The theme is “Trees Belong in Cities,” in Snoqualmie’s annual Arbor Day poster contest for students in fourth and fifth grade. Poster creators should submit original artwork to the city of Snoqualmie by Friday, April 4. Contest details, requirements, and submission information are posted on the city website in the Events & Activities section. To learn more, call (425) 831-5784
Traditional Andean musical group, Quichua Mashis, gives a concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Duvall Visitor Center, 15619 Main St. There is a $5 suggested donation. The concert is presented in partnership with the Duvall Cultural Commission and the Ethnic Heritage Council.
Kathy Griffin, a two-time Emmy winner, bestselling author and four-time Grammy nominee, gives a show, 10 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Snoqualmie Casino ballroom. Tickets range from $30 to $85. Learn more at snocasino.com/events/2014-kathygriffin. An 8 p.m. show is already sold out.
Join your preschooler in exploring the world of a salmon, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W Sunset Way. Friends of the Issaquah offers this fun hands-on program monthly in the spring. It includes a slide show about salmon and acting out the life cycle, a tour of the hatchery and feeding the fish, station time with a water-play station, microscope, smelling game, craft activities, and story time. Takes place in the Watershed Science Center at the hatchery. Registration required.
The Black Dog Arts Coalition’s 2014 Flash Film Fest, an all-ages showcase of documentary, mockumentary and short films, is next week. Viewings are 8 to 10 p.m. March 13, 14 and 15 at the Black Dog Arts Café in Snoqualmie.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Carnation with dinner and a pint, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Sno-Valley Tilth’s second annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash. Tilth is partnering with the Sno Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation, this year for a bigger and better bash.
The Northwest Railway Museum will soon hold its third annual docent training program, and is now seeking volunteers interested in becoming docents. Museum docents are trained volunteers who give tours to visitors and educate them on how “the Railroad Changed Everything.”
Artist Bruce Edwards will visit Carnation from British Columbia, to teach his popular watercolor class, 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, March 3 at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation.
Mount Si High School's Festival of the Arts is now taking submissions for the annual event. The festival, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the high school library and in the Wildcat Court, is open to all students, not just those focused on art.
“Orphan Train” novel author Christina Baker Kline will give a book talk and signing, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Valley Center Stage, 119 W North Bend Way. This free program is sponsored by King County Library System, Valley Center Stage and the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society.
Valley Animal Partners' second annual "Barko" Bunko Bash is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Si View Community Center, 400 Southeast Orchard Dr., North Bend. The event is a fundraiser for VAP's non-profit fund to spay and neuter local pets, to prevent pet overpopulation. Admission is $25 per person, or $75 for a table of four, and includes the game, appetizers, a drink ticket, raffles, prizes and shopping.
The Black Dog Arts Coalition is accepting submissions for its 2014 Flash Film Fest. The contest is open to all ages from teen to adult. Any genre is accepted from documentary, mockumentary, animation, but they are only taking a limited number of “R” rated films, as this is an all-ages show.
Washington Filmworks will be visiting to explore the Snoqualmie Valley and talk about the future of filming movies, TV shows and commercials locally at the March luncheon of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend hosts its “Dining in Good Company” winter fundraiser dinner, 6 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22. The menu includes a choice of beef medallions and Dexler potatoes or seafood medley, with all the trimmings, for $25. Only 75 tickets will be sold.
A Contra Dance and waltz lesson is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. The band will be the very talented "Creekside", with Lindsey Dono as the caller. The evening will start with a delicious soup, brimming with fresh vegetables and accompanied by hearty, rustic bread, which will be available at 6:30 p.m. The musicians will play waltzes in between the Contra Dance. Don’t know how to waltz? Dance Leader, Tim Noonan, will be giving Waltz lessons between 7 and 8 p.m.
Sample local wines, cheeses and chocolates at the Sno-Valley Senior Center's second wine-tasting event, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation. The wines featured will come from Belmonte Cellars and Pleasant Hill Cellars, both in Carnation, and Wm. Grassie Wines, Fall City.
Forty-five German students from Mount Si High School are going to an international concert. One of Germany’s most popular young indie pop bands, Tonbandgerät (‘Tape Recorder’), make the first stop on a four-week tour through the United States, Sunday, March 4, at Everett’s Civic Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is required.
Valley Center Stage presents A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. The show, performed by Rochelle Wyatt and Peter Cook, plays one weekend only. Tickets are $17 and $14.50 for seniors. Love Letters, which premiered on Broadway in 1989, tells the story of lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and artist Melissa Gardner, whose lives have been entwined since they met in second grade.
West African kora musician Foday Musa Suso gives a concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Duvall Visitor Center, 15619 Main St. in Duvall. Suso comes from a traditional Mandinka griot family from Gambia in West Africa. His main instrument is the kora, a traditional West African twenty one string harp-lute. In the Mandinka tradition, the kora player is also a skilled singer, oral historian, geneologist and storyteller.
Photographer and Bellevue College teacher Ray Pfortner gives a presentation to the Mount Si Artist Guild, noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave S., North Bend. The event is free to all MSAG members, or a $5 donation for non-members.