From the Heart Gala
SAT Hungarian dinner, folk-dancing performance, proceeds benefit social and humanitarian projects in Transylvania, Romania and India, 6 p.m. Saturday, Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 7141 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $25, reservations requested; ages 11 and younger free (425-301-6426).
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SAT Live auction, raffle, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Hilton Garden Inn, 22600 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell; $25-$115 (425-765-5592 or www.lakewanwtf.org).
Whiskers Wine & Dine
SAT Silent, live, and dessert auction to benefit Northwest Spay & Neuter Center affordable pet spay/neuter services, 5 p.m. Saturday, McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Building 23, Lakewood; $60 (www.nwspayneuter.org/).
American Girl Fashion Show
SAT-SUN For girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls, hosted by the Star Guild to benefit Seattle Children’s hospital, 11 a.m., 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle; $55 (www.americangirlfashionshow.org).
Seattle Go Red For Women Luncheon
WED Speakers, silent auction, benefits American Heart Association, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $250 (206-632-6881 or www.seattlegoredluncheon.org
Bellevue LifeSpring Step Up to the Plate Benefit Luncheon
MARCH 27 Luncheon supporting local children and families in need, 11:30 a.m. March 27, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue; $150 suggested donation, reservation required (425-451-1175 or www.bellevuelifespring.org/
Eat, Drink and Save Lives
MARCH 27 Happy hour or dinner with Climb to Fight Breast Cancer’s 2014 Mount Baker Expedition Team; part of proceeds benefit breast-cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 4 p.m. March 27, Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub, 1190 Thomas St., Seattle; free (www.facebook.com/ClimbtoFight).
Opening Day of Cycling
SAT Coffee and doughnuts, 9 a.m.; 25-mile loop ride at your own pace, 10 a.m.; lunch, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Cascade Bicycle Studio, 180 N. Canal St., Seattle; $3.22/advance, $10/day of event (206-547-4900 or www.cascadebicyclestudio.com
SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 20-mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills on the Interstate 90 Trail to Seattle for cinnamon roll stop in Madrona; showers cancel, 9 a.m. Sunday from Loehmann’s Plaza Starbucks, 3700 Facoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue (www.cascade.org/node/16575).
FRI Scandinavian dance lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $15, kids free (425-954-5262 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).
Sno-King International Folk Dance Club
SAT International folk-dance benefit for Northwest Folklife Festival, wear ethnic costume if you have one, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 suggested donation (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org
Northwest Women’s Show
FRI-SUN Fashion, fitness, food exhibits, wine tasting, fashion shows, celebrity appearances, Firemen Sizzle Shows, seminars, speakers and authors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $15 (425-605-4131 or www.nwwomenshow.com).
Tacoma RV Show
FRI-SUN Northwest RV dealers showcase motor homes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $12, ages 16 and younger free (www.otshows.com/trv
Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival
FRI-SUN Uptown walking tours, 2 p.m., pub crawl, 7-10 p.m. Friday; military-style parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; presentations, lectures and events including vintage-steamboat rides, fashion shows, Victorian teas and Ball Saturday; historic tours, 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Sunday, Port Townsend (www.vicfest.org
Tastes of Norway/Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day
SAT Presentations and demonstrations of traditional Norwegian crafts, music, vendors, traditional food sale and chef demos, kids’ games and crafts, Norwegian organizations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; parade of Norwegian folk costumes, 1 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle (www.leiferiksonlodge.com
French Fest Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
SUN Entertainment including Tahitian dances, Cajun music, Gypsy jazz, African dance and French-language songs from around the world, children’s activities, international bistro, Best Baguette competition, culinary demos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.fenpnw.org
Cooking classes, El Centro de la Raza
SAT Learn to make pozole, traditional dish for celebrations, holidays, 11 a.m. Saturday, $50 (www.brownpapertickets.com/e/583734); making hot, sweet, spicy and tangy salsas and fry corn chips, plantains, tortillas, 1 p.m. Saturday, $50 (www.brownpapertickets.com/e/588028), El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle (206-957-4611
Washington Cask Beer Festival
SAT Cask-conditioned beers from 40 Washington breweries, up to 25 beer samples; fundraiser for the Washington Brewers Guild; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $40-$45, $5 designated driver (www.washingtonbrewersguild.org
Simply Seasonal Series- French Country Fare
TUE Learn how to create a meal featuring locally harvested ingredients, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $59 (425-481-1500 or 21acres.org).
Edible Book Festival
PLAN AHEAD Create books made of food and inspired by a book or pun on a book title that are exhibited and then consumed, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-417-4645 or www.facebook.com/events/753204431372375/).
Dahlia Tuber Sale
FRI-SAT Huge selection of tubers at low prices by the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Northlake Lutheran Church, 6620 N.E., Kenmore; also 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 28, 9 a.m. March 29, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E., Seattle (www.pugetsounddahlias.org).
UW Botanic Gardens: Plant Pressing
SAT Tour the Hyde Herbarium and learn about how plants are preserved, create your own mounted specimen, 1 p.m. Saturday, U.W. Botanic Gardens, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $50-$60 (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/index.php
Seattle Tree Fruit Society Grafting Fair & Show
SAT Sale of many varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, kiwi and fig cuttings, tool sharpening, fruit lectures, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5 (206-683-9665 or www.seattletreefruitsociety.com).
Summer Blooming Bulbs
SAT How to choose, plant and care for bulbs, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
How to Grow Your Own Groceries
SAT How to start your plants from seeds, plant seeds to take home, 11 a.m. Saturday, The Plant Farm, 15022 Twin Lakes Ave. N.E., Marysville; $5 (360-652-3351 or theplantfarm.com/events.htm
Meerkerk Spring Nursery opening day Sale
SAT-SUN Extensive selection of rhodies of many kinds and sizes, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Island County; free admission to the garden (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).
Introducing Native Plants Into Your Garden
SUN Ways to create natural habitat for birds and wildlife in your yard with trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers native to the Pacific Northwest, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com).
UW Botanic Gardens: A Symphony of Spring Ephemerals
SUN Presentation on spring ephemerals and how you can grow them in your garden, 1 p.m. Sunday, U.W. Botanic Gardens, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $15-$20 (206-685-8033 or
Grow Your Own Vegetables
SUN Basics of choosing, growing and harvesting cool-season crops for spring harvest, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com
Skagit Valley Daffodil Fields
ONGOING Fields of daffodils in bloom in the Skagit Valley, see website for updated bloom location information; garden store and display garden, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, RoozenGaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon (866-488-5477 or www.tulips.com/bloommap.cfm).
Robert Hren Memorial Walk
SAT Evergreen Wanderers Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walk on sidewalks and road shoulders in residential areas and Point Defiance Park, start anytime 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Ruston VFW Hall, 4741 N. Baltimore St., Tacoma; free (www.esva.org
Hiking the Wonderland Trail
MARCH 27 Professional instructor Tami Asars on how to hike the challenging 93-mile route that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, 7 p.m. March 27, Kenmore Library, 6531 N.E. 181st St., Kenmore (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org
Pokémon Trading Card Game State Championships
SAT Washington Pokémon players, supporters and fans welcome to open competition, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (253-205-6541 or www.pokemon.com/us/
Insulator/Bottle Collectors Show
SAT Jefferson Insulator Club displays, swap meet, appraisals of insulators, electrical artifacts, signs, bottles, bring something for potluck lunch, 9 a.m. Saturday, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 2116 E. Union St., Seattle; free admission, selling space $10 (206-218-7936).
Family Adventures in Marionette Making
FRI Create your own puppet and learn how to get it moving, for families with kids ages 5 and older, 6 p.m. Friday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $6-$9 (425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org/).
SAT-SUN Seattle Glider Council member clubs display full-size and radio-controlled gliders with lectures, movies, flight simulators, information, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $11-$19 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org
PLAN AHEAD Slider cooking competition and tastings, 1950s rock ’n’ roll music, glassblowing demonstration, 6:30 p.m. March 29, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $30-$100 (253-284-4708 or museumofglass.org/slidr2014).
FRI Learn about the life cycle and kinds of frogs that live in Western Washington, then explore Lewis Creek; for ages 5 and older, bring a flashlight or headlamp, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 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
Great Blue Herons
SAT One-mile walk to see and learn about one of the largest rookeries in the Seattle area, for ages 8 and older, all children must be accompanied by adult, 10 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
SAT Learn about frogs and how you can help their survival, for age 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $5, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks
Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder
SAT Interactive exhibits, crafts, science experiments, self-guided nature walks, for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/
Hot Topics in Washington State: Frogs
SAT Learn about the Pacific Tree Frog, the Washington State Amphibian and other local frog species, for ages 8 and older, 1 p.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
World Water Day Celebration
SAT Discover how people across the globe use water and what those actions mean for the planet, with activities for all ages including art projects, outdoor exploration, science experiments, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 Highway 9 S.E., Woodinville; free (206-263-8862 or islandwood.org/).
SUN Weekly walk highlights docent’s favorite plants, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org).
TUE Up close look at park salamanders, insects, tree frogs, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $7, by reservation (425-616-8592).
PLAN AHEAD Learn about nocturnal species, join a ranger on a hike through the woods after dark, bring a flashlight or headlamp, for ages 5 and older, 7:30 p.m. March 28, 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).
Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Little Bill and the Blue Notes, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sound of Swing Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Watoto Children’s Choir
SUN Contemporary-gospel music and traditional African music and dance by African children’s choir, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Riverview Community Church, 4135 S. 216th St., Kent; and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Church by the Side of the Road, 3455 148th St., Tukwila; free (www.watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir
Leif to Leif Fun Run
SAT Run to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole and back, post-race waffle with jam; part of Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day; portion of proceeds benefit Ballard Senior Center; registration 8 a.m., 9 a.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $5-$10 (www.leiferiksonlodge.com
Resolution Run Series
SAT Fort Steilacoom Running Club hosts 20K and 20-mile, 9 a.m. Saturday, Steilacoom High School, 54 Sentinel St., Steilacoom, Pierce County; $25-$30 (www.databarevents.com).
Titlow Mud Run
SUN All-age 2-mile fun run on muddy trail with obstacle course, noon Sunday, Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; $25-$35 (metroparkstacoma.org/races
Shop & Dine to Make a Difference
FRI-SUN Buy a Cure Card for 20 percent discount at 60 participating shops and restaurants to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Friday-Sunday, University Village Mall, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $30 (206-667-4149 or www.fredhutch.org/uvillage).
Gently Used Kids Gear Sale
SAT Ballard Preschool Co-op sale of gently used clothes (newborn-size 8), shoes, toys, cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, bring bags, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (www.phinncycenter.org).
Puget Sound Women’s League Flea Market
SAT Antiques and collectibles, artwork, handicrafts, jewelry, home items, furniture, clothing, locally sourced foods from 60 vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; $5 (www.facebook.com/PugetSoundWomensLeague
Shamrock Shuffle Wine & Beer Walk
SAT Taste wines and beers from wineries and breweries in Village shops, 5 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $20-$25 (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com/shamrock-shuffle-wine-walk
MARCH 27-29 Book sale to benefit the library, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. march 29, Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle (425-255-0111).
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
FRI-SUN Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, 1-mile walk through old-growth forest, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; Kids in the Snow, 90-minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center, Snoqualmie Pass; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; $25/half-day hikes (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5443826
Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks
SAT-SUN Guided 1.5-mile, two-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, 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Mount Rainier National Park, Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Mount Rainier; $4 sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk (360-569-6575 or www.nps.gov/mora/).
Building Your First Boat: A Primer
FRI Third Friday Speaker Dan Mattson, “Hooked On Wooden Boats” podcaster, covers costs, materials, design and construction methods, 7 p.m. Friday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-382-2628 or www.cwb.org
Think & Drink
WED Discussion “A History of Protest: Civil-Rights Movements in Seattle from the 1960s to 1980s,” part of Humanities Washington’s Race, Place and Culture series, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; free (humanities.org/programs/think-drink).
Seattle Modern Home Tour
SAT Self-guided tour of modern architecture open-house events around at 5-7 homes around Seattle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; $30-$40, ages 12 and younger free (888-611-6882 or modernhometours.com/event/seattle).
SAT Eighteen slideshow presentations on European travel, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Theater, Rick Steves Travel Center, 130 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com
SAT Eastern Turkey and Black Sea region, 10 a.m., wines and adventures in Africa and Argentina, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com).
SAT Help care for trees and native plants and help plant more, 10 a.m. Saturday, Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market St., Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org
Financial Resource Day
SAT Workshops and personal counseling including financial planning and investment advice, credit and debt counseling, free tax preparation, housing counseling, legal assistance, college financial aid, growing a business, ID-theft prevention, education and employment resources, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 10 a.m. Saturday, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle; free (www.skcabc.org/FinancialResourceDay/default.htm).
Financial Freedom community workshop
WED Learn skills to help you build financial security from MSC’s Financial Coach how to implement systems and controls to build cash reserves for opportunities and emergencies; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N., Kent; free (253-835-7678 or www.multi-servicecenter.com/).