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Alice Cooper, Rocket Race, Fantasy Lights, Turkey Trot and other happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Nov. 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm with No Comments »
November 16, 2012 3:01 pm

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Performing since the 1960s, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper still rocks the stage. See him at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $35-$70 through Ticketmaster.

Discover the ingenuity and design of local “pilots” at the 2012 Rocket Race at 1 p.m. Saturday. The rubber band/propeller-driven balsa rockets are shaped, painted and decorated in advance for the competition at the Olympic Flight Museum, 7637 Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia. Admission is $10-$15. Call 360-705-3925.

Thursday–Jan. 1
In its 18th year, Fantasy Lights, billed as the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, features nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. See bears flying kites, snowboys kicking fieldgoals, Santa snowboarding, frogs jumping in and out of a tree and reindeer leaping over your car. It kicks off Thursday and is open every night, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve through Jan. 1 at Spanaway Park, 152nd Street and Pacific Avenue. Admission is $13 per vehicle, $28 per mini-bus (16-24 passengers) and $45 per bus (25 or more passengers). Call 253-798-3330 or go to

Before chowing down on Thanksgiving dinner, get in a fun run at the Norpoint Turkey Trot. Bring the family and run the 5K, or walk the 2-mile course. There also is a kids trot. In its 18th year, the event is Tacoma’s longest running turkey trot and also collects used tennis shoes and food bank donations. The entry fee is $35 ($40 day of race) and includes a long-sleeve organic cotton tee (not guaranteed for race day registrants.) The fun begins at 9 a.m.; check-in is at 7:30 a.m. Call 253-404-3900 or go to

The bounty of art, music, performers and wine is back at Seattle’s waterfront this weekend with the Best of the Northwest Fine Art and Craft show. It features 250 artists, designers and craftspeople and 15 Washington wineries. Pearl Django and the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra Quartet will perform, alongside bluegrass, cajun and folk artists. The event is at Smith Cove Ship Terminal, Pier 91, Seattle. Hours are noon-6 p.m. today and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 at or $8 at the door.

Experience the Nordic Heritage Museum transformed into a Nordic Christmas marketplace for Yulefest. The site will be filled with Christmas crafts for kids, craft booths, food and entertainment with music and folk dancing. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle. Suggested donation is $3 for adults, $1 for ages 6-11 and free for kids younger than 6. Limited parking is available for a suggested donation of $2. Learn more at

The International Gem & Jewelry Show
is bringing its wares to Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Hours are noon-6 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission for all three days is $8 at the door or $6 in advance at Entry is free for all active duty military and veterans (with military identification) and their immediate family. Go to

Referred to as “Classically American,” the Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates 43 years of passion and power. It’s bringing three programs to The Moore Theatre this weekend. See a world premiere and a work by Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater Artistic Director Donald Byrd. The two 8 p.m. shows are tonight and Saturday at 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $25-$73. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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