Running to Breathe Deep
Help fight lung cancer while you exercise at this timed 5K run. All donations will go to the LUNGevity Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for lung cancer research. The run will weave through forests and along the beach to the sights and sounds of nature. Pets and strollers are welcome.
Breathe Deep Seattle 5K Run/Walk, Sat, August 10, 8:30am-1pm, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, free-$35.
South Lake Union Block Party
Kick off the end of the work week at South Lake Union's ninth annual Block Party, complete with food, music, and an outdoor movie. The party starts at noon with food booths, a wine and beer garden, and kids' activities.
At 3:30, "SLU's Best Burger" competition begins. Fifteen bucks buys you a ticket to five different burger slider samples from some of Seattle's most celebrated chefs.
At 8pm, the Museum of History and Industry will host a round of trivia. The night ends with an outdoor screening of the 1980s classic "Dirty Dancing" at 9pm.
All proceeds will help fund an education center in Lake Union Park for the Center for Wooden Boats.
South Lake Union Block Party, Fri, August 9, noon-11pm, Denny Way & Westlake Ave. N, free.
Tour Volunteer Park
Take a guided tour of the Olmstead Brothers' 40-acre living legend, Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill—featuring histories of the park's Reservoir, Watertower, Conservatory and Museum.
Volunteer Park tour, Thurs, August 8, 6pm, Black Sun sculpture in Volunteer Park, free.
Alki Lighthouse History Lesson
Celebrate the Alki Lighthouse's 100th anniversary by taking a little walk down history lane. Will Winter, an Alki resident, will speak about the lighthouse's history as well as present a video explaining special festivities for its centennial year.
Alki Lighthouse in its Centennial Year, Thurs, August 8, 6:30pm, Log House Museum, 3003 61st Ave. SW, free.
Discussing the Missing Link
The Seattle Department of Transportation will host an open house to discuss the environmental impact of completing the "Missing Link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail, from 11th Ave. NW to 30th Ave. NW—a segment of trail that has been the subject of litigation for more than a decade.
Missing Link Environmental Scoping Open House, Thurs, August 8, 6-8pm, Ballard High School Commons, 1418 NW 65th St., free.
Save Lincoln’s Logs
Thursday is supposed to be 78 degrees and sunny, so there’s no excuse not to forgo your lunch break for some good old-fashioned weeding in Lincoln Park. EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership are leading a pack of volunteers to clear out invasive plant species and plop down some greenery more native to the area. They’ll supply the gloves, tools, and cautionary tales about the Himalayan blackberry.
Lincoln Park: West Seattle, August 8, 10 am–2pm, Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St., free.
The Boy Kings of Texas Reading
From bottle-blond sisters who feign a gringo drawl to their spell-casting grandmother, the characters of Domingo Martinez’s 2012 memoir embody extreme answers to the question of cultural assimilation. Hear the Queen Anne–based writer recount his experiences growing up Mexican-American in a Texas border town.
Domingo Martinez: The Boy Kings of Texas, August 8, 7 pm, Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, free.
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