Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. To be certain of your plans, always check before you go.

Earth Day events

Wetlands restoration

FRI All ages welcome to help, followed by community lunch at noon, bring a donation or dish to share, 10 a.m. Friday, Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, 5513 S. Cloverdale St., Seattle (

Carkeek Work Party

SAT Forest restoration and trail maintenance projects, 9 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle (

Duwamish Alive Orca Earth Day

SAT Help restore salmon habitat critical to Orca populations, 10 a.m. Saturday, Herrings House Park, 4570 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle (

Duwamish Alive Earth Day Celebration

SAT Learn about Longfellow Creek, educational tours of Roxhill Park and Bog, craft activities for all ages, hot dogs and snacks for first 100 people, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Roxhill Park, 29th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Barton Street, Seattle (

Earth Day at the Arboretum

SAT Help spread mulch, remove invasive weeds, maintain trails, volunteers of all ages welcome, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Crabapple Meadow, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; preregister (206-325-4510 or

Earth Day Celebration at Shilshole

SAT Learn about supporting marine life, sustainable living, pollution prevention, alternative energy and transportation, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Shilshole Bay Marina, 7001 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle (

Earth Day at Deadhorse Canyon

SAT Help remove invasive ivy and blackberry, preparing restoration sites for planting in Deadhorse Canyon, 9 a.m. Saturday, Lakeridge Park, meet at trailhead where 68th Avenue South becomes Holyoke Way South, Seattle, parking limited; preregister online (206-388-6490 or

Earth Day Run and Tree Event, Magnuson Park

SAT Run or walk one 5K, 10K, kids’ dash, each finisher receives a native sapling tree and an additional tree will be planted for each finisher; 10 a.m. Saturday, kids’ dash 9:45 a.m., Magnuson Park, Sand Point Way Northeast and Northeast 65th Street, Seattle; $3-$32 (

Earth Day, Volunteer Park Conservatory

SAT Sustainability Coalition, Volunteer Park Trust, Seattle Tilth host activities for all ages that celebrate planet Earth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (

Arbor Day-Earth Day Family Festival

SAT Celebration marks the city’s 28th year of being recognized as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation; local environmental stewardship organizations host activities and eco-demonstrations; plant a tree, kids’ activities, park rangers and elected officials plant a ceremonial tree and recognize environmental volunteers, 11 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or

E-Cycling event

SAT Bring any unwanted items to dispose of in an environmentally-friendly manner, electronics, software, batteries, ink, toner, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Envelope Brewing Co., 907 N.W. 50th St., Seattle; free (206-289-0425 or

Clean Sweep, Auburn

SAT Participate in cleanup and beautification, landscaping, planting, weeding and other projects at parks, trails and other sites around Auburn; bring gardening or work gloves and a broom for the ceremonial sidewalk sweep; breakfast and check in, 7:30 a.m., Auburn City Hall; ceremonial sweep, 8:30 a.m., Main Street; projects, 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Auburn; preregister (

Keep Issaquah Beautiful

SAT Earth Day event, pick up litter, sweep, plant flowers, in several locations for all ages and abilities, tools and supplies provided; check in 9 a.m. Saturday, Historic Shell Station, 232 Front St., Issaquah (

Earth Tales, Shoreline

SAT Seattle Storytellers Guild stories for all ages, environmental displays, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, doors open 2 p.m., Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $5/kids, $10/adults, $20 family (


Earth Day Work Party, North Creek Forest

SAT Help remove invasive plants, spread mulch and plant native species, tools, gloves and snacks provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, North Creek Forest, 10654 N.E. 204th Place, Bothell (

Earth Day Extravaganza, Tacoma Nature Center

SAT Games, crafts, nature walk, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma (253-404-3930 or

Plant trees to celebrate Earth Day

SAT Help plant 2,000 trees and shrubs next to Quilceda Creek to protect salmon habitat, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Strawberry Field Park, 6100 152nd St. N.E., Marysville (425-316-8592 or

Earth Day, Seattle Children’s Museum

SUN Explore clean energy, meet recycling super heroes, discover how you can make a difference, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $9-$12 (206-441-1768 or

Sammamish Earth Day

PLAN AHEAD Petting zoo, scavenger hunt, walking tour, information, entertainment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27, Beaver Lake Park, 2656 244th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (

Easter/Spring events

Flashlight Egg Hunt, Jefferson

FRI Outdoor hunt for ages 12-18, bring flashlight and bag, 8 p.m. Friday, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle (206-684-7481 or

Easter Bunny Photos, Northgate

THRU SAT Visit with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle (

Easter Bunny Photos, Southcenter

THRU SAT Visit the Easter Bunny, photos available, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. through Saturday, Southcenter Mall, Tukwila (

Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce/Easter Baskets for Animals

SAT Egg hunt for ages 1-8, space limited; bunny encounters and zoo programs throughout the day; orangutans, lemurs, grizzlies, and more get Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats as an enrichment activity, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $10.50-$15.50 (206-548-2500 or

Spring Eco Hunt, Ravenna-Eckstein

SAT Egg-free and candy-free scavenger hunt for ages 1-11, 10 a.m. Saturday, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-7534 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Alki

SAT Meet Mr. Rabbit, light breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m., egg hunt for ages 3-11, 10 a.m. Saturday, Alki Community Center, 5817 S.W. Stevens St., Seattle (206-684-7430 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Ballard, Loyal Heights, Bitter Lake

SAT For ages 10 and younger by age group, bring a bag or basket, 10 a.m. Saturday, arrive 15 minutes early, Ballard Community Center Field, 6020 28th Ave. N.W. (206-684-4093); Loyal Heights Community Center Field, 2101 N.W. 77th St. (206-684-4052; Bitter Lake Annex, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bitter Lake Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-684-7524 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Delridge

SAT For ages 12 and younger by age group, 10 a.m. Saturday, meet 9:50 a.m., Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle (206-684-7423 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Hiawatha

SAT For ages 2-10 by age group, 10 a.m. Saturday, Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-684-7441 or

Spring Egg Hunt, High Point

SAT Easter egg hunt for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, High Point Community Center and Field, 6920 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-684-7422 or

Spring Egg Hunt, International District/Chinatown

SAT For ages 12 and younger, bring a bag, 10 a.m. Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (

Spring Egg Hunt, Jefferson and Rainier

SAT Candy hunt for ages 11 and younger, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle (260-684-7481); and Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1919 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Lake City

SAT For ages 1-12, arrive by 9:45 a.m., 10 a.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-256-6545 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Laurelhurst

SAT For ages 1-12, arrive by 9:45 a.m., 10 a.m. Saturday, Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; canned food bank donations requested (206-684-7529 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Magnolia

SAT Candy and egg hunt for ages 2-10, bring bag or basket, 10 a.m. Saturday, Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W., Seattle; nonperishable food bank donations requested (206-386-4235 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Montlake

SAT For ages 1-11, 10 a.m. Saturday, arrive by 9:45 a.m., Montlake Community Center, 1618 E. Calhoun St., Seattle (206-684-7026 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Queen Anne

SAT Hunt for ages 1-11, bring bag, 10 a.m. Saturday, Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W, Seattle; food bank donations collected (206-386-4240 or

Spring Egg Hunt, Van Asselt

SAT For ages 11 and younger by age group, bring a bag, arrive at least 15 minutes early, 10 a.m. Saturday, Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St., Seattle (206-386-1921 or

Spring Egg Scramble, Green Lake

SAT For ages 1-10, bring bag or basket; ages 1-3, 10 a.m.; ages 4-6, 10:30 a.m.; ages 7-10, 11 a.m. Saturday, Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle; canned food bank donations requested (206-684-0780 or

Spring Eggstravaganza, Redmond

SAT Easter Scavenger Hunt and prizes for the first 2,000 kids under age 12; bouncy house, obstacle course, arts and crafts activities, basketball games, trampolines, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., Redmond (

Easter Celebration, The Landing

SAT Meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, games and prizes, noon Saturday, The Landing, 715 N. Landing Way, Renton (

EasterFest, Federal Way

SAT Egg hunts, inflatables, games, for ages 11 and younger and families, 10 a.m. Saturday, Federal Way Church of the Nazarene, 1525 S.W. Dash Point Rd, Federal Way; preregister (

Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, Mill Creek

SAT Bounce houses, Easter Bunny visits; egg hunts, ages one through four 11 a.m., kindergarten through fifth grade, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Heatherwood Middle School, 1419 Trillium Boulevard S.E., Mill Creek; nonperishable food bank donations requested (

Snohomish Easter Parade and Bonnet Contest

SAT Easter parade, anyone wearing a bonnet invited to ride on the Snohomish Chamber float, 11 a.m. Saturday, First Street, Snohomish, followed by Easter Bonnet Contest with several age and specialty categories, all ages and pets welcome (425-344-8533 or

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

SUN All ages welcome, 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island; free (206-232-7900 or

Animal events

Homeward Pet Easter B’egg Hunt

SAT Dog events for all sizes of dogs, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Camp Charlie Private Off-Leash Park, 25809 N.E. 124th St., Duvall; free, preregister (

Seattle Humane Adoption Promotions

WED “Wallflower” cats adoption fees waived, April 24-26, Seattle Humane, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or


The Derby for Northwest Center

PLAN AHEAD Kentucky Derby-themed auction event to benefit Northwest Center programs for children and adults with disabilities, 5 p.m. April 27, King Street Ballroom, Seattle; $250 (206-378-6366 or

Tulip Ride

PLAN AHEAD Scenic motorcycle ride to Skagit Valley tulip fields, lunch; proceeds benefit Seattle Humane, 9:30 a.m. April 27, Blazing Bagels, Redmond; $50 (


Tulip Pedal

SAT Ride 20, 40 or 60 mile routes, registration 7 a.m.-noon, course closes 4 p.m. Saturday, La Conner Middle School, 503 N. Sixth St., La Conner; $35-$40, ages 14 and younger free (

Tour De Lopez

PLAN AHEAD Noncompetitive bicycle tour for all ages on four routes, 5, 12, 17 & 31 miles, includes lunch, 8:30 a.m. April 27, Lopez Island; $30-$50, registration closes April 20 (360-468-4664 or


Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta

SAT-SUN Wooden Open & One Design (W.O.O.D) regatta open to all wooden boats, meeting 10 a.m., races noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1002 Valley St., Seattle (


Country, Swing and Little Bit of Everything

FRI Nightclub two-step dance lesson, 7 p.m.; dance to variety of music with DJ, for ages 18 and older, 8 p.m. Friday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $10-$12 (425-255-9211 or

Skandia dance

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

Easter Swing

FRI-SUN Workshops, social dances, marketplace, competitions, spectator events, Friday-Sunday, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; times and prices of events vary (

Century Swing

SAT Introductory swing/Lindy Hop lesson, 7:30 p.m., dance to music with DJ, ages 21+, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle; $9-$16 (206-324-7263 or

Northwest Dance

SAT Dance workshop 7 p.m., dance to music of Little Bill & The Blue Notes, 8 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $15 (206-781-1238 or

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Folk dances from many countries, lesson at 7:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $8 (



FRI-SUN Anime festival with vendors, speakers, events including Masquerade Ball, registration noon-10 p.m. April 18, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $70-$80 (


FRI-SUN Science fiction and fantasy convention costuming, art, gaming, vendors, special guests, April 18-Sunday, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 18740 International Blvd., SeaTac; $40-$60/day (


Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair

FRI-SUN Tulip Festival street fair, arts, crafts and food vendors, entertainment, family activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Mount Vernon (

World Rhythm Festival

SAT Classes and performances from world music traditions including African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Indian, Brazilian, and North American, drum circle, evening dance party, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

THRU APRIL Blooming fields of tulips, dates vary; display gardens, gift shop, cut flowers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, later if weather permits, Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon, $5-$10; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, RoozenGaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, $7-$10; information, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Office, 311 W. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon; events include Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through April 28, Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon, $12-$15; (360-428-5959 or; Tulip Charm Princess/Hero Party, meet Cinderella, activities, 2:30 p.m. April 27; meet Spider Guy, activities, 1 p.m. April 28, Children’s Museum at Outlet Shoppes of Burlington, $15, preregister, space limited (

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

PLAN AHEAD Contemporary and traditional Japanese arts and performances, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-28, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Tacoma Guitar Festival

PLAN AHEAD Vendors, guitar workshops, exhibitors, performances, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma; $20 (253-593-7617 or /

Food events

Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest

FRI-SAT Spring Beer Festival, Scotch and Whiskey flights, tasting rooms, bottle sale, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., Seattle; $20-$45 (206-633-0422 or

Community breakfast, Monroe

SAT Pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, ham; 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe; $6, free for ages 10 and younger (360-794-6359 or

Brunch Run

SUN Run 5k course through the park, 15 local restaurants serving brunch bites at the finish line, brunch garden with Bloody Marys, Mimosa bar, cold beer, Easter bunny photo opps, adult Easter egg hunt, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle; $40-$50 (

Easter Brunch Cruise

SUN Brunch aboard cruise, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Waterways Cruises, 2441 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; and Waterways Cruises & Events, 100 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $41.95-$83.95, ages 4 and younger free (206-223-2060 or

Easter Brunch on Blake Island

SUN Boat ride to Tillicum, brunch buffet, age-appropriate Easter Egg Hunts, cultural activities, 10 a.m. Sunday, Argosy Cruises, Pier 55 and 56, 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $49.95-$99.95 (

Easter Monday pop-up dinner

MON Southern cuisine, seafood and soul food, 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, The Tin Table, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle; by reservation (206-320-8458 or

Sexy Syrah

APRIL 25 Sample Syrah from 30+ Washington wineries, 6 p.m. April 25, Salty’s on Alki, 1936 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle; $50 (206-937-1600 or

Museum events

Nordic Museum lecture

SAT Danish boat builder on how the Vikings built their ships and what working methods and tools they used, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $10-$15 (

Free Day, Renton History Museum

SAT Free third Saturday, exhibits to share Renton’s stories, past and present, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 235 Mill Ave. S., Renton (425-255-2330 or

Spring Bloom, Chihuly Garden and Glass

SAT Celebration of spring, thousands of spring bulbs blooming in the Garden through May, garden tours 2 p.m. daily; Lady Bug Release and Spring Bloom Activities in the Glasshouse, 1-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $17-$26 (

MOHAI Denny Lecture

TUE Amy Bhatt, curator of the upcoming exhibit “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” discusses Indian IT migrants, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-324-1126).

”Destination Moon”

ONGOING “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” artifacts from the mission and other spaceflight treasures, programs and celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon, through Sept. 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. first Thursdays, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $26-$35 (206-764-5700 or

Duwamish Teachings

PLAN AHEAD Traditional songs and stories of the Duwamish Tribe, 7 p.m. April 26, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or

Park events

National Parks/State Parks Free Entrance Days

SAT Free admission to all National Parks, First Day of National Parks Week Saturday (; free day use at all state parks, no Discover Pass required; Springtime free day Saturday; Earth Day Monday (

Wildlife Walks/Bird Tours

SAT Walk through varied park habitats for ages 8 and older, 8 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle; $5 (

Easter Walk

SAT Emerald City Wanderers host 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K walks through Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, start anytime 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Saturday, The Greenline, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way (

Kelsey Creek Sheep Shearing

PLAN AHEAD Watch sheep being shorn of their winter coats, spinning demonstrations, children’s activities, tractor/wagon rides, pony rides, food vendors, animal viewing, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27, Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue (


Bluegrass, Bellevue Library

SUN History of bluegrass program, Instrument Petting Zoo to try instruments, noon-1 p.m.; performance for all ages by The Downtown Mountain Boys, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue King County Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-450-1765 or

Garden Bros Circus

APRIL 25 Performers from 22 countries, Aerial Daredevils, Crazy Cossack Horse Riders, Comedy Dogs, clowns, animal rides, food, Kids Fun Zone, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 25, ShoWare Center, 625 West James St., Kent; $10-$45 (


The Great Junk Hunt Vintage Flea Market

FRI-SAT Traveling vintage market, 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $8-$20, ages 12 and younger free (

A Very Vintage Market

SAT Antiques and vintage housewares, furniture, jewelry, clothing with 25 vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Elks Lodge, 14625 15th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $3 (

Puyallup Farmers Market

SAT Opening day of the season, local produce, flowers, plants, arts and crafts, food vendors, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian St., Puyallup (

Special interest

Peeps Challenge

FRI-SAT Depict a scene from your favorite book, movie, show, comic, film or whatever else using Peeps and craft supplies, drop off anytime before all are displayed on Saturday, Sammamish Branch Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; (425-392-3130 or

Virtual Reality at Everett Public Library

ONGOING First come, first served 15 minute virtual reality demonstrations for ages 13 and older, journey through the blood stream, tour the White House, visit the International Space Station, or experience another environment of your choice, 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through June, Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8000 or /

Carry The Load Seattle

APRIL 25 Join the Carry The Load Relay Team as they kick off the West Coast Route of the National Relay event to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by military, vets and first responders, culminates in Dallas on Memorial Day, 1:45 p.m. April 25, Victor Steinbrueck Park, 2001 Western Ave., Seattle (214-723-6068 or

Silent Writing Party

APRIL 25 Stationary provided to write letters of love, thanks, gratitude or others, 6-8 p.m. April 25, Fireside Room, Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St., Seattle (206-622-6400 or

Bloodworks Bold for Adventure

THRU APRIL Blood donors needed, donate through April to be entered into drawing for one of ten $500 Alaska Airlines vouchers, backpacks, gas and other gift cards, at all Bloodworks locations (800-398-7888 or

Seattle Independent Bookstore Day

PLAN AHEAD More than 20 participating bookstores in the Seattle area offer activities, limited edition merchandise, giveaways, author appearances April 27; pick up a SIBD Passport at any participating store and collect a stamp at each store during the day as proof of visits; people with passports stamped at three or more stores receive a coupon good for a one-time, 30 percent-off discount at any one of the participating stores; get your passport stamped at all participating stores on April 27 to receive a Champion Card for 25 percent off at all participating stores for a year (


Steamships and Sternwheelers on the S.S. Virginia V

PLAN AHEAD Exploring the storied history of the Mosquito Fleet, 7:30 p.m. April 26, Virginia V Steamer, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $35 (

Seattle Modern Home Tour

PLAN AHEAD Modern Architecture+ Design Society (MA+DS) hosts regional architects, designers and homebuilders showcasing their work and answering questions on self-guided tour, for ages 10 and older, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27, Seattle; $40/advance, $50/day of event (

Travel events

Walking Adventures International Taste of Travel

SAT Tour information, travel tips, 10:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Saturday, Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island; free, preregister (

Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Classes

SAT Village Italy, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater; Belgium and the Netherlands, noon Saturday, Rick Steves Travel Center, 130 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (

Travel seminars

SAT Exploring Europe on Foot, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or