Weekend fun: Famous authors, pirates, beer, more

For readers: Timothy Egan and Nancy Pearl will appear at a free event at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Egan will read from his latest book, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis,” and then will be interviewed by legendary librarian Nancy Pearl, the author of “Book Lust” and its sequels and a regular NPR commentator on books. Books and wine will be available for purchase. Find details here.

A very pirate weekend: The April Fools Shipwreck Weekend runs Friday through Sunday in Everett and includes bowling, karaoke, wine tasting and more. A Very Pirate Wine Tasting is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Port Gardner Bay Winery, 2802 Rockefeller Ave. Cost is $20. A Shipwreck Ball is at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Anchor Pub, 1001 Hewitt Ave. See a full schedule and more details on the event’s Facebook page.

For gardeners: Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville has an event to benefit the Marysville Food Bank from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Ed Hume headlines and other speakers will be on hand, covering such topics as grafting, soil, vertical gardening and more. There also will be entertainment and food. Guests are requested to make a cash donation to the food bank and to consider growing fresh produce to donate this year. Free blueberry plants will be available while supplies last. Find the details here.

For parents: The Just Between Friends kids consignment sale runs through Sunday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. There will be clothing, playground equipment, movies, toy, games, books, strollers, furniture and more. The sale is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. There is a $2 entrance free on Friday only. On Sunday, many items will be half-price. Find more info at www.everett.jbfsale.com.

Learn about bugs: Learn about nature’s pollinators, including plants that attract them, with master gardener Julie O’Donald at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road. More info: 425-483-0888.

For beer lovers: Foggy Noggin Brewing is releasing a very limited seasonal beer Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at its tasting room, 22329 53rd Ave SE, Bothell. The brewery only brews this beer one day a year, on MLK Day in January. The brewery will first serve a regular version and then a smoked version. The beer is a German Alt. Find more info at www.foggynogginbrewing.com.

Go swimming: Two events are planned this weekend:

  • Mountlake Terrace’s water-safety event, April Pools Day, is from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Recreation Pavilion pool, 5303 228th St. SW. Activities include swimming, a drawing for a life jacket, and safety tips. The free event will also feature an appearance by Margaret Hoelzer, Olympian and three-time medalist, from 10 to 11 a.m. More info: 425-776-9173.
  • A fun, interactive water safety day for the whole family is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lynnwood Recreation Center. Free recreation swim included. Children 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water. The center is at 18900 44th Ave. W.

For spinners: The Whidbey Weavers Guild Spin-In is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in Oak Harbor. You can learn new spinning skills, shop the market for yarn, fiber and more, and buy or sell used spinning tools. Find all the details here.

On the stage: Humor is hard. Tim Behrens makes it look easy. Behrens, an actor and miming master, channels the stories of humorist Patrick McManus, taking on the solo task of portraying more than a dozen zany characters — or a bear or a bicycle, whatever it takes — as he leads the audience on a side-splitting sojourn of favorite McManus tales. “Scrambled McManus: A One-Man Stage Show” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at Historic Everett Theatre in Everett. Find all the details in our story here.

Also on the stage: “The Full Monty” opens at 7:30 Friday night at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. This show is for adult audiences. Because, yes, there is foul language. And, yes, there is nudity. That might, in fact, be the point. Read about it here.

Live music Everett Chorale’s concert, “Let There Be Peace,” begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Everett Performing Arts Center. The performance explores the theme of peace through music. Read all about it in our story here.

Dancing dogs: The World Canine Freestyle Competition is 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday at Country Classic Kennels, 9332 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. You’ll see dogs and their people showing off their freestyle dance moves. The event is part of the Tulip Festival. Read more about it here.

Speaking of tulips: The tulips in Skagit County are just starting to bloom. Find out what’s going on in our story here.

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