Saturday and Sunday
Blessed are the furry and feathered
Join in two Blessings of the Animals this weekend — a tradition conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Bring pets of all kinds to Holly Rosary Parish, 424 S. 30th St., Tacoma, for a blessing from 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Saint Andrew’s Espicopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma, invites the community to bring their pets to a service celebrating “all creatures great and small” at 10 a.m. Sunday. Children may bring a favorite stuffed animal or a photo to represent a loved pet.
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Fall in Fife
Fife gets back to its agricultural roots at the Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. The free festival hosts a Kids’ Zone and performance stages as well as numerous art, craft, food and information vendors. Rain or shine at Dacca Park, 2820 54th Ave. E., Fife. The pancake breakfast kicks off at 7 a.m. at Dacca Barn followed by festival activities at 10 a.m. Don’t miss the parade at 10 a.m. from Fife City Hall to the park. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/TNT-Fife-Harvest.
Join in old-fashioned fun and help support the Steilacoom Historical Museum at its annual Steilacoom Apple Squeeze on Saturday. Learn what making cider was like using hand-cranked apple presses or buy a jug of fresh squeezed cider. A street fair will feature artisans; apple related food, such as apple pie, cider floats, corn and apple fritters; and music all day with Spot the Dog, Steve and Kristi Nebel and Barleywine Revue. There will be pony rides for children at noon along with other family-friendly activities. The Squeeze runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Steilacoom. For more information call 253-581-4133.
Paging all Pagans
Discover everything you might want to know about Paganism at the annual Central Puget Sound Pagan Pride Day from 11 a.m.-6p.m. Saturday. There will be fellowship, classes, workshops, live entertainment, rituals, children activities, vendor booths and more. People of all ages, religions and traditions are welcome. It’s all happening at Frieghthouse Square, East 25th and D streets, Tacoma. Admission is free with a donation of nonperishable food items for Northwest Harvest. For more information go to cpsppd.org.
Take the bait
In its 26th year the Fishermen’s Fall Festival celebrates the local fishing fleet at the free community event at Fishermen’s Terminal, 1900 W. Nickerson St., Seattle. The day includes live music, free ship canal tours, U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstrations, survival suit races and creative activities for kids. It’s 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and benefits the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial. For all the details go to fishermensfallfestival.org.
Friday (Oct. 3) - Sunday
Billed as one of the nation’s premier chocolate events, the Northwest Chocolate Festival will bring all things chocolate to Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle. There will be workshops, demonstrations, wine pairings and much more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Tickets are $25 general admission day pass or $40 for weekend pass. Go to nwchocolate.com to get yours.
Friday (Oct. 3) - Sunday
There’s no place like home
The 16th Annual Seattle Home Show 2 takes over CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, with hundreds of displays of home and garden products, cooking demonstration, the newest in building products and materials, landscape displays, living green and daily “Meet the Experts” seminars plus cooking demos by well-known local chefs, wine tasting, arts and crafts and home decorating. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday with admission at $12 adults, $8 seniors, $3 juniors and children younger than 7 are free.