Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
FRI-SUN Adoption fees waived on rabbits through Sunday, Cool City Pets events highlights rabbits and other small animals including hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, reptiles and ferrets, adoption fees $15-$40, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-7387 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).
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FRI-FEB. 24 Daily octopus feedings, talks, kids’ activities, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Feb. 24, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Bring a Buddy Guided On-Leash Nature Walk
SAT Guided nature walk with dogs to learn about their wild relatives, coyotes, wolves and foxes, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310423).
Everett Police K-9 Dept.
SAT Police K-9 handler talks about his German Shepherd partner, 2 p.m. Saturday, Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett (www.epls.org).
City chickens 101
PLAN AHEAD Learn how to raise a flock of hens in the city, 10 a.m. Feb. 23, Seattle Tilth, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org).
Auto leaks class
SAT Seattle Public Utilities workshop to check for and fix oil leaks, 9 a.m. Saturday, South Seattle Community College, Seattle; free, preregister (206-684-3936 or atyourservice.seattle.gov).
Early Bird Swap Meet
SAT-SUN Tacoma Model T Club swap meet of auto parts for all makes and models, classic, street rod, high performance, antiques and collectibles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5 (253-841-5045 or www.earlybirdswap.org).
Heart of the Horse
SAT Gala dinner and auction to benefit Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) horse rescue, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville; $100-$1000 (206-331-0006 or heart.safehorses.org).
White Center 5K Walk and Run
SAT Benefits White Center Community Development Association and YES Foundation of White Center, 10 a.m. Saturday, White Center Heights Park, Southwest 102nd Street and Seventh Avenue Southwest, Seattle; $25-$30, ages 10 and younger free (206-694-1082 or whitecenter5k.brownpapertickets.com).
Gung Haggis Fat Choy
SUN Fundraiser for Chinese and Scottish youth music, dance, and martial arts scholarship programs, with Chinese banquet, Scottish haggis, Keith Highlander Pipe Band and dancers, Chinese Lion Dance Troupe and Asian Youth Orchestra, 4 p.m. Sunday, China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; $35 (gunghaggisfatchoy-seattle.org).
Northwest Flower and Garden Show Opening Night
TUE First look at display gardens, music, silent auction, snacks, desserts, wine; buffet dinner with patron and benefactor event; benefits the Arboretum Foundation, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $75-$500 (206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org).
Cupcake and Canvas
FEB. 21 Paint on canvas and decorate a cupcake, for kids ages 7 and older, benefits Make A Wish Foundation, 11 a.m. Feb. 21, Beaver Lake Park, 25201 S.E. 24th St., Sammamish; $20 (meylah.com/3c).
Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival
PLAN AHEAD Premier beer, Scotch, wine and whiskey tasting benefiting Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), 5 p.m.-midnight Feb. 22, 1 p.m.-midnight Feb. 23, Fremont Studios, Seattle; $25-$50 (206-633-0422 or www.hopscotchtasting.com).
Oscar Experience Seattle
PLAN AHEAD Walk the red carpet to raise funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest with auction, snacks, open bar, jazz, live telecast of the Academy Awards, dinner, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; $200 (425-861-7827 or www.starlight-northwest.org).
Architecture in the International District
FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 25 mile, leisurely paced ride and walking tour of historic buildings, bring or buy lunch; ice, snow or rain cancels, 10 a.m. Friday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org).
Leisurely Chill on the Hills
SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 23 mile, leisurely paced, hilly ride to warm up for Chilly Hilly, with lunch stop; ice/snow cancels, noon Sunday, Farrel McWhirter Park, 19545 N.E. Redmond Rd., Redmond (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org).
West Seattle To Ballard tour
SUN Cascade Bicycle Club leisurely paced, 26 mile social ride with snack stops; steady rain, ice or snow cancel, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jack Block Shoreline Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org).
PLAN AHEAD Cascade Bicycle Club 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24; $5-$28 (shop.cascade.org).
FRI Skandia Folkdance Society dance with live music, polska dance instruction, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10, kids free (206-784-7470 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).
Seattle Balkan Dancers
FRI Balkan live music dance party for all ages, 8-11 p.m. Friday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $8-$15 (425-883-0332 or www.seattlebalkandancers.org).
Rock & Roll Singles Night
SAT Easy swing lesson, 7 p.m., dance to rock, pop music with the Dancin’ DJ for ages 18 and older, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12-$15 (425-255-9211).
Seattle Family Dance
SUN Dance with live folk music, all dances taught, for ages 9 and younger and their families, no partner or experience necessary, 3 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$18 (206-330-7408 or seattledance.org/family).
Tet Festival Vietnamese Lunar New Year
SAT-SUN Vietnamese music and dance performances, food, martial arts demonstrations, fashion show, children’s activities, lion dance, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Seattle Home Show
SAT-FEB. 24 Hundreds of home and garden displays and vendors, model kitchens and bath vignettes, landscape displays, arts and crafts and home decorating ideas, Idea Street homes, daily “Meet the Experts” seminars, “Made in America” feature, wine tasting, appearances by art and antique appraiser Dr. Lori, 10 a.m.-8 pm. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 pm. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday-Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 24, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$12 (206-284-8800 or www.SeattleHomeShow.com).
Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival
SUN Fundraiser by Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee and Seattle University and Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington with top local Taiko groups and exhibits, noon Sunday, Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University,1016 E. Marion St., Seattle; $20, sold out, some tickets may be available at the door (206-390-1253 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/219585).
PNW Rain Festival, Bellingham
SUN Best decorated umbrella contest, rain-themed poetry reading, Fairhaven Rain Festival Queen, her escorts and court in short event, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Fairhaven Village Green, Bellingham (www.Fairhaven.com).
SAT Taste Argentina Importer Mistica Imports, 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Arista Wine Cellars, 320 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free (425-771-7009 or www.aristawines.com).
PNA Wine Taste
PLAN AHEAD Compare Washington wines, ten samples from 30 wineries, snacks, music, wine store; portion of the proceeds benefit Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) programs and activities, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Seattle; $10-$30 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org/wine).
SAT Guide to selection of vegetable varieties for our climate and where to plant them, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
SAT Create a bountiful four-season vegetable garden plan, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bradner Gardens Park, 29th Avenue South and South Grand Street, Seattle; $25-$36 (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org).
SAT-SUN Adding roses to your garden, 10 a.m. Saturday; choosing and starting seeds, 11 a.m. Saturday; Seattle Rose Society informal Q&A, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; rose pruning basics, noon Saturday; designer spring arrangements demonstration, 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday, 10-10:45 a.m. Sunday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com).
Christianson’s Nursery events
SAT-SUN Classes, pruning and training young fruit trees, 11 a.m. Saturday; how to grow giant pumpkins, 1 p.m. Sunday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; reservations required (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).
SUN President of American Rose Society on how to plant and care for roses, 1 p.m. Sunday, The Plant Farm, 15022 Twin Lakes Ave. N.E., Marysville; free (360-652-3351 or theplantfarm.com/events.htm).
Backyard beekeeping 101
TUE How to raise honeybees, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $25-$36 (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org).
Start your garden indoors
WED How to start seeds indoors for your veggie garden, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $25-$36 (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org).
Northwest Flower & Garden Show
WED-FEB. 24 Show’s 25th anniversary, display gardens with show theme, “The Silver Screen Takes Root: Gardens Go Hollywood” seminars, 350 exhibits and vendors, playgarden activities for kids, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 20-23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 24, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $20, $5/ages 13-17, ages 12 and younger free; $10/admission after 3 p.m. Feb. 20-23, after 2 p.m. Feb. 24; multiday passes available (253-756-2121 or www.gardenshow.com).
Issaquah Alps Trails Club
FRI Dogs welcome on easy 4-6 mile hike, 10 a.m. Friday and Feb. 22; water, food, daypack, hiking footwear required, Issaquah Alps Trail Club, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org).
An Evening with Evert
SAT Master woodworker Evert Sodergren honored at showing of his Living Treasures documentary film, benefits Coyote Central woodworking courses for middle school students, 5 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery, 101 S. Jackson St., Seattle; free (206-625-0542 or www.nwwoodgallery.com/content/evening-evert-0).
Stargazing at Green Lake and Paramount School Park
SAT Seattle Astronomical Society monthly public star parties at two locations to view the night-sky through telescopes, with talks identifying celestial objects, all ages and skill levels welcome; instruction on use of personal telescopes available; inclement weather may cancel, 6 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle and Paramount Park, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 155th Street, Shoreline; free (425-241-8094 or www.seattleastro.org).
Writing Your Family History
SAT How to research and write your family’s history, 11 a.m. Saturday, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. N.W., Shoreline; free (206-542-7111 or www.shorelinehistoricalmuseum.org).
“The Art of Video Games”
FRI-SUN Opening weekend of Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit exploring the 40-year history of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 12, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org).
Black History Month at NAAM
FRI-SUN History presentation on Charles Mitchell, a slave from Washington State who escaped to Canada, 6:30 p.m. Friday; community conversation “Race and Sexuality: Two Sides of a Double-Edged Coin,” 6 p.m. Saturday, registration required; family movie, “Cinderella” featuring Whitney Houston, 2 p.m. Sunday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org).
Black Heritage Society: Celebrate our History
SAT Live music, spoken word, entertainment and guest speaker to kick off Black History Month, 3 p.m. Saturday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org).
Get Crafty Saturdays
SAT See BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet, then make a silhouette lantern, for ages 4-12, 1 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $2-$10 (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org).
The Past Catches — Hunting and Fishing in Old Issaquah
SAT Stories of hunting and fishing in Issaquah when it was a small, rural town, 11 a.m. Saturday, Issaquah Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah; free (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org/events/winter-program).
Museum of Flight events
SAT-SUN Northwest Scale Modelers Show displays and information, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; family lecture, building R2-D2, 2 p.m. Saturday; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $9-$17 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London
ONGOING Old Master paintings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 a.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through May 19, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle;
$12-$20, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
MOHAI Oscar Night Party
PLAN AHEAD In honor of the special exhibit Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies, eat, drink, and watch the Academy Awards on the big screen in MOHAI’s Grand Atrium with emcee Warren Etheredge, Oscar-themed games and prizes, red carpet viewing with fashion commentary, 4 p.m. Feb. 24, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $15-$25 (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org/visit-us/mohai-calendar/eventdetail/222/-/oscar-night-party).
Salamander Love Night
FRI Tour salamander breeding pond and habitat when salamanders meet mates, lay eggs; 6:30 p.m. Friday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $10-$15, preregister (206-932-7225 or www.stewardshipadventures.com/ai1ec_event/salamander-love-night-at-camp-long/?instance_id=341).
Backyard Wildlife Habitat
SAT How to provide a backyard habitat for bees, squirrels, birds, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225 or bellevuewa.gov/lake_hills_greenbelt.htm).
Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Walk
SAT Guided 1-3 mile tour to learn park history, tour community gardens, discover local wildlife, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225).
Mercer Slough Nature Walk
SAT Guided one-walk walk to learn about slough history, plants and animals, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
“Beavers — Nature’s Architects”
SUN Learn about the beaver’s adaptations and how they shape the habitat around them, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
PLAN AHEAD Walk to search for owls in the woods, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Camp Long, Seattle; $8 (206-684-7434 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
SAT Zambuko Marimba Ensemble,10:30 a.m. Saturday, High Point Community Center and Field, 6920 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $3/advance, $5/day of show (206-684-7422).
SAT Traditional Brazilian dinner, entertainment by Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, $75, by reservation; also, Capoeira workshop, 7 p.m. Friday, $35; Brazilian cooking class, 2 p.m. Saturday, $35, NWLA Cultural Center, 5023 Langley Road, Langley; preregistration required (360-321-2101 or www.nwlanguageacademy.com).
Friends of the Black Diamond Book Sale
SAT Large variety of used books, 9 a.m. Saturday, Black Diamond Library, 24301 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond (425-941-7053).
Women of Wisdom Conference
FRI-SUN Evening presentations open to all, workshops, most for women only, on a variety of topics to empower women, Friday-Sunday, North Seattle Community College, Seattle; prices vary (womenofwisdom.org).
SAT Friendly Earth Recycling collecting old electronics, see website for list of items accepted, 10 a.m. Saturday, Whole Foods Market, Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St., Seattle; free (206-367-4111 or www.friendlyearth.org).
Lynnwood-Everett Wedding Show
SAT Vendors including catering, photographers, cake designers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., fashion show, 1 p.m. Saturday, Event Center at The Manor, 13032 Admirality Way, Everett; free (425-745-4020 or www.manor-events.com/?page_id=643).
George Washington Memorial Ceremony
MON Seattle Rainier Chapter DAR hosts 104th anniversary of the placement of the George Washington statute, program, 10 a.m. Monday, LDS Institute of Religion, 3925 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; followed by short walk to the statue on the University of Washington campus for wreath laying and program, 11:30 a.m. Monday; free (www.rainierchapterhouse.com).
Historic Seattle Arts & Crafts Film Night
FEB. 21Films on Arts & Crafts style architecture in California, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle; $5-$15 (www.historicseattle.org).
Great Northwest Glass Quest
THRU FEB. 24 Search for 300 clueballs hidden around the Stanwood-Camano area, find one to get a free glass ball (www.thegreatnwglassquest.com).
Guided snowshoe walks, Snoqualmie Pass
FRI-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, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography outings for photography enthusiasts of all abilities on 4-5 hour outings, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and March 2, 16, 31; Kids in the Snow 90 minute walk to learn about tracking, crawl into a snow-cave, 1 p.m. Saturdays, Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested; $25/photography and half-day outings; reservations required for all events (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
Big Four Ice Cave Snowshoe Walk
SAT Strenuous five-hour snowshoe hike to learn about winter in the forest for ages 16 and older, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, 11 miles east of Granite Falls, Granite Falls; by reservation; $20/suggested donation (360-436-1155 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
TUE Safety information for winter backcountry recreation, 7 p.m. Tuesday, REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle; free, preregister (www.rei.com).
SAT Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” World Tour with kid participation, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $26-$90 (253-856-6999 or www.harlemglobetrotters.com).
Rick Steves Europe travel classes
SAT Spain, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
SAT Africa, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).