Mother’s Day weekend has brought lots of events to check out with Mom:
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Explore 700 rhododendron species and stroll through the lush garden with live music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Rhododendron Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way. Admission is $8, $5 students and senior citizens, free for children younger than 12. For more information, call,253-838-4646
•PowellsWood Garden Mother’s Day weekend:
English garden with guest speakers, a book signing, tea, tours and music. Visitors should take the shuttle from Sacajawea Park, 1401 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, PowellsWood Garden, 430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way. For more information, go topowellswood.org/mothers-day-weekend-2015
•Mother’s Day Brunch with Georgia O’Keeffe:
Enjoy the exhibit “Eloquent Objects: Georgoa O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico,” at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, with refreshments and a poster. 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $35, $30 members, free for children 4 and younger. Call253-272-4258
to reserve your spot.
•Half-Price Mom’s Day at the Zoo:
Enjoy the Wonders Outdoor Theater, explore the animals and exhibits at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Regular admission is $17, $16 seniors, $13 children ages 5-12, $8.75 children ages 3-4 and free for children 2 and younger. For more information go topdza.org
•Mother’s Day Picnic:
With American Legion Post 222. Learn about the programs the legion has to offer for veterans and families; refreshments will be served. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Wapato Park, 6500 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma. It is free and open to veterans and their families.
Head of the glass
Starting in 1994 with just 20 students, Hilltop Artists has evolved into nine programs that serve more than 500 students each year. Exploring the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flame-working and glassblowing, the program has hot shops at Jason Lee Middle School and Wilson High School in Tacoma. Come out for its Spring Sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Arrive at 9 a.m. to get your timed ticket to shorten your wait in line, then return at your appointed entry time at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma. Proceeds support the tuition-free program. To find out more, go to hilltopartists.org.
Friday (May 8)
It’s going to be a night of electronic dance music and flying paint when the Life In Color: Big Bang World Tour comes to the Tacoma Dome for an 8 p.m. concert Friday. The lineup will include Life In Color, Diplo, Laidback Luke, Bro Safari and Branchez. Tickets are $56, and you can get yours through Ticketmaster.
Dig into your collection
Join the experts at the Burke Museum, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, for its Artifact ID Day. It’s the one day where all the experts are in one place to help you discover the history of your personal collections. Bring your treasured items, up to three per family, to find out their stories. Experts will examine baskets, blankets and other objects from Native American cultures, archaeological artifacts, bones, fossils and rocks. The event is 1-3 p.m. Saturday and is included in museum admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student with ID and youth ages 5 and older. Learn more at burkemusuem.org.
Bring him flowers
Performing for more than 50 years, Neil Diamond is best known for hits including “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “If You Know What I Mean,” “Desiree” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” to name a few. He has sold more than 125 million records worldwide, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s still writing and performing currently on his World Tour 2015. See him in an 8 p.m. concert Sunday at KeyArena, 405 Harrison Ave., Seattle. Tickets start at $61 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Saturday and Sunday
From Liverpool to Seattle
Celebrating the Beatles, the Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road” in two concerts this weekend. This concert is the fourth entry in the chronological exploration of the Beatles’ catalog, arriving at the final studio recordings of the iconic band. The performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Moore Theatre, 1925 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $25 and are available at 877-784-4829 or stgpresents.org.
Feel the spirit
Seattle Center’s Festal series will feature Spirit of West Africa with live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities and food. The event explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of West Africa. The festival is being held at Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Saturday, and admission is free.