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Free train rides, GreekFest, free child safety event, bead show, harvest festivals and more events this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:00 am |
October 5, 2012 3:43 pm

Ellinika Asteria dancer group members Jacob Cook, James Eagle, Hunter Stellard, Telemachos Manos and Angelo Fotinopoulos perform a Greek folk dance at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. (Janet Jensen/The News Tribune)

Indulge in great food and ethnic tradition at the 51st annual Greek Festival this weekend at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1523 S Yakima Ave., Tacoma. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, food prices range from $1 for a la carte items to $12-$14 for complete dinners. 253-272-0466, stnicholastacoma.org

Learn how to ensure your family’s safety at the Operation Kidsafe Free Child Safety Event. It’s 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Car Pros Kia of Tacoma, 7230 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Free. 866-962-5487.

Check out the collection of gemstone beads, pearls, jasper, quartz, agate, cracked glass, Chinese cut crystal, metal beads and more at the Beauty in the Bead Show starting today. It’s 1-7 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clarion Hotel Federal Way, 31611 20th Ave. S., Federal Way. Admission is free. 360-303-1870, beautyinthebeadshows.com.

Celebrate the season at the Fife Harvest Festival that will feature a Kids Zone and performance stages, as well as numerous art, craft, food and information vendors. It’s from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. today at Dacca Park, 2820 54th Ave. E. in Fife. It’s free. 253-896-8652, cityoffife.org/festival.

Join in the Terra Organics Harvest Fest today. There will be hay rides, a corn maze, live music and more. Held at Tahoma Farm, 21108 Orville Road E., Orting, hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Admission is $10 per carload and includes all activities.

Celebrate the opening of the Sounder train to Lakewood at the All Aboard: Sounder-to-Lakewood Launch Celebration. There will be live music and family activities at Tacoma Dome Transit Center, South Tacoma Station and the Lakewood Station, 11424 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood. Take a free train ride and stop at each station and enjoy the festiivities. soundtransit.org.

Get your yard ready for fall and winter by adding some local plants. Check out the Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. 253-591-6439, tacomanaturecenter.org.

The Tacoma Fall Home Show and Tacoma Fall RV Show at the Tacoma Dome is taking place, as well, this weekend. Get ideas to help with your home or traveling. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Adults $12, ages 16 and younger get in free, otshows.com.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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