DIVERSIONS


SATURDAY 8/21

KAVA CELEBRATION -- Kava Kava: The new wave in mediation (not meditation), according to its pushers -- er, supporters. Learn about the herb's stress-relieving, sleep-aiding characteristics in this open-bar celebration. Tonic Herbs Elixir Bar, 459 N 36th St, 632-8336, 7-9 pm, free.

RAINIER VALLEY HERITAGE FESTIVAL & PARADE -- Here's the surreal part: The Atlantic Street Kids' Parade of Giant Puppets, encouraging children to get a free mask and march alongside five huge and brightly painted puppets. The rest of the press release is just info about community participation and Miss Bud Hydroplane. Rainier Ave S from Dawson to Alaska, noon-1:30 pm, free.


SUNDAY 8/22

HEMPFEST -- Seattle's Hempfest is a blend of scholarly discussion about the medicinal and economic advantages of the cannabis plant, as well as down 'n' dirty rock, reggae, and loooove connections. This year's theme is "Industrial Hemp," and bands include Swamp Mama Johnson, Kilgore Trout, and the Herbivores. Myrtle Edwards Park, Pier 70, www.seattlehempfest.com, 10 am-7:30 pm, bring food donations.


TUESDAY 8/24

TREASURE BOOKMAKING -- Bring things that are near and dear to you to include in your own special book -- or use whatever the instructor brings. You will receive instruction on making a simple treasure book. Turtle Press Studio, 2026 NW Market St, 706-3186, 6-9 pm, $40.


WEDNESDAY 8/25

COLUMBIA CITY FARMER'S MARKET -- This Wednesday at the verdant market, even vegetables will dance to the sounds of Filipino singing. Nationally renowned chef Violet Noriega demonstrates Filipino cooking techniques, and there will be a performance of Filipino bamboo dance and celebration of the Filipino culture in general. Farmer's Market, 4801 Rainier Ave S, 722-4835, 3-7 pm, free.

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