Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong and Silent Auction
SAT Community singing of topical songs and old favorites, snacks and dessert provided, wine and beer for sale, silent auction, quilt raffle, 7 p.m. Saturday, Greenwood Senior Activity Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle; $10-$15, $5/children (206-524-7753).
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SAT Cooking demonstrations and samples by local chefs and restaurants, music, silent auction, child care provided, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $100 (www.thechildrensmuseum.org/birthday).
The Red Door Gala
WED Fundraising auction, dinner show, to benefit Northwest Burn Foundation, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle; $125-$150, by reservation (206-789-6838 or nwburn.org/annual-gala).
Childhaven Fundraising Luncheon
MARCH 7 Keynote speaker former UW track and field star Norris Frederick, 11:30 a.m. March 7, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $150 minimum donation (206-957-6477 or www.childhaven.org).
Fighting Homelessness Luncheon
PLAN AHEAD Keynote Speaker Dr. Joseph Castleberry, all proceeds benefit KITH housing and services for homeless in East King County, noon March 8, The Westin Bellevue, Bellevue; suggested minimum donation $150 (425-576-9531 or www.kithcares.org/news/luncheon.htm).
RAGS Wearable Art
Show and Sale
PLAN AHEAD Boutique-style show of clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry from 75 artists; portion of sale benefits YWCA’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs; gala preview event 6 p.m. March 7, $70 admission; sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 8-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10, free admission; Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, Fife; free (253-272-4181 or RAGSWearableArt.org).
Mission: Incredible, Wish Night Gala and Auction
PLAN AHEAD Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington auction, dinner, entertainment to raise funds to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, 5:30 p.m. March 9, The Westin, Seattle; $250-$350 (206-623-5300 or www.makeawishwa.org/donate/gala13.asp).
Benefit Dinner and Auction
PLAN AHEAD Dinner, auction, dessert dash to Orphans Africa projects, 5 p.m. March 9, The Landmark Convention Center, Tacoma; $60-$100 (253-252-3544 or orphafri.ejoinme.org/OAauction2013).
SAT-SUN Riders of all ages and skill levels welcome on 5 mile, easy pace ride, 2 p.m. Saturday, steady rain cancels, from Wallingford Playfield, North 42nd Street and Densmore Avenue North, Seattle (206-547-9569); and easy pace, 11.5 mile ride downtown with some hills, 11 a.m. Sunday from Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-938-3322 or www.cascade.org).
Cascade Bicycle Club
SUN Easy pace 8 mile ride, all welcome to Ballard Locks and Fremont Market, 9 a.m. Sunday; and 25 mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills and stop at Swedish Club pancake breakfast ($9), 10 a.m. Sunday, from Gas Works Park, Seattle (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org).
Family Bird Walk
SAT Basics of birding and bird scavenger hunt walk, binoculars available, for families with children ages 5 to 12, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310404).
Blue Heron Watch
PLAN AHEAD Eastside Audubon Society hosts viewing by scopes of herons and their nests, 11 a.m. March 8, Kenmore Park and Ride, 7346 N.E. Bothell Way, Kenmore; followed by talk and slideshow, noon, Kenmore Fire Station, Kenmore (eastsideaudubon.org).
FRI Scandinavian folk dancing with live music, dance instruction, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 kids free (206-784-7470 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).
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 seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).
Seattle Balkan Dancers
FRI Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., Balkan line dancing, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $5 suggested donation (425-883-0332 or www.seattlebalkandancers.org).
Northwest Women’s Show
FRI-SUN Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Northwest Women’s Show, entertainment, fashion shows, celebrity appearances. Gretchen Rossi from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County, Firefighters ‘Smokin’ Hot’ show raising money for Firefighters Lifeline Foundation, wine tasting, vendors, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $15 (425-605-4131 or www.nwwomenshow.com).
Sewing and Stitchery Expo
FRI-SUN Seminars, vendors, speakers, displays for sewing, quilting, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $12 at the gate, parking free; advance registration required for some seminars (253-841-5045 or www.sewexpo.com).
Bike and Pike
SAT Information, food, beverages from local businesses, shop tours, win bicycles and accessories to benefit Food Lifeline, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., R+E Cycles, 5627 University Way N.E., Seattle; free admission (206-527-4822 or www.rodbikes.com/articles/ads/bike_and_pike.html).
Kent Kids’ Art Day
SAT Variety of hands-on art projects for kids accompanied by adult, food vendor, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; performance by children’s entertainer Bill Harley, 3 p.m. Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; $10/art day or performance, $15/both, ages 2 and younger free (www.ci.kent.wa.us/content.aspx?id=1434).
Penn Cove MusselFest
SAT-SUN Chowder tasting, mussel eating competition, cooking demonstrations, mussel farm boat tours, art walk, children’s activities, music, Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St., Coupeville, Whidbey Island; also, Spring Art Tour at studios from Greenbank to Oak Harbor (360-678-5434 or www.thepenncovemusselfestival.com).
Inscape Arts Spring Festival
SUN Demos, performances, music, exhibitions of many forms of creative arts, open studios, noon Sunday, Inscape, 815 Airport Way S., Seattle; free (www.facebook.com/inscapearts).
Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk
FRI Music, art events, wine tasting at several locations on Front Street, bring your own glass, all ages welcome, 5 p.m. today, Hailstone Feed store (historic Shell Station), 232 Front St., Issaquah; $20-$25 includes 10 tastes (425-391-1112 or www.downtownissaquah.com).
Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off
FRI Girl Scout cookie sale, photo booth, dress up as your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, games, cupcakes, STAR 101.5 prizes and playing music, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Northgate Mall near the Barnes and Noble entrance, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle (www.girlscoutsww.org).
Poverty Bay Wine Festival
FRI-SUN Music, food, wine tasting from 20 Northwest wineries, proceeds fund service projects of Des Moines Rotary, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Landmark on the Sound, 23660 Marine View Drive S., Des Moines; $25-$35 (www.dmrotary.org).
Loyal Heights pancake breakfast
SUN Breakfast benefits scholarships and teen programs, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 N.W. 77th St., Seattle; $4-$5, ages 3 and younger free (206-684-4052 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Swedish Pancake Breakfast
SUN Pancakes, ham, beverages, music, folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9, ages 4 and younger free (206-283-1090 or www.swedishculturalcenter.org).
Golden Grapes Awards Ceremony and Tasting
SUN Best wines made in Woodinville Wine Country as chosen by winemakers, 3 p.m. Sunday, Willows Lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $15/advance, $25/at the door includes 15 tastes (www.eventbrite.com/event/5332658124#).
Tacoma Buddhist Temple Sukiyaki Dinner
SUN Sukiyaki, chicken or beef teriyaki, veggie kebabs, mochi cupcakes, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or while supplies last Sunday, Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; $1-$12 (253-627-1417 or www.tacomabt.org).
Pyramid Beer Release — Benefiting the American Heart Association
WED Samples of Pyramid Breweries’ 10 new brews, proceeds benefit the American Heart Association, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle; $20 (415-806-1467 or pyramidheartmonth.eventbrite.com).
Irish Soda Bread Contest
PLAN AHEAD Contest for amateur bakers, see website for rules, recipes, categories, 2 p.m. March 9, T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Seattle; free (206-321-4576 or irishclub.org)
MsK Nursery Grand Reopening and Rain Gardens Plant Sale
FRI-SUN MsK Rare and Native Nursery opening weekend for the season, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-1281 or www.kruckeberg.org).
SAT Plant Amnesty pruning demonstrations, free gardening consultations, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com).
Rose pruning demonstration
SAT Seattle Rose Society prunes roses and provides information, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Rose Garden, North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North, Seattle; free (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).
Start your garden indoors
SAT How to start seeds indoors for your veggie garden, 2 p.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $25-$36 (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org).
March Mania Plant Sale
SAT Plant sale features spring ephemerals and other plants for this time of year, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue (425-647-6004 or www.northwestperennialalliance.org/march_mania2013.php).
Renovating an Overgrown Yard
SAT How to prune shrubs and evergreens, move plants, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
Tadpole Teach-in: Mason Bees and Native Plants
SAT How to improve the pollination of plants and trees in your yard and support the environment by hosting non-stinging native bees, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Tadpole Haven Native Plants, 20322 197th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; free, preregister (425-788-6100 or tadpolehaven.com/events).
SAT Learn about low-maintenance dwarf conifers for ornamental texture and year around color, 10 a.m. Saturday; author of “Your Farm in the City” on how to plant and care for your berries, followed by book signing, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html).
SAT Hellebores and other plants for early color, 1 p.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free, reservations required (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).
Winter Field Day & Open House
SAT Theme “Local and Organic,” lectures, demonstrations, workshops to learn to prune and graft, sale, 9 a.m. Saturday, Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Garden, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon; $15 (www.nwfruit.org).
East Shore Singles Alki Beach Walk
SAT Singles over 45 take a walk along the water, followed by optional lunch, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jack Block Shoreline Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (www.meetup.com/Eastshore-Singles).
SAT Interlaken Trailblazers 15K (9.3 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K routes on sidewalks, road shoulders and trail along the Sammamish River, start anytime 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Saturday, Woodinville Fire & Rescue, 17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Road N.E., Woodinville; free (www.interlakentrailblazers.org).
Northwest Trek walk
SAT-SUN Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walks on paved and trails, woodland paths and road shoulders to see native wildlife in the park, start 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, finish by 4 p.m.; start 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Sunday, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville; free entrance to the park for walkers, half-price tram tours available (www.nwtrek.org).
Emerald City Comicon
FRI-SUN Comic book vendors, exhibits, writer and artist appearances, gaming, kids’ activities, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $25/Friday, Sunday, $35/Saturday, $10/ages 3-10 (www.emeraldcitycomiccon.com).
Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show
SAT-SUN Forty vendors of small scale items for dollhouses, roomboxes and vignettes, door prizes, exhibits, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms, north side of KeyArena, Seattle; $5.50-$6 (206-684-7200 or www.NWMiniatureShow.com).
Polar Science Weekend
FRI-SUN In partnership with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits for all ages, build an igloo, see tents used in polar research camps, join an ice smashing demonstration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $9-$16 (206-443-2937 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org).
First Saturday for Families, Seattle Asian Art Museum
SAT Free admission for families, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; craft activities, Kids Flicks movie, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Burke Museum craft workshop/Dinos & Other Fossils Art for Social Change Craft Workshops — Soda Cans
SAT-SUN Help build a kid-friendly giant trash monster out of recycled materials; bring used soda cans, 10 a.m. Saturday; explore what dinosaurs and other fossils tell us about prehistoric life, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
Pacific Science Center free admission
MON Free admission for first 200 guests, 10 a.m. Monday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle (206-443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Visit/cigna-days).
The Owl & the Woodpecker in Washington
WEDS Photographer Paul Bannick speaks about his display currently on view at the museum, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds; $5 at the door (historicedmonds.org).
First Thursday, NAAM
MARCH 7 Free admission, 10-7 p.m. March 7, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org).
First Thursday, SAM
MARCH 7 Free admission to regular exhibits, discounted admission to special exhibit “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborouth: The Treasures of Kenwood House London,” $6-$10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 7, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
First Thursday, Burke Museum
MARCH 7 Free admission, hands-on activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 7, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; free (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
First Thursdays, MOHAI
MARCH 7 Free admission first Thursday of each month, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 7, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; (www.mohai.org).
First Thursdays, Seattle Asian Art Museum
MARCH 7 Free admission, 10 a.m. 9 p.m. March 7, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (www.seattleartmuseum.org).
First Thursday, The Wing
MARCH 7 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 7, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or www.wingluke.org).
First Thursday, Museum of Flight
MARCH 7 Free admission 5-9 p.m. March 7, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
The Life and Times of Tyrannosaurus rex
PLAN AHEAD Burke Museum hosts dinosaur paleontologist Dr. Thomas Holtz on T. rex in North America, 7 p.m. March 8, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free, advance registration required (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/trex_talk).
Seattle Japanese Garden
FRI-SUN First Viewing event to celebrate garden opening for the season, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., traditional Shinto blessing, noon, drop in calligraphy workshop, 1 3 p.m. Sunday; $5-$10; regular hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Tuesdays through Sundays in March, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
SAT Walk to learn about winter plants, 1 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Walk
SAT Guided 1-3 mile tour to learn park history, tour community gardens, discover local wildlife, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225).
Mercer Slough Nature Walk
SAT Guided one-walk walk to learn about slough history, plants and animals, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
Lewis Creek Ranger Hike
SAT Ranger walk to explore the natural history of the park and look for signs of local wildlife, all ages welcome, no registration required, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Kubota Garden Art Walk
SUN Feet First walking advocacy group hosts tour of Japanese garden for all ages, 3 p.m. Sunday, Kubota Garden Park, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle; free (feetfirst.org).
Norwegian Ladies Chorus Rummage Sale
SAT Rummage, bake sale including Norwegian waffles and krumkake, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle (206-200-3078 or www.nlcofseattle.org).
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, 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; winter photography outings for photography enthusiasts of all abilities on 4-5 hour outings, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and March 16, 31; Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested; $25/photography and half-day outings; reservations required for all events (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
FRI Family art activities, sports competitions, games, bounce houses, food, for kids of all ages, 6 p.m. Friday, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; free, food bank donations suggested (253-856-5030 or www.youmewekent.com).
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
SUN Children’s authors Lenore Look (Alvin Ho and Ruby Lu series) and Brenda Guiberson (“Frog Song“), Dr. Seuss treats and activities, 3 p.m. Sunday, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland; free (425-828-6546).
Seattle Public Library Sunday opening
SUN All Seattle Public Library branches now open 1-5 p.m. Sundays; special celebration Sunday, Queen Anne Library, 400 W. Garfield St., Seattle; free (206-386-4227or www.spl.org).
SAT Informal gathering to learn from other’s travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).
Rick Steves’ Europe travel classes
SAT Women’s seminar, traveling solo, 10 a.m.; packing light and right, 11:30 a.m.; European rail skills, 1 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
SAT Peru for families, 10 a.m.; Greece and Turkey by land and sea, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
Food Lifeline Repackathon
SAT Get a team together for Repacking Challenge with music, food, prizes, three-hour shifts 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Food Lifeline, 1702 N.E. 150th St., Shoreline; $25 (206-545-6600 or www.repackathon.org).
SUN Learn about the different qualities of hardwoods and softwoods, how to repair minor damage, 11 a.m. Sunday, Second Use Building Materials, 3223 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-763-6929 or www.seconduse.com/node/3878368).
PLAN AHEAD Lectures by local genealogy experts, lunch, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. March 9, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave N.E., Seattle; $35, preregister (206-782-2629 or irishclub.org).