A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Jan. 1-7, 2015.

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Animal events

Winter Fishtival

FRI-SUN Diver shows, activities, programs highlighting a different sea animal daily; sculpins (bottom-dwelling fish), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; octopus and friends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; wolf eels, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $15.95-$22.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org).

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Information on local bald eagles, souvenirs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, guided hikes along the Skagit River, 11 a.m., informative presentations, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport (360-853-7626 or skagiteagle.org/wordpress).

U.S. Forest Service Eagle Watcher Sites

SAT-SUN Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades Institute staff sites with volunteers to provide information and help spot bald eagles through their spotting scopes and binoculars, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 31, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, Rockport; Milepost 100 Rest Area at Sutter Creek, State Route 20; and Marblemount Fish Hatchery (skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com).


Skandia Dance

FRI Dance workshop, 7:30 p.m., dance to live Scandinavian music, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $15, kids free (425-954-5262 or skandia-folkdance.org).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Folk dancing, dance lesson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7 (206-524-7360 or sno-king.org).



PLAN AHEAD Musical performances, theater, arts education workshops, activities for kids; main stage performances include Recess Monkey, Bailadores de Bronce; art workshop, all-ages hula lesson, bouncy houses, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-275-9595 or edmondscenterforthearts.org/events).

Food events

Pancake Breakfast

SAT Pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee, tea, juice, all ages welcome; proceeds benefit Center services, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $5 (425-487-2441 or northshoreseniorcenter.org).


Bonsai 101: It’s Easier Than You Think

MON Class with brief history and information on bonsai and how to create and care for bonsai trees, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free, suggested $5 donation at the door (206-685-8033).


New Year’s Celebration Walks

FRI Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K scenic walk, start anytime 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Friday; St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (esva.org).

State Parks First Day Hikes

FRI All ages hikes at most venues; including nature walk, 10 a.m., beach walk, noon Friday, Saltwater State Park, Des Moines; nature walk, 10 a.m., beach walk, noon Friday, Dash Point State Park, Federal Way; hike, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Flaming Geyser State Park, Auburn; Cedar Butte 3-mile hike, 10 a.m. Friday, Cedar Falls Trailhead, Iron Horse State Park, North Bend; hike around Deep Lake, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nolte State Park, Enumclaw; 2-mile hike to Middle Falls, 10 a.m. Friday, Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar; short hike, noon, brisk hike, 2 p.m. Friday, Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island; 3-mile, strenuous hike, noon, leisurely nature trail hike, 2 p.m. Friday, Camano Island State Park; easy 2-mile hike, 10 a.m. Friday, Deception Pass State Park; 3.5 mile hike, 11 a.m. Friday, Dosewallips State Park, Hood Canal; 3-mile hike, 11 a.m. Friday, Fort Flagler Historical State Park, near Port Townsend; hike, 1 p.m. Friday, Fort Worden Historical State Park, Port Townsend; other hikes available around the state; Friday is a State Parks free day, Discover Pass not required for parking at all Washington State Parks (adventureawaits.com/2015/12/adventure-first-day-hikes-2016/).

Adventure Hike

SAT-SUN Join a naturalist for a 2-mile hike exploring the shores of Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes, for all ages; 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend; free (206-733-9421).

Holiday events

Candy Cane Lane

FRI Walk or drive through decorated houses and displays, 4-11 p.m. Friday, north of Ravenna Boulevard at 21st Avenue Northeast, Seattle; free, food bank donations appreciated.

Clam Lights

FRI Light display 5-9 p.m. Friday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (rentonwa.gov).

Holiday Carousel and Winter Village

FRI Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse for foster kids, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (holidaysinseattle.com).

Garden d’Lights

FRI-SAT Garden and holiday themed light sculptures, 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or gardendlights.org).

Holiday With Lights

FRI-SAT Holiday light and sound displays, 20 amusement rides, food vendors, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$14.99. parking $10-$20 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.com).

Gingerbread Village

FRI-SUN Display of creations made of candies and treats with “May The Holidays Be With You” theme inspired by scenes from Star Wars movies, on display 24 hours a day through Sunday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations collected for JDRF Northwest Chapter for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes (206-621-9000 or sheratonseattle.com/gingerbread-village).

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

FRI-SUN Wild animals and wild places light displays, reindeer, music, activities, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 3, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.95-$9.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).


FRI-SUN Light displays with featuring animal themes; camel rides, carousel, gift shop, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$10, ages 2 and younger free (pdza.org).

Ice skating

Winterfest Ice Rink

FRI-SUN Ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $2-$7 includes skate rental (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Magic Season Ice Arena

FRI-JAN. 10 Covered, open-air ice arena, food concessions, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 1-9 p.m. Wednesday; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 7; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 8; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 9; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 10; Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $9-$12 includes skate rental; $3 off if bringing your own skates (bellevuedowntown.com).

Redmond Synthetic Skating Rink

FRI-SUN Skate on synthetic ice, mall hours through Sunday, Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond; $7/ages 5 and older, includes skates or bring your own (redmondtowncenter.com/events).

Polar Plaza

FRI-JAN. 10 Ice skating rink, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday-Tuesday, 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 10, Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma; $4-$8, skate rental $2 (253-305-1022 or polarplaza.com).

Museum events

Blue Fridays, Seattle Children’s Museum

FRI Special admission rate, $12/adult and child pair, with wearing any clothing or homemade craft supporting the Seahawks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; regular admission $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

Celebrate the Holidays with the Flying Heritage Collection

FRI Aviation attraction for visitors of all ages, experience history that changed the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10-$14 (877-342-3404 or flyingheritage.com).

Spacecraft artifact

FRI-TUE First look at part of the rocket engine that helped boost Apollo 12 to the Moon in 1969, recently recovered from the bottom of the ocean and acquired by the museum, will be stored after Jan. 5 until the future opening of a new Apollo exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Tuesday; Family Workshops aerospace and aviation activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12-$20; admission specials include half-price after 3 p.m. weekdays, buy one get one free Tuesdays (206-764-5720 or museumofflight.org).

Meet a Scientist

SAT Discover how science works in hands-on activities with scientists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $11.75-$19.75, ages 2 and younger free (206-443-2844 or pacificsciencecenter.org).

Seattle’s Gold Rush Past

SAT Gold panning demonstrations and stories of Klondike adventurers, 11 a.m. Saturday; exhibits and films telling the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and its effect on Seattle, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Friday), Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or nps.gov/klse).

Native Flute Concert

SAT Flute concert by Paul Wagner with photo montage of his 2015 Japan concert tour, 1-2:30 p.m., pow wow to celebrate his mother’s 83rd birthday, 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or duwamishtribe.org).

EMP Museum

ONGOING Exhibits include “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” “Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad 1966-1970,” “Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction,” “Indie Game Revolution,” “We Are 12” and “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic;” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $16-$25, ages 4 and younger free (206-770-2700 or empmuseum.org).

“Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art”

THRU JAN. 10 Extended hours to see exhibit before it closed Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 7, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $14.95-$24.95, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).

First Thursday, Asian Art Museum

JAN. 7 Free museum admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 7, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).

First Thursday, Living Computer Museum

JAN. 7 Milestones in computer history, interact with old computers, 5-8 p.m. Jan. 7, Living Computer Museum, 2245 First Ave. S., Seattle (livingcomputermuseum.org).

First Thursday, MOHAI

JAN. 7 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 7, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; surcharge for special exhibitions (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).

First Thursday, Museum of Flight

JAN. 7 Free admission, 5-9 p.m. Jan. 7, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org).

First Thursday, NAAM

JAN. 7 Free admission, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 7, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or naam.org).

First Thursday, Nordic Heritage Museum

JAN. 7 Free admission, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 7, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org).

First Thursday, SAM

JAN. 7 Free admission, reduced surcharges on special exhibitions, tours, music, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 7, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; “Intimate Impressionism” special exhibit $7-$12 (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).

First Thursday, the Burke

JAN. 7 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 7, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or burkemuseum.org).

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing

PLAN AHEAD Sea songs celebrate connections to the sea, ships, skippers, and sailors, easy to sing for all ages, 8 p.m. Jan. 8, Virginia V Steamer, 860 Terry Ave. N., Suite 223, Seattle; free (206-412-4736 or nwseaport.org).

Artifact ID Day

PLAN AHEAD Burke staff identify Native American, Asia and Pacific Island cultural objects, rocks, feathers, shells and fossils, no appraisals given, limit three items per person, 1-3:30 p.m., 1 p.m. Jan. 9, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 ages 4 and younger free (206-543-7907 or burkemuseum.org/).

Park events

Polar Bear Plunge, Seattle

FRI Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts New Year plunge into Lake Washington, with Badges of Courage to all participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the water, noon Friday; costumes welcome, open for registration with games, music, 10 a.m.; Polar Bear Cub Club plunge for children and anyone needing more room shortly before main plunge, Matthews Beach Park, 9300 51st Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (seattle.gov/parks/).

Polar Bear Dip, Renton

FRI Start the New Year with a dip in Lake Washington, 11 a.m. Friday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton; free, no registration necessary (425-430-6700 or rentonwa.gov/calendar/).

Polar Bear Plunge, Kirkland

FRI Plunge into Lake Washington for all ages, 1 p.m. Friday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; free (kirklandcalendar.com/#/?i=5).

Polar Bear Plunge, Tacoma

FRI Cub Plunge for kids 9 and younger, 11:30 a.m.; Adult/Family plunge, noon; costumes welcome, heating and changing tents available, snack bar, life jackets available, lifeguard on duty, Point Defiance Marina boat launch, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; free (MetroParksTacoma.org).

State Parks Free Days

FRI Free admission, no Discover Pass required, at all Washington State Parks; New Year’s Day and State Parks’ First Day Hikes Day, Jan. 1 (parks.wa.gov).

Deep Forest Experience

FRI-SUN Guided 30-45 minute forest hikes, 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Feb. 14; ADA-accessible trail; Discovery Center refreshments, displays, nature videos, craft activities, information about viewing bald eagles in the area, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; annual Discover Pass or $10 day pass required for parking; no pass or fee required Friday (parks.wa.gov/574/Rockport).

New Year’s Restoration Resolution

SAT Help plant native shrubs and trees, gloves, tools and instruction provided, 1 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4237 or seattle.gov/parks).

Arboretum walk

SUN Guided walk focuses on conifers, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; (206-543-8800 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa.shtml).

Free First Thursday Tram Tour

JAN. 7 New tram allows visitors with limited mobility to see more of the Arboretum and offers all riders the chance to learn about our seasonal highlights, plantings, history and programs, 11 a.m. Jan. 7, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free, space limited, preregister (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/news/2015/11/23/introducing-free-first-thursday-tram-tours).

Mount Rainier

ONGOING Ranger-guided, 1.8 mile snowshoe walks for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provides, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, snow conditions permitting, sign-ups open one hour before each walk, $5 suggested donation; Paradise snowplay area for soft sliding devices open weekends, conditions permitting; National Park Inn and General Store and Longmire Museum open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily with lodging, dining, park information, snowshoe and cross-country ski rental; Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center open 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. weekends only; all vehicles required to carry tire chains in the park; Longmire to Paradise Road may be closed due to weather conditions; $20/7-day vehicle entrance fee (360-569-2211 or nps.gov/mora/index.htm).

Hurricane Ridge

ONGOING Hurricane Ridge Road open 9 a.m.-sunset Fridays-Sundays, weather permitting; cars required to carry tire chains; Visitors Center open when road is open; Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Ares with two rope tows, lift, tubing and ski areas open Saturdays, Sundays, weather permitting; guided snowshoe walks, 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, snow permitting, snowshoes and instruction provided, $3-$7, sign up at Visitors Center 30 minutes before; Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center, off Highway 101, 18 miles outside Port Angeles, Port Angeles; $20 vehicle entrance fee (360-565-3131 or nps.gov/olym).


Mercury Rising 2016: Running/Walking Challenge

ONGOING Online, worldwide program for runners, walkers and joggers of all fitness levels to join in logging enough miles together on a virtual journey to Mercury; registration includes T-shirt, participant medal, decal, contests; $19.99-$55 (moonjoggers.com/mercury).

Snow sports

Cle Elum Slip and Slide

PLAN AHEAD Volkssport 10K walk or ski on the Iron Horse Trail, Jan. 9-10, Iron Horse Inn B&B, Cle Elum; free (esva.org).


21 Acres Green Building Tour

SAT Behind the scenes look at technologies that maximize efficient use of resources, connections between clean energy and how they impact our environment, health, and economy, suggestions for simple changes to make to your home or business to reduce your impact, no reservation necessary, all ages welcome, 11 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; free (425-481-1500 or 21acres.org).