Saturday — Sunday
Be a doll, check out the bears
For all you doll and teddy bear fans, make it to the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup, for the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear show this weekend. It features vendors and displays for every collector’s liking, including antiques, miniatures, doll-making supplies, accessories and furniture. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 adults, $4 kids younger than 12. Enter at the Gold Gate.
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Dancers and gifts and more at Celtic Faire
Delve into the Celtic culture at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s annual Celtic Faire. It will feature traditional dancers and music, crafts and gifts, high tea, a bake shop, plus children’s activities. It runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma. Bring the family out for a fun day of free activities.
You, too, can benefit from volunteering
Find out ways to stay connected to your community by volunteering at the annual Volunteer Fair. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, find a service organization that fits your needs at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center on the Washington State Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. The free event is presented by the Puyallup Area Aging in Community Committee. There is free parking in the Red Lot, enter through the Red Gate. For more information, go to puyallupvolunteerfair.org.
Friday (Oct. 23) — Saturday
Don’t fear the Curse of the Apples
Get into the fall spirit with ghosts, goblins and ghouls — 19th century style — at the annual Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen event at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. Take the jack-o’-lantern–lit path to a roaring bonfire, where storytellers will bring forth the spirits of the 19th century and tell tales of cursed apples and cold graves. From 7-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 23) and Saturday. The night begins with mild, kid-friendly stories and, after an intermission, continues with scarier tales. Advance tickets online are $7 adults, $5 children. Tickets are good for either night. Go to fortnisquallyfoundation.org for more information.
Sex isn’t a lark, but Lark sings about sex
Rachel Lark has been spreading the word about sexual positivity, healthy relationships and sexual consent for the past few years. With ukulele in hand, she writes and performs songs that encourage thought, conversation and a little humor. Her artistry that’s garnered media attention and acclaim — including from The Savage Lovecast series and Salon magazine. She will perform an 8 p.m. show Tuesday at the University of Puget Sound, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. She will sing songs, talk about feminism and sexual positivity, and follow it up with a Q&A session. It is free and open to the public.
Have ukulele, will travel
Billed as the undisputed master of Hawaii’s most classic instrument, the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro is quickly becoming a household name associated with the islands. Grab your Hawaiian shirt and slip a flower into your hair before you head for his 8 p.m. show Friday (Oct.23) at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $31.25-$41.25; call 877-784-4849 or see stgpresents.org.
Having first made his appearance on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and now one of the premiere young choreographers in the dance world, Travis Wall joins forces with Nick Lazzarini, and Teddy and Kyle Robinson to bring “Shaping Sound” to the stage. It is a mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought to life by performers who cut their teeth on “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Mark you calendar for the 7:30 p.m. show Thursday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. Seattle. Tickets are $31.25-$61.25 at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.
Friday (Oct. 23)
Get a chance to sample Seattle-only beers at the annual Brew Seattle taking place at Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor, 2211 Alaska Way, Seattle. Try more than 80 beers from local Seattle breweries, plus a couple of cideries, from 6-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 23). Play some corn hole, listen to music and enjoy giveaways, then vote for the Brewery of the Year. Tickets are $30.90 and include six 5-ounce tasting tokens; more are $2 each onsite. For more information, go to brewseattle2015.shindigg.com.