A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Feb. 19-25, 2016.

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Animal events

Octopus Week

FRI-SUN Octopus feedings, talks and activities for kids of all ages; divers swim with octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit, noon Friday and Sunday; octopus release with live video feed, noon Saturday, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $15.95-$22.95 (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org).

Skunk Storytime & Crafts

SAT-SUN Learn about skunks that live in the watershed, story time, craft projects, all ages welcome, 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).

Great Dane Fun & Education Day

SUN Meet Great Danes, learn about the breed, health and training; raffle, demos, vendors, dog games, benefits Dane Outreach rescue, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, 7338 26th St. E., Fife; free (DaneOutreach.org).

Spay Day Seattle

MON-FRI Free spay/neuter for pets of Seattle residents, pet license required, by appointment Monday-Feb. 26, space limited, Seattle Animal Shelter (206-386-7387 or seattleanimalshelter.org).

Name the gorilla baby

THRU FEB. 29 Submit a female name in the African languages of Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo for the baby gorilla born at the zoo Nov. 20; Grand Prize, one year family zoo membership and close-up visit with the baby gorilla, submit name online or in ballot box at zoo grounds through Feb. 29 (zoo.org/page.aspx?pid=1722).

Acatemy Awards

PLAN AHEAD Fees waived on all black and white cats ages 1 year and older, Feb. 26-28, Humane Society for Seattle/King County, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org).


Operation: Heal Our Heroes Seattle Gala

SAT Food, live music, silent auction, proceeds benefit Veterans’ Service Organizations, 8 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $125 (squadup.com/events/operation-hoh-seattle).

Nom Nom

FEB. 25 Dine out fundraiser, participating restaurants donate portion of proceeds to nonprofits Pike Market Child Care and Preschool, Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation, Green Plate Special and Upower, Feb. 25 (purefoodkids.org/nomnom).

Destination Delridge: a Landmark Celebration

PLAN AHEAD Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association celebrates 20 years of strengthening the community and 10 years of youth and arts education at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, with food, entertainment, arts, games, music, 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Metropolist, 2931 First Ave. S., Seattle; $100 (206-935-2999 or dnda.org/destination-delridge-a-landmark-celebration).

PNA Wine Taste

PLAN AHEAD Ten tastes of wine, appetizers, music, wine stores; proceeds benefit the PNA, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Seattle; $10-$30 (206-783-2244 or phinneycenter.org/wine).

Schack Art Center H’Arts

PLAN AHEAD Auction, dinner, wine to benefit art center programs, 5 p.m. Feb. 27, Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett; $95-$120 (425-259-5050 or schack.org).


Leisurely Chill on the Hills

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 24 mile, hilly, leisurely paced ride; steady rain cancels, noon Sunday, Farrel McWhirter Park, 19545 N.E. Redmond Rd., Redmond (cascade.org/node/23667).

Chilly Hilly

PLAN AHEAD Cascade Bicycle Club 33 mile ride with 2,191-foot elevation gain around Bainbridge Island, proceeds benefit club activities, additional fundraising options available; 7 a.m. Feb. 28, start from Seattle or Bainbridge; $15-$45 (cascade.org/rides-major-rides/chilly-hilly).


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).

Daddy Daughter Date Night

FRI-SAT Dads, grandfathers, uncles or big brothers, take your little girl (age 4-10) out for a night of fun, appetizers, dinner, dessert, music by a DJ, dancing, 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 809 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn; $50-$62, preregistration required (253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/special_events.htm).

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).

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).

Mountaineers Folkdance

TUE Informal teaching, no partner necessary, waltz, tango, polka, line dancing, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $10 (425-746-2328 or mountaineers.org/seattlefolkdance).


Seattle Home Show

SAT-SUN Display homes, home electronics, remodeling, home improvement, decorating displays and vendors, daily “Meet the Experts” seminars, Outdoor Living and Wine Garden, Swim/Bike/Run for Habitat fundraiser for affordable housing, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Monday-Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27-28; free arts and antiques appraisals by Dr. Lori, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $12/adults, $8/ages 60+, $3/ages 7-15, ages 6 and younger free; return a second day free, ID required (seattlehomeshow.com).

Food events

Fresh Fermentation

SAT Dietitian’s techniques for simple and safe home fermentation methods, yogurt, cultured butter, fermented vegetables, 1 p.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $30, preregister (425-481-1500 or freshfermentation02202016.eventbrite.com).

Pancake Breakfast

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

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

SUN Showcase of wines from the Northwest and beyond, local and regional beer, cider and spirits, gourmet bites, noon-5 p.m. VIP, 1-5 p.m. general admission, noon Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $60-$75 (seattlewineandfoodexperience.com).


Northwest Flower & Garden Show

FRI-SUN “America the Beautiful” theme celebrates the National Park Service Centennial, spotlighted in 20 display gardens and other attractions, with free how-to seminars by garden luminaries, marketplace with 350 exhibitors and a variety of gardening gear, plants and unique art for home and garden, wine tasting, food vendors; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $22; $5/ages 13-17, ages 12 and younger free; $10/after 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, after 2 p.m. Sunday (253-238-3807 or gardenshow.com).

Picturing Your Garden In Winter Photography Workshop

SAT Photoshoot in the Winter Garden, learn how to photograph your garden, bring your camera, 9 a.m. Saturday, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle; $60 (206-685-8033 or apps.sefs.uw.edu/uwbgregister/).

The Beauty Of Hellebores

SAT Discussion on the new Hellebore varieties, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; free (425-334-2002 or sunnysidenursery.net/classes/).

Great Seattle Seed Swap

SUN Seed sharing exchange, bring as much information as possible; seed packs for beginning gardeners, display of gardening books available for check-out, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-684-7444).

Winter Garden Stroll

SUN Mini-tour including colorful blooming flowers, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dunn Gardens, 13533 Northshire Road N.W., Shoreline; free, donations accepted (206-362-0933 or dunngardens.org).

Bellevue Botanical Garden classes

FEB. 25 Grow fruit in space spaces, 6 p.m. Feb. 25, $25-$25; rain garden basics, 10 a.m. Feb. 27, $25-$35; Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; by reservation, space limited (425-452-2750 or bellevuebotanical.org/calendar.html).


Night Hike

PLAN AHEAD Learn about nocturnal species on a hike through the woods after dark; for ages 5 and older, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $2-$3, preregistration required (425-452-4195 or MyParksAndRecreation.com).


Kitsap Quilters Quilt Show

FRI-SAT Display of 200 quilts, quilting demonstrations, vendors, silent auction, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 N.W. Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $5 (kitsapquilters.com).

Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship

SAT Yo-yo championships in several divisions, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free for spectators; preregister to participate (206-684-7200 or pnwr.yoyocontest.com).

Postcard and Paper Collectibles Show

SAT-SUN Display and sale of paper collectibles, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; $5 (postcardshows.com).

Antique Doll & Toy Market

SUN Antique and collectible dolls, teddy bears, toys, accessories and miniatures by 50 vendors, doll repair specialist, free appraisals after 1 p.m., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Red Lion Bellevue Inn, 11211 N.E. Main St., Bellevue; $7 (facebook.com/Antique-Doll-Toy-Market-436495419823733/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel).

Sewing and Stitchery Expo

FEB. 25-28 Seminars, workshops, vendors, style shows exhibiting the latest fabrics, tools, and supplies, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 25-27, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $12-$14 (253-841-5045 or sewexpo.com).

Museum events

Archaeology Day

SAT Uncover thousands of years of human history, explore how past humans lived in our state, learn about the tools they made, and how they made them, examine hundreds of artifacts, try the ancient hunting skill of atlatl throwing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 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).

Woman in Space program

SAT Lecture on the 1960-1962 NASA Woman in Space program, the first U.S. women to train for spaceflight but never got the opportunity to go into space, 2 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; included with admission, $12-$20 (206-764-5720 or museumofflight.org).

Family STEM Day Balloon-Powered Car Challenge

SAT Design, build, tinker, and learn together, explore the world of automobiles and its relation to science, technology, engineering, and math for children accompanied by adult, 11 a.m. Saturday, LeMay — America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma; $8-$16, ages 5 and younger free (253-779-8490 or americascarmuseum.org).

Park events

Meet the Habitats of Lewis Creek: Misty Meadows

SAT Discover a park habitat and the animals that use it, for ages 5 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free, no registration required (425-452-4195).

Kids’ Saturdays/Art Encounters in the Park

SAT Kids explore the park, drop-in art activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., “The Muppet Movie,” noon Saturday; Art Encounters for adults, performance, collective participation in art topics, beer available, 7 p.m. Saturday, by reservation, Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle; free (seattleartmuseum.org).

Become a Garbologist

SUN Interactive, hands on workshop for all ages to learn about garbage, how our landfill in King County works, how to make better earth-smart choices, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565 or myparksandrecreation.com).

Arboretum Walks

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

Discovery Park History, the Early Years

PLAN AHEAD Take a journey to the years before the land was a park or military fort, for ages 12 and older, 2 p.m. Feb. 27, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4237 or seattle.gov/parks).

Owl Prowl

PLAN AHEAD Learn about owls, followed by two-mile walk to search for resident owls; for ages 10 and older, 6 p.m. Feb. 27, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $10 preregister (brownpapertickets.com/event/2126707).

Winter Water Fowl

PLAN AHEAD Learn about winter migrant water birds, binoculars provided; for ages 10 and older, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $5, preregister online (206-652-2444 or brownpapertickets.com/event/2125942).


CulturalFest Performance Showcase

SAT University of Washington artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world on stage to celebrate the diversity and talent of the international community in our region; preshow reception and silent auction tickets available, 7 p.m. Saturday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $10-$15, $50/reception (206-543-0735 or fiuts.org/events/culturalfest/performances).

Lunar New Year

SAT Celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations including martial arts, music, dance and visual arts, Chinese Lion and Dragon parade to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, coloring contest, 11 a.m. Saturday, 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue (425-460-5834 or lunarnewyear.bellevuecollection.com).

Wintergrass Preview

SAT Bluegrass music by Downtown Mountain Boys, 2 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; (425-450-1765 or kcls.org).

Lunar New Year concert

SUN Chamber music by Chinese composers, performed by musicians from Northwest Symphony, 3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636).

Adam Miller

SUN Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso, 2 p.m. Sunday, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8000).

Snow sports

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, weather permitting, 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-SUN Hurricane Ridge Road open 9 a.m.-sunset Friday-Sunday, 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, 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

SAT Five-hour snowshoe hike for ages 16 and older, snowshoes provided, 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Feb. 28, Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls; $20, preregister (discovernw.org/store_winter-snowshoe-program-at-verlot-big-four_SNOWSHOE03.html).

Special interest

Academy Awards Preview Party

SAT Film historian shares highlights from previous ceremonies, discusses current nominees and offers predictions, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, Newcastle; free (425-255-0111 or kcls.org).

Physicians for a National Health Program Public Meeting

SAT Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington invites the public to learn more about how Single Payer and Universal Health Care can provide coverage for all, improve health outcomes, slash health care costs with theme Fixing Healthcare: Principles Versus Profits, 7 p.m. Saturday, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free (pnhpwesternwashington.org).

Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day

SAT Children age infant to 18 years old receive free dental screenings, fluoride applications, mouth guards, see the tooth fairy, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian St., Puyallup; free (253-274-9722 or pcdentists.org).

Academy Awards celebration

SAT Games, giveaways, movie trivie, 5 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood; free (425-771-2220).

Everyone’s Talking About It: Life in Service at Downton Abbey

SUN-FEB. 25 Historian talks about and displays period images that show realities of life and work on a great British estate before WWI, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N., Kent; free (253-859-3330); 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (425-392-3130); and 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. N.W., Shoreline; free (206-546-3522 or kcls.org).

One Love Wedding Showcase

SUN Meet local wedding industry professionals, learn about wedding services provided by LGBTQ owned businesses, meet photographers, bakers, florists, jewelers, venues, caterers; Brides For A Cause selling gently used bridal gowns with proceeds to benefit those with life threatening illnesses, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Fremont Foundry, 154 N. 35th St., Seattle; free, preregistration required (oneloveseattle.com).

National Geographic Live Speaker Series

SUN-TUE Gorongosa Reborn African wildlife park with wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. Monday-Tuesday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $26-$40 (206-215-4747 or benaroyahall.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. Wednesdays; Gentle Yoga, fluid movements to stretch for increased flexibility; bring a yoga mat, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Academy Awards Preview Party

WED Film historian shares highlights from previous ceremonies, discusses current nominees and offers predictions, 7 p.m. Monday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (425-885-1861 or kcls.org).

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 or spl.org).


Historic Churches

SAT Historic Seattle tour of significant University District churches, 1 p.m. Saturday, 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 Patagonia, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com).