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There’s Slug Fest, chicken coop tour, dolls and teddy bears plus more events this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on June 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm with No Comments »
June 22, 2012 3:18 pm

Wearing homemade pink slug tentacles, Renee Tapia, of Graham, gets a close look at a banana slug, (held by Master gardener Twila Starkey) Saturday, May 25, 2002 at Northwest Trek's Slug Fest. Slug Fest, a celebration of the Pacific Northwest banana slug, featured day long activites for adults and children. Renee made her tenacles at the crafts activity

Learn all about the iconic symbol of the Northwest at Slug Fest at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Celebrate all that is silly and slimy about the Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk with fun family activities. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Admission is $8-$18. For details, go to

You’re never too old to love dolls and teddy bears. Head out to the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale this weekend at Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children and free for those younger than 5. Call 775-348-7713 or go to

See what is in your future at the Meeker Mansion Psychic Fair. There will be a variety of mediums and psychics to meet with from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 312 Spring St., Puyallup. Proceeds contribute to upkeep of the mansion. Admission is $5, plus additional fees for psychics. Call 253-848-1770 or go to

Have you been thinking about joining the urban chicken raising movement? Check out the Tacoma Urban Coop Tour sponsored by GardenSphere, 3310 N. Proctor St., Tacoma. Learn about raising chickens if you’re new to urban poultry farming or check out other coops if you are a veteran chicken rancher from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5, free for ages 16 and younger at GardenSphere. For more information, call 253-761-7936.

Celebrate that small-town feeling at Yelm Prairie Days sponsored by the Yelm Lions Club. Enjoy two days of fun – including a full carnival with rides, food vendors, live music and all kinds of family friendly activities – in the city park, First Street Street and Southeast Mosman Avenue starting at noon today and Saturday. Admission is free.

Today-Sunday and Wednesday
Ukulele convergence

The ukulele’s popularity is growing far beyond Hawaii:

 The Dusty Strings UkuFest is where you will learn all about it. Presenters and performers include Victoria Vox, Kimo Hussey, Guido Heistek, Ralph Shaw, Kate Power, Steve Einhorn, Bill Plant, Trischa Scott and others. It’s three days of workshops, discussions and performances at the Dusty Strings Music Shop and School, 3405 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle. Hours are 4-10 tonight, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To register, call 206-634-1662 or go to

 Experience the acoustic sounds of guitarist Leo Kettke and Jake Shimabukuro on ukulele at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. The event is part of the zoo’s summer ZooTunes concert series. Tickets are $24 at

Relatively new to the music scene, Foster the People broke right out of the gate with the hit single, “Pumped Up Kicks” that garnered Grammy Award nominations for it and the band’s debut album. See the group at 8 p.m. Tuesday at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $28 through Ticketmaster.

Wednesday–July 8
Based on the 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo, the hit Broadway play “Les Miserables” is back at the 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. The 11-day engagement is widely popular and sure to please theater-goers. There are various showtimes during its run Wednesday through July 8. Tickets range from $59-$159. For more information, go to

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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