Wine, turkey shoot, Magic and more weekend fun

Think Thanksgiving: If you want to get a head start on Thanksgiving, this weekend would be a great time. Even getting some of the shopping done could make the holiday prep a lot more fun and relaxing. And that way you can open the Thankgiving wine just a little bit earlier. Some ideas to get you started:

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Gratins (Big bonus: These are perfect to make in advance)

Shoot: The Granite Falls Sportsmen’s Club’s Fall Turkey Shoot is Sunday in Granite Falls. Novice to experienced shooters can try using shotguns to hit clay turkey targets. Games are $4 each or $22 for five games and a guaranteed win. Prizes include frozen turkeys and bacon. Bingo games, a raffle and door prizes are planned as part of the event. The event starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at 20319 Gun Club Road. For more information, call 360-691-5161.

Play Magic: A huge gathering is this weekend at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Magic: The Gathering is Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find plenty of tournament play along with a large dealer booth for those who would like to buy cards. You’ll also get a chance to meet some of the big names in Magic. Click here for more details.

Wine and shopping: The Taste of the Holidays Wine Walk is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Country Village, 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. The wine tasting will feature 20 Washington wineries, each in a different shop. Tickets are $25 and include 10 tastings. Bring your own glass. You must be 21 and show ID. Get more information here.

Watch the Sounders: The team faces the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday at 6 p.m. for the second game of the Western Conference Championship. You can catch the action on ESPN. The Sounders will need to step up big time if they want to win. They have a 3-0 deficit and need to win this match by three goals.

Gift shows: The Puget Sound Artists Gift Show is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the ArtWorks Building, Second and Dayton streets in Edmonds. Thirty local professional artists will offer gallery-quality gift items including pottery, jewelry, photography, prints, calendars, wood turning, paintings, cards, silk and cashmere scarves, fine chocolates, local honey and artisan soaps. Also this weekend, the Sculptors Workshop Holiday Sale is from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Dayton Ave., Edmonds. The event includes sales of pottery, garden art, vases, mirrors, dishware and more from local artists.

Live music The Historic Everett Theatre does not expect you to sit still while listening to honky-tonk music. The theater has removed several rows of seats in the main floor auditorium so visitors to the Honky Tonkin Hootenanny on Saturday can kick up their heels right in front of the stage. Kate Olson, Marcia Kester, Liam Fitzgerald and The Rainieros will perform. Click here to read our story and find all the details.

‘Must-see’ show’: That’s how our music blogger describes Saturday night’s twin bill at the Anchor pub in Everett. See Fly Moon Royalty and Panama Gold perform for only $5. Read more in our What Radio? blog.

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