Eagles, shopping, live music, more weekend fun

Eagle eye: Go look at eagles that love to hang out along the Skagit River this time of year. This story tells you what you need to know.

Get your shopping done: We asked for local places to go Christmas shopping, and you gave us a great list. Click here to see it.

Rent a tree: Rent? Yup. On Saturday you can take home a live tree for the holidays. You return it after Christmas and it will be planted along stream to help improve habitat for salmon. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Everett. Details are in our story here.

Thrills and chills: The Fire on Ice World Championship Ice Racing Series is Saturday night at Comcast Arena in Everett. You’ll see extreme quad and motorcycle racing on ice. One of the fastest females in the sport, Mandy “Wild Child” Brodil Cervantes, will ride her heart out to defend her five world championship titles. Read all the details in our story here.

Unique gifts The Artspace Everett Lofts offers its annual Holiday Xtravaganza from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 2917 Hoyt Ave., next to Schack Art Center. Art and unique gifts from $2 to $200 will be for sale. You can also meet the artists living at the lofts and tour their live/work studios. Artspace’s community room, lobby and hallways will be open to the public. Music, demonstrations, and snacks will be available throughout the building.

Live music The Seattle Men’s Chorus Holiday Performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Everett’s Civic Auditorium, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Tickets are $22 to $42 at www.seattlemenschorus.org or 206-388-1400.

“A Christmas Carol”: A condensed family version of the Christmas classic will be presented by Reunion Theatre Group at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Everett Mall Playhouse, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Pay what you can or $5 minimum per family. Call 425-737-7290 or click here.

See “The Grinch”: Uppercase Book Shop offers a holiday movie night and pajama party on Saturday at 7 p.m. The movie is the 2000 version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The event is free with a nonperishable item for the Snohomish Food Bank. The shop is at 1118 First St.

Visit Middle-earth: The first part of “The Hobbit” is now in theaters. Click here to see what our reviewer thought and to see where it’s playing. (Short answer: Everywhere. Look for the people in cloaks.)

See lights: Marysville’s Cedarcrest Golf Course has been transformed into an after-dark winter wonderland. Families can ride a train and explore the winding paths amid 30 light displays. Free activities include a community bonfire, music and carolers; tours are 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Suggested donation of $3 per child, $5 adults or $20 for a family. Click here for more information.

Make a gingerbread house: Arlington Library is offering Build It, Eat It: Mini-Gingerbread Houses at 1 p.m. Saturday at 135 N. Washington Ave. Families with children are especially encouraged to attend. More info: 360-435-3033.

Furry friends: A Christmas Pet Palooza is from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Snohomish at Second St Cabin, 1010 Second St., Snohomish. An alpacas and friends petting zoo will be set up during that time. A pet parade is also planned. People can get pet pictures with Santa. Bring a donation of cash or dog or cat food for the Snohomish Food Bank.

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