Polar Plunge Seattle
SAT Take a dip in Puget Sound to support Special Olympics Washington, 9 a.m. Saturday, Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Place N.W., Seattle; $75 minimum donation (www.specialolympicswashington.org/calendar/letr_events/polar_plunge
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SAT Brewer’s dinner with local microbrews to benefit West Sound Wildlife Shelter, providing care for injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals, 6 p.m. Saturday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $100 (206-855-9057 or www.westsoundwildlife.org/Ales/Ales4Tails_REG.html
Flower and Garden Show opening night Party
TUE Display gardens, dinner, auction to benefit the Arboretum Foundation, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $145-$500 (206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org).
Spokespeople ride to roses and chocolate
SAT Five-mile ride, new riders of all ages and skill levels welcome, stops at Theo’s Chocolate and Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden, noon Saturday, Wallingford Playfield, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (www.cascade.org/node/16456
FRI Dance with music of Hale Bill and the Bopps, 8 p.m. Friday, Epiphany Parish, 1805 38th Ave., Seattle; $7-$15, kids free (425-954-5262 or www.skandia-folkdance.org
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 seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).
’60s Dance Party
SAT Swing dance lesson, 7 p.m., DJ dance to music of Elvis, Motown, the Beatles, for ages 18 and older, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12 (www.learn2dance4fun.com
Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash
SAT Dance with DJ playing Motown’ hits, appetizers, wine, 7 p.m. Saturday, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; $15-$20 (206-684-4758 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
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 sno-king.org
Seattle Boat Show
FRI-SAT Display of 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and accessories, indoors at CenturyLink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; and outdoors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Chandlers Cove, South Lake Union; $5-$12 ages 10 and younger free (www.seattleboatshow.com
Lunar New Year Celebration
SAT Year of the Horse celebration, Lion and Dragon dances, Taiko drumming, martial arts, children’s costume parade; cultural activities, calligraphy, origami, games and activities, vendors, food walk with $2 tasting menu at local restaurants, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (www.cidbia.org).
Snohomish GroundFrog Day
SAT Snohomish Slew the frog arrives by fire engine to make “frognostication” on when spring will arrive in the Northwest, with kids’ crafts, jump rope competition, music, dancing, mascots, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Snohomish Event Gazebo, 10 Ave. A, Snohomish (historicdowntownsnohomish.org).
Northwest Flower & Garden Show
WED-FEB. 9 Display gardens with “Art in Bloom” theme, 120 free seminars with local gardening experts, 350 vendors, exhibits, hands-on activity area for kids and parents, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 5-8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 9, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $5-$22 (253-756-2121 or www.gardenshow.com).
Seattle RV Show
FEB. 6-9 Display and sale of new RVs, seminars, exhibits, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6-7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $8-$12, ages 12 and younger free (theseattlervshow.com
Red Wine and Chocolate Festival
FRI-SUN Taste red wines with gourmet chocolate, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Carpenter Creek Winery, 20376 E. Hickox Road, Mount Vernon; $5 (360-708-0700 or www.carpentercreek.com).
SAT Pancakes, eggs, ham, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $4-$5 (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org).
Swedish Pancake Breakfast
SUN Music and dancing, authentic Swedish pancakes, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 (206-283-1090 or www.swedishclubnw.org
MON Basics of understanding wine, 7 p.m. Monday, Wine Outlet, 946 Elliott Ave., Seattle; $65 (206-285-1129 or www.seattlewineoutlet.net/seattle-wine-school/
Start seeds indoors
SAT How to start your garden indoors, 2 p.m. Saturday, Bradner Gardens Park, 29th Avenue South and South Grand Street, Seattle; $25-$36 (seattletilth.org
Starting from Seed
SAT Lisa Taylor, author of “Your Farm in the City,” on starting herbs and veggies indoors, book signing, 11 a.m. Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html
Raising Mason Bees
SUN Information on how to cultivate mason bees, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-838-2737 or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Make Better Pictures. Tell Better Stories.
SAT Photographer David Perry shares images and tips to improve your photography, bring your camera, time after seminar to explore the store taking photos, 1 p.m. Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-398-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html).
Model Train Show and Marketplace
SAT-SUN Three buildings of model train layouts, vendors for hobbyists and train enthusiasts, hands on activities for kids, free workshops by train experts, portion of ticket proceeds benefit Snohomish County 4H; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $6-$8 (www.unwclub.org/unwshow
Blue Friday, Seattle Children’s Museum
FRI Admission special, $12 for one adult and one child in any Seahawks gear, including homemade paper hats or other creative wear supporting the Seahawks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattlel regular admission $7-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org/seahawks
Rocks, Fossils and the Future of the Pacific Northwest
FRI Paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, discusses fossils and other specimens from the Burke Museum’s collections to solve mysteries of the past and change the way we look at the future, 7 p.m. Friday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; free, preregistration recommended (burkemuseum.org/events
SAT Silkscreening activity, 11 a.m. Saturday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $8-$9 (425-637-8100 or kidsquestmuseum.org/activities.php?sid=11853).
Year of the Horse Festival
SAT Celebrate Lunar New Year with live music, performances, art-making, family tours, dress-up area, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; free museum admission (seattleartmuseum.org
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 mohai.org
First Thursday, SAM
FEB. 6 Free admission, reduced admission price to special exhibits, $6-$9, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 6; Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org
First Thursdays, the Burke
FEB. 6 Free museum admission, activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
Free Days, the Wing
FEB. 6 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org
SAAM free days
FEB. 6 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 6, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org
Free days, NAAM
FEB. 6 Free museum admission, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 6, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org
Free First Thursday, MOHAI
FEB. 6 Admission free, activities for all ages including Atrium Tours and evening performances by musicians from Cornish College of the Arts, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or mohai.org
First Thursday, Museum of Flight
FEB. 6 Free admission, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 6, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org
SAT Walk to learn about woodpeckers, bring binoculars if you have them, 9 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder
SAT Big-carnivore themed interactive exhibits, crafts, science experiments, scavenger hunts. self-guided nature walks, for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in February; Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/
Lewis Creek Ranger Hike
SAT Join a Ranger to explore the park, look for signs of wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild, all ages welcome, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Groundhogs and Shadows
SAT Learn about Groundhog Day and groundhogs, make weather predictor, for ages 3 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $2-$3 (425-452-4195 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
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 (www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/
Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours
SAT-SUN Docent-led tour, 2 p.m. every Saturday-Sunday, meet at Visitor Center, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (www.bellevuebotanical.org
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 (www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/
Winter Bird Watching Walk
PLAN AHEAD Explore the shores of Rattlesnake Lake for winter birds and wildlife, for all ages, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free, preregister (www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/
Chinese New Year Celebration and Lion Dance
FRI Martial arts demonstrations; Asian medicine information, lion dance, 7 p.m. Friday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-362-4378 or www.lccommunitycenter.org
Performances at Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Portage Bay Big Band swing, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fabulous Roofshakers rhythm and blues, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).
Lunar New Year Celebration at Westfield Southcenter
SAT To honor the year of the horse, arts and crafts activities; traditional lion dance starting in the Atrium to Macy’s Court, 10 a.m.; multicultural entertainment, including Pan-Asian story theater group, Natya Dance Theatre, Taekwondo demonstration, Chinese Orchestra, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Macy’s Southcenter, Tukwila; free (www.westfield.com/southcenter).
SUN Casual, all-ages performance with inspirational interlude, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, donation for musicians collected (www.seattlejazzvespers.org
Uplifted: A Reading of Iconic Black Voices
FEB. 6 CD Forum hosts words of prominent Black thinkers in American history including lyrics, literature, poetry, speeches and journals, with music, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free (206-323-4032 or www.cdforum.org
PLAN AHEAD Musical performances, theatre including Tim Noah, The Not-Its!, Alex Zerbe Juggling, Book-It Repertory Theatre (“The Phantom Tollbooth“) and Thistle Theatre (“Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum“), food concessions, arts workshops and activities for kids, bouncy houses, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-275-9595 or www.ec4arts.org
Mill Creek YMCA Puddle Run
SUN 5k, 5-mile, or 1-mile family race through neighborhood and trails of Silver Firs, free Groundhog Dash for younger ages, proceeds support Livestrong YMCA cancer survivor program, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Mill Creek Family YMCA, 13723 Puget Park Dr., Everett; $15-$25 (ymca-snoco.org/puddlerun).
Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show
FRI-SAT Brides Against Cancer national tour, sale of hundreds of new and used designer 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. Friday, $35 donation admits bride and one guest, additional guests $20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, $5 donation admission, Arctic Club Hotel, 700 Third Ave., Seattle (www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org
Friends of the Library Book Sale
SAT-SUN Used books, videos, CDs at bargain prices to benefit the library, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave. S.E., Covington (253-630-8761 or www.kcls.org
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
FRI-SUN 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. Saturday and 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).
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 www.nps.gov/mora/).
Big Four Ice Cave Snowshoe Walk
SAT-SUN Snow conditions permitting, 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, 11 miles east of Granite Falls; $20 suggested donation, reservations required (360-436-1155).
Introduction to Snowshoeing
WED Information on techniques, safety and destinations, 7 p.m. Wednesday, White Center Library, 11220 16th S.W., Seattle; free (206-362-7550 or www.kcls.org/fitness).
Puppet School Seattle Open House
FRI Puppet School celebrating the launch of Seattle branch, party with theme “2014: The Year of the Puppet,” 6 p.m. Friday, Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd S., Seattle; free (www.facebook.com/events/631066926952350/).
Chinese New Year Celebration
FRI Year of the Horse stories, songs and activities in Mandarin and English for ages 2 and older with adult, 10 a.m. Friday, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E., Bothell (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org).
Japanese cultural event
SAT For families, make an Oni mask, snacks, Japanese language mini-class for kids to celebrate Japanese tradition of Setsubun, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sponge, 13219 N.E. 20th St., Suite 203, Bellevue; free, reservations recommended (206-227-7138 or www.spongeschool.com
Watch the Super Bowl at Bothell Library
SUN Big-screen TV and speakers in a “no-shush” zone, pregame show 3 p.m., game 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E., Bothell; free (425-486-7811).
SUN Drop-in, all-ages juggling for beginners or experienced jugglers, bring your own juggling implements or borrow on site, 7 p.m. Sunday, Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-8569 or www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org).
SAT Informal gathering of travelers to share their travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com).
Europe independently on a budget
SAT Travel information, 11 a.m. Saturday, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-3522 or www.kcls.org).
SAT Europe Through the Back Door travel class; Provence and the French Riviera, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com
SAT Undiscovered China, 10 a.m.; Bhutan, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
TUE Imprint Tours hosts visual tour of New Zealand, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).
FEB. 6 History, ecosystems, festivals, customs. traditions, cuisine of Peru, 6 p.m. Feb. 6, Columbia Sportswear, 290 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-650-5795 or evergreenescapes.com/escape-your-everyday-travel-series).
PLAN AHEAD Information on Walking Adventures International upcoming trips, 11 a.m. Feb. 8, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island; free, reservation required (800-779-0353).
Stairway Walks Day
PLAN AHEAD Feet First hosts 18 guided neighborhood walks in public greenspaces with stairs, based on the book “Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up and Down Guide to City Neighborhoods” by Cathy and Jake Jaramill, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 8, Seattle, Bellevue and Burien; $5 suggested donation, preregister, space limited (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/554911
Organizing Digital and Print Memories
SAT Lessons, tips, and resources for managing your digital and print photos, 9 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $79 (425-481-1500 or www.eventbrite.com/e/21-acres-organizing-digital-and-print-memories-tickets-8312899105).