Craft spirits, GroundFrog Day, model trains, and more

This weekend is jam-packed with fun stuff to do. In no particular order, here are some of our favorites for the weekend.

Have a drink: You can try out the craft spirits from more than 20 distilleries on Friday and Saturday in Snohomish. The Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival offers samples of the different liquors. Additionally, each distillery will offer a signature drink using one of their spirits. Find out all the details here.

Watch the game: We hear there is some sort of football event on Sunday. Starring Beyonce. And large men wearing helmets. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. local time on NBC. But you’ll want to start watching earlier, of course, to have maximum eating time. Speaking of, click here if you want some ideas for game-day food.

Choo choo! The United Northwest Model Railroad Club’s annual show and swap meet is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. The event includes clinics, lots of model train demonstrations and interactive stations. Admission is $8 general and $6 for seniors and youth. For more information, go to www.unwclub.org.

GroundFrog Day: Forget Punxsutawney Phil. We have Snohomish Slew, the weather-predicting frog. GroundFrog Day is Saturday in Snohomish. In addition to the frog’s weather prediction, there will be lots of family-friendly events. Find all the details here.

See the rollergirls: The Jet City Rollergirls season opens on Saturday at Everett Community College. The Hula Honeys take on the Pink Pistols. Then CarnEvil and Camaro Harem will compete. Doors open at 5:30, the bout begins at 6. You can get tickets and more information here.

For the animals: The Everett Animal Shelter’s benefit concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at the Everett Performing Arts Center. To order tickets, which are $20, call 425-257-6040 or visit the shelter at 333 Smith Island Road. The event features live music by local band Nigel Mustafa, a pooch parade featuring 25 adoption dogs from the shelter, and a meet-and-greet with the dogs. Master of ceremonies is Lee Dart, morning host at Classic Country 1520 KXA.

Easter egg art: You can learn pysanky, the ancient Ukrainian tradition of Easter egg decoration, on Saturday in Edmonds. The technique uses dyes and beeswax. You will create at least two eggs. Youth and adults welcome. The classes are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Cost is $26 for Edmonds city residents, $30 for non-residents, plus a $10 supply fee. To register, call 425-771-0230 or go to www.reczone.org.

See the eagles: The Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival is Friday and Saturday in Arlington. That event includes rafting, a chainsaw-carving show, nature tours, exhibits, a wine tasting, arts and crafts and entertainment. Check out the details in our story here.

Baby animals: Suzi Eszterhas, an award-winning photographer, is introducing a series of books aimed at a younger crowd. The books offer close-up looks at baby animals in the wild. Eszterhas will talk about her books and share kid-friendly stories at 11 a.m. Saturday at Town Hall in Seattle. Read the details here.

Grow your food: Edmonds Floretum Garden Club offers a workshop on edible gardening from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The presentation will include two related topics. The first is Edible Fall and Winter Backyard Gardening by Erica Strauss, a professional chef from Edmonds and author of the popular Northwest Edible Life blog. The second topic is Transitioning to Edible Landscaping by Danene Warnock, a member of Floretum who loves cooking fresh food and is a skilled edibles gardener. The presentation is in the meeting room of Coldwell Banker Bain at 108 Fifth Ave. S. in Edmonds. A donation of $2 is suggested. More info: Janice Noe at 425-774-4991 or janicenoe@comcast.net.

Go for a walk: Friends of Camano Island Parks offers a guided walk of three miles through Cama Beach State Park starting at 9:50 a.m. Saturday. Meet at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction off Elger Bay Road. Parking is on the Ivy Road cul-de-sac. Trail booklets and maps will be available for $1. More info: 360-387-0889 or www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org.

Buy a book: Used paperback books will be available for sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.

Hear author speak: Seattle author Garth Stein will talk about his book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood.

Dine in style: Take a look at our recent dining reviews to find something delicious.

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