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There’s comedy, community garage sale, Pups in the Park, Nordic Days and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Aug. 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm with No Comments »
August 17, 2012 2:32 pm

Steve Bloom, The Olympian

It’s a day for the dogs at the sixth annual Pups in the Park event Saturday from 9-5. It features doggie contests, including best trick, best costume and peanut butter lick along with pet vendors, food and fun. It will also feature Skyhoundz Northwest Regional Championship with flying disc dogs from eight states. Head out to Cirque Bridgeport Park, 7250 Cirque Drive W., University Place. Free admission; $10 contest fees. 253-565-8466,

Seattle comic Chris Alpine has appeared on HBO, MTV, Showtime and Comedy Central, at corporate functions and on cruise ships. He also is a veteran war zone entertainer. Before he heads off for a two-week Afghanistan tour, you can see him at 8 tonight, and 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Comedy Underground at Big Whisky Saloon, 100 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. Call 253-272-2489 or go to

Do you love searching for treasures at garage sales? Then check out the Junk in the Trunk Community Garage Sale in Lakewood. It’s a bunch of sales in one location – Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. S.W. Browse for that special something or one-of-a-kind item from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; if you want to sell your stuff, it’s $15 and you must register by calling 253-983-7887 or online at

Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones has released her fifth studio album, “Little Broken Hearts.” She’s on tour and will be performing at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. in Redmond. The 7 p.m. concert Saturday is part of the concert series in the park’s natural amphitheater. Tickets are $44-$64 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Billed as one of the largest gatherings on the education and promotion of hemp, Seattle Hempfest kicks off today and runs through the weekend. With six stages featuring live entertainment and national speakers the festival is designed to entertain and educate, all done on the power of volunteers. Hours are noon-8 p.m. today through Sunday taking place at Myrtle Edwards Park, Alaska Way West in Seattle. It’s free,

With Nordic entertainment, food, crafts, and all of the Vikings that you can handle, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Viking Days takes center stage this weekend. Both days will start with a Swedish pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon, and, throughout the festival, food from each of the five Nordic countries will be available for purchase, including Swedish meatballs, Norwegian lefse, Danish aebleskiver, and a variety of Finnish and Icelandic fare. It will feature the Viking Encampment, arts demonstrations and more family-friendly activities. Hours for the festivities are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, admission is free and the museum is located at 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle.

Known for his powerful falsetto voice, the frontman for The Four Seasons and 39 singles in the Top 40, Frankie Valli, has been performing for more than 50 years and still is going strong. See him in a 7 p.m. concert Sunday at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets for the show are $50-$100 and available through Ticketmaster.

It’s all about community at the Garfield Street Fair and Car Show taking place Saturday. Come check out the classic cars, discover local merchants and other vendors and enjoy live entertainment. It’s from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Garfield Street, in Parkland by Pacific Lutheran University and it’s free.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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