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Animal events

Winter Fishtival

FRI-SAT Activities, talks to learn about the Seattle Aquarium’s fish, birds and marine mammals, highlighting a different sea animal each day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or

See Bald Eagles on the Skagit River

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SAT-SUN Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service stations with volunteers, spotting scopes, binoculars, information, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 27 at three locations along Highway 20, Sutter Creek Rest Area; Marblemount Fish Hatchery; and Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; free (360-856-5700 or

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Eagle viewing information, educational displays on eagles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January, call to verify guided walks, 11 a.m., speakers, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; free, donations appreciated (360-853-7626 or


Ride with Cascade Bicycle Studio

SAT Guided ride, everyone welcome, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Cascade Bicycle Studio, 115 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (206-547-4900 or

Sunday crepes

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 25 mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills, stop at Swedish Club for breakfast; steady rain or snow cancels, 10 a.m. Sunday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; free, breakfast $9 (


Ballroom dance

FRI Tango lesson; dance to ballroom, Latin and swing music, 8 p.m. Friday, Washington Dance Club, 1017 Stewart St., Seattle; $12 (

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

Seattle Hustle Club

FRI Intro to hustle lesson, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate hustle moves, 8:15 p.m.; dance to hustle, West Coast Swing, nightclub, country, salsa music, 9 p.m. Friday, Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; $10/dance, $12/one lesson and dance, $15/both lessons and dance (

Dancin’ at the Barn

SAT West Coast Swing dance lesson, 7 p.m., Rhythm and Blues Night dance, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $15/lesson and dance, $12/dance only (425-255-9211).

The Hayloft

SAT West Coast Swing lesson, 7 p.m., dance party with swing, ballroom, Latin, nightclub, hustle and country music, singles, couples of all ages welcome, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $12 (

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Request dancing, folk dance lesson, international folk dancing, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or

Tango Class for Absolute Beginners

TUE Learn to dance the authentic Argentine tango, no partner or experience required, 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26, Greenwood Senior Activity Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle; $80 (206-781-9553 or


Seattle Home Remodeling Expo

FRI-SUN Displays, vendors and information on latest innovations and design trends from experts showcasing everything for your home, including cabinetry, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows and exterior products, presentations by the Seattle chapter of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) to help individuals and businesses conquer clutter, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $6, ages 17 and younger free (800-374-6463 or

Puyallup Home, Remodeling and Garden Show

FRI-SUN Exhibits, demonstrations, information on remodeling, landscaping and home decoration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $7-$8, ages 16 and younger free (253-874-8711 or

Seattle Wedding Show

PLAN AHEAD Information and vendors for weddings including florists, caterers and musicians; order invitations; sample cakes; fashion shows, Jan. 12-13, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $17 (800-505-5900 or

Food events

Warming Winter Soups

SAT Bastyr University information on to creating healthy, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free soups using local ingredients, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Pancakes, ham, beverages, music and 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


Winter orienteering

SAT Search for checkpoints on a map, instruction available, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $6-$9, online preregistration preferred (

Museum events

Festivals of Light, Seattle Children’s Museum

FRI-SUN Chinese New Year Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, including performance by The Melody Dance Group performing Chinese folk, traditional, modern, and ethnic dances, 2 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $6-$7.50 (

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs

FRI-SUN Last weekend of display of 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb and treasures from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $15.50-$32.50 timed ticket entry, reservations strongly recommended (800-664-8775 or

Archaeology Fair

SAT Explore archaeology through hands-on activities, demonstrations in conjunction with the Archaelogical Institute of America (AIA) annual meeting in Seattle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (617-358-6098 or

MOHAI Museum of History and Industry

ONGOING Museum open at new location, permanent exhibits “True Northwest: The Seattle Journey” and “Waterways to the World,” temporary exhibits “Celluloid Seattle: At City at the Movies” through Sept. 8, “Punctum/Poetry” through May 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free; free on first Thursdays (206-324-1126 or

Paddle sports

Experience dragonboating

SAT-MON Hour-long 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, meet in parking lot near Kenmore Air, 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-523-4518 or

Park events

Juanita Bay Park nature walk

SUN Park rangers lead easy walk for all ages, 1 p.m. Sunday, Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market St., Kirkland; free (425-576-8805).

Tidepools by Flashlight

PLAN AHEAD Explore tide pools on the beach at low tide, for adults and families with children ages 6 and older, wear shoes that can get wet, 9 p.m. Jan. 11, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $5/person, preregister (206-386-4236 or


Music, Third Place Books

FRI-SAT Plantoms of Soul blues, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Groupo Amorosa bossa nova, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey

MON Debut screening of National Public Television special, Rick Steves teamed with Edmond’s Cascade Symphony Orchestra to record a musical tour visiting seven European countries, including Grieg (Norway), Smetana (Czech Republic), Strauss (Austria), Berlioz (France), Elgar (Britain), Wagner (Germany), and Verdi (Italy) to debut nationwide on public stations in January, 7 p.m. Monday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free tickets required (425-275-9595 or


Winterfest Ice Rink

FRI-SUN Last weekend for indoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental, cash only (206-684-7200 or

Bellevue Ice Arena

FRI-JAN. 13 Open-air ice skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 1-9 p.m. Wednesday, 3-9 p.m. Jan. 10, 3-11 p.m. Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 13, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental (

Snow sports

Guided snowshoe walks, Snoqualmie Pass

SAT-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-Sundays; winter photography outings for photography enthusiasts of all abilities in four- to five-hour outings, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16; March 2, 16, 31; Kids in the Snow 90 minute walk to learn about tracking, crawl into a snow-cave, 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 12; Day in the Snow outings to learn history of the region, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 19, Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested; $25/photography and half-day outings; reservations required for all events (425-434-6111 or

Guided Nordic Ski Trip

PLAN AHEAD Forest Service ski trip from Grand Junction on the Mt. Catherine Loop with stops to learn about the area’s history, forest and wildlife, 10 a.m. Saturdays Jan. 12 through Feb. 16, Snoqualmie Pass; $10-$15, reservations required (425-434-6111 or

Snowshoeing, Stevens Pass

PLAN AHEAD Introductory snowshoeing, learn about local history, the winter ecosystem and wildlife on 90-minute walk, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Jan. 12 through Feb. 24, reservations recommended, drop-ins welcome; Junior Snow Ranger snowshoeing activity for ages 6-12 to learn about the winter ecosystem and wildlife, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 12 through Feb. 24, reservations required; Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station, Hwy. 2, Skykomish; suggested donation $10/youth, $15/adult (360-677-2233 or

Special interest

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Mochi Tsuki Celebration

SUN All ages event celebrating the Japanese New Year’s tradition of making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi, free tickets for each of the three taiko performances available 20 minutes prior on a first come, first served basis, limited to 175 seats per performance, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; free; parking very limited at the site and nearby Blakley Elementary School; carpooling encouraged (

Seattle Public Library Sunday opening

SUN Starting this Sunday, all Seattle Public Library branches will be open 1-5 p.m. Sundays; kick-off celebration with Mayor Mike McGinn and City Librarian Marcellus Turner, 1 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or

Travel events

Wide World Books & Maps events

SAT, TUE Solo travelers informal gathering to learn from each others’ travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, travel in Bali program, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).


New Year’s Restoration Resolution

SAT Help plant trees, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4237 or


Game of Go Beginners Class

JAN. 10 Introduction to the Asian game of Go in 7 weeks of lessons, 7 p.m. Jan. 10, Seattle Go Center, 700 N.E. 45th St, Seattle; free, advanced registration required (206-632-1122 or

Swedish weaving

PLAN AHEAD Learn Swedish needlework, 9 a.m. Jan. 12, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $5, call to register and for supply list (425-385-2144).

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