Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center
FRI-SUN Information on bald eagles’ winter migration to the Upper Skagit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, then Saturdays-Sundays through January, Howard Miller Steelhead County Park, Rockport (360-853-7626 or skagiteagle.org).
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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 www.fs.usda.gov/).
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).
FRI Teaching dance with music by trio of local fiddlers, 8 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7-$15, kids free (425-954-5262 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).
SAT Learn from Dance with Bollywood Seattle, 2 p.m. Saturday, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; free (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/fitness).
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
Puyallup Home & Garden Show
FRI-SUN Home and garden exhibits and vendors, antique display, display garden, lecture by Ciscoe Morris (1 p.m. Sunday), exhibitors demonstrating the latest in home building, decorating and remodeling techniques, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8 (253-874-8711 or www.puyalluphomeshow.net
Skagit Eagle Festival
SAT-SUN Concrete Chamber of Commerce hosts talks, information and activities on bald eagles that migrate to the area for the winter, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 26, 45821 Railroad St., Concrete (concrete-wa.com); events include 5K Salmon Run and Nature Walk with snacks, bonfire, all-ages nature walk, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Ovenell’s Ranch, 46276 Concrete-Sauk Valley Road, Concrete; $20 (360-856-7245 or www.unitedgeneral.org); Raptors, Crafts, Food and Fun event to see and learn about birds of prey, arts, crafts and food vendors, entertainment, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Concrete High School, 7830 S. Superior Ave., Concrete; Deep Forest and Eagle Habitat Experience tours of old-growth forest in 600-acre Rockport State Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 51095 Highway 20, Rockport; tours free, Discover Pass or $10 day use fee required to access the park (360-853-8461 or www.parks.wa.gov/events
); Marblemount Hatchery guide and self-guided tours, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 8319 Fish Hatchery Road, Marblemount (360-336-0172, ext. 304),
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Mochi Tsuki Celebration
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community welcomes everyone to 25th annual community celebration, centuries-old tradition of steaming rice over an open fire, pounding rice into mochi dough that’s made into small cakes, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; taiko drumming performances, 12:20, 1:20 and 2:20 p.m., IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; no pets allowed; free, donations welcome (www.bijac.org).
Woodland Park Zoo WildLights
FRI-SAT Winter holiday lights festival with wild animals and wild places light displays, reindeer, carolers, carousel, ZooStore, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org/wildlights
Garden d’ Lights Construction Edition
FRI-SAT Winter wonderland of light sculptures, shorter route this year since the garden is undergoing major construction of new facilities, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).
Winterfest Ice Rink
FRI-SUN Indoor ice skating, skate rental included, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $2-$7, cash only; free for spectators (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest).
FRI-SUN Gingerbread displays created by top architecture firms with “Nursery Rhymes” theme, daily through Jan. 5, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) suggested (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium ZooLights
FRI-SUN Winter, holiday and animal-themed light displays, camel rides, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4.25-$8.75 (www.pdza.org/zoolights
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
FRI-JAN. 12 Open-air ice skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 1-9 p.m. Wednesday; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 9; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 10; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 11; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12, 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 (www.magicseason.com).
Bellevue Arts Museum First Friday
FRI Free admission, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org
‘Race: Are We So Different?’
FRI-SUN Last weekend of exhibit brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science with historical artifacts, iconic objects, photographs, multimedia presentations, displays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Exhibits/race).
Seattle Art Museum
FRI-SUN Last weekend for exhibit “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12.50-$19.50 ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
FRI-SUN Activities and talks highlighting a different marine animal each day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
FRI-SUN Last weekend for “Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic”; other exhibits include “Martin Schoeller Close Up” “Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London,” “Icons of Science Fiction,” “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses,” and “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$20 (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org
Festivals of Light
FRI-SUN Exploration of Lunar New Year celebration traditions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org/fol
SAT Activities that explore the past and present, archaeology exhibits, activities, conversations with specialists; examine ancient Peruvian textiles from the Burke’s collection; get close to unique artifacts found in our Puget Sound region, try the ancient hunting skill of atlatl throwing, hands-on archaeology themed crafts, talk with Roman re-enactors about what life was like for warriors in ancient Rome, learn about shipwrecks in Lake Union with The Center for Wooden Boats, make projectile points and archaeology-themed crafts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/events
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, 1 p.m. Saturday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).
JAN. 9 Social gathering for people interested in exploring what, besides the “Seattle Freeze,” defines the character of this city; different local topic each month with guest presentations from individuals and organizations, 6 p.m. Jan. 9, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).
South Bellevue Community Center 8th Anniversary Celebration
MON-JAN. 12 Free classes and activities including boot camp, Zumba, Jazzercise, Parkour, rock climbing, hours vary Monday-Jan. 12, South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue; free (425-452-4240 or bellevuewa.gov/pdf/Parks/sbcc_8th_anniversary_free_class_shedule.pdf).
Singalong ‘Sound of Music’
FRI Karaoke version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, audience members encouraged to wear costumes, 7 p.m. Friday, The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $22.75-$32.75 (206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org
Performances at Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Kathy Bourne jazz, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sophisticated Swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).
Mossyback Morris Men
SUN Group performs British Morris dance, 2 p.m. Sunday, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8010).
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
FRI-SUN Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one 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 Jan. 18, 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 starting Jan. 18; Avalanche Awareness Walks, Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, March 8, 22, 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).
Cle Elum Slip-and-Slide
SAT-SUN Evergreen Wanderers Volkssport club hosts 10K (6.2 miles) ski and 10K snowshoe on the Iron Horse Trail, start 8 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday; start 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, finish by 3 p.m. Sunday, Iron Horse Inn B&B, 526 Marie Ave., Cle Elum (www.esva.org).
Stevens Pass snowshoe walks
SAT-SUN 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 or www.stevenspass.com/).
Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks
SAT-SUN 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 www.nps.gov/mora/).
introduction to Snowshoeing
JAN. 9 Information on techniques, safety and destinations, 7 p.m. Jan. 9, Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline (206-362-7550 or www.kcls.org/fitness).
SAT Recycle old electronics free, desktops, laptops, TVs, cellphones, printers, monitors, hard drives, and most other portable electronics, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-767-0432).
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).
Pictures of the Year
WED Seattle Times staff present slideshow of 2013 photos and discuss photojournalism, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
Mountaineer Naturalists Lecture Series
JAN. 9 Nature lecture presentations; nature sounds from around the world, 7 p.m. Jan. 9; Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5 (www.mountaineers.org/seattle/naturalists/).
Traditional Japanese Mochi Pounding Event
PLAN AHEAD Celebrate the arrival of a new year by making fresh mochi with traditional wooden tools, then have fresh mochi with a variety of condiments; two sessions, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 12:30-2 p.m., each session limited to 60 people, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12, I Love Sushi, 1001 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$18 (206-285-2054 or www.junglecity.com/event/mochi/index_eng.htm).
Rick Steves’ Europe
SAT Travel in coastal Italy and hill towns, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
Namibia ‘Up Close & Personal’
JAN. 9 Destination expert shares safari stories and photos, 6 p.m. Jan. 9, Columbia Sportswear, 290 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-650-5795 or evergreenescapes.com/escape-your-everyday-travel-series).
New Year’s Restoration Resolution
SAT Help plant trees in the park, all supplies and instructions provided, 1 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4736 or www.seattle.gov/parks
Aquarium volunteer orientation
PLAN AHEAD Orientation for potential volunteers ages 18 and older, 10 a.m. Jan. 12, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; advance registration required (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).