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Get Out and Play

Happy April! Woodland Park Zoo will be buzzing this weekend, we've got the scoop on a cool crafty workshop for grown-ups, and we'll give you a good reason to head north on Sunday. On the Eastside, enjoy some great music - sung by cowboys and American Idol's Sanjaya, then climb aboard a train ride to beautiful Snoqualmie.

Scores some great deals at the North Seattle Families of Multiples clothing and equipment sale on Saturday (hint: get there early!) and in "celebration" of tax season, is putting comfort foods on sale at their Interbay location (1415 Elliot Ave. W) - enjoy 50% off pasta and 10% to 30% off chocolate.


Crafty Creations
Cutie Booties Workshop at Buggy
Scrapbooking is so last year. Any crafty maven will tell you that knitting is where it's at these days. Whether you're a seasoned chick with sticks or newbie to the sport, you'll look like a champ when you knit and purl a pair of darling slipper style booties at the Cutie Bootie Workshop at Buggy. Make one pair in class and the second at home. Can you say, "Rockin' hand-made baby gift?" Space is limited, call or e-mail to register. 206-325-5999 or [email protected]. Supply list will be sent upon registration. PS The Toddler Sweater Workshop starts in May.
Saturday, April 5,
1 -5 pm
3315 Beacon Ave South
(Beacon Hill)


Animal Adventures

EcoWeekend at the Woodland Park Zoo
The zoo will be hoppin' all weekend! The fun starts today with Leap Through the Zoo, a salute to frogs, complete with craft areas, jumping, a puppet show, and kid-friendly food from PCC Natural Markets. On Friday, it's Primetime for Primates; the baby gorilla will finally get a name during a 10 a.m. ceremony with babycakes from Cupcake Royale. The Ivar's Clam will be on hand (or should we say shell?) as well. Saturday, it's the Bear Affair and The Big Howl for Wolves, and Sunday's the Coffee and Chocolate Festival. Sounds like a growlin' and howlin' good time. Check web site for full schedule
Thurs., April 3 - Sun., April 6,
from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Woodland Park Zoo,
5500 Phinney Ave. N
(Woodland Park)

Adult (13-64), $11; Child (3-12), $8; Toddler (0-2), Free

Road Trippin'
Alvin and The Chipmunks Get Munk'd Tour 2008 Alvin, Simon, Theodore! To celebrate the DVD release of their 2007 film, "Alvin and the Chipmunks", everyone's favorite furry critters are putting on a show. Bring your camera - every performance is followed by a meet-and-greet photo op. Also featured: step-by-step dance ins. PS—Our new guilty pleasure: snagging gently-used designer jeans, shoes and purses at teen mecca Plato's Closet, across from the Alderwood Mall.
Sun., April 6, at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Alderwood Mall, Food Court,
3000 184th St. SW



In the Spotlight
Riders in the Sky at Kirkland Performance Center
The band behind the songs of "Toy Story 2" will gallop into town this weekend with a concert and comedy show guaranteed to thrill cowpokes young and old. With a thirty-year history and multiple Grammy wins under their western belts, Riders in the Sky has one polished show that's sure to set your toes to tappin'. Get ready for fiddles, yodeling, polka, and a cactus-sharp wit. Yippee-aye-eh!

Sun., April 6, at
4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Kirkland Performance Center,
350 Kirkland Ave.
Adults, $33; Youth, $15

Music to Our Ears
A Motown Evening at Northshore Performing Arts Center We're sure his hair will give you something to talk about on Monday, but that's not the only reason to see American Idol's Sanjaya Malakar this weekend. A Motown Evening will benefit the Music Project, an organization that brings professional R&B; musicians into schools to work with students. Aside from Sanjaya, performers on this groovy afternoon include students from the Northshore School District's Secondary Academy for Success (SAS), Seattle's soulful Bernadette Bascom, and Shyamali Malakar. Tickets are available online or by calling 1.800.992.8499.

Sun., April 6, at 3 p.m.

Northshore Performing Arts Center,
18125 92nd Ave NE
Adults, $30;
Seniors and Students, $25.50

All Aboard!
Opening of Train Season Are your kiddos cuckoo for choo-choos? Loco for locomotives? Then this is the weekend for you! We've been patiently waiting, Thomas the Tank Engine toys in hand, for for a chance to take a spin on the real deal. This weekend marks the opening of train season, so climb on board for a fun-filled ride through the breathtaking Upper Snoqualmie Valley with a visit to The Northwest Railway Museum before or after your trip. Rides last 75 minutes.
Saturdays and Sundays.Check schedule online.
38625 SE King St.(Snoqualmie) or
205 McClellan St. (North Bend).

Adults $10,
$9 seniors,
$7 children.

Stop Time:
With the arrival of baby, you want ot capture every precious moment on film, but time moves so quickly...
Generation Yes! :
Kate Etherington knew she had big shoes to fill when she began to manage the Madison park children's store....

Other tidbits....

Most people loved our April Fool's Day newsletter, with over 300 people passing it along to a friend, though we did receive a few irate emails from peeps not in on the joke, and at least a dozen emails from folks disappointed that KO Camp wasn't real - yikes!

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Who's Your Mama? Perhaps it's our obsession with The Complete Jane Austen being aired on PBS, but we've been hankering for pretty little calling cards. Read more.

Best Services for Making Dinnertime a Piece of Cake: For time-starved, exhausted moms, thinking about le dinner is not a romantic undertaking. Read more.

Shop-O-Rama: When's the last time you had a choice between sucking on a sweet Cherryhead candy or chewing bazooka gum? Read more.

Joy to the World: We've found a fab new cure for sad walls; whimsical paintings by Seattleite Caroline Rivera. Read more.

Hush Hour You remember those first few months. You spent the wee hours propped up in a chair because Little One finally fell asleep on your shoulder and you were terrified to move. Read more.


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