A weekend calendar of events for families.

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“A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico”

Opening-day celebration for bilingual photo exhibit on Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) in rural Mexico, with music and hands-on activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $5-$8 (206-543-5590).

Phinney Kids Sale

Phinney Preschool Neighborhood Co-op sale of used clothing from infant to 8, toys, videos, books, gear, maternity clothes, from 75 families, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-781-8916).

Flea Market

Neighborhood rummage sale, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-684-4093).

Rat Show and Carnival

RatsPac NorthWest standards show with ribbons, kids’ activities, rat race, rat cake walk, raffle, rats for adoption, educational information, rat costume contest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mercer Island VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; $2-$3 (206-713-3919 or www.ratspacnw.org).

Touch a Truck

Touch, climb on and photograph an assortment of vehicles, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Top Foods, Edmonds, 21900 Highway 99, Edmonds; free, donations requested for new playground and park at Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds.

Star Party

Seattle Astronomical Society sets up telescopes for anyone to stop by and take a look at the night sky, weather permitting, dusk, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle and Paramount Park, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 155th St., Shoreline; free (206-523-2787 or www.seattleastro.org).

Today, Sunday

St. Demetrios Greek Festival

Greek music and folk dancing, Greek food and deli, family and kids’ activities, vendors, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. today, noon-7 p.m. Sunday; tours of historic Byzantine-style church and presentation on the history of Orthodox Christianity, noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. today, 1, 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; free off-site parking and shuttle service available from Seattle Preparatory School parking garage, 2400 11th Ave. E., and Montlake Elementary School parking lot, 2409 22nd Ave. E., Seattle; and free shuttle via Metro available from Northgate and South Kirkland Park and Rides (206-325-4347 or www.seattlegreekfestival.com).


Seattle Robotics Society showcase of technological developments in amateur robotics with robotic competitions and activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday, Seattle Center House, Seattle; free (www.robothon.org).

Friends of the Library

book sale

Sale including used fiction, nonfiction, children’s, old and rare, plus CDs and DVDs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (206-236-3537); also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road N.E., Woodinville (425-788-0733).

Octoberfest/Von Boorian Days

Entertainment, carnival, beer-and-wine garden, food, arts and crafts, in honor of German-born Gottlieb Von Boorian, 1880s settler and city namesake of Burien, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Southwest 152nd Street and Fourth Avenue Southwest, Burien (206-443-2882).

Festival Latino 2006

Celebration of Hispanic culture with food, music and carnival rides, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Sunday, SuperMall, 1101 SuperMall Way, Auburn (206-963-9521).


Sustainable Ballard Fair

Workshops, classes and demonstrations; parade at 10:30 a.m., art, community, environment, film, food, health, home, transportation and urban design, kids’ activities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-684-4075 or www.fest.sustainableballard.org).

Leonardo da Vinci: Man/Inventor/Genius

Opening day of exhibition on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, at the museum through Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $14-$22 (206-628-0888).


Astronomy Day

Display of astronomical photos, view the night sky through telescopes and learn about the latest developments in space missions, 5-9 p.m., Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; free (206-764-5720).

Information for the Families Calendar should be submitted two weeks in advance to: Madeline McKenzie, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111 or by e-mail mmckenzie@seattletimes.com