Bellevue Parks & Community Services events for April

April 1-30: Pioneer Days, times and dates vary Kelsey Creek Farm, 410 130th Place S.E. Experience life in the 1880s with a trip to our historic log cabin. Children grind wheat and coffee, churn butter, card wool, hammer nails, pump water, create a fabric and paper quilt, play dress-up plus more living history activities. Storytelling about pioneer life with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books helps children compare their life based on electricity and modern conveniences with the life of Laura and Mary in their log cabin in Wisconsin. Pre-registrations required. For more information call 425 452-7688.

Apr. 18-26: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 18 & 25 at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 19 & 26 at 2 p.m.. Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way. Six of Beatrix Potter's best-loved animal tales come to life in one enchanted production. For many years children of all ages have enjoyed Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddleduck and so many more of the wonderful characters created by the legendary Victorian writer, Beatrix Potter. $9 per seat, reserved seating. For more information call Sheila Framke at 425-452-7155.

Apr. 18: Earth Day Arbor Day, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Be a part of Earth day. From 8:30-11:30 a.m. volunteer with others and help plant. Then enjoy the rest of the afternoon with a ceremony at 11:30 a.m followed by festivities until 2 p.m. For more information please call 425-452-4195.

April 18 &19: Urban Cycling Techniques, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 .p.m, Crossroads Community Center 16000 NE 10th St. Get around Bellevue with safety and style on a bicycle this season. The clean, healthy, and cheap transit option is within reach after this interactive course where professionals from Cascade Bicycle Club will teach positive and confident interaction with urban traffic. Familiarize yourself with Bellevue routes and make safe trips a priority. Tips from this course will make city cycling a natural and enjoyable experience. Helmet and bicycle required. This course is taught in a two-part series. Cost: $45. For more information, call 425.452.6129.

Apr. 19: Wetlands, 2:30-3 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave S.E. Celebrate Earth Day at Mercer Slough. Wetlands help clean water, provide shelter and have rare soils. Learn and explore wetlands with a Ranger. Free. For more information, please call 425. 452.2565.

Apr. 21: Human Services Commission, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Bellevue City Hall, Council Conference Room (1E-113), 450 110th Ave NE. For more information, call 425-452-7871.

Apr. 22: Little Lake-to-Lake/Earth Day Walk – 5 K, 2–7 p.m. at the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park, 15416 SE 16th St. Parking, check in and start point located at Master Gardener/Community Garden Parking lot located at 156th and SE 16th St. Walk the Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail in celebration of Earth Day. Registration/check in will take place the day of the event between 2-5 p.m. Groups may start later than 5 p.m. but should finish by 7 p.m. Free. For more information and event flyer contact Debbie Pettersson at 425.452.7106, DPettersson@bellevuewa.gov.

April 22: Conversations on Race and Culture, 5:30–8 p.m., Eastside Conversations on Race and Culture presents a conversation between youth and police at Sammamish High School 100 140th SE. Free. Food will be served at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP please contact Callie Shanafelt at cshanafelt@bellevuewa.gov or 425.452.7922.

Apr. 24: Owl Prowl, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE. Take a night hike with the Rangers and look for owls and other nocturnal wildlife in the park. Bring a flashlight for the journey, as well as sturdy shoes. Ages 6 years and up. Free. To Register visit www.MyParksAndRecreation.com or call 425.452.6885.

Apr. 24: Eastside Explorers - The Owl and the Woodpecker, 7 –9 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. SE. Get a bird's eye view of two of the Pacific Northwest's most fascinating creatures- the owl and the woodpecker. Acclaimed Seattle wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will give a glimpse of nature seldom seen. Free. To register, call 425.452.6885, or visit www.myparksandrecreation.com. For more information, contact Paul Andersson at 425.452.6129, or e-mail to pandersson@bellevuewa.gov.

April 25: Eastside Arts Education Fair, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center, NE 8th and 156th Ave., NE. This event features dance, music, theater and visual arts, in addition to workshops, displays and classes. Free. For more information, call 425.452.7886 or go to https://eastsidearts.org.

April 25: Volunteer at Sheep Shearing event, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m., Kelsey Creek Community Farm Park, 410-130th PL SE. Students earn community service hours while assisting with children’s activities. Dress to work outside with the public; wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. Sign up by Wednesday, April 22 – no late sign-ups accepted. For more information e-mail kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov or call 425.452.7688.

April 25: Fraser Cabin Heritage Programs, 11. a.m. to 3. p.m., at Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Fraser Cabin, 410 130th PL SE. Visitors are invited to participate in hands-on activities that relate to 1880s settler life - agriculture, dairy, household tasks, log cabins, games and Eastside history. All activities are located at the historic 1888 Fraser Cabin at Kelsey Creek Farm Park. Free. Open to all ages. Presented by the Eastside Heritage Center, in partnership with Bellevue Parks & Community Services. For more information, contact the Eastside Heritage Center at 425.450.1049 or visit www.eastsideheritagecenter.org.

Apr. 25: Nosy about Nests, 10-11 a.m. at Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE. Join a naturalist for a walk in the park to look for nests. Each person will make a nest of their own to bring home. $7. Visit www.naturevision.org for more information. To register, call 425.836.2697.

Apr. 25: Sheep Sheering, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kelsey Creek Farm, 410 130th Pl SE. See the sheep being shorn of their winter coats, spinning demonstrations, children's crafts, tractor rides, pony rides, food and more. Free. Costs vary for food and activities. No ATM on site, and no charge cards are accepted. For more information call 425.452.7688.

Apr. 25, 26: Hua Yuan Chinese Floral Art Exhibition, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. The floral arrangements created by members of the school will be on display in the Visitor Center. Free. For more information call 425.452.2750.