Gaze: Learn about New Horizons, Pluto
On Tuesday, after a nearly decade-long wait, the New Horizons spacecraft will come in closest proximity to Pluto. The spacecraft will spend five months doing a flyby study of the dwarf planet before heading out farther into the Kuiper Belt — teaching us more about Pluto as well as the origins of our solar system and its farthest reaches.
To celebrate the milestone, the Mukilteo Library will hold “A Grand Tour of the Solar System and Beyond” with astronomer and former consultant to NASA Kevin Manning, 6-7:30 p.m. July 14. The library is at 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. For ages 8 and older.
More info: www.sno-isle.org, 425-493-8202
Maa: Celebrate goats at Goatalympics
New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary holds its fifth annual Goatalympics event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the sanctuary. There will be races, awards for Best Trick, Most Spots, Longest Beard and more, as well as costume contests, a silent auction and raffle. Food trucks will be on site. Meet adoptable goats, too.
More info: www.goatalympics.org
Snap: Photo contest for crabbers
Are you a recreational crabber? Do you like to take photos? Enter your photos in the #CatchMore CrabSnoCo Instagram contest to win crabbing-related prizes. The Snohomish County Surface Water Management contest aims to promote best-crabbing practices, including reducing the number of crab pots lost each year.
Drawings will be held every two weeks throughout the summer crabbing season. Upload your photos to Instagram and add #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo to your caption. Or check the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee website for information on how to send photos via mail or email.
More info: www.snocomrc.org
Sculpt: What can you create with sand?
The city of Edmonds Parks and Recreation plans its annual sand-sculpting contest July 17 at Marina Beach, 470 Admiral Way. Form a team or build on your own. This is a free, fun-focused, amateur contest open to all ages. Bring buckets and shovels, sign up at Marina Beach at 10 a.m., and start building. Judging will be at noon, with Bucket Awards handed out at 12:30 p.m. Also sponsored by Nama’s Candy Store.
More info: 425-771-0230
Roast: Zippy the dog has a birthday
Cafe Zippy will celebrate its namesake’s 13th birthday with a special party July 16. Zippy’s poet and musician friends will perform for the canine guest of honor. The public is welcome to submit artwork of Zippy, a dalmation, ahead of the event. The cafe is at 2811 Wetmore Ave., Everett.
More info: 425-303-0474
Pedal: Trike race time
Tony V’s Garage holds its annual Trike Races at 10 a.m. July 19 at 1712 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Free sign-up packages for teams of four are at the garage. Teams must have at least one helmet. Tricycles must be 24 inches from axle to axle with a 4-inch crank, 8-inch rear wheels and a 13-inch front wheel. Two tricycles will be provided “but building your own is fun,” organizers say. That said, no motors.
Team costumes are not required, though there will be an award for that too.
More info: 425-374-3567