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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Tulip festival and other ideas for weekend fun

  • The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival starts Sunday. While flowers like these aren't out yet, the daffodils are already blooming.

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    The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival starts Sunday. While flowers like these aren't out yet, the daffodils are already blooming.

See the flowers: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival officially begins on Sunday. Although most of the tulips aren't blooming yet, some daffodils are in bloom and there are other activities. Take a look at our story here for a list of what's going on, as well as suggestions on fun places to take the kids.
Learn new skills: A Community Skills Fair offers a chance to learn how to live sustainably and build self-reliance on a tight budget. Workshops offer information on a variety of topics such as bike maintenance, canning, keeping chickens, clothing repair and more. The event is free and is from noon to 5 p.m. in Everett. Kids activities will also be included. For more information, click here.
Geek out with the best: Comicon is Friday to Sunday in Seattle. George Takei, also known as Sulu from "Star Trek," will be there. Other big names include James and Oliver Phelps, the twins from the "Harry Potter" movies. Comicon is an annual comic book and pop culture convention. Read more about it in our story here.
Shoot: The Granite Falls Sportsmen's Club spring turkey shoot is on Sunday. Novice to experienced shooters can try using shotguns to hit clay turkey targets during the event, set to begin at 10 a.m. at 20319 Gun Club Road. Sharp shooters can win a frozen turkey or ham. Bingo games, door prizes and a raffle are also planned as part of the event. Read the rest of the details in our story here.
Tour green homes: The Whidbey Watershed Stewards tour of five homes and two businesses is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Homeowners will welcome guests and contractors and architects proficient in green building will be available to talk with people interested in environmentally sustainable building projects. Some of the homes have solar heating panels, geothermal heaters and green-roof designs. Find more information in our story here.
Shop for plants: A new nursery business is growing at the old Emery's Garden location in Lynnwood. Four of Emery's former employees are opening the Plant Shack on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The Shack will also be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) They will offer annuals, perennials and organic vegetable starts grown in the Northwest. They will also offer organic soils and fertilizers. The Plant Shack is at 2829 164th St. SW, Lynnwood. Call 425-879-3361 or go to www.plantshacknursery.com for more information.
Learn: The Paws on Science Husky Weekend is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Discover how toy car trajectories relate to Einstein's theories of time travel. Or take a stab at measuring earthquakes using a seismometer and jump to make the earth shake. The event has plenty of hands-on activities for adults and kids.
Eat, drink, dance and listen: The Everett Philharmonics Spring Fling, an evening of timeless tunes from Gershwin, dancing and a gourmet dinner, is at the Everett Events Center ballroom from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. For more info, read our story here.
Shop for kids stuff: A sale of children's items is Saturday and Sunday at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW. The event offers more than 200 local consignors, vendors and sponsors, bringing tens of thousands of children's items (birth to age 12) and maternity items under one roof. The sale focuses on families as well as local, mom-owned businesses. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to www.thejackandjillsale.com.

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