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Erika's weekend picks

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Erika’s Picks for Jan. 22 through Jan. 24

Virtual chess; a mochi festival; see a drive-in movie!

Erika’s Weekend Picks

KCLS Online Program: Chess from Home (Virtual)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Calling all children, tweens and teens. Come join a fun chess afternoon virtually. Chouchan Airapetian will be leading chess instruction and fun games. Kids of all ages are welcome! Please register at

Miller Library “Cozy in the Kitchen” Story Time
Saturday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17. FREE
Join the Miller Library each month for stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants and nature! This month, whether you like to cook or just like to eat, our wonderful stories have something for everyone. Tune in to hear “Pizza Day” by Melissa Iwai, “Every Color Soup” by Jorey Hurley and “Fruit Bowl” by Mark Hoffmann.

Mochi Tsuki Festival (Virtual)
Friday, Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE
Celebrate the Mochi Tsuki Festival virtually during the month of January with the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. This annual event has been celebrated on the island for more than 30 years. This year, videos have been created for you and your family to make mochi at home, learn how to play the taiko drum, and participate in a scavenger hunt and word search. Look for origami tutorials and more!

Winter Wonderland StoryWalk
Friday to Sunday, Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, Bainbridge Island. FREE
Enjoy the picture book ”A Perfect Day” while walking along Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island. Find the pages of the story in the windows of partnering businesses, then finish your walk at the Bainbridge Island branch to pick up your StoryWalk activity kit. Great for all ages. Bundle up, wear your mask and maintain physical distancing along the path. 

Open Air Cinema at The Outlet Collection
Saturday, Jan. 23, Auburn
A new touring open-air movie night experience is offering exciting entertainment for a fun night out. Here is your opportunity to get out of the house and watch a show broadcast from our screen straight to your car. This week you can enjoy “Toy Story 4” on Friday at 7 p.m. and “The Goonies” on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per car. Pre-register.

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About the Author

Erika Bigelow

Erika authors the weekly Stay-At-Home (nee Going Places) column. She lives in Seattle with her husband, three human kids, two furry kids and a school of fish. When she's not scribbling, cooking or chauffeuring, Erika enjoys running and reading, although not simultaneously.