CatOberfest — A Celebration of Cats
SAT Marketplace, information, plush kitties for kids while supplies last; proceeds benefit spay/neuter programs, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; free, canned cat-food donations appreciated (www.southcountycats.petfinder.org).
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SAT-SUN Reptiles and related items with local breeders, pet shops, clubs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8, ages 10 and younger free (253-841-5045 or beanfarm.com/nwcbe).
Child Care Resources Benefit Luncheon
FRI Proceeds support children and families, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, Seattle; suggested donation $150, walk-ins welcome (206-329-1011 or www.childcare.org).
Seattle Tilth Gala Auction
SAT Auction, dinner to benefit Seattle Tilth activities, 5 p.m. Saturday, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle; $90-$125 (206-633-0451, ext. 114 or seattletilth.org/special_events/auction-2013).
Celebrate the Reds
SAT Wine tasting, music, food truck, garden-education forums to benefit Bellevue Farmers Market, 1 p.m. Saturday, Wells Medina Nursery, 8300 N.E. 24th St., Medina; free (425-454-1853 or www.wellsmedinanursery.com
Accelerate the Pace
SAT 10K/5K run/walk and kids’ dash to benefit Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, 8 a.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park, Redmond; $50 (www.acceleratethepace.org).
Beyond Words Fundraising Brunch
SUN Sunday brunch, NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, support speech therapy for kids by Rite Care of Washington, 11 a.m. Sunday, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1207 N. 152nd St., Shoreline; free, donations requested (206-324-6293 or www.ritecarewa.org
Booze Balls and Bingo
SUN Fundraiser bingo for Free2Luv supporting arts and entertainment, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feedback Lounge, 6451 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $25 (www.facebook.com/events/394760603983949/?fref=ts).
Mercer Island Farmers Market Oktoberfest Benefit
SUN Food, beer, wine from local farmers and vendors, 6 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive, Mercer Island; free (206-232-8148 or www.eventbrite.com/event/6254305797).
Washington Appleseed’s Breakfast with the Best
TUE Breakfast and celebration of Washington Appleseed projects for social justice, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, The Westin Seattle, Seattle; $150 (206-632-7197 or www.waappleseed.org).
Clams for Charity
TUE Proceeds from all Ivar’s restaurants and seafood bars benefit Northwest Harvest statewide food bank, Tuesday (www.ivars.com).
On The Move Luncheon
OCT. 17 Benefit for families affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17, The Westin, Seattle; $150 (luncheon.MSnorthwest.org.).
PLAN AHEAD Food and beverages from 60 local vendors, benefits Pike Place Market Foundation charities, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Pike Place Market, Seattle; $28-$35 (206-774-5278 or www.pikeplacemarket.org/pages/market-events).
RVHS Benefit Dinner
PLAN AHEAD Italian dinner, raffle, auction to benefit Rainier Valley Historical Society, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, 1531 Bradner Place S., Seattle; $50 (www.rainiervalleyhistory.org/rvhs-fundraising-dinner-2013
Casino Royale Night
An Edmonds Kind of Soiree
PLAN AHEAD Appetizers, fashion show, dessert, benefits Downtown Merchant Association community events, 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Edmonds Yacht Club, Edmonds; $65 (www.edmondswa.com).
Good Wishes Strength, Style and Dignity Benefit Auction
PLAN AHEAD Dinner, auction to provide “Hug for the Head” for people with medical hair loss, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle; $150 (GoodWishesScarves.org
Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation “Raining Cats & Dogs”
PLAN AHEAD Auction, dinner to support Seattle Animal Shelter, 5 p.m. Oct. 19, Swedish Cultural Center, Seattle; $100-$200 (206-237-0112 or www.seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org/auctions/raining-cats-dogs-auction-2013/
Team Survivor Northwest Gala and Benefit Auction
PLAN AHEAD Dinner, auction, to benefit women cancer survivors, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Bellevue Hilton; $100 (206-732-8350 or www.teamsurvivornw.org).
Great Food, Better Life Gala Auction
PLAN AHEAD Reception, wine auction, dinner, entertainment, auction to benefit FairStart job training program for homeless and disadvantaged people, 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $250 (www.farestart.org
West Seattle/Magnolia/Fremont Loop
SAT Cascade Bicycle Club leisurely paced, 26-mile, hilly ride with lunch stop; showers, high wind cancel, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jack Block Shoreline Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org
SUN Rehearsals to participate in the worldwide Thrill the World Thriller dance event Oct. 26, 1 p.m. Sunday, Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle; free, donations for the Alzheimer’s Foundation collected (www.seattlethrillers.com
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival
FRI-SUN Chowder cook-off, crab feed, food and craft vendors, chef demos, children’s activities, volleyball tournament, 5K Fun Run/Walk, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Port Angeles (360-452-6300 or www.crabfestival.org
Kelsey Creek Farm Fair
SAT Entertainment, heritage demonstrations and activities, farm animals, wagon rides, food vendors, pony rides, pumpkin patch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; free admission, fees for some activities, cash only (425-452-7688 or www.bellevuewa.gov/UserFiles/File/kelsey_farm_fair_2013_flyer.pdf).
Meeker Mansion Cider Squeeze
SAT Purchase apples to squeeze into cider, music, pumpkin patch, snack shack, apple-pie contest, vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup (253-848-1770 or www.meekermansion.org
Sky Valley Farm Festival
SAT Wagon rides to three local farms for tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $5 suggested donation per family (www.skyvalleychamber.com/events-and-attractions/2013-sky-valley-farm-fest-oct-12/).
Vashon Island CiderFest
SAT Vashon Farmer’s Market apple pressing, cider sale; kids’ activities at Vashon Senior Center; Open House at Vashon Island Fire and Rescue for safety tips, kids’ activities, food, flu shots; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown Vashon; farm and orchard activities at other island locations, hours vary (www.vashonparkdistrict.org
Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
SAT-SUN Display and sale of out-of-print and collectible books, prints, posters, documents, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $5 (206-323-3999 or www.seattlebookfair.com).
Wild Mushroom Show
SAT-SUN Puget Sound Mycological Society wild-mushroom display, cooking demonstrations, lectures; mushroom tastings, field guides; bring mushrooms to be identified, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5-$10, ages 11 and younger free (www.psms.org/show.php).
SAT-SUN Arab Center of Washington “Naseej — Weaving the Threads of Arab Culture” performances, exhibits, family activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com
Harvest Festival at Country Village
SAT-SUN Craft vendors, pumpkin painting, beer and wine garden, entertainment, pony rides, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).
Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival
SAT Artisan cheeses, cheesemakers, beer, wine, cider, noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $35-$40 (www.washingtonartisancheese.com).
Seattle Distilling Company
SAT Tasting garden with whiskey, beer, wine, cider, cocktails, open at noon; music, food vendors, kid-friendly activities, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Distilling Company, 19429 Vashon Highway S.W., Vashon (206-463-0830 or seattledistillingcompany.com/events.html).
Slow Food Taste of Whidbey
SUN Eight local food vendors, wine and beer, farm produce, 3 p.m. Sunday, Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Ave., Freeland; $30-$35 (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/421381).
SAT How to select, plant and care for bonsai trees, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).
Apple and Pear Harvest
SAT Cider and apple tasting, talks on orchard management, 11 a.m. Saturday, Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Garden, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon; $15/person or $30/family (www.nwfruit.org
Digging, dividing and storing dahlias
SAT How to dig and store dahlia tubers, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank; $10 by reservation (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale
SAT-SUN Discounts on trees, shrubs, perennials, garden tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-1281 or kruckeberg.org/msk).
SUN Hardy Plant Society tulips, narcissus, crocus, alliums bulbs, plants, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle (www.hardyplantsocietywa.org).
KUBE Haunted House
FRI-SUN Georgetown Morgue and Nightmare on 9 haunted house; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sundays, 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $18m $28/VIP Speed Line; Sundays only, $16 with donation of three cans of food (www.kube93.com).
Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds
FRI-SAT Haunted attraction, lights on first hour, then full scare, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $12-$30 (www.kitsaphauntedfairgrounds.com
Shadows Haunted Attraction
FRI-SAT Two haunted houses, Shadows Maze and interactive Bloody Mary, for ages 13 and older, 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays, Annex Square Mall, 339 Tukwila Parkway, Tukwila; $15-$40 (www.shadowshaunt.com
FRI-SUN Rides in the dark, entertainment, food vendors, 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Sundays; haunted houses, 7-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays, Booville for ages 12 and younger, 6-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Sundays; Wave Pool DJ Dance Party, 6-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$12.99, parking $10-$20 (253-661-8000 or www.wildwaves.com/fright-fest).
October Fun at Dr. Maze’s Farm
FRI-SUN Pumpkins, mazes, activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 15410 N.E. 124th St., Redmond; $2-$9 (425-869-9777 or wwwDrMazeFarm.com).
Oxbow Farms Pumpkin Patch
FRI-SUN U-pick pumpkin patch, produce stand, self-guided farm tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; kids’ scavenger hunt, 11 a.m. Saturdays, $5/per child, 10819 Carnation-Duvall Road N.E., Carnation (425-788-1134 or www.oxbow.org/education).
Pfaff’s Old Time Pumpkins
FRI-SUN Pumpkins on the vine, gourds, squash, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 29204 124th Ave. S.E., Auburn (253-852-8244 or www.pfaffschristmastrees.com).
Kingston Pumpkin Patch
FRI-SUN Pumpkin patch, U-pick flower garden, hay jump, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Sunrise Hill Farm, 11033 N.E. Tulin Road, Kingston (360-989-1411 or sunrisehillfarm.org).
Fairbank Pumpkin Farm
SAT-SUN Animal barn, pumpkin fields, tiny-tot maze, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 15308 52nd Ave. W., Edmonds; admission $3, pumpkins $1 and up, cash only (425-743-3694 or www.fairbankfarm.com).
Remlinger Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
SAT-SUN Steam train, rides for kids, farm animals, corn maze, U-pick pumpkin field, food vendors, market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation; $14.94-$17.11 (425-333-4135 or www.remlingerfarms.com
Seattle’s Haunted Hotspots
OCT. 19 Presentation on local historic haunted and ghost sites, 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline; free (206-362-7550 or www.kcls.org).
Serres Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
ONGOING Pumpkin patch, produce sale, corn maze, kids’ train on weekends, 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 20306 N.E. 50th St., Redmond (425-868-3017).
Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
ONGOING Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides, produce stand, farm animals, hay maze, roasted corn, 9 a.m.-dusk daily, South 277th Street and West Valley Highway, Kent; corn maze $6-$9, hay rides $3 (253-854-5692 or www.carpinito.com
Two Brothers Pumpkin Patch at Game Haven Farm
ONGOING Farm animals, pumpkin patch, fall market, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 7110 310th Ave. N.E., Carnation (425-333-4313).
Picha Farms Pumpkin Patch
ONGOING Pumpkin patch, corn maze, weekend hay rides and food vendors, 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sunday, 6502 52nd St. E., Puyallup; corn maze $6, hay rides $2 (www.pichafarms.com).
Spooner Farms Harvest Festival
ONGOING Pumpkin patch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, corn maze, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, farm animals, 9710 Highway 162 E., Puyallup (253-840-2059 or www.spoonerberries.com).
Minder Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
ONGOING Corn maze, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 1000 Gluds Pond St. N.E., Bremerton; $6-$8 (www.mazeplay.com/minder-farm-corn-maze-pumpkin-patch?utm_source+Sept-Oct+eNews+2013&utm_medium=email).
Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, The Farm at Swan’s Trail
ONGOING Corn maze, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $6; pumpkin patch, hay maze, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $2-$6, 7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish (425-334-4124 or www.thefarm1.com).
Craven Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
ONGOING Harvest market, pumpkin field, corn maze, farm animals, 9:30 a.m.-dusk daily, tractor-drawn hay rides, snack bar on weekends, 13817 Short School Road, Snohomish; free admission, fees for some activities (www.cravenfarm.com
Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Bob’s Corn
ONGOING Pumpkin patch, playground, food concessions, pony rides on weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, free admission, charge for some activities; corn maze, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $6-$8; kids maze, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $4; night maze, bring a flashlight, 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, $10-$12, 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish (360-668-2506 or www.bobscorn.com
Stocker Farms Pumpkin Park and Corn Maze
ONGOING Corn maze, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, $6.96-$11.95; Family Pumpkin Park with pumpkin patch, farm animals, play area, hay rides on weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sunday, $9.95/person; pumpkin patch only free admission, 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish (360-568-7391 or www.stockerfarms.com
Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins and Corn Maze
ONGOING Corn maze, pumpkin patch, kiddie hay maze, produce, noon-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 2431 Hwy. 530 N.E., Arlington; $8-$9/corn maze (360-435-5616 or www.facebook.com/biringers.black.crow
Corn Maze, Scandia Valley Farm
ONGOING Corn maze, 9 a.m.-dusk daily, 16624 Scandia Road N.W., Poulsbo; $5 (360-779-3353 or www.scandiavalleyfarm.com
Gordon Skagit Farms Autumn Market
ONGOING Seasonal displays. U-pick pumpkin patch, U-pick apple orchard, produce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 15598 McLean Road, Mount Vernon (www.gordonskagitfarms.com).
Pumpkin & Corn Maze Festival, Foster’s Produce
ONGOING Pumpkin patch, Pirate Ship Adventures corn maze, tractor-drawn hay rides, pumpkin slingshot, hay maze, farm animals, Harvest Market, Halloween gift shop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 5818 Highway 530 N.E., Arlington (www.redroosterroute.com).
Scholz Farm pumpkins
ONGOING Market with fruits, vegetables, jams, sauces, pickled vegetables; U-pick pumpkins, free corn maze, farm animals, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 12920 Highway 162 E., Orting, Pierce County (253-848-7604).
Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk
PLAN AHEAD Walk along a trail of 300 carved pumpkins, music, carnival games, bounce house, food vendors, proceeds benefit Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 18, 9415 Miller Road N.E., Bainbridge; free admission, cash donations for most activities (206-842-5888 or www.bainbridgegardens.com).
Haunted Trails at Bastyr University
PLAN AHEAD Haunted Trails spooky fun on forest trails for teenagers and adults, trick or treat for ages 8 and younger, 5-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26, 5 p.m. Oct. 18, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; $20 (425-602-3000 or www.hauntedtrailsbu.org
Crystal Quilters of Enumclaw Quilt Show
FRI-SUN Traditional and modern quilts, demonstrations, store, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Buckley Hall, 127 River Ave., Buckley; $4 donation benefits local food bank (www.crystalquiltersofenumclaw.blogspot.com).
Tacoma Fall RV Show
FRI-SUN Variety of models, 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 (253-756-2121 or www.otshows.com/tfrv).
Genealogy Boot Camp Classes
SAT Classes and presentations, genealogical searches and Internet databases, 10 a.m., registration required; census and city directories, noon, registration required; Just for Beginners, 1 p.m.; using Ancestry, 2 p.m., registration required; getting the most from free genealogical databases, 2:30 p.m.; using social media to track down people, 4 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org
SAT Information on researching your family tree from South King County Genealogical Society, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave. S.E., Covington (253-630-8761 or www.kcls.org).
Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale
SAT-SUN Sale of dolls, teddy bears, antiques, miniatures, clothes, accessories supplies, evaluations, repairs available, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $4-$7 (253-841-5045 or www.crossroadsshows.com).
Fall Mushroom Show and Class
SUN Introduction to local mushrooms, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., mushroom-identification class, 1 p.m. Sunday, Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett; free (www.scmsfungi.org
Puget Sound Bonsai Maple Viewing
SUN Puget Sound Bonsai Association display of fall color in miniature, maples and other bonsai trees, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (www.psba.us
Bezos Center for Innovation Opening Day
SAT Debut of new family programs and presentations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; museum closed all day Friday, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org/visit-us/mohai-calendar/eventdetail/610/-/bezos-center-for-innovation-grand-opening).
Duwamish Tribe Celebrates the First Nations
SAT Native-American poetry and storytelling, open mike, film “Princess Angeline,” 4 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or www.duwamishtribe.org
Museum of Flight moving day
SAT Watch installation of the Lockheed Electra and Stinson Model O in the Great Gallery, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
History Program: Schaller Bennett, Rodeo Cowboy
SAT Stories from Issaquah’s past, 11 a.m. Saturday, Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah; free (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org/events/autumn-history-program).
Bird Lovers Weekend
SAT-SUN Glassblowers, bird-related art activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Family Day with live bird visits Saturday, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $5-$12 (253-396-1768 or www.museumofglass.org
National Fossil Day at the Burke Museum
WED Burke educators lead activities for ages 4 to 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-616-7538 or www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/national_fossil_day_at_the_burke_museum).
SAT Experienced birders lead walk to see birds in park habitats, for ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult; bring binoculars if you have them, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3 preregister (206-386-4237).
Spiders and Insects Super Saturday
SAT Meet insects and spiders in the park, arts and crafts activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).
SAT Seattle Astronomical Society parties to view the night sky through telescopes, all ages and skill levels welcome; 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 St., Shoreline; free (www.seattleastro.org).
Tacoma Fall Tree Festival
SAT Supervised tree climbing for kids, art projects, vendors, information, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma; (253-305-1022 or www.chipinforparks.com).
SAT Deep-space-objects presentation; if sky is clear, astronomers on hand with telescopes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $2 (www.bpastro.org
Cedar River Salmon Journey
SAT-SUN Volunteer naturalists share information about salmon returning to spawn, history and habitat of the Cedar River, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays in October, Landsburg Park, Landsburg Road Southeast, and Cedar River Trail, Ravensdale; Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area, Maple Valley Highway and Southeast Eighth Drive, Renton; Riverview Park, Maple Valley Highway and Southeast Fifth Street, Renton; Cedar River Park, 1715 S.E. Maple Valley Highway, Renton; Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave. S., Renton; free (www.cedarriver.org).
SUN Explore local fall colors, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.uwbotanicgardens.org).
Mercer Slough Ranger Program: A “Batty” Afternoon
SUN Learn about bats and how we can help them, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free, registration not required (425-452-2565).
Arts Gumbo: Greece & the Balkans
SAT Greek food, Balkan dance workshop, music by Dromeno Greek/Balkan brass band, 6 p.m. Saturday, Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle; $5-$15 (206-725-7517 or www, rainiervalleyculturalcenter.org
“Trouble in Fairytalezania”
SAT Taproot Theatre Road Company bullying-prevention play for kids in grades K to 6, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
Music at Third Place Commons
SAT Big-band and swing music with Route 66, Oct. 5; Chris Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, Oct. 12; rhythm and blues with the Fabulous Roof Shakers, Oct. 19; Portage Bay Big Band swing, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (thirdplacecommons.org).
Monster Mash Dash
SAT Family 5K fun run and walk, costumes encouraged, prizes for best group and individual costumes, 9 a.m. Saturday, Interurban Trail, 1201 N. 175th St., Shoreline; $5-$15 (www.shorelinewa.gov/5k
YWCA Closet Treasures Sale
FRI-SAT Bargains on designer clothing, bags, shoes to benefit Dress for Success Seattle and other YWCA programs; VIP preview 5-8 p.m. Friday, $30-$35; public sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free admission, 415 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle (206-490-4365 or www.ywcaworks.org/events/cts
Vintage and Rare Book Sale at Bellevue Library
FRI-MON Collection of vintage and rare books, proceeds benefit programs at Bellevue libraries, noon-4 p.m. Friday-Monday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-450-2446 or www.bellevuefriends.org
Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale
SAT Crafts including holiday items, collectible corner, bake sale, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland (www.lwumc.com
I.N.C. Fashion presentation
SAT Fashion show, meet I.N.C. brand ambassador, shopping, 1 p.m. Saturday, Macy’s Alderwood, 18700 Alderwood mall Blvd., Lynnwood; free (425-712-6000 or macys.com
Lake City Lions Flea Market
SAT New and used items from 60 vendors, cafe, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-639-8813 or lccommunitycenter.org
Sammamish Art Fair
SAT-SUN Art sale, artist demos, art activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (sammamishartsfair.wordpress.com
Pre-holiday art and gift sale
SUN Jewelry, ceramics, art, Judaica, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Kadima House, 12353 Eighth Ave. N.E., Seattle (www.kadima.org
Vasa Park Fall Craft Show
OCT. 17-19 Craft show with 85 vendors, fall and Halloween décor, accessories, gourmet foods, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19, Vasa Park Resort & Ballroom, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue (425-413-1004 or www.countrycreation.blogspot.com).
Best of the Northwest
PLAN AHEAD Arts and crafts show and sale with work by 100 artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18-20, Magnuson Park, Seattle; $6 (206-525-5926 or www.nwartalliance.com).
Handyguyz Trade Show
FRI-SAT Exhibits by 50 local building, remodeling and repair businesses; speakers, kids’ activities, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; free (handyguyz.com/tradeshow
FRI-SUN Light-show walk through exhibit, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $12-$18, ages 5 and younger free, ages 12 and younger free Sunday (253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com
Be Well Washington: A Family Health Fair
SAT Healthy activities for all ages, health screenings, cooking demos, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; free (www.BeWellWashington.com
Providence Hospice of Seattle Autumn Bonfire
SAT Providence Hospice invites families who have lost a loved one to share stories, bring a piece of wood or kindling to add to the fire, 4 p.m. Saturday, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (www.providencehospiceofseattle.org/programs-and-services/grief-support/events-and-group-calendar).
Sketchcrawl: Free-play art day
SUN Experimentation Station to try art media, help from artists, sketch artists at work, noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-417-4645 or www.shorelinearts.net).
Pike/Pine: Cars, Bars and Dead Rock Stars
SAT Seattle Architectural Foundation walking tour of the neighborhood’s past, present and future, 10 a.m. Saturday, Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle; $15-$25, advance purchase recommended (206-667-9184 or www.seattlearchitecture.org/tours.html
UW Botanic Gardens: Park in the Dark
SAT Environmental night hike for families with kids ages 6 to 12, 6 p.m. Saturday, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle; $8 (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/Youth/family.shtml).
Mushrooms at Cedar River Watershed
SAT-SUN Family walk to see a variety of mushrooms, 10 a.m. Saturday, $10; Fungal Treasures overview of mushrooms, 9 a.m. Sunday, $20; Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Rd S.E., North Bend; preregister (206-733-9421 or www.seattle.gov/util/crwec
Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Classes
SAT Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com).
SAT How to take great travel photos, 10 a.m.; Zimbabwe and Zambia safari, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, call for reservations (425-744-6076 or www.savvytravelerstore.com
Machu Picchu, Nepal and El Camino de Santiago
TUE How to prepare for a trekking adventure, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle (206-634-3453 or www.wideworldtravelstore.com
Day of Percussion
SAT Washington State Chapter of Percussive Arts Society clinics, performances, 1 p.m. Saturday, CMA Gallery & Performance Space, 4501 Interlake Ave. N. #9, Seattle; $5 suggested donation (community.pas.org/washington/Home).
Emergency preparedness training
SAT Training in basic emergency preparedness, how to stay safe in an earthquake and P-Patches that serve as Community Emergency Hubs, all welcome, material translated in 12 languages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Thistle P-Patch, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Cloverdale Street; 2 p.m. Saturday, Judkins P-Patch, 24th Avenue South and South Norman Street, Seattle; free (206-233-5076).