Saturday, February 28, 2015

10th Annual National Pancake Day at IHOP Restaurants Nationally - Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - All day! "Less than a Latte" each with donation!

Yay...National Pancake Day is just around the corner!

It's the 10th Year and IHOP hopes to raise 3.5 Million for charity this time around!

The short stack of buttermilk pancakes  (pictured at right) are free but your donation will help support many during this charitable event.

" Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised nearly 16 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. 
On March 3, 2015, guests from around the country will celebrate a "Decade of Giving" with its tenth National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals© or other designated local charities. "

For more info. go here.

Free Parent and Child Gardening Classes - 3 week series - Fridays at 10am - at the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station in Bellevue - March 13th through 27th 2015 - Free but registration for each class required! Choose one or all!

What a fun activity to do with the kids and just in time for spring planting!

" Explore the world of gardening through hands-on experiences with soil, plants, and water. Discover the wonders of seeds, growing plants and plant care.   As we investigate the world of plants, parents and their children can also grow together. "

Schedule: (Attend one or all!)

March 13th: Plan and Prepare Your Garden. Course #90780

March 20th: Maintain Your Garden: Watering, Weeding, and Trellising.  Course #90954

March 27th: Attracting Pollinators and Determining Helpful Bugs. Course #90955

All Ages Welcome.  Cost is Free, Registration Required.  

For more info. call 425-452-6993 or go here and put each course # listed above in the activity code search box. 

Happy planting!

2015 East KingCo Rock & Gem Show with kids activities, demos, door prizes and more at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah - Saturday and Sunday, February 28th and March 1st 2015 from 10am-6pm (until 5pm on Sunday!)


Check out the show this weekend to discover all kinds of beautiful and unique rocks, gems and more plus fun activities for the kids!


Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Dealers
Lapidary Demonstrations
Silent Auction
Door Prizes
Hands-on Activities

For more info. go here.  


On the Razzle
by Tom Stoppard
directed by Shana Bestock

“One false move and we’ll have a farce on our hands.”

From the master who brought us Arcadia comes a farce of epic proportions. In an explosion of verbal dazzle, wit, innuendo, malaprops, grand entrances, hasty exits, mistaken identities, and general hilarity, Stoppard adapts with a very free hand an 1842 Austrian farce (which inspired Thornton Wilder’sMatchmaker, which in turn was the basis for the musical Hello, Dolly!). “On the razzle” is a quaint Britishism that roughly translates as “to par-tay” and this play certainly is a night on the town! Two callow shop clerks escape their lives of provincial drudgery for one day in glitzy, sinful old Vienna, where they hope, as one of them puts it, “to acquire a past before it’s too late.” Don’t miss this deft and daffy romp!

Ensemble features actors grades 8 – 12.

Friday, February 27 @ 7pm
Saturday, February 28 @ 7pm
Sunday, March 1 @ 2pm
Friday, March 6 @ 7pm
Saturday, March 7 @ 7pm

Runs approximately 90 minutes.

All performances are FREE!
Donations are encouraged to support Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program.

For more info. go here.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Seattle Bike Show (Plus the Travel Trips and Adventures Expo!) with demos, performances, a classic bike show, speakers, special appearances, a 250 foot indoor zipline and more at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle - Saturday and Sunday, February 28th and March 1st 2015 from 10am-5pm (until 4pm on Sunday!) - "Less than a Latte" each with adults $10 each and kids 17 and under FREE!

Take the kids (for free!) and check out all things bike related at the Seattle Bike Show! 

" Standout features at the Seattle Bike Show include:

  • Pump Jam, powered by Sweetlines, brings the mountain biking experience indoors for all ages and abilities; this pump track is hosted by world-class mountain bike rider and nationally certified coach, Kat Sweet, founder of Sweetlines.  Helmets are provided for fun and safety.

  • The Performance Area featuring mountain bike professional and stunt rider, Ryan Leach, professional cyclist and author 'Bobke' Roll,the SnoValley Unicycle Club and others.
  • “Two-wheeled eye candy” at the Classic Bike Show, a rare display of some of the most spectacular and historic bikes in the country.Lovingly preserved in original condition, or miraculously restored, it’s a must-see display for biking enthusiasts and neophytes alike. 

Guest speakers and presenters include Stephanie Sims, “Exploring the International Selkirk Loop”; former STP Director Will Chin, STP Orientation – Preparing for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic”; Obliteride Exective Director Amy Lavin and guests, “The Power of Two Wheels”; Erik Moen, PT, a national authority on bicycle biomechanics and injury intervention and prevention, and others. "

For more info. go here.

Candy Experiments 2 by Loralee Leavitt - An interactive science demo and book signing at University Bookstore in Bellevue - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28th 2015 at 11am

Check out this cool and fun free event!

" Following the success of Candy Experiments, kitchen scientist and Seattle-area mom Loralee Leavitt is back with more fun ways to destroy candy and learn basic science in the process. In Candy Experiments 2, Leavitt gives kids and parents 70 new candy experiments—like growing giant gummy worms and turning M&Ms into dazzling comets—to try themselves. Sound like fun? Join us for the chance to try out some of the most fun projects from the new book at this interactive science demonstration with Loralee Leavitt. "

For more info. go here.

Community Day Festival: Indigenous Beauty with arts and crafts, workshops, music, dance performances and more at Seattle Art Museum - First 500 get in FREE - Saturday, February 28th 2015 at 10am until 3pm - First come, first served


FEB 28 2015
10 AM – 3 PM
Join us for a marvelous free celebration of Native American art, culture, music, and dance!
Listen to live music, make art, go on tours, watch performances, and take workshops inspired by the exhibitions. Grammy Award winner, acclaimed artist, dancer, and storyteller Ty Defoe will lead story time in the galleries and a hoop dance performance and workshop for all ages.
Bring your family, friends, students, kids, parents, and fellow artists—there’s something for everyone.
First 500 attendees of Community Day get in free to the galleries. Tickets will be available at both entrances on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 am.

Some of the day's activities: 
  • Check out a hoop dance performance by acclaimed artist, dancer, and storyteller Ty Defoe from the Oneida and Ojibwe tribes of northern Wisconsin. In addition, join Ty Defoe for a participatory storytelling experience in the galleries.

  • Design a comic with local S'Klallam Tribe artist Jeffrey Veregge who has created incredible comic book characters inspired by native symbols and his own tribal ancestry.

  • Weave your own necklace using natural materials with artistMelinda West.

  • Live performance by Daisy Chain featuring their unique blend of blues, rock, soul, and hip-hop.

  • Explore over 100 works of art by indigenous artists from across North America with a family-friendly sketching tour ofIndigenous Beauty.

  • Check out even more art-making acitivites with local artists, and stay until 3 pm for a special performance by the Git Hayetsk Dancers.

For more info. go here.

Mount Baker Community Clubhouse presents the Pied Piper Series featuring Charlie the Noise Guy in Seattle - Saturday, February 28th 2015 at 10:30am - "Less than a Latte" each with a $3 suggested donation

Charlie the Noise Guy

" Kid comedy and sound shenanigans. It's noisy fun for everyone!

If it sounds like a duck and walks like a duck; it must be a duck, right? Well, maybe not! Charlie Williams is “The Noiseguy”, a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate the sound of planes, trains and automobiles! This talented performer is also a kids’ comedian, author and illustrator. In one of his typical shows you might hear flushing toilets, dinosaurs, monster trucks and beatboxin’.

When he tells you his fractured fairy tale of Jack chopping down the beanstalk, he doesn’t use an ax – that’s not noisy enough! If you close your eyes, you’ll be convinced The Noiseguy is using a real chainsaw to bring down the beanstalk. This is a show like none other – you won’t believe your ears! Parents – be prepared for a lot of giggling!

Williams encourages kids to laugh at everyday annoyances because humor is an important life skill. Parents will get in touch with their inner (noisy) child. Everyone will learn some vocal impressions of their very own! Williams believes “the family that makes noise together is a family that enjoys together”. "

For more info. go here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tet Festival 2015 with lion dances, a cooking competition, health fair, and tons more at Seattle Center - Saturday and Sunday, February 21st and 22nd 2015 from 11am-7pm both days!

" Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace. "

For more info. here.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lunar New Year Celebration with tons of activities presented by the Bellevue Collection - Saturday, February 21st 2015 from 11am-6pm

For more info. go here.

Chinatown-ID Lunar New Year Festival with lion dances, martial arts, taiko drumming and lots more in Seattle - Saturday, February 21st 2015 from 11am-4pm

" Come celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the Seattle Chinatown-International District’s Lunar New Year Celebration. Over the last few years, Lunar New Year Celebration is the largest event of its kind in the region and showcases diversity, richness and culture of the Asian community. The collaboration with other neighborhood businesses/organizations it has helped draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region for a day of festivities. The celebration include traditional dragon and lion dances, Japanese Taiko Drumming, martial arts and other cultural performances on the Verizon Main StageCombined with arts, crafts and a variety of family friendly activities there is something for everyone.
Don’t forget the return of the neighborhood’s 5th Annual $2 Food Walk presented by Delta Air Lines! "

For more info. go here.

Lunar New Year Celebration with a lion dance, a martial arts performance and lots more at Southcenter Mall in Seattle - Saturday, February 21st 2015 from 11am-4pm

Go and check out this fun event as they celebrate the Year of the Goat!

" Join us for a community celebration in honor of Lunar New Year! The celebration begins with a traditional lion dance parade at 11am, which begins in the atrium near Duke's Chowder House and Joey Southcenter. 

Emcee Wei Zuo, from Seattle Chinese Radio, will host the following cultural performances on our main stage in Macy's Court:

11 a.m. – Lion Dance Parade and Martial Arts Demonstration
11:30 a.m. – Seattle Guzheng Studio
Noon – Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club
1 p.m. – Chinese Folk Song & Dance 
2 p.m. – Taekwondo demonstration
2:30 – Chinese Yo-Yo
3 p.m. – Classic Chinese Song Solo by Glory Burford
4 p.m. – Hua Mei Tu Fashion & Arts Model Team, Traditional Chinese Costume Fashion Show

Children will enjoy commemorative live calligraphy, interactive origami arts and a children's craft in our Children's Wing from 11am - 4pm. "

For more info. go here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Go and see basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar read a selection from his new book!

" NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrates the release of the second installment of the "Streetball Crew" series of novels for young adults...

"Stealing the Game" is the fast-paced and entertaining story about teamwork, friendship, dark secrets and having blind faith for those in our lives who have earned it.

"Stealing the Game" is not a saccharine-infused young adult novel. It is a wry and rollicking thrill ride that also tackles substantive issues like building self-esteem in teenagers, celebrating one’s individuality and what it means to feel special. And it never loses sight of the fact that teenagers also talk trash on the court, debate zombies and fall in love while watching classic French movies.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. "

For more info. go here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ranger Program: Creatures of the Night at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue - Sunday, February 15th 2015 from 2-3pm

Learn all about the nocturnal animals in our area!

" At night when people go to sleep, the forest comes to life! Many nocturnal creatures make their home in the northwest and have amazing adaptations that allow them to succeed in a world with no light. Whether it's a group of bats, a silent owl, or even a sneaky raccoon, the world of darkness is a fascinating place! "

For more info. go here.

Petite Troll Parade (mini-floats) at Fremont Market in Seattle - Sunday, February 15th 2015 at 1pm

I love Fremont...always something a little unique!

" Be a part of Petit Troll 2015, a Mardi Gras parade of miniature floats inspired by the 'tit Rəx Parade in New Orleans. Come make a float during workshop open hours  (workshops closed) or just come to the parade - the more the merrier and we'll have extra floats to pull.

Visit for inspiration from the source.

2015 Petit Troll Parade
Sunday February 15th
1 pm at the Fremont Market

The parade is short and sweet, through the market and around the block... unless it's raining, and then it's just through the market once or twice. And then out for a drink. Join us! "

For more info. go here and see the February 6th posting or go here.