I don’t know whether it’s the evergreens in every living room, or the sight of all that cash flying out of my pocket, but something has me thinking green today. Here are a few recommended things to do this weekend that fit the theme. If you have more suggestions, please add them in the comments thread.
“PLASTICS UNWRAPPED”: The Burke Museum at the UW has just unveiled a new exhibition that examines humankind’s complicated relationship with plastic. (So convenient! So environmentally troublesome!) On Friday, your family is invited to view the show and then hang around to make some crafts with recycled materials. The crafts session is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find more information on the Burke’s website.
VOLUNTEER PARK CONSERVATORY: The beautiful, 100-year-old glass conservatory was recently threatened with demolition, but looks to be pulling through. This weekend, a toy train, poinsettias, lights and the usual lush array of tropical and dessert plants more greet visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details here.
HAPPY HOURS: No, the drinks aren’t green, but the money you save — by noshing at a bar instead of going out to dinner with the works — will be. See Seattle Times reporter Tan Vinh’s recent write-ups of Copper Coin in West Seattle; the Tin Lizzie in Lower Queen Anne (pictured, by Seattle Times photographer John Lok); or the Lodge Sports Grille in Kirkland. Note: If you’re looking for a place that’s open on Christmas Day, here’s a little list. (Kinda naughty AND nice, all rolled into one.)
MORE: Looking for a longer list of things to do? Try Seattle Times staffer Madeline McKenzie’s Community Corner or movie critic Moira Macdonald’s roundup of happenings at Seattle’s independent cinemas. Cheers!