Today's picks for civic nerds.

For Friday

Cherry Blossoms at the Center

Experience a snapshot of Japanese culture at the 38th annual Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. The festival, which celebrates Japan's history and culture through live performances, visual art, food, music, and more was founded in 1976 in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees given to Seattle by Japenese Prime Minister Takeo Miki for the US bicentennial.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, Fri, Sat, Sun, April 26-28, 10 am, Center House Main Floor, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, free.

For Tomorrow

Spring Open House

The Sightline Institute, which focuses on sustainability in the Northwest, opens its doors for a spring open house to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The circa-1993 theme, naturally, is "Flannel and Fleece."

Sightline Open House, Thurs, April 25, 5-7:30pm, Sightline Institute, 1402 3rd Ave, Suite 500, free.

And for Today

What's Blooming in Bellevue

Find out about dozens of new projects and planning inititives in the works in Bellevue—including work related to the new East Link light rail route, expansion ofand downtown Bellevue livability and transportation plans—at this evening expo.

Spring Forward Expo, Wed, April 24, 4pm-7pm, City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, free.

King Street Station Waiting Room Reopens

After five years of work to renovate and make seismic upgrades to King Street Station, restoring the 1906 building to its former glory, the wait—for the main waiting room, at least—is over. Come celebrate the grand reopening of the station's main hall, which features marble walls, glass mosaic tiles, and bronze chandeliers, at a ceremony featuring Mayor Mike McGinn and a performance by the Ballard Sedentary Sousa band.

Grand Reopening of King Street Station’s Main Waiting Room, Wed, April 24, 11am-11:45 am, Main Waiting Room, King Street Station, S King St and 3rd Ave S, free.

Plans for PC-1

Join Pike Place Market staff and Miller Hull Partnership in viewing plans to redevelop a Market-owned parking lot known as PC-1 with new retail and restaurant space, low-income and artist housing, and additional parking, plus open space and a new pedestrian connection to the downtown waterfront. 

PC-1 North Community Open House Wed, April 24, 4-7pm, The Economy Building, Pike Place Market, free. 

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