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February 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Weekend preview: 5 free things to do Feb. 8-10

For those of you who may be sitting down to take a look at your 2012 tax forms for the first time this weekend, we offer five, fun, free distractions. Three of them take place in the daytime and are suitable for kids. The other two are evening events, perfect for an outing with friends or even an intrepid date.

As always, if you have weekend happenings to recommend, please share them with other readers on the comments thread.



Lunar New Year. Welcome the Year of the Snake by taking a quick slither through the Chinatown/International District. You’ll encounter dragon/lion dances, a food walk with $2 tasting menu, a children’s costume parade, music and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle, and surrounding neighborhood. Details are here. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times.)

Seattle Public Library Sunday celebration. All Seattle Public Library branches are now open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Celebrate at the Fremont Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, 731 N. 35th St., Seattle (206-684-4084 or

Fire Station Open Houses. As part of Neighbor Appreciation Day, the following fire stations are welcoming visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own Dalmation (though you might have to leave him or her tied outside). Waterfront, 925 Alaskan Way; Green Lake, 6846 Oswego Pl. N.E.; Ballard, 1521 N.W. Market St.; Phinney Ridge, 7304 Greenwood Ave. N.; Bitter Lake, 401 N. 130th St.; South Park, 800 S. Cloverdale St.; Mount Baker, 2931 Mount Baker Blvd. S.; West Seattle Junction, 3715 S.W. Alaska St.; West Seattle, 7700 35th Ave. S.W.; High Point, 1514 S.W. Holden St.; University District, 1050 N.E. 50th St.; Hawthorne Hills, 4004 N.E. 55th St.; Queen Anne, 3205 13th Ave. W.; Roanoke, 901 E. Roanoke St.; Capitol Hill, 1300 E. Pine St.; Rainier Valley, 5968 Rainier Ave. S.; Rainier Beach, 9645 Renton Ave. S.; Crown Hill, 8729 15th Ave. N.W.; Lake City, 2806 N.E. 27th St.; Northgate, 1319 N. Northgate Way, Seattle. Read more on the Fire Department’s website.



Georgetown Art Attack.. One of Seattle’s funkiest neighborhood art walks turns five this Saturday. Not sure where to start? Walking tours and a free art bus are part of the program. Read more here. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.)

Nighttime Low Tide Walk. Seattle Aquarium staff host walk, wear boots, bring a flashlight, 8:30-10 p.m. Friday, Constellation Park (South Alki Beach), 63rd Avenue Southwest and Beach Drive Southwest, Seattle; free, preregistration encouraged but not required (



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