A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, April 15-21, 2016.

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Animal events

Spring Safari African Wildlife Conservation Day

SAT Keeper talks and enrichment sessions to learn about endangered animals and how to help save giraffe, lions, and other savanna animals, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $12.25-$19.95, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).

Marine Mammal Mania

SAT-SUN Activities, talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and April 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

SUN Scavenger hunts, animal encounters, Zoolympic Games, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $12.95-$19.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).

Tax Day pet adoption discount

MON All pet adoption fees 15 percent off, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Seattle Humane, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org/).


Seahawks and Saving Great Animals Bark Benefit

FRI Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, the SeaGals and Blitz guest, auction to benefit Saving Great Animals rescue organization, meet adoptable dogs, 7 p.m. Friday, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah; $100-$500 (savinggreatanimals.org).

Tulip Ride

SAT 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. Saturday, Blazing Bagels, 6975 176th Ave. N.E., Redmond; $50-$1000 $75/celebrity meet and greet for nonriders (tulipride.org).

Seahawks 12K Run

SUN 12K run along the shore of Lake Washington and by the Seahawks’ training facility, 9 a.m. Sunday; 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. Sunday; benefits A Better Seattle to build healthy communities and reduce youth violence, The Landing, 715 N. Landing Way, Renton; $15-$55 (seahawks12krun.com).

Children’s Hope Luncheon

APRIL 21 Celebrate WACAP’s 40th Anniversary of work to unite children from U.S. foster care and overseas orphanages with adoptive families; speaker Ginny Gilder, Olympic silver medalist in rowing, co-owner of the Seattle Storm, noon April 21, Hyatt at Olive 8, 1, Seattle; suggested minimum donation $150 (206-575-4550 or secure.wacap.org/wacap-40th-anniversary-luncheon).

Faces of Literacy Ethiopian Dinner

APRIL 21 Dinner and cultural immersion at site of Literacy Council of Seattle class, learn about the literacy issue in Seattle with Ethiopian food, coffee ceremony, traditional music, 6 p.m. April 21, Ethiopian Community Center, 8323 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $25 (literacyseattle.org/events/2016/3/10/doe6lbnm97w6mpvi8hbu3sdinw5pof).

Arcade Lights

PLAN AHEAD Tastes of savory and sweet bites, five tokens for samples of beer, cider, wine, sodas, for ages 21 and older only; proceeds benefit Pike Place Market Foundation’s social service agencies; 7-10 p.m. April 22, Pike Place Market, Seattle; $60-$150 (strangertickets.com/go/arcade-lights).

Kids Ninja Warrior Challenge

PLAN AHEAD Inflatable obstacle course for ages 6-7, 8-11, 12-18, proceeds benefit Birthday Dreams nonprofit providing birthday parties for homeless children; event times vary April 23, Hazen High School Performing Arts Center, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton; $30, preregister, space limited (birthdaydreams.org/).

Pajama Bowl

PLAN AHEAD Teams of 4 or 5 bowl in their pajamas to raise money for Sleep Train charity for foster kids, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. April 24, Acme Bowl, Tukwila and TechCity Bowl, Kirkland; minimum fundraising goal $50/person (pajamabowl.com).


Ride for Major Taylor

SAT 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. Saturday, Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle; $30-$60, fundraising suggested (cascade.org).


Birding Basics

SAT Introduction to birding for ages 12 and older, 8-10 a.m. Saturday; birding tour for ages 8 and older, 8 a.m. Saturday, $3; Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4237).

Avian Tools

MON Birding expert illustrates specializations of birds’ bills, 7 p.m. Monday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $15, by reservation (206-685-8033 or depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/calendar.shtml?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117217426).

Seattle Audubon Centennial Member Meeting

APRIL 21 Film screening, cake, Seattle Audubon celebration of 100 years of member meetings, tips for your backyard, open to all, 7 p.m. April 21, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free (seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/MemberMeetings.aspx).


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).

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).

Pacific Ballroom Dance

SAT Foxtrot dance class, 7 p.m.; dance to live music with Maia Santell, 8 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St. S.W., #109, Auburn; $15 (425-451-4815 or pacificballroom.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).



FRI-SUN Inflatable rides and entertainment for children 12 and younger, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $8/all-day pass; $4.50/all-day Toddler Zone Pass; $1.50/ single ride ticket (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/whirligig/).

Washington State Spring Fair

FRI-SUN 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; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$10, ages 5 and younger free; Military Appreciation Day free admission to active, reserved, retired military with ID and their dependents Friday; additional charges for Monster Truck Show and Demo Derby (253-841-5045 or thefair.com).

Mount Vernon Tulip Festival Street Fair

FRI-SUN Arts, crafts and food vendors, entertainment, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Mount Vernon; free parking and shuttle service from South Mt. Vernon Park & Ride, Highway 99 South and Hickox Road (mountvernondowntown.org).

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

ONGOINGTulip 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. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then closing for the season, 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).

Junior Daffodil Parade

SAT Parade with kids and daffodils, 10 a.m. Saturday, Proctor District, North 26th Street and Proctor Street, Tacoma (jrdaffodil.com).

Welcome the Whales Festival

SAT 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. Saturday; whale watching cruise 3-5:30 p.m. April 17, $75, preregister;, Langley, Whidbey Island (orcanetwork.org).

International Children’s Friendship Festival

SAT-SUN Performances and displays from countries around the world, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (childrensfest.tacawa.org/).

Seattle Chinese Garden Peony and Bamboo Festival

SAT-SUN Luoyang Chinese Tree Peony Display Garden with 400 plants, sale of bamboo by specialty growers, plant care talks and demonstrations, Chinese artist demonstrations, arts, crafts and food vendors, cultural entertainment including Lion dance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; suggested donation $5/adults (seattlechinesegarden.org).

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

PLAN AHEAD Traditional and contemporary Japanese dance, music, taiko drumming and martial arts performances, art displays, food vendors, gift shop, children’s kite making, kimono and armor dress-up activities, tea ceremony and ikebana flower arranging demonstrations, origami airplane contests, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22-24; additional children’s activities to celebration children’s day, April 22; Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/).

Food events

Chicken Mole Making Class

SAT How to make authentic chicken mole, 10 a.m. Saturday, El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S., Seattle; $75 (brownpapertickets.com/producer/13781).

White River Buddhist Temple Chicken Teriyaki Dinner

SUN Fundraiser chicken teriyaki dinner served cafeteria style or takeout, bake sale featuring Mochi, manju and more, plant sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N., Auburn; $12 (253-833-1442 or wrbt.org).

Matzoh Factory

WED Learn about and make your own matzoh, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; $4 (206-232-7115 or sjcc.org/kids-adults-families/community-celebrations/).

Northwest Tequila Fest

PLAN AHEAD Tequila and mezcal tasting event, 140 tequilas, mezcals, and sotols, beer and cocktails, food from Seattle area restaurants, mariachi music, agave seminars; 6-9 p.m. April 22, 4-8 p.m. April 23, Fremont Foundry, 154 N. 35th St., Seattle; $49-$99 (nwtequilafest.com/).


All About Lavender

SAT How to select the best variety, plant care, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association Plant Sale

SAT English and decorative garden types grown, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Furney’s Nursery, 21515 International Blvd., Des Moines (206-878-8761 or ecamumclub.org).

Growing Herbs/Urban Edibles/

SAT-SUN Garden designer and cookbook author Amy Pennington shares tips on growing and cooking with herbs, 10 a.m. Saturday; cookbook author Cyndi Stuart’s techniques for growing vegetables, fruits and berries in small spaces, 2 p.m. Saturday; Eat Your Landscape: Designing with Edibles, 11 a.m. Sunday; great tomato growing, 2 p.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com).

Epimedium open house

SAT-SUN Sale of epimedium and other woodland plants, garden tours, basketry studio, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bouquet Banque Nursery, 8220 State Ave., Marysville (twigtwisters.com).

Hardy Plant Society of Washington Plant & Seed Sale

SUN Rare and unusual perennials, blooming bulbs and seeds for sale, plant experts available, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle (hardyplantsocietywa.org/).

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).


Wake up with Yoga

SUN Core Power Yoga 60-minute classes in the Glasshouse, 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $22 (206-905-2139 or chihulygardenandglass.com/events/wake-up-with-yoga).

Museum events

Call Me Ishmael: What makes sea literature so riveting

FRI World sailor Capt. Wendy Joseph talks about what sets sea literature apart from other kinds of writing, including true stories, fiction, songs, sailors’ logs and poetry about the sea, 7 p.m. Friday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free, donations gratefully accepted (206-382-2628 or cwb.org).

Princess Angeline Native Tea Party

SAT Native and English teas, cakes, finger sandwiches with Duwamish Tribal Chair Cecile Hansen, descendant of Princess Angeline, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, exhibits open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; suggested donation $10 (206-431-1582 or duwamishtribe.org/events.html).

Surface City participatory workshop

SAT Seattle artist Tivon Rice uses digital photogrammetry to archive architecture in Capitol Hill and South Lake Union neighborhoods, 1 p.m. Saturday, Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-543-2280 or henryart.org/programs/surface-city-a-participatory-workshop-by-tivon-rice).

Yuri’s Night meets “The Martian”

SAT Yuri’s Night annual global celebration of humanity’s past, present and future in space in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, with presentation and meet and greet with Aditya Sood, one of the producers of the movie “The Martian,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org).

History Cafe: Building Tradition — Pan-Asian Seattle and the Residential Hotels

APRIL 21 Dr. Marie Wong discusses the impact of single room occupancy (SRO) hotels on Seattle’s Asian-American history, 6:30 p.m. April 21, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) Cafe, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org/).

Paddle sports

Dragon Boat Paddling

SAT Experience dragon boat paddling on Lake Union, on-land introduction followed by one hour outing on the lake, all equipment provided, no experience or reservations required, for ages 18 and older (12 if with a parent), 8 a.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Kenmore Air, 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-715-7066 or seattleflyingdragons.org).

Park events

April Pools Day

SAT Promoting water safety and family fun, ages 6 and younger or under four feet tall must have adult in the water with them, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Rainier Beach Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-386-1925).

Arbor Day/Earth Day

SAT Volunteer activities, planting, trail resurfacing, removing invasive species, 9 -11 a.m., preregister; Family Festival activities, guided walks for all ages by local environmental organizations, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; ceremonial tree planting, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue (425-452-4195).

National Park Free Entrance Days

SAT-APRIL 24 Free admission at all National Parks for National Park Week, Saturday-April 24 (nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

Haiku Day

SUN Craft activities, introductory writing workshops, haiku walks, poetry reading in Japanese and English, all ages welcome, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6, ages 5 and younger free (seattlejapanesegarden.org).

State Parks Free Days

PLAN AHEAD Free admission, no Discover Pass required, at all Washington State Parks; Earth Day, April 22 (parks.wa.gov).


Dixieland jazz

SUN Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society hosts music for listening and dancing with Ain’t No Heaven Seven, 1 p.m. Sunday, Ballard Elks Club, 6411 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle; $15 (425-776-5072 or pstjs.org).


Run Like the Wind Running Festival

PLAN AHEAD 5K, 10K and Half Marathon past wind turbines outside of Ellensburg; races will be challenging, guided tours of wind farm available; live music, free massages, beer and food at the finish line, April 24, Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, 25901 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg; $30-$60 (206-330-5967 or run-like-the-wind.com/).


Puyallup Farmers Market

SAT Opening day of the season, local produce, flowers, plants, crafts, food, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Saturday, Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian St., Puyallup (puyallupmainstreet.com/events/).

KEXP Grand Opening and Pop-Up Show

SAT-SUN Sale of new and old records, KEXP opening day souvenirs, music on two stages, food trucks, beer garden to celebrate the opening of radio station’s new home, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (blog.kexp.org/).

TAM Used Book Sale

APRIL 21 All sales support museum’s educational programming; art books and more, 5-7 p.m. April 21, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (253-272-4258 or tacomaartmuseum.org/event/annual-tam-booksale/).

Special interest

First Folio, The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

FRI-SUN 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 Sunday; Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets encouraged (206-386-4636 or spl.org).

Southwest Stories

SUN Tom Collier discusses West Seattle heritage in jazz, 2 p.m. Sunday, Delridge Public Library, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-733-9125).

BrainDance: Movement Matters

SAT Creative Dance Center introduces flexible movement tool that improves focus and attention, circulation, core support, and range of motion, 2 p.m. Saturday, Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; free (425-432-4620 or kcls.org).

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT China: the old and the new, 10 a.m. Saturday; Safari: best of eastern and western Africa, Apr. 23, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free (425-744-6076 or savvytravelerstore.com).

Travel programs

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


Earth Day, Seattle, Student Conservation Association

PLAN AHEAD Help Student Conservation Association restore Arboretum habitat, breakfast, lunch and T-shirts provided for volunteers, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle; preregister (206-496-1286 or findyourparkscaseattle.eventbrite.com).


21 Acres: Citizen Science Initiative- Wild Bee Sense

SAT Explore the relationship between plants, pollinators; how to identify and observe wild bees, skills to join bee observers to conserve and restore bees in Washington State, 9 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; free (21acrescsiwildbees04162016.eventbrite.com).

Organizing your time and your belongings

SAT Professional organizer’s simple time management tricks, 2 p.m. Saturday, Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8000).