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September 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: J.P. Patches celebration … Seattle Center birthday party

Weather: More sun today, with a high hovering around 80 degrees. Tomorrow may be between 10 and 20 degrees cooler, with rain likely overnight. Rain lovers can rejoice Monday, when showers are likely throughout the day.
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J.P. Patches waves into his “ICU2-TV” set at History House. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

J.P. Patches celebration: Folks who want to celebrate the life and legacy of Seattle TV clown J.P. Patches are invited to a public event today at 11 a.m. at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall.

Patches, played by Chris Wedes, appeared on television from 1958 to 1981, and delighted generations of children and adults with his impromptu humor. Wedes died July 22, at age 84, after a long battle with cancer.

Admission today is free, with donations accepted at the door for Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.

KIRO-TV will live stream the event here.

Seattle Center is (still) 50: The 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair kicked off in April, but today marks the official 50th birthday celebration of the Seattle Center. Party favors include: free rides in the Playway, free monorail rides for kids (with a paying adult), free Space Needle admission for two kids (again, with a paying adult), free admission to the EMP if you’re under 17, free entry to the Earth Portal and more.

The party is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday throughout the Seattle Center grounds; admission is free. More information at: www.seattlecenter.com/birthday.

Puyallup Fair off and running: The fair, which kicked off Friday, runs through Sept. 23. Admission $9-$12.50, but this weekend, kids get in free with a coupon from BECU. One of the fair’s new features: a fireworks show every night at 10 p.m. See the fair’s website for upcoming events.

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