Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy several fun outdoor activities in nature this month! Here are some neighborhood activities to mark on your calendar in April…

Throughout April: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In April, the workshops offered are as follows:

April 1: First Saturday Family Program
11am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seattle Japanese Garden with your family on the monthly first Saturday family program. Kickstarting on Saturday, April 1st, the program will feature Washington’s Japanese-America Society, with a fun and educational program titled, “Taro Goes to School”. With interactive activities, coloring, origami and more, your family won’t want to miss this fun event. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and under, and tickets are $6 for adults. Tickets for youths aged 13 and older, students with ID and seniors are $4.

April 2: France vs. Argentina Malbec Wine Tasting
11am — 5pm | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants is offering a free tasting of malbec wines on Sunday, April 2nd. The featured wines are the 2012 Les Fiefs d’Anglars Malbec from Vin de Pays du Lot, and the 2015 Bosca La Linda Malbec.

April 2-6 & 9-13: Seattle Restaurant Week at Madison Park Restaurants
Dinner | Madison Park Restaurants
A handful of Madison Park restaurants are participating in this season’s Seattle Restaurant Week, with three courses for $32: Bar Cantinetta, LUC, The Harvest Vine, Vendemmia, and Voila! French Bistro.

April 6: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

April 6: First Thursday Art Exhibit
5pm — 6pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
The Seattle Japanese Garden is hosting an artist reception on April 6th to showcase its current art exhibit, ICHI-GO ICHI-E一期一会, by Season Yoshida. There will be a musical accompaniment, orchestrated by Season Yoshida, herself. Tickets are $6 for adults, free for kids ages 12 and under, and for youths aged 13 and older, students with ID and seniors, tickets are $4.

April 18: A Closer Look: Magnolia Tour
6:30pm — 8pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections, Ray Larson, will lead a tour highlighting the Magnolia Collections on April 18th. Magnolias are blooming this time of the year, so expect a gorgeous expert guided tour of this collection! You’ll also take home tips on what might work in your own garden. This event is free, but a $5 donation at the door supports the Arboretum’s Education Programs.

April 22: Earth Day at the Arboretum
9am — 1pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for Earth Day at the Washington Park Arboretum! Volunteer on April 22nd to give back to Seattle’s public lands and help restore the arboretum. Volunteers will plant, mulch, remove invasive species, and maintain trails throughout the park. If volunteering, dress weather-appropriate with long pants and closed-toe shoes (preferably work boots) and bring a reusable water bottle. SCA will provide coffee and snacks for all volunteers.


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