Ways of Whales
SAT Orca Network presentations and speakers on Northwest whales and threats to their habitat, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Coupeville Middle School, 501 S. Main St., Coupeville; $25-$30, preregister (www.orcanetwork.org).
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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. Saturday-Sunday, Sutter Creek Rest Area, Concrete; Marblemount Fish Hatchery; and Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, Rockport; free (360-856-5700 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center
SAT-SUN Eagle viewing information, educational displays on eagles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; free donations appreciated (360-853-7626 or www.skagiteagle.org).
Fees waived on small critters
THRU JAN. 31 Adoption fees waived on guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, mice, gerbils, rats, through Jan. 31, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org).
Feet First benefit
FRI Musical performances, food, raffle to benefit Feet First advocate group, 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Drum School, 12510 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$15 (feetfirst.org/events/feet-first-fundraiser-by-m-bibe).
SAT Benefit for Sarvey Wildlife Center with slideshow and talk on the center, vegetarian buffet, live music; proceeds help rehabilitate wildlife, 5 p.m. Saturday, Mirkwood Store and Shire Cafe, 117 E. Division St., Arlington; $10-$20 (360-435-4817 or www.facebook.com/events/136441959840852).
UNCF Evening of Stars
SAT Entertainment, fashion show, silent auction, raffle to benefit UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Pacific Northwest, 6 p.m. Saturday, Tulalip Casino Resort, Tulalip; $30-$60 (206-292-8859 or www.zvents.com/marysville_wa/events/show/152512465-3rd-annual-uncf-pacific-nw-an-evening-of-stars-r-super-viewing-party).
SAT Dinner, entertainment, raffle, dessert auction, dance, benefit Sons of Norway Educational Foundation, 6 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $30-$35, $15/students and ages 12 and younger (206-783-1274 or www.leiferiksonlodge.com).
Evergreen Bike Alliance Winter Stoke Party
SAT Vote for winner in Dirt Junkie Mountain Bike Photo and Video contest, raffle, silent auction, benefits Education Program and Student League kids’ riding programs, 8 p.m. Saturday, evo Store, 3500 Stone Way N., Seattle; $10-$15 (www.brownpapertickets.com).
Gifts From the Earth
SAT Food by top regional chefs, dinner paired with Washington wines, auction to benefit programs and scholarships at SSCC, 5 p.m. Saturday, South Seattle Community College, Seattle; $175 (206-934-5809 or www.southseattle.edu/foundation/giftsfromtheearth/index.html).
Seattle Boat Show
FRI-FEB. 1 Display and sale of boats, accessories, seminars, splash aerial acrobatic performances and Kids’ Aqua Paddlers daily, 11 a.m.-9 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. 31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3, South Lake Union, Seattle; free shuttle continuously between locations; $5-$12, ages 10 and younger free (www.seattleboatshow.com).
Masquerade Waltz & Cabaret d’Artiste
FRI Music dance with the Valse Cafe Orchestra, waltz, swing, blues, tango and Latin, cabaret with vocals, dance and more; mask required, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., second floor, Seattle; $20-$60 by reservation; tickets at the door if space available (206-323-1263 or www.CenturyBallroom.com & www.ValseCafeOrchestra.com).
Cajun Music and Dance
FRI Dance to Sassafras all-woman band, food and beer available, 6 p.m. Friday, Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; free, donations appreciated (www.couthbuzzard.com).
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 seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).
Garfield High School Orchestra Winter Waltz
SAT Garfield High School Orchestra plays waltzes, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $30-$60 (garfieldorchestra.org/waltz).
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 sno-king.org).
Lake City Contra Dance
JAN. 31 Beginners’ dance workshop, 7:30 p.m., dance to live band with caller, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $7-$9 students and first-time dancers free (206-525-0932 or seattledance.org/contra/lakecity).
Washington Sportsmen’s Show
FRI-SUN Exhibits, seminars on hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related topics, vendors including fishing and hunting gear, camping equipment, sport fishing boats and RVs, DockDogs competition, indoor Steelhead River, Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals, free trout pond for kids, noon-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5-$12 (253-841-5045 or www.thesportshows.com).
Tacoma Home & Garden Show
FRI-SUN More than 750 exhibitors, Vintage Market, kitchen and bath showcase, gardens, “how-to” seminars, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $8-$10, ages 16 and younger free (www.otshows.com/ths).
SAT-SUN Wedding gown sale, tips and trends in fashion, food, entertainment, flowers and décor, fashion shows, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Comcast Event Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $15 at the door, two for one admission until noon (425-322-2600 or www.bridesclub.com).
Seattle Mariners FanFest
SAT-SUN Baseball player appearances and autographs, run around the bases, zip line, clubhouse tours, Kids Zone, pop fly challenge, Taste of Safeco Field, season ticket select-a-seat, Mariner Moose, speed pitch, batting cage, Mariners Care garage sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $10, ages 14 and younger free (seattle.mariners.mlb.com).
Ursulmas Medieval Faire
SAT-SUN Society for Creative Anachronism Living History activities for all ages, tournaments, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $9-$18 (www.ursulmas.org).
PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair
SUN Dozens of exhibitors and short presentations on home improvement with focus on sustainability, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$10 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org/homefair).
Poulsbo Sons of Norway Lutefisk Dinner
SAT Lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, lefse, krumkake, Norwegian folk dance performances, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo; $10-$22 (360-779-5209 or www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com/calendar/lutefisk-dinner-2013.pdf).
Enumclaw Wine and Chocolate Festival
PLAN AHEAD Twenty eight wineries, 15 chocolate makers, vendors, food, music, 4 p.m. Feb. 1-2, Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; $10-$20 (www.enumclawchocolatefestival.com).
Pruning and Restoring Fruit Trees and Grapes
SAT Learn how to prune your fruit trees and grapes for optimal production, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
SAT Fruit tree selection and care, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com).
Issaquah Alps Trails Club
FRI, SUN Dogs welcome easy 3-5 miles, 10 a.m. Friday; Tiger Mountain easy 5 mile Tradition Plateau loop, 10 a.m. Sunday; water, food, daypack, hiking footwear required, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org).
SAT Daffodil Valley Volkssport club 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walk on sidewalks, road shoulders and trails, start 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Puyallup Elks Club, 314 27th St. N.E., Puyallup; free (www.esva.org).
Collection Tour: Archaeology
SAT See how archaeological artifacts are stored and research conducted with them, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
Buffalo Soldiers Museum Open House
SAT Displays to illustrate the story of the all-Black cavalry regiment, local poet performing original work inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, The Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 1940 S. Wilkeson St., Tacoma; free (www.buffalosoldierstacoma.org).
Hawaii Weekend, Seattle Aquarium
SAT-SUN Hawaiian-themed entertainment, activities, diver shows, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Wedding Invitation Workshop
PLAN AHEAD Learn calligraphy for wedding invitations, 1 p.m. Feb. 2, White River Valley Museum, Auburn; $40, registration required (253-288-7439 or www.wrvmuseum.org/events.html).
Ocean Career Day
PLAN AHEAD Presentations on marine science careers for middle school, high school and college students, teachers and parents, 9 a.m. Feb. 2, The Seattle Aquarium, Seattle; $9-$11 (www.seattleaquarium.org/ocean-career).
Nature’s Most Amazing Events
FRI Film series on global climatic phenomena and affects on animals, 5 p.m. Friday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).
Land of the Lost Wolves
SAT Excerpts from BBC/Discovery Channel expedition to find Washington’s Cascades wolves, information from Conservation Northwest, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Walk
SAT Guided 1-3 mile tour to learn about park history and wildlife, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225).
Mercer Slough Nature Walk
SAT Guided 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).
SUN Tour theme Ancient Trees; 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free, call to confirm event (206-543-8800).
Coal Mining at Cougar Mountain
SUN Program on 100 years of local coal mining by Eastside Heritage Center, 2 p.m. Sunday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, no registration required (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Rainy Day Bouncefest
JAN. 31 Bounce houses, carnival games, ’70s music, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 N.W. 77th St., Seattle; $5 (206-684-4052 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Music, Third Place Books
FRI-SAT Fabulous Roof Shakers rhythm and blues, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Portage Bay Big Band swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Noche de Cuentos celebration of Latino culture
SAT Dance performances and storytelling in English and Spanish for all ages; 8 p.m. Saturday, library closes 6 p.m. and reopens 7:30 p.m. for event, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
Saturday Family Concert
SAT Caspar Babypants, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; ages 12 and younger free, $5/accompanying adults; $25/adults unaccompanied by children (888-377-4510 or townhallseattle.org).
Celebrate Choice 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade
SUN Music, Drama, Comedy & Cake event to benefit Cedar River Clinics, 3 p.m. Sunday, doors open 2:30 p.m., Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., Seattle; $7.50-$15 (www.cedarriverclinics.org/tickets).
Auction at Pacific Galleries
SUN Auction of antiques, vintage items, furnishings, art; 11 a.m. Sunday; preview noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Galleries, 241 S. Lander St., Seattle (206-441-9990 or www.PacGal.com).
SAT Glass art seconds $28, portion of proceeds benefits scholarships to oncology nurses and early detection of ovarian cancer, 8 a.m. Saturday, glassybaby, 3406 E. Union St., Seattle (www.glassybaby.com).
Brides Against Breast Cancer Wedding Gown Sale
SAT-SUN Sale of designer wedding gowns and bridal accessories at up to 85% off retail prices, proceeds benefit programs for people affected by cancer; Unveiling the Gowns event, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, $20; general admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free admission, tickets required; Red Lion Bellevue Inn, 11211 N.E. Main St., Bellevue (bridesagainstbreastcancer.org).
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; 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, reservations required for all events (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
Snowshoeing, Stevens Pass
SAT-SUN Introductory snowshoeing, learn about local history, the winter ecosystem and wildlife on 90-minute walks, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays 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, through Feb. 24, reservations required, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station; suggested donation $10/youth, $15/adult, (360-677-2233 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
Ski Helmet Fitting and Giveaway
SUN Free ski and snowboard helmet fitting and giveaway for children age 4 to 18, wearers must be present and fitted to receive a helmet, supplies limited, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic, 1500 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (makesurethehelmetfits.org).
Snowshoe walks, Mt. Baker Ranger District
SUN Snowshoe walk to learn about winter in the national forest, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glacier Public Service Center, Mt. Baker Highway 542, Glacier; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; reservations required (360-599-9572).
Big Four Ice Cave Snowshoe Walk
PLAN AHEAD Strenuous five-hour snowshoe hike to learn about winter in the forest for ages 16 and older, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2, Verlot Public Service Center, Granite Falls; by reservation, $20/suggested donation (360-436-1155 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
YMCA Open House
SAT Fitness classes, chair massages, prizes, child care, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, University Family YMCA, 5003 12th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-524-1400 or www.seattleymca.org/Locations/University/Pages/Home.aspx).
Free public skate and vaccination clinic
SAT Free public ice skating for all ages, flu vaccinations for uninsured and low-income adults, whooping cough vaccination on space available basis, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; free (www.comcastarenaeverett.com).
Sundays are Special: Celebrate New Sunday Hours at the Library
SUN Celebration of new Sunday hours, craft event for families, Check-Out Challenge game, information about Library services, 2 p.m. Sunday, Madrona-Sally Goldmark Library, 1134 33rd Ave., Seattle; free (206-684-4705 or www.spl.org).
City University of Seattle Open House and Campus Dedication
FRI Appetizers, tours, entertainment, 4 p.m. Friday, City University of Seattle, 521 Wall St., Seattle; free, reservations requested (206-239-4815 or www.cityu.edu/urbancampus).
Rick Steves Europe travel classes
SAT Italy, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
SAT Andes and Amazon of Peru, 10 a.m.; responsible travel in Nepal, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
Wide World Books & Maps events
TUE Hiking in Switzerland, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).
Neighbors helping Neighbors — Become a NEST volunteer
SAT Information on becoming a volunteer to support neighbors aging interdependently in their homes, providing help with transportation, yard work, gardening, computers, pet care, errands, 2 p.m. Saturday, Northeast Library, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (www.nestseattle.org).
Restoration is for Everyone
SAT Help remove invasive plants, plant native ones; gloves, tools, snacks, provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park, meet at Picnic Shelter 3, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).
Preserving Your Past
PLAN AHEAD Issaquah History Museums information and demonstrations on preserving and storing family heirlooms and photos, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 2, Issaquah Train Depot, Issaquah; $15-$20, preregister (www.issaquahhistory.org).