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January 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Weekend preview: 5 events to banish winter

Denial comes in handy in Seattle in January. Let’s ignore the fact that there are many more weeks of winter, and think spring. Here’s a list of five things you can do this weekend to put yourself in a warmer frame of mind.

Do you have other ideas to share with readers? We invite you to do so in the comments thread.

1. Mariners FanFest. Tours, exhibits, activities, player meet-and-greets and of course the Mariner Moose prime you for baseball season, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at Safeco Field. Kids 14 and under are free, and admission for everyone else is $10, so it’s affordable fun for families. Details here.

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2. Seattle Boat Show. Imagine yourself on deck, soaking up the sun as you glide through the cut. It’s not hard to envision at the boat show, with dozens of displays of watercraft and accessories, classes and seminars, kids’ nautical activities and more. It begins Friday, Jan. 25, and continues through two weekends, at two locations: CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union — and a free shuttle runs between them. $5-$12, ages 10 and younger free. More info here.

3. Masquerade Waltz & Cabaret d’Artiste. It might be a stretch right now to refer to anything in Seattle as a hot Latin night, but this evening at Century Ballroom might come the closest. Dance to the sounds of the Valse Cafe Orchestra; mask required. 8:30 p.m. Friday, 915 E. Pine St. (Capitol Hill). $20-$60 by reservation; tickets at the door if space available. Read more on the Century Ballroom website.

4. Hawaii Weekend, Seattle Aquarium. You can always find tropical waters and wildlife at the aquarium, and this weekend, special activities pump up the Aloha spirit. Look for Hawaiian music, hula dancing, talks on coral reefs, diver shows and more. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1483 Alaskan Way on the waterfront. $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free. All the details are here.

5. Seattle Asian American Film Festival. China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Pacific islands figure strongly in this three-day movie festival at the Wing Luke Museum. Perhaps most enticing is a Sunday matinee screening of “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” a documentary about the renowned ukulele master. Close your eyes, listen and remember the sun will someday return. Festival info here.

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(Photos: FanFest 2012 by Alan Berner; Jake Shimabukuro by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP.)

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