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9/7/2007 - 9/9/2007
Salmon Homecoming Celebration
The 16th annual event includes storytelling, arts and crafts, carving and weaving demos, an environmental fair and salmon bake, and a Pow Wow and canoe- welcoming ceremony on Saturday (time still to be determined). It was held at Seattle's Magnuson Park last year; this year, it moves to Waterfront Park between Pier 57 and Pier 59, and the Seattle Aquarium on Seattle's waterfront. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. All ages. Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle. www.nwifc.wa.gov

9/7/2007 - 9/9/2007
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

Mukilteo’s 42nd annual arts-oriented festival by the town's landmark lighthouse includes the Tour de Muk family ride (Sunday 8 a.m.), musical instrument "petting zoo" (Saturday 2-4 p.m.), fishing derby (Saturday 8-10 a.m.), children's and grand parade (Saturday morning), pancake breakfast and fireworks (Saturday dusk), plus skateboard demos, lighthouse tours, salmon bake, kite-flying and entertainment for kids that includes shows, arts & crafts and games. Events happen at Rosehill Community Center and Harbor Pointe Boulevard North in Mukilteo. Click on the link for an event schedule. Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-dusk, Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission All ages. 425-353-5516, www.mukilteofestival.org

9/8/2007 - 9/9/2007
Aki Matsuri
The 10th anniversary of the Eastside's large Japanese fall festival is the place to go for all things Japanese. Performing arts include taiko drumming, dance and a puppet show for kids, martial arts demonstrations, crafts exhibits and demonstrations, and tea ceremonies. Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle, Bellevue. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. All ages. www.enma.org

9/8/2007 - 9/9/2007
The 137th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus features the antics of comic daredevil Bello, 12 rare Bengal and royal white tigers, tumbling, clowns, the Palazovi teeterboard troupe and more. On hour before showtime, all ticket holders are invited to a free pre-show where they'll learn circus skills and meet performers and some of the show's animal stars. Thursday, Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m., 5 p.m. $14-$76. All ages. Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. 1-866-EEC-TIXX, www.everetteventscenter.com

9/9/2007 - 9/9/2007
Bug Blast
The Burke's annual entomology blowout includes bug arts & crafts, bug quizzes, bug glasses, bug collections (of specimens dead and alive) on display, and an appearance by plant specialist Ciscoe Morris, who will use bug puppets and specimens to discuss beneficial bugs (1 p.m.). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission. All ages. The Burke Museum, University of Washington campus, corner of 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle. 206-543-5590, 206-543-7907, www.washington.edu/burkemuseum

9/15/2007 - 9/15/2007
Lake-to-Lake Trail Walk
Take a 15K walk along a beautiful urban greenway trail that connects open spaces, parks, wetlands, forests and neighborhoods between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. Register the morning of the event at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, 2380 Bellevue Way S.E., Bellevue. Park in various sites at the Mercer Slough Nature Park, and look for signs and arrows. You'll take a shuttle from the blueberry farm to the start of the trail at Weowna Park. Shuttles run between 8-10 a.m. The finish is back at the farm, by 4 p.m. Registration/start 8-10 a.m., finish by 4 p.m. Free. All ages. 425-452-7225, www.cityofbellevue.org/cobcalendar/Default.aspx?EventID=1413

9/16/2007 - 9/16/2007
Cascade Spawning Cycle
Ride through Seattle neighborhoods on routes that loosely follow the salmon spawning cycle through Seattle. Choose from four varying lengths, including a flat, four-mile family loop on a bike trail from Myrtle Edwards to Smith Cove Park with a food stop along the way. After you finish, you'll find an after party with kids' activities, prizes and food. This year, you can also help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and there's a new, eight-mile flat trail ride that's suitable for families with kids who can ride a bit further than four miles. The ride starts from Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Adult $20-$25, ages 6-12 $5, ages 1-5 free. Discount for registering online before Sept. 13. All ages. www.cascade.org

9/22/2007 - 9/22/2007
Harvest Celebration
Enjoy live music, a trip through the corn maze, harvest tales with Storytelling Steve, wagon rides, farm animals and refreshments at South 47's yearly event. You can also take home organically grown seasonal fruits and veggies (pick them yourself or buy them at the farm stand). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, corn maze $6/person. All ages. South 47 Farm, 15410 N.E. 124th, Redmond. 425-869-9777, www.south47farm.com

9/22/2007 - 9/22/2007
High Seas Pirate Day
The kids can put on their pirate best and head over for a day of pirate-themed activities — make a hat and patch, hunt for treasure, compete in boat races and meet the Seafair pirates (and see their ship, the Moby Duck) from 1-3 p.m.! There's more, too. Vendor food will be available for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission. All ages. Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett. 425-258-1006, www.ImagineCM.org

9/29/2007 - 9/29/2007
Baby Loves Disco
The family dance party returns after a summer hiatus! DJs spin tunes from the 70s and 80s while toddlers, preschoolers and their parents shake their booties on the dance floor. Kids who don't want to dance can play with baskets of instruments, have a healthful snack and hang out in the chill-out room. Buy tickets online, and don't delay. This event sells out. Heaven, 172 S. Washington St., Seattle. 1-4 p.m. All walkers $12. Ages 6 and under with parent. www.babylovesdisco.com/locations/seattle

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