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Animal events

Pier Into the Night

SAT Harbor WildWatch naturalists investigate marine life in Puget Sound at night; for all ages, 6 p.m. Saturday, Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; free (253-514-0187 or

White Birds of Winter

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JAN. 30 Lecture and slideshow about the thousands of trumpeter and tundra swans and snow geese that migrate to Washington state, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $5-$7, preregistration required (425-316-8592).

Chubby Cat Discount

ONGOING Adoption fee discount of $1 per pound on cats 1 year and older, through January, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or


Fight For Air Stairclimb

SAT Climb the building’s 40 floors, or go more than once for 80, 120 or 160 floors, fundraiser for American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, 8 a.m. Saturday, Rainier Tower, 1301 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$40 plus required fundraising (206-512-3281 or

Crab Feed fundraiser dinner and dance

SAT Dinner with crab or other entrees, dessert auction, no host bar, music; proceeds benefit scholarship fund, 6 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (

Ales for Tails

PLAN AHEAD Brewer’s dinner with local crafted microbrews to benefit West Sound Wildlife Shelter, providing care for injured, orphaned, sick, wild animals, 6 p.m. Feb. 1, IslandWood, Bainbridge Island; $100 (206-855-9057 or

Polar Plunge Seattle

PLAN AHEAD Take a dip in Puget Sound to support Special Olympics Washington, 9 a.m. Feb. 1, Golden Gardens Park, Seattle; $75 minimum donation (


S.L.O.W. public-art ride

SAT Cascade Bicycle Club Senior Ladies On Wheels (S.L.O.W.) leisurely paced 7.5 mile ride, all slow riders of all ages welcome, with stops to see art by African-American artists, snack stop, 11 a.m. Saturday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (

Winter biking

SAT Information on safe winter-bike commuting, 1 p.m. Saturday, Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave. S.E., Covington (253-630-8761 or

Wine and spice ride

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 26 mile, leisurely paced ride with hills, snack stop, optional wine tasting after ride; steady rain cancels; 10 a.m. Sunday, Sammamish River Trail parking lot, 14400 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville (

Resolution ride

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 22 mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills; share your 2014 resolutions and how they’re working so far; steady rain cancels, noon Sunday, Cottage Lake Park, 18801 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville (


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

Shorecrest High School Big Band Swing Dance

SAT Swing-dance lessons. 5:30-7:30 p.m., swing, fox trot, jazz with Shorecrest High School Jazz and Stage Bands and Kellogg Middle School Jazz Band, all ages, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Shorecrest High School/Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $6-$15 (206-393-4286 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

Experience Dance Project

TUE Learn about and try a contemporary-dance class, no experience necessary, first hour lecture open to all ages, second hour contemporary-dance class for ages 10 and older, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue; free, preregistration required using course #84846 (425-452-4240).

Lake City Thursday Night Contra Dance

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

Bollywood dance

JAN. 30 Learn dance moves from Dance with Bollywood Seattle, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. N.W., Shoreline; free (206-546-3522 or


Seattle Boat Show

FRI-FEB. 1 Display of more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, accessories, seminars, indoors at CenturyLink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Jan. 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 1; access to CenturyLink field open to celebrate the Seahawks NFC Championship, walk the turf, take photos, noon-2 p.m. Friday through Tuesday and Jan. 31 through Feb. 1; Boat Show outdoors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1, South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle; continuous free shuttles between locations; $5-$12, ages 10 and younger free; Seattle Boat Show Uncorked Northwest wine-tasting event, 5-10 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, $27 includes show admission, souvenir wineglass, 10 tastes (

Washington Sportsmen’s Show

FRI-SUN Family-friendly outdoor-recreation displays, education, vendors Sport Fishing Boat Show, RVs, attractions include indoor Steelhead River, Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals, Camp Cooking Tent, Kids’ Free Trout Pond; noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5-$12 (

Tacoma Home & Garden Show

FRI-SUN Exhibits by hundreds of vendors, how-to seminars, gardens, Vintage Market, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $12, ages 16 and younger free (253-756-2121 or

Mariners FanFest

SAT-SUN Meet Mariners players and staff, tour the clubhouse, throw a pitch in the bullpen, zip line, run around the bases, Kids’ Zone, taste of Safeco Field, virtual TV broadcast, season ticket choose-a-seat, Mariners Care garage sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $10, ages 14 and younger free (

Tet Festival Vietnamese New Year

SAT-SUN Lunar New Year celebration with lion dances, firecrackers, martial arts, entertainment, displays and exhibits of Vietnamese history and culture, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Ursulmas Medieval Faire

SAT-SUN The Barony of Aquaterra hosts medieval tournaments, youth activities, archery, vendors and demonstrations of medieval skills, beer garden, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $10-$20 (

Skagit Eagle Festival

SAT-SUN Information station, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 45821 Railroad Ave., Concrete; activities include eagle-watching stations, Marblemount Hatchery tours, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (360-853-8784 or

Home Design and Remodel Fair

SUN Meet local contractors and building professionals and explore home improvement ideas, emphasizing sustainable design and building practices from local businesses, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-783-2244 or

Food events

Legendary Swirl

SAT Samples by dozens of West Coast wineries, bites, select pours from local distilleries, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, $85; dinner, 7 p.m., $160; Swirl and dinner, $215, El Gaucho-Seattle, 2505 First Ave., Seattle (206-728-1337 or

Lutefisk/meatball dinner

SAT Traditional dinner, lefse, boiled potatoes, kurmkake, beverages, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo; $20-$22 (360-779-5209 or


Hellebores — Winter Garden Gems

SAT Discover the colorful winter world of hellebores, 11 a.m. Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or

Is Beekeeping for You?

SAT Basics, including Seattle municipal codes for backyard beekeepers, 10 a.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-459-4131 or

What’s the Buzz about Mason Bees

SAT Learn about bees and how to keep them in your yard, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Orchids for Beginners

SUN Expert advice on how to cultivate orchids, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-838-2737 or

Museum events

SAM Great Big Book Sale

FRI-SUN Bargains on SAM exhibition catalogs and art books, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3120 or

Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture

FRI-SUN All ages Brick Party first look at “Block by Block” Lego exhibit opening Saturday, with Lego video games and brick building activities, cash bar, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, $5-$20; exhibit open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, EMP Museum, 323 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (

Future City Competition Regional Finals

SAT Future City Competition for 6th, 7th, 8th graders across the U.S. to create a city of tomorrow, preparing a model, speech, essay, computer simulation; Washington State competition to compete nationally in Washington D.C., 8 a.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; free (

Lunar New Year Opening Celebration

SAT Lion dance, 11 a.m.; games, arts and crafts, stories, short films, dances from around the world celebrating Lunar New Year and the Year of the Horse, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $8.95-$12.95 (206-623-5124 or

Artifact ID Day

SAT Experts provide information on Native American, Pacific Island and Southeast Asian baskets, blankets and cultural artifacts and archaeological materials, fossils, rocks, minerals and bones, no appraisals given, limit three items per visitor, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or

Duwamish Longhouse 5th Anniversary Celebration

SAT Duwamish “Epic of the North Wind” by NW Native storyteller Roger Fernandes, 2 p.m.; exhibit areas and art gallery, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or

Hawaii in Your Own Backyard

SAT-SUN Explore sea life of the Hawaiian islands, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or

Museum of Flight events

SAT-SUN Museum honors fallen astronauts of Apollo and space shuttle with special exhibits and presentations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; talk by Pilot Andrew Lohmar who led the Navy rescue operation of Capt. Phillips, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $11-$19 (206-764-5720 or

An Art-tastic Evening

WED Art activities and performances by Music Northwest, improvisational-drama group, Bellevue Arts Museum, Smart with Art, 6 p.m. Wednesday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $3-$7 (425-637-8100 or

Drawn to Seattle Artist Talk with Gabriel Campanario

JAN. 30 Seattle Times “Seattle Sketcher” talks about his exhibit and shares stories from sketching Seattle people and places, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $5 (206-324-1126 or

Rocks, Fossils and the Future of the Pacific Northwest

PLAN AHEAD Paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, discusses fossils and specimens from Burke Museum collections to solve the mysteries of the past and the way we look at the future, 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; free, preregistration recommended (

Park events

Owl Prowl

FRI Discover local owl species, night hike with rangers to look for owls and other nocturnal wildlife in the park, bring a flashlight or headlamp; for ages 5 and older, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $5-$6 (425-452-4195 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. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport, Skagit County; free, Discover Pass or $10 day pass required for parking (360-853-8461 or

Headbanger’s Ball/Evergreens walk

SAT Walk in the woods to explore the world of woodpeckers, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 9 a.m. Saturday; walk on park trails for all ages, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or

Wintergreen walk

SAT Walk through the park with a naturalist to learn about evergreen conifers, 1 p.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or

Arboretum walk

SUN Ancient Tree Species themed guided walk, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or

Coal Mining at Cougar Mountain

SUN Eastside Heritage Center and Bellevue Parks & Community Services program on 100 years of local coal mining, 2 p.m. Sunday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or

Starlight Beach Walk

MON All ages welcome, Edmonds Discovery Programs and WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers low-tide beach walk, bring a flashlight to explore the beach as the tide goes out, 7 p.m. Monday, Olympic Beach, Dayton Street and Admiral Way, Edmonds; free, no registration (425-771-0227).

Winter Adventure Hike/Stories and crafts

PLAN AHEAD Easy, 2-mile hike to explore the Rattlesnake Lake area, for all ages, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1; stories and crafts about local wildlife, for all ages, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free, preregister (


Performances at Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Stickshift Annie blues, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Jet City Jazz Band swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or

Path with Art Winter Voices Showcase

SAT Path with Art’s writing and performance students, in recovery from homelessness and other traumas who are transforming their lives through art, 3 p.m. Saturday, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; free (206-650-0669 or

Seattle University International Dinner

SAT International cuisine and performances from around the world with “Exploring our Cultural Roots” theme, 6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle University Campion Ballroom, 914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle; $20 (206-220-8524 or

Winter Fireside Party Benefit for NW Folklife

SAT String bands, indie-roots, blues and gospel music, meet artists, square dance, Northwest Fiddle Showcase in venues including outdoor-heated space for conversation with musicians; food and drinks available; proceeds benefit Northwest Folklife Festival, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, The Vera Project, Seattle Center, Seattle; $25-$35 (206-724-7715 or

Sing Out for Justice

SUN Seattle community-choral celebration benefits homeless, 2 p.m. Sunday, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free (206-062-2486 or

Lunar New Year Lion Dance

SUN Traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance, 1 p.m. Sunday, Uwajimaya, 600 Fifth Ave. S., Seattle; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Uwajimaya, 699 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Uwajimaya, 501 S. Grady Way, Renton; free (

Burns Supper

MON Part of worldwide annual in celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, entertainment, songs inspired by Burns poems, meal, beer and wine included, 6:15 p.m. Monday, Lark Restaurant, 926 12th Ave., Seattle; $100 (702-561-1653 or

Speed of Sound concert series

PLAN AHEAD Music by three bands, Mary Pickerel and His Praying Hands, Star Anna, and Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $15-$25 (


Resolution Run Series

SAT Fort Steilacoom Running Club hosts 10K and 10 miles, 9 a.m. Saturday, Steilacoom High School, 54 Sentinel St., Steilacoom, Pierce County; $25-$30 (


glassybaby seconds sale

SAT Prices: $28 for glassybaby, $35 for drinker, 10 percent of sales donated to Camp Korey, 8 a.m. Saturday, glassybaby, 3406 E. Union St., Seattle (206-518-9071 or

A Very Vintage Market

SAT Vendors, vintage, collectibles, architectural-salvage items, crafts; also palm, numerology and card readings, $10; lunch available, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (

Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show

PLAN AHEAD Brides Against Cancer national tour, sale of hundreds of new and used designer and couture wedding gowns in all styles, sizes 4-18, prices $99-$3,900, wedding vendors, giveaways; portion of proceeds benefit cancer charities; 6-10 p.m. Jan. 31, $35 donation admits bride and one guest, additional guests $20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1, $5 donation admission, Arctic Club Hotel, 700 Third Ave., Seattle (


All Things Cheer And Dance International Championships

FRI-SUN Teams competing for a bid to the World Cheerleading Championship in April in Florida, 8 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; $13-$15/day (

Snow sports

Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks

FRI Snow conditions permitting, 90-minute, 1-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; winter photography outings for photographers for all abilities on 4-5 hour hike, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1, 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).

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, 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 (360-569-6575 or

Introduction to Snowshoeing

WED Information on techniques, safety and destinations, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish (206-362-7550 or

Special interest

Pinewood Derby

SAT Local Cub Scouts race their cars, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or

Chinese New Year Celebration

MON Family story time, craft activities, all ages welcome with adult, 7 p.m. Monday, Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave. S., Renton (425-226-6043 or

Travel events

International Travel: Best Practices for a Safe Trip

SAT How to be prepared for safe travel, 2 p.m. Saturday, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; free, registration required (422-822-2459 or

Travel classes

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

Travel seminars

SAT Discover Cuba, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or


Winter Walk

SAT Daffodil Valley Volkssport 15K, 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) walks on sidewalks and road shoulders, start anytime 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunrise Village Center, 10507 156th St. E., Puyallup (


AAA Driver Improvement Program

SAT AAA refresher course on defensive driving skills, traffic-accident prevention, enhanced-driver safety and confidence, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Calvary Christian Assembly, 6801 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; $18 (206-243-3564 or

Design Center grand opening

SAT Workshops on home-design trends, remodeling, improving energy efficiency, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Neil Kelly Company Design Center, 5959 Corson Ave. S., Seattle (206-343-2822 or

NW Masters of the Martial Arts #3

SAT Four hours of cross-training, chun kuo, kung fu, ba gua, kajukenbo, and MMA-style grappling, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts, 12025 Lake City Way N.E. Suite B, Seattle; $20 (206-363-0471 or

Built Heritage Research Series

PLAN AHEAD Historic Seattle eight-session series on primary-research materials in archives in Seattle and King County, 10:30 a.m.-noon monthly through Sept. at locations including 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1, Historic Seattle, 1117 Minor Ave., Seattle; $20-$65/series or $5-$10/session (

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