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.

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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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