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Animal events

Fabulous Felines

SAT Kittens and cats from Seattle Animal Shelter foster homes ready for adoption, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 318 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle; adoption fees $45-$135 (206-386-7387 or

WA State Animal Response Team Orientation

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SAT Learn about program to rescue animals in life threatening situations, provide temporary emergency shelter in a disaster, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

See Bald Eagles on the Skagit River

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, Sutter Creek Rest Area; Marblemount Fish Hatchery; and Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, 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. 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 — Saturdays

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

International District

PLAN AHEAD Cascade Bicycle Club 20 mile, leisurely paced urban ride with lunch/snack stop; showers, snow or ice cancel, 10 a.m. Jan. 18, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (


Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginner’s dance workshop, 7 p.m.; dance follows, 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

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

Every Tuesday Dance

TUE Waltz, ragtime, tango, polka, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $3-$7 (

Burns Night

PLAN AHEAD Royal Scottish Country Dance Society dancing, music and poetry to celebrate the life of Scotland’s favorite poet, Robert Burns, 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island; $12 (


Seattle Wedding Show

SAT-SUN Information and vendors for weddings including florists, caterers and musicians; order invitations; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, fashion shows, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $17 (800-505-5900 or

Food events


SAT Make marmalade with Rachel Saunders, author of “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook,” 5 p.m. Saturday, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; $30 includes book, preregister (206-397-4271 or

Stocks and Winter Soups

SAT Learn the basics of vegan, vegetarian and meat-based stocks and soup making with whole grains and winter vegetables, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $39-$49 (425-481-1500 or

Comfort Foods

SAT Cooking demonstrations by local chefs, music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley; $15 (360-221-8268 or


Make a terrarium

SAT How to make a tillandsia terrarium, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or

Veggie garden basics

SAT How to start your first veggie garden, 10 a.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or

Year-Round Benefits of Indoor Plants

SAT How and which indoor plants work to detoxify the air, reduce stress and ease depression, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or


Issaquah Alps Trails Club

FRI, SUN Easy 4-6 mile hike with 800-1,200-ft. elevation gain, dogs welcome, 10 a.m. Friday; Cougar Mountain easy 5 miles to AA Peak, 9 a.m. Sunday; water, food, daypack, hiking footwear required, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (

Museum events

Hunting and Fishing in Old Issaquah

SAT Issaquah History Museums program on hunting and fishing in local history, 11 a.m. Saturday, Issaquah Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah; free (425-392-3500 or

Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center Fourth Anniversary

SUN Open house, 1-4 p.m., concert by NW Native Flutist and Storyteller Paul Cheoketen Wagner, 2 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or

History Café: Beat Poets

JAN. 17 Discussion on the cultural impact of the “Beat Generation”and history of Beat Poets in Washington state, 7 p.m. Jan. 17, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or

I Do! Traditions of the American White Wedding

ONGOING Antique wedding gowns and accessories to explore the histories and myths surrounding the traditions of the American white wedding, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through April 14, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $1-$2 (253-288-7437 or

Family Adventures in Toymation

PLAN AHEAD Create a stop-motion animated film with Legos, 6 p.m. Jan. 18, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $20-$25, reservations required (425-637-8100 or

Paddle sports

Experience dragonboating

SAT-SUN 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 and Wednesdays, South Lake Union Park, next to Kenmore Air at 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-523-4518 or

Park events

Tidepools by Flashlight

FRI 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. Friday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $5/person, preregister (206-386-4236 or

Famous Birds Super Saturday

SAT Bringing birds of pop culture to life, Angry Birds, Big Bird, Seahawks, Daffy Duck and more through interactive displays and activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

Guided Nature Hike

SAT Walk to the eagles nest, through old growth forest, for ages 4 through adult, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

Apple wassailing in Piper’s Orchard

SAT Morris dancers march to Piper’s Orchard and sing to bless the apple trees to help ensure a bountiful harvest in ancient English tradition, with hot cider, hot chocolate, treats, bring your own cup and noise-makers, noon Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (

Hot Topic Series: “Dams”

SAT Learn about dams, fish passage and projects to address issues associated with dams, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).

Wild Tracks

SAT Walk for kids ages 6 and older with a park ranger looking for signs of wildlife, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; $4-$5, registration required, course # 72594 (425-452-6885 or

Planetarium Show

SAT Learn about asteroids and why we need look for Near Earth Asteroids (NEA); if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park,11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or


Love On Ice

FRI Olympic, world and national medalists including Nancy Kerrigan, Elvis Stojko and Ben Agosto, skate to hits performed live by Barry Manilow, filmed to shown on NBC January 27, 7 p.m. Friday, ShoWare Center, 625 West James St., Kent; $49.50-$125 (253-856-6777 or

Music, Third Place Books

FRI-SAT Harlequins & Charlatans folk, 7:30 Friday; Katy Bourne jazz, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

Chance Fashion: Lingerie Edition

SAT Beauty N Kurves Boutique, Bellefleur Lingerie, and Twala Intimates showcase latest designs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Nightclub, 111 Yesler Way, Seattle; $7-$15 ( and search “Chance Fashion: The Lingerie Edition at Trinity”).


Bellevue Ice Arena

FRI-SUN Last weekend of the season for open-air ice skating rink, food concessions, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental (

Snow sports

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; Kids in the Snow 90 minute walk to learn about tracking, crawl into a snow-cave, 1 p.m. Saturdays; half-day snowshoe 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. Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16; 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

SAT 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 through Feb. 16, Snoqualmie Pass; $10-$15, reservations required (425-434-6111 or

Winter Trails Day

SAT Free snowshoe tours and demos, equipment and instruction available, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Mountaineers Snoqualmie Campus, I-90 East, Exit 53 and turn right off the freeway, Snoqualmie Pass; free, preregistration appreciated, not required (

Snowshoeing, Stevens Pass

SAT-SUN 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 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, Hwy. 2 east of Skykomish, Skykomish; suggested donation $10/youth, $15/adult (360-677-2233 or

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).

Special interest

Seattle NW Preschool Fair

SAT MOMS Club of Seattle NW hosts information from preschools in Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Crown Hill, Fremont, Wallingford, Phinney, Broadview, Greenwood, and Greenlake neighborhoods; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. Alphonsus School, 5816 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (

car2go: A New Way of Getting Around Town

SAT Learn about car2go carsharing company, register free to test drive their Smart Cars, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Etta’s, 2020 Western Ave., Seattle; free (

Eastside Preschool Preview Fair

SAT Meet representatives from 80 local preschools and early learning providers, hosted by ParentMap, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue; free (206-354-4247 or

Seattle Preschool Fair

SUN Information on 30 Seattle preschools, compare early learning philosophies, talk to preschool experts and find the best program for your child, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle; free (206-354-4247 or

North Seattle/Shoreline Preschool Preview Fair

WED Meet hundreds of local preschools and early learning providers, hosted by ParentMap, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-354-4247 or

Operation Outreach Trade Show

WED-JAN. 17 Youth, animals and non-profit organizations, interactive trade show to learn about philanthropic organizations making a difference in our community, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Jan. 17, King’s High School, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-546-7241 or

Bridal Party Happy Hour

JAN. 17 Social networking event for brides and bridesmaids, give-aways, 5 p.m. Jan. 17, Pink Ultra Lounge, 600 Pine St., Seattle; free (

Travel events

Test drive a tour guide

SAT One hour slideshows on Europe’s top tour destination hosted by Rick Steves and tour guides, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Theater and Edmonds Conference Center, Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or

Travel seminars

SAT How to take great travel photos, 10 a.m. Saturday; Fibers of Bhutan, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or

Wide World Books & Maps events

TUE Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).


Sew Thoughtful

PLAN AHEAD Bring your sewing machine or serger, basic sewing tools to sew tote bags for the foster children brought to Safe Place, fabric provided, 10 a.m. Jan. 18, McCollum Pioneer Park, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett (206-595-9717 or

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Kent

PLAN AHEAD Kent Parks hosts event to collect litter along the Interurban Trail, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 21, Kent; preregister by Jan. 16 (253-856-5113 or


Swedish weaving

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

Money Wise Women Conference

PLAN AHEAD Keynote speakers and topic sessions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 19, North Seattle Community College, Seattle; $39 (360-204-0982 or

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