The second in our series of unclassifiable events around town, featuring two Census events, free fries, not-free-but-assuredly-delicious pancakes, something for astronomy nerds, and running around Alki on a quest.


If you've wondered how the census will deal with the five states permitting gay marriage versus LGBT households elsewhere, the Panel Discussion on the LGBT Community & the Census would be the place to find out. Census representatives, community leaders and academics will discuss the issues of identity and marriage as they relate to the 2010 census. Friday in the Auditorium of the downtown Seattle Library, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

What more can I really say about "Free Fries Friday"? How about that there's also $2 Fat Tires and Mighty Ranger IPAs and that Pike Street Fish Fry does this on the 3rd Friday of every month? 925 E. Pike Street on Capitol Hill, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center has been holding workshops and providing studio space for youngsters interested in stuff like DIY recording, breakdancing, and digital media. With Showcase: All Access, they want to show off what these youngsters have been up to. Free! Also, there will be snacks! Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

When was the last time you went Roller-skating? It happens every Friday at the Alki Community Center and costs $3 per person, with skates available on site. Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens St., 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

The rest of your weekend after the jump.


You early-rising running and cycling types may enjoy the Alki Street Scramble. Follow a map of the neighborhood to find thirty checkpoints in ninety minutes and run around scavenger-hunt-style collecting points. There will be awards and refreshments. Alki Beach, 62nd Ave SW & Alki Ave SW, starts at 9:30 a.m.

For you development and architecture wonks, Sally Clark of the Seattle City Council will be holding a Community Meeting on Rowhouses, Apartments & Townhomes. This is your chance to gripe at the people who write and change the building codes AND consume free coffee and doughnuts. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th Street in Greenwood from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

You've been meaning to start gardening, so go to Seattle Tilth's Edible Plant Sale and support urban agriculture. There are also three gardening lectures during the event and food vending from Patty Pan Grill and Mighty O Donuts. Hangar 30, Warren G. Magnuson Park from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen will host a Spring Equinox sunset viewing at Solstice Park in West Seattle. Man, I wish I had a cool title like Solar System Ambassador. Solstice Park, 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW at 7:22pm (but get there at 6:50 p.m. for the preliminary spiel about what you'll be seeing).

You are not going to Gay Bingo at the Fremont Studios on Saturday at 7 p.m. unless you already have tickets, because it is sold out. Maybe you should buy tickets for the April 17 “Biker Babe” Gay Bingo now instead.

A delightful-sounding but somewhat inexplicable LGBT Census community crawl happens Saturday. Unlike a pub crawl, this is all ages and intended to raise awareness of the 2010 Census. There will be Census swag and other goodies for the crawlers. Saturday, all over Capitol Hill, 5:00 p.m. to midnight.


Sunday means Pancakes! The Norse Home in Phinney Ridge hosts a Pancake Breakfast
Swedish pancakes, bacon, sausage and other side dishes. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave. N from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

If the weather is icky and you want to stay indoors all day, how about the SIFF 12-Hour Movie Marathon? Starts with Blood Simple, The Fourth Man The Road Warrior, and To Die For. For the last two films, Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind and Dan Ireland's The Whole Wide World, the directors will be on hand to introduce their films. The $100 ticket includes all 6 films plus 9am pre-marathon breakfast. SIFF Cinema on 321 Mercer Street, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.