Farmers Market is back: The Federal Way Farmers Market is back from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m., located at the south parking lot of The Commons mall. The farmers market runs every Saturday through the end of October. The opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. May 13 with Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and local dignitaries, high school bands and vendor recognition. Special Mother’s Day festivities on opening day include fresh flower bouquets, a photo booth, massages and manicures, and treat bags available for moms. For kids, face painting and an activity booth to make Mother’s Day cards will be available.
BonsaiFEST!: The Pacific Bonsai Museum hosts BonsaiFEST! from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 and 14. Visitors can tour hundreds of bonsai trees and watch live bonsai-making demonstrations. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $12. More information: pacificbonsaimuseum.org
Clothing swap: Trade in your adult seasonally appropriate clothes at the South King Tool Library (1700 S. 340th St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13. It’s a chance to get rid of old clothes without contributing to unnecessary waste. You can also drop off items the Friday before. More information: southkingtools.org/event-details/clothing-swap
May 15 — 19: This is filing week for anyone who wants to run for office in Washington state this year.
May 16: Federal Way City Council meeting (6:30 p.m., City Hall)
May 24: Grab coffee with The Mirror at 1 p.m. at the Poverty Bay Café (1108 South 322nd Place). Ask our staff any questions you have and share a drink and a donut with us, too.
May 25: Asian Heritage Celebration at the Pho Hoang Restaurant (31871 Gateway Center Blvd. S.) from 3 to 6 p.m. Owners An Pham and Mai Huynh and other Asian business owners will celebrate with the help of US Bank.
June 2-4: The city is hosting its inaugural “Arts Explosion” festival from June 2-4, celebrating photographers, painters, sculptures and all manner of creative souls at the Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC). Event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more online at fwpaec.org/events/arts-explosion-at-the-paec.
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