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Animal events

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Information on bald eagles’ winter migration to the Upper Skagit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January, Howard Miller Steelhead County Park, Rockport (360-853-7626 or

Eagle-watcher stations

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SAT-SUN U.S. Forest Service hosts volunteers with spotting scopes and binoculars for views of bald eagles, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 26, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport; Sutter Creek Rest Area, milepost 100, Highway 20; and Marblemount Fish Hatchery (360-856-5700, ext. 515 or


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

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 Wedding Show

SAT-SUN Wedding planning information and vendors, including flowers, order invitations, sample cakes, caterers and musicians, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; fashion shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $17 (800-505-5900 or

Skagit Eagle Festival

SAT-SUN Information station, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; activities include eagle-watching stations, Marblemount Hatchery tours, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Native American kistory, storytelling and music with arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Marblemount Community Hall, Marblemount; Skagit Eagle Festival Information Station, 45821 Railroad Ave., Concrete (360-853-8784 or

Food events

Old Bawdy Barley Wine Vertical Tasting

FRI Samples of vintages prior to this year’s, 6 p.m. Friday, Pike Brewing Company and Pub, 1415 First Ave., Seattle; $20 (206-812-6604 or


Hardy Cyclamen sale

SAT-SUN Thousands of blooming hardy cyclamen to add color to the winter garden, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bouquet Banque Nursery, 8220 State Ave., Marysville (360-659-4938 or


East Shore Singles Interlaken Park Walk

SAT Singles over 45, walk along wooded ravine through neighborhoods on paved paths and woodland trails, 11 a.m. Saturday, Interlaken Park, 2451 Delmar Drive E., Seattle (

Bellevue Guided Walk

SAT Interlaken Trailblazers 12K (7.2 miles) or 7K (4.3 miles) walk on sidewalks and park paths, 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Wilburton Hill Park, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue (

Graham Zimmerman: alpinist and first-time ascender

JAN. 16 Alpinist on his climbing adventures, including recent ascents in Alaska and Patagonia, 7 p.m. Jan. 16, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $5-$7 (

Wet Walk in the Woods

PLAN AHEAD Exploration of the woods with staff naturalists, for families with kids ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Jan. 18, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 Highway 9 Southeast, Woodinville; free, preregister (206-263-8862 or


Meeker Mansion Psychic Fair

SAT Discover your future or uncover your past, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $5 entry plus reader’s fees (253-848-1770 or

Planetarium Show “Pluto and the Icy White Dwarfs”

SAT Astronomer Dave Fong explores the outer reaches of the solar system; if the sky is clear, astronomers provide telescopes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or

Tracing the Human Family Tree Through DNA

MON Jewish Genealogical Society film and discussion, 7 p.m.; access to Family History Library, 6 p.m. Monday, LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (

Museum events

Sound Transit Station train exhibit opening

SAT Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Sound Transit Station replica exhibit with train-play table, 10:05 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or

Urban Sketchers in Residence

SAT Members of Seattle Urban Sketchers demonstrate and share sketching and location drawing techniques and supplies, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through March, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or

The History of Fort Thomas

SAT New display of the history of Fort Thomas built in 1855 in the Kent Valley, with replica of the original blockhouse fort and information on its place in local history, noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through May, Kent Historical Museum, 855 E. Smith St., Kent; free (253-854-4330 or

National Rubber Ducky Day

MON Celebration with Ride the Ducks Seattle, Rubber Ducky Races, Quacker parades, 10 a.m. Monday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or

Alpine Photography of George L. Kinkade

WED Opening day of first public showing of Alpine Photography of George L. Kinkade exhibit, photographs published from the 1930s through the 1950s, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and 6-8 p.m. first Thursdays through June 1, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $2-$5 (253-288-7433 or

History Cafe: Seattle Railroads

JAN. 16 Discussion about local history at the Compass Cafe, 7 p.m. Jan. 16, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or

Park events

South Bellevue Community Center 8th Anniversary Celebration

FRI-SUN Free classes and activities, Friday-Sunday, South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue; free (425-452-4240 or

Deep Forest and Eagle Habitat Experience

FRI-SUN Interpretive walk for all ages to explore eagle habitat on the park’s lower trails along the river in old-growth forest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Jan. 26, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; free; Discover Pass or $10 day pass required for parking (360-853-8461 or

Wildlife in Winter

SAT Walk with a naturalist to learn how animals survive the winter, for ages 6 and older, children accompanied by adult, 1 p.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or

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 (

Walk when the moon is full

PLAN AHEAD Guided walk to explore the park like a nocturnal animal, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $5, preregister (206-386-4236 or

State Parks Free Days

PLAN AHEAD Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required, Jan. 19-20 (


Performances at Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Two-Scoops Combo boogie-woogie, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Alma Villegas Latin jazz, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or

AJ Rafael benefit concert

JAN. 16 Benefit concert to rebuild School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates) environmental education organization in the Philippines after typhoon damage, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Seattle University Campion Ballroom, 914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle; $10-$15 (


Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival

SAT Races on 5.2-mile loop trail, 5 miles, 10 miles, 50K solo, 50K pair or team (3- to 6-person teams) races, may be muddy; 3 p.m. Saturday, check in opens 1:30 p.m., Bridle Trails State Park, Northeast 53rd Street and 116th Avenue Northeast, Kirkland; $15-$60; Discover Pass required for parking, available on-site (


Premier Auction “Continental Collection”

SUN Early European antiques, fine art, furniture, home décor, jewelry, noon Sunday; preview noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Galleries Antique Mall & Auction House, 241 South Lander, Seattle (206-441-9990 or

Snow sports

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, on Highway 2 east of Skykomish; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-677-2414

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, 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

Free Helmet Fitting and Giveaway

SUN Children ages 4 to 18 fitted for new ski helmets, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic, 1500 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free, no appointments (206-987-1569 or

Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks

ONGOING Lack of snow has canceled scheduled snowshoe walks and other outdoor snow events until further notice; weekend snowshoe walks will start as soon as there’s sufficient snowpack; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center, Snoqualmie Pass (425-434-6111).

Special interest

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

FRI-SUN Open-air ice-skating rink, food concessions, 3-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $12 or $8/ages 6 and younger, includes skate rental; $9 if you bring your own skates (

Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1935-41

SAT History presentation on stories about and impact of Great Depression program, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; $5 suggested donation (

Garden Party

SAT Celebration of new Exploring Garden for Children, ribbon cutting, 11 a.m.; music for families, 11:30 a.m.; explore, plant, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road N.E., Woodinville (425-788-0733 or

Free skate and adult vaccination clinic

SAT Free public ice skate, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; free flu and whooping cough vaccinations for uninsured and low-income adults, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; free, including free skate rental (425-322-2600 or

Urban Character: Seattle Neighborhood, Then and Now

TUE Seattle Architecture Foundation lecture on the Georgetown neighborhood, opening reception, speakers, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Georgetown Ballroom, 5625 Airport Way S., Seattle; $10-$15 (

Seattle Public Library tax assistance

TUE-APRIL 15 Free personal tax-preparation service available at Central library and nine branch libraries, dates and hours vary, drop-in at most locations, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

PLAN AHEAD Seattle Community Colleges host keynote speaker NPR (National Public Radio) correspondent Michele Norris to discuss “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m., and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m., noon Jan. 17, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (

Dr. MLK Leadership Conference

PLAN AHEAD Association for the Improvement of Minorities hosts Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Conference continental breakfast, workshops, conference materials, leadership symposium and awards luncheon to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 9 a.m. Jan. 18, Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites, 32124 25th Ave. S., Federal Way; $55-$65 (206-926-9319).


UW Boxing Exhibition at Seattle Boxing Gym

SAT University of Washington Boxing Team exhibition bout, 7 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Boxing Gym, 1432 Broadway, Seattle; $5 (

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT How to take great travel photos, 10 a.m.; trekking the Himalayas, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or

Travel classes

SAT Europe Through the Back Door travel class, England, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; Test Drive a Tour Guide event, presentations by Rick Steves and his tour guides to learn about independent travel and Rick Steves guided tours in Europe, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Edmonds Center for the Arts; 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Jan. 18, Edmonds Theater; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Edmonds Conference Center, Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or


Aquarium volunteer orientation

SUN Orientation for potential volunteers ages 18 and older, 10 a.m. Sunday, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; advance registration required (206-386-4300 or


Auto Leaks class

PLAN AHEAD Seattle Public Utilities event, car inspected for leaks, information on repairs, 9 a.m. Jan. 18, South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, preregister, space limited (

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