Whatever this white thing is, it needs to be cleaned up.

Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

-At the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, largely centered around Granville Island, more than 600 shows are put on over the course of ten days, ending Sunday. The theater pieces with the best audience response get a special encore Sept 21 to 25 at the Waterfront Theatre.

-Camp for free this weekend with Operation Shore Patrol, in which volunteers pick up litter from Washington State beaches. Reservations are required for the 40th annual event, with camping fees waived for participants at Cape Disappointment, Twin Harbors, and Ocean City state parks.

-Allium restaurant on Orcas Island gets its share of accolades, but they’re happy to let amateurs into the kitchen for a special weekend-long cooking class. Starting tomorrow, the package includes instruction by Kate McDermott on pie-making and from Amy Pennington on summer flavors. Brunch follows each class, and the $275 fee includes a $25 Allium dining credit.

-Only have a day? Take a whale watching and wildlife tour in the San Juans that starts right at Lake Union. For $298 total, hop a float plane to Friday Harbor, shop and eat at the quaint island town, then spend the afternoon on a boat peeking at porpoises. The last plane home takes off at 6:30, so you’ll be back downtown in time for a late dinner.

-The Harbor Hounds Dog Walk in Gig Harbor on Saturday raises money for animal charities, but also gives you a chance to show off your prize mutt. A dog pageant even one-ups Miss America with separate Beauty and Brains categories.

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