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Tickets to the Santa Train rides at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie are nearly sold out.

The museum offers two-hour excursions from North Bend to Snoqualmie aboard antique railcars. The trip features live music, a small gift, cookies baked in coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa, coffee and a visit with Santa Claus.

Trains run Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17. Tickets are $11. Call 425-888-2206 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for reservations or go to www.trainmuseum.org.


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Crossroads parade roars in on Saturday

A large Chinese lion and the Sammamish High School Marching Band will lead the Cultural Crossroads Parade that starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The parade, part of the Crossroads mall and neighborhood’s 15th Annual Cultural Crossroads celebration, begins at 164th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street, runs west on Northeast Eighth and then north on 156th Avenue Northeast.

The multicultural celebration includes performances by a number of local ethnic clubs. There will be more than 20 booths representing Asia, Africa, Europe, South American and the South Pacific.

The fair runs from 5-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the mall.


Volunteers sought for city government

The city of Kirkland is looking for people to serve on its park board and planning commission, which advise the City Council on issues concerning parks and recreation and development.

More information is available at the information desk at City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue; by phone at 425-587-3000; or at www.ci.kirkland.wa.us. The city clerk must receive applications by 4 p.m. Nov. 22.


Picture this: a photo contest

Can a photograph capture the essence of Woodinville?

The city is hoping several categories of photos can do exactly that, through Woodinville’s first photography contest.

The theme is “Enjoying Woodinville,” and entries are to be submitted to City Hall from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 28-29. The entries will be displayed through December.

The competition is sponsored by the city’s Public Arts Advisory Committee. Registration forms are available at City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E.; the adjacent Woodinville Community Center; and on the city Web site:


The entry fee is $5, and a maximum of two entries will be accepted from an individual. Details are available from Brenda Eriksen at the Parks and Recreation Department, 425-489-2700.

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers, with entries to be classified by age group. Photos may be black-and-white or color, must have been taken in the past 12 months and must be matted, framed and ready to hang. Image sizes cannot be larger than 11 by 17 inches or smaller than 5 by 7 inches.


College to host economic summit

Lake Washington Technical College will be host of “A Manufacturing Summit: Past, Present and Future” Nov. 18 to explore labor-market trends and developments.

This is the third annual economic summit held by the college, and will include panelists of employers, labor officials and specialists who will discuss trends within Washington state’s manufacturing sector, the implications of these trends and policies addressing them.

The event will take place in the college auditorium, Room 404 in the West Building. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the keynote address starts at 8 a.m. Both the event and parking are free of charge.

Lake Washington Technical College is at 11605 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland. For more information, contact Curtis Takahashi at 425-739-8100 or Brian Bashinski at 425-739-8286.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau