Here and Now
Along with the Burke Museum's new exhibit, "The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest," the museum will host Quakefest this weekend, a menu of earthquake-related activities. Kids and parents can participate in craft projects, test their quake IQ and learn about the science behind Northwest temblors. Special presentations will focus on animals and earthquakes, quakes in Native American legends and plate tectonics. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, at Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. Admission is $6.50, $5 for seniors and $3 for students and children. For more information, go to www.burkemuseum.org.
Children's Response Center
A luncheon at noon Friday at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., will raise money for the Children's Response Center, a program administered by Harborview Medical Center to help victims of sexual assault or traumatic stress and their families. Keynote speaker will be King County Sheriff Dave Reichert, and a parent whose child was assaulted will discuss the family's experience and the center's involvement. The lunch is free, but the center will be accepting donations. For information and reservations, call the center at 425-688-5130.
More than 200 stories and photos from cancer survivors treated at the Swedish Cancer Institute will be on display Saturday in a new collage, Wall of Hope, part of the opening of the First Hill institute's newly expanded facility. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1221 Madison St., also will give visitors a chance to meet physicians, nurses and cancer survivors.
The annual Washington Wheelchair Sports Jamboree, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., will include a basketball game between the Seattle Sonics men's wheelchair team and the Wheelie Team. There will also be clinics and equipment demonstrations as well as competitions in swimming, track and tennis. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Meridian in Kent, the Quickie wheelchair organization and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. For information, call 206-615-0617.
Weather permitting, the northbound Interstate 5 exit to southbound Interstate 405 at Swamp Creek near Lynnwood will be closed from 8 p.m. tomorrow until 9 a.m. Saturday to rebuild the ramp. A detour around the closure uses Highway 525 and Alderwood Mall Parkway.
The express-lanes entrance and exit at Cherry and Columbia streets in downtown Seattle will be closed for a utility project at 8 tonight and Monday through May 3. The entrance will reopen at 5 a.m. each day except Saturday, May 4, when it will reopen at 7 a.m.
Today in history
1894: Approximately 650 unemployed men who called themselves the Northwestern Industrial Army marched out of Seattle in military formation and headed toward Washington, D. C., to urge Congress to relieve joblessness after the Panic of 1893. They joined a similar force from Tacoma at Puyallup and then traveled by train to meet Jacob Sechier Coxey (1854-1951), whose movement for federal relief was called "Coxey's Army." Tens of thousands of men were thrown out of work in the panic, especially railroad-construction crews in the Far West. The Northwestern Industrial Army eventually made it to the East Coast, but only in small groups.
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