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Harbor Hounds, Rainier Mountain Festival, Hops & Crops Festival, music, comedy and more this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm with No Comments »
September 11, 2012 9:12 am

Pups of all shapes and sizes will be attending the 10th Annual Harbor Hounds event on September 15th, 2012. The 10th Annual Harbor Hounds Dog Walk benefits the Prison Pet Partnership, and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday. MINDI LAROSE/Special to the Gateway

Help support the Prison Pet Partnership and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday at the annual Harbor Hounds Walk the Town in historic Downtown Gig Harbor from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Check out a “Beauty and Brains” dog contest where your dog can show off its fashion sense in dress-up categories. There also will be obedience demonstration. Each has a $5 entrance fee. To walk your dog, you must register. There are three registrations available: top dog for $30, standard registration for $25, hound dog for $10, or order just a T-shirt for $15. All registrations come with a doggy bandana and a take-home wag bag full of free goodies. Go to for more details.

The Rainier Mountain Festival combines the chance to meet notable climbers, take part in outdoor games and pick up some deals on climbing gear. Enjoy films and multimedia shows, live music, food and a sale of rental gear. Hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Whittaker Mountaineering Mount Rainier Basecamp, 706 E. Ashford. It’s free. For more details, go to

Celebrate and learn about the rich history of local farms, including raising hops as a cash crop, at the annual Hops & Crops Harvest Festival at the newly renovated and restored Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn. There will be beer tasting, food, live music and a marketplace of crafters, farmers and artisans. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $7 for ages 13 and older; kids 12 and younger get in free with an accompanying adult. Taster admission for ages 21 and older is $15 and includes admission, a taster mug and five tokens. For more details, go to

Discover works by local artisans at the Freighthouse Square Second Saturday Craft Fair. Find specialty gifts such as quilting, wood turning, paintings, photography, candles, handmade soaps, jewelry, clothing and pottery from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Rainier Room at Freighthouse Square, 2501 E. D St., Tacoma. Admission is free.

Tuesday–Oct. 7
It fills the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. A white radio DJ wants to change the world and a black club singer is ready for her big break. Inspired by actual events, “Memphis” is a Tony Award-winning musical opening Tuesday at the 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 7. Tickets are $35-$95 at

Watch nature on screen at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at REI Seattle, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle. This year’s selections will show award-winning films about environmental activism, outdoor adventure and wildlife and nature. It’s sponsored by The Sierra Club Resilient Habitats Campaign. Stick around for a chance to win prizes through a raffle. Go to

Chosen to participate in the first season of “Last Comic Standing” and finishing second place in the competition, Ralphie May has taken his comedy to the next level. He has appeared in “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Tonight Show.” In 2005, he was the only white comedian to perform on “The Big Black Comedy Show.” See his standup show at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $30. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Huey Lewis and the News
achieved worldwide fame when its song “The Power of Love” was featured as a key track in the film “Back to the Future.” It became a No. 1 hit. The band continues to tour regularly and plays at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $45-$65 through Ticketmaster.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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