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Garage sales, concerts, life jackets and a whole lotta bikes coming your way this weekend

It’s a big weekend in the neighborhood the next couple of days, and here’s hoping for more sunny skies! Here are a few highlights from our calendar of events.
Friday is national Bike to Work Day, and Cascade Bicycle Club will have 41 commuter stations and a dozen Do-It-Yourself stations around King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties from 6-9 a.m., giving away water bottles and snacks (while supplies last). So, keep an eye out for thousands more cyclists than you normally encounter driving to work (more than 20,000 people are expected to bike to work around the region). Later in the day, Ballard is hosting the Bike to Work After-Party and Summer Streets Party from 4-7 p.m. on 22nd Avenue NW between NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW.
INKA Treasures Sale at Prajna Day Spa, 6826 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite A, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Sale items include silver jewelry with semi-precious gem stones and stunning inlaid work, hand-knit Alpaca scarves and gloves, colorful textiles and other carefully selected quality goods from the Cuzco region.”
The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting its huge Second Hand Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Stop by at 525 N. 85th St. and choose from a ton of crafty materials (fabric, threads, yarn, paints, soap making supplies, raffia, etc.), kitchenware, music, small furniture, games, books and more.
The entire neighborhood gets in on the second-hand action with the annual Greenwood Garage Sale Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 100 garage and rummage sales will draw thousands of bargain hunters to Phinney-Greenwood. Plus there’s a tool sale and flea market at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Beppa studios at 7600 6th Ave. NW is having its spring clothing sale from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Empty Sea Studios hosts Rain City Tales & Tunes from 8-10 p.m. Friday, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Rain City Tales & Tunes is a brand-new radio show which brings the Northwest’s best storytellers and musicians together onstage. Taped in front of a live audience at Empty Sea, the show features acoustic music and tale-telling. Each episode features a unique theme, and audience members are invited to volunteer for the storytelling spotlight.
Produced jointly by Empty Sea Studios and KBCS storyteller Auntmama (Mary Anne Moorman), Rain City will be available to public radio stations this fall.

Jill Cohn and Larry Murante perform original jazz and pop from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. Cost is $8; food and drink available for purchase. On Saturday, it’s Troupeau Arcadian Cajun Music and Dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Warm weather means swimming and boating time, but it’s also a time of increased danger around the water. Purchase a low-cost life jacket at Green Lake, courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Fisheries Supply. Cost is $20 for infant and youth sizes, and $30 for teen and adults sizes. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, just outside the Green Lake pool at 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

In Washington state, over 70 percent of drowning deaths among children occur in open water settings and males in the 15-24 year age group are at the highest risk of drowning. Non-fatal drownings can cause serious long-term disabilities. In Washington State and the U.S., drowning is the second-leading cause of injury death for children, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • When you can, swim only in areas where there are lifeguards.
  • Keep a constant watch on your child when they are in or near the water. Stay within touching distance of young children at all times.
  • Have adults take turns watching children at social events. Never use alcohol or other drugs during water and boating activities or while watching children around the water.
  • Set and follow safety rules.

Even if you or your child knows how to swim, children, teens and adults should always wear a life jacket:

  • When on a boat, raft or inner tube
  • When swimming in open water like a lake, river or the ocean
  • When playing in or near the water and on docks (for young children)
  • Check each life jacket to make sure it fits and that it is U. S. Coast Guard approved.