-The Great Train Expo chugs into the Puyallup Fairgrounds this weekend, with hundreds model train dealers selling their wares through Sunday. Find inspiration at free workshops and hands-on demonstrations, but know that cash is king here—no credit cards are accepted for admission.

-The Give Thanks Fun Run on Saturday is a five mile jaunt around the wooded Redmond Watershed Preserve (there’s also a 1.7-mile option). Registration requires $10 and two cans of food for the Maltby Food Bank. The top winners go home with one heck of a prize: a pie.

-Cavalia is a horse-based stage spectacle; think of it as an equestrian Cirque du Soileil (it even shares a founder with that famous circus). It opened in Portland today under a big top tent with a cast of 45 horses and 37 acrobats, dancers, aerialists, and riders. Performances in the Pearl District will last through December (and it moves to Redmond in January).

-The Country Village—a shopping area in Bothell—presents Taste The Holidays Wine Walk on Saturday, serving seasonal treats like roasted chestnuts, ice-carving demonstrations, and tastes from local wineries. A $25 ticket gets you ten tasting tokens, limo rides around the village, and appearances by Emerald Ballet Theatre dancers. The village restaurants will waive their corkage fee for the evening.

-The Amnesty International Film Festival runs through Sunday in Vancouver, BC. Movies show off tales of human rights struggles and successes; look for the probing Kimjongilia about North Korea and Amnesty! When They Are All Free, a look at Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary. Tickets are $10, but there are discounts for students, seniors, and underemployed persons.

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