Editor’s note: Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. To be certain of your plans, always call before you go.

Animal events

Winter Fishtival

FRI-SUN Activities, talks and opportunities to learn about the care and feeding of the aquarium’s fish, birds, tide-pool animals and marine mammals with daily themes; Salish Sea cetaceans Friday; elasmobranchs Saturday; salmon Sunday, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $19.95-$29.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org).

Skagit Eagle Festival

SAT-SUN Information about migrating bald eagles and local, natural and cultural history, presentations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays in January, guided nature walks, 11 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; information station, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Concrete Chamber Office, Concrete (360-853-8784); special activities include Native American History, Storytelling and More, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 12, Marblemount Community Hall, 60055 State Route 20, Marblemount (360-853-7626 or concrete-wa.com/skagit-eagle-festival/ or skagiteagle.org/).


Skandia First Friday Dance

FRI Pre-dance party teaching of Scandinavian dancing, the schottis, 7:30 p.m.; dance to music by the traditional All Comers Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10-$15 (425-954-5262 or skandia-folkdance.org).

Seattle Hustle Dance Club

FRI Introductory hustle lesson, no partner or experience needed, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate lesson, 8:15 p.m.; dance hustle, swing, cha-cha, nightclub two-step and more, 9 p.m. Friday, Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; $10-$15 (seattlehustleclub.com).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT International folk dancing; Scottish set dance lesson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $8 (sno-king.org).


Puyallup Home & Garden Show

FRI-SUN Hundreds of vendors and product demonstrations for all stages of home remodeling, landscaping and decorating; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $7-$8, ages 16 and younger free; free for first 100 people each day (puyalluphomeshow.net).

Seattle Wedding Show

PLAN AHEAD Hundreds of vendors including event facilities, bakeries, bridal boutiques, caterers, jewelers, photographers and wedding consultants; wedding gowns, tuxedos, suits, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride dresses fashion shows; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 13, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle; $18/advance, $20/day of show (weddingshow.com/).

Food events

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Swedish pancakes with lingonberries or strawberries, ham, beverages, music and folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$11, ages 4 and younger free (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).

International Dumpling Crawl

PLAN AHEAD The Wing hosts a 1-mile Chinatown International District walk to explore many kinds of dumplings and the stories behind them, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $29.95-$48.95, preregister (wingluke.org).

Holiday events

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

FRI-SAT Light displays throughout the zoo, animal encounters, indoor exhibits including Adaptations Building, home to meerkats and nocturnal animals such as sloths and fruit bats; historic carousel, indoor Snowmazium; food and beverages available, 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $9.95-$14.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/wildlights).

Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center

FRI-SUN Synthetic skating rink, entertainment, carousel, mall hours through Sunday, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; free (425-869-2640 or redmondtowncenter.com/event/winter-wonderland-kick-off/).

Zoolights, Point Defiance

FRI-SUN Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with 3-D animal light displays, 5-9 p.m. through Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $6-$12 (pdza.org/event/zoolights/).

Snow Day Winter Lighting Display

THRU JAN. 20 Thousands of lights designed around a wintry snow day theme, 4-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 20, Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (sluchamber.org/snow-day-slu).



PLAN AHEAD Tabletop-games convention with hundreds of tables of gaming, panel discussions, vendors, artists, seminars, workshops, Jan. 11-13, Bellevue Hilton, Bellevue; three days $80, $50/ages 6-17; or single day $40, $25/ages 6-17 (orcacon.org/).

Museum events

Holidays of Play at PacSci

FRI-SUN Special programs for all ages, winter science shows, build a snowflake, Winter Sky Planetarium shows, snow activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $13.95-$23.95 (206-443-2001 or pacificsciencecenter.org).

Husky Helmet Car, MOHAI

THRU SUN Special appearance of the University of Washington Husky Helmet Car that drove around the field every time the Huskies scored in home games from 1977-2013, preserved by MOHAI and on display through Sunday to cheer on the Huskies’ Rose Bowl appearance on New Year’s Day; upcoming events include “Up Close: The War to End All Wars,” one-day pop-up exhibit of programs and artifacts from the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Buffalo Soldiers Museum and the Suquamish Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 12; museum exhibits include “Live Wires: The Cable TV Revolution,” “WW1 America,” “True Northwest: The Seattle Journey,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $15.95-$19.95, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

ONGOING Paintings, decorative arts, elaborate tents, canopies, textiles and jewelry showcasing five centuries of art from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in Rajasthan, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 21; Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $14.95-$24.95, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).

“Bullitt” Mustang, America’s Car Museum

ONGOING The 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback driven by Steve McQueen during the famous chase scene in the 1968 movie “Bullitt,” on display through April 25, 2019; other exhibits include “Heroes of Bavaria: 75 Years of BMW Motorsports,” “Route 66: Sixties on 66,” “British Invasion,” “Master Collectors,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; LeMay: America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma; $10-$18 (253-779-8490 or americascarmuseum.org).

Park events

Morning Treats & Tweets

SAT Coffee, doughnuts, bird walk, for adults and ages 8 and older, binoculars provided, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $7, preregister (sewardpark.audubon.org/events/morning-treats-tweets-10).

Sno-Park permits

ONGOING Permits available, required to park in specially cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas around the state for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing and other winter sports and snow play, sold online and at venues around the state (parks.state.wa.us).

Bird Focus: Winter Waterfowl

PLAN AHEAD Discover local birds, binoculars provides, for adults and kids ages 10 and older, 10 a.m. Jan. 12, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $5 preregister (sewardpark.audubon.org/events/programs).

Forest Bathing, North Creek Forest

PLAN AHEAD Contemplative ½-mile walk offering research-based healing and wellness, for ages 15 and older, 10 a.m. Jan. 12, North Creek Forest, 10654 N.E. 204th Pl., Bothell; free, preregister (friendsnorthcreekforest.org).


Nutcracker on Ice

SAT Kent Valley Figure Skating Club performance by amateur skaters of all ages, 7 p.m. Saturday, Kent Valley Ice Centre, 6016 S. 240th St., Kent; $4-$8 (kentvalleyfsc.org/).

Seattle Jazz Vespers

SUN Brent Jensen Quartet tribute to Paul Desmond, informal concert for all ages, 6 p.m. Sunday, doors open 5:30 p.m., Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, donations for musicians collected (seattlefirstbaptist.org/seattle-jazz-vespers.html).


Winterfest Ice Rink

FRI-SUN Indoor ice-skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $8, $6/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

THRU JAN. 13 Outdoor skating rink with all-weather shelter, skating events and lessons, food and beverages available; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily through Sunday, 3-9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 1-9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Jan. 10, 3-11 p.m. Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 12-13; 100 100th Ave N.E., Bellevue; $15, $10/ages 8 and younger including skate rental; $11, $6/ages 8 and younger with your own skates (bellevueicerink.com).

Frozen Fountain at Point Ruston, Tacoma

THRU FEB. 2 Outdoor ice-skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday; 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays through Feb. 2; Point Ruston Grand Plaza, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma; $12.50-$14, including skate rental (pointruston.com/).

Special interest

Free Christmas tree composting, Seattle

THRU JAN. 31 Seattle residents can place Christmas trees and greens next to their food and yard waste cart, cut into length of 4 feet or less with all decorations removed; or up to three trees per vehicle accepted free at north or south transfer stations, through Jan. 31 (seattle.gov/util).

Tuskegee Airmen History Presentation to Seattle-Tacoma Friendship Force

PLAN AHEAD Seattle-Tacoma Friendship Force hosts Karen Robinson, president of the Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Robinson’s father, Lt. Col. Leroy Roberts Jr., flew 42 missions in World War II and 106 missions in Korea and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Slide presentation of the Airmen’s history and personal stories and anecdotes from Robinson’s father and other airmen, lunch 2 p.m., lecture 3 p.m. Jan. 13, Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road, Federal Way; $25, preregister (703-244-0033 or stffi-january-lunch.eventbrite.com).

Travel events

Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Classes

SAT Germany, 10 a.m. Saturday; Greece, 6 p.m. Jan. 10; Rick Steves Travel Center, 130 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (ricksteves.com/travel-tips/travel-classes).

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