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Animal events

Seattle Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show

FRI-SUN Competitions including Best in Show, agility and obedience, meet the breed and other educational exhibits, animal rescue organizations, demonstrations including herd dogs, police dogs, K-9 Freestyle Dancers and Reading with Rover, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, guided show tours available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; also, American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service and Miscellaneous Breeds event with only a few dog entries expected, 6-8 p.m. Friday, free admission; CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $7-$14 (

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FRI-SUN Adoption discounts, half off any pet in a beaded cubby or kennel, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or

Fabulous Felines

SAT Cats and kittens from foster homes available for adoption, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle; adoption $45-$135 plus license fees (206-386-7387 or

Bears in Washington state

SAT State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife presentation on bears, with two Karelian bear dogs who help resolve bear/people conflicts, 1 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $7, reservations required (425-316-8592 or


Project Grace Guild- Building Hope Event-for Seattle Children’s Hospital

FRI Auction, dinner, beer and wine, proceeds benefit uncompensated care for Seattle Children’s Hospital, 6 p.m. Friday, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah; $65 (425-681-1292 or

Women of Courage: Bridging The Divide Gala

SAT University of Washington Women’s Center celebrates International Women’s Day by hosting gala in honor of Washington State women bridging social and economic divides in our local and global communities, 6 p.m. Saturday, University of Washington HUB, Seattle; $150 (206-685-7570


Laugh Your Tail Off

SAT Comedy show, dinner, auction benefiting NOAH Center for homeless pets, 5 p.m. Saturday, Tulalip Casino Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip; $95 (360-629-7055 or

”Saving the Central” Benefit Concert

SUN Several local artists, all proceeds benefit Central Area Senior Center, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center, Rainier Beach High School, 8815 Seward Park Ave. S., Seattle; $50 (

Matt Talbot Center St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

SUN Part of Irish Heritage Club Irish Week, fundraiser to benefit the Matt Talbot Center addiction treatment program serving the homeless, addicted and mentally ill, 6 p.m. Sunday, F.X. McRory’s Steak, Chop & Oyster House, 419 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $100-$1000 (206-256-9865 or

Chocolate for Choice

MARCH 13 Chocolate and dessert tasting to benefit NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, 7 p.m. March 13, Safeco Field, Seattle; $40 (

Mardi Gras Auction and Dinner

PLAN AHEAD Mardi Gras food, aerialist, tarot card readers, wine wheel and silent auction, costumes optional but encouraged, benefits Communities in Schools to help struggling students overcome barriers to success in school, 6 p.m. March 15, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $75 (

Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge Redmond

PLAN AHEAD Take a dip in cold water to raise funds to support of Special Olympics Washington, 9 a.m. March 15, Idylwood Park, 3650 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $50-$75 minimum donation (206-362-4949 or


Blue Heron walk

FRI Audubon Society provides scopes at the north end of Kenmore Park and Ride, 11 a.m.-noon; slideshow noon-1 p.m. Friday, Kenmore Library, 6531 N.E. 181st St., Kenmore; free (425-486-8747 or


Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music and caller, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or

Skandia dance

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

Going Danish

SAT All ages Danish dance lessons and dancing, no experience needed, potluck snacks, 7 p.m. Saturday, LDS Meeting House, 14901 30th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; suggested donation $5/person, $10/family (425-954-5262).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Dance lesson, folk dancing; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or


Everett Home and Garden Show

FRI-SUN Home improvement and remodeling information, vendors, speakers, wine tasting, noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Comcast Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $2-$6.75, ages 16 and younger free; everyone free 10-11 a.m. Sunday (

Seattle Children’s Hospital Health Fair

SAT Games, hands-on activities, contests, crafts and music, information for kids and families about health, safety and bodies; bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll for a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic, explore inside an ambulance, learn about heart health and healthy eating, run an obstacle course, activities designed for children ages 3 to 8, all ages welcome, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, 4800 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-987-1569 or

Nordic Heritage Day

SAT Cooking demonstrations, food samples, craft demonstrations, genealogy, lunch featuring traditional Norwegian food available, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; free (425-485-9085 or

Penn Cove MusselFest

SAT-SUN Chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours, mussel cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, art walk, beer and wine gardens, music, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, art walk 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St., Coupeville, Whidbey Island (360-678-5434 or

Food events

Irish Soda Bread Contest

SAT Drop off bread 12:30-1:30 p.m., rules and recipes on website; winner announced 3 p.m. Saturday, T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 21 Mercer St., Seattle; free (206-354-7406 or

Jameson Irish Whiskey Dinner

TUE Five-course meal paired with whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland with official Jameson Whiskey Ambassador Saragh Killeen, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fado Irish Pub, 801 First Ave., Seattle; $50 (

Oysters and Wine

MARCH 13 Wine paired with Taylor Shellfish oysters, clams, mussels, 6:30 p.m. March 13, The Tasting Room Seattle, 1924 Post Alley, Seattle; $50 by reservation (206-770-9463 or

Irish Week Mayor’s Proclamation Luncheon

PLAN AHEAD Local dignitaries, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal, salmon lunch, noon March 14, F.X. McRory’s Steak, Chop & Oyster House, Seattle; $30 by reservation (206-361-1713 or

Tamale Class, El Centro de la Raza

PLAN AHEAD Learn to make tamales; fees support Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program, 10 a.m. March 15, El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle; $75 (206-957-4611 or

St. Patrick’s Day Banquet

PLAN AHEAD Irish Community Happy Hour, two drinks, appetizers, Irish music and step dancers, Seattle Police Pipes and Drums, 5-7 p.m., $20 by reservation; happy hour and dinner, dancing, $125 by reservation, 6:30 p.m. March 16, Harbor Club, 801 Second Ave., Seattle (425-821-3044 or

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

PLAN AHEAD Dinner, entertainment, beer on tap available, 5 p.m. March 17, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds; $15 reservations required by March 12 (425-774-5555 or


March Mania Plant Sale

SAT Northwest Perennial Alliance hosts sale of unique specialties, spring ephemerals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Wilburton Instructional Service Center, 12111 N.E. First St., Bellevue; free (

Sky Nursery Prune-A-Thon — a Plant Amnesty benefit

SAT Pruning demonstrations, slideshows, seminars, free 15-minute mini garden design consultations; portion of day’s sales benefit Plant Amnesty, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or

Lettuce/cutting garden from seed

SAT Willi Galloway, author of ” Grow. Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening,” easy plan for continuous season of greens, followed by book signing, 10 a.m.; sow now and grow an abundance of flowers for bouquets, noon Saturday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-398-5138 or


American Indian Records at the National Archives

SAT Class with Carol Buswell, NARA Education Specialist, to help family historians find documentation of ancestors from one of the 566 federally-recognized tribes, 10 a.m. Saturday, National Archives and Records Administration, 6125 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-328-2716 or

Meeker Mansion Psychic Fair

SAT Discover your future or uncover your past, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $5 admission plus reader’s fees (253-848-1770 or

International Coleman Collectors Club PNW Chapter Display

SAT Member displays of vintage Coleman lanterns and stoves, bring non-working Coleman items and see how to make them work again; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Best Western Plus, 8326 Quinault Drive N.E., Lacey; free (206-257-8957 or

Muzzle Loading Arms and Pioneer Craft Show

SAT-SUN Cascade Mountain Men pre-Civil War era muzzle loading firearms, shooting supplies, parts and accessories, leather and fur goods, period clothing, rendezvous, camping gear, Native American crafts vendors in period dress, historical demonstrations including blacksmithing, wood carving, muzzleloader barrel making, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $5, ages 12 and younger free (

The Washington State Political Items Collectors

SUN Washington State Political Items Collectors host show and sale, political and nonpolitical items available for purchase, sale or trade, free vendor tables, admission and appraisals, all welcome, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Fire Station #9, 12412 Newcastle Way, Bellevue; free (253-945-2041 or

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle

PLAN AHEAD More than 200 classes, yarn marketplace, fiber art gallery, runway fashion shows, March 14-16, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue; $20-$599 (

Museum events

Unearthing Africa’s Crocs, Dinosaurs & Ancient Civilizations

FRI Sail-backed meat-eaters, raptors, supersized crocs, pterosaurs, and pre-Egyptian humans featured in journey back in time with National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and University of Chicago professor, Paul Sereno, 7 p.m. Friday, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free, preregistration suggested (

Bellevue Arts Museum First Friday

FRI Free admission, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue (425-519-0770 or

Polar Science Research Weekend

FRI-SUN Investigate an ice core from Greenland, survey microbes from the coldest parts of the world, tour researchers’ Arctic Ice Camp; current research with interactive exhibits, talk with polar scientists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or

Dino Day

SAT The museum’s most popular annual event, display of fossils including several Triceratops from Montana and Wyoming being shown for the first time, talks by Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world, Dino Dig Pit, drawing and dress-up activities for kids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or

Hiking with Your Camera

SAT Tacoma Mountaineers teach basics of taking pictures in the in landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, 1 p.m. Saturday, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; free with museum admission, $2-$5 (253-288-7433 or

Seattle AntiFreeze

MARCH 13 Social gathering for people interested in exploring what defines the character of Seattle, 6 p.m. March 13, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or

Park events

Friends of Discovery Park annual meeting

SAT Update on Discovery Park and West Point Treatment Plant issues with Parks and Recreation and Treatment Plant start, 10 a.m.; sign-in, meet and greet, 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park Visitor Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle (

Seward Park Audubon Center: Halls of Wonder

SAT Geology, Ecology and Climate Change themed exhibits, craft activities, science experiments, scavenger hunts, self-guided nature walks for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or

Duwamish River: The Last 15,000 years

SAT How geology, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes and humans have shaped the modern river, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free, preregister (206-431-1582 or

Planetarium Show “Monster Eruptions”

SAT Journey through the solar system to find volcanoes and geysers that dwarf Earthly counterparts; astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for stargazing if the sky is clear, 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island; $2 (

Arboretum Walk

SUN Weekly walk highlights docent’s favorite plants, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or

Seattle Japanese Garden

ONGOING Open for the season, 3.5 acre formal garden with plants, trees, water, bridges, waterfalls, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or


Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong

SAT Community singing of songs of labor, peace, and justice, dedicated to Pete Seeger; snacks and desserts; silent auction fundraiser for the Seattle Labor Chorus, 7 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; (206-524-7753 or


Lake Sammamish Half-Marathon

SAT Course on gravel surface and pavement, half-marathon walk, food and music, benefits Cascade Challenge youth leadership and outdoor adventure opportunities, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $55-$75 (

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

PLAN AHEAD Run, walk, jog, proceeds benefit Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Inspire Youth Project, and the Healing Center; costume contest, Leprechaun Lap 1K for ages 10 and younger, 8 a.m.; dash starts 8:30 a.m.; Post Dash Bash beer garden, entertainment, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16, Seattle Center, Seattle; $10-$35, March 15 last day to register (


Rags Wearable Art Sale

FRI-SUN Creative clothing, fashion accessories and unusual jewelry from 75 local and national artists, portion of proceeds benefit YWCA domestic violence prevention and intervention programs; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, 1701 Alexander Ave. E., Fife (253-272-4181, ext. 352 or

Passion Vineyards Winery

SAT-SUN Tasting and sales, 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Passion Vineyards, 13228 202nd Ave S.E., Issaquah; $5 (206-334-0178 or

Vasa Park Spring Craft Show

MARCH 13-15 Easter, spring and other home and garden décor, aAccessories, children“s items, specialty foods from 80 vendors, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15, Vasa Park Resort & Ballroom, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue (425-413-1004 or

West Seattle Indoor Sale

PLAN AHEAD Quality clothing, housewares, furniture, jewelry, books from 200 families, proceeds benefit youth outreach church programs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15, West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-935-4477 or

Snow sports

Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks

FRI-SUN Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one 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; winter photography outings for photographers for all abilities, 9:30 a.m. March 15, 29; Kids in the Snow, 90 minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; $25/half-day and photo hikes (425-434-6111 or

Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks

SAT-SUN Guided 1.5 mile, 2 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. Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park; $4, additional charge for snowshoe rental, sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk (360-569-6575 or

Snowshoe walks, Mt. Baker Ranger District

SUN Ranger guided snowshoe walks, 10 a.m. Sundays through March 16, Glacier Public Service Center, Mt. Baker Highway 542, Glacier; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-599-9572).

Special interest

Art, Design and Play: Ideas from around the World

FRI Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Waterfront Seattle, artists, designers, historians and advocates explore and discuss the nature of play and how it could effectively be used on Seattle’s developing waterfront, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Seattle City Hall, 6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (

Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series

SAT Historian Eric Erickson talks about the Silver Logging Company and Railroad: 1920s logging, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; $5 suggested donation (425-885-2919 or


Tillicum Village

SAT-SUN Open for the season, narrated cruise to Blake Island for salmon buffet of Northwest cuisine, Coast Salish-inspired program of storytelling and dances, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Argosy Cruises, 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $30-$79, up to two kids free per paying adult through June 1 (206-623-1445 or

Travel events

Travel class

SAT Europe Through the Back Door travel class; Great Britain, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free preregistration required (425-771-8303 or

Travel seminar

SAT Central Asia, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-744-6076 or


Northwest Trek Walk

SAT-SUN Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walks on trails, paths and road shoulders with views of animals; no pets permitted, start anytime 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday; start anytime 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Sunday, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville; half-price park admission available for people who complete the walk (


Northwest Yoga Conference — The Nature of Transformation

FRI-SUN The Nature of Transformation, yoga, meditation, music, inspirational speakers, yoga lifestyle product samples; screening of the documentary Earth Song, 7:30 p.m. Friday, open to the public for a nominal fee; keynote speech, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Yoga Trance Dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, open to the public for a nominal fee; free classes throughout the weekend for children, teenagers, beginners and seniors, Friday-Sunday, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3819 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; prices vary (

Built Heritage Research Series

SAT Historic Seattle eight-session series on primary research materials in archives in Seattle and King County, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Suzzallo/Allen Library, Seattle; $5-$10 (

DNA Genealogy Workshop

MARCH 13 Information on using commercial DNA testing to pinpoint Irish, Scottish or Welsh ancestors, 6 p.m. March 13, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10 by reservation (

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