from Wednesday into the weekend

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time to start planning your weekend!  Since this is the first week of the month of May, there are several free “first-week” activities.   May 3rd is free First Thursday at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) at its present location in Montlake.  See a list of the exhibits, including an exhibit on-loan about George Washington, at:  http://seattlehistory.org/   

May 3rd may be the LAST free First Thursday in MOHAI’s current location, as they are preparing to close so that they can move.  Event planning is already underway for a final closing bash in early June.  In November MOHAI will re-open in their new location at South Lake Union.

Speaking of South Lake Union:  Lake Union Park is the home of the Center for Wooden Boats, where the first weekend in May features free events, including pond boat sailing.  On Sunday, May 6th, there will be free boat rides on historic vessels: sign up at 10 AM and rides are at 2 PM.  Before and after your sail take a walk on the docks and watch the volunteer crews rigging the boats.  The Center for Wooden Boats is an organization dedicated to preserving maritime heritage, including the skills and stories associated with wooden small craft.  Find more info at:  http://cwb.org/   The CWB website has “virtual exhibits” such as descriptions of the sunken vessels which have been identified in Lake Union.

Don’t forget the plant sales!  There are several of them this weekend (see yesterday’s post, “Traffic Jams and Plant Sales,” for a list.)   Concerning traffic advisories, two to keep in mind are that this weekend Northgate Way will be closed at the intersection of 5th Ave NE; and this Saturday is the Cinco de Mayo Mexican National celebration — big events are to be held at Seattle Center and some other places, so make travel plans accordingly to allow for traffic.  Why not try taking the bus?  And you could also try the Seattle Streetcar to South Lake Union.   Be a tourist in your own city!

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