April 30

You don't need a boat to enjoy this weekend



Even though landlocked Maple Leaf won’t be able to participate in Opening Day on Sunday, there are plenty of other activities to keep you in the neighborhood:

  • Tonight you’re invited to the latest installment of the Family Fun for $5 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which will feature “Free Willy” projected on the multipurpose room wall. The community center will provide mats and popcorn; you bring blankets, pillows and you even can wear your PJs.
  • Pulcinella Vendicato” wraps up this weekend at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., with performances at 8 tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $28 for adults, and $25 for seniors and children, although the center notes that the show is not intended for young children.
  • Also this weekend, Nathan Hale High School is presenting the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” based on the 1988 movie of the same name about two con men. Performances are at the school’s Performing Arts Center at 10750 30th Ave. N.E. at  7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; tickets cost $12; $6 for students/seniors.
  • Northeast Seattle also is sticking with the green theme this weekend, with the Eco-Chic Expo at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, more than 15 local, eco-friendly companies will be selling their wares as exhibitors entertain and educate guests about how to live more sustainably.
  • Also Saturday, Seattle songwriter, performer and early childhood music educator Brian Vogan will be performing “A is for Animal” from 11 a.m. to noon at Northgate Community Center. Vogan’s music encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child’s world and skills and concepts through music and movement.
  • Children also are invited to Magnuson Children’s Garden from 11:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for the class “How to Create a Child-Friendly Garden.” This free, family-friendly class will start in the Magnuson Brig Building (aka Building 406) and include a guided tour and hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden and Jr. Nature Explorers P-Patch Garden.
  • And you can end the weekend with a visit to the Urban Farm and Goat Festival at the Ravenna Ridge SPOT Farm, 7355 33rd Ave. N.E., where you can see a working urban farm, pet the goats and chickens, name the baby goat born last week, and buy veggie starts and other handmade goods from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There also will be live music and the chance to meet local urban farmers.

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