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April 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend

That's not just another driftwood stump -- it's a spyhopping gray whale that wowed beachwalkers April 13 just off Sandy Point in Saratoga Passage, near Langley, Whidbey Island. (photo by Jill Hein, Orca Network)

That’s not just another driftwood stump in the foreground — it’s a spyhopping gray whale that surprised beachwalkers April 13 just off Sandy Point, near Langley. The town hosts its annual Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade this Saturday. (photo by Jill Hein, Orca Network)

Has your compost heap gone toxic and it’s time to leave town? It’s Earth Day weekend, with free events in every direction:

GO NORTH

Join the annual Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade Saturday in Langley, on Whidbey Island. This time of year gray whales take up residence in Saratoga Passage, between Whidbey and Camano islands. There will be educational displays, costume-making and kid’s activities at the Methodist Church (Third and Anthes streets) at 11 a.m, with a 1:30 p.m. “come as your favorite critter” parade through downtown, ending at the waterfront with a whale blessing, music and dancing. Presentations on gray whales follow at the church from 3 to 5 p.m., including Dr. Sue Moore, NOAA biological oceanographer, presenting “Gray Whales as Sentinels of Climate Change.”

GO EAST

Search for the sun, east of the mountains, at the Chelan Earth Day Fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Chelan’s Riverwalk Park.  Expect educational displays on everything from solar energy to electric bikes and cars — and they’ll even have cookies baked in a solar oven. Plus music, food, a garden center and more.

GO SOUTH

Saturday is the Earth Day Extravaganza at Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake. Catering to families with children 4 and older, it will celebrate “wiggly worms, creepy crawlies and buzzing bees with fun family activities that help you learn about the earth and how we can all keep it healthy!” It’s noon-4 p.m. at 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.

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