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Bellevue

Bellevue Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high-school students, 3-5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 4-6 p.m. Mondays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Shakespeare Series: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Thru April 13 Discuss the classic comedy, 10 a.m. Fridays, through April 13, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org)

“The Trouble with Islam”

Wed Author Irshad Manji discusses her experiences as a dissident voice in the Muslim community in her attempts to offer a vision for reviving Islam’s traditions of reason and independent thinking, 7 p.m. March 21, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1762)

Anime and Manga Appreciation Club

Wed Share and discuss new anime and manga, learn to draw in the manga style and preview new anime series; for ages 12-18, 3:30 p.m. March 21, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350)

First Day of Spring Celebration

Wed Seed-planting activities, 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 21, KidsQuest Museum at Factoria Mall, 4055 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Cost: $6 for museum admission. (425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org)

Friends of the Library Book Group

Wed “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, 10 a.m. March 21, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765)

“Health and Healing”

Thu Discussion hosted by the Northwest Theosophical Society, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-644-7725)

Anansi the Spider

Thu Oregon Shadow Theatre presents African folktales and traditional music, 7 p.m. March 22, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org)

Bellevue Kiwanis Club Luncheon Meeting

Thu Muhammad N. Islam explains how much a Richland, Wash., man with a dream, but without Oprah’s $40 million, has been able to do in Bangladesh, noon March 22, Paragon Hotel, 818 112th Ave. N.E. Cost: $15.25 for lunch; non-members welcome. (425-453-9948)

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Ongoing Live music featuring local and regional artists, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. March 22: Ryan Hoffman and Johnny Calcagno of Zazou. March 29: Kristin Connell. April 12: Hans York. April 19: Portland cellist Adam Hurst. April 26: Greg Klyma (425-644-1111or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

“Thumbelina”

Starts Fri A teeny tiny little girl meets talking animals, dancing spiders and fairies on a journey to find herself; musical, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, March 23-April 1, Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way. Tickets: $8. (425-452-7155 or BYT@bellevuewa.gov)

Anansi the Spider

Fri Oregon Shadow Theatre presents African folktales and traditional music, 4 p.m. March 23, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org)

Late Night Music at Crossroads

Ongoing Live music, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. March 23: Combo de Luxe plays classic jazz. March 24: Christopher Gross Ensemble. March 30: Alice Stuart & The Formerlys play the blues. March 31: Neo-folk and poetic lyrics by Kellee Bradley. April 6: Zazou, American swing to French musette. April 7: First Saturday Big Band Dance with Portage Bay Big Band. April 13: Backburner plays acoustic bluegrass and swing. April 14: Eric Madis & Blue Madness. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

Master Gardener Workshop Series

Thru Oct. 20 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Lake Hills Greenbelt Urban Demonstration Garden, Southeast 16th Street and 156th Avenue Southeast. March. 24: Ground covers. March 31: High color, low maintenance gardens. April 14: Planting and caring for roses. April 21: Container gardening. April 28: Growing tomatoes. (425-452-7225)

Birding the Hot Spots

Mon Audubon Society field trip to this month’s best local birding area, 9 a.m.-noon March 26. Meet before 9 a.m. at the north end of the Newport Hills Park & Ride, Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast and 113th Place Southeast. Cost: $2. (425-746-6351 or www.elwas.org/events)

Newport Way Library Book Group

Mon “Truck: A Love Story” by Michael Perry, 7:45 p.m. March 26, Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. (register: 425-747-2390)

Coming to America Film Series

Tue “Lost Boys of Sudan” follows the journey of two Sudanese refugees on their way to the U.S., 7 p.m. March 27, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-450-1765 or www.kcls.org)

Pizza & Pages High School Book Group

Plan Ahead “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel; ages 13-18, 3:30 p.m. March 28, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (register: 425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org)

Adult/Child CPR

Plan Ahead American Heart Association’s Heartsaver curriculum for aiding victims over 12 months old. Ages 14 and over. 7-10 p.m. April 2, Fire Station #1, 766 Bellevue Way S.E. Cost: $30. (register: 425-452-7673 or ParksReg.cityofbellevue.org)

Open Mike Night

Ongoing Opportunity for acoustic musicians to perform, 6-9 p.m. with 5:30 p.m. sign-up, April 5, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.victorymusic.org)

Bothell

Anansi the Spider

Wed Oregon Shadow Theatre presents African folktales and traditional music; ages 5 and up, 7 p.m. March 21, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. Free tickets available at the information desk starting at 6:30 p.m. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org)

Bothell Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high-school students, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

A Dance Trip Around the World

Tue Traditional dances performed by the Hilltop Elementary School Heritage Dancers, 11:15 a.m. March 27, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org)

The Art of Positive Thinking

Tue Discussion of the power of positive thinking and self-talk, 12:45-2 p.m. March 27, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. (register: 425-487-2441)

Vittles & VCR

Plan Ahead A home-cooked meal followed by the movie “Murder She Wrote,” 6 p.m. March 29, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$6 for dinner; movie free. (register by March 21: Register by March 27: 425-487-2441)

Pysanka: Ukrainian Written Eggs

Plan Ahead Learn the history, significance and techniques of traditional Ukrainian egg decoration, 10 a.m. March 31, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (register by March 30: 425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org)

Carnation

Do-It-Yourself One Day Room Makeover Advice

Sat How to establish design goals, identify key features, choose colors and make the most of items you already have, 2-3:30 p.m. March 24 or 2:30-4 p.m. April 29, Miller’s Arts and Community Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. Cost: $30 (register: 425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com)

European Domestic Architecture

Sun A chronological study of dwellings and living spaces between the 6th and 16th centuries with examples from medieval manuscript illuminations and photos of surviving structures in Europe, 12:30-4:30 p.m. March 25, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E. Cost: $30. (register: 425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org)

Swil Kanim

Plan Ahead Storytelling, poetry and music with Native American violinist Swil Kanim, 8 p.m. April 7, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. (425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com)

Duvall

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Mon PoetsWest features Jed Myers followed by open mike readings, 6 p.m. signup; 7 p.m. reading, March 26, P&G Speakeasy Café, 15614 Main St. April 23: Thomas Hubbard. May 21: Carolyn Wright. June 25: Chris Jarmick. (425-844-2766 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

Free Practice SAT

Plan Ahead Formal SAT Practice Test proctored by Princeton Review; for high-school students, 1-5 p.m. March 31, Duvall Library, 15619 N.E. Main St. (register by March 24: 425-788-1173 or www.kcls.org)

Issaquah

Issaquah Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high school students, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

“Once Upon a Time in New Jersey”

Thru April 22 Musical story of a shy deli boy who falls in love with the counter girl who loves the local tough guy who’s running from the mob, Wednesdays-Saturdays and selected Tuesdays and Sundays, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $25-$49. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair

Sat Free health screenings, children’s fingerprinting, information on home safety and emergency preparedness and health professional’s booths, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 24, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. (425-837-3300 or www.issaquahparks.net)

ArtEAST First Fridays

Plan Ahead Exhibit of collective works by Eastside artists with wine and cheese reception, 6-9 p.m. April 6, Historic Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. (425-996-8553 or www.artcollectiveissaquah.org)

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival

Plan Ahead Family carnival and egg hunt in and around the pool, 7-9 p.m. April 6, Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St. Cost: $3-$10 pool admission; $2 carnival pass. (425-837-3350 or www.issaquahparks.net)

Kenmore

Kenmore Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high-school students, 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Old Fashioned Gospel and Pie Social

Sun The Sojourners sing old-time favorites, 2-3:30 p.m. March 25, Kenmore Community Club, 7304 N.E. 175th St. Cost: $5. (425-489-0707)

Kirkland

“Peter Pan”

Thru April 1 Musical of the boy who wouldn’t grow up with pirates, mermaids and lost boys, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 1, Studio East, 402 Sixth St. S. Tickets: $9-$12. (425-827-3123 or www.studio-east.org)

Anime Matinee

Wed An afternoon movie for teens, 1:30 p.m. March 21, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686)

Kingsgate Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high-school students, 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2-4 p.m. Sundays, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

“Gypsy”

Fri-Sun Classic Broadway musical of child stars, stage mothers and the search for the all-important gimmick, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23-25, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$20. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Artists Potluck

Fri Share a meal and constructive criticism with other area artists. Bring a dish to share and artwork to discuss, any visual art medium welcome, also musical compositions and short films, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. friendly critique, March 23, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

Anansi the Spider

Sat Oregon Shadow Theatre presents African folktales and traditional music, 1 p.m. March 24, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org)

Book Launch Party

Sat Release celebration for “Dragon’s Keep” by Pacific Northwest author Janet Lee Carey, refreshments, 6:30 p.m. March 24, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6547)

Help Your Teen Succeed in School

Mon Lecture series for parents 7 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. March 26: Research without Tears: how to help a student plan a research project to minimize unnecessary trips and last-minute emergencies. April 30: Great Books for College Prep: how to pick good titles for your teen and help them get the most out of the reading experience. (register: 425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org)

Reading Circle Bookclub

Tue “In the Company of the Courtesan” by Sarah Dunant March 27, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Meet the Author: Jennifer Sokol

Plan Ahead The author reads from her book “Six Years of Grace: Caregiving Episodes With My Mother,” 7 p.m. March 28, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6547)

Meet the Author: Michelle Goodman

Plan Ahead The author reads and discusses her book “Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice For Women Who Think Outside the Cube,” 7 p.m. March 29, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6547)

MonTango

Plan Ahead Musicians, vocalists and tango dancers perform contemporary Tango, 8 p.m. March 31, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$29. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Pysanka: Ukrainian Written Eggs

Plan Ahead Learn the history, significance and techniques of traditional Ukrainian egg decoration; ages 11 and up, 2 p.m. March 31, Kingsgate Library, 12315 143rd St. (register: 425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org)

Mercer Island

Mah Jongg

Ongoing Come play this ancient game of skill and chance from China, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Cost: $2 non-members. (206-232-7115 ext. 269 or www.sjcc.org)

Saint Patrick’s Day Walk

Sat Volkssport event includes 10K and 5K routes on paved paths and trails through parks and neighborhoods on the island; 5K route suitable for strollers but not wheelchair accessible. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. start with a 4 p.m. finish, March 24. Start point is Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Hosted by the Interlaken Trailblazers Volkssport Club. (425-235-0528 or www.ava.org/clubs/interlaken/index.htm)

Island Book Club

Plan Ahead “The World to Come” by Dara Horn, 7:30 p.m. March 29, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. April 26: “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. May 31: “The Highest Tide” by Jim Lynch; author will be present. (206-232-6920 or www.mercerislandbooks.com)

North Bend

Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club

Ongoing All ages and skill levels welcome, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

Sno-Valley Idol Jr.

Fri Thirteen young local singers compete for the top prize with an audience to determine the winner from the top three performers, 6:30 p.m. March 23, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. (425-831-1900 or www.siviewpark.org)

Redmond

“The Musicians of Bremen”

Thru April 1 A donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster turned out by their owners set off together to make their own way in the world; Sprouts Children’s Theatre musical, 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 1 with “Small Sibling” performance for children under 3 at 1 p.m. March 25 only, Second Story Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $8.75. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

“An Inconvenient Truth”

Wed Free screening of the film, 7 p.m. March 21, Redmond Regional Library, 19550 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org)

Teen Movie Matinee

Wed Take a movie break at the library, 2 p.m. March 21, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org)

Old Fire House Concerts

Ongoing All ages venue, with local performers. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. March 23: The Heavy Hearts, The Harborrats and Megasapian. March 30: This Providence, Danger Radio, Goodbye Tomorrow and Man Without Wax. April 8: Classic Rock Competition. May 11: Ms. Led, Snakebites and Pirates R Us. June 1: Whisky Tango and Board Youth. June 8: Liars Make Friends and Forever A Trend. (425-556-2389 or www.theoldfirehouse.org)

Fun to Be Fit Fair

Sat Showcase of recreational programs with samples of martial arts, jazzercise, tennis and dance with audience participation, children’s activities, food samples and door prizes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. (425-556-2300, ext. 3 or www.redmond.gov)

SAT Practice Test and Review

Sat Prepare for the SAT and take a practice test; for students in grades 10-12, 10:30 a.m. March 24, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (register: 425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org)

Climate Change 101

Sun University of Washington Oceanography professor LuAnne Thompson gives a lecture on global warming, 2 p.m. March 25, Redmond Regional Library, 19550 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org)

Gray Gourmet

Mon Cooking demonstration and samples of heart-healthy recipes, 11 a.m. March 26, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (425-556-2314)

Artful Readings

Tue Discussion of “The Last Folk Hero: A True Story of Race and Art, Power and Profit” by Andrew Dietz; followed by a light beverage and cheese reception, 6-7:30 p.m. March 27, Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center, 1 Microsoft Way. (register: 425-421-1312 or artevent@microsoft.com)

Artist Lecture Series

Plan Ahead Sculptor and University of Washington art professor Akio Takamori discusses the figurative ceramic sculptures for which he is known; followed by a light beverage and cheese reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 29, Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center, 1 Microsoft Way. (425-421-1312)

Marymoor Park Bird Walk

Plan Ahead Watch for birds along the nature trail; bring binoculars, 8 a.m. April 6. Meet in the Southwest corner of parking lot D, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. Cost: $1 parking fee. (425-576-8805 or www.elwas.org)

Wastemobile

Plan Ahead Accepts hazardous household wastes such as pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, paints and thinners, automotive and non-alkaline batteries and automotive products, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6-8, Home Depot parking lot, 17777 N.E. N.E. 76th St. (206-296-4692 or www.govlink.org/hazwaste)

Renton

Fairwood Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high-school students, 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays; 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Sammamish

Sammamish Study Zone

Ongoing Homework help for elementary, middle and high-school students, 4-6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. (425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/studyzone)

Mother/Daughter Book Club

Plan Ahead “The Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale; for daughters ages 9-12, 7 p.m. March 28, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. (425-836-8793)

Woodinville

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Sat-Sun Supports library programs, members-only preview, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; dollar-a-bag-day 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 23-25, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road N.E. (425-788-0733 or 425-788-0733)

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Plan Ahead Featured poets Luke Warm Water, Cathy Ross and Marit Saltrones followed by open mike readings, 7 p.m. March 28, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 18025 Garden Way N.E. April 25: Katherine Grace Bond, Sarah Love, Laura Snyder, Joannie Kervran Stangeland. May 30: Aaron Abeyta, Maureen McQuerry, Cameron Prow, J. Andrew Rodriguez. (206-682-1268 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

Game On!

Plan Ahead Play Game Cube, Dance Dance Revolution and Nintendo DS; ages 12-18, 3 p.m. April 6, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road N.E. (425-788-0733 or www.kcls.org)

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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