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Dec. 3-9

Det & Mari’s Holiday Cruise

TODAY A family holiday cruise with silent auction, live entertainment and Santa. Proceeds go to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and its work with local children’s charities, registration required, 1-4 p.m., Royal Argosy (Pier 56), 1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $75 (206-464-0826 or www.detlef.com).

Salvation Army bell ringing

TUE Annual bell-ringing day to help raise money for its services to the community, registration required. noon-1p.m., Nordstrom, Fifth and Pine, Seattle; (www.salvationarmy.org).

Girl Scouts leadership luncheon

TUE Regina Louise is keynote speaker, and Bonnie Dunbar is the honored guest. 11:30 a.m., Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $125 minimum donation (206-826-2187 or www.girlscoutstotem.org).

“Fill The Barrel”

FRI Toy collection for the Salvation Army. 2:30-5:30p.m., 18728 Bothell Way N.E., Bothell; (425-246-7029).

Zoo Keepers silent auction and bake sale

FRI Event includes auction, opportunities to meet zoo animals behind-the-scenes and bake sale; proceeds benefit the American Association of Zoo Keepers, bake sale noon-2 p.m., auction 4-8 p.m., Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; (206-684-4800 or www.zoo.org/events/all.html).

Blue Nile Children

SAT Three Ethiopian movies are shown at this fundraiser for orphaned children. There is also an auction and presentation on diseases in Ethiopia. 9 a.m.-9p.m., Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; $10-25 (206-551-1300).

Hutch holiday gala

SAT Black-tie event benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Includes live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing, registration required. 5 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $500-$1000 (206-667-4399 or www.hutchgala.com).


SAT Seattle Animal Shelter annual cat adoption, holiday gift and craft sale. noon-3 p.m., Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W., Seattle; (206-386-7387 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).

Calendar items can be faxed, 206-464-2239, mailed to Christopher Taylor, Benefits Calendar, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111, or e-mailed to benefitscalendar@seattletimes.com. Deadline is three weeks before publication.