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Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Country tunes, cocktails and other weekend ideas

  • A celebration of local spirits begins at 6 p.m. Friday night.

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    A celebration of local spirits begins at 6 p.m. Friday night.

We're hearing it could crack the 70-degree mark out there this weekend, so it's a perfect time to get out there. Some ideas for your weekend:
Admire carvers' skills: The Quilceda Carvers 27th annual Artistry in Wood is Saturday and Sunday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. A $5 donation is requested. The event includes a juried art show, vendors, and demonstrations including chain-saw carving and cowboy caricatures, and a raffle. All visitors receive a carving goodie bag. Read more in our story here.
Have a drink: The city of Snohomish is raising a glass -- cue the clinking ice cubes -- to celebrate locally made gin, vodka and whiskey with Snohomish on the Rocks: A Celebration of Washington State Spirits. The event begins tonight at 6 p.m. Read about it in our story here.
Visit the chickens: Fowl fans are invited to flock to Whidbey Island on Saturday for the third annual coop tour. Eight poultry keepers from Langley to Oak Harbor will open their farms and back yards to show off their chickens and coops. Several sites also feature other barnyard animals, including sheep, geese, ducks, cattle and a miniature fainting goat named Clyde. Find the details in our story here.
See the tulips: About 60 percent to 70 percent of the tulips are expected to be blooming this weekend. Now's a great time to head up and see them. Read more about it here.
Hear some country: Dierks Bentley plays in Everett on Saturday and he plans to unpack heaps of energy, lots of feeling and plenty of music. "I want it to be the best concert they go to this year," he said. Read all about it in our story here.
Hear some bluegrass:The 18th annual Maltby Bluegrass Concert, Auction and Jam, featuring three bands who are among the top in the Northwest, is Saturday. The three bands are Roundhouse, The Howdy Boys and Runaway Train. Get the details in our story here.
Swim for free: How about going swimming today? Saturday is the city of Everett's annual April Pools Day at Forest Park Swim Center. Head there between 12:30 and 2 p.m. to take a swim and learn about water safety. All ages are invited to join in water-related games, learn the proper fit for life jackets, ride in a kayak and take away safety tips. It's free.
Visit a national park: As part of National Parks Week, admission to all national parks is free. Free admission begins Saturday and lasts all week. Head over to the National Park Service website to start planning your trip.

Search: The annual Emerald City Search, a kind of scavenger hunt around Seattle, kicks off the 10-day game Saturday. This year, organizers are offering a pared down, hourlong version of the hunt: Emerald City Search, Scramble Edition on the Seattle Center campus. The one-day program is part of the Next Fifty campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair. The Scramble starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Find the details in our story here.
Eat: Take a look at our recent dining reviews to find something delicious.

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