Family fun calendar
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Christianson's Nursery and Greenhouse, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; growers will compete to produce the largest pumpkin; last year's winner was 1,281.5 pounds; food, live music, carnival games and more; www.christiansonsnursery.com.
Friendship Walk: 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at Legion Park, 114 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; friendship walk for people with special needs; reptile show, $5 hot dog lunch and more; www.villagecommunitysvcs.org.
Italian Festival: Sept. 28 to 29, Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, 305 Harrison St.; grape-stomping contest, pizza tossing, cooking demonstrations, historical photo exhibit and 32-team bocce tournament; free; 206-684-7200; www.seattlecenter.com; www.festaseattle.com.
Everett Sausage Festival: Noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 through 6 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church grounds, 2619 Cedar St., Everett; carnival, entertainment, children's activites, Bavarian dinner, food booths and more; www.everettsausagefest.com.
44th annual Railroad and Reunion Days: Oct. 5 on Granite Avenue, Granite Falls; children's parade, grand parade, carnival rides; Seafair Pirates, Shriners', a 5K, and barbecue sandwich's at the Fire Hall; free; 360-691-7733; www.granitefallswa.com.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Fully Charged: Shows at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; and at 1 and 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; regular tickets $20 to $65, opening night $12 on select seating; 866-332-8499; www.comcastarenaeverett.com; www.ringling.com.
"Pippi Longstocking; The Family Musical:" The Seattle Children's Theatre performs the play about a young girl with no school, no parents and no rules from Sept. 26 to Nov. 3 at the Charlotte Martin Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle. Performances are at various times, including some shows at 11:30 a.m., matinees at 2 p.m. and evening shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $29 for kids and $15 to $36 for adults at www.sct.org.
"Chicken Little": The sky is falling and Chicken Little must hurry to the palace to inform the king, gathering a gang of excitable friends along the way. The profesional cast is all adults. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at the PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. Tickets are $10 for everyone over age 1, available at www.storybooktheater.org.
"Tambourine Submarine": A deserted-island compendium, suitable for kids, will be presented on selected weekends from Oct. 19 through Dec. 5 at Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle. Performers include Recess Monkey, Seattle ballerina Ariana Lallone and dinner show trapeze aerialists Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer of Duo Madrona. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the show runs from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, Nov. 3, 9, 17, 24 and Dec. 7, 14 and 15. Tickets are $19 to $25, free for babies in arms through dreams.zinzanni.org/kidsshow. Call the box office at 206-802-0015.
"Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities": This traveling exhibit provides a look at the work of 10 women-run artisan cooperatives from across the world, featuring personal stories and examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts; through Oct. 27, at the Burke Museum, at the University of Washington, NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Admission is $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 students and youth, free to children 4 and under, Burke members, to UW students, faculty and staff, and to the public on the first Thursday of the month. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org.
"Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time": All exhibits at the Pacific Science Center reopen Sept. 21, including the permanent dinosaur exhibit. Explore the Mesozoic Era (248 to 65 million years ago) through eight robotic dinosaurs that move and roar. Among the dinobots are the meat-eater Tyrannosaurus Rex, the "tyrant lizard king," who was more than 50 feet long. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Admission is $18 general, $16 seniors, $13 for kids 6 to 15, $10 for chldren 3 to 5.
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