Family fun calendar

Community celebrations

Snohomish and Island counties

Edmonds Community College events: 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood;

Kwanzaa celebration, 6 to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 5, Room 202, Triton Union Building, free food, music, storytelling, children’s activity table.

Holiday craft village, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9, Room 202, Triton Union Building, proceeds from purchases benefit EdCC Foundation; 425-640-1699.

Bothell’s Winterfest: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 NE 180th St., Bothell; hay rides start at 5:30 p.m., tree lighting 6:30 p.m.; Santa arrives, guests must bring own cameras for pictures;

Stanwood Festival of Trees: Reception 6 to 7 p.m., 7 p.m. holiday wreath and tree auction, Dec. 5; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 hay rides, crafts, children’s activities, stories, visits with Santa, refreshments, Tazer Valley Farm, 7314 300th St. NW; $35 admission Friday; free admission Saturday; Stanwood Community and Senior Center event; auction features decorated Christmas trees, including a “Horses in the Snow” theme tree, which will be given away along with a half-Arabian pony; 360-629-7403.

Camano holiday Home Tour: 1:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, tour five homes decorated for the holidays on north Camano Island; tour is followed by a Good Time Party at Oddfellows Hall, with food, auctions and live music; tour tickets $10 per person at Snow Goose Bookstore and Scandia Cofeehouse in Stanwood, Camano Coffee Roasters and Seagrass Gallery at Terry’s Corner; maps provided upon purchase; party admission is free; 360-387-5123.

Dickens tea event: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, St. John’s Church, 913 Second Ave., Snohomish; $12 individual, $25 family of 1 or 2 adults plus children, reservations required to 360-568-4622; proceeds benefit community projects.

“Merrysville for the Holidays”: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6, parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1049 State Ave., proceeds along State to Comeford Park at 514 Delta Ave., holiday treats, hot drinks available; bring a camera for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 7 p.m., live music from 7 to 7:45 p.m., all festivities are free; 360-363-8400,

Snow Day 2008: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Gold Creek Community Church, 4326 148th St. SE, Mill Creek; magic shows, dance groups, gingerbread house making, games, crafts, food; play in snow hauled from mountains; free admission; 425-316-3333,

Sultan Winterfest: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Sultan High School commons, 13715 310th Ave. SE, Sultan; free; local crafters’ artwork, pictures with Santa, hay rides, bonfire, live entertainment; 360-793-2400,

An Old Fashioned Christmas: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood; free; features music, refreshments, gift bags, photos with Santa, kids’ activities; 360-652-0562.

Seattle and beyond

Seattle Center Winterfest: Through Dec. 31, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; features ongoing gift and interactive art displays, live music, story times, plus winter train and village display, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 31, Harrison Street Gallery at the Center House; carousel 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Fisher Pavilion, through Jan. 4, same hours and days for Starbucks ice rink, $5 adults, $3 ages 6 to 12, free ages 5 and under, plus $2 skate rental; ice sculpting noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 27; 206-684-7200,

Pacific Place Winter Wonderland: Snow shows, 6 p.m. nightly, through Dec. 31, intersection of Sixth and Pine streets, Seattle; free; live music at noon and 5 p.m. various days (schedule on Web site); 206-405-2655, 877-883-2400,

A Victorian Country Christmas: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.Dec. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7, ShowPlex Pavilion, Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup; $9.50, $8 ages 62 and older and ages 6 to 18, free ages 5 and under; 253-770-0777,

Seattle Pacific University holiday celebration: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5, SPU campus, Third Avenue W. and W. Cremona St., Seattle; live entertainment, face painting, visits with Santa, food; free; 206-281-2723,

Tree lightings

Snohomish and Island counties

Mountlake Terrace tree lighting: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; caroling, Santa visit, refreshments; free; 425-744-6203,

Snow trains to lighting festival: Saturdays, Dec. 6 through 27, depart from Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.; Edmonds Station; or Seattle’s King Street Station for 12:30 p.m. arrival in Leavenworth; breakfast served on trip to Leavenworth, dinner served on return trip; rides feature live entertainment; time for sightseeing in the village before the dusk tree lighting; $149 per adult, $139 per child; reservations required; not recommended for ages 5 and under unless parents are sure child can tolerate day-long trip and winter conditions; 206-935-6848,


Snohomish and Island counties

Lights of Christmas: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through Dec. 28, Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dive, Stanwood; holiday treats, live music, storytelling, Nativity scene, holiday lights, crafts, pony and train rides, petting farm, food; $12 ages 13 to 59, $8 seniors and military; $7 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and under; 360-652-7575, 800-228-6724,

Christmas ships

Edmonds Christmas Ship celebration at the pier: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, fishing pier at the end of Dayton Street, Edmonds; singing begins 7:10 p.m.; see the lighted Argosy Christmas ship, listen to broadcasted choir, enjoy free refreshments; 425-771-0230.

Seattle and beyond

Argosy Christmas Ship 2008: Various times, through Dec. 23, departs from many Seattle docks, features choral performances, kids’ activities, chances to meet Santa; $35, $19 ages 5 to 12, free ages 4 and under; value nights $25, $12, free ages 4 and under, for the following dates, Dec. 8 through 10 and Dec. 15 through 17; 206-623-1445, 800-642-7816,

Santa breakfasts

Snohomish and Island counties

American Legion Auxiliary: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #234, 22909 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; $5, $3 under age 12, free under age 3; event includes a gift raffle; 425-778-3593, 206-364-5097.

Seattle and beyond

Woodland Park Zoo: 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 6 and 13, RainForest Food Pavilion offers breakfast, mini Nutcracker performance and time for photos with Santa; 601 N. 59th St., Seattle; $28.75, $16.95 ages 3 to 10, free ages 2 and under, members; $35.50, $21.75 and free for ages 2 and under, nonmembers; prices include zoo admission, but service fees apply; Santa photo and breakfast costs separate; 206-548-2662,

Santa photos

Snohomish and Island counties

Equine Rescue Association: 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 2415 116th St. NE, Marysville; photos with a Santa pony; $8; 360-658-5494.

Country Village: Daily, through Dec. 23, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway; by online appointment only; 425-415-1267,

Everett Mall center court: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24, 1130 SE Everett Mall Way; photos cost under $15; 425-355-1771.

Seattle and beyond

Swansons Nursery: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle; bring a camera to take pictures with reindeer, watch electric train holiday display, enjoy refreshments, listen to live music; free; 206-782-2543,

Santa sightings

Snohomish and Island counties

Bothell: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway; free event; decorated tree will be lit upon Santa’s arrival, pony rides offered noon to 4 p.m., free roasted chestnuts at 4 p.m., ongoing live holiday music; 425-483-2250,

Everett Mall: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, Everett Mall center court, 1130 SE Everett Mall Way; Santa Social; free face painting, games, crafts, balloon sculptures, visit with Santa; 425-355-1771.

Castle Park, Whidbey Island: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Castle Park at Community Park, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley, Whidbey Island; bring a camera or have staff use their camera, all free; bonfire, refreshments, fire engine rides; 360-221-5484,


Snohomish and Island counties

Lavender Hills Farm &Gift Shop: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Dec. 21, 7508 108th St. NE, Marysville; enjoy apple cider and treats while searching for holiday gifts; 360-651-2086,

Honey shop open house: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13, 7914 69th Ave. SE, Snohomish; honey-based products, gift ideas, refreshments; free; 425-334-9684.

Tim Noah Holiday House: Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 5 through 20, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish; Holiday House attractions and show together cost $15, $12 under age 12 and seniors; 360-568-9412,

Everett Public Library: All events are free and take place at the library locations, unless otherwise noted. Some require registration. Main branch, 2702 Hoyt Ave., 425-257-8030; Evergreen branch, 9512 Evergreen Way, 425-257-8250,

Holiday story and craft times, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 and 11, main branch; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, Evergreen branch.

Holiday tree ornament family craft workshop, 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Evergreen branch; 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15, main branch.

Holiday bazaar: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, third floor chapel, Bethany of the Northwest, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett; sales benefit TLC fund and resident activities; 425-259-5508,

Holiday bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, gym, cafeteria and other areas, Darrington Elementary School, 1075 Fir St., Darrington; event includes a book fair; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. pictures with Santa (cost varies by photo package chosen); bazaar items include crafts, kitchen items, Christmas ornaments; 360-436-1313, ext. 110.

Homespun Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free admission; lunch and pie served; handmade crafts, quilts, baked goods, silent auction; 425-252-3757.

Holiday Home Tour and Good Time Party: Tours run 1:30 to 5 p.m. and feature five private homes on the island’s north end, party and auction from 5 to 8 p.m., Oddfellows Hall, 96 S. Camano Ridge Road, all on Dec. 6, $10; tickets at Snowgoose Bookstore and Camano Island Coffee Roasters; event sponsored by Camano Island Democrats; 360-387-5123.

“A Night of Christmas Jingles”: 6 p.m. Dec. 7, Hidden Meadows, 11805 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; free admission, toy and canned food donations accepted; evening features holiday music, talent show, story times, Santa visit; dessert and beverages provided; 360-568-1050,

Leavenworth Christmas train: 9:05 a.m. departure Edmonds Station, 9:35 a.m. departure Everett Station, Saturdays, Dec. 6 through 20; small children not allowed; route covers Stevens Pass and Leavenworth, features nightly lightings of Leavenworth village shops, continental breakfast on departure trip, dinner on return trip; passengers provide own lunches; $149, $139 children for standard seats, $50 additional for glass dome car section, trip not ideal for young children; 206-935-6848,

South Whidbey’s Bed and Breakfast Tour &Taste: Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, tour various inns in Langley; event and ticket details at 360-221-6765,

Skagit County and north

Lake Whatcom Railway Santa trains: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 6 through 20, depart from Wickersham station, travel through Sedro Woolley; $18, $9 ages 2 to 17, free for age 1 and under; 360-595-2218, Singing, refreshments, free candy canes. Request tickets by mail, leaving your name, phone number, a check written for the appropriate number of tickets; specify first and second-choice train times and dates; include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Seattle and beyond

Gingerbread Village: Open 24 hours daily, through Jan. 4, Sheraton Hotel lobby, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; “Superhero Holiday” gingerbread house theme; free to view; 206-621-9000,

Humane Society holiday dinner and silent auction: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 1924 N. 45th St., Seattle; $40; meal features vegetarian pasta and choice of desserts; 360-652-5844, e-mail for reservations; auction features holiday items; proceeds go toward new shelter and wildlife refuge.

Humane Society holiday auction and dinner: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Rusty Pelican, 1924 N. 45th St., Seattle; $40 in advance only; event limited to 65 people; 360-652-5844,, e-mail

Leavenworth Christmas train: 8:30 a.m. departure King Street Station (Seattle), Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; small children not allowed; route covers Stevens Pass and Leavenworth, features nightly lightings of Leavenworth village shops, continental breakfast on departure trip, dinner on return trip; passengers provide own lunches; $149, $139 children for standard seats, $50 additional for glass dome car section; 206-935-6848,

Special events

Snohomish and Island counties

Puppet theater: 1 p.m. Dec. 6, Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-337-4822. Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater presents the story of Arthur, Merlin the Wizard, the Knights of the Round Table and an unlikely hero named Krokuss as they battle the forces of evil to win the Crown of England. For ages 3 and up.

Pearl Harbor service: 11 a.m. Dec. 7, Snohomish County Courthouse by the Eternal Flame, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; free; 425-258-4201.

Craft and holiday bazaar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 24, 1414 140th St. NE, Marysville; free; features Christmas socks, ornaments, baby items, dolls, children’s sweaters, hats and blankets; 360-659-5484.


Bingo: 11 a.m. first and third Mondays, Granville Grange, 9401 163rd St. NE, Granite Falls; 360-691-7867.

Everett Chess Club: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Free tournaments and lessons, open to all ages and skill levels. Espresso Americano, Everett Public Library, main branch, 2702 Hoyt Ave.; 425-514-3209,

Everett Coin Club: 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 to 9 p.m. meeting, second Tuesdays, Normanna Hall basement, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett; adults and youth welcome; 425-931-5907,

Genealogy/family history classes: 10 a.m. to noon second Tuesdays, Monroe Senior Center, 824 Village Way, Monroe; no class fee, but $2 building rental fee; reservation calls encouraged; 425-736-9199, 360-794-8072.

Library brown bag discussions: Noon first Tuesdays, ongoing, all book lovers welcome; main branch training room, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-257-7638.

Senior activities: Card games, computer classes, musical entertainment, art classes and more, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; 425-487-2441,

Snohomish County Mycological Society: Meetings 7:30 p.m. second Wednesdays, Baker Heights Community Center, 14th and Poplar streets, Everett; also arranges field trips, shows, classes and more;

South County Senior Center: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds; drop-in watercolor sessions; donations suggested.

Stanwood Camano Community and Senior Center: Lunch at noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. All events take place at 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, and are open to youths and adults: Ceramics, driftwood sculpture, sewing, jewelry making; watercolor and drawing; aerobics and yoga, fitness classes, tai chi; beginners’ Spanish; line dancing, wellness teas, safety driving, craft shows, board and card games, rummage sales; caregivers support 1:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Colleen, 360-629-7403, ext. 116.

Skagit County and north

Magic show: 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon; $12, $8 children, $30 family of 4; 360-336-8955, 877-754-6284,


Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meetings: 1 p.m. second Tuesdays, ongoing, fire station at 2720 Heller Road, Oak Harbor; 360-675-5565.

Seattle and beyond

Winter Beer Festival: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, Hale’s Palladium at Hale’s Ales Brewery &Pub, 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle; $23 advance, $25 at door, includes six 5-ounce tastes; 21-and-older event, ID required; combination event with Seattle’s Chocolate Box, chocolates available with tastings; 206-447-5649,

International motorcycle show: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 through 14, Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave., Seattle; $13, $6 children, free ages 5 and under; 800-331-5706,


Snohomish and Island counties

In-laws and holidays: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, Merrill Gardens Retirement Home, 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; a Mothers &More of south Snohomish County event includes tips for helping mothers cope with family at the holidays; free, but RSVP suggested; 425-948-1040,

Computer classes for seniors: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 and 16, Camano Senior &Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island; $25 to $60 Senior Center members, $30 to $65 nonmembers; 360-387-0222,

Holiday mediation for parents: Sessions by appointment, now through Dec. 19, Dispute Resolution Center, 2801 Lombard Ave., Everett; free; sessions help separated families decide how children can share holiday time; 425-339-1355, ext. 2346.

Seattle and beyond

Companion lectures to “Lucy’s Legacy” exhibit at Pacific Science Center: Tickets required for each lecture, prices vary from free to $15; 888-772-8491, All lectures at 7 p.m. Eames Auditorium, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle, except 7 p.m. Feb. 5, which is at Kane Hall, UW campus, Seattle.

Dec. 11, “How to Pack When You’re Over 300 Million Years Old.”


Snohomish and Island counties

Items for soldiers: 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, second floor banquet room, Hawthorne Inn Suites, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington; baked goods, magazines and personal care supplies will be collected to send to soldiers overseas; no liquids or goods in aerosol cans; 360-653-7752, ext. 14.

Seattle Stars Baseball Club: Food and clothing drive in support of Everett Gospel Mission. For contribution and drop-off information by Dec. 15, call 425-353-8685.

Concert for food bank: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Mountlake Terrace High School theater, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; high school’s choirs and orchestras perform; cash, nonperishable food, new or gently used children’s clothing accepted; 425-775-7013.

Skagit County and north

“Santa Claus on Tour”: 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon; $9, $7 children, proceeds go to Toys For Tots; revue show with music, magic, Christmas characters; prize raffle; 360-336-8955, 877-754-6284,


Snohomish and Island counties

Everett Mountaineers Singles: Social group for singles; hiking, walks, dining, golf, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and dancing, second Wednesdays, Alfy’s, 9620 19th Ave. SE, Everett; e-mail

Non Smoking Single 60s group: Bowling, card games, tours, movies, plays, dining out and potlucks; 425-776-0229, 360-653-1503.

Puget Sound Singles 45+: An assortment of interests to be shared with a variety of new friends. Breakfast, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays; 425-745-2250. Calendar of upcoming social events available at every breakfast.

Public dances

Snohomish and Island counties

Ballroom dance: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, dancing with a live band, $4, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; 425-487-2441.

Ballroom lessons and dances: 5 p.m. teen dance lessons, 6 p.m. Latin lessons, 7 p.m. ballroom lessons, 8 p.m. swing dance lessons Mondays; 1 to 3 p.m. lesson and open dance Tuesdays, for all four types; Antheia Ballroom, 213 Ave. D, Snohomish; private lessons, wedding dance preparation and other activities; $10 to $11 lessons and open dances; private lessons have other costs; 425-530-9952,

Barn dance: 2-step lessons 7:30 p.m., dances at 8 p.m. third Saturdays, Monroe Eagles Club, 114 N. Lewis St., Monroe; free; 360-794-8155.

Dance with live bands: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, South County Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds; enjoy music for foxtrot, swing, waltz; $3 to $4 suggested donations, no partners necessary; 425-774-5555.

Dances and lessons: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. first and third Saturdays, open dance nights, variety of music, prizes and refreshments, Laurelwood Reception Hall and Events Center, 123 N. Blakeley St., Monroe; $5; lessons of various dance styles, $55 per person; 360-794-8317.

Everett Senior Swingers square dancing: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, Everett Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett; all are welcome; 425-257-8780, 425-334-2919.

Folk dance: Skandia Folkdance Society, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. dance, first and third Fridays, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $9, $7 members unless otherwise noted; 206-784-7470, Dec. 5, Pat Pi and Art Hare teach sväv and bondpolska från Överhärde; 8:30 p.m. dance with All Keyed Up; $10, $7.

Folk dance: Sno-King International Folk Dance Club, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5, $3 members unless otherwise noted; 425-454-6529.

Happy Hoppers mainstream square dancing: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington; guest callers, hearing enhancement available; 360-435-4594.

International folk dancing: 7:30 to 10 p.m. second Saturdays, Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave., Clinton; $7; all ages; 360-221-5484,

Jubilee-Reveleer Dance Club evening: 6 to 7 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Everett Golf &Country Club, 1500 52nd St., Everett; swing, ballroom and other dancing to live music; $55 per person for club members, $60 per person for guests; mail a check for the appropriate amount, along with a list of guests’ names, to Anna Lucas, P.O. Box 956, Everett, WA 98206; deadline is Dec. 17; 425-252-8958, 360-651-7946.

Sky Valley Whirlwind Square Dance Club: Beginning and brush-up lessons, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Tri Way Grange, 35th and Seattle Hill Road, Mill Creek; Scott Coon instructing. Dances 8 to 10:30 p.m. third Fridays with guest callers; $5 lessons, first is free; 360-794-8240.

Weekly dances: 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, the Versatones. 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jack’s Swing Band’s big band. Live music, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays; all at Normanna Lodge, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett, and all carry $5 cover; 425-252-0291.

Scottish country dancing: No partner needed, Wednesdays, Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo; 425-438-8977.

Square dance lesson sign-ups: Checkerboard Squares’ beginner and brush-up lessons, 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays, Edmonds Masonic Lodge, 515 Dayton St., Edmonds; first lesson free, $5 person after that; 425-745-5303, 425-776-4442.

Square dancing: Fern Bluff Squares mainstream dances, 7 to 10 p.m. second Saturdays, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe; Ray Gallagher calling; 360-793-2848,

Strictly Ballroom: With Carmen and Dale, 7 to 9 p.m. fourth Saturdays, The Hayloft, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $12 per person, smart casual dress required, no rubber-soled shoes allowed; 425-776-4007.

Tango lessons: With Ina and Jon Howe, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays, small donation, Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett; 425-257-8780.

Veterans of Foreign Wars dances: Potluck dinners 6 to 7:30 p.m. last Saturdays, $5, free lessons 6:30 p.m., music and dancing 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, various styles, provided by Eddy Fukano Band; $5; Everett VFW building, 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett; year-round; 425-252-2100.

Whirlybirds Square Dance Club: Beginners’ classes, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Hearing enhancement available. The Hayloft, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5 per dance; 425-353-3471, 425-774-5257.

Seattle and beyond

Scandinavian folk dancing: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., Seattle; $35 members, $40 nonmembers for series, no partner required; 206-789-5707, ext. 21, or e-mail

Freewheelers’ Square Dance Club: 7 to 10 p.m. first and third Sundays, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle. Also, beginners’ classes 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., Seattle; Bob Wright instructing; open to singles and couples; 425-673-0858, 425-337-5441.

Folk dance: 7:30 p.m. lessons, 8 p.m. dances with live music, fourth Saturdays, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave., Seattle; $9; waltzes, hambos and more, no experience necessary.

Zoos and Wildlife

Seattle and south

Woodland Park Zoo: 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; 206-548-2500, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through April 30; closed Dec. 25. Admission: $11 ages 13 to 64, $8 ages 3 to 12, free up to age 2, $2 discount for seniors and disabled, through April 30. Chilean flamingo exhibit, ongoing. North Meadow carousel, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $2 fee. Animal feedings: Piranhas, 11:15 a.m. Fridays; anaconda snakes, 1:30 p.m. on specific dates, see Web site. Willawong Station bird-feeding area, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., seed sticks $1 each. Calls of the Wild, 10 a.m. daily; After School Adventures, 2 to 4 p.m. daily; Animal Adventures, 3 p.m. daily. Elephant talks, 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Toddler programs, 10 a.m. to noon daily in Zoomazium.


Snohomish and Island counties

Blackman House Museum: 118 Ave. B, Snohomish; 360-568-5235, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; admission free, donations accepted; Fee for guided tours, by appointment. Holiday tours, 1 to 4 p.m. now through Dec. 28; 30-minute tours, suggested donation $5.

Edmonds Historical Museum: 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds City Hall, Edmonds; 425-774-0900, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. $2, $1 children; group tours available. Carnegie Library exhibit of photos and artifacts. “Playing With the Past” exhibit featuring antique dolls, stuffed animals, comic book covers and more, through January.

Flying Heritage Museum: 3407 109th St. SW, Everett (Paine Field); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays for the rest of the year; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. $12, $10 seniors and military, $8 ages 6 to 15, free ages 5 and under; group rates available; 206-342-4242, Paul Allen’s “Flying Heritage Collection” exhibit, ongoing.

Future of Flight Aviation Center &Boeing Tour: 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; 425-438-8100, 800-464-1476, $15, $14 seniors and active military, $8 ages 15 and under (must be 4 feet or taller), $9 gallery only, $4 gallery for ages 6 to 15.

Granite Falls Historical Society Museum: 109 E. Union St., Granite Falls; 360-691-2603, Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; free. Photographs of founding families, loggers and other workers, street scenes, landmarks, artifacts, clothing, household items, railroad and logging historical displays.

Imagine Children’s Museum: 1502 Wall St., Everett; 425-258-1006, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. $7; free for under age 1; $3.50 all ages, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday; activities free with admission unless otherwise noted. I-Engineers program, ongoing through 2008; children will be introduced to age-appropriate, engineering-related activities.

Lake Stevens Historical Museum: 1802 124th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens; 425-334-1825. 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Exhibits: House built in 1903 by the Rucker brothers, city’s first residents, schools; 350 historical photographs on permanent display. Group tours by appointment.

Monroe Historical Society Museum: Old City Hall, 207 E. Main St., Monroe; 360-794-7382. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Stanwood Area History Museum: 27112 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood; 360-629-6110, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; also by appointment. Historical exhibits at the museum and D.O. Pearson House. “Our Nordic Heritage” exhibit tours by appointment only. Current exhibit: “Steamers, Ships &Shorelines: A Historical Photograph Tour of Stanwood and Camano Island.

Sultan Museum: Fourth Street and U.S. 2, Sultan; 360-793-9546.

Skagit County and north

American Museum of Radio and Electricity: 1312 Bay St., Bellingham; 360-738-3886, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, $5.

Anacortes Museum: 1305 Eighth St., Anacortes; 360-293-1915.

The Conway Muse: 18444 Spruce and Main, Conway; 360-445-3000,

La Conner Quilt &Textile Museum: Inside Gaches Mansion, 703 S. Second St., La Conner; 360-466-4288. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, $4. Holiday bazaar, through Dec. 28.

Royal BC Museum: 675 Belleville St., Victoria; 250-356-7226, Chow Shong Wing’s photographs, through Jan. 4. “Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC” exhibit, through Jan. 11.

San Juan Historical Museum: 405 Price St., Friday Harbor; 360-378-3949, 1 p.m. Saturday lecture series, ongoing.

Skagit County Historical Museum: 501 Fourth St., La Conner; 360-466-3365,

Whale Museum: 62 First St. N., Friday Harbor; 360-378-4710, To report whale sightings: 800-562-8832.

Whatcom Children’s Museum: 227 Prospect St., Bellingham; 360-733-8769, Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Admission: $3.50 nonmembers, free for members. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday Wonder Workshops, ongoing, free with admission; Dec. 6, make holiday cards.

Whatcom Museum of History &Art: 121 Prospect St., Bellingham; 360-676-6981, 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5, “Trespassing” preview (Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian artists’ works), reception and downtown art walk; exhibit runs through Jan. 31. 2 p.m. Dec. 6, magic show. 2 p.m. Dec. 7 barbershop quartet performance. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 “Tales for the Holidays” docent program; 7:30 p.m. Whatcom County Historical Society program, “members share projects and research.”

Seattle and beyond

Burke Museum of Natural History &Culture: NE 45th Street and 17th Ave. NE, UW campus, Seattle; 206-543-5590, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to 8 p.m. first Thursdays. $8, $6.50 seniors, $5 students; free admission first Thursdays; 206-543-9681. “Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration” and “The Last Polar Bear” through Dec. 31.

Children’s Museum: 305 Harrison St., Seattle; 206-441-1768, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $7.50, $6.50 over age 55, free under age 1. Dunn Lumber Construction Zone, hands-on for kids; Cog City: Physics and Fun, ongoing.

Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame: 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; 206-770-2702, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through May 21. $15, $12 military, seniors, students with ID, free for kids under 5. Ages 10 and under also admitted for free third Saturdays for Family Days. Third Saturdays are Family Days with workshops, music demonstrations, art projects. “Spaced Out: The Final Frontier in Album Covers” exhibit, ongoing.

Museum of Flight: 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; 206-764-5720, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Thursdays to 9 p.m. $14, $13 ages 65 and over, $7.50 ages 5 to 17, free ages 4 and under,.

Museum of History &Industry (MOHAI): 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; 206-324-1126,

National Archives and Records Administration: 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle; 206-336-5115, for reservations. “Lunch at the Brick Wall” discussion series, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Thursdays.

Nordic Heritage Museum: 3014 NW 67th St., Seattle; 206-789-5707, $6, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5 and over, free ages 4 and under. Registration open now for March 13 to 15 knitting conference, by mail-in form only; classes will be canceled if minimum number of participants is not met; registration $35 to $40, class fee $60 to $110, plus additional materials fees.

Northwest Railway Museum: Depot at 38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie; 425-888-3030, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

Olympic Flight Museum: 7637-A Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia; 360-705-3925, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Pacific Science Center: 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; 206-443-2001, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $11, $9.50 ages 65 and older, $8 ages 6 to 12, $6 ages 3 to 5, free under age 3. $5 Thursdays laser light shows; $7.50 Fridays and Saturdays laser shows. Permanent exhibits: Dinosaurs, tropical Butterfly House, Insect Village, Tech Zone, Water Works. “Lucy’s Legacy: Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia,” through March 8.

Science Fiction Museum &Hall of Fame: 325 Fifth Ave. N., located within Experience Music Project; 206-724-3428,

Seattle Aquarium: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; 206-386-4300, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $15 ages 13 and older, $10 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and under. “Careful What You Fish For: The Fin Art of Ray Troll” exhibit through Jan. 31.

Shoreline Historical Museum: 749 N. 175th St., Shoreline; 206-542-7111.

Skykomish Historical Society Museum: 110 Railroad Ave., Skykomish; 206-527-8818, Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, year-round; free admission.

Tacoma Art Museum: 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-4258, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. third Thursdays. $7.50, $6.50 seniors, students, military. Free Saturdays and Sundays through May for Bank of America credit, check and ATM card holders.

Washington State Convention &Trade Center: 800 Convention Place, Seattle; 206-694-5000.

Washington State History Museum: 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 888-238-4373, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, to 8 p.m. third Thursdays. $8, $7 seniors, $6 students and military.

Wing Luke Asian Museum: 719 S. King St., Seattle; 206-623-5124, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, closed Mondays. $8, $6 seniors and students, $5 ages 5 to 12, free under age 5. “The Voyage Continues: Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest” display, through Aug. 16.


Snohomish County

Greenbank Farm holiday market: 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, Whidbey Island; 360-678-7700, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 21; Santa visits 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 20.

Stocker Farms: Open through mid-December; 10622 Airport Way, Snohomish. Berries, summer vegetables, fall produce, fall harvest agritainment, Christmas trees; 360-568-7391,

Seattle and beyond

Ballard Farmers Market: Open year-round; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through winter. 5300 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle; 206-781-6776,

Pike Place Market: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, year-round. Pike Street and Pike Place, Seattle;

University District Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, year-round. University Heights Center, corner of University Way NE and NE 50th, Seattle; 206-632-5234,

West Seattle Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, year-round. Alaska Junction, corner of Alaska and California, in the parking lot behind Key Bank; 206-547-2278,


Snohomish and Island counties

Seeking hosts for Japanese exchange students: Families asked to provide room, board and transportation from Feb. 7 to 21; details and application available at 425-388-9195 or by e-mailing

Providence Hospice and Home Care: Notary volunteers needed in Bothell, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mill Creek; ongoing; 425-261-4815. Also, library volunteer needed in downtown Everett; donate 2 hours twice a month; background, reference checks and current TB testing required; Help us keep track of the collection of books and tapes in the community library as our Volunteer Librarian at Providence Hospice &Home Care of Snohomish County, located in downtown Everett; 425-261-4815.

Holiday vendors wanted: Dec. 6 bazaar at Darrington Elementary School, vendors provide own table, $25 per space; apply by Dec. 5; details at 360-436-1313, ext. 110.

Sultan Winterfest: Seeks volunteers to bring their works for the public to see; craft booths must be occupied 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6; craft vendor booths cost $25; event also needs performers who want to show their talents on Sultan High School’s stage; application forms must be completed, and are available at Sky Valley Chamber &Visitor Information Center; 360-793-2400,

Mukilteo Arts Guild Writers Group: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, ongoing, The Art Building, in The Art Workshop Studio, 724 First St., Mukilteo; free; open to writers of all genres; 425-423-0450.

Volunteers needed: Stanwood Community Center, 7430 276th St. NW; kitchen work Mondays through Fridays, elementary school reading programs, monthly teas, driving to appointments, thrift store cashier duties; 360-629-7403.

Skagit County and north

Workshops: Musical, visual arts, theater, filmmaking, science and other subjects, some for youth, some for adults, Fort Worden State Park, 223 Battery Way, Port Townsend; 3 to 7 day workshops, depending on topic, registration required, 360-385-3102, ext. 114,

Seattle and beyond

Science Champions awards: Pacific Science Center seeks nominations for outstanding science educators, organizations or project teams; application deadline is Jan. 20; 206-443-2001,

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