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Get Out Weekend Planner, Feb. 17-19: 'American Teacher' Screening, Family Tree Planting, and More...

Check out our picks for the top activities and hot spots to hit this weekend.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

Sammamish Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-with-work, outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.

We know you have your favorites that we missed. So share the goodness in our comment box below.

American Teacher Screening at Sammamish Library

  • Where/When: 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Sammamish Library.
  • Why Go: Microsoft Partners in Learning, The Teacher Salary Project and community volunteers have joined forces to host a public screening of American Teacher this Saturday. The documentary, based on the New York Times bestselling book Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers chronicles the hard-hitting, first-person accounts of four teachers - and the challenges they struggle to overcome inside and outside the classroom. The film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today.
  • Cost: Free.

A Tree Planting Event for the Whole Family

  • Where/When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Lake Sammamish Wetlands, near  Marymoor Park.
  • Why Go: Join Whole Foods Market and the Friends of Cedar River Watershed in planting trees and native plants along Lake Sammamish. All volunteers will receive Free Pre-Screening Passes to see Dr. Seuss' The Lorax on March 1st*, Lorax t-shirt, and snacks provided by Whole Foods Market.
  • Cost: Free. Space is limited, RSVP Required, email nisa@cedarriver.org with your name and number of participants. Marymoor Park charges $1 for parking.

48th District Town Hall Meeting

  • Where/When: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Redmond City Hall.
  • Why Go: Sen. Rodney Tom will join Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Deb Eddy for a town hall meeting this Saturday, to discuss progress made thus far in the 2012 legislative session and to answer questions from the public.
  • Cost: Free.

Black History Month Celebration

  • Where/When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at Interlake High School.
  • Why Go: Join the Bellevue School District this Friday evening for their 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration. The evening is being emceed by an international corporate magician and comedian, Mr. Darrell Fisher, as well as a special keynote speaker who was a groundbreaking leader in the Seattle civil rights movement.
  • Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 6pm for $7 each.


Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly - Evergreen City Ballet

  • Where/When: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
  • Why Go: See a favorite children's storybook character, Fancy Nancy come to life! Based on the book by Jane O'Conner with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser, this charming adaptation of Bonjour Butterfly is sure to delight. Stick around after the performance and meet Fancy Nancy Illustrator and former ballerina, Robin Preiss-Glasser!
  • Cost: $19 for adults and $12 of students.

Disco Dance - Highland Community Center

  • Where/When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Highland Community Center.
  • Why Go: Come and groove to the sounds of the 70s, and show off some old and new moves to great disco music! This dance is for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Cost: $9 for Bellevue residents; $11 for non-residents.

Author Event - Red Goddess Rising

  • Where/When: 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Soulfood Books in Redmond.
  • Why Go: Soul Food Books and Cafe will host an Eastside interactive reading of Red Goddess Rising this Sunday afternoon. The event is sort of like a reading on steroids, Halle will be reading some short excerpts, talking about Egypt, and showing a presentation on the big screen, as well as answering questions about her spiritual awakening, what's going on in Egypt, and the book.
  • Cost: Free. 



Arlene Carter February 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
There is also an Artists' Reception for the local artists whose work is hanging in the gallery at Providence Marianwood. It will be on Saturday from 1-3 pm and evereyone is welcome. The art is beautiful and you will get a chance to speak with the artists themselves! Marianwood is located at 3725 Providence Point Dr SE (1/4 mile south of Pine Lake, adjacent to Bellewood Retirement Apartments).
Jeanne Gustafson February 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Arlene!

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