For the week of Aug. 29 - Sept. 4
Weekends in the Northwest are filled with all kinds of fun events and activities, and we want your help finding them. Write us at Northwest Weekend, The Seattle Times, P.O. Box 1845, Seattle, WA 98111, fax 206-464-2239, or e-mail email@example.com. Calendar listings must be received two weeks before publication and have a daytime phone number for verification.
Planning ahead? For calendar listings through September, see Northwest Weekend's Summer Guide, your one-stop source for summertime fun.
Woodland Park Zoo
DAILY Zoo is open daily including holidays; exhibits include African Savanna, African Village, Temperate Forest, Family Farm, Tropical Rain Forest, Tropical Asia Elephant Forest and Trail of Vines, Australasia, Northern Trail, Day and Night building with snakes, reptiles and nocturnal animals, Rain Forest Food Pavilion and ZooStore; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sept. 14, then 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15-Oct. 14.
• Butterflies and Blooms exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sept. 30.
• Pony rides for children ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily in summer, $2,
Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; admission adult $4.75-$10; additional $1 admission to butterfly exhibit; parking $3.50; stroller, double stroller, wagon and wheelchair rentals available at the South Entry Plaza, Fremont Avenue North and North 50th Street, $3-$5 (206-684-4800 or www.zoo.org).
DAILY A trip beneath the waters of Puget Sound and around-the-world exhibits including Sound to Mountains with interactive marsh mural, Underwater Dome and Pacific Coral Reef, ticketing hours 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily starting Tuesday, visitors may stay an hour later, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle, $4.25-$9 (206-386-4320 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
DAILY Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium featuring beluga whales, walrus, elephants, farm animals and aquarium, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. today through Monday, then 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sept. 30; $5.50-$9.25 (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org).
The park also includes:
• Gardens, picnic areas, beaches, playgrounds, dawn to dusk daily (253-305-1000).
• The Fort Nisqually restored Hudson's Bay Company historic site, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Tuesday, then 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, $1-$4 (253-591-5339 or www.fortnisqually.org); 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.
SAT Meet an aide dog and find out how dogs assist people with disabilities, 2 p.m. Saturday, Kent Regional Library, 212 Second Ave. N., Kent (253-859-3330).
Basset Hound Droolapalooza
SUN Scent-tracking demonstration, dog contests, food, bake sale and basset merchandise available, proceeds benefit Cascadia Basset Hound Rescue for abandoned hounds, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Thurston County Fairgrounds, Lacey; free (360-705-0919).
African wild dogs
PLAN AHEAD Slide lecture by Dr. J.W. McNutt on his field research on wild dogs in southern Africa, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Woodland Park Zoo Auditorium, North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North, Seattle; free (206-233-2509 or www.zoo.org).
Nature on horseback
PLAN AHEAD Two-hour horseback ride on forest trails followed by 90-minute nature walk, for adults and children ages 7 and older, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14 from Camp Long, Seattle; $36 fee includes van transportation, horse trail ride and naturalist program, preregistration and payment required by Tuesday (206-684-7434).
LeMay Car Show and Open House
SAT At the site of the future Harold E. LeMay Museum on the history of the automobile from a private collection of 3,000 vehicles and automobile memorabilia, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Harold E. LeMay Museum, 13502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, $5 (253-779-8490 or www.lemaymuseum.org).
Italian Concours d'Elegance
SUN Display of more than 100 cars, motorcycles and scooters including Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat and Lancia, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Pier 62/63, Seattle; $5 (206-623-2119).
Putt'n on the Ritz
PLAN AHEAD A golf extravaganza benefiting Eastside Adult Day Services, Willows Run Golf Course, 10402 Willows Road, Redmond, $20-$75 (425-867-1799 or 425-837-3967).
Gas Works Thursday social
THU Cascade Bicycle Club 15- to 20-mile, leisurely-paced, hilly ride; 6:30 p.m. today from the east end of Gas Works Park parking lot, Seattle (206-522-BIKE).
THU Seattle Bicycle Club, 8- to 15-mile, social/moderate-pace ride, mostly flat with fairly steep hill at the end, 6:30 p.m. today from Shorewood Heights Activity Center, Shorewood Drive off North Mercer Way, Mercer Island (www.seattlebicycle.com).
FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 37-mile, social-pace rural ride with lunch stop; rain cancels, 10 a.m. Friday from Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore (206-522-BIKE).
Newcastle Park to Issaquah
SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 28-mile, leisurely-paced suburban and rural ride with lunch stop at Gilman Village; rain cancels, 10 a.m. Saturday from Newcastle Park, Newcastle (206-522-BIKE or www.cascade.org).
Green River Trail Bike
SAT, SUN Volkssport 25K (15.5-mile) ride on paved bike trail along the Green River, start time 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Tukwila Community Center Family Picnic Shelter, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila (800-830-9255 or www.esva.org).
FRI Explore Puget Sound on a modern, cruising sailboat and learn basics of sailing; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Windworks Sailing Center, Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle; $45/adult, $25/ages 11 and younger, reservations required (206-784-9386).
FRI Salsa music, dance performances, lessons and dancing, for ages 21 and older; 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday, Argosy Cruises, Pier 56, Seattle; $12/advance, $15/day of cruise, advance reservations suggested, space limited (206-623-1445 or www.argosycruises.com).
Lake City contra dance
THU Free introductory workshop, 7:30 p.m., dance with Celtic band and caller, 8-11 p.m. today, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $4-$7, kids and first-time contra dancers free (206-525-0932).
THU, SAT Salsa lesson, 9 p.m. today, dance, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. today, $5; lesson, 8:30 p.m. Friday, $3, dance, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, $7; Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle (206-324-7263).
Folk dance club
SAT Easy dance party, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, international folk dancing, 8:30-10:45 p.m. Saturday, Sno-King International Folk Dance Club, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. S., Lynnwood; $2-$5 (425-385-2088).
Labor Day Singles Dance Party
SUN Dance open to all singles 21 and older, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday, Bellevue Hyatt Regency, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $20 (888-269-7656 or www.encoresingles.net).
Seattle: Columbia City
Fresh produce from Washington farms, flowers, meat, seafood, entertainment, chef demonstrations and children's activities, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 16, Columbia Plaza parking lot, Rainier Avenue South and South Edmunds Street, Seattle (206-632-5234).
Indoor and outdoor farmers' market, crafts and flea market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 400 N. 34th St., Seattle (206-781-6776).
Seattle: Lake City
Local fruits and vegetables, organic produce, nuts, cheese, flowers, pasta, honey, free-range chickens, fish and baked goods, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 17, in the parking lot behind the fire station at Northeast 127th Street and 30th Avenue Northeast, Seattle (206-632-5234).
Seattle: Pike Place Market
Produce, flowers, crafts and shops, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle (206-682-7453).
Seattle: Pike Place Organic Farmers' Market
Organic produce, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, through Oct. 30, Stewart Street and Pike Place, Seattle (206-682-7453).
Seattle: University District
Local fruits and vegetables, organic produce, nuts, cheese, flowers, pasta, honey, free-range chickens, fish and baked goods, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 2, Northeast 50th Street and University Way Northeast, Seattle (206-632-5234).
Seattle: West Seattle
Local fruits and vegetables, organic produce, nuts, cheese, flowers, pasta, honey, free-range chickens, fish and baked goods, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 27, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (206-632-5234).
Produce from local growers, plant and vegetable starts, flowers, honey, cheese, food and crafts, noon-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 16, Parklane East, downtown Kirkland (425-893-8766).
Produce, Eastern Washington fruit, flowers, plants, honey and handmade crafts, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in August and September, Main Street and Fifth Avenue, Edmonds (425-775-5650).
Local fruits and vegetables, crafts, plants and food, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26, 7730 Leary Way, Redmond (425-556-0636 or www.redmondsaturdaymarket.homestead.com).
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 27, Country Village, 23730 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).
Farm-fresh and locally made products, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 19, 13205 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville (425-485-1042).
Farm-fresh produce, organic produce, food, crafts and entertainment, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 19, Pickering Farm, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (425-837-3276 or www.ci.issaquah.wa.us).
Inaugural season for market with locally grown farm products including organic fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, eggs and herbs, plus music, cooking demonstrations, tips from Master Gardeners and children's activities, 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 3, The Piazza, South Third Street between Burnett and Logan Streets, Renton (425-226-4560).
Farmers' market and craft vendors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 206 Railroad Ave. N., Kent (253-813-6976).
Fresh local produce, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 5, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main St. S., North Bend (425-831-5840).
Local fruits and vegetables, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 12, Vashon Village Green, north or Bank Road on Vashon Highway Southwest, (206-463-1374).
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 19, Madison Avenue and Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island (206-855-1500).
Farm fresh produce, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 12, Kingston Marina Park, Kingston, Kitsap County (360-297-7683).
Farm-fresh vegetables and fruit, plants, food, cut and dried flowers and crafts, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through September , Pioneer Park, downtown Puyallup (253-845-6755 or www.puyallupchamber.com).
Fresh produce, plants, flowers and handmade crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 29, Everett Marina in Port Gardner Landing on West Marine View Drive, Everett (425-921-3392).
Farmers' market, handmade crafts, 5 p.m.-sunset Thursdays, First Street two blocks west of the Avenue D Bridge, Snohomish (425-551-3906).
Farm-fresh produce, plants, food, crafts and entertainment, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 19, Broadway at South Ninth Street, Tacoma. (253-272-7077).
Produce and crafts, 3-7 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 27, 3617 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, Pierce County (253-405-6649).
Produce, crafts and entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, 700 Capitol Way N., Olympia (360-352-9096).
Produce, crafts, plants, food and entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Railroad Avenue and Chestnut Street, Bellingham (360-647-2060).
Evergreen State Fair
THU-MON Features entertainment by rock group Foreigner, Latino singer Jaci Velasquez, The Charlie Daniels Band and R&B artist Ashanti, draft-horse shows, lumberjack show, carnival rides and The Great American Duck Races; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 2; Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $4 youths 6 to 15, $5 seniors, $7 adults (425-339-3309 or www.evergreenfair.org).
FRI-MON Music, dance, theater, film, literary arts, visual arts and children's performances, food from 50 local restaurants, art market, international bazaar, children's activities and crafts, parades welcoming all to join in, drum circles, free admission to the Children's Museum, half price admission to EMP, 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Seattle Center, Seattle; $20/day, $34/two-day pass, $52/four-day pass, $3/day for seniors, ages 12 and younger free with adult (206-281-8111 or www.bumbershoot.org).
Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair
FRI-MON County fair plus rodeo with riders, ropers, wrestlers and racers competing, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, rodeo 6:45 p.m. Friday, 12:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11:45 a.m. Monday, Kittitas County Fairgrounds, Rodeo Arena, Ellensburg, $3-$6 (800-637-2444 or www.eburgrodeo.com).
Ocean Park Heritage Festival
FRI-MON Fiddle contest, antique auction, arts-and-crafts sale, children's games and historic encampment activities, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sheldon Park, Ocean Park and Long Beach (800-451-2542 or www.funbeach.com).
Westport Seafood Festival
SAT Entertainment, craft show and seafood extravaganza, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Dr., Westport, Grays Harbor County (800-345-6223).
Spirit Returns Paddle
SAT, SUN The Duwamish Tribe hosts a celebration of Seattle's Sesquicentennial (150 years) with descendants of Chief Seattle and the Denny Party, visiting tribes from around the state and British Columbia; canoe parade, 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday from Seacrest Park to Duwamish Head and into Terminal 107 Park; canoe races on the Duwamish River, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; official welcome followed by entertainment, arts-and-crafts sale and food, 1:30-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Terminal 107 Park, 4700 West Marginal Way S.W., Seattle (206-431-1582).
Bremerton Blackberry Festival
SAT, SUN Entertainment, food, fun run, Tour de Kitsap bike ride, fly-in, car show, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Bremerton Boardwalk next to Washington State Ferries terminal, Bremerton, free (www.bremertonmainstreet.org).
PLAN AHEAD "Gallop in Puyallup" rodeo parade of horses followed by food, music and free scones, 11 a.m. Sept. 5, Meridian Street from Main Street to the Fairgrounds, with events following in Pioneer Park, Puyallup; fair with live music, rides, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food and exhibits; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, Sept. 6-22, Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup, $6-$9 (253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com).
Cooking and wine classes
SAT Classes include baking, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, $60; wines of the New World, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6, $60; cuisine of Europe six-class series, begins Sept. 12, $390; Culinary Communion, Seattle (206-284-8687 or www.culinarycommunion.com).
SAT Chef Tamara Murphy shares cooking tips featuring Mediterranean cuisine, including a "Spanish Extravaganza" of tapas, paella and flan, 10 a.m. Saturday; grilled octopus, port, eggplant and bananas, 10 a.m. Sept. 14; "Market Fresh" class including shopping for cooking ingredients at the Pike Place Market, 9 a.m. Sept. 28; Brasa, 2107 Third Ave., Seattle; $65 per class (206-728-4220).
SAT, SUN Guest chefs prepare dishes for tasting using fresh market produce; each dish serves four for less than $10, 10 a.m. Saturdays at University Farmers' Market, University Way Northeast and Northeast 50th Street, Seattle, and 11 a.m. Sundays at West Seattle Farmers' Market, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (206-632-5234).
DAILY See an acre of dahlias in 350 varieties plus cultivation demonstrations and sale of cut flowers and tubers, daylight hours daily through Oct. 15, Sea-Tac Gardens, 20020 Des Moines Memorial Drive, SeaTac.
DAILY "Arlene's Legacy" dahlia garden features 12,000 plants in 650 varieties, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 15, 2918 Cavalero Road, Everett (206-779-4519).
SAT, SUN Seattle Dahlia Society show, 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Courtyard Hall, Country Village, 23732 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell (206-367-5647).
SUN Advice on fruit trees that work in local regions, 2 p.m. Sunday, Molbak's, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville, free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com).
Woman Walk hikes
SAT Issaquah Alps Trails Club easy mother-daughter hike for ages 8 and up, or moderate hike; bring a daypack, adequate clothing, hiking boots, lunch and water; 1 p.m. Saturday from the IATC clubhouse, First and Bush streets, Issaquah (206-328-0480).
"Women in the Woods"
SAT Sierra Club 4-mile, moderate difficulty hike for women, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday includes meeting to carpool; hike is in Granite Falls, preregistration required (253-334-2157).
Cougar Mountain hike
SUN, MON Issaquah Alps Trails Club 3-mile easy family hike for all ages on Cougar Mountain, 9:30 a.m. Sunday; 5-mile Tiger Mountain Plateau hike past two lakes, 9 a.m. Monday; bring a daypack, adequate clothing, hiking boots, lunch and water; from the IATC clubhouse, First and Bush streets, Issaquah (206-328-0480).
PLAN AHEAD Kayaking guide and a Padilla Bay naturalist lead a paddle to observe marine birds, no experience necessary, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7, Island Outfitters, Anacortes; $55 (360-299-2300).
History Readers Forum
SAT Read "Sometimes a Great Notion," by Ken Kesey and join the discussion led by a historian from The Museum of History & Industry, 11 a.m., Saturday, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).
Pierce County Sesquicentennial Celebration
THU Ceremony celebrating 150th anniversary and featuring Pierce County Executive John W. Ladenburg and other local, state and federal officials, 2 and 6 p.m. today, and performances, demonstrations, exhibits, lectures and films by more than 30 cultural and historical organizations, cities and tribes, 2-8 p.m. today, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; free (888-BETHERE).
THU, FRI MOHAI is collecting nominations on whom people can imagine filling the role of the recently retired local icon "Gertrude" (Bob Newman), sidekick of TV's JP Patches; JP and Bob will pick the top three entrees for deluxe JP and Gertrude prize packages; nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, by fax at 206-324-1346 or by phone message at 206-324-1126, Ext. 21, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle.
B-17G Flying Fortress
THU-MON EAA Aviation Foundation offers tours and flights in a restored B-17G Flying Fortress World War II bomber, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, outside the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; flights available, $395; ground tours available each afternoon at the conclusion of each day's paid flights, tours $4-$5/person or $10/family; viewing the bomber on the museum ramp available free (206-764-5720, Ext. 217; flight reservations available at 800-359-6217 or www.b17.org).
Museum of Glass
THU-SUN Music and its learning environment for artists' activities, 5:30-8 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; exploration of the sculptural processes of birds in motion, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday; docent-led museum tours, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $3-$8 (866-4MUSEUM or www.museumofglass.org).
Seattle Art Museum
THU-MON The museum, usually closed to the public on Mondays, will be open this Monday for the holiday; exhibits include "Corot to Picasso: European Masterworks from the Smith College Museum of Art" and Northwest Coast Native American art, African art, Asian and European art, modern and contemporary art; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., Seattle. $5-$7 (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Pacific Science Center
THU-MON Last weekend for Genetics! exhibit of 30 hands-on activities exploring the basics of genetics, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; fall hours begin Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9 (206-443-2001 or www.pacsci.org).
Westcrest bird walk
THU Forest walk to look for birds, 10-11:30 a.m. today, Westcrest Park, 8000 Eighth Ave. S.W., Seattle; preregister (206-684-7434).
Insect Film Festival
FRI Chase after bugs outdoors, then view them under microscopes, followed by a showing of the movie "The Hellstrom Chronicles," about insects that take over the earth, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $2, preregister (206-684-7434).
Enchanted Village/Wild Waves
THU-SUN Last summer weekend at Six Flags amusement park with new Enchanted Village thrill rides including Lumberjack Falls, The Hang Glider and the Octopus; kiddie rides include Antique Carousel, Enchanted Railway, Miniature Cars and more; entertainment and food; Wild Waves includes giant water slides, wave pool, Raging River Ride, adult activity pool, warming tubs and water play area for younger children, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Monday, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $27.99/adults, $22.99/children under 48 inches tall, $22.99/ages 50 and older; parking $5; no outside food and drink allowed (253-661-8000 or www.wildwaves.com).
Green Lake swimming closure
ONGOING Green Lake is closed for the season for wading and swimming; sailboarding and other activities that include water contact also prohibited; dog owners cautioned not to let their dogs drink from or swim in the lake, due to a liver toxin present in the algae that can cause flu-like symptoms; boating that doesn't include the possibility for water immersion still permitted; situation is changeable and monitoring is ongoing; for updates: 206-684-4075 or idnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/waterres/lakes/green.htm.
PLAN AHEAD Phenology is the study of nature's calendar; walk with a naturalist to observe and take notes on seasonal changes in flora and fauna, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 20, Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15, Camp Long Nature Center, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $2 per walk (206-684-7434).
PLAN AHEAD Stories around the campfire and overnight in a park cabin, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, Camp Long Nature Center, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $50/cabin, sleeps up to 12 people (206-684-7434).
King County Parks Interpretive Programs
PLAN AHEAD Registration available now for upcoming programs; many popular events fill up early, advance registration required:
• Seahurst Beach walk at low tide, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 7, Seahurst Beach Park, Burien, free.
• History walk, 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 14, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Newcastle, free.
• Nature track skills for ages 8 and older, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, Three Forks Natural Area, Snoqualmie, $15/person (206-296-4171).
THU, FRI, SAT Seattle Public Theater's Summer Youth Drama Program presentation of Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night," set in modern times, 7 p.m. today and Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, Bathhouse Theater, Green Lake, Seattle; free (206-524-1300).
Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion"
THU-SUN Cirque du Soleil extravaganza of hoop diving, bamboo-pole balancing, juggling, trapeze acts and world-beat syntho-pop, 5 and 9 p.m. today, schedule varies through Sept. 8, Grand Chapiteau, Garden Avenue North and North Eighth Street, next to the Renton Boeing Plant; $31.50-$165 (800-678-5440 or www.cirquedusoleil.com).
FRI Showing of the Disney classic film "Bambi," with popcorn and animal crackers, 1 p.m. Friday, HomeStreet Bank, 8050 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-783-6380).
Belltown Outdoor Cinema
FRI Bring a blanket or other seating for "Casablanca," dusk Friday, 2525 Western Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-547-2521).
FRI Funky jazz with Tony Gable and 206, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Civica Office Commons, 205 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (www.bellevuedowntown.com).
Shakespeare in the Park
FRI, SAT, SUN Shakespeare's comedy "Taming of the Shrew," 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Park, Seattle, free (206-748-1551 or www.greenstage.org).
Fremont Outdoor Movies
SAT Bring blankets and seating to see "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Dark Side of Oz" with music by Pink Floyd, dusk Saturday, parking lot at 3400 Phinney Ave. N., across from Redhook Brewery, Seattle; $5 (206-781-4230).
SUN, MON The Mountaineer Players present Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in outdoor theater; seating is in natural bleachers carved into the surrounding hill or on the ground; bring something to sit on that's flat to the ground or rent a cushion at the theater; trail to the theater is a steep quarter-mile walk (assistance for people with disabilities is available if arranged in advance), 2 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Sept. 7, 8, 14 and 15; trail to the theater opens at 1 p.m., with picnic areas and snacks available at the top of the trail; Forest Theatre is off the Seabeck Highway between Bremerton and Silverdale. Advance tickets $5 for ages 18 and younger and $10 for adults, or $6 and $12 at the door (206-284-8484 or www.foresttheater.com).
Summer at the Locks
MON Music by Philharmonic Swing, 2 p.m. Monday, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle (206-783-7059).
Tom Wales Memorial Run/Walk
SAT 5K (3.1-mile) race and walk to benefit the Thomas C. Wales Foundation, registration 7-8:30 a.m., race 9 a.m. Saturday, Volunteer Park, Seattle; $25 (206-329-1466).
SAT Run 3.5-, 5- or 6-mile courses on streets and sidewalks with views of Lake Washington, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Hunts Point Town Hall, Hunts Point Lane and 84th Avenue Northeast, Hunts Point (425-822-2567).
Super Jock 'n' Jill Half Marathon
MON Half marathon and fun run/art walk benefits the Puget Sound Blood Center; starts and finishes at Redhook Brewery with a new four-mile section through Bothell and the University of Washington, Bothell campus. The half marathon serves as the Pacific Northwest Track and Field Association Half Marathon Championship. Half marathon walk, 8 a.m. Monday; half marathon and four-mile fun run/walk, 9 a.m. Monday, Redhook Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $30 (206-522-7711 or superjocknjill.com).
Foster, adoptive families
SAT Local artists donate their works for a silent auction with proceeds to benefit Open Arms Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to the recruitment of foster and adoptive families; 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Artemis Gallery, 3107 S. Day St., Seattle, free (877-534-1723).
University Heights Community Market
SUN Outdoor market of arts, crafts, antiques and flea market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 15, University Heights Center playfield, 5031 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-527-4278).
Junction Arts and Crafts Market
SUN Outdoor marketplace of crafts by local artists, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 21, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (206-935-0904 or www.wsjunction.com).
Seattle Public Library closures
THU-MON All Seattle public libraries closed today through Monday due to city budget cuts; regular library hours resume Tuesday (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
THU-MON Horse racing, 6 p.m. today and Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday; pony rides and entertainment for children, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn; $4 admission, ages 17 and younger free (253-288-7000, www.emeralddowns.com).
FRI-MON Class AAA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in the last homestand of the regular season, vs. Portland, 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:35 p.m. Sunday and Monday; Fan Appreciation Night giveaways and fireworks Friday; Metro Parks Hat Night with hats for the first 2,000 fans and 50 cent hot dogs, soda and popsicles Saturday; Juan Marichal bobblehead dolls by raffle drawing for 500 fans Sunday, Cheney Stadium, at the intersection of Tyler and 19th streets, Tacoma, $3-$12 (253-752-7707 or www.tacomarainiers.com).
Roy Pioneer Rodeo
SAT, SUN, MON Saddle bronc, bull and bareback riding, roping, barrel racing and clowns, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 86th Avenue South, Roy, Pierce County; $3-$8 (253-843-1113 or www.royrodeo.com).
Methow Valley Rodeo
SAT, SUN Riding, roping and barrel racing, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Moccasin Lake Ranch rodeo arena, Twin Lakes Road, between Winthrop and Twisp; $3-$7 (509-996-3869).
MON Class A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners vs. Eugene, 7:05 p.m. Monday; Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway, Everett; $5-$10 (425-258-3673 or www.aquasox.com).
PLAN AHEAD Upcoming season includes San Jose State, Sept. 7; Wyoming, Sept. 21; Idaho, Sept. 28; California, Oct. 5; Arizona, Oct. 12; UCLA, Nov. 2; Oregon State, Nov. 8; Husky Stadium, Seattle; $10-$36 (206-543-2200 or gohuskies.fansonly.com).
Peter Kirk Pool
THU-MON Last open weekend of the year for outdoor pool; activities include open swims, 1-2:45, 3-4:45 and 6:55-8:40 p.m. today through Monday, call for a schedule of other events or for pool hours, 340 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland (425-828-1218 or www.ci.kirkland.wa.us).
Cottage Lake Pool
THU-MON This is the outdoor pool's last weekend of the year with sessions for open swimming, lap swimming, lessons and pool rental, 18831 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville (206-296-2999 or www.metrokc.gov/parks/).
Swimming beaches, Seattle
THU-MON Lifeguards on duty, weather permitting, through Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at: Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.; Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E.; Mount Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S.; and Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle (206-684-4075).
Wading pools, Seattle
THU-MON Pools are half-filled on warm days, filled on days expected to be hot and sunny, not filled on cool or rainy days; call the wading-pool hotline to confirm the schedule:
• Open today and Friday, weather permitting, then closed for the season:
Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way S.W.
• Open today, Friday, Saturday, weather permitting, then closed for season:
Dahl, 7700 25th Ave. N.E.; Gilman, 923 N.W. 54th St.; Georgetown, 750 S. Homer St.; and South Park, 8319 Eighth Ave. S.
• Open through Monday, weather permitting (206-684-7796):
Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N.; Green Lake, North 73rd Street and West Green Lake Way; East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St.; Lower Judkins (water spray), 2150 S. Norman St.; Miller, 330 19th Ave. East; Powell Barnett, 352 M.L. King Jr. Way; Pratt (water spray), 1800 South Main St.; Volunteer Park, 1400 East Galer St.; Hiawatha, 2700 California Ave. S.W.; Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Way S.W.; and Van Asselt, 2829 South Myrtle St.,
THU-MON Changing areas, restrooms and picnic grounds available; lifeguards on duty, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today through Monday, Groveland Beach, 5800 W. Mercer Way, Mercer Island (206-236-3545).
Swimming beaches, Bellevue
THU-MON All beaches equipped with restrooms and docks; lifeguards on duty, noon-7 p.m. today through Monday, Enatai Beach, 3519 108th Ave. S.E.; Newcastle Park, 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; Clyde Beach, 92nd Avenue Northeast; Chism Park, 1175 96th Ave. S.E.; 2-5 p.m. today through Monday, Chesterfield Beach, 2501 100th Ave. S.E., Bellevue (425-452-6881).
Swimming beaches, King County
THU-MON All beaches are equipped with changing areas, restrooms and picnic grounds; lifeguards on duty, noon-7 p.m. today through Monday, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; Pine Lake Park, 2616 226th Ave. S.E., Sammamish; Five Mile Lake Park, 36429 44th Ave. S., Federal Way; Lake Wilderness Park, 23601 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley (206-296-4232).
Architectural Foundation tours
SAT Weekly walking tours on topics that rotate through summer:
• Historic local theaters, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 28.
• Art Deco Seattle view of buildings of the 1920s, including interiors, 10 a.m. Sept. 7.
• Skyscrapers, including a view from the 73rd floor of the Bank of America Tower, 10 a.m. Sept. 14.
• Art plus architecture, 10 a.m. Sept. 21.
All from Seattle Architectural Foundation Gallery, Rainier Square, Level 3, 1333 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $10/advance, $12/day of tour, tickets available at 9:30 a.m. (206-667-9186 or www.seattlearchitectural.org).
Coupeville Arts and Antique Walk
SAT Self-guided tour of local shops and free admission to the Island County Historical Museum, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Coupeville, Whidbey Island (360-678-3310).
Lake Whatcom Railway
SAT Ride in antique trains, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Wickersham, 10 miles north of Sedro-Woolley on Highway 9; $5-$10 (360-595-2218).
Cedar River Watershed
SAT, SUN Seattle Public Utilities naturalists lead this three-hour tour by bus and foot through the protected watershed, 9:45 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 15, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; $5-$7, appropriate for children 6 years and older, reservations required (206-233-1515).
Lummi Island Studio Tour
SAT, SUN A self-guided tour of Lummi Island artists' studios with maps available from all participating studios and businesses. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, various locations throughout Lummi Island, free (360-758-7121 or www.lummi-island.com).
Pierce County Street of Dreams
THU-MON Tour seven custom-built homes showcasing the latest design trends, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today through Monday; on Saturday, experts in interior design, landscaping and other specialties will be available to answer questions and provide information; Northwest Landing, DuPont; $10 (253-272-2112).
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
THU-MON Ninety-minute train rides from Elbe to picnic area at Mineral Lake with views of Mount Rainier; 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Highway 7, Elbe; $8.50-$12.50 (800-STEAM11 or www.mrsr.com).
Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
SAT, SUN, MON Round-trip excursions to the top of Snoqualmie Falls on vintage train, 11 a.m., 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie, and 11:25 a.m., 12:40, 1:55 and 3:30 p.m. from North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan St., North Bend; $5-$8 (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org).
SUN Tour the four remaining buildings of the 1849 fort with exhibits illustrating the lives of soldiers and other residents of that era, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood; free (253-756-3928).
DAILY Video on submarine history and self-guided tour of a Russian submarine, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Pier 48, Seattle; $7-$10 (206-223-1767).
Capitol Hill walking tour
PLAN AHEAD Architecture walking tour including offices, urban lofts, artist's studios, penthouse apartments, art galleries and retail shops plus salmon dinner, music and dance party, 2-p.m.-midnight Sept. 7, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle; $20 (206-720-1980 or www.cocaseattle.org).
THU-SUN Choose from sunflowers, dahlias, gladiolas, asters, statice, celosia, cosmos, zinnias and more, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today through Sunday, South 47 Farm, Northeast 124th Street and Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425-869-9777 or www.south47farm.com).
Fresh Flower Farm
THU-SUN Fresh-cut, dried and U-pick flowers of many varieties on an eight-acre farm; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 28229 West Valley Highway, Kent (425-255-2409).
Lake Francis Herb Farm
FRI-MON Herbs including U-cut and potted plants, display garden, bird seed and gardening workshops, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Lake Francis Herb Farm, 22908 S.E. 192nd St., Maple Valley (206-817-3773 or www.lakefrancisfarm.com).
SAT Training to become an environmental steward to help preserve park habitat, 9-11 a.m. Saturday; help remove invasive plants, tools provided, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, Seattle, preregister (206-386-4236).
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
SAT, SUN Help with work parties every weekend to build a trail on Bandera Mountain, Saturdays and Sundays through summer and fall, North Bend (206-517-4469 or www.trail-stewards.org).
Seattle Public Library homework helpers
PLAN AHEAD Training provided for volunteers to work afternoons and evenings to help students with homework, Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, High Point Branch, 6338 32nd Ave. S.W., and Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-386-4664).
King County Library homework helpers
PLAN AHEAD Training available for adults and students at least 16 years old and a junior or senior in high school to help with Study Zone program to assist children with homework at least two hours a week; contact your local King County Library (425-369-3312 or www.kcls.org).
Green River Trail Walks
SAT, SUN Volkssport 5K (3.1-mile), 10K (6.2-mile) and 12K (7.4-mile) routes on sidewalks and paved trail along the Green River, start time 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Tukwila Community Center Family Picnic Shelter, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila (800-830-9255 or www.esva.org).
FRI "Thrive" workshop to pursue human possibilities, unseen worlds, inspiration and personal growth, 8-11 p.m. Fridays in August, 22313 70th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; $10-$20 (206-264-5235 or www.thriving.org).
Meditation for starters
SAT How to begin the practice of meditation, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; $5 (206-523-3726).