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Pride Breakfast

Start this year's Pride Parade right at the Pride Brunch, held at Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom. Those who register for the brunch are guaranteed pre-reserved VIP seating at the Parade Viewing Pavilion at Westlake Plaza. Make sure to grab your breakfast and your seat before the parade starts at 11am at 4th Ave and Union Street. 

Pride Brunch, Sun, June 30, 8:30am Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave, $35 adults, $20 kids

For Saturday

Girls-Only Scavenger Hunt

Don't miss the third annual All-Girl Alley Cat, a city-wide scavenger hunt by bike. This year's alley cat, Girls of Summer, will begin at Gas Works Park and work its way around the city. Make sure to register beforehand (two drink tickets included!) and to bring a map of Seattle, a lock, a pen, and a helmet. Game on!

Girls of Summer, June 29, 2pm registration, 3pm race, Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, $5

Community and the Corridor

It's a 23rd Avenue double feature—a workshop on the Department of Planning and Development's 23rd Avenue Action Plan (a plan, focused on three Central District intersections, to make the neighborhood healthier, safer, and more equitable), and an open house on the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvement Project.

The corridor improvement project will focus on repaving and transit and pedestrian improvements on 23rd Ave between E John and S Jackson Streets. Learn more about the plan at the city's website

23rd Avenue Joint Community Workshop & Open House, Sat, June 29, 9am – 12pm, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry Street, free.

Family Pride

Celebrate PrideFest weekend with the whole family at PrideFest Family Day. The family-friendly event will feature camp and field games run by Camp Ten Trees, including tag, kickball, races, bowling, and a water balloon toss. You can also stop in all day to catch Jeff Evan's Magic Show, story time, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. 

PrideFest Family Day, Sat, June 29, 12-5pm, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, free. 

For Friday 

Calling All Batteries

Clear out your desk drawers and bring your old batteries to Westlake Park for Call2Recycle's battery recycling event this Friday. In an effort to reduce toxic waste from discarded batteries, Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed the first Battery Recycling Day last year. This year, John Curley of Evening Magazine will challenge recyclers to "tip the scale", or, deposit more batteries than their body weight.

Battery Recycling Day, Fri, June 28,10:00am - 2:00pm, Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, free.

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