A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Feb. 12-18, 2016.

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Animal events

First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story

FRI Hummingbird film, program, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $3, reservations required (425-316-8592 or streamkeeper.org).

Humane Society Valentine Special

FRI-SUN Half off adoption fee for any pet aged 3 and older, 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 seattlehumane.org).

Valentine’s Day Enrichment

SAT Otters, red pandas, snow leopards, gorillas and other zoo animals get Valentine’s Day-themed treats as an enrichment activity, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $9.25-$13.75 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).

Pasado’s Safe Haven’s “Share the Love” Sanctuary Tour

SAT Self-guided tour of sanctuary, engage with caregivers, vegan snacks, to support animals and programs of Pasado’s Safe Haven, noon Saturday, Pasado’s Safe Haven, 10131 Woods Lake Road, Monroe; $25 (360-793-9393 or pasadosafehaven.org/event/share-the-love-tour).

Love at the Zoo

SAT-SUN Zoo animals get heart-shaped treats and enrichments, including fish, 11 a.m.; polar bears, 11:30 a.m.; tigers, 12:30 p.m.; elephants, 1 p.m.; red wolves, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7.95-$17.95, ages 2 and younger free (253-591-5337 or pdza.org).

Kids ’n’ Critters

SAT-MON Storytime, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Trailside Encounter with small animal, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; craft activities, 2 p.m.; tram tours through natural habitat with free-roaming animals, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville; $17.95-$21.95/adults, seniors, up to four children ages 12 and younger free with each paying adult or senior (360-832-6117 or nwtrek.org).

Octopus Week

SAT-FEB. 21 Daily octopus feedings and talks and activities for kids of all ages, Saturday through Feb. 21; divers swim with octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit, noon Saturday and Feb. 19, 21; octopus blind date, male and female giant Pacific octopuses meet for the first time, noon Sunday; live octopus release with live video feed, noon Monday and Feb. 20, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $15.95-$22.95 (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org).

Woo at the Zoo

SUN Valentine’s Day themed mini-lectures and animal enrichment demonstrations, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., mini-lectures start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $9-$12.50 (425-392-6278 or CougarMountainZoo.org).


Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives Breakfast

FEB. 18 HomeAid Puget Sound breakfast, proceeds help build homes for homeless families working toward self-sufficiency, 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18, Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle; $100 suggested minimum donation (206-769-4117 or homeaidpugetsound.org/special-events).


Seattle Bike Swap

SUN New and used bikes and bike related goods of all kinds, bike consignment sale, most sellers accept cash only, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $5-$7, ages 15 and younger free; free entry for all, 1-2 p.m.; premium early entry at 8 a.m., $20 (cascade.org/connect/seattle-bike-swap).


Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dance to live music with caller, don’t wear perfume or other scented products, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 (206-440-9839 or seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).

Valentine’s Day, Century Ballroom

FRI-SUN Wine tasting at The Tin Table, 7-10 p.m. Friday, free; beginning tango lesson for couples, 8:30 p.m. Friday, open tango dancing, ages 21+, 9:30 p.m. Friday, $10-$16; beginning salsa lesson for all ages, 8:30 p.m. Friday, open salsa dance, 9:30 p.m. Friday, $10-$16; beginning salsa lesson for couples ages 21+, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, open salsa dancing, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $10-$16; beginning swing and fox trot lesson, ages 21+, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, open swing dance, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $9-$16; waltz, fox trot and swing dancing for all ages, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, $9; all ages beginning swing lesson, 9 p.m., open swing dance with live music, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, $15; Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., second floor, Seattle; pay at the door (206- 324-7263 or centuryballroom.com).

Red & White Ball

SAT Dress up for Valentine’s Day dance for singles and couples; rumba lesson, no partner or experience needed, 7 p.m.; dance to ballroom, Latin, swing, country, rumba, waltzes with the Dancin’ DJ, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent; $25 at the door (425-917-1188 or seattledanceinfo.com).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Sweetheart Dance with live music, potluck snacks, no teaching, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7 (206-524-7360 or sno-king.org).


CulturalFest International Expo

FRI Experience 35 cultures through music, dance, food, conversation and interactive activities for all ages, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Husky Union Building (HUB), Stevens Way at University of Washington, Seattle; free (206-543-0735 or fiuts.org/events/culturalfest/expo).

Lunar New Year Celebration

SAT Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with traditional dragon and lion dances, Taiko drumming, martial arts, activities for all ages, Children’s Parade and Costume Contest, $3 food walk at local restaurants, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (cidbia.org/events/lunar-new-year).

Tet Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year

SAT-SUN Traditions of Vietnam’s New Year celebration, Year of the Monkey, with lion dance, firecrackers, music and dance performances, activities, food, crafts, games, martial arts, marketplace, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Health Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Lunar New Year

PLAN AHEAD Community Lunar New Year with traditional and contemporary martial arts, music, dance and visual arts, Chinese Lion and Dragon parade to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, coloring contest, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue; free (425-460-5834 or lunarnewyear.bellevuecollection.com).

Food events

Hearts & Wine

FRI Wine sampling, Dessert Row, jazz, auction, 6 p.m. Friday, The Foundry by Herban Feast, 4130 First Ave. S., Seattle; $75 (206-236-0408 or firstharvest.org/events/hearts-wine).

Meeker Mansion Valentine Tea

SAT Victorian tea and tour, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $12 by reservation (253-848-1770 or meekermansion.org).

Valentine’s Day Wine & Cocktail Hour at the Conservatory

SUN Tropical way to spend Valentine’s Day, wine and cocktail tasting experience, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; $20-$30 (206-322-4112 or volunteerparkconservatory.org/events-calendar).

Love Yourself Weekend

SAT-SUN Spirits or wine flights for the occasion, 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, POCO Wine + Spirits, 1408 E Pine Street, Seattle; free (206-322-9463 or facebook.com/events/1680662248877500).

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

SUN Chinese/Scottish cross-cultural celebration of Chinese New Year of the Monkey and the 257th birthday of Robert Burns, the Bard of Scotland, with Scottish and Chinese entertainment, Chinese dinner including haggis; benefits Chinese and Scottish youth music, dance, and martial arts scholarship programs, 5 p.m. Sunday, China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; $35 (206-364-6025 or gunghaggisfatchoy-seattle.org).

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

PLAN AHEAD Learn to make soda bread, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 20, St. Patrick’s Church, 2702 Broadway E., Seattle; $10, preregister (206-321-4576 or eventbrite.com/e/irish-soda-bread-cooking-exhibition-class-tickets-21103088907?aff=es2).

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

PLAN AHEAD Showcase for wine, local and regional beer, cider and spirits, gourmet bites, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 21, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $60-$75 (seattlewineandfoodexperience.com).


Growing Orchids

SAT Workshop on orchids, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Starting seeds

SAT Starting seeds indoors, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or skynursery.com).

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

WED-FEB. 21“America the Beautiful” theme celebrates the National Park Service Centennial, 20 display gardens, with seminars by garden luminaries, marketplace with 350 exhibitors and a variety of gardening gear, plants and art, wine tasting, food vendors; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 17-20; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 21, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $17/adult early bird through 11:30 p.m. Feb. 16; $22/at the door; $5/ages 13-17, ages 12 and younger free (800-343-6973 or gardenshow.com).


Adventure Hike

SAT-SUN Join a naturalist for a 2-mile hike exploring the shores of Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes for signs of wildlife, for all ages; no dogs or strollers; 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free (206-733-9421 or seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/OurWatersheds/CedarRiverWatershed/ProgramsTours/index.htm).


Seattle RV Show

FRI-SUN RV displays, workshops, seminars, beer and wine available, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; free child care for ages 10 and younger 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $10-$12, ages 17 and younger free with adult (seattlervshow.com).

Scale Model Hydroplane Show

SAT Display of 50 scale-model radio-controlled Unlimited hydroplanes at museum with a dozen restored Unlimited hydroplanes, photos, trophies and vintage racing films, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, 5917 South 196th Street, Kent; $5-$10 (206-764-9453 or thunderboats.org).

Early Bird Automotive Show and Swap Meet

SAT-SUN Swap meet features cars and parts for all collectible makes and models, plus antiques and collectibles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5 (253-841-5045 or thefair.com).

Minecraft Galactic Mission World Championship

WED Minecraft video game championship, 4-week league to play on the big screen in teams of 4-7 players, create or join a team, bring laptop with Minecraft; 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 16-March 8, AMC Southcenter 16, Tukwila; 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 17-March 9, Lincoln Square Cinemas, Bellevue and iPic, Redmond; $60 (superleague.com/metropolitan).

Drones 101

FEB. 18 Discussion about the basics of piloting a drone, regulations, 6 p.m. Feb. 18, Modern Pilot, 5113 Russell Ave. N.W., Seattle; free, preregister (modern-pilot.com/seminars).

Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship

PLAN AHEAD Yo-yo championships in several divisions, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 20, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free for spectators; preregister to participate (pnwr.yoyocontest.com/).

Museum events

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing

FRI Valentine’s Day edition of the Chantey Sing, sea songs of love, 8 p.m. Friday, Virginia V Steamer, 860 Terry Ave. N., Suite 223, Seattle; free (206-447-9800 or nwseaport.org).

Black History Month Celebration at MOHAI

SAT Seattle Hip-Hop culture and history, film screenings, performances, photography, community panel discussion on the role of Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movement in Hip-Hop, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $7 special admission (206-324-1126 or mohai.org/).

Winter Wargaming at FHC

SAT World of Tanks games, learn tactics, strategies and teamwork, compete in our structured tournaments with prizes for top performers, 2 p.m. Saturday, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10-$35 (877-342-3404 or flyingheritage.com).

Roaring Twenties, Museum of Flight

SAT-SUN Jazz age music, dancing, living history performers, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; screening of “The Great Gatsby” (1974), 11 a.m. Sunday; “The Great Gatsby” (2013), 1:30 p.m. Sunday; also, Northwest Scale Modelers Show displays, seminars, make-and-take activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-764-5720 or museumofflight.org).

Valentine’s Day, Seattle Children’s Museum

SUN Crafts, stories, heart-healthy activities, sweetheart bingo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $8.25-$9.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

Celebrate Salmon

SUN Art making for all ages, 1-2:30 p.m.; stories and songs, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or duwamishtribe.org).

It’s a Love Thing

SUN Valentine’s Day challenge, get engaged at the Museum on Valentine’s Day and receive a discount on a future event rental, write a haiku, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th St., Federal Way; free (253-353-7345 or pacificbonsaimuseum.org).

Bag Swap

WED See exhibit of sparkly handbags, bring an excellent condition handbag valued between $60-$120 to swap, wine and snacks, 21+ event, 7 p.m. Wednesday, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $20, preregistration required (253-288-7433 or wrvmuseum.org/Bag_Swap.html).

History Cafe: Queer People of Color Artistry Explored

FEB. 18 Panel of Seattle artists discuss their experiences as queer people of color (QPOC) and the representation and visibility of QPOC in media, history, activism, and the art world, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).

Archaeology Day

PLAN AHEAD Uncover thousands of years of human history, explore how past humans lived in our state, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10, ages 4 and younger and UW faculty and staff free (206-543-7907 or burkemuseum.org/).

Neighbor Appreciation, Magnolia

SAT Cookies, punch and coffee, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W., Seattle; (206-386-4235).

Wallingford planting party

SAT Neighbor Appreciation Day, help plant ferns, flowers; gloves and tools provided, 9 a.m. Saturday, North 46th Street and Midvale Avenue North, Seattle; preregister (surveymonkey.com/r/3ZNX3G6).

Neighbor Appreciation, Garfield

FRI Indoor tot gym, cookies, juice, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St., Seattle; (206-684-4788).

Cayton Corner Park Valentine’s Cleanup and crafts

SAT Join in cleaning up the park and updating our wall for Valentine’s Day, removing winter decorations and adding Valentines decorations, make paper hearts and other seasonal decorations; snacks provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cayton Corner Park, 1831 E. Madison St., Seattle (seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighbor-appreciation-day/events#/?i=1).

Neighbor Appreciation, Nature Consortium

SAT Help restore habitat in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Pigeon Point Park at Pathfinder School, 1901 S.W. Genesee St., Seattle; preregister (naturec.org).

Neighbor Appreciation Day First Station Open Houses

SAT Tour fire stations, meet firefighters, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Fire Stations 6, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S; 9, 3829 Linden Ave. N.; 13, 3601 Beacon Ave. S.; 16, 6846 Oswego Pl. N.E.; 17, 1050 N.E. 50th St.; 20, 2800 15th Ave. W.; 21, 7304 Greenwood Ave. N.; 22, 901 E. Roanoke St.; 24, 401 N. 130th St.; 25, 1300 E. Pine St.; 28, 5968 Rainier Ave. S.; 30, 2931 Mt. Baker Blvd. S.; 31, 1319 N. Northgate Way; 33, 9645 Renton Ave. S.; 34, 633 32nd Ave. E.; 35, 8729 15th Ave. N.W.; 37, 7700 35th Ave. S.W.; 39, 2806 N.E. 127th St.; 40, 9401 35th Ave. N.E.; 41, 2416 34th Ave. W., Seattle (seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighbor-appreciation-day/events#/?i=1).

Neighbor Appreciation Day: Tool Library work party

SAT Help get the tool library ready to open, light construction and inventory processing, snacks provided, noon Saturday, Capitol Hill Tool Library, 1552 Crawford Pl., Seattle (seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighbor-appreciation-day/events#/?i=1).

Neighbor Appreciation Day, Ballard Pool

SAT Public swim, free slide, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ballard Pool, 1471 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $2 (206-684-4094).

Neighbor Appreciation Day, Southwest Pool

SAT Public swim, snacks, games, free slide, 1 p.m. Saturday, Southwest Pool, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle; free (206-684-7440).

Neighborhood Appreciation, Ravenna-Eckstein

SAT Free play space, refreshments, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-7534).

West Seattle Timebank Neighbor Appreciation Day

SAT Meet neighbors, kids’ activities, learn about West Seattle Timebank, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, High Point Library, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., Seattle (seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighbor-appreciation-day/events#/?i=1).

Park events

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 (parks.wa.gov/574/Rockport).

Salamander Search

SAT Learn about and search for park salamanders, 4 p.m. Saturday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; preregister (206-386-4237 or seattle.gov/parks).

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

SAT Program for mature youth and adults only; reproductive biology of our most common animal species discussed on the trail, courtship, mating and survival in the animal world, 1 p.m. Saturday, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 State Route 9 Southeast, Woodinville; $5/family suggested donation (206-477-6250 or islandwood.org/event/whats-love-got-do-it-brightwater).

Planetarium Show “Star Stories: Twisted Tales of Love & Loss”

SAT Twisted tales from ancient star lore for Valentine’s Day, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Special Kids Shows, 5 and 6 p.m.; if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes, Richie Observatory, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org).

Cupid’s Walk at Bloedel Reserve

SAT-SUN Take a walk in landscaped gardens with map highlighting the best kissing spots, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5-$15 (206-842-7631 or bloedelreserve.org/).

Arboretum Walk

SUN February walks feature the Witt Winter Garden with winter bloomers, colorful ground covers, tree barks and scents, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or uwbotanicgardens.org).

Sweetheart Hike

SUN Join a park ranger on a hike to celebrate Valentine’s Day, learn about native animal pairs, noon Sunday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free, no registration required (425-452-4195).


Chili Chase

SAT 5K run/walk, 1-mile Kids’ Dash, followed by chili feed; 8 a.m. Saturday, check in opens 6:30 a.m., STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma; $10-$30 (metroparkstacoma.org/chili-chase/#.VqlCxHsYGDl).

Valentine’s Day Dash

SUN 5K run/walk, post-race celebration with beer, wine and mimosa garden, costume contest, race bibs show self-selected relationship status, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, registration opens 8 a.m., Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; $40-$45 (promotionevents.com/valentines/index.htm).


Lake City Lion’s Club Flea Market

SAT New, used, vintage and contemporary house wares, crafts, arts, ephemera, books, movies by many vendors, on-site jewelry and watch repair, snack bar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-639-8813 or seattlelakecitylions.org/).

Snow sports

Lunar New Year Celebration, Stevens Pass

FRI Traditional Lion Dance, arts and crafts indoors, Torch Light Parade down Showcase and sparklers in the plaza, 4-10 p.m. Friday, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, Highway 2, Skykomish; events free, 50 percent off lift tickets and discounts around the resort (206-812-4510 or stevenspass.com/).

Snowshoe walks and winter excursions, Snoqualmie

FRI-SUN Guided 90-minute, moderate pace, one mile walk through old-growth forest to learn about winter ecology; 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, $10-$15; extended, 5 mile, 4-5 hour snowshoe walk, 9 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $25; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center, Snoqualmie Pass; preregister; some dates and times sold out (425-434-6111 or discovernw.org/store_winter-snowshoe-program-at-snoqualmie-pass_SNOWSHOE01.html).

Mount Rainier winter recreation

FRI-SUN Park winter activity information, backcountry permits, books and maps, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily unless major storms require closure, Longmire Museum; lodging, food, snowshoe/ski rentals, National Park Inn; Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center open 10 a.m.-4:15 Saturdays-Sundays; guided snowshoe walks, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, snowshoe rental $5 donation requested; Paradise snowplay for “soft” sliding devices only (flexible sleds, inner tubes, saucers) open weekends, conditions permitting; all vehicles entering the park required to carry tire chains; Mount Rainier National Park; $20/vehicle (360-569-6575 or nps.gov/mora/index.htm).

Hurricane Ridge in Winter

FRI-MON Hurricane Ridge Road open 9 a.m.-sunset Fridays-Sundays and holiday Mondays, weather permitting; cars required to carry tire chains; Visitors Center open when road is open; Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Areas with two rope tows, lift, tubing and ski areas open when the road is open, weather permitting; guided snowshoe walks, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 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; $20/vehicle (360-565-3131 or nps.gov/olym).

Snowshoe hike, Darrington Ranger District

PLAN AHEAD Five-hour snowshoe hike for ages 16 and older, snowshoes provided, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, 11 miles east of Granite Falls, Granite Falls; $20, preregister (discovernw.org/store_winter-snowshoe-program-at-verlot-big-four_SNOWSHOE03.html).

Special interest

WOW Conference

FRI-MON Women of Wisdom marketplace, temple with professional healers and psychic readers, art by women art show, ceremonies, speakers, workshops, Friday-Monday, North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle; free admission, $5-$50 fees for events, all-event passes available; preregister for some events (thewowconference.org).

History of the Sammamish Valley News

SAT Redmond Historical Society hosts speaker and images of 30 years of community newspaper through 1997, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond (425-885-2919 or redmondhistoricalsociety.org/RHS/index.php).

Seattle Great Wheel Valentine’s Day

SUN Special for couples, ride, photo, Champagne toast, Sunday, $59.95/couple; special hours for Valentines Day, 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday, Seattle Great Wheel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $8.50-$13 (seattlegreatwheel.com/).

Invisible-The Delemma of the Black Artist in America

MON Dismantling Racism Forum, panel discussion with artists, scholars and cultural leaders, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle; free (rainiervalleyculturalcenter.org/).

Seattle Center Winter Fitness

WED Fitness for all ages and abilities; Zumba high energy workout with Latin music and world rhythms, no dance experience provided, wear comfortable sneakers, 6-7 p.m.; Gentle Yoga, fluid movements to stretch for increased flexibility; bring a yoga mat, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Lunar New Year

FEB. 18 Traditional music, Lion Dance, martial arts demonstration, appetizers, 4 p.m. Feb. 18, International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle (206-233-0042).

Academy Awards Preview Party

FEB. 18 Film historian Lance Rhoades shares highlights and controversies from previous Academy Awards ceremonies, discusses the current nominee, and offers his own Oscars predictions, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; free (425-432-4620 or kcls.org/).

Washington State Fair national anthem contest

THROUGH FEB. 19 Video entries performing the national anthem accepted through Feb. 19, semifinalists perform at Washington State Spring Fair April 14-17, winners perform at Washington State Fair concerts and/or rodeo performances Sept. 2-25 (thefair.com/contests/details/o-say-can-you-sing).

Black History Month Displays, Seattle Public Libraries

ONGOING Displays of photos and information, library hours through February; Black Heritage Society of Washington State’s “All Power to the People: Remembering the Seattle Black Panther Party,” Douglass-Truth Branch Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way (206-684-4704); “Seattle African-American History” timeline from 1858 to the present, Fremont Branch Library, 731 N. 35th St. (206-684-4084); “African-Americans Close to Our Hearts,” NewHolly Branch Library, 7058 32nd Ave. S. (206-386-1905); “People Make the Difference,” African-American writers and artists from the Seattle area, University Branch Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle (206-684-4063).


Georgetown Steam Plant Open House

SAT 1906 National Historic Landmark industrial plant open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Georgetown Steam Plant, 6605 13th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-763-2542 or georgetownsteamplant.org).

Historic Churches

PLAN AHEAD Historic Seattle tour of significant University District churches, 1 p.m. Feb. 20, Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Seattle, 4142 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., Seattle; $25-$35 (historicseattle.org).

Travel events

Travel seminars

TUE Travel company presentations on travel to Ethiopia, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com).