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May 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

5 free things to do this weekend

Welcome to an ALL-FREE edition of The Seattle Times’ weekend preview. (Compliments of a $1,700 car-repair bill I received this week, but that’s a different story.)

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U District StreetFair: How many Seattleites, like me, first fell in love with street fairs at this annual event? It offers block after block of sights, sounds and delicious smells. Crafts, street performers and food vendors take over University Way from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Full description here.

Kite Day on Maury Island: True, you have to pay for the Vashon Ferry to get to this, but if you take a picnic and a dime-store kite, you still have the makings of a memorable outing, at very low cost. Details here.

Bicycle Sunday: Cars are banished from Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker to Seward Park for this two-wheeled rite of summer. Enjoy a serene ride with incredible views, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More info is on the Parks and Rec website.

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Penn Cove Water Festival: You’ve read this week about struggling mussel farmers trying to cope with the damage inflicted by a sunken crab boat in Penn Cove. Here’s your chance to support the surrounding community. Canoe races, entertainment and kids’ activities are on the agenda from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. See www.penncovewaterfestival.com for more info.

3 Minute Masterpiece: We’ve inundated you with coverage of Seattle International Film Festival, which opened last night, and the 3 Minute Masterpiece contest, sponsored by SIFF and The Seattle Times. Here’s the payoff: You’re invited to a free screening of 11 short films submitted by readers at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, at 10 a.m. Saturday. See you there!

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Learn a little more about SIFF and the 3 Minute Masterpiece screening in this video, below, taped this morning at KING 5:

(Photos: U District StreetFair 2011 by Ken Lambert/Seattle Times. Coupeville, Whidbey Island, by John Lok/Seattle Times. Three Minute Masterpiece “Kickstarter Kidnap” by Trish Harnetiaux and Jacob A. Ware.)

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