Weekend fun: Music, gifts, birds and more

Big tree: The Christmas tree headed to Washington, D.C., will make a stop Friday in Everett to mark the holiday season. Activities and entertainment, including ornament making, music, visits from Santa and more will take place from 10 am. to noon at the Snohomish County Campus, 2000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Food vendors will be available.

Honky-tonk: It’s Hometown Hootenanny night at Historic Everett Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Join the Hometown Band, Knut Bell and the Blue Collars, and Jenny and the Blue Moon Boys for a honky-tonk hoedown at the theater at 2911 Colby Ave. If you show up at 7 p.m. you can learn some line dancing moves. Get more details in our story here.

Live music Singer and songwriter Danny O’Keefe performs at 7:30 Saturday night at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. O’Keefe has written songs recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and Bonnie Raitt, including “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.” Tickets are $20. Call 360-568-9412 to check availability.

Strings attached: West African musician Foday Musa Suso sings and plays a kora, a 21-string harp-lute, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Index’s River House, 444 Ave. A. The suggested donation is $5. The concert is presented by the Index Historical Society partnering with the Ethnic Heritage Council. For more information, call 206-306-1181 or 360-793-1534.

More strings: The animated animal characters of Puppets Please Marionettes will sing, dance, roller skate and generally entertain kids on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., and from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Branch, 9512 Evergreen Way. It’s free.

Ho-ho’s here: Are you ready? Now that Halloween is under our belts, literally and figuratively, Seattle says it’s time to get in the holiday mood. The Seattle Gift &Gourmet Show is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. You’ll find specialty foods, handcrafted gifts and tons of decorations for browsing and buying. Admission costs $14.50 for those 12 and over, but a $2-off coupon is waiting for you on the website. Admission is good for both days.

Books: Friends of the Sno-Isle libraries are sponsoring events Saturday with books, baked goods and dolls in mind.

  • Friends of the Darrington Library’s book sale includes pies and cookies by their friends at Cascade Senior Center, all to the tunes of American Indian flute music. It goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library, 1005 Cascade St., Darrington.
  • Friends of the Lake Stevens Library are holding a sale of handmade doll clothing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to benefit library programs. The Lake Stevens Library is at 1804 Main St.

Bird safety: The Pilchuck Audubon’s monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Friday at Everett Firefighters Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. The speaker is Mel Walters, who for more than 40 years has worked to keep birds safe from man-made structures. Get more info here.

More birds: See the premiere of “Birds, Backyard Habitat and Beyond,” a film by Craig and Joy Johnson of Whidbey Island. The film shows birds and mammals foraging, birds nesting and young birds being fed by their parents. It also includes ideas to increase the variety of birds in your yard. There will be two showings, noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday followed by a Q&A with Joy and Craig after each show. The event is at The Clyde Theatre, 217 First St., Langley; 360-221-5525. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The event is a benefit to help Craig Johnson with his health challenges.

Free days: For Veterans Day weekend, Saturday to Monday, access to nearly all federal lands, including the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and national parks, will be free. More info here.

Bake bread: Learn how to make artisan bread. A class will be offered at 2 p.m. at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Ave. Call 360-658-500 to preregister. Free.

Eat well: A chili and chowder cook off is from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Admission is $10 for 10 tastes. There will be a live auction, beer and wine for sale and the public can vote for their favorite chili or chowder.

Rock on: The Maplewood Rock and Gem Club fall show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 8802 196th St. SW, Edmonds. It’s free. There will lots of displays, raffles, free rocks and a beading table for kids. Get more info here.

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