish Heritage Club baking demonstration and information on soda bread and other Irish food, 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Patrick’s Church, 2702 Broadway E., Seattle; $10, preregister, space limited (

Japanese Noodle Cooking

SAT Chef demonstration on Japanese udon and soba noodle dishes, 3 p.m. Saturday, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $25-$30 includes soba plate; preregister (206-623-5124 or

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

SUN World tour of beer, wine, spirits, food, cooking demos, coffee bar; proceeds benefit The Giving Grapes Foundation to help provide financial assistance to service industry professionals who have to take time off work due to injury or illness, noon Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $49-$55 (

Best of Ballard

SUN Sample dishes at four local restaurants, vegetarian options available, 7 p.m. Sunday, Ballard neighborhood, Seattle; $45 (

Beat the Winter Brews

TUE Samples of wine and beer by local microbreweries and wineries, blues music, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; $20-$25 (425-392-0661 or


Nuts, berries and other perennial edibles

SAT Perennial plants for edible landscape, 2 p.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $25-$36 (206-633-0451 or

Swanson’s Nursery events

SUN Berries and fruits for your garden, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or


Issaquah Alps Trails Club

FRI-SUN Dogs welcome easy 4-6 mile hike, 10 a.m. Friday; Soaring Eagle easy 6 mile hike, 9 a.m. Saturday; Rattlesnake Mountain 5-mile hike to Stan’s Overlook, 9:30 a.m. Sunday; water, food, daypack, hiking footwear required, dogs on designated hikes only, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (


Pacific NW Yo-Yo Championships

FRI-SAT Yo-yo competition for all levels, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or

City chickens 101

SAT Learn how to raise a flock of hens in the city, 10 a.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-633-0451 or

Green River Glass Show & Sale

SAT 35 vendors with 200 tables of glass, china, pottery, jewelry and collectibles from early to mid-20th century, free glass identification (limit 2 items per person), glass repair available, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; $3 admission benefits Children’s Hospital and other charities (253-852-5250).

Coleman Collectors Club

SAT Display of vintage Coleman stoves, lanterns, bring your old Coleman items for information on restoration, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Best Western Plus, 8326 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey (206-257-8957 or

Gold, Gem & Mineral Show

SAT-SUN Washington Prospectors Mining Association display of gold, jewelry, gems, and minerals, information on gold and prospecting, door prizes, vendors, information on where and how to find gold; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $5 (

Museum events

Art for Social Change Craft Workshops — Cardboard and Excess Packaging

SAT Help build a kid-friendly giant trash monster out of recycled materials, bring used cardboard packaging, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or

Museum of Flight events

SAT American Fighter Aces Symposium panel discussion, 2 p.m. Saturday; Orion: America’s Deep Space Human Spacecraft lecture, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $9-$17 (206-764-5720 or

Get Crafty Saturdays Silhouette Lantern

SAT Get inspired by fiber art in BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet, then make a silhouette lantern with fibers, for ages 4-12, 1 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $2-$10 (425-519-0770 or

Hands-On Day
— Discover Mat Weaving

SAT Learn how to do traditional mat weaving, 15 minute drop-in activity for ages 4 to 12 and the young at heart, drop in 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-542-7111 or

Jefferson Davis and Military Road

SAT Greater Kent Historical Society program, 1 p.m. Saturday, Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent; $5-$12 (253-854-4330 or ).

Paper Airplane Flight School

SAT Open to all ages, folding and flying paper airplanes, 1 p.m., distance and spot landing contest, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Flight Museum, 7637 Old Hwy. 99 S.E., Olympia; $5-$7 (360-705-3925).

Victorian Secrets: After-Dark Merriment at Old City Hall

SAT Secrets of the Victorian Era in historic 1892 Old City Hall Building with “Good Time Girl” narratives, poetry readings, local history trivia games, artifact scavenger hunt, beer; Victorian attire encouraged but not required, 7 p.m. Saturday, Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham; $5-$8 (360-778-8930 or

Black History Month at NAAM

SAT-SUN Brownbox Theatre presents James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner,” 7 p.m. Saturday; live music in honor of Ernestine Anderson, 4 p.m. Sunday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or

Celluloid Seattle Day

SUN Movie screenings, programs and activities for all ages to highlight special exhibit “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies,” including Make-Your-Own Movie activity, guided exhibit tours with Seattle film industry insiders, screenings of the 1933 movie “Tugboat Annie,” starring the tugboat Arthur Foss, moored at Lake Union Park outside the museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or

MOHAI Oscar Night Party

SUN In honor of the special exhibit Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies, eat, drink, and watch the Academy Awards on the big screen in MOHAI’s Grand Atrium with emcee Warren Etheredge, Oscar-themed games and prizes, 5 p.m. Sunday, red carpet viewing with fashion commentary, 4 p.m., MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-324-1126 or

Hidden Treasures in Washington Museums

SUN Humanities WA offbeat, photo-filled tour of Washington history through the stories of museum artifacts, hosted by Highline Historical Society as it prepares to build a new museum that will showcase the treasures that have been stored in its collections, 2 p.m. Sunday, Highline School District ERAC, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W., Burien; free (206-246-6354 or

Slavery in the Northwest: The Charles Mitchell Story

WED Humanities Washington presentation about a slave who was brought to Washington Territory in 1853 and escaped to Canada, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S., Renton; free (

Late Play Date

FEB. 28 Activities and crafts for kids age 3-12, 6 p.m. Feb. 28, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; free (253-288-7439 or

The Art of Video Games

ONGOING Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit explores the 40-year history of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 12, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-770-2700 or

Paddle sports

Experience dragonboating

SAT-SUN Hourlong excursion to experience the team sport, no experience or reservations required, all equipment provided, for ages 18 and older or ages 12 and older with parent; 8 a.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-523-4518 or

Park events

Kubota Garden Art Walk

SAT Feet First walking advocacy group hosts tour of Japanese garden for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Kubota Garden Park, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle; free (

Owl prowl

SAT Walk to search for owls in the woods, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $8, preregister (206-684-7434 or

Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Walk

SAT Guided 1-3 mile tour to learn park history, local wildlife, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225).

Living With Wildlife: Crows

SUN Learn about one of our most common wildlife residents, for ages 8 and older; 1 p.m. Sunday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, registration required (425-452-6885/registration, 425-452-4195/info or


Third Place Commons

SAT Total Experience Gospel Choir celebrates Black History Month, 1 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (


Chili Chase

SAT 5k run/walk followed by chili, 9 a.m. Saturday, STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma; $20-$30 (253-305-1022 or

Smelt Run in La Conner

SAT Run 5K/10K, Kids Dash, 2 mile Family Walk, benefits Skagit Symphony’s Youth Program, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, La Conner Middle School, La Conner; $30, kids dash free (360-848-9336 or


Seattle Design Center
Sample Sale

SAT Open to the public, furniture, area rugs, fabrics, accessories, lighting and more at savings up to 75 percent off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-762-1200 or

Ladies’ Clothing Swap

SUN Women exchange gently used clothing, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $20 suggested donation benefits Early Days new mom support groups (425-243-2355 or

Auction at Pacific Galleries

SUN Antique and vintage porcelain, glass, photography, ephemera, books, jewelry, clothing, furniture, 11 a.m. Sunday; preview noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday, Pacific Galleries, 241 S. Lander St., Seattle (206-441-9990 or


Brooks PR Invitational

SUN Competition featuring some of the fastest high school athletes from around the country, 3 p.m. Sunday, University of Washington Dempsey Indoor Track, 3924 Montlake Blvd. N.E., Seattle; free (

Snow sports

Guided snowshoe walks, Snoqualmie Pass

FRI-SUN Forest Service guided 90 minute walks to learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife on one-mile loop walk through old-growth forest, snowshoes provided, no experience necessary; 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; half-day hikes, 9 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested; reservations required (425-434-6111 or

Big Four Ice Cave
Snowshoe Walk

SAT Strenuous 4-mile snowshoe hike, for ages 16 and older, 8:30 a.m. Saturday and March 2, Verlot Public Service Center, Granite Falls; by reservation; $20/suggested donation (360-436-1155 or

Special interest

Free Dental Screening
for Children

SAT Free dental screening for all children 18 and younger, including children with special needs, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Center for Pediatric Dentistry, 6222 N.E. 74th St., Seattle; free (206-543-5800 or

Electronic recycling event

SAT Old electronics recycled free, see website for items accepted, 10 a.m. Saturday, Whole Foods Market, 17991 N.E. Redmond Way, Redmond; free (206-367-4111 or

Seattle Public Library
Sunday opening

SUN Craft activity and snacks to celebrate Seattle Public Library branches now open 1-5 p.m. Sundays; South Park Library, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle (206-615-1688 or

Ku Klux Klan in Washington State in the 1920s

SUN Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project describes activities of the KKK in Washington state in the early 1920s, 2 p.m. Sunday, Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood; free (425-778-2148 or

Senior Resource Fair

MON Vendors, information, free lunch, blood pressure checks, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W., Seattle; free (206-684-4240 or

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Namibia landscapes, 10 a.m. Saturday; Congo and gorillas in the wild, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or


Restoration is for Everyone

SAT Help remove invasive plants, plant native ones, gloves, tools, snacks provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or


Successful Beekeeping Series for Backyards

SAT Twelve-hour course to safely start and maintain a beehive on five Saturdays through Sept. 14, 10 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $99-$199 (425-481-1500 or

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