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Animal events Introduction to Agility SAT Introduction to dog agility for well-socialized, well-mannered dogs, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Family Dog Training...

Animal events

Introduction to Agility

SAT Introduction to dog agility for well-socialized, well-mannered dogs, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Family Dog Training Center, 7034 S. 188th St., Kent; free, preregistration requested, pet food bank donations suggested (425-291-9663 or

Cats Are Cool

ONGOING Cats over a year old, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, available for adoption at the reduced price of $25 through March, noon-6 p.m. daily, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-649-7563 or


There's No Place Like Home

FRI Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation auction and community awards dinner, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn; $49 (253-876-3422 or

Guitar Hero Tournament benefit

SAT Jam on Guitar Hero for prizes, benefits Need A Break Services home makeovers for the needy, 8 a.m. Saturday, Cascade Christian High School, 811 21st St. S.E., Puyallup; $50, open to all (253-682-9642 or

St. Michael's Catholic School Dinner and Auction

SAT Auction, catered dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, St. Michael's Catholic Church and School, 1512 Pine Ave., Snohomish; $40 (425-330-0665 or


Couture Carnivale

SUN Fashion show by local boutiques, burlesque show, cocktails and appetizers; proceeds benefit FareStart job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, 8 p.m. Sunday, VIP reception, 6:30 p.m.; Last Supper Club, 124 S. Washington St., Seattle; $25-$150 (206-328-2052).

Something's Stirring

in the Amazon Jungle

SUN Art auction with works by 20 local and national artists; all proceeds benefit Amazon Promise's Soy Capaz! program fighting HIV/AIDS, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Lawrimore Project Gallery, 831 Airport Way S., Seattle; $20 (206-228-5700 or

Old Dog Haven

Fundraiser Walk

SUN Half-mile walk for all ages, dogs welcome, raffles, proceeds benefit Old Dog Haven nonprofit that aids elderly dogs, 2 p.m. Sunday, Redmond Saturday Market, 7730 Leary Way, Redmond; $10 (425-883-4461).


South Lake Washington/Brewpub ride

SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 35-mile, leisurely/steady-pace ride with coffee stop, followed by brewpub stop; showers cancel, 10 a.m. Saturday, Finnigan's Irish Pub, 201 Williams Ave., Renton (206-522-3222 or

DuPont ride

SAT Volkssport noncompetitive 25K (15.5 miles) or 15K (9.3 miles) ride on level route on bike lanes and city streets, start anytime 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Chloe Clark Elementary School, 1700 Palisade Blvd., DuPont (

Seattle Old Bicycle

Swap Meet and Show

SUN Swap and show with more than 500 vintage bicycles from the turn of the century to the '70s, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Kent National Guard Armory, 24410 Military Road, Kent; free (206-658-3229 or

Tulip Pedal

PLAN AHEAD Ride on 20-, 40- or 60-mile routes; proceeds benefit Skagit County Emergency Medical Services; 7 a.m. April 4, La Conner High School, 502 N. Sixth St., La Conner; $25, ages 14 and younger free (360-428-3236 or



Rock and Roll Dance

FRI Easy swing-dance lesson, 8 p.m., dance to hits of the '60s through today with the Dancin' DJ, for ages 18 and older; bring a snack to share; 8:30-11 p.m. Friday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $7-$12 (206-484-9187 or

Lesson and Social Dance

SAT Slow-dance lesson, 7 p.m., dance to a variety of ballroom, Latin and swing music for singles and couples, 8 p.m. Saturday, North Bellevue Community & Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; $15 (425-889-8000 or

Viennese Ball

SAT Black-tie dinner and dance sponsored by Austria Club, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nile Shrine Center and Golf Course, 6601 244th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace; $75 (206-362-6339).


South King County Senior Expo

FRI Business and personal services for seniors, entertainment, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Highline Community College, 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines; free (206-870-4366).

Microsoft Seattle Regional Robotics Competition

FRI-SAT Student teams from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Alaska and Montana with unique, high-tech robots in high-energy competition, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; competition rounds 9 a.m.-noon, final rounds 1-4 p.m. Saturday, KeyArena, Seattle Center; free (206-223-1606 or

Northwest Women's Show

FRI-SUN Hundreds of exhibits and vendors, fashion shows, speakers, seminars, cooking classes, wine tasting, Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation sale of wedding and special-occasion gowns, mammograms and other health checks, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, events include "money therapist" Marcia Brixey, 2 p.m. Friday; firefighter calendar models fundraiser for the Burn Foundation, noon Saturday; author Ann Rule, 1 p.m. Saturday; actor Gilles Marini, 2 p.m. Saturday; Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $15 (425-605-4131 or

Seattle Center Whirligig

FRI-APRIL 12 Bounce-house attractions and entertainment for ages 12 and younger, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Friday through April 12, Seattle Center House, Seattle; free admission; rides $1.50/each or $4.50/day pass for ages 3 and younger, $7/day pass ages 4-12; free on Thursdays (206-684-7200 or

Tastes of Norway Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day

SAT Norwegian-craft demonstrations, entertainment, folk-costume display, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, children's activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle (206-783-1274 or

Tartan Day

Scottish-American Festival

SAT Indoor event with Scottish clans, bagpipes, Highland dancers, music, vendors, concessions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $3-$5 (253-841-5045 or

Seattle Green Festival

SAT-SUN Inspirational and practical ideas for healthy, Earth-friendly living with 150 speakers, how-to workshops, interactive kids' activities, organic cuisine, live music, green marketplace of more than 300 exhibits including all-natural cleaning products, solar panels, eco-cars and socially responsible investing, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $10-$15, free pass by visiting or with any purchase $5 or more at PCC Natural Market (

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

PLAN AHEAD Fields in bloom at dates according to Mother Nature; art shows, winery, museum and farm events, April 1-30, information online or in brochure available from Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Office, 100 E. Montgomery St., Mount Vernon (360-428-5959 or

Food events

Washington Cask

Beer Festival

SAT Taste more than 60 handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from regional breweries, noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. noon Saturday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $35-$40 admission includes a commemorative tasting cup and beer tastes; designated-driver admission $5, available at the door only (206-447-5649 or

Wine Class: Argentina's Beautiful Bargain Wines

SAT Taste and learn about wine from Argentina, 2 p.m. Saturday, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 120, Mercer Island; $50, preregister (206-390-8310 or

Wine & Chocolate

SAT-SUN Wine-and-chocolate pairing information and tasting, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, $69; learn about chocolate and how to create professional-looking confections, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, $59; Oh! Chocolate, 3131 E. Madison St., Ste. 100, Seattle; preregister (206-329-8777 or


Fuchsia Plant Sale

SAT Northwest Fuchsia Society sale of thousands of fuchsia plants including hard-to-find varieties, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle (

Orchid clinic

SAT Orchid information, repotting, 10 a.m. Saturday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; $20-$25, preregister, space limited (206-322-4112).

Small-scale vegetable garden

SAT How to grow organic vegetables from seed on your patio or deck, 11 a.m. Saturday, Urbanweeds, 4302 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; preregister (206-632-7680).

Growing Great Roses

SAT Secrets for carefree, nontoxic rose growing, 1 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Nursery, 842 104th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-454-5531 or

Tour the Kruckeberg

Botanic Garden

SAT Guided tour of woodland garden with over 2,000 plant species; in-depth tour of the plant collection, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, $10, registration required; introductory tour of garden highlights, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, free, no registration required, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline (206-546-1281 or

Classes at Emery's Garden

SAT Garden and yard-care classes include learning about mason bees and other beneficial insects, 10 a.m. Saturday; using digital photography to get great photos of your garden, noon Sunday, Emery's Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-743-4555 or


SAT Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association plant sale, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., mum seminar, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Furney's Nursery, 21515 International Blvd., Des Moines; free (206-878-8761 or

Summer bulbs

SAT How to plant dahlias, lilies, begonias and other summer-blooming bulbs, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Squak Mt. Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E., Issaquah; free, no registration needed (425-392-1025 or

Planning Your

Vegetable Garden

SAT Fundamentals, tips and tricks of growing organic vegetables, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; free (425-334-2002 or

Dan Hinkley lecture

SUN "The Ten Best Things I Have Learned from My Garden" presentation by Northwest Perennial Alliance, 1 p.m. Sunday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $5-$10, ticket sales open at noon (


Issaquah Alps Trails Club

FRI, SUN Dogs-allowed 3-5 mile hike, 9:30 a.m. Friday; Tiger Mountain Tradition Plateau 5-6 miles, noon Sunday; food, water, daypack, rain gear, hiking shoes required, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, First and Bush Streets, Issaquah (

Eastshore Singles

SAT Walk with social group for single adults ages 45 and older, newcomers welcome, lunch follows; no dogs; 4 mile Rails to Trails walk, 11 a.m. Saturday, McCormick Park, 26200 N.E. Stephens Street, Duvall (

DuPont walks

SAT Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) and 11K (6.8 miles) walks on sidewalks and trails, start 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Saturday, Chloe Clark Elementary School, 1700 Palisade Blvd., DuPont (


Super Smash Bros. tournament

SAT Wii competition for teens, 1 p.m. Saturday, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace (425-776-8722 or

Kites Over Kingston

SAT Kite demonstrations and competition, live music, food, kiddie parade at Mike Wallace Park at the Port of Kingston, 1 p.m. Saturday, Kingston, Kitsap Peninsula; free (360-297-4414 or

Literary events

Extraordinary People Series

FRI "Living Courageously in Difficult Times" with author and founder of Seat of the Soul Institute Gary Zukav, 7 p.m. Friday, Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $40/each or $12/series of four (970-443-0732 or

Twilight Prom

FRI Celebrate the release of the "Twilight" DVD with games, trivia, costume contest, formal wear encouraged but not required; for teens, 6 p.m. Friday, Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn (253-931-3018 or

Museum events

Spring Break

"Getting Curious" at

The Children's Museum

FRI-APRIL 5 Activities centered on "Curious George: Let's Get Curious" exhibit based on characters from the classic stories, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, including baby signs to communicate emotions for ages newborn-3 years old, 10:30 a.m. Friday; Northwest folklore and fables for all ages, 3 p.m. Friday; bridge-building engineering activity for ages 5-10, 11 a.m. Saturday; exploring the culture of India, 1-2 p.m. Sunday and other events daily through April 5, The Children's Museum, Seattle Center House, Seattle; $6-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or

GPS Adventures Opening Day

SAT Opening-day event of new GPS Adventures exhibit, meet the founders of, hands-on family activities, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, free, event does not include access to exhibit halls; exhibit to navigate a maze with a GPS unit to learn about global positioning system satellite-based navigation technology and learn about the global treasure-hunting game Geocaching, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through May 3, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $6-$11 (206-443-2001 or

Women's Rights Movement history

SAT Program "Seneca Falls to Seattle: Women's Rights, Religion and Reform Before the Civil War," 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240).

Spring Fling

PLAN AHEAD Explore the outdoors to celebrate spring with animal guests, nature activities, pony rides, outdoor science activities, April 1-5, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $6-$11 (206-443-2001 or

Park events

Birding basics

SAT Learn to identify birds by their songs and calls, for ages 8 and older, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $10 preregister (206-386-4236).

Owls, Eagles and Birds of Prey Super Saturday

SAT Family games, arts and crafts and activities to learn about owls, eagles and other birds of prey, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free; guided nature walk to see eagle nest, 1-2:30 p.m., $2-$4; family activities to learn about owls, 7-7:30 p.m., free; hike into the forest to call resident owls, 7:30-9 p.m., $2-$4; Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or

Federal Way Community Center Birthday Bash

SUN Tours, food, special offer on annual passes, noon-6 p.m.; free pool sessions, 1-5:30 p.m.; climbing, 2-5 p.m.; drop-in fitness class, 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way; free (253-835-6900 or

Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Appreciation Week

PLAN AHEAD Activities for ages 11-18 daily at parks and community centers on Seattle including sports, games, movies, swimming, nature walk, career fair and social events, March 30-April 4, Seattle; most events free, nonperishable food-bank donations requested, $2-$10 for a few events (206-684-4075 or


Celebrate Sondheim

THU A toast to musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim with a sampling of his work including selections from the 5th Avenue Theatre's upcoming production of "Sunday in the Park with George," noon today, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-684-7171 or Seattle Folklore Society

FRI Scottish song writer and performer Dougie MacLean, 8 p.m. Friday, Museum of History & Industry McEachern Auditorium, 2700 24th Ave., Seattle; $17-$24 (206-528-8523 or

Baltic Rites of Spring

SAT Celebrate spring with performances of Baltic dancers and singers with traditional folk music and costumes, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-0575).

Puppet shows

SAT Children's puppet shows, 1 p.m. Saturday, Alki Bathhouse Studio, 1702 Alki Ave S.W., Seattle; $5/person, at the door or in advance at Alki Community Center (206-684-7430).


Eastside Runners

SAT Run or walk 5K loop through Bridle Trails park, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, from the parking lot at Franklin Elementary School, 12434 N.E. 60th St., Kirkland (

Can Do 5K

SUN Northshore Special Families event to raise awareness about what people with special needs can do; flat, fast loop course, 5K run, 5K walk, 1-mile walk, free kids' dashes, prizes for top finishers and top fundraisers to benefit organization helping families of children with special needs, 8 a.m. Sunday, Seattle Times North Creek, 19200 120th Ave. N.E., Bothell; $30-$45 (


Shop for Dress For Success

THU Music, cocktails, snacks and shopping, a portion of the proceeds benefit Dress for Success Seattle, 4 p.m. today, Brooks Brothers, 1330 Fifth Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-4400 or

Step Into Spring/Alzheimer's Fundraising Event

THU-SUN A new wine, Remembrance, released as a tribute to winemaker Rich Higginbotham who passed away last fall from Alzheimer's disease. 50 percent of the price of Remembrance will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association, 5-9 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, E.B. Foote Winery, 127-B S.W. 153rd St., Burien; $5 (206-242-3852 or

Rummage Sale

FRI-SAT All shoppers welcome, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Auburn Senior Center, 809 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn (253-931-3016 or

Lakeside School

Spring Rummage Sale

SAT-SUN Designer items including teen and adult clothing, furniture, sporting goods, electronics, children's books, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday; free shuttle from North Jackson Park and South Jackson Park park and ride lots on Fifth Avenue Northeast, Saturday only; special discounts Sunday; Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-440-2925 or


Easter train

PLAN AHEAD Scenic ride on vintage train with Easter Bunny visit, meadow with Easter egg hunt, noon April 4, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $18, $9/ages 2-17, preregister, space limited (360-595-2218 or

Special interest

Women in Trades Career Fair

FRI Job contacts, skill building for women in skilled trades, Women's Labor History film and media forum, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (206-903-9508 or

YMCA Family Night

FRI Spring-themed family art project, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Fauntleroy YMCA, 9260 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; admission by canned-food or disposable-diaper donation for local charity (206-937-1000).

Crone of Puget Sound

SAT Election of new board members, book exchange at meeting for organization of "women growing older with power, passion and purpose," 1 p.m. Saturday, Greenwood Senior Activity Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle (206-367-0295).

LPWA Convention

SAT Libertarian Party of Washington grass-roots convention and business meeting, 9 a.m. Saturday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; $50-$119 (206-769-2492 or


Art Deco: Diamonds and Gold

SAT Downtown architecture and lobbies from the 1920s, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$20 advance purchase recommended (206-667-9184 or

Harvard Belmont

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of landmark district's early 20th-century architecture, 10 a.m. Saturday, Merrill Court Townhouses, 901-917 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle; $15 in advance, day of tour walk up if space available, $20 by exact change only (206-667-9184 or

Walking tours of

historic Taylor

SAT-SUN Explore the remains and hear the story of the town and factory in the Cedar River Watershed, for adults and ages 10 and older, 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, via shuttle bus from Lazor Memorial Ball Field, 276th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 208th Street, Hobart; $5, preregistration required (206-733-9421 or

Travel events

Travel classes

THU, SAT Basic French for travelers, 6 p.m. today, travel with children, noon Saturday, Rick Steves Travel Center, 130 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; Scandinavia, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required, space limited (425-771-8303 or

Travel seminars

SAT Vietnam cultural and cycling journey, 10 a.m. Saturday; Cambodia and Laos, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or



Images to Feed the Soul

SAT Create your own deck of collage cards that reflect personal symbols, used for meditation, reflection and guidance, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; $55 (425-602-3152 or

Create art at

South Park Library

PLAN AHEAD Create wearable recycled robots for ages 5 and older, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 2; South Park Seattle Public Library Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; free preregistration required (206-615-1688).

Information in this article, originally published March 26, was corrected March 28. A previous version of this article listed an incorrect area code for the telephone number of Kent's Family Dog Training Center. The correct telephone number is 425-291-9663.

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