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Honor Thy Mother

Five ways to spend some quality time with that lovely lady this week.

By Karen Quinn May 5, 2010

Make it a Mother’s Weekend and invite tu madre to a talk with Real Simple editor Kristin Van Ogtrop tonight at Hotel Andra.

Does this sound familiar? You’ve taken Mom to brunch every Mother’s Day for the last 10 years and you’re dreading that $100+ pigout that will leave you feeling full—and unfulfilled. Why not get creative and surprise her with something a little more personal?

Say It With Flowers (The Live Ones)

The weather report says sunny and 60’s this weekend, so it’s a perfect time to dally among the dahlias at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, where the Garden Society will host a "social" with live music, cookies, and lemonade. Admission is free, and tours of the garden will be given. 1-4pm.

Laugh It Up

Can your mom take a joke? Mother’s Day at the Market Theater is all about improv, with the cast of Unexpected Productions telling mom-inspired stories and encouraging participation from brave ladies in the audience. Just remind her at the end of the show that at least you weren’t up there telling stories about your mom. $9.99. May 7 & 8 at 8:30; May 9 at 7.

Sporty Moms Choose Safeco Field

Root, root, root for the home team as they take on the LA Angels at Safeco Field on Sunday. The game is part of a nationwide MLB fundraiser for breast cancer research. Come early for pre-game festivities and see your favorite players don pink ribbons and swing pink bats in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Moms receive a commemorative magnetic photo frame upon entry. Game starts at 1:10. Gates open at 11:10am.

Boozy Book Club [TONIGHT!]

Join Kristin van Ogtrop—editor of Real Simple magazine, mother of three, and author of Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom—in a conversation about balancing work and family—fueled by apps and a cash bar, of course. $25 entry fee gets you special prizes, all the appetizers you can eat, and free admission for one friend. May 5, 7pm, Hotel Andra, 2000 Fourth Ave. For more info, go to

UPDATED: Get Crafty

Spend Saturday afternoon shopping locally made arts and crafts at the EtsyRain spring show at Intiman Theatre. If your mom doesn’t already know and love, an online community for buying and selling handmade purses, greeting cards, jewelry, etc, she will now. The first 50 people through the door will get free swag bags; $1 admission donation goes to Lifelong AIDS Alliance. May 8, 11-5.

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