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Spring Swap Meet, Pokéman card competition, a cappella concerts, St. Patrick’s Day events and more happenings this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on March 16, 2013 at 6:30 am |
March 15, 2013 11:54 am

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TODAY
Get a jump on the car show season and head out to the Almost Spring Swap Meet featuring vintage car parts, antiques and collectibles, and a vintage classic car show. It’s at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 today and $3 Sunday. Kids younger than 12 are free with an adult.

The Washington Pokemon Trading Card Game State Championships are taking place today and it’s not just for players – the family-friendly free event is open to spectators as well. Competitors will vie to be state champion and earn championship points that count toward a potential invitation to the Pokemon World Championships. 8:30 a.m. today at the Seattle Center, San Juan Room, 305 Harrison St., Seattle.

Discover the beauty of locally handcrafted egg art at the Decorated Egg Sale today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Find hand-cut, natural-dyed, decoupage eggs, and more just in time for Easter. It’s at Marion Grange Hall, 27725 Sumner Buckley Highway in Buckley.

Original and reproduction military goods from multiple time periods will be on display and for sale at the Historic Fort Steilacoom Military Swap Meet and Display. The free event is being held at Historic Fort Steilacoom, Quarters 2, 9601 Steilcaoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood.

It’s all about the voices, harmonies and vocal musical instruments at the Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival today. The competitive event spotlights the vocal dexterity of the Northwest’s top a cappella groups whose musical magic ranges in style from jazz to pop to doo-wop, and everything in between. Head down to Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE in Olympia. It starts at 7:30 with tickets at $13-$26, call 360-753-8586 for details.

SUNDAY
Created for young audiences, Pacific North-west Ballet’s “Hansel & Gretel” is a narrated performance, a perfect outing for the family to introduce them to the world of ballet. Showtimes are noon and 3:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 p.m. March 23. It’s at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle with tickets from $25 to $67. Call 206-441-2424 or go online to pnb.org for more information.

Billed as the largest show in the West, Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show features dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, books and accessories and added collectibles, antiques, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry and more. Sunday is the final day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW. Admission is $4-$7 at the door.
Get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood at the Irish Festival of Seattle with music, singing and dancing, and champion Irish Step dancers from around the Pacific Northwest and Ireland. The event at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., will also feature genealogy and Irish language workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish Reels Film Festival with contemporary Irish short films, children’s contests and activities. Don your green and discover the world of Ireland. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Three sisters, sharing their love for Irish music, traditional Irish step dance and storytelling perform a special St. Patrick’s Day show when the Gothard Sisters take the stage at Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. in a 2 p.m. concert Sunday. Tickets are $15-$17, call 253-931-3043 for more information.

Listen to the music of Handel, Stravinsky, Sciarrino, Husa, and Olympia’s own Ben Kamen at the PULSE in the Rotunda concert at 2 p.m. today. A concert for everyone, performers include Daniel Buscher, Clifton Antoine, Justin Bulava, Aaron Inglin, Kate Inglin, Joseph Sokolik and Ron Lenz. The performance is at Capitol Rotunda, 100 Capitol Way N., Olympia and is free. A donation of $10 is suggested.

Some other St. Patrick’s Day events:

Saint Paddy’s Luck Of The Irish Pubcrawl noon March 16, Saint John’s Bar & Eatery, 719 E. Pike St., Seattle. $10.
Irish Dance with Scoil Rince Slieveloughane 16-2 p.m. March 16, Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. SW, Tumwater.
Third Annual St. Patrick Day Party 6 p.m. March 16, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood. $25 per person or $50 per family. 253-588-6621, saintmaryslakewood.org.
St. Patti’s Night Out Late Night at Teatro ZinZanni 11:15 p.m. March 16, Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle. $40-$55. 206-802-0015, zinzanni.org.
St. Pats with Loch Dhu 8-11 p.m. March 17, McMenamin’s Spar Cafe, 114 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Free. 360-357-6444
St. Patricks Day featuring bagpipers, 6 p.m. March 17, The Swiss Pub & Restaurant, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma.
St. Patrick’s Celebration at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. 253-591-5337, pdza.org.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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