A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, April 8-14, 2016.

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Animal events

Woof Walk

SAT Explore Lewis Creek Park on two-mile, moderate difficulty hike with your dog; 10 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free, preregistration required, course # 103276 (425-452-4195 or MyParksAndRecreation.com).

Marine Mammal Mania

SAT-SUN Activities, talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and April 16-17, 23-24, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $15.95-$22.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org).

Spring Break at the Zoo

SAT-SUN Scavenger hunts, animal encounters, Zoolympic Games, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $12.95-$19.95, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/page.aspx?pid=1722).


Among the Reeds “Karnaval”

SAT Among the Reeds Christian nonprofit organization auction/dinner to help communities in Haiti, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, New Life Foursquare Church, 6830 Highland Drive, Everett; $25, preregister (amongthereeds.org).

April fools shipwreck ball & auction

SAT Benefit for Victims of Domestic Violence Shelter, Snohomish County; pirate-themed, cocktail hour with tribute to Elvis, dinner, entertainment, dance, auction, 5 p.m. Saturday, Senor California Mexican Grill, 4305 Rucker Ave., Everett; $25 (brownpapertickets.com/event/2505393).

Run MS Seattle 5K/Walk MS

SUN Timed run along the Burke-Gilman Trail, wear orange to support the MS Movement, runners welcome to stay for Walk MS and festivities, 8 a.m. Sunday, $35-$40 (walkwas.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=27663&pg=entry); Walk MS, 5.5 mile route is along the Burke-Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park and back, one mile option, 9 a.m. Sunday, free, suggested minimum fundraising goal $100; E1 Parking Lot, University of Washington, Seattle (800-344-4867 or main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/WASWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=27479).

Tulip Ride

PLAN AHEAD Guided motorcycle ride to Roozengaarde tulip farm, lunch, guests actor Karl Urban, actresses Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff signing autographs; proceeds benefit Seattle Humane Society, 9:30 a.m. April 16, Blazing Bagels, 6975 176th Ave. N.E., Redmond; $50-$1000, $75/celebrity meet and greet only for nonriders (tulipride.org).

Seahawks 12K Run

PLAN AHEAD 12K run along the shore of Lake Washington and around the Seahawks’ training facility, 9 a.m.; Glow 5K run/walk through neighborhoods surrounding The Landing, 9:20 a.m.; Play 60 Kids Run half-mile for ages 10 and younger, 10:45 a.m.; Seahawks Spirit costume contest, 11:15 a.m.; benefits A Better Seattle to build healthy communities and reduce youth violence, 9 a.m. April 17, The Landing, 715 N. Landing Way, Renton; $15-$55 (seahawks12krun.com).


Fall City-North Bend

PLAN AHEAD Cascade Bicycle Club 25 mile, leisurely pace ride with lunch stop, 10 a.m. Saturday, Fall City Community Park, Neal Road Southeast and SR 203, Fall City; showers cancel (cascade.org/node/25005).

Ride for Major Taylor

PLAN AHEAD Cascade Bicycle Club scenic 25-mile ride through West Seattle, Burien, SeaTac and White Center to benefit Major Taylor Project youth development cycling program, 9 a.m. April 16, Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle; $30-$60, fundraising suggested (cascade.org).

Tulip Pedal

PLAN AHEAD Ride past tulip fields on 20, 40, or 60 mile routes, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16, La Conner Middle School, La Conner; $35-$40 (granfondo.com/events/tulip-pedal/2016-usa/1889/cycling).


Bird tour

SAT Guided walk to learn about park birds, for adults and ages 8 and older; 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $3, preregister (206-386-4237 or seattle.gov/parks).

Walk on the Wild(life) Side: Birds and Farming

SAT For new to expert birders, walk to discover local birds, 8 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; free, preregister (eventbrite.com/e/walk-on-the-wildlife-side-birds-and-farming-registration-23190805323).


West Seattle/Downtown Water Taxi summer schedule

SAT-SUN Opening weekend of summer schedule, 15-minute water taxi crossing operating weekends through Oct. in addition to year-around weekday schedule, including extended hours on dates of nighttime Mariners, Sounders and Seahawks games, between Seacrest Park, 1660 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle, and Pier 50, 801 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $2.25-$5.25, ages 5 and younger free (206-477-3979 or kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/WaterTaxi.aspx).


Left Foot Boogie Dance

SAT Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., dance swing, waltz, nightclub two-step, salsa with music by The Jukehouse Hounds, bring snacks to share, 8 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $15 (leftfootboogie.com).

Dancing in the Park

SAT Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., dance party, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, DanceSport International Studio, 6344 N.E. 74th St., Seattle; $12 (dancesportseattle.com).

Northwest Folklife Festival Fundraiser

SAT Dance to live music with three bands, Allspice, Folk Voice and Julie King and Friends, costumes and finger food snacks encouraged, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 (sno-king.org/sno-king/Calendar.html).


Seattle World Rhythm Festival

FRI-SUN Drum, dance performances, workshops and participatory events for all ages, music and culture of Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, Brazil, India, Middle East; Family Day, noon-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday; evening opening showcase, 7-10 p.m. Friday; dance party, 7-10 p.m. Saturday; Great NW Drum Circle, 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Daffodil Parade

SAT Floats decorated with thousands of daffodils, bands, marching and mounted units, in four locations, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, downtown Tacoma; 12:45 p.m. Saturday, 12:45 p.m.; 2:30 p.m., Sumner; 5 p.m. Saturday, Orting (thedaffodilfestival.org).

La Conner Not So Impromptu Tulip Parade

SAT Join as spectator or participants, impromptu entries welcome, 2 p.m. Saturday, First Street, La Conner (tulipfestival.org).


SAT-SUN Healthy vegetarian food festival, hundreds of free food samples, cooking demos, info on health by doctors, free health checks, food and cookbook vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $9, ages 12 and younger free (vegofwa.org/).


ONGOING Inflatable rides and entertainment for children 12 and younger, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through April 17, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $8/all-day pass; $4.50/all-dayToddler Zone Pass; $1.50/ single ride ticket; rides free on Thursdays (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/whirligig/).

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

ONGOING Tulip fields in bloom at varying dates and locations in April, bloom map online or call festival office for information; two display gardens, RoozenGaarde, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon; $4-$5, ages 5 and younger free (360-424-8531 or tulips.com); and Tulip Town, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, later when weather permits, 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon; $6, ages 5 and younger free (360-424-8152 or tuliptown.com); Tulip Festival Office open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 311 W. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon (360-428-5959 or tulipfestival.org).

Washington State Spring Fair

APRIL 14-17 Animals, FFA and 4-H contests, SlamFest Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Show, racing pigs, Garden Show, Auto Alley, KidZone, vendors, rides, food, lumberjack show, entertainment; 2-10 p.m. April 14, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 15-16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 17, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$10, ages 5 and younger free; additional charges for Monster Truck Show and Demo Derby; Military Appreciation Day free admission to active, reserved, retired military with ID and dependents April 15 (253-845-1771 or thefair.com/).

Welcome the Whales Festival

PLAN AHEAD Educational displays, costume-making, children’s activities, Whale and Critter Parade (1:30 p.m.), blessing for the whales, music, whale watching, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16; whale watching cruise 3-5:30 p.m. April 17, $75, preregister; Langley, Whidbey Island (orcanetwork.org).

Seattle Chinese Garden Peony and Bamboo Festival

PLAN AHEAD Luoyang Chinese Tree Peony Display Garden with 400 plants, plant displays and sales, plant care talks, artist demonstrations, arts, crafts and Chinese food vendors, Lion dance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16-17, Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; suggested donation $5/adults (seattlechinesegarden.org).

Food events

Free Kids’ Scoops at Molly Moon’s Redmond

FRI Free scoop of any flavor of ice cream for ages 12 and younger, 3-5 p.m. Friday, Molly Moon’s, 16272 Cleveland St., Redmond; free (mollymoon.com/blog/redmond-shop-opening-on-april-8th).


Chase Garden Spring Plant Sale

FRI-SUN Woodland native perennials, ferns, uncommon plants from the garden and specialty nurseries, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, The Chase Garden, 16015 264th St. E., Orting; free garden admission, donations welcome (chasegarden.org).

Early Bloomers Plant Sale

SAT Plant sale, spring-flowering and summer-blooming perennials, native plants, shrubs, Japanese maples, proceeds support the Arboretum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle (206-325-4510 or arboretumfoundation.org/events/early-bloomers/).

Spring Open House

SAT Class, “Waking Up the Garden Organically,” 11 a.m.; information about rain gardens and urban chickens, tool sharpening specials, food and beverages, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, West Seattle Nursery, 5275 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-935-9276 or westseattlenursery.com).

Spring Tonic for Your Containers

SUN Garden designers on creative use of plant materials and planting styles for containers, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com).

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

ONGOING Peak blooming through May, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $5-$8, ages 12 and younger and military free; free for everyone 4-7 p.m. third Thursday of every month (rhodygarden.org).


Emerald City Comicon

FRI-SUN Comic book and pop culture convention with guest appearances, gaming, discussions, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; prices vary, may be sold out (emeraldcitycomicon.com).

Camera Show, Sale & Swap Meet

SAT Sale of photography lenses, tripods, accessories, darkroom, images, miscellaneous, sponsored by Puget Sound Photographic Collectors Society; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; $5-$15 (206-232-7328 or pspcs.org/).


SAT Fiber arts demonstrations and sale with 20 artists and vendors, activities, food vendor, 10 a.m. Saturday, La Conner Middle School, 503 N. Sixth St., La Conner; free (360-466-4288 or laconnerquilts.org).

Planetarium Show “NASA’s Other Great Observatories”

SAT Learn about NASA’s other telescopes besides the Hubble; BPAstro Kids shows, 5 and 6 p.m.; if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for public star gazing afterward; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org).

Museum events

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing

FRI Join in easy-to-sing sea chanteys for all ages, 8 p.m. Friday, Virginia V Steamer, 860 Terry Ave. N., Suite 223, Seattle; free (206-447-9800 or nwseaport.org).

Wargaming at FHC

SAT World of Tanks tactics, strategies and teamwork, play with an array of tanks, compete in tournaments with prizes, 2 p.m. Saturday, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10-$35 (877-342-3404 or flyingheritage.com).

Centennial Weekend: The Formidable Forties

SAT-SUN Celebration of 100 years of Boeing; Seattle and the World War II air power and Boeing production, 1940s fashion, victory gardens, big band swing, living history Women at Work & War WASP presentation, movie “Casablanca,” speakers from Holocaust Center for Humanity, Distinguished Flying Cross Society and American Fighter Aces Association, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org).

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933 — 1941)

ONGOING Exhibition of photos, personal stories, and artifacts from Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through April, University of Washington Hillel, 4745 17th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (confucius.washington.edu/shanghai-jewish-refugees-exhibit-1933-1941/).

Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan’s Balloon Bomb Attack on America

APRIL 14 World War II attempt to attack the United States mainland by Japan’s fu-go campaign, deploying thousands of high-altitude hydrogen balloons armed with incendiary and high-explosive bombs, 7 p.m. April 14, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $15-$20 (877-342-3404 or flyingheritage.com/).

Olde Town Mine Hike

PLAN AHEAD Issaquah History Museums moderate hike with information on local mining history, 10 a.m. April 16, Issaquah Depot Museum, Issaquah; $10, reservations required (425-392-3500 or issaquahhistory.org).

Park events

Celebrate Urban Nature

SAT Entertainment including Caspar Babypants; Bug Zoo, nature-themed carnival, presentations and activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $3/person or $10/family (206-684-7026).

Exploring Tidepool Life

SAT Explore the beach at low tide, for all ages, noon Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregistration required (206-386-4237 or seattle.gov/parks).

12th Avenue Square Park Grand Opening Celebration

APRIL 14 Ribbon cutting, music, refreshments to celebrate new woonerf (living street) park of shared spaces, improved pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety, with artistic canopy structure, rain gardens, 5 p.m. April 14, 12th Avenue Square Park, 564 12th Ave., Seattle (206-233-7929 or seattle.gov/parks).

National Park Free Entrance Days

PLAN AHEAD Free admission at all National Parks for National Park Week, April 16-24 (nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).


Second Saturday Spectacular

SAT Tickle Tune Typhoon concert for families, 3 p.m. Saturday, University Heights Center, 5031 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (uheightscenter.org/second-saturday-spectacular).

African Children’s Choir

SUN Traveling choir performs African songs and dances, spirituals and gospel music, 11 a.m. Sunday, Seattle Community Church, 4501 46th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-527-2232); and 7 p.m. Sunday, Philadelphia Church, 7704 24th Ave. N.W., Seattle; freewill offering collected to benefit Music for Life education, care and development programs in Africa (206-782-0588 or africanchildrenschoir.com).

International Children’s Friendship Festival

PLAN AHEAD Performances and displays from countries around the world, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (childrensfest.tacawa.org/).


Street Scramble Alki

SAT Urban adventure for runners, walkers, and families, find as many of dozens of checkpoints marked on a map as you can within the time limit, solo or in teams of 2 to 5, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle; $5-$30 (206-291-8250 or streetscramble.com/).

Tulip Run

SAT Scenic, flat 5-mile trail course, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Skagit Regional Airport, Burlington; $20-$40, free for ages 10 and younger and 70 and older (tuliprun.skagitrunners.org/).


Superfluity Plant and Rummage Sale

FRI-SAT Perennials, vegetable starts, dahlia tubers, shrubs, gardening supplies, books, children’s clothing, toys, kitchenware, sporting equipment, electronics; proceeds benefit several local charities; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-283-3866).

Skagit County Fairgrounds Garage Sale, Antiques & More

FRI-SAT Garage Sale, antiques, live music, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, car show Saturday, Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia St., Mount Vernon; $3 (360-416-1350 or skagitcounty.net/garagesale).

Asian and Global Arts Sale

SAT Unique antiques, crafts and artifacts from throughout the world, jewelry, rugs, ceramics, sculptures, masks, art; benefits Friends of Asian Art, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (friendsofasianart.org/Asia%20Treasures%20Sale%20Flyer2.pdf).

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/).

Heavy equipment, trucks and vehicles auction

SAT Heavy equipment, contractors equipment, trucks and cars at auction, 9 a.m. Saturday; preview 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, James G. Murphy Inc., 18226 68th Ave. N.E., Kenmore (425-486-1246 or murphyauction.com).

Best of the Northwest

SAT-SUN Arts and crafts by 97 artists, food trucks, kids’ art table, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Hanger 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle; $8 (206-525-5926 or nwartalliance.org).

Special interest

The Olympic: Seattle’s Landmark Hotel, 1924-2004

SAT Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series presentation on history of The Olympic Hotel, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; $5 suggested donation (redmondhistoricalsociety.org).

National Geographic Live Speaker Series

SUN-TUE Charlie Hamilton James, “I Bought a Rainforest,” 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $26-$40 (206-215-4747 or benaroyahall.org).

First Folio, The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

ONGOING Traveling exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of 82 copies of a rare collection of Shakespeare’s plays owned by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., on tour to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and exhibit exploring the significance of Shakespeare’s work and the history of impact on Seattle, library hours through April 17; Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets encouraged (206-386-4636 or spl.org).


Harvard Belmont Architecture Tour

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of Seattle’s only residential Landmark District, upscale, early 20th century architecture, 10 a.m. Saturday, Merrill Court Townhouses, 901-917 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle; $10-$25 (206-667-9184 or seattlearchitecture.org).

PACCAR Technical Center Open House

SAT Tour of test labs and Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF trucks, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PACCAR Technical Center, Farm to Market Road one mile north of Highway 20, Bow (360-757-8311 or tulipfestival.org).

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free (425-744-6076 or savvytravelerstore.com).

Travel programs

TUE Learn about hiking the Camino de Santiago, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com).