No need to go to the beach to dig in sand – just head out to Sand in the City at Olympia’s new Hands On Children’s Museum, 106 11th Ave. S.W. The fun begins Saturday. Check out the sculptures and vote for the People’s Choice award, watch master sculptors create a giant sand sculpture, enjoy live music and entertainment, take part in more than 40 hands-on crafts and activities and, of course, play in two giant sandboxes. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, and it’s free; 360-956-0818, hocm.org.
Discover the art of quilting at the 2012 Pacific West Quilt Show opening today at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma. There will be workshops and more than 60 vendors. Hours are 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 daily, $20 multi-day. For APWQ members, it’s $10 multi-day. Sunday is Military Family Day, $10 per family; 253-778-6155, apwq.org.
Car lovers will want to head out to the 35th annual LeMay Car Show, Auction & Swap Meet taking place Saturday. Dealers from around the country will be there to look, swap and buy. There will be more than 1,000 vintage vehicles, with additional collections of dolls, antiques, and other nostalgic memorabilia. Donations and proceeds from this event benefit the LeMay Family Collection Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Join in the car frenzy from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. Tickets are $5-$10; 253-272-2336, lemaymarymount.org/lemay-car-show.htm.
Learn about the science of bubbles through demonstrations, create art at hands-on bubble craft stations, and make bubbles at Bubble Fest at Pacific Science Center starting today. Children of all ages can participate in a bubble extravaganza full of games, crafts and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sunday at the Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle. It’s $9-$16 to get in; the activities are included with admission. Free for members; pacificsciencecenter.org.
That pungent bulb with many health benefits will be star of the show at the Chehalis Garlic Festival starting today. There will be food, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, workshops and all kinds of fun. The festival is at Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 255 N. National Ave., Chehalis. Hours are noon-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free trolleys to the event pick up from the Centralia Amtrak station and in Chehalis from Holiday Inn Express, Denny’s restaurant parking lot, or the 500 block of North Market in downtown Chehalis. Tickets are $4-$5; chehalisgarlicfest.com.
From her early days on “Barney & Friends,” playing as Sonny Munroe in the Disney sitcom “Sonny with a Chance,” and starring in the 2009 movie “Princess Protection Program,” Demi Lovato has made a big splash in the pop music world and will likely draw from those experiences as judge on season two of TV’s “X-Factor.” Now catch her touring with special guest Hot Chelle Rae. They’ll stop at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Tickets for her 7 p.m. concert Thursday are $32-$55; get yours online at evergreenfair.org/concerts.asp.
Often classified as a country artist, Roseanne Cash offers music that draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues. The Grammy Award-winner and nine-time nominee will be joined by Madeleine Peyroux in a 6 p.m. concert Wednesday at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. The ZooTunes concert series is winding down with this last concert of the season. Get your tickets – $26 – online at zoo.org/zootunes.
With their signature beards and blues-rooted rock sound, ZZ Top has been performing since 1969. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will play a 7 p.m. concert Saturday at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $49-$175 and are available through Ticketmaster.
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