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Free day and wine/brew fest at Mt. Rainier, plant sales, May Day fun and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on April 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm with No Comments »
April 27, 2012 1:53 pm

Peter Haley, staff photographer

Wine for a fee, Mountain for free
Head up to the Mount Rainier Wine & Brew Festival and take advantage of free entrance fee days (Saturday and Sunday) at Mount Rainier National Park. Start your weekend by enjoying a variety of hard-to-find, artisanal wines and microbrews from small Washington producers at the festival from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Rainier Lions Club, Grand Tasting Hall, 27726 State Route 706 E., Ashford. The $25 cost includes a complimentary wine glass, 10 tasting tickets, appetizers and live music. For more information on free entrance days, go to

It’s that time of year to start working in your yards and gardens. Two plant sales and shows this weekend can help get you started.

The Pierce County Master Gardener Foundation Plant sale will feature dozens of plants and ideas from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at 2606 W. Pioneer Way, Puyallup, 253-922-1688.

And head over to the University Place Spring Flower Show and Plant Sale where you’ll find 12 plant vendors with a large inventory – from rhododendrons to natives and all plants in between. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m Sunday at Homestead Park, 3715 Bridgeport Way W., University Place. Admission is free.

Slack key legend Keola Beamer and twice Grammy-nominated Hawaiian songstress Raiatea Helm embody the Hawaiian music genre. Beamer’s career spans more than 30 years and Helm has been racking up multiple awards in the Hawaiian Islands and recognition on Billboard’s world chart music. See them perform at 7:30 tonight at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. Tickets are $29 and $49. Call 253-591-5894 or go to

Join in the tradition of the May Day Celebration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fireman’s Park, A and S. Ninth streets, Tacoma. There will be dancing, singing and flower crowns. The family friendly event is free. For more details, go to

David Sedaris
is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, comedian, best-selling author and radio contributor whose humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating and often concerns his family life and middle-class upbringing. See him at 7 p.m. Sunday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Tickets are $38-$47 at

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Snow Patrol has produced seven albums, including “Eyes Open,” “ A Hundred Million Suns” and “Fallen Empires.” The five-piece band has sold more than 11 million albums and has been responsible for several era-defining singles, including “Run,” Chocolate, and “Chasing Cars.” They will play at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $31.35-$35.25. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

“Urinetown, The Musical”
has become Broadway’s most unexpected phenomenon in years and the winner of the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Book and Best Music and Lyrics. It’s a musical-comedy tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a city where water is worth its weight in gold. The Bishop Blanchet High School’s Spring Musical 2012 production is at 8 tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $15-$28. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Taking a break from his Peabody Award-winning show “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Scottish-American comedian Craig Ferguson will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Snoqualmie Casino, 27500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $50-$100 through Ticketmaster.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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