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Grand Floral Daffodil Parade, Grey Skies Blues Festival, plant sale, home show, art festival fundraiser and more events this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on April 13, 2013 at 6:30 am with No Comments »
April 12, 2013 3:00 pm

Just a reminder to bundle up and head out for the annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade today. “The Magic of Music” is this year’s theme. Watch marching bands, floats and, of course, the royal court go by. Route times are 10:15 a.m. Tacoma, 12:45 p.m. Puyallup, 2:30 p.m. Sumner and 5 p.m. Orting.

If you’re in Tacoma, stick around and enjoy the Gray Sky Blues Festival throughout the downtown area starting at noon. Venues in downtown Tacoma include the Harmon Brewery, The Swiss Pub and Cutter’s Point Coffee. Enjoy the Third annual Harmon Brewery Rod and Custom Car Show across the street from The Harmon Brewery. For a complete schedule of bands and times, go to html.

There is nothing small about The Big Home and Garden Show put on by the Olympia Master Builders on Saturday and Sunday at Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion. A variety of speakers will talk and offer demonstrations on the hour. A highlight is appearances by Mark and Theresa of “MyFixItUpLife” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5, but military members with ID get in for half off Saturday and seniors get half-price admission Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Go to

If gardening is more your style, then check out the Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association Plant Sale today from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Furney’s Nursery, 21215 Pacific Highway S., Des Moines.

Join in helping to maintain the Curran Apple Orchard, 3920 Grandview Drive W., University Place, by helping at a tree-pruning party today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. It’s all free, call 253-565-8466 for more information.

Bring the family out for an Urban Art Festival Fundraiser today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Bead Factory, 5704 N. 26th St., TAcoma. Drop in anytime where there will be artsy crafts of all kinds for all ages. Donations are appreciated.

Feel the wind in your hair, breathe in the fresh air and sing a shanty as you sail in the tall ship Adventuress. As part of its centennial year, hop on board for a run through Puget Sound, exploring the local waterways. The Adventuress will sail starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for youth. Coffee, tea, and homemade cookies will be provided by the crew. Call 360-379-0438 to schedule your trip.

Explore the foot trails and new boardwalk at the Morse Wildlife Preserve as part of the free Open Trails Program, a monthly event between April and October. Discover distinct habitats from upland forest to riparian to prairies to wetlands from 1-4 p.m. today. The preserve is at North Fork of Muck Creek in Graham. Call 253-591-6439 for more information.

Join the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Percussion Quartet as it takes you on whirlwind tour around the world at the Rhythms from Around the World concert at 2:30 today. Explore the elements of rhythm, learn about an assortment of instruments from around the world and get an inside look into the world of percussion instruments. The concert is at University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall, North 14th Street and Union Avenue, Tacoma. Admission if $5-$7, call 253-591-5890 for more information.

Enjoy the blues sound of Phil Madiera at the free Blues Vespers at 5 p.m. today. It’s at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 910 N. J St., Tacoma. Donations are accepted.

Take the family out for the free Jazz Live at Marine View concert tonight featuring Tucson saxophonist Neamen Lyles. The concert is at 5 p.m. at Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE in Tacoma and is appropriate for all ages. Call 253-229-9206 for more information.

Make a evening at the ballet with a trip to Seattle to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Swan Lake.” The classic performance is at 1 p.m. today and runs through April 21 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $28-$173, call 206-441-2424 for more information.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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