Community events for the weekend of March 17-18, 2012, include the St. Patrick's Day parade and festival in downtown Seattle, Ballard St. Patrick's Day Festival and the Tacoma Rainiers Preseason Party.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

Parade, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, along Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Westlake Center, Seattle; festival with Irish and Celtic vendors, Irish music and dance performances, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, children’s activities, Irish Reels Film Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; free (

Ballard St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Celebration for all ages, food, bar, entertainment, proceeds benefit Sustainable Ballard and Ballard Food Bank; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $10 (206-551-3244 or—id=7).

Urban Gardening Super Saturday: Activities for all ages including seed starting, garden arts and crafts, gardening ideas, urban chickens, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

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Earth Smart Green Fair: Exhibits, workshops, vegetable seeds and other giveaways, household-battery recycling, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (

Kids’ Gear Sale: Gently used clothing, toys, books, furniture, gear, maternity wear, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-783-2244 or

Rainiers Preseason Party: Tours of the recently renovated stadium, kids’ activities, ticket sale, free hot dogs and soda, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free, including parking (253-752-7707 or

“Play Ball: An Evening in Seven Innings”: Revue of baseball stories, memoirs, poems and news reports, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; free (206-524-1300 or

Free Days at State Parks: Washington State Parks celebrates its 99th birthday with free admission, no Discover Pass required, Sunday and Monday at all Washington State Parks; including Discover Cama Beach event with trail and beach walks, music, geocaching, snacks, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island (

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie

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