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Weekend Things: Sept. 24-25

Book signings and book groups, learning how animals escape predators, and scheduled a presidential motorcade between Seattle and Medina.

Weekend Things: Sept. 24-25

1. , and motorists should expect a motorcade sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, most people won't get a chance to see him unless they've got a ticket -- $35,800 a couple for the event at ex-Microsoft COO Jon Shirley's Medina home and $100 to $7,500 for a celebrity-chef catered lunch in Seattle.

2. The scheduled . Also, the dry weather may give way to rain on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

3. Saturday, Sept 24, is at the , 1116 108th Ave NE, Bellevue. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the events include , author of The Friendship Doll, from 1 – 3 p.m. The and the also will participate in the event. Visit  www.smithsonian.com to register and print your admission ticket.

4. , 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 has two events coming up this weekend. For the kids, check out "Deer Ears" on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11:00am–12:00pm Children can learn how predators seek out prey and how prey avoids predators. Children will role play as deer and cougars to discover how important the sense of hearing is to our wildlife neighbors. Ages 6 and up. Both parent and child must register -- 

 Then, for adults ages 18 and over, delve into seminal writings by American naturalist forefathers with the Lewis Creek Naturalists’ Book Club! Discuss, analyze and reflect on the natural world as the frontiersmen saw it, and how you see it today. Share your love of natural history while making new friends. The club will meet the last Sunday of each month, including this Sunday, Sept. 25, from 6 – 8 p.m. The event is free, but bring a copy of the book with you (this month it’s Walden, by Henry David Thoreau).

5. Bellevue author Brenda Cooper will be reading from, discussing, and signing copies of her new book, Mayan December, at the Crossroads Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. .

Also, be sure to check out out these events throughout the Eastside:

  • Where/When: 7-9 p.m. Fri, Sept. 23 at in Woodinville.
  • Why Go: Start your weekend off with some smooth jazz and glass of wine this Friday night. Jazz on the Green will feature live music by MOJO, a local 17 piece modern jazz band. Depending on the weather, the event will either be in the cellar or outside, so if it's not raining bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and grab a spot on the lawn with your own picnic dinner, or enjoy the food services of G&G Dogs, a gourmet vendor who sells locally-produced gourmet hot dogs and sausages.
  • Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. You can apply $5 of your ticket fee toward a glass or bottle of wine.


  • Where/When: 12:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 24 at in Woodinville.
  • Why Go: Learn the real story behind frequently misunderstood bamboo. Molbak’s nursery expert Jay Keye will dispel the common myths and fears surrounding bamboo and share valuable advice about when, where and how to plant and appreciate the many different varieties of bamboo offered here in the Northwest.
  • Cost: Free.


  • Where/When: 2 p.m. Sun, Sept. 25 at the .
  • Why Go: Are you an aspiring young author or artist, you may want to check out this author event at the Sammamish Library this Sunday. 16-year-old cartoonist, Seth Campos, author of two comic book collections, Welcome to Beeky Airlines and Real Bears Eat Takeout will share his story of becoming a self-taught cartoonist and published young author. He'll also share his experience with creating characters and demonstrate some of his cartooning techniques. 
  • Cost: Free. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Mubby Books for signing.


  • Where/When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sat, Sept. 24 at in Redmond.
  • Why Go: The City of Redmond and the Cascade Land Conservancy are inviting everyone to come out to Farrel McWhirter Park for a work party this Saturday. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will remove invasive species and plant native trees to help maintain a healthy forest and mitigate carbon pollution. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. All tools and materials will be provided. for Patch coverage of a previous work party at the park.
  • Cost: Free. All ages are welcome to participate, but those under 18 must bring a parent or a signed waiver.


  • When/Where: 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday at SecondStory Repertory in Redmond.
  • Why Go: It's the SecondStory Repertory's newest production from their Theater for Young Audiences Series, and it's good old-fashioned fun for the whole family! It's also the final weekend of the production, so if you haven't already seen the play, this weekend will be your last chance.
  • Cost: $10

  • Where/When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat, Sept 24 at in Kirkland.
  • Why Go: Help celebrate 25 Years with Interlaken Trailblazers Volkssport Club this Saturday by exploring the sculptures and artwork of the Kirkland downtown and waterfront at this 10K or 6K sculpture walk. 
  • Cost: Free. You may register to walk between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and complete your walk by 3 p.m.


  • Where/When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat, Sept. 24 at in Kirkland.
  • Why Go: Will you and your family be ready in the event of a natural disaster? On Saturday, visit this fair to ensure you're prepared for the worst. There will be booths, demonstrations and exhibits about helping keep you safe when a disaster strikes.
  • Pricing: Admission is free.


  • Where/When: 7:30 p.m. Fri, Sept. 24 at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
  • Why Go: The Bellevue-based Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle will present the Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia for an intimate performance this Friday night at the Mercer Island Presbyterian church. The performance will include music by Russian masters Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
  • Cost: Suggested Donation: $20 for adults, Seniors & Students $15.

  • Where/When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday at the Puyallup Fair Grounds.
  • Why Go: It's the last weekend of the Puyallup Fair. So grab your friends and family and head to Puyallup for all the attractions you'd expect, plus a few extras. Activities and entertainment include animal shows, grange displays, home arts cooking contests and quilts, Hobby Hall, floral designs, and rides, including the new thrill ride, Vertigo. And don't forget about all that !
  • Pricing: Admission ranges from $9 to $11. Kids under 5 are free. 

  • Where/When: 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the .
  • Why Go: It's the final weekend of the Renton Civic Theatre's production of  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The Renton Civic Theatre always puts on a great show and this production should be no different. Grab some friends or family and see it before it's gone.
  • Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors.

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