Weekend fun: Meet The Oatmeal, lights, dance, more

Free theater: See a free production of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Friday in Arlington. The Taproot Theatre Company will perform an abbreviated version of the beloved Christmas tale. Get more info in our story here.

Meet The Oatmeal: Or, more precisely, meet the man behind the wildly popular comics. Matthew Inman will sign copies of his newest book at Wit’s End Bookstore, 1530 Grove St., Marysville, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information call 360-386-8997.

“The Nutcracker”: See the ballet Friday, Saturday or Sunday in Edmonds. The Olympic Ballet Theatre has freshened up its performance with an exciting scene for children. Read more in our story here.

Play for free: Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett is free from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Get more info here.

Bright: The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach continues through Dec. 29. It’s open Thursdays through Sundays. Get more info in our story here.

Skate: The Mukilteo YMCA will celebrate the opening of its new indoor skate park starting at noon Saturday. There will be snacks, a skating demonstration and open skate time. Get more info here.

Solstice: Cama Beach State Park is offering a winter solstice program Saturday. Watch “Forest for the Trees,” a photo presentation celebrating forests, accompanied by poetry and violin music. If visitors are interested, a short hike will follow the presentation. Call 360-913-0253 for more information.

Gifts of art: Looking for a different gift this year? Visit the annual holiday exhibit at Schack Art Center on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Work by the members of the Northwest Pastel Society, potters and glass artists is on view. The show continues through Dec. 28. It’s free to just look, but the Schack is offering 10 percent discounts in the shop Saturday and Sunday. The Schack is at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Get more info here.

Reindeer: Santa’s reindeer have been spotted at Bothell’s Country Village Shopping Center. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, visitors can pet them, have a word or two with Santa, make craft ornaments, meet Frosty the Snowman and his buddy, Hippity Hop, and take pony and train rides. Events are free except the rides. Get more info here.

Nighttime walk: The Kruckerberg Botanic Garden offers a solstice stroll at Friday and Saturday at the garden in Shoreline. The garden will be decorated with lights and there will be warm drinks and cookies. There will also be glow sticks for kids. Get more info in our story here.

Another nighttime walk: The Snohomish Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Get more info here.

Vodka: Stop in for the release party of a black peppercorn vodka at Skip Rock Distillers in Snohomish on Saturday. You can taste any of Skip Rocks spirits and enjoy treats. Get more info here.

Talk a walk: Guided walks are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 26 at Rockport State Park off of Highway 20. The interpretive hikes travel through thick forest to the river, where you may see eagles. There’s also a visitor center nearby that offers family friendly activities. Get more info here.

County birds: The Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count is Saturday in the Edmonds area. Less experienced birders can be paired with those with more experience. If you’d like to participate, get more info here.

Winged Migration: Learn about birds around the world in the beautiful documentary “Winged Migration.” The film is being shown at the Northwest Stream Center at 7 p.m. Friday. It’s free, but you need to call 425-316-8592 to register. Get more info here.

Wine: Van Camp Cellars is having a Christmas gathering from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be wine tasting, appetizers and drawings for bottles of wine. The event is at 1311 Bonneville Ave. in Snohomish.

Piano: David Lanz will perform at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theatre in Snohomish. He will play traditional holiday music and selections from his latest recording. Get more info here.

Tune in: Singer and songwriter Nancy Stewart conducts a free family singalong from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Everett Public Library auditorium. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten the words, she’ll help you along. The library is at 2702 Hoyt Ave. Get more info here.

It’s shocking: The Pacific Science Center presents a Winter Science Extravaganza for school-age children and adults at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arlington Library. The Volts and Jolts program allows participants to explore the workings of the Van de Graaf generator and Tesla Coil. The library is at 135 N. Washington Ave., Arlington. Call 360-435-3033 for more information. Go to the website, sno-isle.org, for more library events.

That’s just the start of library fun. A ton of fun events are scheduled this weekend. Here’s a taste. Find even more here.

  • Candy construction: Make a house of graham crackers and candy at the Sultan Library. Drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. Get more info here.
  • Game time: A teen game time with snacks is at the Granite Falls Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Get more info here.
  • Gingerbread stories: Hear stories and create your own gingerbread design at the Mukilteo Library from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Friday. For ages 5-11. Get more info here. This event is also at the Brier Library at 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Sweet science: Experiment with candy at the Monroe Library from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday. Get more info here.
  • Lego: Use stop-motion animation to create a Lego movie from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Stanwood Library. For kids in grades 4-6. Get more info here.
  • Cool! See what happens when objects meet liquid nitrogen. The vent is from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at the Mukilteo Library. Get more info here.

Healthy: The Mountlake Terrace Library is offering a free health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Folks from WithinReach will answer questions about the state’s Healthplanfinder and insurance exchange. They will also sign people up for one-on-one appointments to enroll in the programs. The event also includes free flu shots, blood pressure tests and activities for kids. The library is at 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. Call 425-776-8722 for more information.

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