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Seattle Solidarity March for Lolita

SAT Event to coincide with Miami Miracle March to bring awareness to free Lolita, believed to be the longest living orca in captivity, captured from Pacific Northwest waters over 40 years ago and sold to the Miami Seaquarium, 1 p.m. Saturday, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (

Skagit Eagle Festival

SAT-SUN Tours, walks, indoor and outdoor programs and presentations on eagles that migrate to Skagit County in winter and other local wildlife, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in January, Skagit Eagle Festival Information Station, 45821 Railroad Ave., Concrete; information also at East County Resource Center, 45770 Main St., Concrete, free (360-853-8784 or

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Information on migrating bald eagles and the Skagit River watershed ecosystem, speakers, gift shop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January; naturalists lead guided walks at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Highway 20, Rockport; free (360-853-7626 or

Eagle Watcher Viewing Stations

SAT-SUN Forest Service staff and volunteers provide information and viewing opportunities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 31 at three locations along Highway 20, Milepost 100, Marblemount Fish Hatchery (hatchery tours available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sunday), Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Highway 20, Rockport; free (

Chubby Cat Discount

ONGOING Adoption-fee discount of $1 per pound on all cats over one year of age through January, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue; regular cat adoption fee $25 (425-641-0080 or


Seattle Fight For Air Climb

PLAN AHEAD Conquer 40 floors or 80, 120 or 160 floors to benefit American Lung Association, for individuals or teams, Heroes Division for first responders, military and veterans, 9 a.m. Jan. 24, Rainier Tower, Seattle; $25-$40, minimum fundraising $100 required (206-512-3291 or

Sons of Norway Crab Feed

PLAN AHEAD Crab, chicken or game hen, music, no-host bar, silent auction, dessert auction, proceeds benefit Sons of Norway scholarships and educational programs, 6 p.m. Jan. 24, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $20-$45 (206-783-1274 or


Stinky Spoke

SAT 18-mile mountain-bike poker ride on the most-rotten-weather day of the year, to benefit the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, after-party, 9 a.m. Saturday, Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $75 (


Skandia dance

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

Eagles Night at the Barn

SAT East Coast Swing dance lesson, 7 p.m.; dance featuring music by the Eagles, ages 18 and older, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $15/lesson and dance, $12/dance only (425-255-9211 or learn2dance4funcom).

Sno-King Folkdance Club

SAT International folk dancing, requests, 7 p.m.; teaching, 7:30 p.m., dancing until 10 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $2-$7 (206-524-7360 or

Moon River Winter Waltz

PLAN AHEAD Three orchestras play waltzing for dancing and spectators, desserts and beverages available, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby, Seattle; $30-$60 (

Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday events

Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

FRI Speakers and music hosted by Seattle Colleges, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle (206-934-3233 or

Tours, dialogue at SAM in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

FRI-MON Short museum spotlight tour on theme of race and social justice, noon Friday through Monday, meet at entrance to third floor galleries near the escalator; visit the Think Tank on the second floor to reflect and engage in conversation on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Monday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free; free admission Friday for anyone wearing Seahawks gear (206-625-8900 or

Martin Luther King, Jr. March

SAT “Seattle Youth Unite for Justice, Restore the Dream” youth-led event to honor the work youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive, with workshops, music, march to Rainier Community Center, 11 a.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle (

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Planting

SAT Plant a tree to celebrate peace and justice in the world, materials provided, for all ages, children accompanied by adult, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4236).

MLK: Redeeming the Prophetic Vision

SUN Keynote speaker Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances including spoken word, African drumming, songs, followed by Social Justice Awards Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

MON Honors Seattle leaders, keynote speaker Norm Rice, former Mayor of Seattle, 7 a.m. Monday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle; $40 day of event (425-775-3362 or

MLK Day of Service

MON United Way of King County volunteer projects, register through Monday morning (

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

MON Theme “Fight for Your Rights in 2015” at 33rd annual event; workshops, including several for youth, 9 a.m.; rally in the gym with speakers, poetry and music, 10 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march leaves at noon for outdoor rally at 1:30 p.m. (

MLK Jr. Day at NAAM

MON Open house to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with books and other reference materials to access Dr. King’s speeches and learn about other activists for social justice and the Civil Rights movement, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; pay what you can (206-518-6000 or

MLK Day Health Fair & Celebration of a Dream Community Tribute

MON Health screenings and information, community resources, voter registration, kids’ activities, entertainment, speakers, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington State History Museum

MON Free admission, community photo project, program on how diversity and community change are communicated in children’s literature, food drive; bring a picture of something that exemplifies change-making in the community with a one or two paragraph explanation to post on Community Wall; 2 p.m. Monday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, UPS

TUE Music performances, presentation of the Keep Living the Dream Award to a student leader, speakers including national activist and writer Rosa Clemente, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall (University of Puget Sound), 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; free (


Tacoma RV Show

FRI-SUN Display and sale of the latest motor homes, fifth-wheels, haulers and travel trailers, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $6-$12, ages 16 and younger free (

Washington Sportsmen’s Show

JAN. 21-25 Fishing, hunting, boating and camping attractions, seminars and vendors, including Cowboy Fast Draw supervised shooting range, indoor Steelhead River, Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals and Head & Horns competition, Camp Cooking, Kid’s Free Trout Pond; noon-8 p.m. Jan. 21-23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5-$12 (253-841-5045 or

Tacoma Home & Garden Show

JAN. 22-25 Displays by 750 exhibitors and vendors, television personality and designer Rachel Kate, Vintage Market, kitchen showcase, Plant Market, “how-to” seminars, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 22-24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $12, ages 16 and younger free (253-756-2121 or

Seattle Boat Show

PLAN AHEAD Indoor and outdoor display of 1,000 boats and yachts, accessories, gear, seminars and training, kids’ zone activities, Jan. 23-Feb. 1, CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union, Seattle; continuous free shuttle between locations; $5-$12, ages 10 and younger free; Boat Show Uncorked opening night wine tasting, 5-9 p.m. Jan. 23, $27; Women’s Day seminars by and for women boaters, Boater’s Lounge, Jan. 26, free pass for women available; Sails and Ales beer tasting, 5-9 p.m. Jan. 30, $27, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle (

Mariners FanFest

PLAN AHEAD Run the bases, tour the clubhouse, meet players including new slugger Nelson Cruz, get autographs, Mariners Care Garage Sale, batting cage, photo ops, attractions including Kids Zone, zip line, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24-25, Safeco Field, Seattle; $10, ages 14 and younger free (

Ursulmas Medieval Faire

PLAN AHEAD Armored and fencing tournaments, youth activities, combat sports, historical displays, demonstrations, Royal Courts, Marketplace, games, entertainment, archery, beer garden, Jan. 24-25, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe; $15-$25, ages 17 and younger free with paid adult (

Food events

Pancake Breakfast

SAT Pancakes, eggs, sausage, all ages welcome, no tickets or reservations needed, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $5 (425-487-2441 or


Bellevue Botanical Garden lectures and workshops

FRI-SAT Dan Hinkley and Jim Fox discuss their favorite plants, silent auction including rare plants, proceeds benefit plant exploration, 6:30 p.m. Friday, $45; Photography 101 two-part class, getting to know your camera, take pictures in the garden, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 24, $45-$55; Northwest Perennial Alliance Winter Lecture, 1 p.m., plant and seed sales at noon Jan. 25, $10; Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue (

Plan and Prep for Your Edible Garden

SAT Assess and plan for your edible garden, 10 a.m. Saturday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or

Planning for a Vegetable Garden

SAT Workshop to start planning your vegetable garden, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

The Joy Of Houseplants

SAT Learn about variety of houseplants and how to care for them, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; free (425-334-2002 or


BECC Coin/Currency Show

SAT Boeing Employees’ Coin Club buy/sell/trade, 60 vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; free (

Psychic Fair, Kirkland

SAT Readings by psychics, intuitive readers, body healer, vendors including art, jewelry, crystals, books, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Baymont Inn at Totem Lake, 12223 N.E. 116th St., Kirkland; admission free, readings $10 and up (425-562-4777 or

Model Railroad Show

SAT-MON Activities and displays to learn about the history of the Pacific Northwest Railroad, for all ages; kids can ride the Iron Horse Railway under the arches; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $11.50-$19.50 (206-443-2001 or

Museum events

Ford F-Series

FRI-WED Exhibit on the evolution of Ford F-Series trucks since the 1940s, the most enduring and successful line of vehicles Ford has produced in its history, with examples of each truck in the series and special editions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May, LeMay — America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma; $8-$16 (253-779-8490 or

Explore Cirque du Soleil

WED Cirque du Soleil returns to Seattle with new production: KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities;” explore Cirque du Soleil and try ’tightrope’ walking, make clown ties, pretend to be ringmasters, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or

Park events

All About Beavers

FRI Presentation and short movie about beavers, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; free, preregistration required (425-316-8592 or

Deep Forest Experience

FRI-SUN Stop by park office for 30-minute to one-hour hike with staff through old-growth forest, ADA-accessible trail available; displays, books and craft activity at park Discovery Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Feb. 15, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; free, Discover Pass required for parking (360-853-8461 or

Lincoln Park’s Natural Community at Night

SAT Celebrate the natural community of owls and others by flashlight under stars or clouds, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-932-7225 or

Starlight Beach Walk

SAT Edmonds Discovery Programs and the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers low tide beach walk under the stars, bring a flashlight, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Beach, Dayton Street and Admiral Way, Edmonds; free (425-771-0227 or

Winter Weekends, Olympic Sculpture Park

SAT-SUN Kids’ Saturdays drop-in art activities and story times, Sunday Meetup inspiration and ideas; build, create and dream Seattle’s past and future, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, with story time 11:30 a.m., “The Lego Movie” at 1 p.m. Saturday; Sunday Meetup, learn about creative mapping, hands-on mapmaking, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle; free, reservations required for Sunday Meetup (

Wildlife Stories and Crafts

SAT-SUN Discover the secret lives of wild animals in the watershed through stories and crafts, children of all ages with adult welcome, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Rd. S.E., North Bend; free, registration recommended (206-733-9421 or

Birds of the Blustery Beach

SUN Look for shorebirds, bring binoculars and field guide if you have them, for adults and children ages 8 and older accompanied by adult, 1 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236).

State Parks free days

SUN-MON In honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., free admission to all Washington State Parks, no Discover Pass required, Sunday-Monday (

National Parks and U.S. Forest Service free day

MON In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., free admission Monday to all national parks and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (

Create a wildlife friendly habitat in your yard

PLAN AHEAD How to create a wildlife habitat in your yard, ll ages welcome, 10 a.m. Jan. 23, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free, preregistration required (425-452-6993 or

Owl Prowl

PLAN AHEAD Discover what owl species live in the Northwest, take a night hike with a Ranger to listen for owls and other nocturnal wildlife in the park; for ages 5 and older, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $5-$6 (425-452-4195).

Mercer Slough Night Walk

PLAN AHEAD Walk to explore nature and animal adaptations at night, for families with children ages 6 and older, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; $12-$15, preregistration required (206-443-2925 or

Headbanger’s Ball

PLAN AHEAD Walk in the woods to learn about woodpeckers, for adults and ages 8 and older, children accompanied by adult, 9 a.m. Jan. 24, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, preregister (206-684-7434).

Adventure Hike

PLAN AHEAD Join a naturalist for an easy 2-mile hike, exploring the shores of Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes for signs of wildlife, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend; free, preregistration recommended (206-733-9421 or


Music at Third Place

FRI-SAT Brazz Brasilian jazz, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Purple Passion Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

Northwest Folklife Performance Series

SAT Cultural performance for all ages, Dog Pound B-Boys, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free, donations welcome (

Caspar Babypants

WED Rise and Shine family concert, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Renton Highlands Library, 2902 N.E. 12th St., Renton (425-277-1831).


Friends of Bothell Library Book Sale

SAT Book bargains to benefit the library, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E., Bothell (425-486-7811).


Glow-in-the-Dark Capture-the-Flag

FRI Capture-the-Flag games, 7 p.m. Friday, Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $5 (

12th Librarian: Seahawks game at Seattle Central Library

SUN Playoff game, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, on the big screen, seats available starting 11:30 a.m. Sunday while supplies last, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636).

Snow sports

Snoqualmie Pass Snowshoe Programs

FRI-SUN U.S. Forest Service events, no experience necessary, snowshoes provided, weather may cancel, reservations required; 90-minute treks to learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on one-mile forest walk, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography 4- to 5-hour outings for photographers of all abilities, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Jan. 31, Feb. 14, 28, March 14, 28; Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center, Snoqualmie Pass; $10-$25 suggested donation; reservation office hours 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (425-434-6111 or

Snowshoe walks, Stevens Pass

SAT U.S. Forest Service 90-minute trek with a Ranger, snowshoes provided, to learn about local history, ecosystem and wildlife, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays through March 1, weather permitting, by reservation, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station, Hwy. 2 east of Skykomish; $10-$15 suggested donation (360-677-2414 or

Ranger-guided snowshoe walks, Mount Rainier

SAT-MON Guided 1.8-mile, 2-hour snowshoe walks, snow conditions permitting, limited to 25 people ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sundays, holidays including MLK Day Monday, Jackson Visitor Center, Mount Rainier National Park, Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Mount Rainier; $5 donation per person, sign up an hour before each event; $15/vehicle park entry fee (360-569-6575 or 360-569-2211 or

Special interest

Speaker Series at The Centre for Wooden Boats

FRI Jake Beattie previews the first “Race to Alaska” for boats without motors scheduled to begin June 4 from Port Townsend, 7 p.m. Friday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-382-2628 or

Seattle Times 2014 Pictures of the Year

JAN. 22 Seattle Times photo staff host slideshow of photographs from 2014 and the story behind the images, 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free, space limited, registration suggested (206-386-4636 or

Travel events

Gutsy Women

SAT Informal gathering to learn about travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle (206-634-3453 or

Test Drive a Tour Guide

SAT One-hour slideshow presentations on top European travel destinations by Rick Steves and his tour guides, 22 classes including Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, England, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Edmonds Theater, Edmonds; free, preregister (425-771-8303 or

Travel seminars

SAT Exploring Botswana, 10 a.m.; Bhutan, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-744-6076 or

Travel seminars

TUE Central Asia, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or